Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Release Date: Out now!

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Pages: 348pgs

The Story

I don't do dangerous. Smart, uber-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 good. 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 was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one change Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me . . . NIGHTWATCHERS. When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising . . .

The Review

A big thanks to the publisher on netGalley for accepting my request in reading this book early!

DARK KISS is the first installment of Michelle Rowen's new YA series the Nightwatchers. While I was hoping for more oomph from the storyline and even with some things inside the book offering nothing particularly new to the angel and demon genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually enjoyed this book. And to think, it all started with a deadly kiss. I mean, who doesn't love deadly kisses to take over the storyline?

While parts of the plot were predictable, I admit, but I was so immersed by the author's own take on her gangs of angels and demons, and even the small but very vivid descriptions and imagery helped make each and every scene come alive. They were SO entertaining to say the least. Now I won't reveal too much of the plot because I want you to find out for yourselves about what happens, but basically this book is all about how Heaven and Hell is co-existing with each other, and where human souls are being captured and are smack bang in the middle of everything that's going on between upstairs and downstairs. But the question is: How do the soulless humans continue to live on in their world of angels and demons? What happens to them once their soul has left their bodies and has been collected? Do they die? Do they live on? Do they change? Well, that my friends is the one question that will be answered in this book and you'll get a great explanation to such a question too. A great, great one.

Concerning the characters I thought DARK KISS's main female protagonist, Sam, wasn't a very likable person at first. She really wasn't. But as I went through the pages I soon changed my mind about her, especially when her character arc began to get more fleshed out in the book, and then once you begin to understand her situation some more she (eventually) becomes someone you can easily identify with and you soon care about her too which is good. Out of everything I read about Sam, probably what I loved most about her character despite her naive side, was how she struggled with where her loyalities lies and she doesn't sit back either . . . she strives to try and get her soul back. Yes, her soul was stolen. *shakes head* And no, I can't tell you more than that. You'll have to read the book to find out!

As for the two boys whom are supposedly Sam's love interests (though do we really need another love triangle here?), we have Kraven who is your typical bad boy with his devil-may-care attitude, and the other being Bishop, the tall, blonde and blue-eyed boy whom captures Sam's attention in a very, very good way. Unlike Sam, I couldn't really warm up to these two boys (sad but true), though I can imagine how they could be easy on the eyes judging by their looks department if you know what I mean. Now the only complaint I have about this book was the romantic side of things. Like what I felt about the two boys, I just couldn't see the attraction nor the connection Sam felt with them . . . more so with Sam and Bishop's relationship. I love Bishop - don't get me wrong here - because he added this sexy mystery to the storyline but . . . for them to have such strong feelings for one another, I just can't see how that was developed in the shortest amount of time. I guess it's insta-love once again. But hey, what can you do? Still, the boys are hot and readers will swoon over them in no time. Trust me - that's the honest truth lying here.

Overall, DARK KISS was something I thought I wouldn't like but ended up loving! Fast-paced, action-packed and very hard to put down, Michelle Rowen offers up yet another fun start to a YA series and I'm so eager to read the next sequel!

The Rating

4/5 stars

21 comments:

  1. I have not heard of this one and it looks really good and a different type of concept. I will be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing and great review :)

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

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    1. Thanks! Be sure to read this one soon.

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  2. I love it when a book ends up surprising you. And who am I kidding, I love it when there are hot boys, too! ;)

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. I love it too. As for the hot boys . . . yeah I think many of us don't mind that part in a book. hehe.

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  3. Ohh, pretty cover :D And it does sounds like an awesome book from you review. Might have to check it out one day :) Glad you loved it ;) Thank you for sharing. <3
    Thank you for commenting on my mailbox. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

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  4. I love that you weren't so keen on Sam at first, but then she slowly warmed up to you and became someone you really cared about! Surprise heroines are the best :D Though unfortunate that neither of the boys stole your heart (or soul :P). I'm eager to see explore Michelle's mythology with angels and demons here, I love seeing all the subtle differences put on my favourite winged hotties. Awesome review, Erin!

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    1. I like it when characters surprise you too. It's a pity about the boys but thankfully neither of them stole my soul . . . hehe. Imagine that happening? hehe. Thanks Brodie!

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  5. Like you, I didn't quite liked Sam in the beginning but ended up liking her by the end of the book! And yes, I do love Bishop and I actually don't have any problems with insta-love although the insta-love between him and Sam was a bit too much for me! Hehehe, I do agree that the boys in the book are still hot and awesome. Really can't wait for the sequel!

    Awesome review, Erin! ♥ So glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. Insta-love has always been a problem with me for some reason but in this case I really enjoyed the book. I'm looking forward to the sequel too. Thanks Celine!

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  6. I have this to read and I was supposed to read it a few weeks ago, but alas...now I am almost keen to wait until the sequel now I have seen the cover. I know you are always very honest with your reviews and I get excited when you give four and up so , yay! I only peeked at your review but I liked what I saw.

    Wonderful!

    I am more intrigued to read now!

    Michelle;D

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    1. Anything with fours stars and above . . . that really shows when a book impresses me. What can I say, I'm a hard critic when I have to be. hehe. Thanks Michelle! Can't wait to hear your own thoughts on this book.

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  7. Wow Erin, lovely review! I'll admit, angel and/or demons in fiction aren't really my cup of tea, but four stars... Damn, I might just try it. I'm intrigued, to say the least. :) And I'm not much into love-triangles, but both boys sound sexy. ;)

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  8. I can't wait to read this one!!! It's been on my TBR list for a while now...but after your review I think I'll definitely bump it up! :D Awesome Review!

    New Follower! :)

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair 

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  9. Ooh this one sounds interesting! Especially the way you changed your mind about the main character - it's great that you grew to like her as the book went on! Wasn't going to read this book, but I think I'll add it to my TBR now. Thanks for the great review :).

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    1. I love it when character's change your mind. It's one great surprise, especially when it came to this book. Thanks Liz!

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  10. heheee don't you just love the feeling when you THINK you'll not like a certain book but end up LOVING it?! I guess the characters sound a little cliched...but I have a tendency to fall for them :D I'm hoping to get a copy of this soon! I can't wait to read it :) Great review Erin<3 I hope you'll love the 2nd book as much as this one!!

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  11. Great review, hun! I haven't heard much about this but it sounds quite balanced despite the predictability! It's great that you warmed to Sam and I think now I'd give this a go :)

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