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Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
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First of all, I cry foul! Where's the Elvis hair gone? I was promised Elvis hair!

When the cover for this was first released the guy on the cover had this massive Elvis quiff that brought me no end of amusement. Seriously, you could have done a Half Pipe off the thing.

Don't believe me? Check it out, here's the original:

Elvis hair:

And here's the new one:
No Elvis hair:

Now where's the fun in that? It's all, like, normal and stuff. B. O. R. I. N. G.

As for the contents inside the book? Eh. It was okay. It was a decent enough story, but it had a lot of cliches, incredibly 2D cardboard cut-out characters, and a rather unlikable protagonist.

The worst part for me was the characterisation of the main character, Samantha, which consisted of TELLING me (as opposed to showing me), that she was a bookish, nerdy type that incongruously, for reasons unknown to the world at large, kept banging on about how she'd once shoplifted and ran away from home and spent three nights sleeping rough on the streets. #troubled #introverted

She was also quite bitchy and snarky, which was another thing she kept TELLING us about; that she had this incredible wit and had learned to fight people with her sharp tongue. Not once did I find any of her comebacks funny or cool in any way, but whatevs. #ohsnap #noyoudi'n't

She was also a bit TSTL. Like, "Hee, hee! Let's follow the weird, clearly mental, homeless dude into a dark alley. 'Cause he's like, super hot!". #inspired #tinygenius

And that's really all the characterisation you get. #theend

Oh, but then there were the boys: One good but tormented. One bad but redeemable. One really sweet, the token friend. One bad as bad can be...

I'm pretty sure the YAers will lap it all up, but I've read far too many books, including recently two brilliant YA books (Wilde's Fire by Krystal Wade and Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa), to accept this mediocre writing. It's all been done before so much better.

Having said all that, I did read it all the way through and in pretty short order. Like I said, the story itself was not too terrible and could have been so much better if it had some decent characters to carry it. But alas, it did not.

To sum up, it entertained me for a few hours, but I didn't like the characters enough to want more. I won't be reading the next one.

3 stars ★★★

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message 2: by Bijou (new)

Bijou Omg I keep scrolling up and down, up and down, comparing the two covers and you're right! Hilarious LOL!

David "proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party" This should make it up to you, Lynsey, all the Elvis hair you could ever possibly need! ;)

Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian David wrote: "This should make it up to you, Lynsey, all the Elvis hair you could ever possibly need! ;)

Oh. My. Word. David you have excelled yourself :)

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