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Priscilla the Great: The Kiss of Life (Book #2) Kindle Edition

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Length: 300 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Hey there! It’s me again, Priscilla, a lean, mean, tween machine. Just when I’m finally getting the hang of my powers, something even more confusing and harder to understand enters my world…boys. That’s right, I can shoot fire out of my fingers and lift a car with one hand, but for the life of me I can’t decode “boy-speak”… and that just might turn out to be the death of me.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Little Prince Publishing (April 19 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XD9IZS
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #412,843 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9ed99198) out of 5 stars 32 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f09e360) out of 5 stars Decent followup to a fun superhero series May 17 2011
By Catherine Burkholder - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
If you read the first Priscilla the Great, then you know what to expect: a fun, middle-school take on a standard superhero trope (heroine has superpowers, is in hiding from evil institution which wants to control her for their own evil schemes, and needs to juggle secret identity with regular life). I liked it almost as much as the first in the series, but a cliffhanger ending and repeated campiness make it slightly less successful for me.

Plot Premise
This story takes place a couple months after the end of the first book. Priscilla has a lot going on. She's in a bit of a love triangle, her mom has lost her powers and is acting strangely, and she's adjusting to her new life in hiding. On top of that, she's taken over running the missions that her mom used to run and is trying to stay one step ahead of Colonel Selliwood and his evil compatriots.

The writing is first-person and chatty and works well when dealing with her interactions with people in her life. Her relationships with her brothers, friends, and parents are funny and heartwarming and believable, even when she's using her invisible jet and super powers to play pranks or get even with her little brothers.

Where the story stumbles a bit for me is the villains. I expect to need to suspend disbelief in this sort of story, but I found that the villains were so one-dimensional and their aims and methods were so pointlessly evil, that it seemed a little flat compared to the more complex characters in the good side. Similarly, the fights and scientific explanations are, of course, over-the-top unrealistic, but, by the second book, I find myself wishing they were a little something more. I don't think they're any different than in the first book, but after a while it gets predictable, which makes it less funny and suspenseful. And if it's not funny or suspenseful or poignant or believable, then why are we reading it? It could be just that I'm not the target audience though - I'm a mother in my late thirties and although I enjoy reading good kids and young adult books, I'm not actually a kid myself. All in all, I recommend the series in general and this book in particular if you're in the mood to turn off your brain and enjoy a little escapism.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ed9cba0) out of 5 stars My Daughter Loves These May 19 2011
By Michael Wallace - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm writing this on behalf of my eleven-year-old daughter, who just finished Kiss of Life last night. I've never heard her laugh so hard and so often as she did during these two books. It got to the point where other people in the house started growling at her and she would run out of the room to laugh or stuff a pillow over her face. Her only gripe is that the book seemed to end on something of a cliffhanger and she was frustrated that book #3 is not yet available.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2a76a8) out of 5 stars Not Just for Young Adults May 23 2011
By Laura Z - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I know this book is geared to teens but Priscilla is a lovable witty character that older people (ie a young mom such as myself) can appreciate. What stands out the most for me are the often humorous sibling dynamics; my husband had to ask several times why I was laughing so much. The transitions from scene to scene flowed well (just just finished a book that didn't and man did I ever appreciate this).

Only one small thing annoyed me. Since the first book hooked me, all the details were still fresh in my mind. The constant recaps slowed down my reading a smidgen and made me roll my eyes while thinking... I know I know, what's next? I think a lot more new content could have been added to change things up a little and like someone else already stated more time should have been spent on the villains. Hopefully the next book will have a little less recap. Annoyance aside, I still love this series.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ef5eec4) out of 5 stars Fun middle grade superhero Oct. 18 2011
By ReadingVacation - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Priscilla comes from a family with a variety of superpowers. Priss can run really fast, she has super hearing, and she can shoot fire out of her fingers. HOT! Her brother, Josh, is a telepathic. Oh, and her little twin brothers, Chester and Charlie, haven't gotten their powers yet, but they are a handful.

The main plot has to do with the ever present threat of the evil Selliwood Institute eliminating Priss' family. It's the subplots that really grabbed me though. Priss finds herself right in the middle of a crush triangle with Kyle and Marco. Kyle is her longtime friend who is not aware of her powers. Marco is the cute French mutant who she has an instant connection with. What's a girl to do?

I was also drawn into the subplot involving Priss' parents. Her dad is still in over-protective over-drive, but it just shows how much he cards. Her mom's emotions range from snappy to happy at the snap of finger. It just goes to show that everyone deals with adversity differently.

The Kiss of Life is a light story with great characters and a twisty plot. There is a good deal of character development in such a short story, and I loved all the girl power that Priss exudes. Middle grade girls will really enjoy it.


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This is a cover that shows off the main character very well. There is fire for Priss' power, a heart for her crushes, and a pink kiss to remind us of girl power. Nicely done and it is a good match for the first book's cover.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fe44d2c) out of 5 stars Wonderful read for children! Nov. 14 2011
By Stephanie Johnson - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
My daughter (now 13) read this when it first came out. She LOVES to read and she tore right through it ready to read more. I am so happy when I find books that feed her imagination and encourage her to read more. Thank you!