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The Silver Kiss Mass Market Paperback – August 1, 1992

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Zoe is 16 and facing bereavement: her mother is dying of cancer, and her father seems to be excluding her from her mother's hospital bedside. No one dares speak to Zoe about the family tragedy, and she is isolated by grief, anger and fear. Then she meets the alluring, enigmatic Simon ("His eyes were dark, full of wilderness and stars"), who has an uncanny ability to recognize her feelings. After a series of nocturnal meetings, Zoe learns that Simon is a vampire kept alive by his thirst to avenge the death of his own mother three centuries ago. Drawn to him by an empathy charged with both longing and fear, Zoe agrees to participate in a dangerous scheme to trap Simon's mother's supernatural killer. The two emerge from their encounter able to mourn and acknowledge their losses. First-novelist Klause is excessively ambitious in her juggling of genres and themes; as a result, her suspense is uneven, her love story inadequately rooted and her resolution just a bit pat. Nevertheless, the use of the vampire figure to exorcise Zoe's complex feelings and often striking prose attest to an intelligent and original eye. Ages 14-up.
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"Strangely once a grisly and graphic tale of monstrous death and a sweet and compelling story of love."
--Entertainment Weekly

ò "A mesmerizing first novel...with lyrical writing and a rich sensibility...a fascinating story."
--Kirkus Reviews, pointer

*"A well-drawn, powerful, and seductive novel."
--School Library Journal, starred

*"Both sensuous and suspenseful."
--Booklist, starred

"Move over, Anne Rice."
--Publishers Weekly

*"...Blood and Chocolate is gripping, thrilling and original. It is delicious and smooth, like chocolate, but only a good novel, like good chocolate, is this satisfying."
--School Library Journal, starred

From the Paperback edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (August 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440213460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440213468
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.6 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,598,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 4, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Wow, whenever someone will dare try and tell me that a book about vampires can't be powerful, I'm going to just hand them this book and say "read this and just try saying that again." This book is truly a beautiful, moving piece of writing. Zoe's life seems to be falling around her. With her mother battling life-threatening cancer, her father seeming not to truly listen to her anymore, and her best friend moving to Oregon, things just don't seem to be looking up. Then Simon walks in. Strange, mysterious, silver-haired, beautiful Simon. Simon. The Vampire. Who will change her life forever.
The characters in "The Silver Kiss" are well developed, easy to identify with, and completely unforgettable. Every tear, laugh, surprise and kiss, you feel along with them. The language of the book is so beautiful and lyrical, sometimes you catch yourself thinking... wait... THIS is a vampire novel?????
I don't care if you don't like vampires, or if you don't like reading romances, or teen dramas, or if you don't like reading books at all.
You won't be able to put this book down, and like a good kiss, you won't want it to end.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 11, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been a while since I've read a book that wasn't for school. So when I was at Barnes & Noble looking through the Young Adult section two days ago, something just kept drawing me back to the book. The fact that it's won several awards and had wonderful reviews on the inside cover also convinced me into getting it. I started reading it that night, and I instantly fell in love. The characters were so awesome, and the pages were going by so fast. I never wanted the story to end, and especially not the way it did. Even though the author may have stretched some details about how vampires are, it doesn't matter. It's her book and I love the way she wrote it. I wouldn't change anything. The way the author used imagery, suspense, and foreshadowing kept me hooked the whole way. It's action packed, romantic, and absolutely a beautiful story. By the time I got to the end this afternoon, I was in tears. Not just because of what happened, but because the story was over. I'll never forget "The Silver Kiss." It will always have a special place in my heart. And I plan on reading it again. I would recommend this story to anyone.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tamela Mccann TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2008
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I picked up The Silver Kiss because I enjoy young adult fiction as well as fiction that incorporates vampires. A slim novel, I thought it'd be a nice filler for my weekend reading. It turns out I was right, but even better than that, it was a wonderful story of love, loss, and coping wrapped around a paranormal theme.

Zoe is an emotional teenager whose mother is dying of cancer. Her well-meaning parents have shut her out of the process, keeping her from the hospital and leaving her to manage herself while the endless waiting occurs. To top it off, her best friend is moving. So when an odd but attractive young man begins paying attention to her, Zoe finds herself drawn to him. As the story evolves, Simon, the mysterious stranger, learns to trust Zoe enough to share the fact that he is a vampire with her, and he is tracking his evil vampire brother, Christopher. Christopher not only killed their mother, he turned Simon as well. Not sure what to do, Zoe must decide if she should help Simon fight back, and what will happen if she does?

The vampire theme, while interesting enough in itself, is a terrific metaphor for the battle and loss Zoe is feeling as she sees her mother slowly disappearing from the cancer. As Zoe's feelings for Simon grow, she realizes that perhaps it's not best to live forever, but it is best to know when to let go. I found this novel to be an inventive way to press two ideas, and I felt the ending was what it needed to be. While not a love story in the traditional sense, The Silver Kiss is evocative in a way young adult fiction should be. Recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 11, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Poetic in its own right, with a small, almost-slice-of-life story captured in its pages, this was indeed a lovely book, and a must-read for fans of the darker stories. The two protagonists balance each other, making for an interesting reading experience: lost and lonely Zoe: whose mother fights cancer while she fights her own darkness, and ereatheal Simon, the forever-child. (In other words, the vampire.) Clause takes the world of cliched vampires and molds it into something she can work with, which in the end is more believable than any Bela Lugosi. (Spelling?) And the questions Clause addresses: whether immortality can be greater than a soul--- are handled skillfully. One would have to read it to fully understand why I, among many others, enjoyed it so. And yes, I am thirteen. X3
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 31, 2003
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Zoe is going through the hardest time in her life right now. Her mother is dying from cancer, her best friend is moving away, her father won't pay any attention to her, and she's stopped sleeping. Late one night Zoe goes for a walk in the park and see's a boy standing in the bushes. Zoe thought nothing of it but night after night she kept seeing him. Finally, he talks to her. She finds about a lot about him like his name is Simon. Oh, and he's a vampire. After learning Simon's past Zoe realizes she can help his future. That is where I shall leave you at. This book has comedy, tradgedy, romance and horror all in one! The book is a real page turner and keeps you glued to your seat. Your actually sad at the end because you don't want the book to finish! I give the books 5 stars because it's one of the best I have ever read.
Happy Reading!
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