Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cold Kiss (Cold Kiss #1) by Amy Garvey

I have had Cold Kiss on my To Read list for over a year now.  I even received a signed copy of the sequel, Glass Heart, at BEA this spring.  Here's the Goodreads blurb:

It was a beautiful, warm summer day, the day Danny died. Suddenly Wren was alone and shattered. In a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, Wren decides that what she wants--what she "must" do--is to bring Danny back. But the Danny who returns is just a shell of the boy Wren fell in love with. His touch is icy; his skin, smooth and stiff as marble; his chest, cruelly silent when Wren rests her head against it. Wren must keep Danny a secret, hiding him away, visiting him at night, while her life slowly unravels around her. Then Gabriel DeMarnes transfers to her school, and Wren realizes that somehow, inexplicably, he can sense the powers that lie within her--and that he knows what she has done. And now Gabriel wants to help make things right. But Wren alone has to undo what she has wrought--even if it means breaking her heart all over again.
This book was like nothing I've ever read before.  Wren is a great female character.  She is so strong even in the face of awful grief.  I really liked that Wren, Robin and their mom have some abilities but they never really give it a name.  It's just something that they can do.  I think that keeps it magical and mysterious.  Danny just tugs at your heart.  He is so lost, sad and angry.  You watch Wren work through her grief for Danny and it just tears your heart out.  Gabriel coming into the story brings something important to the book.  He helps Wren get to the point where she can do what she knows that she needs to do.  He is someone that I really identified with.  I am one of those people who just want to help and fix things when I see a need.  It is tough to let someone struggle alone through something difficult but Gabriel manages to do it.  He steps back and lets Wren do what she needs to.  He waits for her to come back to him.  This is so much more than a zombie book or a book about magic.  I really hope that you'll give it a chance- I think it will blow your mind.

You can find out more about Amy Garvey and her books on her blog.  She can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.  Click here to add Cold Kiss to your Goodreads!  I give Cold Kiss 4 Fairies for a unique book that was gripping from start to finish.

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