Published by Createspace Independent Pub on April 21, 2014
Series: The Thorn Chronicles #1
Genres: Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ecopy from Author
Reading Challenges: Clean Sweep ARC
Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.
Then she meets Kai, the mysterious boy who brings her exotic new roses and stolen midnight kisses. Kisses that bring her a supernatural strength she never knew she had. As the big day approaches, Naomi unearths more secrets of about her father’s cult. She learns she has power of her own and while Kai may have awakened that power, Naomi must find a way to use it to escape Dwayne and her father—without destroying herself.
Kissed was a lot better than I expected. I don’t mean that in a bad way; I have just been reading a lot of books that I have enjoyed but I have kind of just idled through while reading. I am not really sure why, but Kissed snapped me out of that phase. It was a unique paranormal books and it held my attention from the first page to the last. The writing, the plot and just the overall concept were all super intriguing to me.
I was immediately drawn into the craziness of Naomi’s life. Her parents were nuts, and the things that her “religion” did turned my stomach. I wanted her to get out of that house so badly. When she met Ruth on the bus and Ruth told her about her foster parents and how she escaped her home, I wanted Naomi to immediately do the same thing. That wasn’t the way things worked out, but I didn’t understand why she didn’t confide in Ruth and try and get out of there that way. Even so, the way things did play out was really interesting.
I loved the book even more when she arrived in Las Vegas. I wasn’t expecting there to be more than one love interest with her and it was so surprising that even my loyalties wavered. I am not sure what I feel about her “choice” at the end of this first book yet. Kai helps her out when she is at home. He seems really nice and I loved how he looked out for her, but once she is in Las Vegas, which is most of the story, Kai is not in the picture at all. Puck is though and I feel like we got to know Puck a lot more than Kai, and so I started to like both of them. Just like Naomi. I don’t want to say that this is a love triangle book because that really wasn’t the main focus. The main focus was figuring out just what was going on with herself and with everyone around her. I liked that we had almost all of our questions and unknowns answered in Kissed. We found out what the deal was with the Guardians, the destroyers and the Shades. I saw the twist or surprise reveal for who the Master Destroyer was for a good portion of the second half of the book, and I was satisfied to find out I was right.
Kissed is a great paranormal book. This is Kimberly Loth’s first novel and I was really impressed with it. It is a series that I want to continue on. Not a maybe continue if I have time, this is one where I will be looking out for book 2. I can’t wait to see what Naomi is going to do next. There are still big things going down and I also feel like there will be a bigger role for the love triangle in the next book. I don’t know what I want her to do with that one yet, but I can’t wait to find out.
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