Monday, September 21, 2009

The Silver Kiss

Zoë is a pretty normal teenage girl, except for the fact that her mother is dying of cancer. It has made her grow up very fast, assuming responsibilities not typically expected of others her age. She is also kind of a loner. It's hard to have friends when they don't know how to talk to you or how to act around you because of tragedy. Simon is a tortured, but alluring vampire, driven by revenge for his mother's death. These two lonely souls meet up and join forces against an evil force that is killing unsuspecting young women in a horrific way.

I remember really liking this book as a child. It generated my interest in the vampire genre that has flourished ever since (as you can see from my library). Upon rereading it as an adult, I found that I still liked it, but not nearly as much as my younger self. The plot is pretty predictable and cliché at times. Girl meets and falls in love with vampire. Vampire hates his own existence, mopes, and wants to eat girl. There are so many teen vampire books out there with similar plots. I found myself rolling my eyes at some of the cheesier lines and predictable points in the plot. I also felt that the character development was a little slow, making me connect later with the characters than I would like.

Still, I feel that this book is special, despite its flaws. I really like that there is a fantastical plot line alongside a very realistic plot line. The juxtaposition of the two grounds it a little more in reality and makes the characters more believable. The Silver Kiss is more gory and horrific than most other books in the teen vampire genre, which makes my inner horror fan happy. Plus, the ending is beautiful and still brings tears to my eyes.

This book has gore, horror, romance, and action. I would definitely recommend this book to fans of other teen vampire novels.

4/5

6 comments:

Zombie Girrrl said...

It's always a bummer to go back to a book that you loved and thought the world of when you were younger and see its flaws. Sounds intersting, though. Nice review! :)

Misty said...

I added the link for this into Mr. Linky, so you dont have to come back and do it. :) I have been really hesitant to read this because I didn't like Blood and Chocolate much at all. I might give it a try, but I am still really leery.

Nina said...

It sounds great, maybe i should try it for the challenge as well. :)

titania86 said...

@Zombie Girrrl: It is a bummer to go back to things I used to like and their not as good. But this one still holds some magic for me, so it's ok. :)

@Misty: I would read this one if you can get past the cheesy factor. It's also pretty short, so if you don't like it, you wouldn't have to suffer for very long. :)

@ Nina: I would love to see your thoughts on the book too!

hmsgofita said...

Hmmm, I may give it a try after the other vamp novels on my list are read! But it sounds like a fun and fast read!

natalierenae said...

Loved the book. It just has something different than your typical vampire novel. Great review!

Natalie @ Mindful Musings