A Stiff Kiss by Avery Olive
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 arms, 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
Well I personally think that the summary gives a little too much away about the story, it really does sum up the book perfectly.
One thing that appealed to me while reading the story is how morbid Xylia is when it comes to death. Now don't get me wrong, there is nothing gross in the story, she's just borderline obsessive about death. This extends to the fact that the loss of her mother hasn't fully set in yet. I know that a loss of a loved one never really, truly is something that you ever get over. Throughout this story I was always second guessing about whether Xylia's mother died, or just left them.
Xylia's father is a doctor, and that gives her a little more access to her fascination. She knows that the morgue is out of bounds, but knowledge of where it is and how she can sneak in there is more of a drive for her to find him, and eventually kiss him, leading us on this story.
When Xylia awakens Landon, I have to be honest that I was a little confused on why she kissed him. It was a high school crush, she didn't even seem to know him very well before he died. But when he does awaken, their connection to each other becomes a driving force to the story. It was very romantic but with a more Goth- Fairytale like feeling to it.