Death's Kiss

Death's Kiss

by Regie Khemvisay

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New Year's Eve 2054

A virus, later named the BlackJack, struck and killed 3/4 of the world's population. Only those who were 21 and younger were not infected. Treaties broke off. Countries severed connection to the outside world. And the country of Yliria built its own invisible walls.

Thirty-eight years later...
Yliria is now at peace. But nothing is gained without sacrifices.

Yuri's life was perfect. Family. School. Career. Then there's Ryoma. Her one true love. Nothing could go wrong when she has everything planned out. But on the night of their anniversary, it did not end with a kiss. Ripped from their normal lives, both Yuri and Ryoma woke up from a dream to face the real nightmares. As a punishment for their parents' treason, they must serve the government—the System—as the new Aces of the Court Department, assigned to oversee and maintain peace and balance during the weekly Shuffle.

Armed, not with a weapon, but the same virus that destroyed the world. The Aces must escape their new fate. If not, the only path left in their future is the one covered in blood.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161865668
Publisher: Regie Khemvisay
Publication date: 11/11/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

REGIE KHEMVISAY is a girl who often gets mistaken as a boy because of her first name. She spends her time daydreaming and concocting stories that she hopes will inspire and touch people’s heart.
She’s an Army veteran and lives wherever the Army takes her husband and sweet little Skye. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, drawing, listening to KPOP, or watching Anime and TV Dramas.

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Death's Kiss 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
tinman97030 14 days ago
This book quite surprised me. I expected it to be just another dystopian romance for the Young Adults (YA) category. It is that and so much more. The cascading plot twists revealed to me that I was going to be kept on my toes for the entire ride. I really enjoyed this ride! The author has created great characters in this story and the changes can be quite startling. I promise no spoilers, but it is harder than normal not to talk about many of the exciting moments. The scene-setting is not overdone, by any stretch of the imagination, it’s quite adequate, the dialogue is very good and action fills the bill very nicely. This is a fun and exciting story with a number of tense moments. I award a score of 4.5 stars to this wonderful tale of young lovers trapped in a world they didn’t make. The score would have been a lot higher, except I found quite a few spelling errors and misplaced words. The author has fixed those issues, therefore your reading will be improved.
sincerelykarenjo 5 months ago
4.5 rounded to 5 here cause it won't let me do half ratings. Death’s Kiss by Regie Khemvisay is so satisfylingly twisted, unpredictable and entertaining. It kept me reading late into the night, had me holding my breath at times, and definitely made me uneasy and emotional. It has a few weak spots, but the story as a whole is absolutely fascinating, suspenseful, and riveting. In a world ravaged by a virus that wiped out 3/4 of the world’s population, every life is valuable. But, in order to save the lives of the many…death has become a necessity. In this dark, edgy and gripping dystopian tale, two star-crossed lovers must serve the governement that tore them apart as punishment for their parents’ crimes. Yuri and Ryoma become part of the New Aces, a group assigned to protect the peace and balance in Yliria. Lost, angry, and confused, they both seek answers regarding their duties as Aces. But, when the truth includes death and blood, Yuri and Ryoma decide to fight back. With a small chance of survival and a battle they might not win, can Yuri and Ryoma save the people of Yliria and finally find a way to be together? Or will their sacrifices be in vain? Khemvisay created such a disturbing, but utterly intriguing post-apocalyptic story that had me hooked from the start. I do have to admit that the beginning chapters does feel a bit choppy and there are a few awkward dialogues. Also, one of the characters has sudden temper tantrums and outburst that just seemed weird and offputting. Having said that, I thought the overall writing style is quite solid, atmospheric and engaging. The world-building, while not entirely well-executed, is quite mesmeric. There are also a few similarities with other dystopian books, but this story is without a doubt unique and different enough to shine on its own. I won’t spoil it for you, but I thought the inspiration behind the creation of the Joker System is clever, imaginative, and original. It’s actually pretty awesome and I really liked that part of the the story. Aside from a few slow chapters in the first half of the book, the plot moves quickly with plenty of shocking twists and turns that I never knew what to expect or who to really trust. There’s action, intrigue, drama, mystery, betrayals and secrets… so many secrets that I found myself literally mouthing OMG a few times throughout the story. Khemvisay completely messed with my mind and kept me on my toes until the very last page. The characters are far from perfect, but I liked how they all surprised me… sometimes more than once. I thought Khemvisay created genuinely flawed and realistic individuals who I grew to really care about and even admire. Even the secondary players and the villains affected me in some ways. In the end, they all made an emotional impact and a part of my heart ached for them. Haunting, seductive, and suspenseful, Death’s Kiss by Regie Khemivsay is a fantastic debut novel perfect for fans of dystopian stories. It’s an intricately creative, thought-proving and deeply moving tale of courage, survival, forgiveness, love and the true meaning of sacrifice. I honestly can’t reccommend this book enough and Khemvisay is definitely an author to add on your list! Full review -
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Stefanie85BE More than 1 year ago
‘Death’s Kiss’ is Regie Khemvisays debut and that’s hard to believe. I mean for an Indie author she made up one hell of a plot with lots of twists and turns that just click like one beautiful puzzle. Yeah it’s dystopian, and there are so many books out there since ‘The Hunger Games’, but this one is different. I definitely liked the idea of a simple (Is it?) deck of cards at the center of this story. Great thinking! It brings something unique and at the same time something recognizable (Who hasn’t seen a deck of cards before?) to the story line. This together with some fabulous characters, great writing and follow-able science it just grabs your attention and makes you keep on reading till the end. However, I won’t say I had no issues. They’re not grave ones, just things I personally had some trouble with. The beginning, for me at least, was a bit scrambled. It was intriguing for sure, but I had the feeling the world we dived in could be painted a bit more elaborate. Also, Yuri isn’t a girl’s name and Ryoma isn’t a boy’s name in my book. It’s even the other way around for me. Maybe this looks like nit-picking to all of you, but it had me confused every single time I picked up the book I’m afraid. Still, this said, I loved Regie’s debut wholeheartedly and I recommend it to all fans of dystopian novels. I personally can’t wait for a next book (in this series?). Really a must read if your looking for something special and different from all these ‘The Hunger Games’ copies!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite Death's Kiss by Regie Khemvisay is a post-apocalyptic dystopian novel set in the future near the turn of the next century, following the Black Jack. This plague ravaged indiscriminately, killing all of those who were over the age of twenty-one. With the passing of time, the youth who survived have slowly, carefully, and painfully rebuilt their lives, pushing past what was lost and finding some semblance of peace in Yliria. Some. There is, though, the matter of The Shuffle. “Our lives meant nothing. Yes, we held high seats in the Joker System, but a crime is a crime. During our final trial, rather than taking our lives, they decided that taking our children’s lives was a worse punishment. They promised to leave you alone until you reached Twenty-one years old as a saving grace for all our contributions. They want you in the Court Department as Aces.” Death's Kiss by Regie Khemvisay is a wonderfully written and fresh new twist to the genre of young adult dystopian novels. I loved how the primary players had gambling names given to them, which highlights the gamble of lives at stake with The Shuffle. At the introduction, we are told as little as Ryoma is, and the system of Aces and Jokers is revealed with the restrained hand of a skilled author. This is a fast-paced story that is heavy on the suspense and action, and I expect it will find a wide and adoring audience among the far-reaching readership of young adult fans.