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The Kiss of Death

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Elizabeth Chauncey is a well-off young woman in 14th century London. Though she is considered nobility due to a distant relative, she refuses to think of herself as such. She is close to a childhood friend, Matthias de Bourgueville, with whom she spends much of her time. They have just returned from an outing at the theatre when her world is shaken up.

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Paperback, 62 pages
Published June 6th 2015 by Kellan Publishing
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Justine Domagall
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really liked The Kiss of Death. The story was intriguing and the book was very well-written. The author also obviously did a lot of research on the time frame that the story took place in to add extra detail.

My only critique is that I wish it had been longer. I think that the story definitely had the potential to be a full novel, and the characters were interesting enough that I would have liked to get to know them better. I think that a longer book with more time for character development wo
Billy K.
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by: Billy K.

“The Kiss of Death”
Written by Sarah Natale

Let’s take a walk… shall we. A walk through Medieval London, 1348 to be exact.

So here we go. If you listen closely you can hear the sounds of people in the streets, their shoes echoing against the cobblestone, voices long forgotten – speaking of things not of our time. Beautiful images of old London: its theatres, store fronts, bridges, cathedrals and many other interesting structures.

Just around the corner and up the street li
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great story of how the black plague quickly affected everyday life in the 14th century. Cannot wait to see what happens with Elizabeth and Matthias stories.
Liz Arbir
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author did an amazing job with their verbiage and tying it into the time period. It was easy to read and I loved the character Elizabeth. What a strong woman character that young people today need to be inspired by!!!“
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
With the current 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, The Kiss of Death has been a popular read for my 7th grade students. I am presenting them with access to Sarah Natale's debut novella via read aloud, and it's been very interesting to see students interact with the characters and (relatable) conflicts. We are studying Sarah Natale's craft as a writer by noticing the extensive research that she clearly conducted throughout the text, and it's a great read for anyone who is interested in comparing the 14t ...more
I received a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

Considering that the author wrote this in high school, it's a highly impressive read. It has its flaws, and at some points the lack of experience shows, but that's hardly a bad thing at this point in a writer's career. There is a great deal of potential and I look forward to reading more from Sarah Natale.
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the context of our current world, this book should be a recommended read for the Junior High / High School age group. This is a relevant story of a young girl's survival during the 14th century Black Death pandemic. Her experiences provide an interesting historical contrast for today's young people living with the social restrains caused by COVID-19. A very good book written by a young author for a young audience. ...more
Bonnie Falcone
Jul 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I recently read "Kiss of Death" by Sarah Natale and loved it! She writes beautifully, simply and with great knowledge of the subject matter and time period, especially for someone so young (high school!). The story held my attention for the entire read and was very ironic (given the year it was written by Ms. Natale) considering the pandemic our World currently faces! This story seems to leave an opening for a sequel (I hope there will be one!) and I hope to read many more books by this author!
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The storyline is captivating and unpredictable.
The author did not skimp on her research.
Looking forward for her next Goodread
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! The characters were so relatable. Great Historical Fiction! Short, quick read which is refreshing. But don’t let that fool you- the story is full of valuable information and shows great writing. With all that our students are going through with the Covid-19 Pandemic, there were many correlation and connections that one could make. Who would have thought we’d be able to connect so personally to the story. Nicely written!
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved, "The Kiss of Death." It was suspenseful, charming and played on my heartstrings. The story pulled me in and I really felt for the characters. It is a perfect book to read aloud to our sixth graders when they are studying the period of the Black Plague. Beautifully written. ...more
Amanda Manta
May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While reading her novel to my class, students were engaged in the story and couldn't wait to hear what would happen next with Elizabeth. It kept them analyzing and critically thinking about the story in a way that tied in History perfectly. The ending left everyone with questions and had students wanting more! They are anticipating what could happen next! ...more
Cheyanne Murray
May 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Sarah Natale sent me her book for free in exchange for an honest review, so I can completely promise you what you are about to read is my honest thoughts.

The Kiss of Death is a 48 page educational book which follows a well off girl in the time of the bubonic plague. Through Elizabeth, readers will learn about what it was like living through the plague, and also what it was like living in these times before it.

As the plague gets worse, Elizabeth is locked up in a plague house with her family. S
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
A well researched novella full of pain, suffering and love. Well done!
Nancy Jaeger
What a delight to read The Kiss of Death. I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. After running across several sentences that touched me strongly, I wish I would have made note of them but I wanted to just concentrate on the storyline. I was affected emotionally by Sara’s literary words, thoughts, and expressions in this book. I focus on those three things while reading. I felt they were beyond her years. Amazed considering her age at the time and being her first book also. Applause, applaus ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The story was captivating. I found myself transfixed into the medieval era, anxiously awaiting what would come next. My heart felt for Elizabeth who upon devastating circumstances pursued her desires with divine strength. I was so sad at the story’s end and wanted the book to last longer. I can’t wait to see what happens in the sequel. Hurry and tell us. Your fans are waiting to hear!

The portrayal of Elizabeth’s gifts of persistence, strength and faith gave the reader hope to go on in the face o
Cassie Nelson
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book isn't just about death. It's about Elizabeth overcoming the struggles of a rapid growing illness that is ravishing London. She wants to find her love, Matthias, but overall she wants to help those in need. She's very lucky in her travels and through every Black Plague victim she comes a crossed, it makes me love her more and more. Elizabeth is determined to beat out the Plague. But now it's your turn to find out. Will she find Matthias and live happily ever after? Or will she succumb t ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Considering this book was written as part of a high school English assignment, it's an amazing result. The author did her research, staying faithful to the history but also creating a compelling character whose feelings and human bonds are ones we can fully relate to. What I admire most is the ending. I was supposed to see it coming, I guess (given the title) but it caught me off guard...and sort of swept me off my feet. I don't want to completely spoil the ending, but I was very much in the mom ...more
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Short, but packs a big punch of both history and emotion. Especially in the midst of our own modern pandemic, it is really interesting to read the struggles and perspectives of young people experiencing the Black Death. While the story is set much different time period than now (thank goodness), the author does a good job of making the characters understandable and relatable. It is amazing how deeply I was moved by the fates of the main characters in such a small number of pages. I would definit ...more
Rose Nowacki
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a period piece taking place in the 14th century, as seen through the eyes of a young woman of stature. The daily norms are much different from our current norms; the tragic jolt of one's faith and a love so sweet and unique as to cause us to wonder about time, existence and our struggle in life. The author leaves us questioning what really happened to Elizabeth and was Mathias able to reach his love and start a new life together. This ending leaves the reader wanting more - which I ...more
Bonnie Falcone
I recently read "Kiss of Death" by Sarah Natale and loved it! The Author writes beautifully, simply and with great knowledge of the subject matter, especially for someone so young. The story held my attention for the entire read and was very ironic (in the year written by Sarah Natale) considering the pandemic our World currently faces! This story is historical and loving, frightening in many ways and thought provoking as well. The story also seems to leave an opening for a sequel (I hope to see ...more
Robert B
Nov 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so interesting & enjoyable on many levels.
The fictional story which took place in the actual time period in history of the black plague.

The Author's research of the black plague served as a underlying non-fictional landscape
for the beautiful fictional story brought to the forefront of this book.

The story was so captavating that the reader will want to finish the book in one sitting!

Amy McCarthy
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Santa brought this book for me and I read it the next day. The irony, that I would choose this read in 2020...
I liked this book and yes, you can tell Sarah did her research! I, too, would have loved a longer story, including more history between the two lovebirds. That really is the only "negative" I have, here.

I look forward to reading more from Sarah Natale in the future!
Matthew Greenbaum
Dec 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Natale tells a compelling and interesting story set in a period of human history where we seldom see character driven plots. I look forward to seeing what happens next, and would recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical fiction or romance.
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Liz Arbir
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author does an incredible job pulling you into the plot of the story!! I hope there is a sequel to this story because I am not ready to put the book down.
Gina Mondello
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Short but good overall. The price is a bit high, however. Looking forward to more from this author.
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Hoping for a sequel!
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read, looking forward to sequels.
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Sarah Natale is the author of debut book, The Kiss of Death, which was actually an assignment in her senior creative writing class. She has always had a fascination for the tragedy that devastated 1/3 of Europe’s population and was excited to craft a story around the historical event. Far from the short story requirement, The Kiss of Death demonstrated writing skills akin to a professional author ...more

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