Monday, 11 March 2013

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers # 1) by Michelle Rowen - Book Review

Title: Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers # 1)
Author: Michelle Rowen
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 245
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

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Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha—that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…, something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing—and I don't know if I can get it back.

Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me….
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Overall, I enjoyed Dark Kiss. Rowen has created an interesting concept; one that fulfils all expectations for angels/demons books but also offers something extra to keep the idea fresh.

Bishop is a great hero because he has secrets and flaws and is neither the standard 'to good to be true' hero nor the 'bad boy turns good' type. Rather he fits somewhere in the middle, giving him more depth than most YA characters of a similar ilk.

Sam I find harder to like. While I didn't hate her, she was annoying and childish at times, leaving me exasperated and wishing she'd stop whining and do something. But it wasn't all bad and she did have her moments.

I enjoyed the way the story progressed and Rowen handled the pacing nicely. The ending felt a tad abrupt, but it is left suitably open for the second book, which I have on my shelf and will begin reading soon.

Overall a pleasing additional to YA Paranormal/Angel fiction.

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