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A Reader of Fictions: Blue Lips - Regina Spektor (+ Giveaway)

A Reader of Fictions

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Blue Lips - Regina Spektor (+ Giveaway)

Cold Kiss
Cold Kiss, Book 1

Author: Amy Garvey
Pages: 292
Publisher: HarperTeen

Description from Goodreads:
After her boyfriend is killed in a car accident, high school student Wren Darby uses her hidden powers to bring him back from the dead, never imagining the consequences that will result from her decision.

First Sentence: "I wasn't thinking about falling in love the day I met Danny Greer."

I definitely expected to hate this book. Perhaps that's not something I should admit, but that's how it was. Partly, it's the cover. It's pretty on one level, but it just really creeps me out. Plus, there's the quote on the cover by Lauren Kate, whose books I'm pretty sure I'm going to hate as well, from what I've heard in the blogosphere. I believe I'd also read some less than flattering reviews of Cold Kiss. Well, this is one of the rare situations in which I am okay with being wrong.

While I am not completely in love with Cold Kiss, I definitely enjoyed it and I really appreciated how different the messages about love and romance are from so many of the most popular YA novels. As you can see in my favorite quote down at the bottom, this book is all about the misconceptions and fairy tale perfect romances not being as portrayed by pop culture.

The focus of this book is not on love overcoming death. That's what I thought it would be. I loved that she really considered the dark consequences of Wren's actions. I expected this to be a romance, but it's really not. That made a refreshing change.

I'm not sure how I feel about Gabriel. On the one hand, I would have preferred for Wren not to have a romantic interest in someone besides Danny - not forever, but while she's dealing with this. Still, I can kind of see why Garvey included him, and that he might be a necessary impetus. Wren certainly wasn't happy with her relationship with Danny before Gabriel entered the scene, but Gabriel serves to remind her of all that she's missing: a warm guy who she can be seen in public with. Gabriel can be a partner; Danny is nothing but deadweight. Still, Gabriel is too attached and to protective for someone who just met her.

The paranormal aspects are interesting, but not perhaps as well-defined as I would have liked. It seems a bit as though Gabriel's abilities were thrown in as a plot point to force Wren to open up to him, rather than being something natural. Other than that, I just don't know why he had them.

Another plus was the theme of family, and of how Wren's family dealt with the magical powers. This aspect, as well as the whole what-will-we-do-with-this-undead-dead-guy part, reminded me a lot of Practical Magic. Wren's mom does not want to teach her daughters how to use their power, which is what lets Wren get so out of control. She's made up her own rules and boundaries.

Cold Kiss is deeper and more thoughtful than I anticipated, making it a nice counterpoint to all of the paranormal, instalove romances out there. I will definitely be giving book two, Glass Heart, a try. I'm definitely curious to see what will happen next, and hope that Garvey will continue to deviate from the standard YA romance tropes.

Rating: 3.5/5

Favorite Quote: "It wasn't love right away, because nothing ever is, no matter what the songs say, but it was the start of it."

Giveaway: My friend picked up an ARC of this for me at ALA 2011. Coincidentally, I also received a finished copy this afternoon as part of the Story Crush giveaway I won. Thus, I am giving away the ARC copy. I'm sick of all the giveaway hoops, so all you have to do is click the free entry. Following my blog, upon which I have fairly regular giveaways and awesome reviews (I flatter myself), or tweeting about the giveaway are appreciated, but not required. U.S. only since I'm shipping this out myself. Sorry! Check out my 300 Follower Giveaway, international folks!

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Blogger Unknown said...

It's so interesting:)

May 9, 2012 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Lisa Cox said...

Interesting sounding book. May just have to try this one out.

May 9, 2012 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger fakesteph said...

I love that this isn't an insta-love kind of paranormal romance, but actually a more thoughtful book. This actually sounds right up my alley.

May 9, 2012 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Llehn said...

It just goes to show that when you give something you don't usually like a chance, you might be surprised by it :D

May 10, 2012 at 8:34 PM  
Blogger Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) said...

I've been wanting to read this book for a while now but just have never picked it up since it came out. Thanks for giving away your extra copy.

May 17, 2012 at 2:40 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Thanks for the easy entry - that's appreciated :)

This book sounds quite intriguing and I'd love to give it a try!

May 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM  

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