Wednesday, March 28, 2012

"A Stiff Kiss" by Avery Olive

From Goodreads: "Who knew kissing a corpse would change everything?

Death always hits Xylia Morana too close to home, but she likes it that way. She hangs out with the terminally ill, attends random funerals, and every so often, when the weather is right, she sleeps in open graves.

But after Landon Phoenix, the high school hottie, dies in Xylia's arms, she sneaks into the morgue to say goodbye. How could she know stealing a kiss from his corpse would wake him up?

With Landon returned to the living and suddenly interested in Xylia, life has new meaning. But what Xylia doesn't realize is that by kissing Landon back to life, she's thrown Life and Death off balance. The underworld demands a body, and it might just have to be Xylia's this time." 

I must admit that going into this book I just expected it to be a fluffy read- a book with a lot of entertainment value, but also a book with little substance (a stereotypical rom-com with a paranormal element). After having finished this book all I can do is shake my head at my earlier stupidity, this book was anything but, yes, it was a paranormal rom-com of sorts, but it was so much more, a story of forgiveness, a story of growth, a story of acceptance and the likes of- it exceeded my expectations by tenfold.

Typically I am on the fence about the chapters of a book being told from alternate perspectives, one from her point of view, the other from his point of view, however I thought that it worked perfectly for the storyline. I thought that the change in P.O.V. allowed us to see a different side of the characters that we otherwise would not have. Avery was able to weave everything together perfectly and this book may very well possess the best change in P.O.V. I have ever encountered before.  

All in all, if Rachel Vincent's "Soul Screamers" series,  

Rating: 9/10


  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review A Stiff Kiss!! I am so glad you enjoyed it, and we shall see, there might be some more "babies" in the near future lol

  2. Okay...this is another book that didn't seem up my alley, just cause I was kinda grossed out by the idea of someone kissing a corpse. haha. But, on this recommendation, I'm super excited to read it now! Thanks...I'll let you know what I think. Right now, I'm reading another one you liked--Altered. I'm kind of having a hard time getting into it, the beginning seems a little slow. I trust that it will pick up though. :)

  3. Kissing a corpse and PNR just doesn't seem to go together. LOL

    Of course I'm curious as to the type of baby those books would have (*snicker*). Can I say I love that part of the review?

  4. Sounds...interesting. Now im curious and a bit intrigued. lol Thanks for sharing!


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