What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

I'm a little late to the party with this one, because it came out last year. But when Cold Kiss came up on my TBR list, I anxiously dove right in.

Here is the summary from Goodreads: It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died. Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants--what she "must" do--is to bring Danny back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it. Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her--and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right. But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought--even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

Wonder why this was included during Zombie Week? Just wait for it...

What I Liked: 1) The idea. There was a lot of promise with this idea. Wren has already discovered that she has these powers, and used them to bring Danny back to life when he died. So, technically, he's a zombie. He's not a "braaaaaains" zombie, the undead, nonetheless. But because he can think, it makes for an interesting story about how Wren can go about maintaining this secret life that she's creating with her undead boyfriends. 2) The entrance of Gabriel. On the surface, he was there simply to expose Wren to herself, letting her know what it really was that she'd done, but there was a deeper meaning to it. He was teaching her that she can move on from Danny's death, and have a real life, something she'd never have as long as Danny was around.

What I Didn't Like: So much of this book was just, generic. Like there was some formula for a YA book being followed. Boy dies, girl brings boy back to life, new boy comes in...I was disappointed in the way it all unfolded. It just felt like it was following a set pattern, with no surprises.

Overall Thoughts: Amy Garvey had a good idea here in Cold Kiss, and her writing style was very understandable. It was exciting to see someone who started off as broken as Wren begin to heal as the story progressed. However the storyline felt too simple - it could have been any character, in any setting, making the exact same motions. I think that as Miz Garvey develops her writing more (particularly in the YA genre), we'll see even more creativity, branching out from the YA fiction formula. I'll be looking forward to seeing more in her recently released second book of the series, Glass Heart.

My Rating: 2 candy corns

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  1. I have been wanting to read this, but keep putting it off. It seems like a lot of people love it, and a lot of people don't. It's making me keep pushing it down my TBR pile because I am afraid I will be wasting my time on it. I should just get to it and find out myself. Great review!!

    1. Thanks, Amy! I don't think I'll be reading the second one, because I was on the fence about this one in the first place. But I know a lot of people have really enjoyed it, so I wouldn't want to take that away from anyone!



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