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Dark Kiss

(Nightwatchers #1)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  8,076 ratings  ·  679 reviews
I don't do dangerous.  

Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back. 

Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he wa
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 22nd 2012 by Harlequin Teen
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Kat Kennedy
This is a DNF review. Which means everything should be taken with a grain of salt. However, Harlequin Teen was kind enough to provide this ARC to me and I felt I should at least take the time to explain why I couldn't make it all the way through.

It had something to do with this:

The writing made me go:
no good

The Characters were like:
roll eyes

And I had to stop before I was driven to:

Maybe I should have kept up with it, because most people seem to really enjoy this book. But I found the writing extremely telling.
Jennifer Armentrout
Nov 20, 2011 marked it as to-read
That is one hot angel/demon/dude/whatever he is
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Jun 07, 2012 marked it as no-thank-you-i-dont-want-any
I'm not planning on reading this book. I just saw the cover and automatically thought of this scene belonging to the best movie on this god forsaken planet:

Oh hello there Mr. Edward Sullen. Nice dark angel atmosphere you've got going there. Love the sparkle!

Maybe he's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline!

Don't tell me you don't see the similarities. Don't you tell me! You know it's a lie!

Audience: Are you really not going to read this book?

Anzu: Nope. Unless one of my good/relevant friends says
I’m getting really, really sick of beautiful people. I’m also getting really, really sick of special people. Why is it that the main characters of pretty much all Paranormal YA books have to be so flipping beautiful and special? Are we really so shallow that authors think if their characters are ugly, they won’t get any readers? Because that is not true. Take the Downside Ghost series; the hero is a ugly thug, whilst the heroine is a messed up drug addict, but I think it’s safe to say that those ...more
Mimi Valentine
**Interview on my blog with Bishop and Kraven today + two giveaways! Trust me when I say you don't want to miss it! :') Enter HERE!

You have to admit it: This gorgeously dark cover is probably the first thing that piqued your interest. But even though I've been burned by stunning covers before, I'm happy to report that Dark Kiss isn't a deceiving one! :)

In Dark Kiss, two angels and two demons are sent down to Earth to work together on a mission to get rid of the grays (soulless beings who can d
Lynsey   (A Bookish Life)
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
Alice (Married To Books)
This book has been on my Goodreads TBR for nearly three years! Even though it did take a while to get round to reading, this YA Paranormal Romance was at times quite chilling. But the ultra-fast pacing was what let the story down for me. The main character Samantha goes to a club called Crave. One evening at Crave, she gets kissed by her crush. Except that after being kissed, she starts feeling some hunger cravings but isn't sure why. She soon learns about the secret missions of demons and angel ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ok, at the risk of once again disagreeing with other reviews, I actually liked this story. 🤷🏼‍♀️
Maybe because I didn’t read it while other YA books were swimming around in my head, but I thought the concept was pretty original. Maybe not the formula, but the kiss from a demon sucking your soul away was cool. I also liked that the reason our heroine was special was given a good explanation, instead of the usual nerdy, unpopular girl trope.
Anyway, I thought it was a pretty good story and I pla
I'm going to try my best not to turn this into a rantview but I'm warning you, it's going to be hard. Every chapter was like stepping on a landmine of WTFery & now I'm typing with two fingers & a half a torso because DK blew my ass up.

Things I Liked About Dark Kiss:

1. Kraven. Yes, he was full of (sometimes annoying) snark. But he's a demon & has a few badass moments. Alas, none of them include punching Sam in the face-although he did smack her in one scene that made me weep tears of joy.

2. The c
Mar 30, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-book

Dark Kiss is one of the latest in the string of angel books we see hitting the YA category. While I was hoping for a little more, this was a quick, easy and fairly enjoyable story to read.

As the story opens up we are introduced to Sam and her best friend Carly as they are going to the town's popular teenage club. Right away Sam's long-time crush, Stephen, singles Sam out and kisses her. This kiss is different than any she's experienced, drastically changing her and opening up a new world and ne
After reading several glowing reviews for Dark Kiss, I decided spur of the moment to make a last minute request, I was hoping to find a fun adventurous read full with snarky and enigmatic characters. But unfortunately Dark Kiss fell a long way short from my expectations.

Out one night in the up and coming club Crave with her best friend Carly, Sam’s unexpectedly approached by Stephen, she’s had crush on him for as long as she can remember, she always knew she never had a chance with him, he was h
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok

After Samantha gets a kiss from her long time crush, it changes her. The kiss stole Samantha's soul and makes her hungry all the time - not for food though but for kisses. After meeting the mysterious Bishop, Samantha finds out that she's now a Gray and that her kiss can devour souls.

-The plot was ok but certain aspects were just dragged out too long like finding Bishop's team. The characters bar a few were all flat and unoriginal. The romance was like every other romance in YA.

-Sam was
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book! The concept was so cool and intriguing. I ended up really shipping Kraven and Samantha and that's really bad of me cause I know they aren't gonna get together. ...more
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: signed
Samantha runs into her crush Stephen while out a night club. When he kisses her she thinks her long time fantasy is coming true. Except he is a gray, a soul sucking being that has now took her soul. As a soulless gray, Samantha craves to kiss and steal souls herself. Guys are drawn to her and she hungers for their soul. When she meets Bishop he is lost but her touch brings him back to reality. He is here with other demons and angels on a mission to stop the grays. Bishop feels for Samantha and p ...more
The title Dark Kiss screams awesome. So does the cover, and when I started reading I knew I was right about the title implying this was going to be a deliciously wicked novel. Awesome storyline, awesome characters. Michelle Rowen is an awesome author, and she has written one awesome novel. Okay, with all that awesomeness out of my system, I can now tell you just how much I love Dark Kiss. Let me start with the characters. Samantha (Sam), Bishop, Kraven, Roth, Zach, Connor, and Carly and so many ...more
Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
DNF @ 80%

I should have probably finished this! After all, I sat through most of this torture. But honestly, enough is enough, and I do need my brain cells for those awesome books still left in this world.

Frankly, I feel as though I have read this book multiple times. The YA genre is filled with the same book getting written over and over and over and over again.
They're all the same. And at this point I feel like I've read them all, and I refuse to sit through yet another.

Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: harlequin, angels
Review posted on Ja čitam, a ti?

So... Let's start with easy part. I love this cover - it's probably one of the prettiest covers this year. Too bad that what was betwen the covers wasn't so good. Maybe the problem is in me because I've read few good reviews about Dark Kiss and I wanted for a while now to read a really good book involving angels. (If you, guys, have any suggestions, I'd appreciate it.)

My biggest problem with Michelle Rowen's novel was that it didn't feel believable. I know what
While this would be my first Michelle Rowen book, it wont be my last. I enjoyed the writing, and the concept is pretty good, but sadly I could't connect with the characters and everything seemed to happen to fast.
Not for me....

Dec 10, 2019 rated it liked it
First things first
I'mma say all the words inside my head

(Get the reference? Nope... okay... Nevermind then.)

The author keeps on having the characters say "special." It gets annoying after a while because all they say is
"you are special."
"Yes, very special."
And I'm just there like, "SHUT THE **** UP ALREADY!"

I said this before, but I feel like the "Kiss that changed her life happened a bit too early. The author also doesn't give a good description of Samantha. A lot of things confused m
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This book's summary sounds pretty good. I mean who doesn't like angels and demons trying to say the world? The cover was also really cool which I'm kind of sad to say kind of influenced me reading it. I wasn't sure how good the romance between Samantha and Bishop was going to be since it seemed like it would take up more plot than it should. Before reading it, I had seen many people who liked it but there was one review that I saw showing that Samantha was a whiny and "weak" character. I thin
Jun 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Michelle Rowen's writing really saves this one. The characters are pretty much tried and true tropes; at this point I've seen too many of these triangles where the nice and slightly bookish girl has to choose between the serious hero and the sarcastic antihero I just really don't care anymore - not that I really cared before. But the plot wasn't bad at all and Rowen does dark urban fantasy pretty well - actually, considering how generic the characters were, the book kind of surprised me, I wasn' ...more
Dark and haunting tale of love, Dark Kiss is one of my most favorite paranormal romances of 2012. I must say Michelle Rowen has nailed it.

“A sob caught in my chest. I didn't even know what a gray was, other than a drab color. All I knew was that I was hungry all the time. And I knew, deep down, that it wasn't just for food.”

In Dark Kiss heaven and hell comes together to build an army of angel and demons know as Nightwatchers to protect the humanity from the evils, known as Greys. The book start
Jul 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: giving-up, angels, demons
Disa-freaking-ppointing. The plot has a interesting fresh concept.BUT The characters and the romance ruined the whole thing.First, Sam, she says that she is a careful person. (Haha, please).

1)Someone who follows a stranger even if he was your neighbor for 2 years is not safe. (Maybe I am paranoid, but it is something I wouldn't do.)
2)Approaching some dude sitting on a curb by myself. (is not 100 percent safe, you never know how a person may react)
3) Running away from home.(with no money not smar
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
hmmm... What I think about this book?

It was definitly not what I thought it would be. Dark Kiss suprised me in a good way. I have to say that I'm not the fan of angels, they're boring. But here?
I really liked them.
So if you still debating if you should give it a try -
I'm saying read this!!
Gosh, well, if it ain't Elvis back from the dead. With a 6-pack too. Now, just sing me a song and all of my twisted fantasies will have come true... ...more
Feb 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Wow, another great series start for 2012!!! This has been such a great year for YA fantasy romance stories, I'm so excited that I get to read these in the beginning of the series. Dark Kiss is another story that took the angel concept and twisted it to be something new and original, and I really enjoyed it.

I loved Samantha as the heroine; when we first meet her, she's just a plane Jane. Really good student, with a single mom and nothing much going on in her life to speak of. But when the hot gu
This is my first ebook received from So, it hasn't come out yet; it does on March 22nd. c: (I'll try not to include too many spoilers.)

To start off with, this is about angels/demons. And considering, I've read a pretty good amount of angelic and demonic books, I still liked this. Sure, it's still got all the basic angel/demon stuff, and yada yada. At least, I think it does. Can't really go much more further with this type of stuff. >-< But there are some minor twists and turns in
Neyra ♦
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was ok

Dark Kiss has an interesting concept. One that I found intriguing, and new, but the fact that the female lead was an annoying installment caused a serious drift in my interest for the book.

I really disliked Samantha. I felt she was too annoying, and childish at times, she just didn't seem to know how to make up her damn mind. Which bugged me to say the least. And that we got the story from her pov really killed me. I couldn't take it.

Bishop wasn't such a remarkable character for me. He seemed
Heather T
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
What if one kiss could turn your world upside down? That's what happens to Samantha. One minute she's a normal teenager, the next she's thrown into a world of supernatural chaos.
I'd spend more time summarizing, but the most important thing about this book was that I just didn't care about the plot. I love Michelle Rowen. Even though she may not be the greatest author out there, her books have always had great humor and/or characters that I really enjoy reading about. Prior to this book, I've be
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
I like this book!!the writting and the plot are good!I think that things can only get more intense in the second book!!!
The only thing that I didnt like it was the romance,the characters didnt know each other well enough in my opinion to be able to move on in a relationshipe..I hope things get better in the second book!!
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“Did you follow me here?"
"Something like that."
I let out a frustrated groan. "Can't anyone just talk to me straight? Why is everyone avoiding my damn questions tonight?"
Bishop's brows went up. "Okay, fine. Yes, I followed you here. Better?"
"Yes. Stalkery, but better."
"I'm not stalking you."
"Spoken like a true stalker”
“Need some help?' he asked.
'Yes!' I yelled at him 'Help us!'
'What's the magic word?'
'Close enough.”
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