02 April 2013

Review: Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Release Date: February 26th, 2013
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

My kiss can kill.

I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul…or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't…I hurt myself.
Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop—or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy….
NIGHTWATCHERS: When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…

I didn't think that this series could continue to be as good, but I was wrong! Samantha is still struggling to get her soul back but unfortunately that's just one of her many, many problems: a new angel shows up and threatens to take Bishop's attention away from Samantha but worse still, the Grays are evolving and they either become super bad...or they die.

And that's the main situation in the novel. The great thing about Wicked Kiss is that the novel gives no time to breathe, one enthralling chapter after another. You will be held captive by this novel since you surely won't be able to put this one down. I loved that the story evolved as well. It didn't only stuck with the getting-her-soul-back problematic, the Grays and the new angel gave this sequel a new spin. Furthermore I love the relationship between Kraven and Bishop, they are the perfect mix of good and bad. And I really enjoyed getting to know more about Bishop's and Kraven's story.

Samantha certainly grew as a character and it is obvious while reading this novel. She is not that ingenuous girl in the prequel anymore. And because Samantha can get into Bishop's mind, we get to see a whole new side to his character. Kraven is somehow my favorite character in this series. He is sarcastic (which I really like since his sarcastic remarks make me laugh!) and I like to think that he can be a good demon, or at least, a better one. The new angel was actually a bit surprising, I didn't see her character's development coming.

Overall, Wicked Kiss was a worthy sequel to Dark Kiss. There were many twists and turns that were really unexpected and unlike its prequel, I really can say that I really wasn't expecting this ending. Rowen refined a series that was already great to begin with.

Thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy for review!

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