The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause has left me ambivalent. I had to read/skim to the end. It deals with loss and loneliness among other things. This is a YA novel and I guess I was really wanting something as captivating as by Stephenie Meyer. Thus, it’s my own fault this novel didn’t work comparing it to a novel that I just couldn’t put down.
Our protagonist is 16-year old Zoe and her mother is dying from cancer. Her father often excludes her or just ignores her and spends most of his time at the hospital. Zoe has no real friends to turn to or share her feelings with and the one friend she does have doesn’t know how to comfort her. Zoe feels alone and wants so badly to talk with her father but even he shuts her out. Enter Simon. A vampire who has been searching for his mother’s supernatural killer. He stalks the streets, looking for prey, leaving bodies behind and terrorizing the community. He’s a monster and makes no bones about it.
At a point in time Simon and Zoe meet. They strike up a friendship since they seem to be kindred spirits. There’s a lot of introspection and childhood angst from Zoe dealing with her mother’s death. Then there’s Simon and his loneliness and weariness. This is where I stopped reading and skimmed. I’d heard a lot of good things about Ms. Klause and have Blood and Chocolate in my TBR. Has anyone read this book? I plan to keep it and give it another go but right now, I find it rather boring and will assign it a DNF. I could and did put this book down and could forget it. I still want to read Blood and Chocolate one day soon.