- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1741 KB
- Print Length: 365 pages
- Publisher: Entangled: Teen (7 Aug. 2017)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073Z99SBD
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Gah! How do I write this review without giving things away?
Well, I’m giving it a go! (Wish me luck!)
Let me start at the very beginning…When I first read The Third Kiss’ blurb I was interested but I didn’t have too many expectations going in; in fact I don’t think I had any at all. How was I to know that this would become my sit-in-one-spot-hold-your-pee-in-for-three-and-a-half-hours, book?
Yes, that happened
Well, I didn’t technically sit unmoving in one spot (I had to turn over because things were falling asleep) but the rest of it’s true.
I started off saying “I’ll take a bathroom break once I’m done with the page.” (I then turned the page in preparation for when I got back) and then my eyes would get caught on the first sentence and I’d find myself saying “Okay, at the end of this chapter then.” But of course that never happened (isn’t that what always happens?) and then somehow I found myself at the end of the book.
Entangled authors sure know how to write good characters! The ones in The Third Kiss were no exception. I loved reading Beth, Jonas, Leo, Cora, Aunt Helena even Beth’s dad and the professor’s scenes. Each character is distinctly recognisable from the other, so I was never like “wait, who’s talking now?” (whereas mostly in books like this - with more than one character at the centre - and so much going on you’re bound to get confused at least once).
Kat has taken the (MINOR SPOILER ALERT COMING UP) Love Curse storyline and made it unmistakably her own. I can confidently say that this book is different to any other YA I’ve read so far. I’m trying to think of a book that’s vaguely similar to The Third Kiss but I honestly can’t.
Now, on to the twists!
I guessed both of the turns the book was going to take but I think with the first game-changer, that was the authors intention - to have the reader already know/have guessed were the book was headed. So that they don’t see the second twist coming not to mention, it happens right at the very end - I’m talking last page y'all - although I will admit that Kat had me second guessing myself all the way to the last page until it was actually, literally spelled out at the end of the book
The way that the book ended though, I’m fairly certain we haven’t seen the last of a particular character yet. If I’m guessing the central pairing for the second book correctly, Ooh! the next book is going to be Ga-oood!
And with that (and successfully having managed to keep all major spoilers to myself!) I bid you adieu dear book review enthusiasts. Until next time!
Love cures are long gone with the once upon time stories. Jonas is celebrating his birthday when he receives a strange voodoo type letter. It can't have meaning, can it? After a string of bad luck with the ladies, Jonas is rethinking the letter. With a little help from his friends, he wants to work out what is going on.
Cora is back in town. Last time she was here she accidentally kissed the boy next door. She must sort out the mess left by the aftermath.
This is a sweet teen read, but with a twist. It has the geek meets jock romance and a fantasy quest twist. I really enjoyed this book. It came together perfectly, and I can't wait for the next instalment.
4.5 stars out of 5. *ARC received in exchange for a fair review*
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Jonas Leander is known for his short-term relationships. The master of meaningless hook-ups, Jonas doesn’t believe in love and certainly isn’t looking for it. The only girls who matter in his life are his twin sister Beth and his next-door neighbor/best friend Cora. A year ago, a reckless moment changed Jonas and Cora’s relationship and now with Cora returning from a year abroad, Jonas knows he’s going to have to face the awkwardness between them. Cora Hammond is thrilled to be back in Australia after a year spent with her mother in Manhattan, even if it means dealing with the fallout over a misplaced kiss between her and Jonas. Jonas has always been her best friend, so all Cora wants is to get to how they were, but when Jonas gets a mysterious letter claiming he’s something known as an Eros Guardian, a descendant of a family line cursed to lose their chance at love, Cora and Jonas are sure one of his disgruntled ex-s are playing a practical joke. Yet when strange things begin happening and Cora is attacked by a group of demons determined to make Jonas’s curse come true, the two best friends will have to face the possibility that not only is the curse dangerously real but facing the truth about their relationship may be the only thing saving Cora’s life.
Having literally just devoured this novel, I have to say I was very impressed with The Third Kiss and enjoyed it very much. The novel was intelligently told, the prose sharp and the dialogue biting. The Third Kiss honestly was just a well written and solid read all-round. The Third Kiss focuses heavily around the relationships between the characters, driven by the sharp and sizzling chemistry and banter between the two leads Jonas and Cora. The Third Kiss unfolds through their varying POV’s and includes the perfect amount of paranormal to support the characterizations and relationships we follow. The supernatural elements are there, but it's easy to focus on the interactions between the characters, and their relationships are never lost among the paranormal--it works out to be perfectly balanced.
As our main characters and focus of the story, it was impossible not to fall in love with both Cora and Jonas. Cora was intelligent, practical, town to earth and also every kick-ass. Colmer writes her very capable; highlighting the importance of self defense and gives Cora a stubborn nature you can't help but cheer for. Jonas on the other hand is very smooth-talking and charming who does care very deeply for his sister, aunt and best friend. He's actually a good guy despite his cheeky--and womanizing--nature and I loved seeing him grow and face his true feelings about Cora.
There's so much to love about The Third Kiss including the fact author Kat Colmer situates the story in Australia and gives it a very Australian feel that will also satisfy international readers. We're also introduced to Jonas's twin sister Beth who is also Cora's best friend and someone who brought a lot of potential to the story. They have a wonderful friendship together and had strong bonds. It was wonderful seeing the three of them interact as well as Jonas's friend Leo who loves his slogan shirts and isn't all he seems.
The highlight of the novel for me is easily the relationship between Cora and Jonas. Their romantic development was admittedly somewhat predictable but being a romance as The Third Kiss is, you head into the novel expecting them to obviously fall for one another. What grabbed me is the easy way they interact with each other, the banter, the chemistry and attraction between them. It bleeds through the pages and Kat Colmer has you eagerly turning pages to witness the next electrically charged interaction between them and next smouldering kiss.
The Third Kiss features some interesting mythology I would love to explore more of and enough developments to keep things very interesting. With a breathtaking ending guaranteed to leave you raring for more, I for one can't wait to see what Kat Colmer has in store for these characters next and will be desperately looking for the continuation of what looks like a very promising new series!
A year ago, Jonas and Cora shared a sudden kiss. Then Cora got on a plane and flew across the world. Since then Jonas has became the king of meaningless hook-ups with a never-fall-in-love mantra while Cora has become a habitual evader of sorts, trying her best to move past her impulsive decision. The summer, however, has brought Jonas and Cora back together again, both hoping (but not really) that the other has forgotten about the kiss. Everything changes, though, the moment Jonas receives a letter detailing that he's Eros Guardian and therefore cursed in all respects dealing with love. Cora refuses to believe it, thinking it's just someone's idea of a prank, but Jonas, deep down, doesn't agree...he feels that it may just be real. Even with their differing views, Cora and Jonas team up along with the help of Beth, Jonas's sister and Cora's best friend, and Leo, Jonas's best friend, to solve the mystery.
One of my favorite aspects of The Third Kiss was the alternating perspectives. I loved being privy to both Cora and Jonas's thoughts. It gave more development to their characters as well as their respective relationships with not only other characters but also each other. Additionally, I enjoyed how it caused a bit of tension and build up to the will-they-or-won't-they aspect to their budding romance, because as the reader, I knew what they were thinking, but they didn't know what the other was thinking.
Talking about the characters, I really came to love them all! Cora and Jonas were both incredibly likable as well as relatable. I admired Cora's unwillingness to settle/be second best. She really managed to put Jonas's in his place regarding his romantic trysts, and not only did it cause for some laugh out loud moments, but it also made her such a kick a$$ kind of character. I especially loved her dedication to karate! Jonas is the typical hookup king, and even though I normally can't stand those kind of guys, I came to really love him over the course of the book. The aspect that really sealed the deal for me is that even though he was the king of meaningless hook-ups, he did try to justify his actions as best as he could, and given his situation/past, it did make sense. I also admired the fact that he would do anything to protect not only Cora but also his twin sister Beth. He was a good guy who just sometimes made horrible decisions.
Now lets talk about my favorite part of this book: THE CURSE! I don't know about y'all but I love books involving curses. The curse in this wasn't the most out there curse ever but I really enjoyed how Kat Colmer went about developing it. From internet searches to meetings with university professors to outright sleuthing, the characters go full force into finding out exactly what and Eros Guardian is and what it means for Jonas. The adventure the characters go on to get the answers is just so much fun. Plus it introduces some suspense as well as twists and turns (some of which I saw coming but others I didn't see coming at all!). Plus, I loved seeing what the curse meant for Jonas and Cora's relationship. It caused some really great tension to that as well....I was just waiting for the moment throughout that they'd finally get off their high horses and get together.
In all, The Third Kiss is an incredibly strong debut. I simply can't wait to see what book 2 of the Love's Mortal Coil brings, and given that crazy, jaw-dropping ending, it is sure to be EVENTFUL!
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