Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Stiff Kiss Book Tour: Review + Excerpt + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the A Stiff Kiss book tour, organized by Shane at Itching for Books! I have a review of this lovely book coming up, as well as an excerpt and a giveaway copies of A Stiff Kiss. But, first. allow me to introduce the book:

A Stiff Kiss
Released: February 12th 2012
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Who knew kissing a corpse would change everything? 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 hands, 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.

My Rating: 5 Roses

Fun, romantic, and with a touch of paranormal. A Stiff Kiss was a lovely read. Quirky and sweet, this is a great book to read when you just want something to make you smile.

I loved the lightness to this book. Though it dealt with issues of death, the dark topic didn't bog down the book. It remained a lighthearted read on a serious theme, which I thought was a great accomplishment. There were serious moments, as Xylia dealt with the death of her mother and the fear of losing Landon. But, for the most part, this was a fun read.

Xylia was an interesting character. She definitely isn't your average teenage girl. She is fascinated with death, likes to crash funerals, and sneaks out of the house to sleep in open graves. A little strange, yes? I thought that those quirks made her a unique character that was truly interesting and engaging. I wish there was more explanation as to why she liked death so much. There was the a little bit of an explanation, but I thought that the extent of her fascination wasn't covered by it. I would be very alarmed if someone I knew slept in open graves. And a little creeped out. And I thought she needed to give her father a little more credit for having patience with her death obsession. I think most parents would immediately cart their children to a psychiatrist if they did half of what Xylia liked to do and the fact that her father didn't made him unusually understanding. However, despite any complaints I had about her, they were too minor to inhibit my enjoyment of the book. I still really liked her character and really enjoyed reading about her, quirks and all.

Landon was a sweetie. I thought he was utterly adorable.  When he fell, he fell hard and he was completely devoted to Xylia. He was just perfect.

The romance was sweet off the charts. Xylia and Landon were adorable together. They might have been an unusual couple (the goth girl and the jock), but they were perfect together. And Landon's sweetness definitely led to some swoon worthy moments.

The plot moved quickly and I was hooked the entire way through. The constant worry of Landon's continued survival had me anxious to find out how it worked out. I was able to guess part of the outcome, but it still took me by surprise how it all worked out. Full circle. And I'll let you read it to find out what that means :)

A Stiff Kiss was a wonderful YA romance with a sprinkle of paranormal fun. I absolutely loved this book! If you want a great YA read that will have you smiling, then you definitely have to read this.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Landon’s hand finds my cheek, and with a gentle touch he wipes away the tears.

I sniffle, compose myself again, and say, “I read in a book once a quote that only now makes sense. It’s stuck with me, waiting for the moment when I would finally understand.” I take a deep breath, then I recite the powerful words, “Just because you're giving up doesn't mean you're weak, it means you’re strong enough to walk away.-Anonymous.”

“Xylia, beneath the spunk, the black clothes, and the tough exterior, there’s this person I’m thankful to have gotten to know. Because even though you have had some unbearable pain in your life, you still manage to see the light and want to help others see it, too.”

Landon gently leans over, and kisses me passionately.

Time stops for me again as all of what Landon just said is poured into that kiss. And when he pulls away, I do not whimper. I do not show the sorrow that still lies in my heart for the mother who left me behind, but rejoice in the fact that I have finally found someone who understand me for who I am.

Landon then takes me in his arms, squeezing just the right amount, and his comforting touch lifts a weight off my shoulders. He releases one arm and pulls the covers up. The soft cotton surrounds me but it’s his warmth and compassion that lets me settle in for the night.

I wait until Landon’s breaths become slow, shallow, before I chance movement. I raise my hand up, in front of his face, and wave it frantically. He lays still, his eyes don’t shutter, his rhythmic breaths don’t waiver. He’s fast asleep. Nuzzling closer, my head still resting on his arm, I whisper, soft and sweet, into his ear, “I love you.” I know he can’t really hear, that he probably won’t have any recollection of my words, but somehow I think he senses it because as I look at his face, a hint of a smile creeps up his cheek.
Up for grabs are a signed paperback copy of A Stiff Kiss and 3 e-copies. Ends July 24. Open INT.
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About the Author:
Avery Olive is Canadian. She is married and has one child. When she’s not helping raise her very energetic and inquisitive son, she can be found working on her latest novel--where she devilishly adds U’s into every word she can.
When she is looking for a break Avery enjoys cake decorating, losing herself in a good book, or heading out to the lake to go camping.
The release of Avery’s first novel proves to her it won’t be the last. As long as her family continues to be supportive, she can find the time, and people want to read, Avery vows to keep on writing.


  1. Wonderful review & excerpt. Thanks for participating :)

    Please remember to post on Goodreads & Amazon. Thank you!

  2. What an interesting book! Thanks for sharing the great review and excerpt.

  3. Ashtrie Karana PutrieJuly 19, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I could imagine Xylia cosplaying a goth loly. Or it just me? ;p