6.20.2012 | Wednesday

Dark Kiss

category: Book Reviews

Dark Kisstitle: Dark Kiss
author: Michelle Rowen
series: Nightwatchers #1
published: 1 June 2012
genre(s): fantasy, romance
pages: 349
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | Goodreads

rating: five-stars | series rating: five-stars

the blurb

I don't do dangerous.
Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back. 
Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me.... 
When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...[/color-box]

my review

Dark Kiss is the first book in the new Nightwatchers series by author Michelle Rowan.  The cover grabbed me the moment I saw it on Amazon!  I am a sucker for fallen angel bad boys and this cover is all of that!

I am not usually a big fan of instant love, too unrealistic.  And there was definitely that element in Dark Kiss.  But it worked, totally and completely,  I think the key to making it believable is to make it part of the story, and it was.  It isn’t “insta-love” just for the sake of it.  There was a reason for it, a reason that was integral to the story.  That made all the difference in the world because it wasn’t sappy, but made sense.  Samantha is a completely ordinary girl, or so she thinks.  I loved her as a character!  She wasn’t made out to be anything other than a normal pretty girl with all the usual teen girl issues with friends, parents, and boys.  Bishop is pretty swoon-worthy, if a little controlling at times.  What I like most about this book was the cast of characters.  All of them, major and minor, all had their own stories.  What I liked, too, was the lack of stereotypes.  The angels weren’t all good, and the demons weren’t all bad.  Kraven was pretty swoon-worthy himeself, a demon with a bit of a soft side.  The entire book kept me guessing, which I really love because there is nothing I hate more than predictability.

I read the book in one sitting, unable to put it down.  I loved the story, different from a lot of the paranormal YA I have read.  There was a lot of mystery, a lot of emotion, and a lot of twists and turns.  The ending was a complete surprise, totally setting the stage for the next book, Wicked Kiss.

I love, love, love this book!  Definitely a recommended read!

About Michelle Rowen

National bestselling author Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy. She was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book and the 2009 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance. Michelle also writes YA high fantasy as Morgan Rhodes.
Michelle lives in Southern Ontario.

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