Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Cold Kiss (Cold Kiss #1)

Cold KissCold Kiss by Amy Garvey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What would happen if you lost the person you loved most in the world and then.... managed to bring him back?

That's what happens in this stunning novel by Amy Garvey.
Wren was - is - in love with Danny. They were everything to each other, breathing each other's air. When Danny dies in a stupid car crash, Wren's world comes to a halt. The only way she knows to give remedy to the sense of loss and desperation she feels is by trying to use her... abilities. Wren has them. Her mom, aunt and sister have them too. They seem to be able to manipulate energy to their will: make things move, flowers bloom out of season, change the color of their hair at will.
In a desperate attempt to bring back what she's lost - but without thinking about the consequences - Wren concocts a spell that manages to raise Danny from the dead. But is really Danny or is it something else?

The type of zombie - there's just one - that Garvey creates in this book is not of your usual garden variety. Danny is more of a reanimated body brought back by a sort of necromancer (namely, Wren) and controlled by her. There are no blood-dripping teeth or deambulation with stiff limbs à la Thriller involved. Danny is sort of lucid, remembers fragments of his past life and is attached to Wren in a morbid way without really understanding why. He is the real and only victim under all aspects in this book and I felt so full of compassion and pity for him, it made me simultaneously mad, repulsed and terribly sorry for the situation.

Wren is a character I'd basically would want to slap, under normal circumnstances. She messes up big time by bringing Danny back and I didn't like the fact that she realized she has to do something about it (read: get rid of him) once Gabriel steps into the equation.
BUT. Garvey found a way to make me empathize with her on such a deep level that I just couldn't hate her. I could feel her desperation, her denial, her incapability to let go of Danny. But how did Garvey manage that?
Well, with her amazing writing skills, of course.
Garvey writes in such an effortless, polished way, there's not a word out of place. Her writing style is just lovely, in my opinion. She conjures up images and emotions with her words that really touched me deeply and made me tear up and feel all the grief and sorrow and helplessness Wren was experiencing. Her writing is what sets this book apart from others, really.

The only element that didn't let me give this book 5 stars is Gabriel. I have a lot of questions about him - which I am sure Garvey will give an answer to in her next book Glass Heart... right?! - but his relationship with Wren and his interest in her didn't feel completely justified. He follows her everywhere, he's almost obsessed, so much so that she has to tell him to back off. I hope I will find a feasible justification in Glass Heart that will also give light to many of the mysteries surrounding him.

Nevertheless, Cold Kiss is an amazing novel I really recommend reading, especially if you like your zombies with a twist.


  1. I'm not usually a fan of the typical zombie books and there seems to be so many floating around these days, but after yours and Maja's reviews and your last line I think I would kind of like this book. Great review :)

  2. I remember Maja reviewing this in the Fall and loving it. Zombies with a twist hey sounds good to me. I will definitely be reading this, since both you lovelies like it.

  3. Great review Lisa. The plot sounds intriguing and sad. You're the second friend I've noticed like this. I think I'm going to give this one a try. Maybe closer to the release of the second book. :)

  4. Amazing review! When I read this book I had no idea that it was a series, so I'm pretty excited for the next one since the story was kind of unresolved. I'm glad you liked this book. (:

  5. Oh yay!! I've had this one on my TBR list for the longest time, but I've put off reading it because I've heard a lot about Wren not being the greatest heroine. That's why it makes me happy that Garvey manages to make you empathize with her anyways -- that's proof of a really good author! ;)

    Awesome review, Lisa! I'm definitely bumping it up my TBR pile now, especially with the sequel coming out soon! :)

  6. I am having a hard time imagining being able to emphasize with Wren after her doing something like that to Danny then wanting to do something about him again! A lot would have to happen for her to be able to redeem herself successfully, I think.

    I don't know Lisa. This review is great, and I like the newish approach to Zombies that isn't so typical, but the Gabriel thing makes me a little leery. I think I'll wait on this one for myself until I read your thoughts of book two. :)

    1. I'll surely be reading book two Missie. This books needs to read for its writing alone, it's so beautiful and simple.

  7. Brilliant review, Lisa. I have heard a lot of great things about this book and your review is making me want to read it even more. I definitely love my zombies with a twist. ;)

  8. I've read mixed reviews of Cold Kiss, I think most people agreed that Wren wasn't a great main character and maybe they missed out on being able to sympathise with her like you were able to. I definitely want to read this no, great review Lisa!

  9. Wow, brilliant review. I don't mind zombies, and if the writing is awesome, I'll definitely read this one!

  10. Oh! I love my zombies with a twist *steals book* Lol, I'm glad you enjoyed it even though you still have some questions about Gabriel! You've definitely managed to make me even more curious about it. Great review. :D

  11. I have only read one zombie book and it kind of grossed me out. However, after reading your review, maybe I should give this one a try!

  12. This is actually on my NOOK waiting to be read. Thank you for giving me more confidence in my purchase :)


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