Kiss of Death by Debbie Viguié : Review

In the wake of a failed attempt to defeat the vampire Richelieu, Susan and her friends are weakened and divided. Raphael must set aside his animosity and join with his enigmatic sire Gabriel to discover a powerful weapon before Richelieu claims it. Meanwhile, Susan and her cousin Wendy translate a 12th century diary belonging to their ancestor, Carissa, to learn the origin of their family’s connection with the vampires. As Carissa’s story of love and betrayal unfolds, they discover the secrets of the present will only be revealed by solving the mysteries of the past – Description from Goodreads

Kiss of Death is the second book in the Kiss Trilogy by Debbie Viguié. Set shortly after the events in the first book; Susan and her friends are recovering from their encounter with Richelieu — an evil vampire. Now, after uncovering his plans, Gabriel and Raphael must do what they can to stop Richelieu before it’s too late. Meanwhile, Susan, Wendy learn more of the past through an ancient diary, telling the story of their ancestor, and their friend Gabriel.

Debbie Viguié’s Kiss of Death takes place alternately between modern-day and the twelfth century in a compelling tale as the girls learn of their history and how it’s interwoven with vampires. Telling of betrayal, friendship, love and hate, Kiss of Death is a great read with fascinating characters.

I don’t typically read young adult stories involving vampires, in the past few years they’ve mostly become formulaic and not at all resembling how they used to be portrayed as — monsters. However, having read many of Viguié’s books in the past and enjoying her style, I decided to give this one a try, and was pleasantly surprised. The vampires in this novel are ones that burn and turn to ash in sunlight, are harmed by holy water and crosses and definitely hate the scent of garlic. Merging the classic vampires with the modern-day version — the handsome, human loving kind gave these a bit more of a unique twist, and it was enjoyable to read about them.

Kiss of Death and the rest of the Kiss Trilogy is an attempt to make Christian themes accessible for non-Christians, as well as for Christians who enjoy reading fantasy; telling a tale of redemption, and the struggle between good and evil. From a non-religious standpoint, I did find it to be interesting, and the religious aspects were not overpowering in the story, while still playing a central theme.

Overall, Viguié’s Kiss of Death was a great action-packed, and compelling read, with enough back story provided that it easily stands alone and can be read without having read the first in the trilogy. Though, I am sure that the first one was a great read as well.

The third book in the Kiss Trilogy — Kiss of Revenge will be released in 2013.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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