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Dark Kiss | [Michelle Rowen]

Dark Kiss

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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….

©2012 Michelle Rowen (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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    Linda B Northeast USA 06-09-12
    Linda B Northeast USA 06-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Such a great narrator!"

    Wow, Amanda Ronconi is so talented. She infuses every story with extra life it would not have had. She has so much personality and does each character so incredibly well. I actually bought this book almost entirely because I so completely enjoyed her work on other books. And I was right to do so. I really hope she does a lot more. She makes each story so much more alive.

    That said, this is a very average book. Typical supernatural romance stuff, nothing special, and at times felt extremely familiar - to the point I wondered if I hadn't perhaps read this story before and just forgotten. It has all the required elements of the formula and the writing is adequate. The ending (like many of these types of YA paranormal romances) is unclear, unfinished and totally open ended to make way for a sequel... Unlike some such novels that use that device extremely well and are exceptionally well done, I am not counting the moments till I can hear what happens next and how this story unfolds. If I don't find out, I probably won't notice or have any regrets.

    To be fair, however, the story is not the worst, is adequate, and has most of the formulaic elements that seem to satisfy. The characters are the typical characters one epects... Mysterious perfect male romantic interest and the heroine who discovers she is oh so special by some birthright... super hot antagonists ( oh yeah, everyone is super desirable and attractive as per required in these sort of stories)... there are the obligatory side adventures with best girl friends to flesh out the main characters life. etc, etc... The main romance is based on not on the individuals but some intictive or intrinsic thing (like most of these sorts of stories, as we can't waste our time developing a real basis for a relationship that would preclude the fantasy of something for nothing or winning the romance lottery of life - see Twilight series for full explantion of that theory). None of the characters repel the reader, but neither are any more than just the required element and formula and I didn't feel attached or moved or particularly compelled by any, though they were tolerable to follow in the story and served their purpose and had their moments. Overall, it the usual fare... better than some, worse than others and folliowing the typical formula... It is like fast food. So if you like that, this is like a quick, predictable, but satisfiying meal through the drive through.

    Again, the reader lifts this up though. So it is worth it on that alone... She really brings life to many parts that would have been lifeless and, though this book is not nearly as worthy of her talents as other books she has performed ( I encoruage readers to check out her other work, as some of those are incredibly fun and well written stories) she still does an amazing job with what she is given.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Yoli atlanta ga 08-11-13
    Yoli atlanta ga 08-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Suprising!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Did not expect such good a story from the sample I listened to. I only bought this book cause I had discount on select books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    14-16 turning point in story line for me


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    emotions and character personality


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debb Collierville, TN, United States 05-19-14
    Debb Collierville, TN, United States 05-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "OK for young teen"
    What did you love best about Dark Kiss?

    Great narrator.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent narrator - she brought the book to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I good teenage story and a nice easy listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christa san bernardino, CA, United States 12-14-13
    christa san bernardino, CA, United States 12-14-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Holds your attention."

    I have ran out of books i wanted to hear so i thought it would be ok to listen to this short series. Amanda Ronconi is always entertaining she makes any book interesting so I gave this a shot. It was able to keep my attention I enjoyed listening to it. YA for sure but when you have ran out of all other series you have to branch out. The main character is likable and the co characters are believable. The narrator really makes the story come to life for me. You can give it a try.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 11-24-13
    Tracy WOODSTOCK, GA, United States 11-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Enjoyed the book."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dark Kiss to be better than the print version?

    unknown


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line is good and flows well and has a good ending.


    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and both were very good.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Herndon, VA USA 10-03-13
    Amazon Customer Herndon, VA USA 10-03-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Not for me"
    Any additional comments?

    I should have paid more attention. This was one of those $4.95 specials. Not a good choice for me, it's young adult fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debora Corona, CA, United States 09-13-13
    Debora Corona, CA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Very entertaining"
    What did you love best about Dark Kiss?

    Story kept me interested. I liked the narrator,some story's are just ruined by the narrator, not this one!!


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Kept me interested and entertained. Good at the different characters


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to more books by Michelle Rowen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    chuck kettering, OH, United States 09-05-13
    chuck kettering, OH, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book desperately needs better dialog, a bit more plot, and a bit less predictability


    Has Dark Kiss turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love this genere, but it does have the intrinsic flaw of being aim for 14 year old girls. Don't talk down to young people, they can handle a little more complexity.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Amanda Ronconi’s performances?

    The reader was pretty good, I'm sure she is the only. Thing that made this book tolerable.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't pay full price for this one

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kim D. Brazoria, TX, United States 05-19-13
    Kim D. Brazoria, TX, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"

    I've read Michelle's Nightshade series so I was intrigued by her writing a YA series. Book 1 came up on an Audible sale, so I thought I'd try it out.

    I will start by saying I LOVED it! I couldn't stop listening! The characters are sarcastic and fun even as they are surrounded by darkness and drama. The chemistry between them is perfect and you can almost see the story playing out in your head as you read it. Now I will say, it does have a Vampire Diaries feel to it... A girl that is a rare paranormal anomaly, her love interest the Angel, but the attraction to his brother the demon. The storyline does make for great suspenseful drama though and I've already started on book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ck Conneautville, PA, United States 02-21-13
    Ck Conneautville, PA, United States 02-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "New take on paranormal for Young Adult"
    If you could sum up Dark Kiss in three words, what would they be?

    Angels, Demons & Grays


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dark Kiss?

    When the main characters finally kissed, and the repercussions of that.


    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I LOVE Amanda Ronconi! She could read the phone book and make is sound great!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did look forward to getting back to the story.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a little abrupt and obviously continues on in another book, but it would have been nice to get a little more in this first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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