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Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
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Jun 02, 2010

really liked it
Read from June 02 to 03, 2010

Just finished Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3) by Richelle Mead (★★★★). This series/book is technically young adult, but is written in a manner than most adults would still enjoy. Yes, the main protagonist is 17-18 in this book and the setting is mostly a private high school, but there's plenty of adult topics in this one: death, sex, forbidden love, self-sacrifice, severe emotional/mental conflicts, etc.

I mentioned in a previous review of this series that one of the charms is the world-building. Mead has built a vampire society unlike any other series I've read, consisting of Moroi (essentially good vampires), Strigoi (bad vampires) and Dhampirs (half-vampire protectors of the Moroi) all hiding in plain sight in our everyday present world.

In previous books you meet Rose, a dhampir guardian-in-training and best friend to Lissa, the last in the Dragomir family line of Moroi. She's fallen in love with her older guardian instructor, Dimitri Belikov, and he with her. Yet they're both supposed to be protecting Lissa, something they can't properly do if they're more concerned with each other. Rose has also made her first Strigoi kills, but as book 3 begins, she's starting to notice some strange side-effects, like seeing dark shadows where there should be none and having problems containing her anger when upset. Is Rose going insane? Post-traumatic stress? Or could it be something more serious?

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