There are so many awesome books out there and sometimes you can’t get to them when they are NEW and SHINY. What can I say in a review that hasn’t already been said? Probably nothing. Tada. The “New 2 Me” feature was born. I am simply going to talk about the stuff I really loved and not worry about all the characterization, plot, etc. Again, what do I have to add? But if I read it and enjoyed it, I want to talk about it. WARNING: They might contain SPOILERS.
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 loves most. (Source: Goodreads)
OK Guys. I wasn’t totally sold on this series after VAMPIRE ACADEMY. FROSTBITE‘s Rose and action-packed ending lured me in. SHADOW KISS left me emotionally spent. The first half of the book, I wondered would anything go right for Rose. But is was mostly minor stuff associated with school-politics and the field experience. But once I hit about 50% and a therapist is brought in to help Rose, the story picks up and knots become unraveled.
Rose is seeing ghost, but until she finds herself screaming in a storm of them we aren’t getting anywhere. The therapist is way off base thinking that ghost sightings are a symptom of the PTSD from FROSTBITE. But she throws a few interesting things out there to ponder. Does she love Dmitri, because she knows she can’t have him? Does she resent her lack of choices? BAZINGA!
I think why I didn’t initially fall in love with the series is I don’t really get it the overall premise. Who cares about the Maori? I really don’t. They seem pretentious. And I know I may take heat for this, but Lissa doesn’t do it for me. I only tolerate her, because Rose loves her.
Rose! You are the heart of this series. You made me feel it all in this book. You figured things out and were part of the solution. I was proud of how you and Christian teamed up and brought the badassery. MEAD as soon as you gave me hope and my heart swelled, you took it ALL away. I was left with emptiness so vast, there was a hole in my heart and my soul. I just pray that over the next three books, you put my pieces back together.