Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

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.

Title: Cold Kiss
Author: Amy Garvey
Publication: 20th September 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
336 pages

This book is the first instalment of a series. There'll be a sequel.

My review

After reading Cold Kiss's summary I expected a promising story, with an original plot, something full of mysteries. I was not disappointed as this story is quite unique. Amy Garvey offers us an innovative novel, pleasant and interesting. Despite a few minor flaws, I read it fairly quickly and it was nonetheless an enjoyable book.

I had some difficulties to relate to Wren and empathize with her, especially because she accumulates errors without trying to deal with their consequences. Indeed, she is rather passive and she is waiting for everything to settle down, even when it's impossible, instead of acting. Instead of dealing with her mistakes, she is waiting for someone to do it for her. I must say that what is happening to her is fairly predictable for the reader, but it will take her time to realize it. Her ability to avoid problems may sometimes be annoying. However, the young girl is suffering a lot and so I was also able to understand and forgive her, especially her desire to keep her former boyfriend.

Amy Garvey offers her reader an original vision of the zombies's myth and I really enjoyed this aspect of the story. Paranormal elements are interesting and I totally enjoyed discovering them along with Wren. Her family is hiding a secret and her mother never wants to talk about it. All this is contributing to Wren's unfortunate situation.

Amy Garvey's writing is smooth, light and pleasant. There are lots of action and twists. The plot is fast-paced and the story is interesting. There are a few lengths, but fortunately they don't last very long. The ending leaves the reader with some unanswered questions, but it was still relatively satisfying and consistent with the rest of the story. However, a sequel is already planned and the questions left on hold will certainly find their answers in the second instalment.

The mythology set up by Amy Garvey is really interesting and for me it was one of the strengths of Cold Kiss. The atmosphere is also well-written and developed. The descriptions are accurate, vivid and we can easily imagine the scenery.

To sum up, if you are able to overcome Wren's temper, which was a bit difficult for me, Cold Kiss will offer you a pleasant read and an especially original mythology. The plot is fast-paced and the story is quite captivating. I really did not expect that there would be a sequel, and in my opinion, it was not absolutely necessary, but I will read it in order to know what will happen to Wren. Cold Kiss will be released September 20, 2011.

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A copy was provided by the publisher, via Net Galley, against my completely honest review. Thank you.

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