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The third book in the series of New York Times best-selling adaptations of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy. It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose is close to graduation, but since making her first Strigoi kills, things haven't felt quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all ...might be seeing ghosts. Consumed by her forbidden lMead’s The third book in the series of New York Times best-selling adaptations of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy. It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose is close to graduation, but since making her first Strigoi kills, things haven't felt quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all ...might be seeing ghosts. Consumed by her forbidden love with her tutor Dimitri and protecting her best friend, the Moroi princess Lissa, Rose is in no state to see the deadly threat that will change her entire world - and make her choose between the two people she loves most.


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The third book in the series of New York Times best-selling adaptations of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy. It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose is close to graduation, but since making her first Strigoi kills, things haven't felt quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all ...might be seeing ghosts. Consumed by her forbidden lMead’s The third book in the series of New York Times best-selling adaptations of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy. It's springtime at St. Vladimir's Academy, and Rose is close to graduation, but since making her first Strigoi kills, things haven't felt quite right. She's having dark thoughts, behaving erratically, and worst of all ...might be seeing ghosts. Consumed by her forbidden love with her tutor Dimitri and protecting her best friend, the Moroi princess Lissa, Rose is in no state to see the deadly threat that will change her entire world - and make her choose between the two people she loves most.

30 review for Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    RATING: 4 Out Of 5

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Update #3 10/4/13 It's about time, we finally have a colored cover and the release date is final! 12/31/13 UPDATE #2 2/18/13 I read the interview Richelle Mead gave HEA? I had to skim the part about The Indigo Spell and such since I haven't read it and don't plan to until the lastclass="gr-hostedUserImg">UPDATE Update #3 10/4/13 It's about time, we finally have a colored cover and the release date is final! 12/31/13 UPDATE #2 2/18/13 I read the interview Richelle Mead gave HEA? I had to skim the part about The Indigo Spell and such since I haven't read it and don't plan to until the last book comes out. Blah, blah, blah, I'm boring you. I read that this doesn't come out until the end of this year! UPDATE #1 1/6/12 D< oh come on!!! Put a release date already! Original Can we please have the date this is going to be release? Just so I can put it in my calender the day it comes out I can go get it. Thanks your loyal fan that will buy this graphic novel and the rest that I hope will come. :D

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacia (the 2010 club)

    Still wavering on the cast choice for Dimitri in the upcoming movie but I love the graphic novel version of the character. If the artist had a person in mind when they were drawing the pics, I'd love to know who it is. Are you a fan of Richelle Mead? Come join the chat as we get ready for the release of the first VA movie : Blood Sisters! Richelle Mead Fan Group

  4. 5 out of 5

    April (Aprilius Maximus)

    DIMITRIIIIIIIII

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikita

    Vampire Academy the Graphic Novel is beautiful and fun. The graphic novel follows the third book of the Vampire Academy series and is just as breathtaking as the book. I enjoyed this book as much as I did with the first two and now I am dying for the fourth to come out.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    *SWOONING* Arghh!! I loved this so much! Again, the drawings are beautiful! It made me want to reread the whole series, because I love the characters SO much!! Why did they stop with the GN? :( These are so good and I would love to have the whole series in graphic novels!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Daniel C. Herveaux

    By far the best installment, unfortuanly since the lack of sails the graphic novels for the rest of the books won't be published, Ive decidid to count this as one of the reading rush challenges (a book that has purple on the cover). The only problem I have in this world is that Moroi ("good vampers") act so helpless to the Strigoi ("bad Vampers") that they are so useless without Dhampir (half human half vamp. In this world guards to the Moroi) even though mostly all of them have powers! Granted By far the best installment, unfortuanly since the lack of sails the graphic novels for the rest of the books won't be published, Ive decidid to count this as one of the reading rush challenges (a book that has purple on the cover). The only problem I have in this world is that Moroi ("good vampers") act so helpless to the Strigoi ("bad Vampers") that they are so useless without Dhampir (half human half vamp. In this world guards to the Moroi) even though mostly all of them have powers! Granted the books go more detail with that whole situation, it just still urks me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jeann (Happy Indulgence)

    This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews! If Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry weren’t the Rose and Lissa you expected, the graphic novel is the next best thing – provided you’ve read the novels already. The VA graphic novel illustrations are spot on with accurate depictions of the characters as per the novel’s description. Rose is curvy, sexy and fiesty, and Lissa is regal, beautiful and demure. Illustrations are delivered in a bright, colourful format with a ser This review appears on Happy Indulgence. Check it out for more reviews! If Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry weren’t the Rose and Lissa you expected, the graphic novel is the next best thing – provided you’ve read the novels already. The VA graphic novel illustrations are spot on with accurate depictions of the characters as per the novel’s description. Rose is curvy, sexy and fiesty, and Lissa is regal, beautiful and demure. Illustrations are delivered in a bright, colourful format with a serious art style that isn’t too cartoony. If you haven’t read the series yet, you’d find the graphic novels to be difficult to follow without reading Rose’s perspective on the happenings of St Vladimir Academy. The selection of dialogue was more focused on moving the plot along instead of offering the characters’ thoughts, so it may seem to jump around quite a bit. Much has been truncated in this graphic novel, which seems to be delivered more as a fan service than attracting new readers to the series. It’s been a few years since I read this series but I remember Shadow Kiss to be the most dramatic of the lot, and the graphic novel bought back the key moments perfectly. Much of what the characters are experiencing is delivered well through their facial expressions, actions and background images, and surprisingly even that hot bedroom scene with our favourite couple is dedicated to a full colour page. I did have trouble remember who some of the side characters were though, especially when they popped up without an introduction and were only given brief dialogues. It’s clear the writer of the novel expects the reader to have followed the graphic novels from the start. The VA graphic novels are the perfect way to experience an illustrated version of the series with accurate depictions of the characters and their actions. The art style and dialogue captures the mood of VA perfectly, a witty vampire story set in an Academy with a fiesty dhampir at its core. Although slightly difficult to follow, it’s worth seeing the scenes and characters come to life in this beautiful format. Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending me this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Natasha (books_n_dreams)

    So I enjoyed this graphic novel as well, even though I felt like it was bit more rushed compared to the others, I still enjoyed it. Of course the illustrations are great, and I feel like the colors were just so much more vibrant than the other two. They did at least catch the big parts in Shadow Kiss, it's funny I forgot about a couple parts until reading this and I felt like I just refreshed my memory of the whole book. I do hope they make the 4th one, I'm very interested So I enjoyed this graphic novel as well, even though I felt like it was bit more rushed compared to the others, I still enjoyed it. Of course the illustrations are great, and I feel like the colors were just so much more vibrant than the other two. They did at least catch the big parts in Shadow Kiss, it's funny I forgot about a couple parts until reading this and I felt like I just refreshed my memory of the whole book. I do hope they make the 4th one, I'm very interested to see how it turns out!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I loved this series, and it was fun to go back to it in comic form.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Yet another great graphic novel adaptation by Leigh Dragoon and Emma Vieceli. In this installment we learn a little bit more about Rose's shadow kissed condition and what that means for her. Plus, Rose and Dimitri's relationship picks up and boy is it hot! I love the work that these two ladies do for Richelle Mead's VA series. Sure, takes a lot out of each book in order to fit it into one graphic novel, but she keeps the heart of the story intact. Not only that, but she still adds som Yet another great graphic novel adaptation by Leigh Dragoon and Emma Vieceli. In this installment we learn a little bit more about Rose's shadow kissed condition and what that means for her. Plus, Rose and Dimitri's relationship picks up and boy is it hot! I love the work that these two ladies do for Richelle Mead's VA series. Sure, takes a lot out of each book in order to fit it into one graphic novel, but she keeps the heart of the story intact. Not only that, but she still adds some little quirky parts that are in the story. For instance, she included the scene where Dimitri makes hot cocoa for Rose and as he's making it, he explains how using two packets is the secret to delicious hot cocoa. That's something that could have been easily over-looked. I mean, it's not like Rose uses hot cocoa to save the day or anything. However, that was one of those vulnerable moments from Dimitri that always stuck out when reading Shadow Kiss. Like I've said before, you don't have to read the series in order to read the graphic novels. We get a prologue at the beginning describing the who's who of players and what's going on. So, if you are more of a graphic novel person and don't really want to read the series itself, you don't have to. I think that's one thing that I love about this graphic novel series. It's not dependent on you having read the original series. It can hold it's own. One of the things that stuck out to me the most was probably the cave scene at the end. I always had such a hard time envisioning it in the novel. So, it was great seeing it illustrated. I think with seeing it illustrated it made it that much more suspenseful. I can not give this graphic novel series more praise. Leigh Dragoon and Emma Vieceli have taken one of my favorite series and turned it into a graphic novel. A successful graphic novel at that. I really hope the publisher decides to publish the next graphic novel. The last I heard they were waiting to see how the sales from this one did before they approved the next one. This girl will be crossing her fingers. I kind of want to see how Emma Vieceli pulls off the new Dimitri.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    It's alright,i feel they missed a lot out, which lead to everything feeling a bit too quick without much background, nothing special, wish they'd done it more justice to the book, especially with how emotional it is at times. Yet to find the second graphic novel in a store, I hope they play out the events in Spokane effectively...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tanya

    Love love LOVE the graphics. Why didn't they do the rest of the books? I need more. I love Vampire Academy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    4.5 Stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Red

    The cover, THE COVER! It is magnificent :"""""""""" GIVE IT TO ME

  16. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    So. Darn. SAD -cries-

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jane Kelsey

    Loved it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Iman AlJanaby

    The illustrations are exactly the same as I have imagined! It's perfect!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rokaje Al-Rabiey

    I LOVE IT. The drawings of the scenes was exactly how I pictured it when I read the third book. Although there was many scenes I missed in the graphic novel that was cuted out and some quotes was changed. But I loved it anyway.......I really enjoyed it. I wish they made a Graphic novel to the rest of the books....I wish they do in the future.😍😍😍

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This review is also on my blog This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Vampire Academy is one of my favourite series and I've always enjoyed the graphic novel adaptations. It's been a while since I've read the books and reading the graphic novel was a nice way to return to the world of Moroi and dhampir. Similiarly to the previous graphic novels, the art is great and provides a visual dimension to the story to compliment what my imagination conjured up when I rea/>This This review is also on my blog This book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review Vampire Academy is one of my favourite series and I've always enjoyed the graphic novel adaptations. It's been a while since I've read the books and reading the graphic novel was a nice way to return to the world of Moroi and dhampir. Similiarly to the previous graphic novels, the art is great and provides a visual dimension to the story to compliment what my imagination conjured up when I read the actual series. It was great to familiarise myself with the characters again and it reminded me how much I loved the dynamic between Christian and Rose, as well as Adrian. I love Adrian. It follows the plot of the book well (that ending is still in there, sorry, folks..), although I personally miss the depth of some scenes from the book and prefer the written form. However, it's well adapted and is just as enjoyable a read as the series. I especially like how Rose's thoughts - the series is written from her perspective - are included, as well as dialogue. I'd not particularly recommend it to people who haven't yet read the books (you really should read them!) but it's a fun read that's perfect for fans of the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Not much new I can say about this since I've already reviewed this as a book. For me, Shadow Kiss was where the series finally picked up. I'm still not a fan of either Rose or Lissa, Vampire Academy has always been a series for me that's carried by it's supporting characters. With that being said, the graphic novel was extremely easy to get through and easy to read. The story works well for the visual telling, however, I feel that the author weighs heavily on people having read the books before - which, le Not much new I can say about this since I've already reviewed this as a book. For me, Shadow Kiss was where the series finally picked up. I'm still not a fan of either Rose or Lissa, Vampire Academy has always been a series for me that's carried by it's supporting characters. With that being said, the graphic novel was extremely easy to get through and easy to read. The story works well for the visual telling, however, I feel that the author weighs heavily on people having read the books before - which, let's be truthful, is probably the case. The graphic novels focus more on the action and leaves out a lot of the character development. The artwork itself is okay - nothing amazing but it works. I'm just finally glad to have a visual for Adrian. :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    KayCee K

    I love this this one, it was more about Rose and Dimitri, my OTP of this series! Their relationship grew a lot and I didn’t want the book to end. But this graphic went to fast. I want to learn more about these character. Which is why I can’t wait to read the novels. Hoping there’s more in the books. I couldn’t stop reading or looking at the pages. This plot had a lot in it but was still easy to follow. The ending. I’m not even…. I can’t is. Oh, Dimitri… I need to find out what happens next! I love this this one, it was more about Rose and Dimitri, my OTP of this series! Their relationship grew a lot and I didn’t want the book to end. But this graphic went to fast. I want to learn more about these character. Which is why I can’t wait to read the novels. Hoping there’s more in the books. I couldn’t stop reading or looking at the pages. This plot had a lot in it but was still easy to follow. The ending. I’m not even…. I can’t is. Oh, Dimitri… I need to find out what happens next!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tracey

    This was just boring as hell. I rushed through it, only stopping to look at any pictures of Christian. He was the highlight of this story. These graphic novels fail to capture to feeling I had while reading the VA novels. It's a water downed version and the drawing isn't very good either. I totally understand why there's a hold to complete the fourth novel. With the story only getting better and more intense with each book, I'd hate to read these comics and feel underwhelmed yet again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary H

    My problem with the Vampire Academy graphic novels is that, sadly, I'm just not into Emma Vieceli's artwork. It is totally evident that she works incredibly hard on these novels, but her style is not what I prefer. Honestly, I find it a little inconsistent. The characters features shift from frame to frame on occasion, and I find that distracting. However, there are individual drawings that are spectacular. There are two of Dimitri during the card reading scene that are especially beautiful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)

    Oh wow, I really got to catch up on the book series. So this was pretty good. That page with Rose and Christian was awesome. They make a good team. Same with the Frostbite cover. Anyway, this sequel like I said is really good. I guess its the same as the books. But with this its graphic novel form?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Read this the past week. It was the first time I've ever read a graphic novel that was originally a book and I seriously thought that the whole story would be included. I was wrong and I was so disappointed. But hey, I still liked it because it's an adaptation of Shadow kiss which I love after all.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matilda

    Garh I hear they are not doing the next one which is a shame since these are so brilliant. And dat ending (I know I have read the book but STILLLLLLLLL) Apart from the fact that Rose blushes like every five seconds. Like seriously every damn page even when she doesn't need to.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Htrain

    I loved the art and the story that they kept too. I was a little unsure of what would be cute to keep it so small but I really enjoyed it. It kept to all the important issues.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Arnela

    I'm gunna complain about this until it improves. 160 pages of comic isn't enough to adequately retell 440+ pages of story. I still feel like the story is rushed and it doesn't expand on the characters arriving at some of their "heavy" conclusions to concerns that were made in previous books. One of my biggest pet peeves is that Dimitri and Rose both would rather be dead than get turned into Strigoi. But when it comes to Dimitri losing "what he values most" the book actually sets it up to make it I'm gunna complain about this until it improves. 160 pages of comic isn't enough to adequately retell 440+ pages of story. I still feel like the story is rushed and it doesn't expand on the characters arriving at some of their "heavy" conclusions to concerns that were made in previous books. One of my biggest pet peeves is that Dimitri and Rose both would rather be dead than get turned into Strigoi. But when it comes to Dimitri losing "what he values most" the book actually sets it up to make it seem that what he values most in life is Rose, and then the book takes a sharp left turn and the not-a-twist leaves me feeling like it's a cop out. Dimitri and Rose are in love, and the book sets it up that they would do anything, even possibly endanger the person they're protecting to take care of each other, so of course when you read he's gunna lose something that he values most of course it'll sound like Rose cause we haven't been shown anything else he might actually care about to lose. It feels like this book was supposed to be more focused on character development than the other 2, since we learn a lot about the other characters, but it's still very short and rushed and doesn't do enough to show these people growing and changing. It just kind of happens and their friends notice that someone is being plenty different from what they used to be so then it's a question of are they actually changing that much or is this kind of a situational thing and this book isn't making itself very clear?? I don't know, but I like character growth, good or bad, and I was happy to see it. Transitions are better [more noticeable], the proportions are more realistic, like they're not perfect we still have wonky representation at times but it's improving.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    I need to start by saying that I'm not a big fan of graphic novels. I am not a very visual person and find it hard to follow a story that is mostly illustrations.Beyond the main characters, I often have trouble telling characters apart. These books were not exceptions to my previous experience. I liked the illustrations. I liked the color palette. I liked that I could almost always pick out Rose and Lissa. It helped greatly that I have read the regular novels for these stories. It helped me fill I need to start by saying that I'm not a big fan of graphic novels. I am not a very visual person and find it hard to follow a story that is mostly illustrations.Beyond the main characters, I often have trouble telling characters apart. These books were not exceptions to my previous experience. I liked the illustrations. I liked the color palette. I liked that I could almost always pick out Rose and Lissa. It helped greatly that I have read the regular novels for these stories. It helped me fill in the character development that was mostly lacking in the graphic novels. The graphic novels did help me recall the stories that I read years ago. I thought the flow of each of the stories was good and that the major plot points were included. I liked the flow of the story on each page. It was easy to decide what to read and what to look at next. These would seem to work best for readers who had already read the original stories though they might be a good lead in to the originals for readers who wanted to flesh out the story told in the graphic novels.

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