May 2, 2011

Neil Plakcy


Speculative Fiction

Soul Kiss
by Neil Plakcy   


Melissa Torani thinks of herself as an average seventeen-year-old — certainly not the smartest nor the most popular girl in her school. So she has no clue that her crush on the super cute but nerdy new guy Daniel Florez will soon result in their sharing a deep soul kiss — a kiss that will change her life forever. Suddenly, she's plunged into a world of FBI agents, gangster thugs, and Cuban exiles. And what's up with her brain? How come she's so much smarter than she used to be?
Just one kiss from Daniel turns Melissa's world into something from the Sci-Fi Channel -- have Daniel’s brain cells been leaking into her? How's that possible? And yet she’s reading faster than she ever has before, scoring higher on school tests, and even helping her parents understand what’s wrong with her brother, the Big Mistake.
Melissa's wry, funny attitude about growing up, falling in love and getting away from her parents will make you want to be her new best friend. Fans of Richelle Mead and Stephenie Meyer will fall in love with Melissa and Daniel as they depend on their brains and their deep emotional connection to survive-- and maybe even graduate from high school along the way.


"Fascinating"  By Ashia 1 year ago

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SOUL KISS is a fascinating read that went off in an unexpected direction.

When Melissa Torani shared a kiss with Daniel Florez, her life changed forever.

Melissa is a great narrator, and her voice is engaging. Her life is full of the typical teenage problems, until she met Daniel and shared a kiss with him. I do have to admit that I never guessed where that kiss would lead, and it requires some suspension of disbelief on my part for them to go from high school to "working" with the FBI. I do like Melissa's relationship with her parents; while there were some friction, it was realistic and there's no doubt her parents loved her.

While this is an interesting read, I wish we could have some solid explanation for Melissa's increased brain power and what would happen next with Daniel and his mom. Or perhaps we'll read about it in the next book?