środa, 9 maja 2012

REVIEW - Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

TITLE: Dark Kiss
AUTHOR: Michelle Rowen
GENRE: paranormal romance
SOURCE: NetGalley
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.... NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising..

I'm not really experienced when it comes to angel/demons books. In fact, I tend to avoid them. The only time I actually wanted to read an angel story was when I picked Angelfall, and I ended up not knowing how to really rate it.

My approach to Dark Kiss was... careful, to put it mildly. But I started reading it after the disaster that was Glitch and I was surprised how much I liked it! Dark Kiss is actually everything I could ask for when it comes to paranormal romance. Strong, witty heroine, a few hot guys, quickly developing but detailed plot. Despite the cover, which suggest a dark story with brooding characters, Dark Kiss is a light, fun read. Really!

Samantha is your ordinary girl next door until she gets kissed by this mysterious boy. The kiss changes her. Actually it... steals her soul. And now she's able to feed on other people's souls too. The whole city is in danger, soulless people are roaming the streets like zombies. The only one who can actually save the day is... Samantha. She decides to help Bishop, a boy she 'accidentally' finds when she walks home. And when it turns out that the boy is an angel, dangerous one on top of that, there's no returning.

What I think I loved the most about Dark Kiss were the characters. It happens definitely too often that I hate the main character. You have to agree with me that there's a tendency in YA books (especially paranormal) to make the heroine to be a supposedly strong protagonist when she is, in fact, nothing but a whiny, irritating damsel in distress, in need of saving her all the time. Fortunately, Samantha is not one of them. She can manage just fine on her own, she is witty and sarcastic but not to the point when you think it's fake. By the way, it amused me greatly when I got a bit angry that all the demons and angels in the team were boys, when Sam burst out that it's sexist. Seriously. Greta minds think alike.

Bishop and Kraven. An angel and demon. I liked both of them, although I have to admit Kraven and his inner demons (pun intended) were just a tad bit more interesting. There's plenty of back story to be explained about Bishop in the next books though, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. I also liked Sam's best friend, Carly, and the rest of the angel/demon team, especially Zach. Even if we didn't get to know the team too well because of the constant action and the fact that the last member of the team was found just by the end of the book... I'm pretty sure there's more waiting for us.

As for the love story and what can possibly turn into a love triangle in the future - I am kind of anticipating it! If you read the book, you will see that this love triangle, if happens, can become something deeper, complicated, twisted, because of the connection between Bishop and Kraven. It reminded me of The Vampire Diaries (the tv show) a bit, back in the day when I loved that show. In Dark Kiss Sam has her eyes only for Bishop. But you never know.

Sure, there were plotholes. Sure, it's not a perfect book. But it's an intriguing start to what might be an awesome series, so I'm definitely looking forward to it. I can't wait to see what happens next!


10 komentarze:

  1. Sounds promising, Agniezska! I'll add this book to my wishlist ;)

  2. I just started reading this and now I can't wait to get home and read some more!

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  3. Loved your review! I wasn't really sure what to make of Dark Kiss, but now I'm kinda excited. :D

  4. I have no idea why I was under the assumption that Dark Kiss was about vampires! I am so glad I stopped by to read your review!

    Mia at The Muses Circle

  5. A, I think we must be reviewing twins because I felt the EXACT same way about this book! Out of all the angel books I've read, there are only a few that I actually loved and this was definitely one of them -- especially the characters! Sam was my kind of girl, and both Kraven and Bishop were such awesome guys! I'm really hoping for a love triangle and this reminded me a lot of TVD TV show too! I was debating whether or not to put that in my review, but I'm so glad YOU did! :)

    Amazing review, A! It may not have been perfect, but I'm so happy that you loved it too! ;) <3

  6. Between your review and Mimi's review, I'm actually getting a little excited about this! I went back and forth about whether or not to request the ARC from Netgalley and decided not to as it looked completely unoriginal. I'll be checking it out for sure now, though. Awesome review!

  7. kraven was my favorite character by far, I really didn't like Bishop all that much, but I loved how the angels and demons were working together instead of against each other. Great Review!

    Kristin @youngadultbookhaven.blogspot.com

  8. Glad to see you liked this one! I've got this one for review so I can't wait to get to it :) Great review and I'm a new follower!

    I currently have a giveaway going on my blog if you'd like to check it out HERE

    Confessions of a Readaholic

  9. I'm glad you enjoyed this book. It definitely looks like it should be a dark story, but light stories are nice to read too!


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