August 6, 2011

Cold Kiss Warmed My Heart

Title and author: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date: September 20, 2011
ISBN: 978-0061996221

Summary (Goodreads):
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.

My Thoughts
"Regardless of fairy tales, love doesn't always mean a happy ending."

What happens when Wren loses the one she loves the most? She has the power to bring him back to life, so she does. This is what our main character, Wren, is dealing with as this memorable novel opens. The main inquiry the author is dealing with in this novel is how can Wren move on in her life and find love again when she is still holding on to the past.

Wren is an intriguing character, bringing the idea of teen angst to a new level. She represents everything that is wrong with being sixteen with a bit more baggage—powers her mother will not explain to her, bringing back to life her dead boyfriend. 

The Prologue of the novel had me hooked, and the plot continued to build until the touching conclusion, leaving me wanting to continue to turn the page long after the story's end. The strength of the novel does not solely lie in the hands of Wren. It is the strong supporting characters that add to the power of this novel. It seems that their presence and purpose in the novel serves as a strong reminder that no matter how alone we believe we are in the world, we truly can face anything with the support of family and friends (even if that includes how to rid our lives of our zombified boyfriend).

For me, the author reinvents the wheel in the world of YA zombie literature with this novel. This “my girlfriend couldn’t live without me so she brought me back from the dead” tale might be ideal for those who tend to lean away from zombie tales. This novel allows readers to know and understand that the fascination of zombie stories do take on another level that does not end in bites and brain eating. 

Look for it in stores September 20, 2011 

This copy is courtesy of NetGalley - a thousand thank yous for the opportunity to read this novel.

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