Review : Cold Kiss, Amy Garvey

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

September 20th, 2011 (US)
HarperTeen

Description

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.

My review

Wren is a 16 year old girl who has particular powers, but when she want to talk about them to her mother, she doesn’t receive any answers so she can’t control them. When her beloved boyfriend died in a car accident, she casts a spell to raise him from the dead. But Danny is not anymore the same boy she knows…

This girl is overwhelmed with bad feelings inside her and it hurts her, her friends and even the reader. The book is very powerful but in a negative way. The mood is very heavy, it’s not a funny story at all. It is filled with bad feelings like desperation, anger, guilt, regret… The story is talking about the loss of someone, the way to survive to it and to let the dead in peace, simply to continue to live. The swirl of emotions is exhausting.

Wren made mistakes and continues to do but she wants to be the one to fix the situation, even if her friends and family want to help her. It’s annoying, especially when a cute and comprehensive guy, Gabriel, is right here for support, while she remains in love with Danny.

This way of escaping problems and avoiding talking to others about it is a specificity of her family because her mother is exactly like her. They both see only what they want to see. Wren’s mother has powers too, as Wren’s aunt Mari and little sister Robin, but she forbids talking about it. There is a mystery about Wren’s father who left them 11 years ago.

Too many questions are not answered or developed unfortunately, like Wren’s father or the relationship between Wren and Gabriel compared to her friends for example. However, I don’t know if there will be a sequel and I don’t think there is a need for this.

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sillyhay
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 10:30:55

    This book seems way too depressing for me.

    Reply

  2. Missy
    Aug 10, 2011 @ 12:31:56

    Love, love, love erk! lol The only point that could make me read this book is the depressing part of the tragedy love story Mouahaha
    Fran what do you think, can I read?

    Reply

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