Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Holy Crap. I forgot how much a good book can completely draw you in. The Vampire Academy series is so well written, I can’t put the books down. I can’t believe that I haven’t been reading these books the moment they have come out! What was I waiting for?

For my new book challenge this year, I have decided that I need to actually start reading the books that I own. I obviously bought them because I wanted to read them. I recently started rereading two series; The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead and The House of Night Books by P.C. and Kristin Cast. They both are somewhat similar; but completely different. They both are about a boarding school housing vampires and using magic. The biggest difference are the main characters. In VA, the main character is a dhampir named Rose, who is basically trying to find her way in the Moroi life. In HoN, the main character is Zoey, a vampire with special abilities that is fighting an ancient evil and developing into a high priestess of Nyx.

Shadow Kiss is far my favorite book in the VA series. Not only does Rose get to finally get involved with Dimitri and not just sex, but they finally open up about their love for each other. Also, Rose gets to prove herself to the other novices and guardians.  Having read Vampire Academy and Frostbite not so long ago, I was able to really get into the characters and their stories. Mead did a really good job of expressing the feelings that Rose and her counterparts were feeling. I felt like I was living with Rose. Although I didn’t actually cry, I did tear up at the end. Whoever said that books mostly have happily ever after endings….well they were wrong. REALLY wrong.

I don’t want to give too much away. But dang. I don’t think Rose could go through anymore and still be sane. Obviously there is….there are more books. I’m excited to start Blood Promise. I can’t imagine what else can happen!!

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