Happy Weekend everyone! Here are the stops for Fire and Ice today:
Kimba@ The Caffeinated Reviewer: Amy Lignor: The Angel Chronicles
H.A. Fowler: Blood Thirsty Muses: Cold-Blooded Heroes Make for Steamy Winter Nights
Nomi@Nomi's Paranormal Palace: Amy Andrews: Taming the Tycoon
Today I have a review for you.
I don't do dangerous. Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back. Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me.... When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...Paperback, 352 pages Published May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin Teen
Three Stars: A smart and complex read featuring angels and demons.
Samantha watches the bodies pulse to the grinding music. It is another night at her favorite club, Crave. Then Samantha sees Stephen, her sexy, older, next door neighborhood, whom she has been crushing on for years. Stephen is supposed to be away at college, what is he doing here? Her heart catches in her throat, he is beckoning her over. Stephen wants to kiss her. Is she dreaming? He does warn her that she must want this kiss he because it will change her......of course she wants him to kiss her! She has only been dreaming about this moment forever! Stephen kisses her, and the kiss is dark and delicious, but strange. Samantha soon learns that the kiss changed her in ways she couldn't even fathom, and it isn't all good. The next day, Samantha accidentally bumps into what appears to be a homeless boy on the street, but once she touches him his mind clears. His name is Bishop and he isn't exactly human. Samantha finds herself drawn into a dark and dangerous paranormal world where angels and demons are vying for control. Can she figure out whom to trust and save her soul?
What I Liked:
- Dark Kiss brings some stunning and interesting new ideas to the table with its complex ideas of souls, demons, angels and the balance between Heaven and Hell. I was very much impressed by the originality and the complexity of the ideas that Ms. Rowan presents in this book. Her idea of souls is especially interesting. If you like reads that are intriguing and complicated try this one.
- I am not always a fan of angels and demons, but I liked Ms. Rowan's take on angels and demons in this book. The angels, especially Bishop, come across as a bit flawed and not overly perfect and righteous. They have human characteristics and they aren't uptight and perfect or snobby. The demons on the flip side are not completely depraved and evil, either. They have some good qualities. While I did like the tortured Bishop, his demon counterpart, Kraven, certainly stole the show. Kraven is the bad boy and he is snarky! He totally livens up the book. I wanted more Kraven!
- The world building in this one is good. There is plenty of detail and I enjoyed seeing how everything fit together. There were some surprises and twists that I didn't see coming, for instance the relationship between Kraven and Bishop. The world building wasn't perfect, but it was enough to keep me satisfied.
- I liked that the romance was subtle and was not the main focus. It is mostly an attraction, but it is a bit hesitant and shaky, and it hasn't fully blossomed by the end of the book. I am excited to see how it will progress in the sequel.
And The Not So Much:
- Samantha, the protagonist, is not an easy character to like. I enjoyed her wit and her determination, but I got irritated with her indecisiveness and her inability to see who was really manipulating her. Especially when it comes to The Source. I couldn't believe that she would even think of trusting this person for one second, after what she did to Samantha. I wanted a bit more fight and fire with Samantha. I am hopeful that she will grow and mature and become a heroine that I can really enjoy.
- The lack of parental guidance was irritating. At the beginning of the book, Samantha has gone through some difficulties in her home life, which cause her to be rebellious. The detail on her parents and her home life is scant. Samantha is allowed to pretty much do whatever she wants. There is this big reveal regarding her mother that almost feels like it comes out of nowhere. I didn't like the way this whole situation was handled when it comes to Samantha's mom's secret. This book would definitely have benefitted with a bit more development on this angle.
- I liked the world building for the most part, but it felt like Ms. Rowan was just getting started. There are so many intriguing story lines presented in this one, and most of them are not fully developed. I was left at the end with so many questions, such as who was the mysterious homeless guy? How did Bishop and Kraven change into an angel and demon? What really happens to souls? How did Natalie get out of The Hollow? What happened to Samantha's dad?
- The ending, while not exactly a cliffhanger, felt like a big to be continued. There is little resolution with any of the story lines and the reader is left with more questions at the end than answers!
Dark Kiss provides a new and fascinating take on angels, demons, souls and the balance of Heaven and Hell. I enjoyed the complexity of this novel and appreciated the detail. I was a bit perplexed that there were many unanswered questions left hanging, so I will certainly be picking up the second book. If you like intelligent books with fresh ideas give this one a chance!
"He might be the boy next door, but to me he was also wicked. And dangerous."
"I should warn you, it's a very dangerous kiss. It'll change your life forever, so you have to want it."
"I thought only demons and care salesman made deals. Not angels."
"Heartless bastard. I glared at him as I touched my throat. He'd cut off the blood to my brain to make me pass out like he was some pointy-eared character from Star Trek."
"Yeah, we've had our share of problems, but...family's not always about biology, it's about love and support through good times and bad."
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
Stop back by on Wedensday for a guest post and giveaway for the sequel: Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen.