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Book Review DNF: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Sadly Dark Kiss was a DNF (Did Not Finish) book for me. I’ve got valid points – check em’ out below.

Book Review DNF: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

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Title & Author: Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

Genre: Young Adult Fiction – Fantasy (Angels/Demons)

Release Date: May 22, 2012

Series: 1st book in the Nightwatchers series

Publisher: HarlequinTeen

How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley


“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…. “

First & Last Dark Kiss

Although I did not finish Dark Kiss, I read through 80 percent of the book (according to my Kindle). I honestly surprised myself by not completing the book when I was so close to the end. For me, it came down to my severe lack of interest in the book and the characters and the feeling that I’d rather be reading something else.

One of the first troubles I encountered with Dark Kiss was not really the book’s fault. I had recently read Sweet Evil, and these two books have several similarities. They both involve girls who are goody-goodys to the max and who find out they have supernatural parentage. Without giving away too much, their mixed parentage is identical. Oh, and they both fall for otherworldly guys that are off limits.

So, right off the bat, I didn’t particularly connect with the story because I felt like I’d already read it.

My second obstacle in reading Dark Kiss was that the protagonist, Samantha, is bland. Although she endures a lot in the very beginning of the book, throughout the novel Samantha makes predictable “wrong move” decisions and often acts as an observer (vs. the heroine of the story).

I don’t want to go on and on about a book I don’t like, so I’m going to cut this review short and suffice it to say the following:


Dark Kiss failed to impress me. It has joined the ranks for other angel/demon books that failed to reach the mark. I suggest reading Sweet Evil, which for me did what Dark Kiss didn’t – keep me reading and interested.

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.