Review and Giveaway! "Kiss of Night"

"Kiss of Night"
 by Debbie Viguie

Publisher: Faithwords
Release Date: Oct 7, 2011 
Source: sent by publisher

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


Summary from goodreads.com:

Centuries ago, Raphael was a blasphemous knight who fought in the Crusades purely for his own mercenary benefit, and to satisfy his taste for killing. Now, condemned for his evil passions and hypocrisy, he wanders the earth a vampire, cursed with first-hand knowledge of the supernatural world he once denied existed. The powerful relic he still possesses from his days as a Crusader has been stolen by a rival vampire who has recruited an army of soulless underlings to aid him in spreading evil. At the time he learns this, Raphael has been hunting this vampire for nearly a century, and it seems the final battle is destined to take place in Prague. For help in this quest, Raphael must enlist the aid of two humans, David and Susan, who suddenly find themselves immersed in a world they never imagined, entangled with supernatural forces they can't control. Susan, in particular, finds herself conflicted as she struggles with her inexplicable attraction to Raphael. In the end, both Susan and Raphael will be called upon to exercise courage and faith, and in the process, the question, "What would happen if a vampire truly accepted God?" is answered.


My Review:


"Kiss of Night" is a genre-defying, and boundary-pushing story about vampires told form a Christian perspective. This story is not a watered down tale by any means! The action is intense and non-stop. In fact I was pretty scared during a lot of the scenes.


There are two love stories in the book, and even if they do take a backseat to the action, I enjoyed the romances a lot. Susan and Raphael's relationship was much more intense and a little edgier than most Christian fiction romances, in my opinion. I really felt the chemistry between these two characters. David and Wendy's story was a lot sweeter, but sometimes it felt like too much of an add-on for me to really get into. Still, it was nice to see two very different types of romances represented.

Sometimes, I'm disappointed in the quality of storytelling in Christian fiction, but definitely not here. There's a fully drawn out story with tons of intense action. In fact, I was surprised by how scary and intense some of the story was. The flashbacks to Raphael's evil human years were especially brutal.


Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 3/5

Setting: 4/5

Romance: 4/5

Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5/5
Writing: 4/5



Bottom Line: I admire the author and publisher for being willing to push boundaries and try something so new. The story may have been a bit scary for me personally, but I would definitely recommend it to fans of vampires and urban fantasy action books.




   


GIVEAWAY RULES:

Faithwords has generously provided a finished copy of "Kiss of Night" for one lucky reader of my blog!

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29 comments

  1. Thanks so much for the giveaway! The cover of this book is sooooo dreamy lol, and I'm glad to hear the story was really unique as well!

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  2. I'm so glad you liked it. I reallly dug it too. I was rather impressed and look forward to the next book.
    (not an entry)

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  3. I love vampire tales so I would love to win this book. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  4. I want to read this one even more after reading your review. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  5. Thanks, everyone!!

    I'm posting this comment and entry for Kathryn:
    I'm incredibly interested in a vampire romance that is from a Christian perspective.
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  6. This looks like such a great book I gotta read it! Thanks! I'm a follower.

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  7. Oh, I do follow and I do to that chin and cover ;)

    I tweeted but I wouldn't know how to give you the link for the life of me. LOL! Learning...


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  8. great giveaway
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  9. This sounds really good Carrie!! And you read a scary book!! So proud...lol

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  10. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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  11. Really want to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  12. Thanks so much for the giveaway! Just finished Damned by Debbie Viguie and Nancy Holder and I LOVED it! It's the second book in the Crusade series and I can't wait for the next book! So I would love to read more from Debbie :)
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  13. Christian Vampires?
    I had never heard that one before! :)
    Glad it turned out okay, :) though I guess I would wish more romance as action isn't really my thing.

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  14. I'm intrigued by the fact that it pushes the boundaries and it is Christian Fiction. I'm easily scared but I would read it because it sounds different.

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  15. i really would love to read this!!! thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  16. Lol, you had me at a bit too scary for you ;) I would like to see more scary vamp books. All around are so fluffy

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  17. This doesn't usually sound like a book I'd pick up but it sounds really good and fresh. It sounds like a great twist on the vampire story. Thanks for the review.

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  18. great giveaway
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  19. This sounds like a really good read. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  20. I love me my vampires! Glad you enjoyed it.
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  21. Thank you so much for participating in this tour and giveaway opportunity. It is interesting because there is a little something different at the different stops I have made :) I follow GFC publicly.
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  22. I love Vampire books
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  23. This sounds really interesting - count me in :-)

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  24. This book sounds wonderful!

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  25. Awesome review!! I can't wait to read this book!!

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  26. What a great giveaway thank you so much sounds like a great book would love to read it! thanks for the chance!
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  27. Awesome review and giveaway! I'd love to enter!

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  28. Sounds really good. Thanks for the chance!

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  29. I heard about this book and I am dying to read.

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