Friday, September 30, 2011

Review: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Release Date: September 20, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: YA

The Story: “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. 

My Review: After losing her boyfriend, Danny, to an awful car accident, Wren can hardly think straight she's so grief-stricken. She has powers that aren't exactly honed, but nonetheless she makes the difficult decision to bring Danny back to her. It becomes clear that this isn't a decision that was fully thought through and Wren soon finds herself wondering if she'd done the right thing. She had her boyfriend back, but she had to hide him from the world and he very much wasn't the same boy he'd been when he was alive. 

The problem is, well, there are lots of problems. Wren has powers, but she doesn't know exactly how they work because her mother refuses to talk about it. All of the women in her family have powers, but the full extent of their abilities is kept a mystery from Wren. So even though Wren has returned her boyfriend from the dead, she isn't exactly sure what she can do about it now that she's realized her mistake. 

And then there is the new and remarkably kind Gabriel who is new to Wren's school, but somehow knows more about Wren than anyone ever has. Despite trying to avoid him, Wren can't deny she's intrigued by him and more than a little curious as to how he knows what he knows about her. Gabriel turns out to be an important ally for Wren and seems to only want to help her come to grips with her grief. But when you love someone as much as Wren loved Danny, how do you ever say goodbye? Can you truly?

I loved, loved, loved this story. I was immediately pulled into Wren's sadness. She was suffering when she'd lost Danny and now she was suffering because of what she'd done. The decision she had to make was heartbreaking and felt entirely real on the page. Amy Garvey has a way with words that will draw you deeply into the story, not releasing you until the very last word. But truthfully, not even then was I released. Because months after finishing this book, I'm still wondering what is happening with Wren, Danny and Gabriel. I want to know how Wren's family is dealing and if there can ever be a happy ending to such a painful story. There were plenty of questions left unanswered in Cold Kiss, but in the good way you want books to leave things. It'll definitely leave you wanting more.

One of my favorite things about this book was the gift that author Amy Garvey has for imagery. I couldn't get enough of her ability to paint a picture with words. It was breathtakingly beautiful and eerie at the same time. I am definitely excited to see how this story plays out in the next book.
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  1. Everyone is just loving this book. I can't wait to get my hands on it. It sounds so well written with great characters. Great review!

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  2. Giselle, it really is well written. It's honestly really beautiful the way the author uses descriptions to paint pictures. It's very vivid. I hope you love it!

  3. I've been seeing this one make it's way around the blogosphere and it keeps sounding better and better. Just might have to check this one out. Thanks for the review!




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