Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Review: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Cold Kiss
Hardcover, 336 pages

Released: today (September 20, 2011)

Publisher: HarperTeen

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Taken from Goodreads.com:
“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.
My Rating: 3.5 / 5

My Thoughts:

Wren has seen her mother do some magical things and has noticed that she has unique powers herself, but they don't talk about it. Danny was the perfect boyfriend, he was so sweet and Wren and Danny did everything together. When Wren gets a call to say that Danny died in a car crash, she is heart broken. Faced with losing the love her life forever, she decided to try out her powers and brings Danny back to life, she can't lose him. Keeping him hidden and a secret is hard, even harder when Gabriel comes on scene and 'knows' what Wren has done.

I think everyone can relate to the premise of this book... if one could keep the one you love with you forever, I'm sure many would try and find a way. The problem is, that the person you love may not be the same as the one you have now and this is the dilemma Wren faces. This was a cute story about love, loss and regrets...oh and zombies! Well sort of, the zombie aspect is quite different here. We are not talking the brain eating kind, rather an empty person version. I just wish there was more substance to the story, it felt like there was so much more to tell and we were only given a glimpse. Wren has powers! Where did both Wren and Gabriel's dad go and why? Who is Gabriel? I was left curious but not super eager and in my search I can't see any mention of there being a book two.

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  1. Those were some of my thoughts. I didn't like the way she kept secrets about him from mom. I was whoa Gabriel also has powers too.

  2. Great review! I've been wondering if this was any good. I'll have to check it out.

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  3. Julie ~ Ya, the powers aspect was so undeveloped, I kept wanting more answers!

  4. Glad I wasn't the only one feeling something lacking! Was so odd, like a shell of a book for me.

  5. I wasn't too struck on Gabriel either, Mel.
    I thought it would have been so much better if he had just been left out of the picture.

    Great review :)

  6. this one is on my wishlist. Hrm. Looks like a 'meh' one. Zombies have to be brain eating mindless hordes, not..empty shells. I still might give this one a try!

  7. I've got this one on my TBR pile and am looking forward to reading it! Sorry to hear that it was lacking substance, but am still going to give it a try.

  8. I felt the same as you about this one. I enjoyed it for what it was but Gabriel, Wren's powers and their families were under developed, especially if this is a stand alone book. From what I've heard, it is.