Shadow Kiss is the third installment of the Vampire Academy series and it does not disappoint. Mead's paranormal world is doses of light and funny mixed with just the right amount of dark and evil. She pulls you into the world with her own twist on all things that go bump in the night.Rose is a bad ass and I like her even more after reading this 3rd book. She's strong and smart, and I love that she bucks the system in all the right places. Likewise, I'm a fan of Dimitri's and this book takes readers on a twisting ride where he's concerned. Mead doesn't skirt around the hard plot lines or try to tie everything and everyone up in a nice, neat bow - I appreciate that in her stories.Two more characters have grown on me - Christian and Adrian both bring action, wit, intrigue, and style to the story. Adrian steps into the limelight more in this book - I enjoyed getting to "know" him a little better, but can tell that there must be much more where he is concerned.The book takes an unexpected turn towards the end that will leave readers with wide eyes and hungry for number four.