Sunday, April 6, 2014


Book: Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy #3) 
Author: Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
Rating: ****/5 Stars

Rose Hathaway is a dhampir (someone who protects moroi, mortal vampires from immortal vampires, Strigoi). As she trains to be a guardian to her best friend Lissa who is a moroi, Rose begins to realize that she is closer to Lissa than she expected. Lissa is a spirit user, a rare element of magic that is in very few moroi. When Lissa brought Rose back to life from a car crash, Rose became shadow kissed and as Lissa used her spirit powers, Rose became affected.

While both Lissa and Rose were learning about what their connection meant, St. Vladimir's Academy, where the girls were training, quickly becomes unsafe for the first time in its history. Rose and the person who is training her (Dimitri) end up warning the school before going into a battle that will change everything.


For the first part of this book I was going to give it 3 out of 5 stars because I just didn't feel like the plot lines were going anywhere. I kept thinking that each book in this series was a stand alone book with a few connections here and there but by the time I got to the ending, I realize that Richelle Mead was writing a 6 book story and I was reaching the climax. The ending is jaw dropping and I never would have guessed the twist beforehand.

I was always wondering where Mead was going with Adrian's character as it was pretty clear where both Rose and Lissa's love interests lay but now I understand where Adrian comes into play. I'm still not 100% sold on him yet as a character but I do believe his intentions can be good at times.

I also really like Christian's character in this book. I really think he was able to prove himself by using fire to battle Strigoi with Rose. I think the two of them were a force to be reckoned with.

The only thing that I seem to really dislike about the Vampire Academy series is the romanticizing of teacher-student relationships or even adult-teenager relationships. I think the more we expose ourselves to these kinds of relationships, the less we see them as exploiting and dangerous. There are no repercussions of the teacher-student relationship in this series and that is what bothers me the most. I think that we need to stop giving authors and screenwriters a break for because they wrote a good story, we need to push that it is wrong to romanticize a adult-child/teenager relationship because in the real world there are damaging effects that occur when these relationships happen and are exposed.

Overall, I give ****/5 stars for Shadow Kissed (Vampire Academy #3) by Richelle Mead. Have you read Shadow Kiss, if so, did you like it?

Happy Reading,
Tara-Lee Upshall


  1. I know the student teacher thing bothers a lot of people, I think it's a very touchy subject. Definitely not the most realistic of interpretations, but I do think there might be repercussions down the road if I remember correctly. But yeah, not the best. I think it was the fourth book where I really started to like Adrian. I remember reading this one for the first time and being shocked at the twist too :)

  2. I didn't really like Adrian in the Vampire Academy series, but in the Bloodlines spin-off series his character get's much more depth and I really like him now.
    I think the teacher-student romance isn't as pronounced in Vampire Academy as in other books. I mean Dimitri offers to train her, but he is no real teacher. And eventually they both get the same role. And long as both persons want the romance and there is no forcing the other, I think it's okay if there's some age difference. I can't remember the exact age difference between them, but I do think their romance was done well and felt real.
    I really want to re-read this series once!