About the book:
Title: The Kiss That Killed Me (The Tidal Kiss Trilogy, #1)
Author: Kristy Nicolle
Published: December 2015 by Kristy Nicolle
Source: Received from the author in exchange for an honest opinion
When Callie Pierce turns 18 she has three very simple goals; avoid her stepfather, escape to an Ivy League university of her dreams and party with her friends. But on a night like any other, when the moon is full over the ocean, her life changes in a way that nobody ever sees coming.
On the sandy beaches of San Diego she meets Orion, a man with whom she cannot stay away, to whom her return becomes as inevitable as the tide kissing the shore. If that isn’t enough, a kiss which changes everything plunges Callie head first into a world of Mythic responsibility, epic danger and heart stopping romance.
The Mer, an ancient race of warriors brought forth to defend the seas, show her wonders beyond what is humanly possible, forcing her into an archaic chain of events that bring together power, seduction, violence and beauty in a terrifying yet exhilarating mix.
Then there’s The Banished to contend with, a group of Psirens, corrupted by the Oceans abyss, that stand to destroy the eternity Callie has been promised. Will she sacrifice herself for the greater good, or is the gravity that pulls her to Orion just too great to bear?
This is one of the books from my 2017 TBR. The copy was gifted to me by the lovely author somewhere in autumn last year and I must apologize to her for the tardiness of my review. “The Kiss That Killed Me” is a book that … killed me! I loved it so much! Let me get into some of the items.
First of all, I think this is a fresh YA Fantasy series. Why? Because it has mermaids and demons. Yes, mermaids! I felt weird as well at first and started “writing” my own scenario. It didn’t work well because it exceeded my expectations on so many levels.
Since this is the first book in “The Tidal Kiss Trilogy”, it focuses a lot on world and character building. The Oculta Mirum is an amazing underwater world, where all mer live organized and as a strong community. The descriptions are so in detail, as if the author has really been there. It all felt real! It it’s beautiful!
Callie and Orion have an eternity to know each other, but throughout the chapters of book one, we see her integrate into his world, adapting to her new life and her new partner, her soul mate. They are incredible and beautiful in all their forms. He is overprotective and she is determined to prove she is strong enough to defend herself.
But this is not just about the worlds and characters. The tension increases gradually and explodes in the end. I devoured the final pages. Secrets are uncovered and even more that remain to be analyzed in the next books. We don’t have the rushed conclusion, the “snap” that usually happens in these books. Nope, it all happens at the right pace.
With all these amazing facts, I must say there are some scenes which did not stand well with me (for example when Callie’s mom blames her for the unhappy marriage she had… not nice), but this was nothing compared to what I felt in the other moments.
All things considered, I am compelled to give my 5 stars to a book that made me finish 80% in one day. Thank you again Kristy Nicolle for such a wonderful world! Moving on to the next books in the series… Happy Reading!
About the Author
Writing has always been an escape for me. I can imagine bizarre new worlds, create entirely new living species and dream up all kinds of odd and absurd scenarios. I love it, and always will do. Its my life. Even now, while preparing for to begin my Master’s degree in 21st century literature, I am always searching for fresh inspiration. I live in England, in the city of Lincoln but originally hail from Norwich. If I am not concocting up mad magical ideas, I am usually curled up in bed reading, modeling or adding to my vintage book collection. The power of the written word is marvelous, and I am continually finding myself learning, and exploring all its shadowy corners. I spend hours and hours combing through texts, books and words and quite frankly, it is exhausting.
Check out her beautiful website as well: https://www.kristynicolle.com