4 Stars: A Great Read
Series: Cold Kiss #1
Hardback: 292 Pages
Publication: September 20, 2011 by HarperTeen
When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved.
Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart.
Amy Garvey’s transcendent teen debut is perfect for fans of Shiver and Beautiful Creatures. Wren’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.
Amy Garvey has brought us a gem within the flurry of dark, tension-ridden paranormal romances. From the first pages, Amy caught me within the haunting, chilling embrace of Cold Kiss. The imagery is vivid, and Wren's yearning for the Danny before the car accident had me pining for him too. Zombie Danny is sweet, but he's cold, clingy, and has no heartbeat--a stark contrast from the once warm, vibrant, and living Danny.
Wren is a very relatable narrator. While her regret over Danny's situation give her a bleak view on her life, her sarcasm and wit add spice to the narration. You might question why she's so obsessed--protective--of Danny, but when she flashbacks to life before the accident, everything becomes clear. You might even want Danny for yourself.
It's clear that Wren has it bad for Danny. She really loved him. Now, she regrets having brought him back to life. Zombie Danny is needy. Taking care of him has caused her to push away her closest friends, and Wren has no desire to start a new relationship. However, Gabriel comes into her life and refuses to be daunted by her attempts to push him away. Their relationship takes time to develop unlike her relationship with Danny. It's fresh and sweet. I loved every moment of it.
So what about Wren's powers? Cold Kiss is a paranormal romance, but it is more about emotion than action. It is more about romance than powers. It's clear that Wren isn't quite normal; at the same time, Amy doesn't make a big deal about Wren's powers. It's different, and I like how it all comes together.
Cold Kiss is about love, regret, and moving on... with some supernatural happenings on the side. It is a definite must-read for those of you who seek emotion and soul in a book.
Hikar's Review of Cold Kiss
An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes