Blog Tour: A Stiff Kiss by Avery Olive *Review & Giveaway*

Posted October 18, 2012 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Blog Tour, Book Review / 0 Comments


A Stiff Kiss
Avery Olive
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
ISBN: 978-1-937254-33-9
ASIN: B0075M4KA2
Number of pages: 248
Word Count: Approx. 68,000
Cover Artist: Taria Reed
Book Description:

Who knew kissing a corpse would change everything?

Death always hits Xylia Morana too close to home, but she likes it that way. She hangs out with the terminally ill, attends random funerals, and every so often, when the weather is right, she sleeps in open graves.

But after Landon Phoenix, the high school hottie, dies in Xylia’s arms, she sneaks into the morgue to say goodbye. How could she know stealing a kiss from his corpse would wake him up?

With Landon returned to the living and suddenly interested in Xylia, life has new meaning. But what Xylia doesn’t realize is that by kissing Landon back to life, she’s thrown Life and Death off balance. The underworld demands a body, and it might just have to be Xylia’s this time.

My Review:

I really enjoyed this book.  It was a fast read, and not too heavy.

Xylia is morbid, and looks the part.  She’s pale, her clothes are mostly black, and she likes hanging out in odd places.  Landon is the complete opposite.  He’s preppy and outgoing.  These two characters seem bratty and shallow when you first meet them, but when the layers are pulled back there is much more to them.  Xylia can’t seem to get over her mother’s death and blames herself.  Landon doesn’t know who he is without soccer.  While spending time together on an impromptu trip, they learn a great deal about themselves, and each other.

As much as this story is about love, it’s also about self-discovery.  The characters learn how to deal with their emotions regarding death, and who they are as people.  I definitely recommend this book if you’re looking for something on the lighter side of the paranormal world.

I have to wonder though, was the Toothpick Man’s intention to help Xylia the whole time???


Short Excerpt:

No way should I be in the morgue. If I’m caught, I’ll lose my job. My dad will probably get fired, too. He’s been warned to keep me out of here.
The walls are lined with thick, square doors, clearly marked with numbers. I stop in front of the one I want. In the middle of that wall, at waist height, is number twelve. Beyond the door, lying on a sliding metal table, is the body of Landon Phoenix.
I’ve always had a crush on Landon, ever since freshman year when his family moved to Silver Springs. I’ve watched him grow into his looks, no longer a gangly boy with braces. And I’ve longed to hear my name roll off his tongue in that deep voice of his. To press my lips against his as he holds me in a tight embrace. To share the same air as him.
Though now, all those things are impossible. Except one. I can pull open the door, slide the table out, and at least for a moment I can share the same air, even though his lungs can no longer pull in that air.
I hesitate, my hand on the handle. Besides my mother, this will be the only other person who’s died that I’ve really known. The others have just been people, random ones at that. The guy from the grocery store who jumped off Whibley Bridge into the icy waters below, the occasional patient of mine who’d succumbed to old age, and many, many others. But this is personal. This is someone I’d known. Or at least, someone I’d held secretly in my heart.
But I need to say goodbye.


About the Author:

Avery Olive is proudly Canadian. She is married, and when she’s not helping raise her very energetic and inquisitive son, she can be found working on her latest novel-where she devilishly adds U’s into every word she can.
When she is looking for a break Avery enjoys cake decorating, losing herself in a good book, or heading out to the lake to go camping.
The release of Avery’s first novel proves to her it won’t be the last. As long as her family continues to be supportive, she can find the time, and people want to read, Avery will keep on writing.
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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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