Aug 2, 2012

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Review: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

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May 29, 2012
Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher

Synopsis:

I don’t do dangerous.  Smart, über-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 food. 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 chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me….

My Review:

DARK KISS aspires to stand out among the angel and demon novels in the YA genre today and while it succeeds in some aspects, it falls short in others. Rowen gets props for supernatural creativity! Kissing someone to take their soul?! Craziness! But while that is fascinating in its own way, Rowen’s main characters failed to make me care about them, which made the book less enjoyable. That being said, I have high hopes for the sequel and look forward to seeing if Rowen can achieve something better with it!

Samantha and I didn’t get along from the start. She came off as wishy-washy and I felt like she could have stayed stronger. It was very hard to understand a character who was all over the place in her thinking, especially on the Bishop front. Her friendship with Carly drove me crazy, too! I honestly don’t know how anyone could be friends with someone like that. I really wish Samantha had been more likable.

Bishop was not what I look for in a love interest. He came off as very weak and boring. His decisions towards the end made no sense at all considering who he was. I really wish Kraven had been the main guy in DARK KISS, because that would have made me love the book much more. He was so quirky, funny, bad (in a good way), and helped redeem the book in the character department. Can Kraven have his own book?

While I really wasn’t a fan of the main characters, the story line was unique in its own way. Souls have a very special place in this world, and you better watch out for those kisses! I also enjoyed watching the angels and demons work together. They come from two very different worlds for a common purpose, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any fighting! I loved Rowen’s world and I will read the next book if only for more of it.

DARK KISS could have been so much better if the main characters had been better developed. They came off as extremely unlikable and really made the experience less exciting for me. However, if you’re looking for a unique world built around angels and demons, you may like DARK KISS. Give it a try!

My Rating:


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  1. Hmmm…not sure if this is for me. Great review though! Love the new look! :)

    I’ve switched over from Lily’s Bookshelf to Reading by Lamplight. I’d love it if you stopped over! :)

  2. I’m not much for angel books so this was never really on my radar. It sounds like it’s pretty good though. Great review!!

  3. Even though the characters sounded a bit annoying, the plot and uniqueness of the world makes up for it. How horrible would it be if you found out you took someone’s soul just by kissing them?

  4. I’ve heard Kraven is pretty delicious, so I think I would pick this one up just to meet him! I’m disappointed Samantha isn’t overly likeable, as characters are always more important to me than the story itself. I can deal with a lackluster story if it has really standout characters. Maybe I’ll wait to see what you think of the next book before I give this one a try:)

  5. I loved Kraven the best too! And I loved how Rowen made a more unique angel/demon world. Great review!:))

  6. Going by the reviews I’ve seen of this one so far I kind of think that it might not be my thing. But I do have to say that the plot sounds really unique! I’m such a character person though that I’m not sure if I would like that aspect of it all.

  7. I feel you. It’s really hard to get into the story if the characters are making it extra hard for you. I recently read a book like that but it had an enjoyable narration so I ended up liking it anyway. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. ;)

  8. Too bad the main character wasn’t adequately developed. But I do love authors who do something different with the paranormal theme.

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