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The Silver Kiss Paperback – July 28, 2009
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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 persuasive...at once a grisly and graphic tale of monstrous death and a sweet and compelling story of love."
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."
"Move over, Anne Rice."
*"...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
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I read this book after I read Twilight so I found that Simon had many qualities that Edward had or I better said Edward is very alike to Simon because The Silver Kiss was published almost 20 years ago. Simon is very charming, handsome and he worries a hell of a lot for Zoe and of course he's a vampire with conflicts but the one thing that makes him VERY different from Edward that in the end he had to made a choice and believe me he is WAY different.
Even though the book was written many years ago and there's no such a thing as cellular phone or dvd or anything like that you don't feel the story to be outdate and one thing that would shock you is the antagonist of the story, you never see that one coming and never thought this person could be the one person who is in a killing spree.
This is not an outstanding book but is a good one. It has very touching moments and even though the ending was something I had not expected or liked I believe it was necessary.
So if you are into YA vampire story this one is nice, short and sweet.
Annette Curtis Klause writes with such depth and characterization that I felt I knew these characters. I felt Zoe's grief and isolation, and understood her selfish anger at her mother for being ill. Likewise, I understood Simon's desperation, and sympathized with his self-loathing and his urge to seek companionship, however mad the desire. And I loved how Ms. Klause drew a parallel between the disease killing Zoe's mother, and the "disease" forced on Simon so many years ago.
I loved how fully the author created a history for Simon; how she took the reader all the way back to Cromwell's England to show how Simon had ended up in Zoe's world. And I loved how she amplified the vampire legend and explained their aversion to water, their fear of sunlight, and the reason a wooden stake kills. But I also loved that Simon seems like a real person rather than just the standard creature of the night. Simon is tormented by the knowledge that he is "at odds with nature." And though he tries to do no harm to his victims, he cannot completely abstain from human blood. He does not kill, and he uses his ability--his "silver kiss"--to make the experience as pleasant (even pleasurable) as possible.
This book was originally released in 1990, making Ms. Klause a pioneer of the emo-vampire genre. Indeed, the book has been re-released with a Twilight-esque black, red, and white cover trying to capitalize on that fact. But I don't think the two books really compare. //Twilight// is Bella and Edward's story together--we wouldn't care about Bella without Edward and vice versa. But //The Silver Kiss// is about Zoe's story and Simon's story and how their lives briefly intertwine and how they help each other learn what's real and important. I loved both books, but I don't think //Twilight// fans (especially the kind who white out Bella's name in the book so they can insert their own) will find what they loved in //Twilight// in //The Silver Kiss//. But I think anyone who appreciates good writing, great characterization, and real emotion, will love //The Silver Kiss//.
Zoe's mother is dying, she feels that her parents just don't care about her anymore, death terrifies her, her best friend, and only friend, is moving far away, and she finally meets someone who understands.
For anyone who is 12-15 they can at least partially relate to all of this. The feeling of being alone, and no one understanding what you're going through, when finally even if the person seems strange at first, you somehow connect, and he/she understands everything.
The only aspects of this book that I didn't like, was the ending, how you went through this love story, only for it to be stopped short, because Simon felt that he had nothing left to exist for. The cover of the novel also disappointed me. I prefer the hardback book jacket. It was much more accurate in the look of the characters, the paper back makes Zoe look like she's on her death bed, and Simon like he's a 50 year old trying to reassure her that everything will be fine, even in death. (In which the book clearly states that Simon appears to be more boy than man, and in my mind that's about 18-20 years old.)