23 April 2012

(ARC) Review: Dark Kiss - Michelle Rowen

Release Date: May 22, 2012
Paperback: 348 Pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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... (Summary taken from Goodreads)

Dark Kiss may as well be the most addictive novel I have read in a while. It was one of those books that you keep trying to come up with a new excuse to open and read one more page, or maybe one more chapter and then you just end up reading the whole thing in one single sitting. Even though it is a angel-themed novel (I'm a sucker for those!), Dark Kiss was refreshing and surprisingly full of unexpected twists and turns.

What made Dark Kiss the even more unconventional was Rowen's idea of making angels and demons work together. The idea is so original and different from what I'm accustomed to that I knew from reading the book description that I was in for a ride, and Dark Kiss didn't disappoint one bit. The novel is fast-paced and the story well-developed but never in any way predictable. As said before it is full of unexpected twists and turns that will leave readers surprised and in the edge of their seats!

The characters were by far my favorite thing in Dark Kiss. Each of them had their own strengths and weaknesses but all of them were utterly likable. Even though many characters seemed to be predictable at first sight, we realise further in the novel that they are even more complex. Sam, the main character, was an amazing character. She was strong, determined and compassionate. Bishop, the love interest, was such a complex character. At first I thought he was the definition of perfection but later in the novel we see that he is not that perfect after all. I really can't choose a favorite character; for I found myself liking them all, even the demons!

Rowen's Dark Kiss has it all: an seemingly impossible romance, twists and turns, full-on action and of course a little bit of magic and drama. From the amazing characters and the perfectly-developed storyline, Rowen's novel was completely enthralling. I am now anxiously waiting for the second one. I recommend this to everyone who enjoys paranormal young adult novels!

A huge thanks to Netgalley and Harlequin Teen for providing me with a copy of this amazing book!

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


  1. Great review! This sounds really great. I don't know why I didn't request it! *facepalm*

  2. I loved this one too! I did love learning about Bishop's imperfections later in the book. I was surprised!

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  4. Okay let me try this comment again lol! Rachel I wanted to read your review also of Dark Kiss! Fantastic review! I'm sooooooo glad you loved this book too! :)