REVIEW by Ginny: Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers #1) by Michelle Rowen (@MichelleRowen , @puretextuality )

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…. NIGHTWATCHERS When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…

Let me just get this out of the way now. The narrator of this book is very much a teenage girl. Like, to the point that at the beginning of the novel I didn’t know if I’d get through it. Also, there were several places where I found myself going “I know, we’ve been over this. Repeatedly.” Perhaps that was because of the voice of the story, perhaps not. Either way it was a teensy bit annoying. That being said, but the end I’d forgotten all about the fact that she was still in high school and I had previously wanted to slap her. Stick with it guys, it’s worth it.

Have I mentioned that many problems in books would be solved if people just laid their cards on the table?* Yeah, that happens here. A lot. But at least Sam mentions it with a whole lot of “people are lying to me, and I really hate that. In fact I think they’re kind of being dicks about it.” Ok, so that’s not an actual quote, but it should have been.

I did enjoy the cast of characters. Sam is the plain child who learns she’s special, and goes through all the normal “…the effe?” moments you would expect. Bishop is broody and moody and more than a little touched. He keeps things from Sam, he lies even though he says he can’t, and he can be a right bastard. All of which combines to make him an interesting romantic lead that’s not so sweet you want to gag or punch him every time he’s mentioned.

Kraven and the others? Well I hope we get more of them in the next go round. And there will be a next go round, as half of the threads picked up in this book are just left kickin’ it all loose like at the end. I don’t even think they care. Bastard loose ends.

4 stars. It might not ground breaking, and there may be several clichés, but it was a lot of fun and I can’t wait for the next installment.

*Authors, please don’t actually put all the cards on the table. There would be no books if you did. I’m still going to mention it though because I’m awesome like that.

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