Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Review: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen


The worst thing Samantha (Sam) has ever done in her life is shoplifting. When Stephen encounters her at Friday night in a club, Sam can hardly believe her luck. Stephen might live in her neighborhood, but he can’t be mistaken as the guy-next-door kind. He’s handsome, dangerous, and somehow he’s attracted to Sam. Stephen has given her vague warning that their kiss would change Sam’s life, but that sounds too cocky, right? Maybe he’s a really good kisser, but it sure can’t alter her life completely.

She can’t be more wrong.

 He’d somehow managed to steal my soul in that kiss. 

Reading Dark Kiss was just as much as riding on an emotional rollercoaster. I felt like I keep getting my hopes up and down throughout the story. There were times when I was so engrossed by the story that I wanted to keep reading. Other times, I was fairly disappointed with the storyline and the characters’ actions.

Emotional rollercoaster aside, I think the idea of angel and demon works together is very fascinating. We don’t see much about it in YA. Sam did some things that made me got headache, but in overall, I quite like her. I admire her courage and her good intention. I only hope that she can accept her fate in short time and stop freaking out, so we can get over the whole plot I’m-normal-please-this-is-nightmare-if-I-ignore-it-eveything-will-stay-the-same quickly.

 Bishop, the angel who leads the mission, is the love interest of Sam. He’s the kind of guy who would never hesitate to throw himself to the fire if it means saving human’s life. There is also Kraven, the devil whom Sam met shortly after her encounter with Bishop. Kraven is irritating but in some ways, he does protect Sam. If you’re no fan of love triangle, then rest assured, there is no love triangle in Dark Kiss. However, I get a feeling that it is inevitable in the next book. Hmm, I guess I need to pick my team from now!

I did enjoy Dark Kiss in the end. I appreciate the multiple layers in the story since they are done very well. The shocking revelation in the end adds positive points in the book. I really want to learn more about Bishop and Kraven’s long time fight, and Sam’s true nature. Needless to say, I’ll definitely pick the next book in this amusing series! Love angel, demon, and the whole save-the-world thing? Then you won’t be disappointed by this book!

 The boy’s attention shifted to the gold-bladed knife Bishop pulled from a sheath on his back that I hadn’t noticed before. 

“What are you going to do with that?” 

“What I was sent here to do,” Bishop said. “My mission.” 

He plunged the knife into the boy’s chest.
 


 
I rate this book:
Four cups of tea. Amazing! Love the book, it’s simply awesome. I love the tea flavor!  A strong recommendation.


PS: This is completely random, but they do change the cover! YAY! There is no Elvis Presley hair anymore. I love this new cover much better than the old one here. I can't picture Bishop with the previous hideous hair! Wise decision, Harlequin Teen! :)

18 comments:

  1. This book definitely sounds like an emotional rollercoaster! I was already interested from the summary and your teaser is even more interesting. Eek, Sam doesn't seem like a character I would be really fond of because I'm tired of the I AM JUST NORMAL I SWEAR! trope that goes around. Even so, I will try to get this book a shot. :D

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    1. I know, Elena! I feel like 'ohh pleasee just accept your fate and end my misery!'. Thankfully the whole story gets better and though I can't say that I end up loving her, I can tolerate her character in the end! I hope you'll enjoy this book even more than I did! :)

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  2. Wow, you've already read it? I have to pick it up some time soon! :) And YES, he looks much more good with this new hair LOL

    Interesting! I'm in need of more angel and demon books. So sad to hear it let you down in some parts. I've read the first pages (the kiss! *swoons*) and can't wait to read how it develops.

    Nice review, Hilda! :)

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    1. Lol I guess it's me being a random reader, Sophie - I don't even know which book I'm going to read until I finish it! Yay for new improved hair! x)

      The kiss scene is very well written indeed. I hope you'll enjoy reading this book! Can't wait to read your review! :)

      Thanks, Sophie! :)

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  3. This sounds really interesting and I like that you enjoyed it even though there were times you were wondering what Sam was doing.

    Also, I don't think I've noticed before, but I love that your rating is cups of tea! Lovely :)

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    1. Ah, there were numerous times I wanted to shake some sanity to Sam actually! She's a bit frustrating sometimes. :D

      Thank you, lovely! I LOVE the cats in your blog design too. They are tea cups because I'm more of a tea drinker! ;)

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  4. I've been hearing mixed thoughts about this one actually, but I'm glad you pointed out that there isn't really a love triangle yet! I guess I'll have to deal with it later though if you're right that a triangle blooms in book 2. ;) Anyway, awesome review Hilda! I'm looking forward to this but I feel as though I shouldn't put my expectations too high. :)

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    1. Glad that I can help you, Sam! I know that you can't stand love triangle either most of the time! Well, finger crossed that my prediction would be wrong! ;) Thank you, Sam! I actually wanted to give this book 3.8 stars, sadly it'll be way too weird for a rate. :P

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  5. LOL!!!!! I had no idea that the old cover had Elvis hair until you pointed it out! x) And now that I do know, I have to agree that the new hair looks so much better!

    Beautiful honest review, Hilda! <3 I'm on the blog tour for this book later this month, so it makes me happy that you enjoyed it! Even though there's no love triangle, I'm actually loving the sound of the relationships so I don't think I'd mind if there WAS one x) Self-sacrificing angel and irritating devil? Sounds like it'd be all sorts of intense! Hopefully I love it as much as you did! :)

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    1. Yay for non-Elvis hair! xD

      Oh, I hope you'll enjoy this book later, Mimi! <3 Maybe I just get tired with all the love triangle! I don't want to admit this, but as long as Sam still loves Bishop, I don't think I would mind a love triangle! What bugs me is when the girl being torn up between two guys! :P Happy reading! :)

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  6. Wonderful review Hilda! I really liked the sound of this book. hopefully the love triangle is exciting in the next book. sounds like a very unique concept!

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    1. Thank you, Rachel! I hope the love triangle will get my heart racing, and not get me headache (plus a possibility of ripping out my hair LOL)! :) This book does have a very different idea! :)

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  7. I have this book on my TBR pile and I tried reading it but it couldn't capture my attention >.> I went up to...27%? Yeah, I couldn't do it. Your review makes me want to try again though! :D

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    1. Ah, I hope you'll pick this boon again, Gianna, because it's worth a finished reading! ;) The story gets better near the end, trust me! :)

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  8. YAY! I really want to read this book! Your review absolutely convinced me to read Dark Kiss!

    Awesome review, Hilda! <3 So glad you enjoyed it!

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    1. I hope you'll enjoy this book too, Celine! :)

      Thanks, Celine! You're so sweet! <3

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  9. To tell you the truth, I'm a little hesitant because of the possible good boy vs. bad boy thing in the future. Sam sounds really lovely and well-developed, and so does Bishop, but I'd hate to get invested just to be forced to deal with an unnecessary love triangle in the future.
    That aside, I'm very intrigued. I've only read one book by Rowen, but I remember being fascinated b her ability to be dark without suffocating her readers.
    Wonderful review, Hilda!

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    1. I don't think that Bishop is the good guy altogether, Maja. He has some secrets that I can't wait to get unveiled in the future! ;) That's a great point about love triangle. Well, finger crossed that it would be a fun love triangle, not the kind I usually scream at! :P Thanks, Maja! :)

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