"Cold Kiss is a riveting tale of love and loss with a distinctive paranormal twist, crammed full of so many emotions that it will leave you a complete and utter mess!"
Publisher - HarperTeen
Source - ARC from Hafsah (She. Is. AWESOME!)
September 20th, 2011
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.
Wow, this book killed me. But, in a good way.
I feel as though i should stress why I loved Cold Kiss so much. Because there was no insta-love. There was no desperate kissing or any of that watered down YA stuff, but there was love. There was a slow love that was described by a down-to-earth protagonist who had a real understanding of love. "It wasn't love right away, but nothing is." My heart sang when i read this, folks! Wren is a smart, witty main character who took a step back and described her relationship with Danny is a way so deep and full of love, when i found out he was dead but not-dead, i died.
The paranormal twist is genius and not overbearing. It isn't there in the book to sell, to make sure that it can get the PARANORMAL ROMANCE stamp and be bought. It isn't there as a filler. There is love, there is hope and grief and sadness in Wren's ability of magic. What she did in her desperation and fury after her boyfriend Danny died is well thought out, and the motive and want to bring him back is something you could relate to and something that was...real! Wren is a real girl, who has real problems, but also has a kick-butt ability and a zombie boyfriend. Yes, ZOMBIE!
Everything was vivid in this book. The way things were said and explained brought depth and life to the characters that couldn't have been aroused in any way. There were no limits to Amy's vocabulary as she strung words together to create sentences that gave the characters so many layers in YA i haven't seen a lot recently!
Every page of Cold Kiss ripped my heart out, every page brought a new emotion. One minute, the story had ripped my heart out and i was crying, but the next, i was smiling and feeling...happy. Cold Kiss is a riveting tale of love and loss with a distinctive paranormal twist, crammed full of so many emotions that it will leave you a complete and utter mess!