Review: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1)

by Michelle Rowen
Editions: ebook, paperback
Expected publication: May 29th 2012 by Harlequin Teen (first published May 22nd 2012)
Source: netgalley
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…~ Goodreads

Disclaimer: I never have liked the idea of angels in any way, shape or form romantically involved. Unless I’m clear on the idea they’re fallen angels from the start, I’m really not going to run with it well. Sorry. I got into this book without knowing this was one of those angel gets the hots scenario.

So. The story had some very interesting angles, the whole soul tangent was cool. The idea in itself would have been a fun one to follow, but in this story, with these characters, it just didn’t go as well as I expected for me. I know it’s a sort of prejudice of mine, but I just can’t run with angels getting hot and bothered. Not even if we’re talking a platonic sort of crush. It’s still just…icky. I’m sorry, I’m not a religious zealot or anything, but…angels are deeply religious beings for me, so regardless if I am or not religious much myself, I can’t envision them as anything else but, well…on the side of holly. Fighting angels, I can get. Crushing angels…not.

That being said, had the character in itself drawn me in, I prooooobably would have gone for it. Sadly it didn’t happen. I didn’t get much of a “dark” vibe from Bishop, I didn’t get a “dark” vibe from the demon guys either, in fact. I don’t know if I was in a strange mood or what, since I generally respond to at least the bada$$ guys in a story, but here it just didn’t happen. Samantha and Carly were cool, but not charismatic enough to draw me in either. It just didn’t happen, there wasn’t much chemistry between us.

The writing was what kept me going, because despite me not being overly into any character, the story as it was or the romantic angle, I kept reading and read it all. I wasn’t necessarily swept off my feet because I had little chemistry with the characters, but the writing was good. I liked the pace of events, the way scenes were built and how the action flowed throughout the books.

What was absolutely spectacular in my opinion was the cover here. This would be a book I’d buy just for the sheer awesome galore of the cover, shallow was that may sound. Something that gorgeous, you’ll wanna get a piece of!

I know some of my blogging buddies liked this a lot, to me this is the Fallen sort of situation. There’ll be books that don’t wow me but wow others, and this one did wow others; and then there’ll be books that wow, often the case is they’re not generally wow. I dunno.

All in all, if you’re into angel maybe-boyfriends and that whole sort of theme, then this will probably read like a lot of YA fun for you. Give it a try.

Do you like love stories that feature angels in them? Like, an angel in love with someone else? Kissing, such? Am I the only one finding that sort of odd?…

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2 thoughts on “Review: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

  1. Reflections of a Bookaholic

    Maybe that’s why I never really got into the angels thing.  It doesn’t seem quite right for them to be hot and bothered and all that good stuff that I usually like.  I agree that the cover is definitely very yummy and pretty at the same time.  


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