It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose Hathaway is this close to graduation. Since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all... might be seeing ghosts.
As Rose questions her sanity, new complications arise. Lissa has begun experimenting with her magic once more, their enemy Victor Dashkov might be set free, and Rose's forbidden relationship with Dimitri is starting to heat up again. But when a deadly threat no one saw coming changes their entire world, Rose must put her own life on the line - and choose between the two people she loves most.
In the third book in Richelle Mead’s fabulous Vampire Academy series, Rose is ready to begin the trial which will test her abilities as a guardian, but instead of being paired with her best friend Lissa, as she expected, she instead finds herself having to guard Lissa’s boyfriend Christian. She has to pass the six-week trial to become a full-fledged guardian – but she has bigger things to worry about than her annoying partner: she is suddenly seeing the ghost of her dead friend, killed by the Strigoi. Even in the vampire world, seeing ghosts isn’t normal, and she isn’t sure if she’s going mad or if there’s something sinister going on. To make things worse, Victor Dashkov, who tortured and nearly killed Lissa, might get away with his crimes if he isn’t found guilty, and a mysterious group is trying to recruit the most powerful students – including Lissa. But if Lissa uses her powers again, there are deadly consequences…
Wow. The third Vampire Academy book is the best yet, in my opinion. Rose has matured a lot as a character and you really get to see this in Shadow Kiss. Her relationship with Dimitri is developed further, too, with more insight given into how much the two love and support each other. They’re the perfect match, despite their separate guardian roles meaning they cannot be together. The plot in this book is slow to unfold, but the last quarter is a fast-paced, gripping rollercoaster, and it ends on a twist I definitely didn’t expect! This is probably my favourite YA vampire series – the books keep on getting better! I love the engaging plotlines, the writing style, the original vampire mythology, and of course the kickass heroine!