Cold Kiss (Cold Kiss #1) by AMY GARVEY
After her boyfriend is killed in a car accident, high school student Wren Darby uses her hidden powers to bring him back from the dead, never imagining the consequences that will result from her decision (goodreads).
For Wren, Danny is her one and only true love. So when he dies in a car crash one faithful night, she decides that she will do whatever it necessary to stop this ache in his heart; she brings Danny back from the dead.
The premise to Cold Kiss is what made me pick it up. I loved that Wren dealt with love lost and had to accept that no matter what lengths she takes to bring him back, it will never be the same. In those regards, the plot was very simple. It's about a girl coming to terms with the death of a loved one and attempting to understand the magic that courses through her veins. And no, this is not a zombie book, there is almost no action in this book. Garvey writes of heartache, confusion, and finally acceptance. Despite the lack of action, I enjoyed this book. I liked the slow evolution of Dead!Danny, how he went from a confused shell to a violent shell of a boy who Wren no longer recognizes.
Wren is the reason why this book gets such a high rating from me. Who wouldn't sympathize with a girl who feels as though her entire world is crumbling? If you found a spell that would bring your first love back to life, wouldn't you take the risk as well? Wren behaves exactly how you would expect a heartbroken and confused high school girl to act. She is not annoying by any means, she is simply grieving. My least favorite part of the book was the introduction of Gabriel. Gabriel knows a little something about magic as well, and he does not approve of Wren using her powers to bring the dead back to life. Although Gabriel means well, I think he comes off a little too pushy and inserts himself into Wren's life too often. I could have done without the love story in general. I feel that Wren was complex enough and that she could have figured out that bringing her boyfriend back to life isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
I thoroughly enjoyed Cold Kiss. I adored Wren as a character and loved how Garvey conveys Wren's pain and confusion. I could have done without the love story but I did not mind their slow and blossoming love. I can't wait to read about Wren again in the upcoming sequel, Glass Heart!