Friday, August 3, 2012

Book Review: Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by: Michelle Rowen

Release Date: May 29, 2012 
from Harlequin Teen
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"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...."

My Thoughts:

If I had to choose one word to describe Dark Kiss I would probably choose typical. Why? Well, because nothing happened that was overly noteworthy in my opinion. The story moved along at a decent pace with plot twists in all the right spots just like most other YA books. Now just because it is typical does not mean it is not enjoyable, it is, I just would not consider it memorable or re-readable. 

The beginning of Dark Kiss will suck you in (pun totally intended) and the ending will leave you wanting more. However, the middle was sorely lacking. Once I put the book down, I had a hard time picking it back up again because I was not thrilled with what was going on with the plot. In the end I was glad I went back to it because the climax is great, but I had trouble getting there. Our lovely Samantha contemplates some obviously poor decisions and it just made me shake my head. To the reader it is painfully clear who she should trust, so it is aggravating when she doubts it. 

Speaking of Samantha, I was not overly impressed with her character. She is likable but not memorable and sometimes she is simply annoying. She fails to notice things that are blatantly clear and it makes her seem unintelligent when she is supposed to be a straight A student. 

Now on to our hero, Bishop. Bishop is likable, but not one of my favorites. He is mysterious and brooding and handsome but lacking something, I'm still not really sure what is it but it's something. I feel it necessary to mention Kraven because I think he is going to play a bigger part in later novels. Kraven is the character you will love to hate. He will drive you nuts, but you have to appreciate his smartass comments. 

Now I know it seems like I have a lot of complaints, and I do, but that does not mean I did not enjoy the book because I did. While there were moments that had me rolling my eyes and others where I wanted to toss the book across the room, as a whole the book is fun. It is not spectacular but it is light reading and makes for an easy distraction from the real world. Will I read the next book? Yes because frankly I am invested in the characters whether they annoy me or not; even though I sense a love triangle in the works (love triangles tend to aggravate me when done incorrectly). So overall, I would recommend this book to someone looking for a light quick and fun read or for someone who really likes angels and demons. 


  1. My friend read this book few months ago and she said almost the same things like you. I dunno what's with YA books, but it seems like most of them follow the same pattern. I'm extremely happy when I see something new and I always appreciate that.
    Great review! :)

    1. Sometimes I feel like there is a certain formula that must be followed- it doesn't make the book bad, but it doesnt make it great either. Like you, I love finding something different and new. Thanks for stopping by.

    2. I agree, sometimes book with a formula are actually good, but mostly there should be something new to make a book. You're welcome! :)

  2. I have this one on my TBR pile, and I am hoping to get to read, soon.
    But I am going to agree with Tanja, it does seem like quite a few YA books follow a certain pattern.
    Love when you find a book that breaks that pattern, it's always refreshing.

    Anyways, hopefully I can get to this book soon!

    Great Review:)

    Magen Corrie

  3. Great review! I was thinking about picking this one up. That's disappointing though that this book is nothing special or different from anything else out there. I know what you mean about it still being an enjoyable read though but I prefer books that are different and stand out.

  4. I've seen a lot of mixed reviews for this, so I'm not very sure whether I'll like it or not. I think I'll have to borrow it from someone. :) Thanks for the review.


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