Book Review: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowan




Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowan

Published June 1, 2012

Summary:  Set in modern day city, Dark Kiss is reminiscent of Twilight with more lovable characters and a stronger narrative voice. Samantha is a teenager who runs into a mysterious homeless boy, Bishop. Bishop seems a little off but after he kills a man in front of Samantha she’s forced to involve herself in his world. Rather than reinventing the YA paranormal trope of a love triangle Rowan sticks to the script and introduces Bishop’s brother, Kraven. Bishop and Kraven have been sent to earth on a mission to save Sam’s city from soul eating monsters called grays — the catch is that Sam herself is a gray and doesn’t know it.

Bechdel Test?: Not at all. Sam and Carly talk a lot about Stephen (a hot guy at their school), Kraven and Bishop but don’t discuss much else.

Rating: 3/5
Maybe because I’ve always found Anne Rice to be the original, but Rowan’s Samantha is more fresh than Bella Swan; for the stronger female character along I found myself wrapped up in Dark Kiss. Even though the story isn’t the most original thing ever I will probably indulge in the sequel when it comes out.

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Blogger’s Note: Just a quick note to say I’m sorry this review took so long to get up . I finished the book before my graduation on May 19th but life has just gotten in the way. I have a few more posts coming your way this week so check them out!

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Book Haul: April 16

Though I’ve fallen behind on review copies already (see last week’s post for how many I received) I think there are some real winners in this week’s batch.  I’ll be reviewing these as I finish them! Without further introduction, here’s what came this week:

Dark Kiss (Michelle Rowan)
on sale 5/12 

Abdication (Juliet Nicholson)
5/22/2012

Gilt  (Katherine Longshore)
on sale 5/15/12

The Twisted Thread (Charlotte Bacon)

on sale now


Hypocrites & Half-Wits: A Daily Dose of Sanity from Cafe Hayek
on sale 7/1/2012

Klonopin Lunch: A Memoir

on sale 7/17/12