Blog Tour & Giveaway: The Third Kiss by Kat Colmer
The Third Kiss (Love's Mortal Coil #1)
Publication Date: August 7, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Love curses don’t exist. At least that’s what Jonas, master of the meaningless hookup, tells himself when a letter warns him he’s an Eros Guardian cursed to endure a test of true love or forever be alone. His levelheaded longtime friend Cora figures it’s a revenge prank by an ex. The way Jonas stamps each girlfriend with a weeklong use-by date, it serves him right.
But when an impulsive kiss between the two friends reveals potential for more, Cora becomes the target of the Groth Maar: demons sent to wipe out the Eros Guardian line. And suddenly the curse becomes dangerously real.
Breaking the curse means Jonas’s biggest challenge yet. Failure guarantees Cora’s death. But success may cost him his own life…and the loss of his carefully guarded heart to the one girl far too sensible to fall for him.
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Supernatural, Teen--
During his 18th birthday party, Jonas receives a strange anonymous card with a vague poem in it talking about three kisses and being rejected if love is not true, which he promptly forgets about. But then strange things are happening around him, girls desiring him (as per the norm) and then the next day telling him he is unwanted, and the card seems to have changed. Not only is he confused over the adverse reaction from his previously admiring crowd, but his best friend Cora just came home and Jonas could not be more conflicted in his feelings towards her. Jonas found himself in a mess, a curse is on the loose and love is at stake.
A good portion of this story dealt with the quest to discover the truth and the struggle that Jonas and Cora had over their relationship. There were other things mixed in of course, be it other relationship dramas, friendship, quirky mishaps usually revolving around Leo and heaps of angst of the I'm-not-jealous-you're- jealous variety. I liked how the story was a mash-up of real life with school and family and romance, but then this crazy supernatural issue wrapped around everything. I can honestly say that I was very quickly wrapped up in this story, the pacing was just about perfect for me, with enough character development and plot that I rooted for the people while at the same time trying to guess what would happen next (and let me tell you, every time I was convinced I had figured something out, I was proven wrong, all the way to the very last page!- way to keep me on my toes Kat!)
The story was dual narrated by Cora and Jonas, with it alternating voices at chapters. Cora was this smart, energetic, self proclaimed nerd who so wanted to get her life back on track after the upheaval of the last year, and step one was pretend she never kissed Jonas. Jonas is a charismatic yet notorious player, having a fan-club of girls who he sees for a max of a week (he knows their names...for the most part) until he moves on,refusing to be in a serious relationship since he saw first hand that love only causes pain. The I really enjoyed both characters in different ways, and it was so obvious the elephant in the room that they both fought hard to ignore- they were into each other from the beginning, but their history caused damage to any hope for love. To put it mildly, I was frustrated at the back and forth they had, refusing to admit the truth and instead be stubborn and hurtful. But on a more positive note, they were great at being friends first, and I liked how regardless of everything else, they were willing to fight for friendship. Beth was the best friend and sister anyone could have asked for, and I enjoyed her upbeat manner even in the face of crisis- she was probably my favorite person in the story, regardless of her not being the main character. And that beings me to Leo, who I originally thought was my favorite, with his nerdy ways, clumsiness and overall attitude...until he wasn't...
I love how this is just the start with the twist ending, and I look forward to the future of the series (and Beth!) and what ever danger and peril the characters will face next. This was such a unique premise for a book, I have honestly never read anything like this before, with Groth Maar and Eros Guardians, a new view on history, adding a completely new spin on the general teen paranormal romances I have come across recently. I highly recommend this for anyone who like magic, danger, surprises and most of all true love. This satisfied the hopeless romantic in me in a big way! I can;t wait for more adventures from Kat.
I received this title in return for my honest review.
Kat Colmer is a Sydney-based Young and New Adult author who writes coming-of-age stories with humor and heart. The recipient of several writing awards, she has won the Romance Writers of Australia First Kiss contest, as well as the Romance Writers of America On the Far Side contest for her debut Young Adult Paranormal Romance.
Kat has a Master of Education in Teacher Librarianship and loves working with teens and young adults. When not writing, teaching, or reading the latest in YA fiction, Kat spends time with her husband and two children.