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Shadow Kiss: 3 (Vampire Academy) [Paperback]

Richelle Mead
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24 May 2009 Vampire Academy (Book 3)

SHADOW KISS is the third title in the international Number 1 bestselling Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead - NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.

Higher Learning. Higher Stakes.


Rose Hathaway knows it is forbidden to love another guardian. Her best friend, Lissa, must always come first. Unfortunately, when it comes to the gorgeous Dimitri Belikov, some rules are meant to be broken.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing, but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake. The immortal dead are on the prowl and in a heart-stopping battle, Rose will have to choose between life, love and the two people who matter most.

But will her choice mean that only one survives?

'Exciting, empowering and un-put-downable.' MTV's Hollywood Crush Blog

'We're suckers for it!' - Entertainment Weekly

Also available in the Vampire Academy series:

Vampire Academy (Book 1)

Vampire Academy: Frostbite (Book 2)

Vampire Academy: Shadow Kiss (Book 3)

Vampire Academy: Blood Promise (Book 4)

Vampire Academy: Spirit Bound (Book 5)

Vampire Academy: Last Sacrifice (Book 6)

And don't miss the bestselling Vampire Academy spin-off series, Bloodlines:.

Bloodlines (Book 1)

Bloodlines: The Golden Lily (Book 2)

Bloodlines: The Indigo Spell (Book 3)

Bloodlines: The Fiery Heart (Book 4)

Bloodlines: Silver Shadows (Book 5)

About the author:

Richelle Mead is the New York Times and global bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series (soon to be a movie blockbuster in Feb 2014), the Bloodlines series and the Age of X series. Richelle lives in Seattle, Washington.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; Later Printing edition (24 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595141979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595141972
  • Product Dimensions: 20.7 x 13.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 533,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Richelle Mead has an MA in comparative Religion and a passion for all things wacky and humorous. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and four cats. Late night musings and updates about her new books can be found at:

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About the Author

Richelle Mead, The New York Times bestselling author of the Vampire Acdemy series, lives in Seattle in the USA. She is at work on her next Vampire Academy novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 12 Aug 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Thank you, Richelle Mead! You have given fans of the VAMPIRE ACADEMY series a wonderful third novel. SHADOW KISS is probably the best out of the three. Reading VAMPIRE ACADEMY and FROSTBITE first is a must in order to really understand what is going on in the series.

Rose Hathaway is training to be a Guardian. Once she graduates from St. Vladimir's Academy, she will be assigned to guard her best friend, Lissa, for the rest of her life. Even though everything is going along as planned, she feels waves of jealously and anger. A lot of these feelings come from the fact that she can never have what she truly wants - love.

Dimitri, her mentor and teacher, is set to be her partner after graduation. He and Rose will be the team that guards Lissa on a daily basis. The problem is, Rose and Dimitri are in love. Knowing their love isn't allowed, they make sure to keep their relationship professional - when they can.

Rose has started seeing ghosts and she feels sure they are trying to tell her something. Soon she begins to understand they are telling her that danger is on the way. Danger that will involve everyone at St. Vladimir's. Rose is no stranger to fighting, but this time it is going to be war.

Not everyone survives, and Rose ends up having to make the hardest decision of her life - one that will effect both her and Lissa.

SHADOW KISS left me breathless and in tears. I can't wait for the next book in the series to come out. The way the story ends leads me to believe that the next book will be even better. There are so many possibilities that it makes my head spin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about heartbreaking! 30 Jun 2010
By Rebecca
I think I have to assume that something devastating will happen in every book that Mead writes. With this one I was pretty much crying from the last 40 pages until the end. Talk about heartbreaking! I sort of saw what was going to happen coming but it didn't make it any less horrible. I'm actually still feeling the effects of this novel and I had to quickly order the next two books to find out what happens.

On the heels of the death of her friend, Rose finds out that she's going to start six weeks of field exercise along with the other senior novices. The problem is though, Rose is seeing ghosts and feeling a terrible rage whenever angered or cornered. Rose had her temper before but something is different about these feelings. And being visited by the dead isn't helping her in going back to living any sort of normal life. Rose has grown up since the incident from the previous book and the people around her take notice. Rose isn't the only one changing though and she has to deal with these circumstances as a new threat from the Strigoi looms.

I FLEW through this book. I think I could read about Rose and her friends all day every day and not get bored. Honestly though, I think I feel this way about all of Mead's heroines so I could be biased. I love the characters, the story, the way the world is crafted, and Mead's simple yet effective writing style. This series is miles above any teen series I've come across and it rivals some adult series I've read as well and it's quickly become one of my top favorite series ever
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply fantastic! 4 Mar 2010
By Jo
From the day I first opened the pages of Vampire Academy, I fell in love with the world, the mythology, the characters, the romance, the whole story. The lives of Rose and Lissa live are just brilliant, and Rose's narration is always so real, I feel like I know her. Loving this series like I do, I knew I would love reading Shadow Kiss, but I was not prepared for what was to come. It's beautiful, it's heart breaking, it's one incredible emotional rollercoaster, and I closed the book feeling drained, but in the best way possible.

The magical element of this book is just brilliant. When everything is all worked out, you see how it flows right from the last book, Frostbite, but as the story goes on, you're never exactly sure what's going on with Rose, and are genuinely worried for her sanity. She's behaving erratically, and gets very, very angry at relatively small things. And then she starts seeing ghosts. And the first is not just any ghost, it's Mason. Rose is seriously freaked out by the things that are happening to her, and has no clue what to think. Richelle's ability to plot is incredible, though, and all these little things are pulled together right at the end, and it's just brilliant.

The characters are just as great as always; Lissa is the same compassionate, soft and sweet Lissa we've come to love. Christian, Lissa's boyfriend, we get to know even better when Rose is assigned as his guardian for her field experience, and he is just the coolest despite his snarky nature, though he is very insecure. Adrian, the rich Moroi royal they all met on the ski trip in Frostbite who can also use Spirit like Lissa, is still very flirty with Rose, but, though I grudgingly admit it, lovely undearneath it all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best in series yet!!! 8 Aug 2009
By Mahin
Oh My God! I'm sure Richelle has done a mistake because this can't happen. I was crying so badly by the end of this book. Its just so sad, romantic and unexpected!
Rose has changed a lot since Mason died in Frostbite. Also, Victor isn't actually locked up and might have a good chance of coming put of the prison! Rose still can't be with Dimitri, Adrian is there and things are getting quite complicated and to top of everything, she gets stuck in Lissa's head everytime She and Christian make out.
The guardians have to start their ultiamte test but, Rose is having problems...She thinks and is seeing Mason's ghost and, might just be turning mad!
Slowly, when things are looking kind of under control, suddenly everything turns turtle and Rose's world is torn apart. She has to leave everything she holds dear and her hearrt, Lissa and very soul is at stake here!
All I can say about this book is, its one of the best ones I've ever read. this book is such a big shock! if you haven't read Vampire Academy, you should read them for this book only! And I so can't wait for the fourth one!!!!
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Published 10 days ago by Nigel Hand
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Kiss
I don't think there is much for me to say.
This series just keeps getting better and better. Seriously. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Naomi
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
great book i thoroughly reccomend! I was worried that it might be boring as some books are in series' but it was great !
Published 3 months ago by Phoebe
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fantastic read
I love how this shows, no matter your age, it's how you deal with things thrown your way. Rose is such a badass character, she knows what she wants .... Read more
Published 4 months ago by LISA
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Kiss
This is the 3rd Vampire Academy book that I've read and the 3rd Richelle Mead book.... either way, it's not my last! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ronda
4.0 out of 5 stars It was really good
It was a really good book but the twist at the end ruined it for me and I didn't read the next set of books. Dimitri and rose's romance is one of the romances that you just love. Read more
Published 4 months ago by lily
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I love me some vampire action, this series brings a new perspective on good and bad vampires. A great love battle which overcomes so many obstacles the main characters I will... Read more
Published 4 months ago by joanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh what a sad ending but again a great story.
Oh what a sad ending but again a great story. A great series that I cannot wait to read more of
Published 4 months ago by Kath
5.0 out of 5 stars "Shadow Kiss" by Richelle Mead
Man.. just… man… I always thought reviewing the book right after I finished it is the way to go. But not when you finish “Shadow Kiss”. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars What an ending!
I cried again!!! I can express how much I am loving this series! They make me laugh and cry, the author completely draws you in! Read more
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