Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Who: Amy Garvey
What: Cold Kiss
When: September 20th
Where: HarperTeen
Why: Premise
How: For Review

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.If I could pick one word for this book, it'd definitely be: bittersweet.

Cold Kiss tells the story of Wren who just lost her boyfriend in a car crash. But the thing is she's a bit...magical. So in a grief-stricken attempt to be happy again, she tries to bring him back to life. And it works. But now he's not Danny, just a strange, moody, cold shell and she has to reverse everything she's done with the (mostly unwanted) help of psychic new boy, Gabriel.

This is the kind of book that tears you apart but you can't stop turning the pages because you need to knew what Wren is going to do to correct all her mistakes. Wren was a beautifully flaws character and I just wanted to wrap her in a bear hug (even though she definitely wouldn't have appreciated that). She was vulernable and made some selfish decisions but in the end she was just grieving and her love for Danny plus her confusion with being able to move on captured my heart from the beginning. Her journey is a hard one and I loved reading every minute of it.

Amy's writing doesn't even make things sound remotely paranormal. I mean, you know she's a witch but it feels more like a comtemporary that just happens to feature a heroine that can do badass magic. It's a beautiful in between that I definitely loved!

I wish I had gotten to see more flashbacks of Danny in the story, just because he sounded so sweet and lovely and perfect for Wren and I wanted to see them interact more as a couple! Wren does go back a bit and she talks all high praise for Danny, to the point where I missed him! I loved Gabriel as well, and how stubborn and determined he was to not let Wren go through this alone, no matter how much she tried to push him away.

Overall, a beautiful bittersweet story about what comes after and how you get through it. Definitely recommend!

Happy Reading!


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