Friday, October 17, 2014

Review: Kiss Kill Vanish

Title: Kiss Kill Vanish
Author: Jessica Martinez
Pages: 432
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

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.

I know they say don’t judge a book by its cover, but I broke the rules anyhow with this one.  “Kiss Kill Vanish” by Jessica Martinez has such a beautiful cover, that I  think I set the expectations pretty high going into it.  That being said, when I did start reading it I found myself a little disappointed.  It was pretty slow to start and many of the chapters felt like fillers until the plot picked up.  This didn’t happen until about halfway through the book.  At that point though, I FELL IN LOVE guys.  Everything started to make sense, including why Jane (or Valentina, whichever one of her names you prefer) was living in a dumpy apartment and using a fake name.    

If you like a good mystery, or travelling, this book is perfect for you.  As any reader can tell you, some books are pretty predictable as far as plot goes, but with “Kiss Kill Vanish” I had a hard time figuring out the bad guys ahead of time, or trying to predict what would happen before it did.  The author did a great job of dropping hints without giving too much away, which I really appreciated, because that’s what keeps the book interesting.  If you like travelling you’ll enjoy this story because it has numerous settings, such as Montreal, Miami, and Girona.  

If you’re able to get through the slow start of the book, I definitely recommend this one.  It’s so worth the wait for the book to pick up, because once it does, you won’t be able to put it down.  Warning: if you’re on a diet, make sure you don’t have access to sweets when you’re reading “Kiss Kill Vanish.”  Between the pastries Jane is always eating, and the free chocolate Jacques gives her when she goes to the café, I was craving sweets in the worst way by the time I finished reading this!

Besides the slow start to the book, the only other thing that bothered me was how naïve Jane appeared at the beginning of the book.  Coming from a rich lifestyle like she was accustomed to though, I can understand why Jessica Martinez wanted to portray her like this.  Overall, I enjoyed “Kiss Kill Vanish” and I’ve already been recommending it to all my friends!  



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