Friday, April 5, 2013

Blog Tour: Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas (Review & Giveaway!)

Welcome to my stop on the Deadly Kisses blog tour! Click HERE to see a full tour schedule so you can follow along and see all the cool awesomeness going on!
Deadly Kissses by Kerri Cuevas
Deadly Kisses
Release Date: March 5, 2013
Format: ebook, 265 pages
Publisher: WiDo Publishing
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours, for blog tour
Description from Goodreads:
Aiden Grant has a killer kiss. Literally. And it’s not every reaper who gets to work with the Sixteenth President. Sure, Honest Abe likes to throw out history lessons with reaping assignments, but when you’re favored by the ancients, grim reaper life is pretty sweet for a newly dead seventeen-year-old.

Then things get messy.

Aiden is assigned to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved. When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, she is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.

Some rules are meant to be broken, even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?
I wanted to read this because I liked the premise. It sounded a) seriously cool and b) seriously swoon-worthy. So I jumped into this book ready to SWOON. I expected it to be fun and funny and I'd be a happy camper. And now that I've read it, I admit that I am definitely a happy camper. This was a fun book to read. BUT it didn't live up to alllll of my expectations. Darn well close, though.

First of all, I LOVELOVELOVE the Abe Lincoln thing. I kid you not, good ole Honest Abe is a character in this book. It was funny and entertaining and Lincoln is my absolute favorite president so I squealed once or twice while reading this. I also liked how this particular aspect of the book worked into the world building. Ahhh, it was nice!

Character Rundown:
Aiden: At first, he reminded me a lot of a watered-down Dante Walker. Which is certainly not a bad thing--we all know how I adore that boy. But it also felt weak compared to the real thing. BUT, around the fourth chapter, Aiden started to branch out and become himself, and I REALLY liked the guy he became, so yay! Ahhh, he was cute. I really, really liked him. I even loved him at some parts.

Bee: As usual, I feel somewhat meh about her character. She's not a BAD character, but I wasn't blown away, either. She didn't bring the book down in any way, but I guess I expected more from her than I did. She was kind of awesome during some parts, though! I cannot tell you which ones, because I shall not spoil, but Bee had her moments.

Jaleb: I'm not going in depth with his character, I just had to mention him because HE IS MY BOY AND I HEART HIM TO DEATH. Yeah. So there's that. ;)

Plot. Soooo, the plot. There were a couple of little turns that this story took that I was like "whoa" about, but other than that, I wasn't much surprised. I WAS satisfied, though. This book is still good, trust me. Also, there were some parts where the dialogue seemed unatural. Now, these times were more toward the beginning, when some dialogue was used to let us as the readers know things--to teach us what's up in the story. World building. All that jazz. It wasn't ALWAYS like this, it was actually very effective a majority of the time, but sometimes it just didn't feel right.

Relationships. Well, we have Aiden + Bee, and those two were so cute. They just completely WORKED and I liked it. I happy dance for this couple. Sometimes. When nobody is watching... AND THEN there is Jaleb and Bee. The Jaleb and Bee thing isn't in a love triangle or anything, though, so don't you worry--Jaleb's her brother! And I highly enjoyed their interactions. He is a fantastic brother and I heart him completely for it. Oh, that boy. <3

The ending. I APPROVE. I approve of all of this.

Overall, Deadly Kisses is a cute paranormal love story that isn't perfect, but is definitely worthy of reading. It's cute, it's fun, and you will love AT LEAST one of these sweet, sweet characters.

Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she's not writing, she's chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.

Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.

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  1. I've seen this book around on various blogs and I would LOVE to read it!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  2. Thank you for this giveaway! Book look great!

  3. Wonderful review you have up there. Seemslike there's another book for me to check out!

  4. Thanks for the review. I'm always on the look out for new books to read.


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