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
The Cover: Xylia has a thing for death so this cover really represents her quite well.
The First Line: “When I was twelve, I found my mother dead on Christmas day. Since then I’ve always found death fascinating.” This gives such great insight in Xylia right from the get go. She tells you from the start that she’s fascinated by death instead of terrified of it. I love how her reaction is not what you would expect!
The Good: This is a lot to love about A Stiff Kiss. Xylia is a great character. She’s smart, funny, and enchanting. There’s also a scared little girl hiding beneath all the black that peeks out every now and then.
Landon seems like the polar opposite. He’s one of the popular jocks determined that soccer is his future. When we finally dip into Landon’s head (the story is in alternating points of view), we see somebody who’s just as lost as Xylia.
The idea that someone obsessed with death is willing to kiss a corpse is a great premise. And the journey is heart wrenching.
The Bad: There were a couple of things left unexplained that I would’ve loved a little closure on.
Recommendation: This is a great read for lovers of YA romance with a paranormal twist.