“ Genre: Horror / Author: Constance M. Burge / Paperback / 181 Pages / Book is published 2000-07-03 by Simon & Schuster Children's / Alternative title: Charmed: Kiss of Darkness „
My sister was getting rid of some books and I picked this up, having been a fan of the television show "Charmed" and seeing that it was a very short book (181 pages). I read this in about an hour.
The main plot is as follows: Prue is kissed by a man on New Year's Eve whilst the lights are down. It's a deep, passionate kiss and she desperately wants to be kissed that way again. But when she opens her eyes and the lights go up, she cannot find the man anywhere, and she has a strange desire to kiss any man she can, in the hope that she'll match the perfect kiss she experienced at midnight. But when the people she's kissed end up in the hospital, and her life starts draining away, her sisters realise something supernatural is going on.
The sub plots are romantic - both Prue and Piper have love interests, and I'm afraid this is where the book fell completely flat. The men pursuing them are utterly ridiculous characters. Prue's love interest, Robert, calls her so often and turns up on her doorstep so much in the book that he just seems creepy. The worst moment is when, after being rejected for the umpteenth time by Prue-under-the-kissing-spell, he tells her that she's in love with him, she just doesn't realise it yet!
Piper's suitor, Jake, would be fine if he didn't have a completely irrational jealousy of one of her chefs, Billy. After knowing Piper for about five minutes, he expects her to prioritise him above a friend and colleague she's known ages. He even questions her feelings for Billy when she goes to visit him at the hospital after he gets sick from being kissed by Prue!
The plot is really simplistic and it seems like the characters take forever to work out what's going on, also, it would have been better if there was some sort of twist, rather than a straightforward ending. It's not very engaging at all. Despite this and although the love interests in the story are so badly written, the book is well paced and an easy read.
Now I highly recommend you not to read this review until you have read my other review on Charmed... The reason I am saying this is because this is the second book in the series and you will not know who is who unless you read my first review on the Charmed book called The Power of Three.
Now I believe I am obsessed with Charmed, since I had not known it was a TV Series before it was too late to start watching the series, so I've decided to wonder whether I should have watched it and how did I do that? Well I started reading the books and I'm going to have to wait for the TV Series in the shops come down in price.
Well this book captured me in seconds and I could not look away for a quick second... This time they are using their special powers for skill, they are not doing too well but they are improving. But then someone gives Prue Halliwell a kiss on New Year. But all the lights had gone off and it was the best kiss ever and she doesn't know who did it. And now something has happened and she has possibly kissed every boy on the planet and still hasn't found that guy. Piper and Phoebe think it's funny at first but it's no joke and Prue is in deep trouble and the power of 2 just won't help her who can piper and phoebe turn to for help?
Now I know this isn't as good as my other reviews but I can't really help it as it's a short book and If I say anymore I'll be telling too much. Anyway this book motivated me with the writing style. It's all quick paced but not too quick, it's a pocket book and one with little information due to the fact that all the information was in the first book.
The Author Brandon Alexander
When not working as a computer programmer, Brandon Alexander writes gothic horror and other types of stories for young readers. He enjoys building 3-D puzzles in his spare time and riding the tower of terror at Disney World. Brandon has spent most of his life in Texas and currently lives near Dallas
Now I know it says the author is Constance M. Burge but he created the novel however Brandon Alexander Wrote the novel. Just to clear up the confused people.
I'm sorry this is short but it's not my fault blame Brandon Alexander for not putting in much detail!
Book Series: Charmed