12 July 2014

{Book Review} Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

By: Me My Shelf And I | 12 July 2014 at 12:00 AM | | | | | | | | | |

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Kiss Kill Vanish
Author: Jessica Martiez
Pages: 432
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: 3.5 Birds

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.
One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.
She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.
She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

Art. Smuggling. Money. Drugs. Not your typical list of ingredients for a young adult novel. Certainly not one I have ever read.

Hidden away in the cold of Canada, a long way away from her home in Florida where she wanted for nothing, Valentina busks and poses for paintings to pay the rent on her closet (literally the closet of a room) she rents in an apartment with 2 other people. She believes she is safe, hidden – where no one will find her. But when you father is as wealthy as hers, can you ever really hide away?

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot to KISS KILL VANISH, and that cover UNF! Just look at it. Easily my favorite cover so far this year! Mystery, intrigue, crime – with some key twists thrown in that I haven't really ever seen before and it made for an interesting read.

However, I wasn't fully intrigued by it until after page 50 when it stopped feeling like an art history lesson. Valentina lives in an art heavy world, she poses for paintings to pay the rent, and attends galas, her father is an art dealer. I just feel like every time art was mentioned the author took that opportunity to expand much further than was necessary, to the point where I had to set the book down and come back several times.

Was the art history worth the mystery and plot and love story swirled in there? I'm going with big Yes! From the mid-point on it became like a great cop show and I was holding on for dear life wondering what was going to happen next. This is definitely new and fresh if that's what you are looking for your bookshelf or eReader.

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Amber

1 comment:

  1. Great review, Amber. I love Jessica Martinez's writing (and I totally agree, that cover is UNF!) so I can't wait to pick this one up (: It's slowly making its way to the top of my TBR list.

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