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The Silver Kiss

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  17,030 ratings  ·  1,142 reviews
Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe's brooding thoughts of her dying mother.
Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this l
Paperback, 229 pages
Published July 28th 2009 by Delacorte Press (first published September 1990)
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Kaysee To shorten it up to not give too much away, it is coming to terms with life. Sometimes life is beautiful and forgiving. Other times life is cruel and …moreTo shorten it up to not give too much away, it is coming to terms with life. Sometimes life is beautiful and forgiving. Other times life is cruel and unkind. It's about learning to let go and move on to who you are going to be.
This is kind of a vague answer, but how I felt at a basic level.(less)

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May 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All I can say is...Wow! This is what Twilight wanted to be, I think. It was published in 1990 and so the themes are a bit dated (no emails, cellphones etc.), but it didn't rob the story of anything. I finished the slim novel in a day and a half. I couldn't help but compare the two characters with those of "Twilight." The heroine, Zoe, was flawed and insecure but focused and honest. The vampire, Simon, was "beautiful" but his physical attributes were not brought up every few pages. He was dignifi ...more
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THE SILVER KISS was TWILIGHT for the 90s set. Simon the vampire is ancient, gloomy, and obsessive. Zoe is precocious, alienated, and old-fashioned in a way that doesn't really feel realistic for a teenage girl. There are differences, of course. TWILIGHT is more of a traditional love story with vampirism thrown in for lols, whereas THE SILVER KISS stays truer to its horror roots and has a grittiness to it that the Mormon housewife-penned
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Jan 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Vampire fiction fans
The Silver Kiss was a beautiful book. Very atmospheric and compelling. It had a dark tone but also a beauty that was almost timeless. Simon is a compelling character that will make a reader fall in love with him, although the truth about what he is always lingers in the back of the reader's mind.

To call this a romance might be an overstatement. It has romantic elements that are very appealing and apparent, but it's really a story about coming to terms with death. Zoe is having to face the fact t
Sajid Rabby
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sajid by: Victoria Rose
so Twilight saw the light of Hollywood and this one didn't???

anyways... it was a decent quick read with a beautiful clean ending....
definately one of the better vampire novels out there...
Feb 09, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, horror
Ehhh....this was a little clumsy, and definitely read like a first novel, but it is apparently a classic of the teen vampire genre. I liked some of the dramatic language and scenes, and especially Simon and Zoe's first kiss, but it never really lead anywhere. Also, I got totally bored when Simon started telling his origin went on forever.
Another Simon that's a vampire? Coincidence? I think so.

The Silver Kiss was interestingly weird. It was weird because the writing didn't always make sense to me.. which is also weird because I love Pride & Prejudice? So yeah, I don't really know what was going on while I was reading this book but I just wasn't connecting. Maybe my brain just needed a break or something.

The characters, Zoe and Simon, were pretty interesting. They did bore me sometimes.. but I think that was due to all the informa
Jan 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I hadn't really expected much out of The Silver Kiss because it seems like some people just don't like it all that much. I tend to agree with the crowd, but not on this one.

Simon is a three hundred year old vampire, out to avenge his mother's death when he meets Zoe, a sad teenage girl whose life seems to be falling apart. The two connect and it's like a Twilight prequel. Sort of.

Honestly, there were things entirely too similar to Twilight (but this came first, so Twilight is entirely too simila
Apr 15, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zoe is wary when, in the dead of night, the beautiful yet frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe's brooding thoughts of her dying mother. Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years before. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to help free him from this lifeless chase and its insufferable loneliness?

Hmmm... after reading Blood and Chocolate, I was expecting this one to be almo
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've never cried so hard after reading since Deathly Hallows. And now, THIS. It's the kind of cry where tears and snot mix but you don't care to the point where you can't even see properly because your eyes are flooded with tears and it's 5 am and you're half howling half sobbing in your pillow because you can't stop crying and you're afraid of waking up the entire house and let them find you looking like a mess in the wee hours of the morning. And the reason? You haven't slept the whole night c ...more
Mike Mullin
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. My new favorite vampire novel!
Malissa Bishop
OK first thing this book has 4 stars from me not because it's the best or because at the moment it was good. It has 4 stars because at one time when I read it I loved it so much and I thought I should average that into the mix. I am almost 29 in less than a week and I haven't read this book since I was 12, that's 17 years if my math is correct haha. I remember at that age just thinking this was one of the best books ever written and thinking that the romance was to die for <3 . I am much older a ...more
Alice Rachel
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel was written long before the industry destroyed the YA vampire genre... and it is SO good! I loved the message of this book. In this novel, the protagonist lost her mom to cancer and is struggling with her overwhelming grief. When she meets a vampire, she's given the choice to live forever. But is it better to live a short, but good life, knowing it will end eventually? Or is it better to live an eternal life of solitude and damnation? I love this book so much!
Sherre Copeland
Aug 24, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Picture sad whiny teen who "no one understands" and you've got the makings of this book. It's like the extreme of some of the key things I like in books to the extent that I no longer like it. There's too much teen angst, too much self pity, too much selfishness, too much insta love, and too much of just everything teen.

First we have Simon, a vampire who gives Edward a run for his money in the self loathing category. He's just got all sorts of internal battles and it bleeds all over the page. H
Simon is the last thing Zoё expects to enter her life. Trying to cope with her mother’s illness and the inattention of her grief-stricken father, Zoё mechanically goes through her daily routine of school and returning to the solitude of her empty house, always waiting for the phone call informing her about her mother’s death. But when she sees the silver boy at the park and later downtown, she allows herself to get caught up in another’s past and pain.

After centuries of hunting, Simon is nearer
Katandra Nunnally
Move over Edward & Bella. Hello Simon and Zoe. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical of this being a good book when I first picked it up. I mean, who needs another vampire story, right? You know plot. Undead boy loves the girl he longs to drain the life-force from. But that's the one place this story doesn't even go. I was pleasantly surprised at the new twist on an old tale. In brief, Simon is a vampire, changed willingly but under false pretenses. He's lost everything. A monster has taken the ...more
Carole Hauser
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book opened up the door to my love for reading. I remember checking this book out from the school library, about 18 years ago, and loved it! I believe Simon was my first vampire love.

A couple of years back, I remembered this book being the one that stayed with me. So I searched for it online and found a copy. I've shared it with my daughters and now they love it too. Love this book!
Jul 13, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Before I start dissing and what not on this book.... People who have fell in love or enjoyed this book, I recommend NOT reading this review. I don't plan on hurting people's feelings, I'm only here to give my opinion of the book. Which I have done. So sorry before hand, but hey, What'cha gonna do? ;p

Um...? Someone help me >.< I don't understand how this could be a good book! I mean yes sure different ending of Simon and what's-her-face leaving each other sides at the end: Simon letting son kill
Lisa Schensted
in a sentence: Zoe's really hit the trifecta - her mom is terminally ill with cancer, her best friend is moving away, and she met (was stalked by) a sexy vampire named Simon.

Zoe spends a lot of her time alone due to her mother being in the hospital and her dad spending time with her mom or trying to catch up on work when he's not dutifully at her hospital bedside. consequently, Zoe is rather withdrawn, doesn't eat much, and begins to feel pretty sorry for herself. and her best friend, Lorraine,
Lucy Qhuay
I sure know how to pick them!
I don't usually cry but today I am a huge crying mess. :( My head hurts, my eyes are swollen and my face is red. I feel awful! :S
But whatever, it was worth it!
This book is just amazing and so different from the vampire books we used to read.
I really loved Simon. I feel like I could see into his tortured soul and found there something really beautiful, in spite of his own beliefs.
I wish he had a happy ending but I agree with him. I wouldn't want to be immortal. I woul
De'Siree Fairley
2.5/5 stars

OKAY this was so hard for me to read, I picked it up because I thought it'd be a quick fun vampire read. It wasn't. It was choppy and disjointed in certain places and sometimes I couldn't tell if the book was in first or third person or when they change those two I guess. The ambiance was great, it felt dark and lovely and I loved the character development for Simon, but overall it was kind of boring? The climax wasn't very climax-y and the romance was so sparse that it didn't make up
The Fae Louise
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
When a book makes you feel things deeply, you know it’s a good one. My heart has been shattered into a million pieces. Simon, oh Simon you beautiful, broken boy - how could I not love thee 🥰
Apr 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Not as powerful or as good as Blood and Chocolate, but still well worth reading. Reminds me a lot of the 1980/1990s books about teens dealing with family members' dying of some whatever ailment, but this one has vampires and ancient oaths of vengeance to bump it up.

Solid example of an author's first-time work; rough and slightly unfocused, with a promising heart. Klause writes teen alienation extremely well, and also tends to show pronounced sympathy with the monsters while keeping keenly consci
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****I'm 40% done with The Silver Kiss: Okay so far this entire book has been a MAJOR disappointment. I really do not understand all the rave reviews for this book at all. I mean am I reading the same book? I know it was written in the 90's but this book sucks so far :( *****

The above comment is what I thought when I was barely finished with this book. Sadly it did not get any better. As I asked before, was I reading the same book that got all these great reviews? This book read like stereo instr
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
this book is so awsome! ok. this book is about a girl who falls in love with a vampire that is like 300 years old. together they try to kill his brother who is also a vampire because his brothe ris killing alot of women. his brother appears to be 8 years old but he is really his older brother. Another reason he wants to kill him is because his brother killed his mother and made him what he is.. vampire. i do not like the ending. he kills heis brothor but he also.. ha im not saying but its kind o ...more
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, ya, vamps-wolves
The first of it's kind -- a teen vampire love story. In that respect I did like the story, the concepts were intriguing and an easy story to follow. I did find it quite dated however, very 90s lit. The author also seemed like she was a teen herself in some respects..the story felt a little young and undeveloped.

Some things that bothered me: Zoe is basically anorexic, but no one really says anything about it. Her mother is dying and she is trying to accept death with the help of Simon, the tortu
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Don't be fooled by the cover or the title.
The book is okay written, but the most beautifully written part is the last few pages, when Zoe finally understand how to let go of someone you love with the help of Simon. Simon, the lone vampire, is in turn, helped by Zoe herself, who shows him how it is to be noticed and be loved. A very great book...nearly cried reading the last parts.
Alix West
Yikes, no. I couldn't even finish it. I mean, the male love interest pisses on the female lead's back porch. That's just a world of no. Read my full review on Forever Young Adult. ...more
Hannah Timm
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Overall, I really liked The Silver Kiss . I really liked the dark and broodiness, but also the cute romance. I found it upsetting that Zoe and Simon built up their relationship only for Simon to willingly go to Heaven. However, I liked how the author uses Simon to bring out Zoe’s complex character and helps her move on with her problems along with his problem. Also, I like how Simon’s dark character brings out light in Zoe’s depressed character. Overa
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I feel like I can't truly judge a book unless I finish the book. And then I read another couple pages and I remind myself that life is too short to read bad books. I did this back and forth through 66% of this book. And I'm done now.

I gave it such a low rating because not only was it cliche vampire romance, it was HEAVY handed. Pages and pages were dedicated to our character's emotions about her mother dying and her father ignoring her. But really that just set her up to be home alone
Hendrix Eva
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second best vampire romance ending after a "cure" plot twist

Favorite Quote: "I was always ready to buy a garter to set off my shapely calf"

Love a man in garters.
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