Title: Angel Kiss by Laura Jane Cassidy
Release Date: May 5th 2011
Published by: Puffin Books
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Summary (from Goodreads):
Jacki King is fifteen and adjusting to her new life in a small village. She's missing Dublin but she's making new friends: artistic Colin, feisty Emily - and Nick, gorgeous yet unavailable. But no sooner is Jacki settled than the torturous headaches and nightmares begin - followed by strange visions, voices and signs...Jacki refuses to believe that something paranormal is happening. But then she discovers the unsolved murder that occurred in the village years before ...
Do you believe in ghosts? I don't know how to answer this question myself, but I do believe that in this world, there are things we cannot see and we cannot explain. Maybe some supernatural forces are in play, but I am the type who doesn't need to see something to believe it.
Jacki doesn't believe it as well. But when she experienced a strange bout of headaches, nightmares plaguing her every sleeping moment, and she started seeing a girl nobody else sees, Jacki knew something was wrong. She and her mother moved to Avarna in hopes of a fresh start, what with her father's death still heavily upon them. While Jacki was struggling to fit in a small town that was drastically different from Dublin, she was also trying to make sense of what was happening to her. Jacki is a fascinating person to read of. She's mature in more ways than you can imagine a fifteen year old can be. One who has experienced heartache and loss at such a young age, has great insight about life, love and relationships. She also writes beautiful music and lyrics, an aspect which I greatly loved in Angel Kiss. She found a great friend in Colin, whom I loved dearly. He was such a great friend to Jacki.
I do have to say though, that again, it seems that romance is a bit lacking. I have to admit I loved Nick's description as an "unattainable boy", but the romance between Nick and Jacki left a lot to be desired. Nick did not have enough exposure in the book for him to build a solid personality, much less a relationship with Jacki. But what the love story lacked, the mystery of the unsolved murder of Beth Cullen made up for. Unpredictable, thrilling and it will keep us on our toes, guessing the identity of the killer and following Jacki's quest to solve Beth's murder. I can feel the hairs on the back of my neck raising in response to a four year old singing a rhyme about a dead person.
Angel Kiss has a nice touch of the supernatural, a brush of real life and a dash of romance merged into one book. I liked how Laura was able to fuse Jacki's struggles and her grief with the fact that someone from the afterlife was trying to reach her. There were moments where the supernatural angle of the book seem to fade away, and it was just Jacki adjusting to a life in a quiet town, which was, in its own, already worth reading for. Every single person in the town of Avarna has played an integral role in the story, and their interactions combined with the dark mystery surrounding the town and its past is what makes Angel Kiss such an interesting read!
A great, steady debut for Laura Jane Cassidy! Angel Kiss is a page-turner that didn't fail to give me goosebumps while I was reading. I'm looking forward to see what else Laura has in store for us!
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I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.