Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Book Review: Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Do Not Read if you haven't read Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen yet. Read my review of Dark Kiss instead

Release Date: February 26, 2013
Author: Michelle Rowen
Publisher: HarlequinTeen
Length: 440 pages
Read In: 7 1/2 Hours

Thanks to NetGalley and the Publisher!


I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul...or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't...I hurt myself. 

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop-or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy.... 


When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...


Protagonist: Samantha Day is slowly adjusting to life as a gray, but her hunger is growing stronger. There are trials and hoops that Sam has to jump through to not only feel like a normal girl, but also feel like she isn't a hindrance on the team sent from Heaven and Hell to eradicate the city of Trinity from the grays. She knows that the clock is ticking on not only her life but on the time when she must inevitably give in to her hunger, she's strong willed and will do anything to protect those she loves.

Romance: The romance in this installment definitely gets kicked into high gear as Sam is drawn to two two very different brothers Bishop and Kraven. While Bishop pushes her away due to her attraction to his soul, Kraven seems to be the only one to quell her hunger for souls. Sam struggles to find out just what she means to these two brothers and if she could ever truly be around Bishop again without wanting to steal his soul, and thus his existence.

World-Building: There is a great deal revealed in the pages of this installment namely the bad blood between Kraven and Bishop and what led the angel to murder his own brother in cold blood. I loved the use of flashbacks in this book as it gave, not only the reader, but many of the characters as well a look into the truth of what happened between the two brothers. We also learn more about Samantha's parent's past, what brought them together and what inevitably tore them apart. We learn more about the dynamic between Heaven and Hell their rules and inhabitants.

Predictability: Much like the previous installment there were many moments when I was sure of what was come, only to be completely blown away at the actual outcome. That's not to say that there weren't predictable moments, in fact there were a few, but for the most part the foreshadowing seems to indicate one thing and then from out of no where it indicates something else. It was a great feeling to have my theories twisted and thrown back at me better than before.

Ending: The ending was, well... an ending. Unfortunately this series is a duo and ends with this book. Not to say that the ending wasn't good, which it was and it ties everything up nicely. But personally I prefer series to be three installments or longer as two installments doesn't seem long enough to tell a series story. In fact there was one point in which I thought the book was about to end only to then realize that I still had about 100 more pages left.

Overall, I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. Though it was only a duo the Nightwatchers series is full of twists that catch you off guard in the best ways. 

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