Book Review: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Published May 29th, 2012
Harlequin Teen
348 pages (Paperback)
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.... (From Goodreads)
Does anyone else automatically enjoy books where they share the same name as the main character?  I have this one book from my pre-teen days, All's Fair In Love, War, and High School, that I refuse to donate to the local library, simply because the main character is named Samantha.

Disclaimer: Some spoilers ahead.  Read with caution.

That being said, I didn't relate to this Samantha as much as I hoped I would.  I'm sorry but she didn't seem all that uber-careful to me.  An uber-careful individual isn't about to try and help a street kid like she does.

Angel/demon books don't usually do it for me.  Dark Kiss was better than average.  The problem is I'm not sure why.  I finished the book then sat there wondering why I liked it so much, and couldn't come up with an exact reason.

I was skeptical at first.  The whole I'm-going-to-steal-your-soul-by-kissing-you thing had me worried, but it worked for me.  As did the I-have-to-touch-you-or-go-crazy thing.  Again, I have no idea why.

The one note I did make while reading Dark Kiss... Kraven > Bishop.  He was a far more entertaining and likeable character than Bishop.  I'm predicting some love drama in future books.  Kraven just seems far more irresistable.

All I can say is good on Michelle Rowen.  She made me like a book I thought I wouldn't.  I'm looking forward to more.

Much love, Samantha


  1. "As did the I-have-to-touch-you-or-go-crazy thing." UH OH! Did you drink the Koolaid!? :-) I totally get the liking a book for no good reason. This is such a terrible cover, but I have to admit your review is intriguing. Good thing your blog is around to make me look past those wings :-)

    1. Hahaa, I swear I didn't drink the Koolaid...

      I don't get it?!?! Usually stuff like that makes me want to put the book away and pretend it doesn't exist. Maybe it's because I have a theory where Samantha ends up with Kraven...

      And I will say that I don't *hate* the cover. It could be worse.

  2. Haha we will have to agree to disagree on that cover :-)

    Happy to see you found your Liebster nomination from Young Adult Fiction and Whiskey Sours! Keep up the awesomeness, and pass on the Liebster love!

  3. FINALLY!! SOMEONE UNDERSTANDS! Kraven is ohmygoshsomuchbetter then Bishop. He had more depth and personality and, despite being a secondary character, we knew more about him than we did Bishop. I just didn't get Bishop and Samantha's relationship at all.


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