Friday, April 5, 2013

Blog Tour Stop: Deadly Kisses by Kerri Cuevas- Review

Deadly Kisses
by Kerri Cuevas
Published on: 3/5/13
Genre: Paranormal YA

Aiden Grant has a killer kiss.  Literally. And it’s not every reaper who gets to work with the Sixteenth President. Sure, Honest Abe likes to throw out history lessons with reaping assignments, but when you’re favored by the ancients, grim reaper life is pretty sweet for a newly dead seventeen-year-old.

Then things get messy.

Aiden is assigned to reap the soul of Bee, the only girl he has ever loved. When Aiden’s kiss of death fails, intertwining their souls, she is still very much alive and they are both in trouble. The ancients want Bee, who has special powers of her own, and they’ll do anything to get her.

Some rules are meant to be broken, even if that means Aiden must bargain with his own soul to save Bee. Who knew the afterlife could get so complicated?
My Rating: 4 Coffee Cups!!
This is a really cute take on a subject that is either hit or miss. Grim Reapers. It can be too overdone, or too dark and just not interesting. I have to say Ms. Cuevas did it right. She had the perfect combination of light and dark. And for a YA Paranormal it hit the mark perfectly! 
Aiden is a 17 year old newly dead (2 years) grim reaper. He is good at what he does making the kiss of death and the transition to the Golden Gates painless. He's still a relative newbie so his mentor, none other than Abraham Lincoln himself, is constantly testing him. His new test? To reap the soul of Bee the younger cousin of his best friend and his love. He's been in love for with Bee for as long as he could remember, but never acted on it mainly due to their two year age difference and the fact that he was so close with her older brother and older cousin. But when he gets this assignment he doesn't know what to do. And that's how things get screwy. He wants to do his job, so he attempts to give her the kiss of death, which of course with his feelings being involved turns into a semi-real kiss, resulting in something that rarely, if ever, happens. Instead of Aiden taking her soul, they actually exchange parts of each others creating a tangled mess. And to make things worse, Bee can actually see him. Unbeknownst to him, she's had the gift of "sight" all of her life and has always been able to see Grim Reapers. But he wants this to stay as uncomplicated as possible, so he hides his face with his big ole black hood and says his name is "Ade". 
So this is where the funny and dark kind of intersect. Funny because Bee is a no holds barred kind of character. She has no problem staring a Grim Reaper down, daring him to try to take her soul. She isn't the weepy "woe is me" kind of girl. Even without knowing who exactly he is she challenges him and isn't really afraid of him. She short and feisty making her a kindred spirit. And then when she does find out (which, I mean of course she has to) the love story develops. And it's sweet and innocent and makes me smile a little. But as with any story revolving around the undead soul stealing characters of the afterlife it can't be all puppies and roses, because Aiden has 6 days to transport her soul to the Golden Gates or he will fail his test and possibly end up in a tortured existence. Oh and of course Bee's not an easy kind of soul. Besides being able to actually see Grim Reapers she has an ability that EVERYONE in Aiden's world wants a piece of and he can't let that happen. So he, Bee and Bee's older brother Jaleb try to trace back the lineage causing Bee and her family's special abilities, unraveling a mystery hundreds of years old. And Aiden tries everything in his power to protect the girl he loves, no matter the consequences.  

This book has rock stars, gondolas, evil Russian Ancients, Abe Lincoln and psychic, quirky chicks named Marlin. Oh, and the author's from RI. So what's not to love about this book?

Buy it NOW on Amazon!!

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Tidbits on the Author:

Kerri Cuevas was born and raised in Rhode Island. She moved to New Hampshire with her husband, three kids, cats and a rabbit named Hercules in 2005. When she's not writing, she's chasing chickens on her small farm or searching for the ultimate mac-a-cheese recipe.

Kerri went to college for Early Childhood Education but now writes books for young adults full-time. Her storytelling stems from watching too many horror flicks as a teen, but she no longer needs to sleep with the lights on.


  1. Thank you for being a stop on the tour, and your nice review. Yes, I can't wait to visit RI this summer so I can got to Iggy's. Yum! I'm passing out some virtual red chowda for everyone ;)

    1. You're very welcome! Thanks for writing such an awesome book for me to review :)

      Yum. Iggy's. Now I'm in the mood for clamcakes lol.

  2. If it's a 4 coffee cup rating, I'll check it out!! Thanks!