07 October 2011

Review: Kiss of Night

2¢ Worth: Kiss of Night begins like a classic vampire novel but quickly spins into a modern day battle of the vampires in today's Prague. Underneath the battle is a mystery I was quickly sucked into. Susan, one the main human characters, spends the story trying to find out what her family connection to the vampires is and why she will play an intricate role in helping defeat the evil vamp intent on world domination. Yet what makes Kiss of Night different and memorable is the way God, faith, and prayer are effortlessly woven in. Traditionally in vampiric literature the faithful are mocked by the vampires. This time a Friar Laurence like vampire monk actually encourages prayer before battle. The end result is a fascinating and exciting 4-star battle for good with a new view on vamps.

Wrapping: The sexy brooding Johnny Depp look alike on the cover is totally accurate for the main hottie vamp Raphael.

Wire tip: This will be a three part series.

Wooed: I am loving the undeniable and inexplicable connection and attraction Susan and Raphael are trying to fight.

Wrinkle: There was one minor lull around the half way point.

Whisper: The message seems to be that no one is beyond prayer and salvation.

Warning: Cliff hanger alert! I was itching to find out what happens when they win and how a vampire that repents is handled, but it appears there is way more brawling and mystery to be revealed first.

Whippersnappers: As is with all vampire stories, there is death and a bit of sensuality. It is tasteful but best suited for older readers.
Wisdom:
"All that evil needs to succeed is for good people to stand by and do nothing."

"Generations crying out for meaning in their life, for something to believe in beyond themselves, and afraid or unable to embrace faith. Tragedy is all around us."
Word to the wise: If you are a vampire purist or traditional Christian Fiction enthusiast you may find issues with this novel. However, if you're an open-minded reader or someone who has been looking to try Christian Fiction for the first time, definitely try this book. I'm hooked. And while it may not be a recognized genre, I will from this point forward refer to books in this category as Supernatural Christian Fiction. Now I really can't wait to try Plain Fear: Forsaken.

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50 comments :

  1. Hey girl I always love your reviews and I 100% agree with you on this one and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where the Raphael/Susan bit goes!

    Thanks for linking to my review!

    XOXO~ Renee

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  2. While I am a Feehan fan, I love the sound of this trilogy and will be reading it.

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  3. I'm so intrigued by this one. I don't think I've read a Christian Fiction read that seems to push the envelope like this. Though I don't like cliffhangers, I'm quite intrigued.

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  4. Love this review. And that is an interesting twist to Christian Fiction. Most Christian authors wouldn't touch vamps with a ten foot pole. I'm love this concept. And the story sounds great. I've yet to try Chritian fiction, but I'm thinking this might just be the first one I try out.

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    1. You are SO right and this would be a great way to try it :)

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  5. I haven't read a vampire novel in awhile, this one sounds really interesting. I would like to see how the christian elements are brought into play.

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  6. Thanks for your review. I'd just skipped this one but now I'm giving it another look... maybe it'll be added to my toppling pile-o-books.

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  7. Wow- I had no idea Christian Fiction had paranormal books. That's really cool! Great review! I'll keep my eye out for this one.

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  8. Great review, I enjoyed Kiss of Night as well. Thank you for recommending Plain Fear: Forsaken, I just added it to my TBR list. I'm really enjoying Supernatural Christian Fiction as well. Another book in this genre that I want to read is Halflings by Heather Burch. I normally don't read angel books but its being published by Zondervan.
    NC
    Truly Bookish

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  9. I'm glad you enjoyed this, but I don't think it's for me.

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  10. Oooo that guy does kind of look like sexy Johnny Depp doesn't he? That's quite a lovely and delicious observation:)

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  11. I never thought to mix up Christian Fiction with vampires...hmmm, what an interesting idea... however, i'm so over vampires, werewolves and the like....glad you enjoyed it though!

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    1. I feel ya. I've been on a self imposed Vamp Diet for years now ;)

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  12. Supernatural Christian Fiction? I like that! Great review, Juju - this book sounds great.

    Now I'm off to check out the giveaway. :)

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  13. The cover model really does look like Johnny Depp!

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  14. Supernatural Christian Fiction sounds like a contradiction of terms but seems like it works in this case :)

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  15. Oh I will add this to my list!! Great review!

    PS Come let me know what you think of my Autumn decor and enter my New Giveaway!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  16. This book is every where!

    And Juju! You are brilliant. I love how you set up this review. I had no idea so many words started with 'W'. LOL

    I'm so ready to try Supernatural Christian Fiction, especially if it features Johnny look a likes.

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  17. I am torn, I just do not want Christianity with my vamps

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  18. I'm thinking this is a no go for me.... lol!

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  19. The more I hear about this, the more intrigued I am... And seriously, I'm so glad someone else pointed out the Johnny Depp thing! I TOTALLY SEE IT.

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  20. LOL- I thought those were Johnnys lips!!!

    I love your break down its so....Whimsy...great thoughts and Im so with you on Forsaken!!

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  21. Ohhhhhh I like the sound of this one...and that's something because I don't like vampires! Fab review :)

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  22. awesome review, juju! i really liked that this was very different and edgy. but of course i was scared in a lot of scenes, lol!!

    thank you for linking to my review!

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  23. Oh me oh my Juju...I need to love this one...beautiful review...

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  24. Oooh, I love it a new genre! I'm looking forward to reading this too.

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  25. Heh, I wonder if they really did get Johnny Depp to model for the cover because it looks just like him!

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  26. FAMILY connections to vampires - now I'm intrigued.

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  27. I loooved the review, and love your very practical and analytical approach to reviews while keeping it fun. I really enjoy your blog. I am just trying to get my own review blog off the ground. While, I do not review just books, I certainly will be reviewing plenty of 'em. If you wouldn't mind checking out my blog (or of that matter following me), I'd be pleased. :) In fact, I've just done a review of Dracula in Love, that you may like. Thanks!
    Here's a link to me... www.theramblinreviewer.blogspot.com

    Thanks again!

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  28. I'm not much of a vampire fan anymore though this book sounds interesting and different from other vampire books I've hear of or read before.

    Great post and happy reading:)
    -leslie

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  29. Ooo! I really want to read this one. It sounds so good. As you know, I don't read a lot of straight Christian fiction, but I don't mind if there's a little bit of faith in my books...especially if it's supernatural! I'm with you on Plain Fear. I keep looking at it in my tbr pile. Great review! I like the BlogRadio link. I think I belong to BlogRadio. I would love to do an interview through there.

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    1. OOoo then you should dig this one. It has just enough of both :)

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  30. I am so intrigued, simply by the fact that this is supernatural Christian fiction. I'll definitely be checking it out. Thanks for the wonderful review!

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  31. Great review as usual Juju! I love how you're able to break a title down just so...and hit all the main points along the way. I'm been seeing this one around (Freda's blog last actually) and it is by an author I've read their collaborative work w/another popular YA gem. May have to check it out one day.... ^_^

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  32. Christian fiction vampires - sounds fun! Always love your 2 cent reviews - thanks!

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  33. Wow this sounds good. I love vampires. Def going to have to check this out.

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  34. since it's not full blown CF or vamp, I'll give it try. Plus that cover is hot :)

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  35. Aaagghhhhh! Must read this book now! Such a good looking cover hottie too!

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  36. I wonder if this series is at all connected with the YA series she writes with Nancy Holder (Crusade). It also features a reformed vampire priest and some religious themes along with the vampire hunting. My library patrons love Christian fiction but I'm not sure how they'd feel about this. I know Tracey Bateman and I believe Ted Dekker have also tackled vampires in Christian fiction. Very nice review though I'm not sure this book is for me. I kind of like my Christian Fiction to be historical or contemporary rather than supernatural.

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    1. O good question! I have no idea. You've given me something to look up and investigate :)

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  37. I think I will wait for the last book in the trilogy as well, before reading this book because I absolutely suck at waiting!

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  38. I'll definitely keep an eye out for this one. Very intrigued!

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