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
Okay. Proclamation time.
I officially prefer Vampire Academy over Age of X.
Talk about a sentence I never thought I’d be typing.
I read the first Vampire Academy novel after reading the first Age of X novel. I thought the latter was flawed, but ambitious. At the time, I gave it a bit of a pass because it was something I hadn’t really read before. It also didn’t help that the first Vampire Academy book was kind of flat (it seems to be a fairly consensus opinion that that one is one of (if not the) weakest of the lot). But here’s the difference: where as this series started showing growth in Frost Bitten as the series shifted away from Lissa and onto Rose, a trend continued here, The Immortal Crown didn’t show that same growth, if anything, it felt a step back. Ambition only gets you so many brownie points, the rest- the characters and the story – have to back it up. The book still ultimately needs to well done and fun. And that is what Shadow Kissed is. Well done and fun. The story is brisk, the characters true to themselves and it’s just a fun read.
It’s a fun book, in a good series. Can’t ask for much more than that.
Verdict: Buy It