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Saturday, September 24, 2011 | By: Traci

Review: Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey (ARC)

Cold Kiss
Rating: 5 out of 5
Cold Kiss
Summary: Wren has lost the love of her life in a tragic accident. She grew up in home where the women have magical powers but now her mother doesn't talk about them any more. Wren uses these powers to her advantage. Grief stricken, she decides to raise Danny from the grave. She can't deal with losing him after losing so many people in her family. However, the person that comes back from the dead isn't really the same Danny she used to know. He's different and he becomes more different each day as he uncovers memories from his death and his life. Wren must deal with an ever changing Danny, a new love interesting, her mother and the fact that maybe she'll have to let Danny go once and for all.

My thoughts: Cold Kiss delves into something that not a lot of books want to touch on, death, loss and grief. The only difference between real life and what the main character Wren does, is she's able to reverse the process of death. She's able to reunite with her love after he dies.

For me, what really made this book really special is how the book touches on the topic of death and grief. We first meet Wren reminiscing about how she met her boyfriend Danny. We also get a glimpse into Wren's not so normal life at having magical powers. The book starts getting real when we find out how Danny died. It's painful really, knowing that Wren is grieving, her friends are grieving and then we see the lives of teenagers so terribly messed up because they're guilty because they feel responsible for Danny's death.

Wren, distraught over losing Danny after having lost so many people in her life already, decides to bring him back from the dead. And really, isn't that something all of us wish to do at some point? Make it so the person that we've lost can come back? However, when Wren brings him back, Danny is different. He slowly starts to remember things about his passing and Wren tries to hide it. This brings us to the point that even if we could bring them back, we shouldn't because they wouldn't be the same. They never will. Death is a part of life that all of us have to accept.

It's really a painful choice that Wren has to make when she decides that she has to finally let Danny go. She remembers more and more about their time together which really, to me as a reader that has gotten comfortable with Wren's character and her relationship with Danny, painful. It's really heartbreaking because now Wren has to let go of him all over again.

This really is a painful story of love and loss and accepting what is. Thanks to NetGalley for allowing me to review this book.


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