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Cold Kiss Hardcover – September 20, 2011
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About the Author
Amy Garvey is a former editor who now works on the other side of the desk as an author. She grew up reading everything she could get her hands on, watching too much TV, and wishing she was Samantha Stephens from Bewitched. (She still wishes that, actually.) She’s always busy writing something (when she’s not obsessively discussing TV’s Supernatural with her friends online and thinking about cupcakes). Amy is also the author of Cold Kiss. She lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with her family.
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Exploding squirrels, geriatric cats and other things that make me giggle: There were some things in the story that gave it personality and humor. Wren has magical powers that she doesn't know how to control and this can cause some major outbursts when she gets freaked out. This includes the downfall of a particularly unlucky squirrel who happens to be in the line of fire. This sort of dark humor mixed with real-life everyday problems like a pet cat who seems to suffer from feline dementia could have been used to really give the story some much-needed levity. Unfortunately these were few and far between and it just wasn't enough to take my mind off of the ick-factor of the book.
There is some heart to the story: even though this wasn't my favorite story, there were times where I was drawn into Wren and Danny's plight. There were some scenes that were very emotional and really touched on grief, loss and sacrifice.
Gross: By this point in my reading life, I've read and loved plenty of love stories about the undead. Of course usually they are vampires or at least they don't look like/smell like zombies. This allows me to ignore the fact that our hero should be rotting away in a box somewhere. Unfortunately there were too many scenes where Wren and Danny were kissing and Wren kept talking about how cold he was and how he smelled like dirt and dead leaves (or, you know, a graveyard). In the meantime, Danny keeps wanting to go farther and farther and I couldn't help but be grossed out.
Gabriel or The Guy With The Worst Timing Ever: seriously dude, this girl's dead boyfriend is living in the garage and you're going in for the kiss? So, not the time. I just do not understand why we needed an undead love triangle. It didn't add much to the story and frankly I would be pissed if some guy kept hitting on me after he found out about my zombie slave boyfriend. Timing is everything guys.
I just didn't care about the characters: They all seemed pretty foolish to me. Wren and Gabriel for the reasons mentioned above and Danny because, well, he's dead. He only ever thinks about Wren and is either lost without her or physically attacking the guy who's trying to be her new boyfriend (which to be fair is pretty understandable).
Overall, I just didn't care for this one. It wasn't terrible, but it just wasn't for me. The writing style is nice and the concept had some promise, but I don't think I'll be checking out the next one.
Wren fell in love with Danny and Danny fell in love with her. He was taken too soon, and Wren wasn't able to handle losing another person in her life. She had lost her father, her grandmother, her aunt, her mother was closed off...she wasn't able to let go of anymore.
Cold Kiss deals with the consequences Wren faces after bringing Danny back from the dead. He's not a whole person; he's not what Wren remembers. Even in bringing his body back to life, she still wasn't able to bring back what she had lost. It's heartbreaking to see her deal with losing him, even though he's still right in front of her.
Gabriel is a little too perfectly placed for me to completely love this book, but I still enjoyed his character. His abilities seem just a little too convenient, and his arrival too perfect, but he's still a good guy. He just wants to help Wren with Danny, but realizes there are some things he just can't do. I liked how he gave her just enough space, but was always there when she needed him.
Cold Kiss is a touching book about love and letting go. It's about finding the power to continue even when you feel like you can't. It's a wonderful book and I'll definitely be reading Glass Heart.
I really liked this book. Was it believable? I personally have NEVER tried to bring anyone back from the dead. I live in reality but I still like to believe we as a whole don't know everything. My 6 year old will dispute this to the death though...
Anyways...Who doesn't have someone they lost that they didn't want back, even for a minute? This book does kind of point out that if we could bring back the dead, it probably wouldn't be for the best.
Danny was a shell of who he used to be. And he is trapped in a mental prison. Slowly he starts remembering and while it didn't get too bad, it could have been a catastrophe. Everything starting with Danny's death is a sad situation all the way around but I believe the author did a good job conveying her story.
So let's say we believe in magic. Wren's mom possesses it and know that she does too, yet she 'hides' it when she could have guided Wren. My guess is if Wren's mom wasn't so closeted, she wouldn't have tried to bring Danny back.
Cliffhanger ending...sort of.
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This was a very quick read which I read in one day and found it to be quite