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“It seemed so right. Danny was mine, I was his, and that wasn’t going to work if he was dead. So I would make him not dead, not anymore. I didn’t think any further than what it would feel like to kiss him again, to wrap my arms around him and bury my head against his shoulder.It was funny reading this directly after the Cellar, as it captured the Romeo and Juliet element (with requisite undead) much better, without really intending to. Which is to say Cold Kiss is heartbreaking and all about love and loss, and the star crossed element was nicely covered with the whole undead thing.
That was my first mistake. It also turned out to be the biggest.”
Wren's relationship with Danny is very beautifully described, with Garvey swirling together their past and present in a remarkable way which perfectly illustrates what it is to lose someone you love dearly. She really digs into the personal issues of not being able to let go, and the selfishness that comes with mourning. I'm especially a fan of her not pursuing this in the typical Paranormal genre way, IE- to the excluding of all others but the love interest(s), there is a large and active story line involving Wren's family and her two closest friends as well.
The secondary story in Cold Kiss is really about Wren's magic, or power, and about the mysteries surrounding it and the rest of her family who are similarly gifted. It was an excellent counter point to the Danny storyline, both because it included what has happened with him and because it moves the story beyond just her doomed romance. The only stretch to me was how she doesn't feel comfortable telling her aunt what she's done, even at her most desperate for help, but she will tell several complete strangers. Somehow, I think, put in that severe a situation (undead boyfriend on the loose, getting uncontrollable), Wren would turn to her aunt , especially since her aunt has been her source of information and a person to go to for help about her power in the past.
The story was not at all what I had expected. It was slow and thoughtful, quiet and introspective and very very heavy, but not scary in a traditional sense. I do have to say it left me squirming with discomfort, thinking of Danny roaming around the town remembering what had happened to him, though. All in all this was a breathtakingly sad story with a lot of depth, but best of all it did teenagers a service in the realm of YA Paranormal Romance. That's right, Garvey acknowledged love as being a constantly changing thing! The undead boyfriend is not the same wonderful boyfriend, and the good looking new boy is just that- attractive, he's not the solution to all problems or necessarily the new love of her life. But more than anything she threw a strong girl into the paranormal world and let her make mistakes and learn from them without defining herself by her love interest along the way.
Thank you for that Amy Garvey.
Cold Kiss, by Amy Garvey
Published by HarperTeen, September 2011
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