Tuesday, August 2, 2011

ARC Review: Cold Kiss

Title: Cold Kiss
Author: Amy Garvey
Genre: Paranormal YA
Release Date: September 20th

“It seemed so right. Danny was mine, I was his, and that wasn’t going to work if he was dead. So I would make him not dead, not anymore. I didn’t think any further than what it would feel like to kiss him again, to wrap my arms around him and bury my head against his shoulder.
That was my first mistake. It also turned out to be the biggest.”

When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved.

Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart.

Amy Garvey’s transcendent teen debut is perfect for fans of Shiver and Beautiful Creatures. Wren’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned. --Goodreads

Cold Kiss was intoxicating, riveting, and a delight to read.

I adored this hauntingly beautiful story of romance and tragedy. The characters had depth and life.
I had some minor annoyances, though. There were some unresolved questions left hanging at the end. I don’t want to bring these up in the review as I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I’m just saying that I felt the ending left a few questions unanswered. Does this mean a possible sequel? In a way, I would hope not. Cold Kiss stands fabulously on its own and shouldn’t require a sequel or series. I don’t see where a sequel could even come into play after the ending here.

If there were a sequel, I might look into it out of curiosity. I just feel it’s not necessary. Everything could have been wrapped up and resolved nicely all in Cold Kiss, leaving the readers with a stunning stand-alone novel for our shelves.

Nonetheless, all that aside, this was a visually expressive and beautiful story. I found myself wanting to know more about the powers that Wren possessed. I was drawn to Gabriel and liked his protectiveness, as well as his charm.

I adored that Amy Garvey used the old-mythology zombie, more like the Haitian Voodoo Zombie, instead of the traditional that readers are more used to. It was so unique and kept me intrigued.

I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book as much as I ended up doing. It cast its own spell on me.

4 stars!



1 comment:

  1. Awesome! I like the idea of an old-mythology zombie. I think I need to pick this one up. Great review! :)


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