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“Fast-paced and achingly real, this fresh tale hints at the danger that lurks beneath Wren’s spell without veering into the macabre. Wren is not a traditional heroine, but her character is ultimately redeemed by her decision to make things right no matter the cost. A provocative romance.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Garvey could easily have told a cautionary tale about being careful what you wish for; instead, this is a story of the redemption possible in taking responsibility for mistakes and the comfort found in sharing burdens.” (Horn Book Magazine)

“Beautiful and haunting. Every page tore me apart—and I loved it.” (Lauren Kate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fallen and Torment)

“The writing heightens the sense of tragedy and hopelessness and makes us care. While the supernatural elements are an essential hook, it is the pain of first love lost, that longing for the person who is irretrievably gone, that is the crux of Garvey’s gripping first novel for young adults.” (Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA))

“Fans of Shiver will appreciate the nuanced, more bitter than sweet portrayal of star-crossed supernatural love in this promising debut novel.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

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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Product Details

  • Series: Cold Kiss (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780061996221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061996221
  • ASIN: 006199622X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,828,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
How far would you go to save the person you loved most in the world? And what if he were already...dead?

Wren's boyfriend Danny died in a car accident before she had a chance to say goodbye. In a moment of grief, she brings him back from the dead with a powerful spell. But she soon realizes that the boy brought back is no longer quite the boy she loved.

I was really impressed by many aspects of this novel. From the description, I expected to find a typical YA paranormal romance, but was pleasantly surprised to find that the author spends a great deal of time reflecting on love, loss, grief, and responsibility. She skillfully sketches out the close relationship between Danny and Wren, and specifically shows us what an adorable boyfriend and great person he was. So it's all too easy to feel sympathy for Wren's pain and to understand how her bereavement led her to grasp for such a incredible solution without considering the enormity of the consequences.

Wren is a great character, too, full of complexity and conflict and confusion. She has dyed hair and piercings and a mouthy exterior, but she's also close to her sister, trying to understand her mother and the powers she's inherited, and estranged from her two best friends. The first half of this novel was extremely compelling to me as I was drawn in by Wren's struggle to balance the exhausting demands of her terrible secret with the ties she has to her everyday life, and I felt a great deal of sympathy for the guilt and grief that overwhelms her, as well as a great deal of admiration for the way she accepted responsibility for the choices she had made.

The story started to lose its magic for me, however, as Wren began to neglect Danny more and more.
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Format: Paperback
I was drawn in by the unusual cover but ended up delaying reading this after seeing that it was classified as paranormal, which is not my preferred genre. Not that I don't enjoy paranormals; I just tend to like contemporary and historical stories more. But after reading positive reviews from bloggers I didn't expect to like this book, I decided to check it out for myself.

It started out very promisingly with main character Wren so broken after the sudden death of her boyfriend Danny that she calls upon her extraordinary mysterious powers to bring him back to life where she keeps him hidden in her neighbor's garage. For a while, it seems okay. Wren gets Danny before and after school while drifting through the rest of the day in a fog. She has isolated herself from her best friends and her family but at least she has Danny. Except increasingly he is not her Danny but a Danny who is remembering the terrible night of his death and how he no longer belongs with Wren. And then a new guy arrives at school with his own powers and he discovers her secret, prompting her to clean up the gigantic mess she made.

This sounded different and the writing was very smooth and easy. I was able to move through the book fairly quickly. However while the beginning was good, I found myself liking the book less and less. Why? Several things. I was uncomfortable with Wren moving on with mysterious new guy so quickly while still entangled with Danny. It felt like cheating to me as Wren wanted her Danny in addition to this second guy. I also did not like the new guy, who seemed like a very convenient plot device to bring everything to a head while also giving Wren a new love interest.

Then Wren's mysterious powers are inherited from her mother but it is not something that is talked about.
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I got Cold Kiss last year as an Amazon freebie. I'd heard great things about it and the sequel was coming out so I thought I'd give it a shot. The only thing I really knew about the plot at the time was that it involved a girl raising her boyfriend from the dead. I expected it to be a fun, if sort of cheesy, read. Unfortunately I found that instead of fun, it was kind of gross and more than a little disturbing. That's all fine and good if that's what the author is going for, but I feel like this one just missed the mark.

LIKES:

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.

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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.
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