FROM THE BOOK COVER:Shadow Kiss is the third book in the Vampire Academy series for Young Adults (or young at heart adults). The final months of Rose’s novice training are drawing to a close at the Academy and she faces some difficult choices, how can she reconcile her desire for Dmitri and her obligations and loyalty to Lissa. A new wrinkle is introduced to further complicate Rose’s life when she begins to see ghosts. Are they real or is she suffering some form of PTSD from the events that happened in the previous book Frostbite (sorry no spoilers)?
Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa—the last Dragomir princess—must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken…
But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.
Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing, but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most... but will her choice mean that only one can survive?
Shadow Kiss spends a great deal of time on this mystery and a myriad of other smaller events at the Academy – the final practice assignments of the novices, Viktor Dashkov’s trial, another minor mystery about a secret school society, and the ongoing debate about whether Moroi society needs to change and participate in their own defence against the Strigoi. All of these things while interesting on there own merits, left me impatient for something more then ‘a day in the life’. I wanted to know where this was all leading.
But there is a madness to the authors method because the story explodes in the final quarter, bringing together all of the small themes and little clues dropped along the way. The concluding chapters are intense and emotional with a profound impact on key characters, the Academy and Rose in particular. Definitely a standout finish. Rose will undoubtedly face significant challenges and embark on the most important journey of her life in the sequel Blood Promise.
Read an excerpt of Chapter 1.
Penguin Group (USA)
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