[Title] is a contemporary gothic novel set in the clubs, cathedrals and catacombs of modern-day Paris. Mali Meadows is cursed; whenever she kisses a man, someone dies. Proof comes when a rebellious kiss kills her entire family in a single afternoon. She clings to
the only survivor, her young cousin, Kette, but the girls must flee Child Services to avoid being
As they run city to city, barely surviving, Mali must steal and even sell herself to provide for Kette, and the curse leaves a trail of death behind. Then they discover Kette has power, too; she mysteriously gains the ability to heal. Clues about the abilities lead the girls to hidden places in Paris, where they find an explanation but also a terrible choice. The power that cursed Mali will release her if she betrays Kette to a powerful religious order, one that seeks to
imprison and control her as a false messiah.
To save her cousin, Mali must oppose the order, an organization with immense resources. But to abolish her curse, she must defy a stronger power, one that toys with her destiny, destroys her chances at love and uses her kiss to kill.
You know, if I could kiss people to kill them, I'd ditch the cousin and go find John Rain and team up with him as the worlds greatest assassin. It gives whole new meaning to "I'd kiss you but I just washed my hair" doesn't it.
You'd do well to get out of the nameless faceless religious order blather and give us an antagonist who is specific.
And, why the name Mali? You know it's a country in Africa of course, so I'm always going to be wondering what the significance is. Is her sister named Togo?