Tuesday, September 20, 2011
"Cold Kiss" by Amy Garvey
Age Group: Young Adult
“It seemed so right. Danny was mine, I was his, and that wasn’t going to work if he was dead. So I would make him not dead, not anymore. I didn’t think any further than what it would feel like to kiss him again, to wrap my arms around him and bury my head against his shoulder.
That was my first mistake. It also turned out to be the biggest.”
When her boyfriend, Danny, is killed in a car accident, Wren can’t imagine living without him. Wild with grief, she uses the untamed powers she’s inherited to bring him back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy she once loved.
Wren has spent four months keeping Danny hidden, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school and somehow, inexplicably, he can sense her secret. Wren finds herself drawn to Gabriel, who is so much more alive than the ghost of the boy she loved. But Wren can’t turn her back on Danny or the choice she made for him—and she realizes she must find a way to make things right, even if it means breaking her own heart.
This book was nothing like I exected. I know it's technically a paranormal, but the author isn't in your face about it. I know that magical powers and raising the dead aren't normal everyday things, but I believed they were while reading. This book had an understated quality to it and I loved it, even the zombie was understated. Wren brings her boyfriend Danny back from the dead, so technically he is the undead, but he isn't the shuffling, moaning, brain eating type. For a good part of the story he's very complacent and just happy to be with Wren. Of course, bringing someone back from the dead never turns out to be the fairy tale you imagined. All the women in Wren's family have powers, but her mother refuses to talk about it, so she doesn't know where it comes from or how to control it. Nobody but her family knows about what Wren can do, until she meets Gabriel. He's not exactly a psychic, but he can sense what's inside of her and really wants to help. Gabriel is definitely a nice guy, but sometimes it felt like he had too much of a hero complex.
This was definitely an interesting take on one of my favorite types of paranormal and I quite enjoyed the less gorey version of a zombie. The story was sweet and sad, with a great cast of characters. It definitely had a satisfying ending, but I certainly wouldn't hesitate to read a sequel :0)