Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

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

But since making her first Strigoi kills, Rose hasn't been feeling right. Something dark has begun to grow in her mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. And now that Lissa and Rose's sworn enemy, Victor Dashkov, is on trial for his freedom, tensions in the Moroi world are higher than ever.

Lying to Lissa about Dimitri is one thing but suddenly there's way more than friendship at stake. The immortal undead are on the prowl, and they want vengeance for the lives that Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmare, Rose will have to choose between life, love, and the two people who matter most..but will her choice mean that only one can survive?

Review: I was really hoping to see more Strigoi in this book. The summary makes me think that there would be this huge thing throughout the book with them, but they only appear in the last few chapters. The whole ghost part was really interesting though, and I wonder how Rose will deal with being shadow-kissed later on. I'm a already a bit thorough Blood Promise as I write this and there have already been new developments surrounding that. I will say that Rose's mom has slightly redeemed herself in Shadow Kiss. I'm still not a huge fan of hers, but she's getting there. I can't think too much less of her than I did in Frostbite. I think it would be pretty great if she turned Strigoi though. It would be pretty amazing to read an epic battle between mother and daughter when both of them are such great fighters. Ah but that is only my speculation of what could happen. I enjoyed this book, and I'm ready to catch up so I can get The Last Sacrifice when it releases.

4.5 howls