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3.14  ·  Rating details ·  139 ratings  ·  69 reviews
'Aphrodite kissed a mortal once by the light of this moon, many thousands of years ago. It drove him crazy. The next person that he kissed - boum. The craziness travelled like this from person to person. It travelled through time. Everywhere - boum! Tu comprends?' 'Where did it end up?' I whisper. His lips are on my cheek now. 'It ended with me. And now I am going to pass ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 2nd 2015 by Hachette Children's Group
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Paula M
Jul 02, 2015 rated it liked it
"Guess I was the only one who felt it," he says..
"Felt what?"
"Like the moon was inside me."


This is probably one of the swooniest book I've ever read. EVER. When I try to remember my feelings towards this book, all I can recall is swooning and a hint of melancholy. The Kiss had its moments, but sadly the ending kinda ruined everything for me.

To be honest, I prepared myself in hating this book. Its just one of those book that I feel like I will hate. Maybe because
Donita Luz
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‘Love will come when it is ready, cherie. Not when Aphrodite is horny’
The Kiss is one of those very few contemporary romance books that made me question myself after reading, why is this my least favorite genre?
I was honestly only interested in reading The kiss at the mention of the Greek Goddess in the blurb. I'am a sucker in everything about Greek Gods and you have PJO series to blame for that. Anyway, I was expecting all sorts of things when I started
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

This review is proving quite hard to write, and will likely be on the shorter side. I'm not exactly sure what I think of this book. Yeah, I read it quite quickly, but it took some time to get through the first five chapters or so.

First of all, I had problems with the characters, especially the protagonist Delilah. She was extremely grating and annoying, and I think it was mostly due to her tha
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
Originally posted on the blog Baked Book Pages

*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing a digital copy in exchange for an honest review*

This book was like an extensive episode of a teen comedy/drama sitcom. It was meant to entertain for a short period of time. That being said, although I had so much troubles with The Kiss, I still enjoy a short, contemporary novel.

To start with, I didn't know this was a UK YA Contemporary book. I caught on shortly after all the English cultural re
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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I’ll get this out of the way at the beginning: “The Kiss” is filled with many of the bad boy romance tropes and instalove. However, it is still a fun and cute read.

When I first started it, I was absolutely positive that I would find a way to jump through the pages and strangle Delilah, the main character. At the beginning she is judgy and full of herself; not at all concerned with others unless it is in regards to how it affects her. Also, she is a mega control freak. That being said, stick with
**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

I really hate not finishing a book but this one has been a struggle from day one and only got to about 30%. I think the concept of the book is cute but the writing just wasn't done well. I found the writing to be so lacking to the point of confusion. You know when someone tells a joke and no one laughs, this is that book. I found it so hard to figure out who was who because they were all given such weird ni
I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Lucy Courtenay, Hodder Children's Books and Netgalley. A copy of this review is posted on my blog, too:

This book is one of those swoon worthy books that you must give a try!

Okay, I admit. My attention was grabbed by the cover. I mean, it's simple but it's gorgeous!

I was super excited to read it but I have a lot of books to read and review so I kept on ignoring it. When I was not in
Samantha Kilford
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
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Thank to the team at NetGalley and Hachette Children's Books for providing me with a copy of The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay in exchange for an honest review.

Filled with an array of exceedingly entertaining characters, good old sarcastic British humour and enough drama to keep you invested, The Kiss is a hilarious, quick and fun read.

There was always some sub-plot or a twist that made you want to keep reading. Arguably, with so many characters it got quite chaotic on occasion. But the story was never
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley with auto approval from Hatchette Children's.

Not for me. I found this book to be tedious, dull and boring. Not cute and funny at all. Sounded like it would be a cute fun contemporary, but it really didn't do anything for me. I didn't feel any connections to any of the characters. Except maybe Fatima (the French girl who comes in towards the end of the novel and is totally awesome).

The plot seemed to be about two best friends Tabatha and Delilah trying to get Ta
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
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This was a Rollercoaster of a mess, but still quite enjoyable. There are better books out there that follow the same storyline, but if you're looking for a quick read about love and theater, this'll do. ...more
When I first saw this book up on Netgalley, the cover instantly grabbed me. It's colorful and happy and has the word 'kiss' on it, so I instantly had to get it. What I didn't realize from the description that it will be UKYA, meaning it's a young adult book set in the United Kingdom.

While I love all things British, I found this book kind of hard to read. It was full of British slang that I'm not really sure of what they mean and I had to constantly stop and check words in the dictionary. This is
*Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*


I am not usually a huge fan of contemporaries, it is my least favourite genre, however with the slogan 'for Geek Girls everywhere', I could not resist reading it. And about half-way through I was just wishing for it to end. I think the cover is very girly and cute, really standing out with the pink!

In all honesty, not much went on in this book. It was just about Delilah who believed she had gotten Aphrodite's kiss, th
Kimi (Geeky Chiquitas)
Originally posted at Geeky Chiquitas

If you're looking for that romantic summertime read that's fun, flirty, cute, and swoony, then The Kiss is the perfect book for you. This book is filled with hilarious moments, interesting characters and good old British humor that's filled with just the right amount of sarcasm. With a storyline that is reminiscent of Shakespeare plays, plus a premise that involves a little bit of mythology and the wonderful and romantic setting, this book is what you would ca
A Million Books
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I’m usually wary of books like The Kiss- and for what I think is a pretty good reason- they’re simply overdone. I will elaborate by saying that not all teenagers- myself included (at times)- think in that COMPLETELY irrational manner, but we’re a bit (albeit, tiny) more sensible than that. Despite my initial reservations, however, I decided to request The Kiss- mostly because of the Aphrodite lore, and the personal significance that one particular Greek Goddess’s name has to me.

And can I just sa
Sep 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
I have to say that this book was a little bit of a letdown... it had some good parts here and there but the lack of structure really put a huge damper on the story for me.

There was little to no organization in regards to the timeline here. Everything jumped so quickly I would think that I was still on a particular day only to find out that I was on a different day without any idea how much time had passed between three sentences.

I feel like the characters fell so flat for me; there was little p
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Admittedly I didn’t think I’d enjoy this book as much as I did. I ended up reading it because I was in the ‘romance’ mood which strikes me about twice a year so I grabbed The Kiss and didn’t stop until the last page was read.

Couple of things – Delilah didn’t exactly make the best first impression with her ‘onion’ verdict on her best friend’s boyfriend and I have some issues about the sheer stupidity of Jem’s past but I let it slide.

Why? Well firstly Delilah needs to mess up her best friends roma
Gracie Morales
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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PROS:This book is a very compassionate story. My favorite character is Laurent because, she was a very good friend, very loyal. The book is one of my favorite top 10 favorite books.I am going to rate this book a 5.It might not have a lot of text features, but, it does give me a clear picture what happens in the story.

CONS:I am going to say that this book should be for people 11+.It might be a little inappropriate for little kids.
Tammy Kesteloot
Adorable premise, but sadly it was poorly executed. The writing wasn't that good. It was very confusing and detracted from the book, making it very difficult to read, stay focused and enjoy the story. ...more
★★★★ 4 stars
review cross-posted to my blog: paper utopia

Thanks to NetGalley for this review copy. All thoughts are my honest own.

Review: As far as classic rom-com literature goes, The Kiss is top of that list. Set in a thriving English town, Delilah is picking up the pieces of her past relationship when she learns about Aphrodite's Kiss and the legend behind it. One kiss, originating from the lips of the ancient Greek goddess herself, passed on from person to person, causing adoration and in
Nicole Deacon
Feb 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Honestly, not my kind of book. Too many character names. Not much of a plot so it gets confusing at times. This is just my personal opinion.
Georgia A
Sep 23, 2015 rated it liked it
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"What are you painting?"

"Blood, bones, veins and arteries. The things that make us real.'

- Delilah, Jem, Chapter 6, 44

The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay is a stand alone romantic comedy about a 16 year old named Delilah Jones who catches Aphrodite's Kiss after a steamy kiss with a boy on the mediterranean sand dunes in Fra
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
“One day you will kiss a man you can't breathe without, and find that breath is of little consequence.”

----Karen Marie Moning

Lucy Courtenay , an American author, has penned a heart-touching and entertaining young adult contemporary love-story, The Kiss that narrates the story of a teenage girl who after experiencing the best kiss of her life, starts judging the relationship of her best friend with her boyfriend with the level of their kiss and soon on her attempt to fix things , this teenager
Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
NetGalley. Thanks for the copy.

The synopsis of The Kiss may be troublesome to read, but the book isn't. The book definitely involves some supernatural forces, and where there is romance, drama comes. Delilah has Aphrodite's Kiss (which is fictional and not in the actual Greek Myths). Aphrodite's Kiss sounds exactly the way it sounds: trouble, and nasty heaps of it. It causes mortals (whoever is the poor carrier of the kiss) to drive themselves crazy over love.

Delilah, the narrator, is a carrier
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I would describe The Kiss as a Bridget Jones for the YA set. This is a YA RomCom imported from the UK, and I enjoyed every outrageous and ridiculous moment of it! Delilah, the sixteen year old protagonist, returns from holiday (I feel so sophisticated when I write it that way) in France with the legendary Aphrodite's Kiss, the kiss gifted to mortals by the goddess herself - the kiss to end all kisses and tie him ...more
Stacey Kym
ARC kindly provided by Hachette Chlildren's Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


The Kiss by Lucy Courtenay was true to its word when it said that Geek Girls everywhere will love this hysterically-hilarious romantic-comedy novel. I found that this novel was a solid 4.5 star but couldn't help but round up in by rating. It lacked only a little something that would bring it to a 5 star. The thing I really loved was there were NO GRAMMATICAL MISTAKES, with the exceptio

Charlotte Stenner
Sep 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Was cute, and I actually really liked it unlike everyone else who seems to have read it???
Bailey Riddle
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are completely my own.*

Let me start this off by being completely honest: I didn't know if I was going to finish this book. Allow me to explain.

When I started reading this book, I wasn't a fan of the way that it was written. The first chapter definitely grabbed my attention, with the story of Aphrodite's Kiss and how the main character Delilah was wooed by some dreamy French boy while on vacation. But then come the
Barbara Desmond
Jul 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Got an ARC from Net Galley.

I think the cover is adorable. Each of the chapters have the number in a heart which is really cute. This is a UK book so I got the whole experience including the spelling they do across the pond. Where is this pond? Anyhoo I'm not sure if this book would appeal to everyone especially since British English and American English can sometimes seem like two different languages. They could have defined the terms that some people might not understand.

I have to admit that I
Jessica | Booked J
Jun 11, 2015 rated it liked it
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As a note, an e-galley of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way. Full review can be found HERE.

Are you looking for the PERFECT gift for a young adult romantic just in time for summer? Or do you long for something fun, light and flirty to read in your own downtime?

Look no further: this cute little gem is filled with entertaining characters and just the right amount of sarcas
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a really cute British book with fun characters and a fast-moving plot.

I loved the premise of this book--that Delilah had caught Aphrodite's kiss. The girls did research on the topic and had some fun examples of how it had been passed along through time. I loved the way the kiss operated and the manners in which they tried to control it. I loved the ending.

However, the premise was not all there was to this plot. From jobs to zombies to musicals, this book covered a lot of ground. Though
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Lucy Courtenay has officially been writing children’s fiction since 1999, and unofficially for a lot longer than that. Her desk drawers are full of half-finished stories waiting for the right moment to emerge and dance around her study in a shower of exuberant paperclips. She’s written for series such as THE SLEEPOVER CLUB, ANIMAL ARK, DOLPHIN DIARIES and BEAST QUEST. Her new series MERMAID SCHOOL ...more

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