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Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen
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May 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: paranormal-series, young-adult
Read in April, 2012

Overall Rating: 4½ super-strong stars out of 5!

Welcome to Samantha’s life: she’s smart, fairly attractive, very conservative, and being kissed by the hottest guy in the local club. Oh yes, the guy, the one who lives just a few doors down and the one Sam has had a crush on for years. Too bad he’s also sucking out her soul! Balls! Should have known that kiss was too good to be true.

So, what does a high school girl with no soul do with herself? Sam begins to eat uncontrollably though never satisfied, shivers from the intense cold she now constantly feels, and runs into a completely hot yet totally brains-scrambled angel by the name of Bishop. At a single touch, both Bishop and Sam begin to feel some relief from their various ailments: Bishop’s mind clears and Sam begins to feel warm once again. Oh, and Bishop tells Sam he’s an angel sent from Heaven to complete a top-secret, save the world from total annihilation mission. There went that warmth Sam was feeling.

Here’s what I like about this novel:
1)Sam: although she can be a bit angsty at times, Sam always seems to step up to the plate and help in whatever way she can. She is also very determined and willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish her goals and those of the Earth-saving team. Sam has a hidden reserve of strength that makes her the strongest character in the book and as the novel continues you just like her more and more.

2)The Earth-saving team: Bishop is not the only member of the team. There are two other angels, Connor and Zach, and two demons, Roth and Kraven, the last of whom is Bishop’s snarky yet seriously funny brother. Huh? The angel and the demon are brothers? Angels and demons are working together to save the Earth? Indeed they are! Turns out there’s a big bad out there that no one in either Heaven or Hell wants running around unchecked. Because the team is made up of such divergent personalities there is always a palpable tension among the members. The tension just makes the story and the characters more fun and, at times, a bit unpredictable.

3)The amount of unanswered questions: Yes, I liked the unanswered questions. Sure, Rowan ties up some of the loose ends but the questions she leaves unanswered are legion. The ending of this book is quite satisfactory but the unanswered questions leave the reader knowing there is more of this cast of characters to come and that is a very good thing!

I only have one complaint about this book and it’s a very minor complaint. There is a fair bit of high school drama in this novel; I know, it’s a YA novel there should be high school kid drama but as an adult reader, I can do without said drama. With that being said I really do feel this is a minor complaint and barely distracts from the awesome of the book as a whole.

Next up in the series: Wicked Kiss

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