Review: ‘Cold Kiss’ by Amy Garvey

Review: ‘Cold Kiss’ by Amy GarveyCold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Published by Harper Collins, HarperTeen on September 20th, 2011
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Supernatural, Young Adult
Pages: 292
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
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.

About Amy Garvey

I'm a writer and a freelance editor. Cold Kiss and Glass Heart are available from HarperTeen. I have three kids, two cats, and one husband, and currently too many social media sites to keep up with. I usually end up watching TV or writing instead.

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Wren is mourning the loss of her dead boyfriend, Daniel..Until she realizes she can’t live without him, and raises him back from the dead. Yep, he’s a walking, talking zombie MINUS the insane appetite for human flesh. This is basically the entire plot. The whole book is mostly about her thoughts, and how her friends are mad at her, and her relationship with her sister and her mom.

I wanted to like this book. Really I did. But I was so very bored. Where was her power? How come her mother didn’t help her? I was very frustrated about Wren’s incessant whining about why she couldn’t leave Daniel, blah blah blah. Yes I get that her dad left her, and she has emotional baggage and the fact the she couldn’t live without her first boyfriend. Her decision was so immediate I kind of wanted to throw this book across the wall.

Amy Garvey’s writing is beautiful, her style is fluid and heart warming, but it was wasted on this very story. If you’re looking for a light and quick read in the paranormal genre then this book’s for you.



I am the kid who sticks her finger in the light socket. I am the person who doesn’t check the expiration date on the milk, I am the idiot who has never looked before she leaped. I am the girl who is falling apart, right now. (105)
He waits. And I think that this what is what I would like love to be. Leaving room for each other, knowing that not every step is going to be side by side. Giving more than taking. Waiting. Trusting. (291)





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  2. Giselle

    February 16, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    The cover fooled me a bit. This is why you don’t judge a book by its cover!!!

  3. Steph

    February 16, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I’ve been curious about this book so it’s disappointing to hear that it didn’t quite reach its potential. I’ll probably check it out at some point, but I’m not in a rush to get to it now.

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