Back during Halloween I had wanted to read something that would put me into the spirit of things. A while back my sister and I had bought a new edition of Annette Curtis Klause’s The Silver Kiss.
This edition includes two short stories, “The Summer of Love” which takes place before the main story and “The Christmas Cat” which takes place after the main story. Both feature a cat the two characters come across and bond with in a short amount of time.
The story is about Zoe and Simon. Zoe’s mom is dying of cancer. Her dad spends all of his time working or at the hospital with her mom. And her best friend is moving away. Zoe has never felt more alone.
Simon’s a vampire. He’s lived well over a couple hundred years and detests his very unnatural life. Why doesn’t he just end it? He’s on a mission to hunt his mother’s killer.
These two lonely souls meet and find solace in each other.
I have a hard time reading this book without wanting to cry at the end because there was so many emotions.
Let me tell you something about The Silver Kiss: it’s a really great book. Well, for me it was because of the atmosphere of the book and the characters and everything fell into place so well for me.
Zoe was a very relatable character; she’s losing her mom who is like her best friend, her dad and her have a hard time communicating with each other. No one can really understand what she’s going through.
I loved Simon. He’s so gloomy about the unnatural state of his existence but there is still a very human part of him that just wants to be noticed by someone else. And the way he talks is definitely from another time frame. I liked that this made it seem more believable that he was born around Cromwell’s time in England. And in “The Summer of Love” we see how lonely he is and how one stray cat touches his undead life at one point in his long span of time.
I’ll try not to spoil the ending but the thing I loved was that it wasn’t a typical ending. In her other book Blood and Chocolate the ending didn’t turn out how I thought it would. But it flowed so well that it seemed like only the natural outcome. I was glad for “The Christmas Cat” because we get a bit of an update on Zoe and how the cat Simon met in the 60’s reminds Zoe that we are never separated from our loved ones forever.
All in all, a great read. It was melancholy, sweet, funny, sad, wonderful, bitter, and had something readers could relate to. This is one of the few books I’ve read over and over and over again.