Thursday, February 21, 2013

Early Review - Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowan

In attempting to put together a review that is not all mumble and jumble and without facts about why I liked or didn’t like this book, I came to the realization that I'm actually quite disappointed in the fact that this was only a duology and not a trilogy. Then I realized that this isn’t the first time that Rowan has written a duology. The first time happened during the Nightshade series. I guess it is better, in a way, to end a series after two books then continuing on, and on, and on, until you lose numerous followers along the way.

Wicked Kiss picks up where Dark Kiss left off and pretty much ties up most, if not all of the loose ends. The series features 17 year old Samantha Day known as gray girl because of events that happened in Dark Kiss. Wicked Kiss reveals some secrets including the true identity of SETH and why he continues to appear whenever Sam finds herself in a difficult situation. It also uncovers the truth behind why Bishop became an angel and not a demon like his brother Kraven.

Wicked Kiss also adds yet another Angel, Cassandra to the storyline. Cass has a secret and a mission all her own which may or may not conflict with riding the City of Trinity of all the remaining grays. Of course, she's not the only angel/demon who kept secrets to themselves and away from the little misfit of demon/angels who were sent to Trinity to save it from the Grays. I found myself intrigued by Bishops past history and why he ended up as an Angel and not a demon like his brother Kraven. I also found myself liking Kraven even though clearly he has an agenda when it comes to his own brother and his feelings towards Sam.

Samantha remains one of the more sarcastic heroines you will meet and also one of the more fearless and brave at heart. She truly doesn’t listen to anyone other than her nagging conscious which tells her that Bishop is her partner in crime and she will do everything and anything to prove it to him even if it means sacrificing herself for the cause. As a nexus, or connection between Heaven and Hell, Samantha has some unique powers all her own. She has the ability to see spotlights which signals the arrival of a demon, or angel onto the scene in the city of Trinity. Sam is also quite driven to find a way to release her best friend Carly from the Hollow a place where her real father, a demon, and mother, an angel ended up.

Another reason that I am sad to see this series end after only two books is the participation of Jordan Fitzpatrick to the storyline. Jordan, Sam’s nemesis ever since she was caught “kissing” Stephen in Dark Kiss, offers another unique view of what’s happening to the characters that are trying to save Trinity. Jordan even has her own unique abilities which come in handy from time to time. Maybe we can hope for a Jordan spin-off in the future? Probably not.

Wicked Kiss is a dark novel at times due to the nature of the war between the demons/angels and those who are considered gray. There are hidden dangers throughout the book and startling revelations that throw our characters for a loop. In the end, Wicked Kiss could have been the middle book of a trilogy, but instead ties up almost all the story lines in a nice little bow and offers it up for dinner.

Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowan
Published by Harlequin Teen
Releases February 26, 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal, Angels, Demons
Rating: 3.5
Recvd via Netgalley 12/02/2012*

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