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Monday, August 15, 2011

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

"“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.

Kindle Edition336 pages
Expected publication: September 20th 2011 by Harper Collins, Inc.

The premise of Cold Kiss sounded really intriguing. Who wouldn't want to bring back a loved one after they died? 
It didn't turn out to be as good as it could have been. About the first half of the book was really slow and felt very forced. It was just Wren going on and on about how her and Danny had been just the perfect couple. No couple is that perfect. Especially not in highschool. And then things that Danny did that were not good for the relationship she just really played off as not a big deal. Then she would start thinking about how he just wasn't the same as he was 'before'. You brought you boyfriend back from the dead! No duh he's not the same!

Wren also knows nothing about the powers she has. Her mom has them, her aunt has them, and her sister is starting to get them. So why doesn't she know? Because her mother is in denial and refuses to talk about these powers. It was a bit ridiculous and unbelievable. The powers that they display are dangerous (as in electrical things tend to blow up around her) and this mom refuses to tell her daughters about how to control them? Seriously?!  

Then in comes Gabriel, which kind of made things a bit more interesting because he knows about her and can sense her power so he tries to help her out. If it hadn't been another case of instalove and their relationship had been allowed to develop a little bit more it might have helped boost my positive feelings for this story.

There are a ton of unanswered questions at the end so I am kind of hoping for a sequel just to have those things explained.

Overall, Cold Kiss was alright. It's a quick supernatural read that just needs a bit more development. But if you are wanting something with zombies that has a romantic side to it, give Cold Kiss a try.

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