Richelle Mead, 2008 by Razorbil, 443 pages.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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
I just love this series. It's easy to read, but, at the same time, completely captures my attention. Shadow Kiss is the third in the Vampire Academy series.
I like the new challenges thrown at Rose in this book and how this forces her to explore what she truly wants and who she truly is. Rose has a great, dry humour and clever insights into her own behaviour.
I like that her friendship with Lissa is evolving too, though sometimes I get frustrated that Lissa is so entitled and clueless. And I especially like the dynamic between Rose and Christian. There is also more of Adrian in this book and it will be fun to see where this goes in the next book.
This book has everything, suspense, romance, action, and good friendships. I love the tension set up around Rose's duty to Lissa versus following her heart. I probably liked this one better than Frostbite and am anxious to pick up the next book in the series.