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Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey,
This review is from: Cold Kiss (Hardcover)
Cold Kiss is a poignant story of first love and loss. Featuring a realistic and likable main character, a strong first person voice, and a slow building romantic relationship that is the perfect recipe to cure the insta-love blues, Cold Kiss is an amazingly touching story that I recommend for everyone.
Wren's loss saturates every page of the novel. The reader can feel her fear and sorrow and desperation and because of this vivid feeling of loss, it's easy to see why she raised her dead boyfriend from the grave. What I loved about this book was how unique Wren's point of view was. She was smart and biting, her dialog and thoughts were clever. Though she was so closed off from the world, her simultaneous sarcasm and need to fix her relationship with her friends really helped to show how much she was missing being among the living. It was interesting to contrast how different she was when she was with Danny. I enjoyed Wren's journey back into the world of the living. My only quibble is that she refused to accept help until the almost the ending and I wish she'd have been a little more open to being helped since she was stuck in a situation that she didn't know how to get out of.
The author was especially skilled in recreating perfect moments for Wren and Danny. Though Danny was dead for most of the novel, the reader got a sense of the person Wren was mourning and in those glimpses, it was easier to see how their future would have gone. From his secrets smiles to the feel of his warm hands on her back, the author was incredible at building a relationship that was already gone. This was perfect to contrast with what Wren was left with after she rose him from the dead--that is, the shell of the boy she used to love. The memories of Danny where chopped up and spread through out the book so they hit the reader as fresh and hard as they hit Wren, adding to that sense of desperate melancholy she felt. Seeing how Danny and Wren were together also justifies why Wren brought him back and validates her reasoning, no matter how rash it seemed.
Gabriel is Wren's answer to how to go on, there to melt her cold heart. What I really enjoyed was watching them begin something and that their world's didn't revolve around each other instantly. Sure, they both seemed fond of each other at first but Wren is worried about other things. I liked that Gabriel tagged along, forcing her to notice him until she started to trust him. Their relationship came together naturally and didn't feel rushed which was nice, especially since you could tell this didn't happen with Danny and wouldn't make sense if she just threw all that out the window for a new guy.
The powers Wren's entire family had were another unique part. Though it was somewhat undefined, it was also as familiar to the reader as it was to Wren. Her mother's reluctance to talk about their "gifts" also added to the intrigue and I was happy to see how must Wren's family cared for her.
Cold Kiss combines a bittersweet romance and the paranormal power to possibly change the ending, into a heartfelt journey through one girl's grief. The blending of the past and the dismal present worked perfectly to portray what was and Gabriel's presence glimmered of hope for the future. Cold Kiss is addicting from the beginning to the end; a breathe of fresh air in the genre with a ton of heart.