Saturday, September 15, 2012

Supernatural Saturday Review: Cold Kiss

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died.

Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants--what she "must" do--is to bring Danny back.

But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it.

Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her--and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right.

But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought--even if it means breaking her heart all over again.
[from Goodreads]
Rating:  2.5 out of 5 boxes
Target Audience: YA paranormal readers
High point:  N/A
Low point:  N/A
Reader maturity:  13+

I spent over a week trying to decide how to write my review of Cold Kiss. The problem is that I can't muster anything other than apathy.

The writing is on par for YA--not too flowery, not stilted. The main character, Wren, is standard YA material--average looks, special abilities, irresistibly attractive to inexplicably mature guys. Her mother is frequently absent; there are family secrets and a love triangle. Overall, it's very formulaic YA. It's good, predictability notwithstanding, but I was disappointed by the feeling of sameness. I had hoped for more from a zombie-ish novel.

Perhaps if I had read this years ago, before I got burned out on vampires and teenage heroines, I'd be more enthusiastic, but as it stands, I don't have strong feelings either way.

Title:  Cold Kiss
Author:  Amy Garvey
Genre:   Fiction - Paranormal
Year:   2011
Book Source:  Purchased

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