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Cold Kiss (Cold Kiss #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,337 Ratings  ·  617 Reviews
Be careful what you wish for. . .

When Wren's boyfriend, Danny, died, Wren decided that what she wanted—what she had to do—was to bring Danny back. And so, in a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, she did.

But the Danny who returns isn't the boy Wren fell in love with, and she must hide him away while her life unravels around her. Then Gabriel
ebook, 292 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by HarperTeen
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Wendy Darling
How far would you go to save the person you loved most in the world? And what if he were already...dead?

Wren's boyfriend Danny died in a car accident before she had a chance to say goodbye. In a moment of grief, she brings him back from the dead with a powerful spell. But she soon realizes that the boy brought back is no longer quite the boy she loved.

I was really impressed by many aspects of this novel. From the description, I expected to find a typical YA paranormal romance, but was pleasantly
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
4.5 stars

We were completely different. Danny was tall, sweet, graceful despite legs that went on forever. I was little, moody, uncoordinated. We didn't like the same music or the same movies. He put onions and mushrooms on his pizza and never wore socks and could sleep through a pipe bomb. I survived on bananas and yogurt and always wore hats and got carsick unless I chewed gum with my headphones on. It didn't matter. I loved him.

As soon as she entered puberty, strange things started happening
What would happen if you lost the person you loved most in the world and then.... managed to bring him back?

That's what happens in this stunning novel by Amy Garvey.
Wren was - is - in love with Danny. They were everything to each other, breathing each other's air. When Danny dies in a stupid car crash, Wren's world comes to a halt. The only way she knows to give remedy to the sense of loss and desperation she feels is by trying to use her... abilities. Wren has them. Her mom, aunt and sister ha
shady boots
This book left me looking:

Barely anything happened, the story was pretty much predictable, and on top of all that, Wren, our protagonist, is so unlikable and whiny. If I had a penny everytime she whined, I would be able to buy my own private island. The romance was stupid and the ending was anti-climactic and boring.

I know some people might say that this book is considered to be one of those mellow, down-beat books that don't really have much action, and I'm fine with those kinds of books, but t
Jul 11, 2011 Jo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, for-review, own
3.5 Stars.

“It wasn’t love right away, because nothing ever is, no matter what the songs say, but it was the start of it. A beginning in one way, and the end in another. I think that might always be true of love.”

Initial Final Page Thoughts.
I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did. I love being proved wrong.

High Points.
An um.. alternative way of dealing with loss. Zombies. It’s a kind of magic. Cute flashbacks. Gorgeous prose. Minimal eye-roll inducing descriptions. An unconvent
Dec 13, 2014 Ariana rated it really liked it
This book touched the very bottom of my heart.

There isn't much action and the story is simple, but there are so many emotions crammed into this little book that even my soul started to ache at some point.
The writer knows how to describe the feeling of losing someone dear to your heart, how you need to hold on to the good memories, how you can not let go even when you know that you need to.
“Love doesn’t break easily, I found. But people do.

This book is also about making mistakes and dealing wi
[NOTE: I gave this book 1 1/2 stars on my blog...]

Hmmmm... OK, so... I wasn't a huge fan of this book. Cold Kiss tells the story of Wren, a high school girl, who happens to have magic powers that her mom has kept a secret from her all her life-- until her boyfriend Danny dies in a car accident, and Wren finds out that she can use her powers to bring him back to life. The problem is that once she does, Danny isn't the same...


When I first read the premise for this book, I was thinking to my
Jul 18, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zombie
How do we let go of the loved ones we lost? How do we move on when the life we once knew has changed forever? If you are Wren, maybe you don’t have to let go.

Wren and Danny were in love. When Danny is killed in a car accident, Wren uses her magical powers, which she still does not fully understand, to raise him from the dead. But is what Wren brought back really her Danny or just bits and pieces?

The pages of Cold Kiss hum with electricity, energy, grief, love and sadness. Garvey’s prose makes y
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
I suggest when reading Cold Kiss you have a box of tissues sitting right next to you. I've never read a YA book that actually made me cry as hard as I did reading Cold Kiss. It made me cry at the beginning and at the end.

Cold Kiss is about a girl named Wren who falls in love with a boy named Danny, only to lose Danny in a nasty car accident. Not being able to let go and move on, Wren finds a way to bring him back. She always knew that she was different somehow. Not just her, but her family as we
Aug 13, 2011 Isamlq rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-galley
I've been keeping my expectations of YA PNR low lately. That way I'm not too disappointed if something turns out sucky. I am pleasantly surprised by elements of Cold Kiss, despite bits of it being standard. One, girl loves boy but with an obstacle before them, things got difficult. Two, the same girl meets another boy who is just as delicious as the first, and tada triangle. Cold Kiss is not that simple though. True, the characters weren't fleshed out. True, the story took place right after she' ...more
Aug 17, 2011 Megan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some words that are thrown around to describe COLD KISS: Paranormal. Zombies. Romance.

Don't let these words fool you. COLD KISS is something new and beautiful and unique in YA lit. I hesitate to even discuss or acknowledge the "paranormal" aspect of this book (the main character, Wren, and her family have powers of the occult at their disposal, and Wren does indeed bring her boyfriend back from the dead) because the focus of this book, and the thing I came away thinking about, was Wren's struggl
Princess Bookie
May 11, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read2011
My Thoughts: We are introduced to Wren who is a high school student. She has two best friends she has neglected. She just has too much going on in her life to handle friends right now. She has been dating Danny and they make the perfect couple. She's really in love with him. But there was a car accident; the car crashed into a tree. One boy was paralyzed, one boy died. Danny is the boy who died in a car accident. Wren is a special girl. How special you ask? Special enough to raise him from the d ...more
Sep 15, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I have to go sob my eyes out. That hurt. It was really beautiful.

Merged review:

How do you write a review for a book you barely have words for? For a story that has me choked up just considering the emotional depths it plundered? No matter how emphatically I proclaim the beauty of Cold Kiss, I won’t be able to do the book justice.

Cold Kiss is the story of a beautiful life cut short and a love gone tragically too soon. The lengths Wren is willing to go to in order to fill the hole left after
Jan 18, 2015 ცɛყʑą rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlkokulda birinin öldüğünü anlatmak için "Ölü ölmüş." gibi bir cümle kurarlardı.Tabi biz de sınıfça her seferinde buna kıkırdayarak gülerdik. Bu kitapta da bunun gibi garip bir ironi var.
Sevdiğimiz birisi öldüğünde onun hâlâ yaşıyor olmasını çaresizce dileriz. Ama elimizden bir şey gelmez. Wren'in de ilk aşkı (arabasının ağaca çarpmasıyla) Wren'in hiç beklemediği bir anda ölür. Tabi kızımız bunu kabullenemez. Onunsa bu durumda yapabileceği bir şeyler vardır.
Wren bir cadıdır ancak onların evinde
Ms. Garvey’s writing is stunning. She has given Wren a very poetic, funny, and honest voice. Raw, even. The descriptions leave nothing to be desired and have a sort of depth to them, if that makes sense. The dialogue is smooth and fluid, as well. Although Wren is withdrawn from her friends, they are still great members of the cast and help show just how strong friendship can be.

Prior to reading the book, I knew Danny had to be some sort of zombie given the fact that Wren brings him back to life.
HD Tolson
Oct 31, 2011 HD Tolson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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!"

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
Jan 30, 2012 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: draíocht
It wasn’t love right away, because nothing ever is, no matter what the songs say, but it was the start of it. A beginning in one way, and the end in another. I think that might always be true of love.

We were completely different. Danny was tall, sweet, graceful despite legs that went on forever. I was little, moody, uncoordinated. We didn’t like the same music or the same movies. He put onions and mushrooms on his pizza and never wore socks and could sleep through a pipe bomb. I survived on bana
3.5 stars

Cold Kiss is surprisingly powerful. It was a rather fast read but the impact of emotions was something that had me invested from the very first chapter. Wren was just so sad and desperate and broken and Danny, dear gawd was so utterly sweet. He broke my heart. The memories alone is what had me undone.
This was an unexpected gem that I'm really glad I had the chance to read. Very bittersweet right till the very end.
Sep 29, 2012 ♥Kel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: was-okay
I liked this book. The romance, the character development, the storyline... it was good. Even though i cried half of the book, i still loved it :0 i'm excited to read the 2nd book :)
"It wasn't love right away, because nothing ever is, no matter what the songs say."

This quote is toward the beginning of Cold Kiss, and it drew me in, not necessarily because it was interesting or thought-provoking, but because it was unlike every other YA paranormal book out there.

Cold Kiss was actually different than all the rest of the crap I'd been reading lately, filled to the brim with characters falling in love before their respective books hit page 100. (I think Fallen takes the cake, th
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
I just finished reading this book just now, and I cried with it. I cried because its so sad, because I know how hard it is to say good bye to someone you love, letting go is the hardest. The story started a little confusing but it was all good after awhile, I really like this book, its something different from what I usually read it was kind of strange and weird but in a good way. Weird because it gives me shivers to think that Wren kissing or touching her boyfriend who's supposed to be six feet ...more
All Things Urban Fantasy
COLD KISS is a mood piece, haunting and clear. It is a sad song, a scrap of poetry, an intimate glimpse of grief and adolescence and redemption. Despite the oh so brief moment in time that we share with Wren, the author fills in all of the real, delicate little details that allow all of these characters to go straight to the heart.

Those details are most haunting as they establish the love between Wren and Danny; how they met, their first kiss, the silly gifts and secret moments. All of these thi
Amy Jacobs
Jul 20, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I am not usually a big fan of zombie themed books. With the exception of a select few, I never understood the appeal to either cold, dead bodies for romance or brain eating shells of humans for entertainment. That could be why I was a little hesitant on reading Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey. After reading the first chapter though, I just knew I was going to like this book though.

When Wren is devastated after losing her boyfriend Danny in a car accident, she does the unimaginable and brings him back fr
Lori (Pure Imagination)
To be honest my expectations weren't very high for this book. The premise sounds intriguing and I love the cover, but I was seeing some mixed reviews about it. That made me a little wary. Those feelings were totally unjustified and it only took me reading a few pages to realize I was going to love this book.

This book isn't your typical YA paranormal romance. Not at all. It's a little bit on the darker side and it deals heavily with Wren's grief and bad decisions. But not so heavily that it's dep
Melissa Simmons
Hello all, this month we decided to tackle Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey for our group review! I came across this book while browsing through Goodreads (I believe Lana was already reading it) and it caught my attention. I went right to Amazon & downloaded it for my kindle. I'm so very glad I did; this book had me hooked from the very first page!

Set in a small town where everyone knows everything about everyone else, Cold Kiss brings us back to our first love and that first time you feel really con
I would have given this a 3.5.

This book was okay. It was interesting enough that I wanted to finish it but I felt like the main character was not very well developed. I get that she was going through trauma and dealing with stuff, but she was really all over the place in her actions and I never got to know her or care about her. I wondered why the hero cared as much about her as he did. She asked him that a few times and he didn't really give a good answer except something that sounded vaguely l
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would, but was still very let down by a few aspects of it.

The writing was lovely. I'll say that right off the bat, because that was one of the things I really, really liked. You all know I'm a big fan of lovely writing. It was lyrical and powerful but never strayed into over-written. It drove the whole story and made it so much easier to connect to Wren and all the crazy things she was feeling.

But Wren herself I was a little iffy on. Sometimes I love
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
I've been working patiently down my list of books from BEA and requests. And I couldn't wait to get to this book. Damaris, you guys know Damaris. Well she ranted and raved about this book. So I was looking forward to it. And for once in a long time. I can't say I agree with her. And I'll tell you why.

Wren was finding it hard to continue living without the love of her life Danny. She was having a hard time letting go of her dead boyfriend. They basically were attached by the hip. That was until
Aug 30, 2011 Alessia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: letti-nel-2011
Ci sono libri che colpiscono in modo particolare. Non sono estremamente belli, non hanno un lieto fine, non sono *meravigliosi*. Eppure colpiscono e restano dentro.
Cold Kiss (in uscita il 20 Settembre per HarperTeen, divisione di HarperCollins) è uno di questi libri.

Prima di procedere con la recensione, fatemi spendere anche in questo caso due parole per la copertina. Questa stagione libristica vede non solo bei libri, ma anche belle copertine, e personalmente ne sono contenta. Nel caso di Cold
This review is also posted on my blog.

So… funny story. I had an eGalley of Cold Kiss and it expired before I managed to read all of it. But I read the first few chapters and fell in love with Wren and the voice. It was hauntingly beautiful. It stayed with me for a really long time and I had been dying to buy a copy of the book so I could figure out what the hell happens.

Oh, I just wanted to hug Wren. She seemed so sad and like she needed a friend who knew about her secrets. But mostly I wanted t
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I've always been a reader. I've also been a movie theater ticket taker, a nanny, a camp counselor, and a romance editor. Now I'm a mom and a writer who still spends most of my free time reading (when I'm not watching too much TV).

After starting off in romance with books like Hot Date and Pictures of Us, I'm writing in the genre I've always loved most, young adult fiction. (My very first completed
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