Another review from my cousin Kelli! She's completely awesome for helping me out. :)
By Amy Garvey
Source: ARC from publisher
Summary ~ Be careful what you wish for. . . .
When Wren's boyfriend, Danny, died, Wren decided that what she wanted—what she had to do—was to bring Danny back. And so, in a heartbroken fury, armed with dark incantations and a secret power, she did.
But the Danny who returns isn't the boy Wren fell in love with, and she must hide him away while her life unravels around her. Then Gabriel transfers to her school and somehow he knows what she has done—and he wants to help make things right. But Wren alone must undo what she has wrought—even if it means breaking her heart all over again.
When Wren's first true love dies in a tragic accident, she does what we all wish we could, brings him back. Cold Kiss was... different. I haven't read many, if any, books about zombies or the undead, and it was also the first I've read by Amy Garvey. This was a good start though! It wasn't too suspenseful, but I also wasn't dragging myself through it. I enjoyed reading it and finished it pretty quickly. The plot was unique and so were the characters. It took quite a few unexpected turns... in a good way.
I can't imagine losing someone the way Wren lost Danny, and I have no idea what I would do in the situation. If I had the power to bring him back to life though, I'd jump on the chance. This is what she did, but without thinking about the consequences. How will she hide a person who is supposed to be dead? How will she answer his questions? One too many secrets later, Wren is having major trouble and regret about the entire situation, yet she still loves Danny.
A few things bothered me though, one being how unrelatable and aggravating the characters were. Wren got angry with the wrong people and was nice to the nasty ones. She was rude to her friends that were just trying to maintain a friendship, but sweeter to a kid who needed to clean up his act. Her short temper mixed with her own confusion left me unsure on my thoughts of her. Also, Danny (Wren's undead boyfriend) is one of very few fictional characters that I didn't find myself crushing on. He was annoying and clingy, so I found it difficult to put myself in Wren's place. I was actually pretty surprised when I found out that there's a sequel, called Glass Heart, coming out in October. I didn't love the storyline, but Amy Garvey's writing was excellent and I'm looking forward to reading the next one!