Dark Kiss By Michelle Rowen
3/5-This book was a disappointment for me. The hype and excitement I had towards this book after reading some good reviews about it vanished before I was finished the second chapter. The only reason why this book didn’t get a straight out 2 was because I like Michelle Rowen’s writing style, but I’m not exactly sure why.
Sixteen year-old Samantha Day has a mission to stay on the safe side of things. After being kissed by her crush, Stephen, she gets strange urges and hunger pains. But not for food. A part of her is missing but she doesn’t what or how to get it back. Now, the only person who can help her is a street kid named Bishop who seems to be more messed up than she thought. Maybe the secrets he’s carrying around are the reason why he can’t think straight. A terrible darkness is moving toward the city but in order for them to stop it Samantha will have to give up the things she cares most about.
First of all, I just want to congratulate myself on actually finishing this book. I haven’t read many Angel books but I still found myself rolling my eyes, slamming the book shut, and repeating,
"You’re the biggest idiot I have ever met. Why are you so stupid?"At least ten times each chapter. The idea for Dark Kiss was so similar to a lot of angel books that it made me want to scream. Most of the characters weren’t original or that exciting. The only characters I felt deserved my interest were Kraven and Zach. And that was only because Zach was a huge sweetie and Kraven was a little funny. Everyone else was just…I don’t even know.
The fact that a lot of popular things in YA books now a days are in this book was one of the reasons why I didn’t like it. I didn’t like the relationship between Kraven and Bishop and I already know where it will lead without having to read the next book. Another thing I didn’t like about this book was that it was predictable. I felt like I knew the Sam’s next moves before I read them. I hated how quickly Sam and Bishop’s relationship bloomed and the way Sam felt towards Bishop disappointed me because it was too fast and too instant, not very realistic or good. I’m still wondering why Michelle Rowen felt the need to write this book in the first place.
Zach was a complete sweetie, I loved his compassion and how he was almost always calm about things. Even though Kraven was a bit funny, he wasn’t that original. I liked the ending because I wasn’t expecting what happened between Sam and her friend. I also wasn’t expecting Bishop’s answer to Sam’s question. I’m not sure if I’ll read the next book in the Night watchers series, Wicked Kiss. But if you love angel books no matter what, this book is for you.