Title: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3)
Author: Richelle Mead
Challenge: YA Series
For Rose Hathaway, everything seems out of kilter. Ever since she made her first Strigoi kills, a dark shadow has been creeping over her. Looming in the background, too, is another realization: If she follows her forbidden love for guardian Dimitri Belikov, she might lose her best friend forever. And these sleep-shaking worries couldn't have come at a worse time. The immortal unloving are prowling everywhere, famished for vengeance against her. -summary from goodreads.com
BEST BOOK YET!... eh, in the series, that is. This book was such am emotional roller coaster. I hate that I love it… does that make sense?
Let me just say that my heart broke for Rose. Poor girl, she goes through so much in this installment. The book begins with Rose feeling more dark and depressed ever since her friend Mason died. Then to make things worse, she starts to fear that she's going crazy because she sees Mason's ghost around campus. She then learns what it truly means to be shadow kissed; through their bond, Rose is able to pull the darkness away from Lissa, thus absorbing it and going crazy herself.
Afterward, more trouble comes when the Strigoi attack the school leaving several Moroi and dhampir dead and many more captured. Rose helps Dimitri and the other guardians come up with a plan of offense to get the kidnapped back. And that’s when tragedy strikes…. And boy does it strike hard! Like, deep in the chest, hard. I really don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read this series yet (which I doubt! I’m always the last one on the band wagon)…. But think tragedy. Just when you think things can't get worse, well...they always do.
Aye ya aye! I hate comparing books to twilight, but SHADOW KISS brought back memories from New Moon. As I finished reading it, I chucked it against the wall, but then ran to it and apologized for treating it so badly! Yeah, I know… I’m loosing it. I desperately need to pick up book 4; Blood Promise. Luckily for me, the book is already out and I don’t have to wait :)