Thursday, April 5, 2012

Review: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

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 nightmare, 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?

I’m going to keep this review short so I don’t repeat everything I’ve said for the first two books.

I really think Rose was maturing a lot throughout this book. After the traumatic experience in Frostbite, and the death of a close friend, she seemed to take everything much more seriously. I liked this Rose the most out of all the books in the series. She wasn’t completely conceited like usual. And then she thinks she’s going crazy, which, I guess, she kind of is. Then there’s Dimitri who doesn’t want to stay away from Rose anymore and it’s just like “awwwww!”

Well anyways, I did my book discussion for my library aide class over this book and the librarian asked me to summarize it. My exact quote for the end of the book was “the Strigoi attacked them, and people died, and it was very sad, and I cried L”. Because I did cry. So sad. And trust me when I say that a book that can make you cry is a good one.

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