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The Kiss by Joann Buchanan
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Aug 03, 2012

it was amazing
Read from August 07 to 13, 2012

Joann H. Buchanan’s second book in the Children of Nox Series carries the story forward from where her devastating debut I Am Wolf leaves off. Having successfully fought off the evil Ralph in I Am Wolf, changelings Alaynee and Jonah are now getting ready for prom night and also getting ready to make the lifelong love commitment to each other that wolves do.

The story gets rolling when Alaynee’s mother finds a naked teenaged girl hiding in a bush. Following her maternal instinct, she brings the girl home and takes her in, asking Alaynee to share her room. Only problem is, we know from the start that this girl is up to no good. This simple premise, following many harrowing twists and turns in the lives of Alynee, Jonah, Daniel and their friends, carries us through the story. I felt eerily reminded of Stephen King’s Carrie – the high school setting, people ignoring their instincts, the instincts that protect them from evil, till it’s too late ...

In The Kiss we spend much of our time with supernatural characters, like the evil demon, Ash, Goddess of the Night, Nox, a sprite named Trinity, the trio of Fates, Past, Present and Future, and others. They become "real" characters too, vested with skillfully wrought dialogue all through the book. Fantasy-world fans will gorge on doses of the different rules that apply in their world. Sometimes we are in someone’s dream, and sometimes we are back on solid ground. Wherever we are, the rules of engagement are clear. Through glorious descriptions that make it all frightfully real, and dialogue that crackles, Joann Buchanan propels these characters into world-changing battles.

Don’t miss The Kiss. There is an enormous frothing sea of glorious creation going on in this book. The sentences seem to roll right off Buchanan’s pen, like the best writers in the southern tradition. Paced and structured flawlessly, there is a broad canvas of images and characters and situations here that grabs you and entertains and won’t let go. Bottom line, after book 1, I Am Wolf, now comes another mind-blowing read called The Kiss from word-spinner Joann H. Buchanan. This author is definitely one to watch.

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message 1: by Joann (new)

Joann Buchanan Thank you soooo much!! <3

Frederick Brooke You're so welcome ... only saying what I really think!

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