Review: Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Posted May 14, 2013 in Review / 4 Comments

Wicked KissWicked Kiss (Night Watchers #2)
by Michelle Rowen
Published February 26th, 2013
Harlequin Teen
448 pages
Young Adult | Paranormal Romance | Urban Fantasy
Source: Received ARC from Harlequin Teen (via NetGalley) in return for an unbiased review (Thank You!)

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About the book: 

My kiss can kill.
I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that’s changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone’s soul…or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don’t…I hurt myself.

 

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I’ll kill him. Then there’s another boy, one I can’t hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They’re both part of a team of angels and demons that’s joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I’ll be able to help Bishop—or if I’m just another part of the darkness he’s sworn to destroy….

 

NIGHTWATCHERS: When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…

 

Wicked Kiss is the second and LAST book in Michelle Rowen’s Nightwatchers series.  I had no clue!  Going in, I was reading Wicked Kiss like it was just another book in a series.  Boy was I surprised when it ended!  And not knowing it was the last one, I think that made the “read” that much more great and “OH MY GOD!”

oh…       um, sorry?  I thought you knew…  Well, it’s still a great book that ties up those nasty loose ends we were left with last time.  And I think Michelle Rowen even read my review of Dark Kiss because she took my advice and completely upped Samantha’s snarkiness and sold me on the bad-girl-gone-straight persona she was going for in Dark Kiss.  Who am I kidding?!?!  Ms. Rowen would NEVER have read my review, but she did address every little hang up I had last time around.  But we’re not here to discuss that book.  We’re here to talk about Bishop and Sam!!

Characters

Wicked Kiss picks right up after the tragic ending of Dark Kiss.  It’d been a while since I read Dark Kiss so I was glad that Ms. Rowen re-capped during the first few chapters.  Samantha is still without her soul so she’s out looking for Stephen, who hopefully still has it.  It’s great to see Sam taking charge of her life!  She’s not going to sit around waiting for Bishop to fix her life for her!  And boy do I love her snark and come-backs!  It’s ON and it’s set at 11!!  Niiiiice!  Especially with side characters playing bigger roles this time around.  Sam dishing tons of sass to Kraven again but he’s causing new trouble this time.  And a total surprise for me was how much I ended up liking Sam’s nemesis, Jordan.

Bishop is the same brooding, quiet warrior as before.  But unfortunately for him, Sam has ways of finding out about his past.  Amazing stuff there!  What a messed up past he and Kraven had.  I’ll just leave it at that.

Story / Tempo

What I enjoy most about Michelle Rowen’s writing is the pace she keeps her story going at.  She can write some good urban fantasy (and she’s written enough of it!)  She does it quick, clean, and well thought through.  Not only does Ms. Rowen manage to ramp up the story by adding more obstacles in Sam’s quest to get her soul back from Stephen, but she also adds twists and that most awesome, “bet you didn’t see that coming!!”.  Yep, I loved that moment!  I’d like to say I sort of saw it coming, but I gotta be honest…  wow, didn’t see it!  A lot of reviewers I read said that this book was predictable so take my reaction with a grain of salt, I guess.  Apparently I’m only a 40Watt bulb 🙂 – you know, not so bright?

Best part of the book, though… the ending.  Having not known the book was the last book in the “series”, I was completely thrown out of the rollercoaster car only to be able to climb back in after the last loop.  Phew, that was close!  Loved the closing scene!!

Ms. Rowen could write more books in the series but she’s so busy with other books and she hasn’t been contracted for any more so I guess that’ll do it for Sam and Bishop.  *sniff, sniff*  Oh, what about Kraven?!?!  *sob!!*  There’s a really great blog post about the series and this book in particular at Michelle Rowen’s website (click HERE)!  While at her site, you can also read chapters 1 and 2.

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Michelle RowenAbout the Author:

National bestselling author Michelle Rowen writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and young adult fantasy. She was the winner of the 2007 Holt Medallion for Best First Book and the 2009 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Vampire Romance. Michelle also writes YA high fantasy as Morgan Rhodes.

Michelle lives in Southern Ontario. Please feel free to contact her at michelle@michellerowen.com. She loves hearing from readers!

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Kristin

About Kristin

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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4 responses to “Review: Wicked Kiss by Michelle Rowen

  1. Max

    OK. I actually read my daughter’s copy of Dark Kiss, or at least part of it, and found your page while looking for the next edition to order for her.

    Michelle certainly knows her target audience, and while I found it a little lightweight (I would, I’m nearly 50), I can tell you that it hits all the right spots for reluctant young tenns.
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