Early Review ~ Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Posted April 29, 2012 in Review / 5 Comments

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1)
By Michelle Rowen
Expected Publication May 22, 2012
Harlequin Teen
YA Paranormal
4 1/2 hearts out of 5 

From Goodreads: I don’t do dangerous.  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…. NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…

This is the first book from Michelle Rowen that I’ve had the chance to read.  Oh, as an author, she’s been recommended to me twice by two different friends for two different series of hers.  Her book The Demon In Me sits on my shelf eagerly waiting for me (life story for a lot of books I own).  But when I saw this new series involving angels, demons, and piercing blue eyes on a guy named Bishop (one of many awesome character names in this book), I knew I had to snag this one to review it.  I devoured Dark Kiss in two days.

Right from the start, we’re literally thrown into the action right along with Bishop.  I mean literally thrown, as in “out of the sky to the ground”-type of thrown into it.   No lag of the world building here.  Told in a first person, Ms. Rowen’s writing is quick, engaging and not overly burdened with flowery, descriptive wording.  My kind of style.  As a straightforward urban fantasy, I think the story is extremely appropriate to the YA audience.

The thing I loved most about Dark Kiss were the twists, turns and “No Freakin’ Way!” ‘s that were perfectly timed throughout the story.  I absolutely hate when some twists pop up in stories that are pulled completely out of thin air, completely made up on the spot to solve a problem or add drama.  Ms. Rowen had none of those!  Every single curve-ball made complete sense and wrapped up nicely into the story.  And on top of that, Ms. Rowen didn’t shy away from hurtling grenades.

The only reason why I didn’t give this a 5 heart review (and I could have, very easily) was because Samantha, our protagonist, sold herself as being a reformed bad girl who used to lash out with humor and petty larceny.  I just didn’t see that being “fleshed out” enough (wow, big college-like terms, huh?  Ohio State was worth something).  I wanted more humor, more snark!  Maybe next time around.  Oh, and I’ll be waiting for the next one! 

Dark Kiss will be out on May 22, 2012.  You can read chapter one right HERE on Michelle Rowen’s website.

The next book in the series, Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers #2) has a planned released date of March 2013 (UGH!!!).


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Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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5 responses to “Early Review ~ Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

  1. I am glad you liked it and will read your lovely review after I write mine..LOL. Mine won’t post till the week of the 7th, but I should get it written this week. I have the whole week of the seventh to write this week…hehehe!

  2. Great review! Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    I love the blurb and will be adding this one to my TBR also. 🙂

  3. aah..we agreed on Sam. I really hope she comes into herself, the potential is there. I really like Kraven too. And you are so right..i love the name Bishop. Melissa told me the cover looks like Edward and creeps her out…now every time i see it i think of him!
    ps…told ya i’d be back to read it..hehehe