Ever since she made her first Strigoi kills, Rose Hathaway has been feeling down, as if spirits are oppressing her. She has to deal with that, and her realisation that if she continues to love Dimitri – her instructor – she may end up losing the person who she loves most – Lissa Dragomir. Rose still has to guard Lissa, the last of her royal family name, from the Strigoi, who are lurking even closer than before. Can Rose protect her friend without destroying herself in the process?
Shadow Kiss was a pretty good novel. The plot was quite exciting, but not as good as Frostbite. The characters were thoroughly fleshed out, but once again I felt them slightly inferior to the characters in Frostbite. It was a great book, no doubt, but it felt to be in the shadow (no pun intended) of the previous novel.
The plot was pretty good, as I stated previously. There were many twists and turns, and there were many moments where I was literally gasping for air. There was some action, which was great; there was character development, which was great; it was pretty well-thought out, and I enjoyed the plot.
Once again, I felt Rose to be more likeable than before, which is great. I remember that at the start of the series I disliked Rose; although I don’t love Rose, I sort of like her now. She’s more likeable, more respectable, in my opinion. I personally hate how Lissa always seems to be shafted off to the sides; at times, sure, Lissa acts pretty selfishly, but I think Rose is much more selfish than Lissa. At times she really annoys me with her selfishness and arrogance, but for the most part she’s bearable.
Adrian was once again present, and has established himself as one of the main characters, with a major link to Lissa. Christian was back to his stuck up, arrogant, tough-guy self, which I prefer over his weak persona.
I have to put it out there – I find Rose’s romance with Dimitri to be absolutely disgusting. She’s what, 18, and he’s so much older than her. It’s quite icky. Overall, however, I quite enjoyed reading Shadow Kiss. It wasn’t by any shot a bad book, but I felt it was just overshadowed by Frostbite in a plethora of ways. It was good, just not great, unfortunately.