Rather Be Reading » A Young Adult Book Blog by Two Busy Girls Who Always Find Time For a Book

Masthead header

Estelle: See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne

See Jane Run by Hannah JayneSee Jane Run by Hannah Jayne ( web | tweet )
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: SourceBooks Fire
Pages: 288
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: family, friendship, secrets
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)

Summary: Riley’s parents have always been overprotective but when she finds a birth certificate in her baby book for someone named Jane, who is the same age of her… she starts to wonder if her whole life is a lie. Determined to find out who Jane is and what her parents have been hiding, Riley decides to do her research any way she can.


Did you read The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney when you were a kid? That was a popular pick in my elementary school, and I couldn’t help but think of it when Riley discovers this birth certificate in her own baby book, a book that contains no pictures of her as an actual baby.

I was a little nervous that See Jane Run would end up all too similar to Cooney’s book and was ultimately relieved to see that it went in a completely different direction. I was so far off base, and while it was nice to be shocked and surprised… the execution was a little rough.

From the beginning, I really liked Riley’s best friendship with Shelby. Even though Riley had recently moved far away from where she lived before, Shelby always made an effort to stop in and despite her over active imagination, her heart seemed to be in the right place. She’s with Riley when Jane’s birth certificate is found, and I’m not sure just how curious Riley would have been about it without Shelby’s proposed scenarios (as wild as they were). So now Riley is curious bordering on scared, piecing together small inconsistencies from conversations with her parents and wondering just what the heck is going on.

Even though Riley’s parents are super strict about her going out, they seemed to really mean well and love her so it was sad for me to think they were the villains of the story. I was just as confused as Riley, especially when she continued to hit brick walls in her search to find the truth. JD, a guy Riley met in detention, pitched in to help and I really liked him. He was funny and sweet and thoughtful, and nothing like Riley imagined. But their potential love connection took a backseat to the creepy situations unfolding in Riley’s life: the weird car that keeps following her, the web page that pops up on her computer unprovoked, etc. As See Jane Run continued, Riley’s life grew to be more and more dangerous.

Unfortunately, the slow pacing and lack of development in some of the story never left me feeling on edge enough. In fact, scenes would build up only to fizzle in a sluggish way and it had me questioning if this could be categorized as a true thriller. I was concerned for Riley, who had no idea who to turn to and who to trust. It seemed like everyone was lying to her at one point, and that’s a lonely place to be. But it wasn’t until the final chapters that I felt super wrapped up in the action and the potential hazards of this situation. (I probably could have done without the epilogue too.)

On the plus side, See Jane Run worked better for me than Jayne’s debut, Truly Madly Deadly. Why? This story line felt more relatable, and I must applaud an ending that comes out of left field like this one did. Still, pacing and development is so imperative to making a thriller thrilling and I needed more.

rather be reading borrow from the library icon

Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N

February 23, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Shelve It: Zac Efron and Breaking Book Bans, Estelle - […] Broken Stars review (with a Pixar picture!) | See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA […]

February 19, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Alexa S. - SEE JANE RUN has quite an interesting premise, and it makes me curious to see how it plays out. I really do wonder how it all ends? Sounds like it would at least be entertaining and maybe slightly thrilling to read!

February 18, 2014 - 10:04 pm

Ellice - I honestly hadn’t heard of this book until just now. I must have overlooked it (or it wasn’t publicized much?). The premise itself sounds like it has potential. If my TBR list wasn’t sooo long, I would probably give it a try. Maybe in the future when I’m looking for something a little bit different from the usual contemporary books that I love so much :)

Oh, and the sentence where you’re talking about the creepy car that keeps following Riley? I read that as a “creepy cat” kept following her. I was thinking a “creepy cat” is a very strange plot device for this particular book… hahahah

February 18, 2014 - 3:14 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I loved The Face on the Milk Carton as a kid. Have I ever told you the 2 really random things I remember from it? I told someone recently. I’d like to go back and re-read it as an adult and see if I like it as much.

I did not like Truly, Madly, Deadly at all and it sounds like you had a lot of the same issues with See Jane Run as I did with her first book. I love the ideas that Hannah Jayne has for her stories, but the execution just doesn’t seem to be there.

February 18, 2014 - 11:51 am

Cassie Gutman - I actually hadn’t seen or heard anything about this book, so your review was my first run in with this. The premise sounds interesting, but that’s sad that it just didn’t quite measure up. maybe i’ll try and find it at the library? (i love that you give hints at the bottom about whether it’s worth it to borrow or buy, they are incredibly helpful!)

Estelle: The Curl Up & Dye by Sharon Sala

The Curl Up and Dye by Sharon SalaThe Curl Up & Dye by Sharon Sala ( tweet | web )
Publication Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: SourceBooks
Pages: 288
Target audience: Adult
Keywords: Southern living, childhood friends, small towns, moving forward
Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!)

Summary: LilyAnne has been stuck in a rut since her fiance died in Iraq many many years ago. When a new stranger bursts into town on his hot rod, she feels a spark for the first time in forever and focuses on making her life happier and healthier. But like always, nothing goes according to plan.

I love how close-knit small towns are. Don’t get me wrong. I know there are certainly. Gossip! Everyone knowing your business! But it’s still nice to know that everyone is looking out for the other, and this alone made The Curl Up and Dye so enjoyable.

The title of the book refers to the beauty salon in town that everyone (ladies and gents) frequent and I’m sure you’re not surprised to find out that the fine people who work there meddle in the lives of their clients in a good way. They go to some great lengths with LilyAnne and her best friend, Mike. The two have lived next door to one another since childhood, and while Mike has always been in love with LilyAnne, she was either dating her deceased fiance or too broken down after his death to move forward.

When Mike lands in the hospital and a ridiculously good looking man shows up in Blessings, LilyAnne’s life gets the kick its been needing. I don’t necessarily love that a stranger like T.J. jolted her awake, but Sala handled this fantasy well and LilyAnne remained very logical about T.J.’s effect on her life. Lines get a little crossed when Mike thinks LilyAnne is dating someone else, and tries to make her jealous with a fake girlfriend. Man oh man, I loved witnessing LilyAnne’s fiery outbursts at an uncomfortable Thanksgiving dinner and the gradual realization of Mike’s importance in her life.

But there’s a darker side to The Curl Up & Dye that I was not expecting. Lessons are dealt in some scary ways and there are few too many calls to 911 but in the end, the town of Blessings only gets closer. Sala treats us to LilyAnne’s character growth, the will-they-won’t-they story line, and even the more intense stuff with as little melodrama as possible and it made this novel a smooth read for me. Lots of laughs, lots of love,  and a good time all around.

rather be reading borrow from the library icon

Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N

February 20, 2014 - 7:32 am

Molly | wrapped up in books - This doesn’t sound like something I’d normally pick up, but you’ve made me want to check it out! A small town romance sounds like what I need right now ;)

February 17, 2014 - 11:15 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This looks kind of cute! You know how I love the Southern settings and you have described EXACTLY the small town type of atmosphere that I grew up in. This sounds kind of fun and I am curious about what you describe near the end of your review with the 911 calls and such. I’m going to library this one! Thanks E!

February 17, 2014 - 11:01 am

Melissa @ i swim for oceans - I love the sound of this one – especially the title. It doesn’t sound like it’s without its flaws, but it also sounds really fun and quirky – just my type. Lovely review, Estelle!

February 14, 2014 - 12:02 pm

Alexa S. - Curl Up & Dye is such a clever title! But seriously, I would pick it up just because of that. The story sounds pretty cute too, as I’m a sucker for small-town romances ;)

Estelle: Paradise by Jill S. Alexander

Paradise by Jill S AlexanderParadise by Jill S. Alexander
Publication Date: July 5, 2011
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Pages: 256
Target audience: Young adult
Keywords: country music, Texas, pressure from parents, siblings, romance
Format read: Borrowed from library.

Summary: The only think Paisley has ever wanted to do was be a drummer. Right now, she’s playing in a country band with friends and they hope to make waves at Texapalooza music fest. Luckily, they are able to find a new lead singer in time — the gorgeous and talented Paradise, but how long can she keep her dreams a secret from her parents?

I’m pretty much convinced that in some past life I was in love with a cowboy.

Because I find them so attractive. (Like, I may drool a little bit.) And I’m from New Jersey! There are no cowboys in Jersey, friends. (In case, you didn’t know.) And the only one I know if in New York is the Naked Cowboy and he just does not do it for me. But oh gosh, when they can sing. I’m a goner.

Paradise (real name: Gabriela) embodies the spirit of country music and every single reason why cowboys are such a prize.

He’s tough, he’s teasing, and this one plays a mean accordion. Yep, you heard me right. When Paradise shows up to try out for the band, the other members are not so sure it’s going to work out. But he has the voice and he brings a unique edge, and Paisley can’t keep her eyes off of him.

For Paisley, being into something (someone?) else is a surprise because her life is drumming. A passion she has to keep a secret from her parents because they would never approve of her acting so un-ladylike or hanging out with losers like Michael Waylon. Actually, it’s only Paisley’s mom that feels that way. Her dad is pretty laidback, but pretty much lets his wife call the shots. Not in an absent way either… he tries to maintain the peace and is probably a lot more intuitive than everyone gives him credit for.

Paisley’s mom is pretty controlling of her and her sister, Lacey. Both girls were given purity rings at a young age, and Lacey is being forced to try out for various song choirs even though all she wants to do is open a beauty salon. This parental pressure, this close-mindedness does come from a genuine place but it makes it tough for both girls to embrace who they really are. They are forced to lie and sneak around to be happy, and that’s starting to get very tough to continue.

So while Paisley’s attraction to Paradise does heat up many passages in the book, the biggest conflict in Paradise is these two sisters finding the strength to stand up for what they want without hurting anyone in the process. Paradise doesn’t only offer his warm embrace, but is a huge influence on Paisley as he encourages her to be “wide open” with her life and work hardest on what’s best for her.

Interlaced through the story are lyrics from Cal, a shy guitarist, and I liked this breakup between chapters because we got to learn about his character and also get an outsider’s view on some of the events that occur throughout the story. Lacey and Paisley also have a feisty and fresh relationship for sisters, and I enjoyed the scenes shared between the two.

But warning, warning! There is a curveball of an ending, like oh-gee did that really just happen? I don’t recall ever being that blindsided in a book, and after thinking about it pretty obsessively, I’m still unsure of the author’s choice. Had it been me, I would have ended things a little differently.

I wish I could tell you more, but instead, I’m going to urge you to pick this one up. It’s not every day that a young adult book features a book with such Southern roots (with some Latin flair)… it’s a fresh and different and, even though, the fears and conclusions Paisley must come to within her family unit and for herself are nothing ground-breaking, Alexander makes them approachable and as accurate as possible.

Also special bonus music time. Jason Aldean’s “Wide Open” is the perfect anthem for this story.

rather be reading worth it icon

Add to Goodreads | Buy on Amazon | Buy on B&N

February 17, 2014 - 3:46 am

The Bookish Manicurist - You have me so intrigued about the ending now, Estelle! Plus this sounds different to most YA I read

February 15, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - Ok, this sounds really good. Why have I never heard of it before? You’re scaring me with the talk of the twist at the end, but I guess I’ll have to read it and see what I think because of rest of it sounds like I’ll really enjoy it.

February 13, 2014 - 6:59 pm

Ellice - Yet another thing you and I have in common (cowboys!). I have always been attracted to them (we have quite a few around here though!). And also? Country music!! I grew up on it, so any book that sounds even remotely country-related, I snatch it up. This one is going on the TBR for sure. Great review :)

February 13, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Annette - Blindsided — totally. I just didn’t think that ending was at all necessary….Enjoyed the rest of the book, though. It’s been a while. Thanks for the reminder.

February 13, 2014 - 11:40 am

Alexa S. - PARADISE sounds like such a fun read! I love that fact that the relationship between the sisters, and within Paisley’s family, is an important part of the story. Plus, I can never resist a story set in the South OR one with country music these days :)

February 13, 2014 - 10:23 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I have a thing for Cowboys, too. I think I just like the idea of really laid back guys. Hard working guys, but laid back, too. Also, I think of them as really manly.

Oh, and yeah, The Naked Cowboy doesn’t do it for me either.

I’m not sure if I would like Paradise, but I’m really curious about the BIG TWIST at the end.

February 13, 2014 - 9:22 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - Awesome review, hon! I really liked this book up until I got to the ending. The ending made me want to vomit all over myself, hahaha.

Top 10 Tuesday: Cue the Swoon

top ten tuesday hosted by the broke and the bookish

I couldn’t let this topic get away. So here I am writing it when I should be going to bed early and possibly changing out of my gym clothes. Who needs sleep anyway? No one. Not when you have swoon. Be sure to check out today’s meme at The Broke and the Bookish.

Let’s get started –

→Between You & Me by Marisa Calin

“It’s funny how there can be something special about that one person isn’t it?” 

The author has done something so unique with this book… we never know the sex of the main character’s best friend. This best friend is sweet, caring, and takes a back seat to Phyre’s passion for theatre and their attractive theatre teacher. The friendship here is swoon-worthy and on the edge of heartbreaking because there are so many feelings involved. My heart was so invested I read through it twice. (Plus it’s written in a screenplay form, which I loved too.)

→Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

“But no matter how hard I try, I still yearn for hugs / kisses/ smiles/ a hand to hold.” 

This was the first YA I read in verse, and it made me such a fan. A new life, a new boy, and so many hot hot hot feelings. It’s amazing just how much could be said in short stanzas but it worked so well for me. I’ve been really wanting to give this a re-read for awhile, and it seems just about the perfect time.

→Where She Went by Gayle Forman

“We stand there for a moment, staring at each other, savoring it. And then all at once, we slam together. Mia’s legs are off the ground, wrapped around my waist, her hands dipping in my hair, my hands tangled in hers. And our lips. There isn’t enough skin, enough spit, enough time, for the lost years that our lips are trying to make up for as they find each other. We kiss. The electric current switches to high. The lights throughout all of Brooklyn must be surging.” 

I’m a sucker for reunion books, and Gayle Forman so I’m sure this one isn’t a big surprise. Will they or won’t they? That’s the question, isn’t it? Can Adam and Mia move past all their crap and be together? After years apart? This book, this book. I couldn’t write down quotes fast enough.

→Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

“We’re not going to get lost at sea, are we?” I asked.

“Not unless you want to…” There was that feeling again. That warmth. The fluttering. The heart buzz. I focused on rowing. A few fireworks shot off from a distant beach. Little gold ones.”

There’s so much I love about Nantucket Blue but the romance is close to #1. It perfectly captures first love and the magic and freedom of summer.

→ God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie DeBartolo

“He thanked me. For creating you, or something like that. I can’t remember the exact word he used, but he gave me at least half the credit for how you turned out.” My mother paused. “I don’t usually get that much credit for anything, you know.”

This has been one of my favorite books since I was 16. And out of all the quotes I love, this was the one I was thinking about today. It’s pretty awesome when a guy knows what to say to your mom, and means it. That was Jacob.

→ The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler

Moments passed like eons, and his hands were in my hair. All around us crickets and frogs started up their night songs again. The entire forest seemed to open up and bloom in the dark.

“Your heart’s pounding like mad,” he whispered. Fingers brushed my collarbone, tapped gently. “Ba-bom. Ba-bom.”

His breath against my skin, soft as a breeze and my lips could already taste him. My mouth watered, and something  swirled from a deep place inside of me and my heart continued its mad dash between his fingertips and my whole body ached with the desire to touch him, to feel him against me.

And they haven’t even kissed yet. I drooled through most of this book when I wasn’t being pummeled by the tough situations, the bonds of sisters, and how the state of friendships change over time. This story is so perfectly developed, and I love how it focuses on so much more than a romance. But Emilio and Jade’s chemistry is off the charts.

→ Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty

“Gone for a while / Hoping, always, to return / If you will let me”

I’m not sure I’ve had such a physical and emotional reaction to the ending of a book in my life. It was so passionate, and just so perfect. (I must finish my collection and buy the last two books. I need to be properly reunited with Jessica Darling!) Also haikus, and a chance airport meeting. What could be more perfect?

→ Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

St. Clair coughs and shifts again. His leg brushes against mine. It stays there. I’m paralyzed. I should love it; it feels too unnatural. How can he not notice his leg is touching my leg? From the corner of my eye, I see the profile of his chin and nose, and — oh, dear God — the curve of his lips.

There. He glanced at me. I knew he did.

This exercise is getting dangerous because I have books all over my living room floor, it’s late, and I have this crazy desire to re-read all my favorite books. Anna, St. Clair, Paris, friendship and forbidden feelings. SUCH a great book. The tension between these two characters could make any reader spontaneously combust.

→ My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick

“You have to kiss me,” I find myself saying.
“Yeah.” He leans closer. “I do.” 

I’m so glad I took the time to read this book again a few weeks ago. I was so into it the first time but the second time was just… even better. I adore first love stories, and I love them more when they feel so real. Sam and Jase… they have something so special. Out of all the young couples I’ve read about, I believe that they can overcome the rest of high school and make it through. End game.

→ Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

“I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love these [tights],” I said. “Thank you. Thank you.” I reached out a hand and touched the back of his shoulder. “Really.”

Before last week, I never thought this would be on a “swoon” list for me. I let talk of how sad the book steer me away for too long when it’s a charming coming of age story. Lou, the main character, has such an uplifting personality — even when she is just trying to figure life out for herself, and for Will, the man she works for. The above quote might not make so much but it was an uncharacteristically surprising moment at a birthday celebration and it won me over completely.

I’m so excited to read everyone else’s picks! Happy Tuesday!

February 13, 2014 - 6:53 pm

Ellice - Ohh, that Me Before You quote! *tears up just thinking about it* That book absolutely destroyed me, but there are parts of it that are just so sweet :) That’s one of my very favorite scenes in that book.

February 13, 2014 - 1:15 pm

Alexa S. - You are making me want to read some of my favorites on this list (My Life Next Door, Anna and the French Kiss, The Book of Broken Hearts, Where She Went) again! I love when just one particular swoony moment manages to create intense feels that last throughout the book — and these are certainly good ones you’ve chosen ;)

February 11, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Rebecca - I’ve only read read Love and Leftovers, Anna and MLND but I loved them all and I agree with you 100%. I’m bumping the rest up on my to read list!!

February 11, 2014 - 3:58 pm

Natalie @ Books, etc. - I’ve added Love & Leftovers to my TBR list now! And I also seriously need to get reading the Sloppy Firsts series as well as Nantucket Blue! Love your swoony list!

February 11, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Cecelia - I haven’t read any of these books, but I’m more than halfway to being convinced because of those lovely quotes! What a way to woo readers… *grin*

I’ve been meaning to get to MY LIFE NEXT DOOR for ages… I think a read might be in the cards soon. Love your list!

February 11, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - Why didn’t I put Nantucket Blue on my list? :( I guess I just had too many!
I LOVE ADAM. Where She Went is soooo swoony and I think I’m a sucker for reunions too! Dear god, Anna and the French Kiss, Book of Broken Hearts…. So much swooning!

February 11, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Jessica - I just added so many of these on my “to read” list on goodreads!!! :D

February 11, 2014 - 12:49 pm

Lucy @ The Reading Date - I love that you included Me Before You. There are some uplifting moments in that one but those are never the scenes I remember most about the book! MLND and Anna are lovely.

I recently picked up a copy of God Shaped Hole so I’m happy to see it on your list. Love & Leftovers is a good one too. Verse novels are the best.

Thanks for sharing your swoony faves!

February 11, 2014 - 10:52 am

Betty - So… I wasn’t obsessed with Zack in Nantucket Blue, but I was seriously obsessed with that romance! Leila captures first love… the butterflies… the blushing… the physical awareness of the opposite sex so, so well!!! It reminds of all my firsts!! <3
And YES… GAYLE FORMAN. Her writing is so raw… she is able to portray emotion so incredibly well that I end up with a lump in my throat on the verge of tears every time I read one of her books. The bridge scene in Where She Went ripped a hole in heart!

February 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - I’m glad Love & Leftovers made this list! I have a copy of it that I’ve been wanting to read for ages; love that it’s swoony! So many good books on here too – the Book of Broken Hearts was fabulous!

February 11, 2014 - 8:17 am

Amy @ bookgoonie - Nantucket Blue has been moved up in my pile.

February 11, 2014 - 7:04 am

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz - Funny, but I don’t read traditional romances, but I just love a swoon-worthy book.

Thank you for your list.

Here’s my list of books that will make you swoon.

It’s a Cover Reveal! Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Happy Monday!

We are so thrilled to kick off a brand new week with a cover reveal for Jessica Martinez’s upcoming YA thriller: KISS KILL VANISH. We are a huge fans of Jessica’s past work — Virtuosity and last year’s The Vow — and can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve with this newer, darker novel!

We hope you love the cover as much as we do.

Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez Cover Reveal

Isn’t it sexy and mysterious? The splash of color is gorgeous!

So what’s it about? Here’s an official 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.

And a quick note from Jessica:

27 (1)My first dark cover.

I’ve written serious books, but not fishnets-and-cocaine books. Not dark books. This is the first time I’ve had to be concerned about what the NSA is thinking while monitoring my online activity. (Oh, come on, if not mine, then whose are they actually monitoring?) And because of KISS KILL VANISH, if I’m ever accused of a violent crime, I could be convicted based on my Google searches alone. Your honor, she googled blood splatter images from a close range bullet to the brain AND how to get rid of a body. The State rests.

The day this cover appeared in my inbox I went out and bought myself tights to match Valentina’s. (No pictures. This is the internet, folks. People are creepy.) I love them. I love that assault of color over the black and white. I love the font. I love Valentina’s pose. Actually, I can’t think of a single thing I don’t love, and that’s something of a miracle, so I’ll be sitting here all day staring at it—a dark smile on my face. Feel free to join me.

(And eat your heart out with all that brain splatter research, NSA.)

Mark you calendars for KISS KILL VANISH’s release on October 7th! I know, I know — it’s a long time to wait BUT we have some good news! Jessica and the very nice people at Katherine Tegen books are offering up a copy of THE VOW and an ARC of KISS KILL VANISH. Be sure to enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to add KISS KILL VANISH to Goodreads or reserve your copy on Amazon or B&N.

Stay up to date with Jessica Martinez on Twitter + her website!

February 16, 2014 - 9:47 pm

bn100 - Haven’t read this author yet

February 15, 2014 - 4:38 pm

Ashlie - I haven’t read any of her books yet but i definitely want to read this one when it comes out.

February 15, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Ashley - I haven’t read any Jessica Martinez books yet so I’m hoping I can fix that

February 13, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Ellice - I haven’t read a Jessica Martinez book yet, so I plan to rectify this SOON (I bought a copy of The Vow a few weeks ago when you recommended it to me)! I love this cover for Kiss, Kill, Vanish. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

February 13, 2014 - 3:15 pm

Alexa S. - I have yet to read a Jessica Martinez book, though all of the ones she’s written (Virtuosity, The Vow and now Kiss Kill Vanish) are on my TBR. This cover is GORGEOUS. I love the splash of color!

February 13, 2014 - 10:43 am

Racquel - I LOVE THIS!!!!!!! Virtuosity is one of my favorite covers and The Vow is really unique but THIS takes the crown. ITS SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And YAAAAY more YA thrillers!!!!!!!

February 13, 2014 - 9:42 am

Lena @ Addicted 2 Novels - THAT COVER! I’m obsessed. It’s gorgeous and seems to fit the summary very well, which is equally as awesome.

To be honest, the only book I’ve read by Jessica is VIRTUOSITY, but I loved it. Yet another gorgeous cover with an equally amazing story inside. :)

February 12, 2014 - 1:02 pm

fishgirl182 - I’ve only read Virtuosity so I’ll have to go with that. But this one looks amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

February 11, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I am so curious about this book! I love her other books (still have to read The Space Between Us) but this seems so different. Intriguing, but still, very different.

February 11, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - I have never read a Jessica Martinez book! I’ve been super interested in Virtuosity, and I even own The Vow. I have just not gotten to it. This one sounds amazing, and I love the cover! Can’t wait to read it!

February 11, 2014 - 12:08 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Oh my I love this cover! The colours are so vibrant. I’ve only ever read The Vow, but she won me over with that alone. Her writing, the care she has for each character…it’s flawless. And I always hear amazing things about Virtuosity!

February 10, 2014 - 11:31 pm

Amy - I love the cover and excerpt for this . Thanks for the giveaway

February 10, 2014 - 10:12 pm

Rebecca - I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT. I LOVE IT. And huge blurb! So far, this book WINS.

February 10, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Katie - I haven’t read any of her books yet, but this one sounds really interesting!

February 10, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Jenny E - My favorite book from the awesome Jessica Martinez is The Space Between Us. I’m really looking forward to this next book! And the cover rocks.

February 10, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Skye @ Skye's Scribblings - I have yet to read anything by Ms. Martinez, but I’m DYING to read The Vow – I’ve heard nothing but awesome things! And this has to be one of the best covers EVER – and I love the title! Really looking forward to this one!

February 10, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Brittany @ the Book Addict's Guide - YA thriller say what!? You know I love those!
I actually haven’t read any of her books yet but I’ve seen SUCH good things about them. I’m definitely excited for KISS KILL VANISH and to pick up some older titles as well! *fingers crossed*

February 10, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Tammy - I haven’t read a Jessica Martinez book yet. I guess I need to remedy that soon.

February 10, 2014 - 12:43 pm

Andrea - My favorite book by Jessica has been “The Space Between Us”. It was amazing!

February 10, 2014 - 11:37 am

Denise Jaden - Oh yeah, favorite… it’s a tough one, but I’d probably maybe still go with Virtuosity. Favorite opening to a novel ever!

February 10, 2014 - 11:35 am

Denise Jaden - I NEED this book. Then I’ll have a “Jessica Martinez” shelf on my my bookcase (3 books isn’t quite enough for a shelf, but FOUR!)Also, this cover is beautiful and brilliant.

February 10, 2014 - 10:35 am

Shelby Brown - This cover is really cool! I will have to check out this book!

February 10, 2014 - 10:21 am

Nifer - I Loved her book Virtuosity- it was amazing! She has the most wonderful story crafting and storytelling ability.

February 10, 2014 - 9:51 am

Jules - I’m already in love with the cover/title! Super excited for this page turner!!! Virtuosity was a great book and I can’t wait to read more books!

February 10, 2014 - 9:48 am

Katie Lo - That cover is FANTASTIC. Holy crap. And blurb is fun and compelling!

February 10, 2014 - 9:46 am

Ron Smith - This is an absolutely incredible cover. I love the typography.

Hey, the story doesn’t sound bad, either.

February 10, 2014 - 9:38 am

Dahlia - Oh my Godddddd I love this cover and this blurb and just NEED IT IMMEDIATELY. My favorite JM book so far is VIRTUOSITY but I have a feeling this one could give it a serious run for its money!

February 10, 2014 - 9:33 am

Barbara - I love the new cover and can’t wait to read this book! I love Jessica’s style of writing and I’m excited to see what this slightly darker novel has to offer us.

February 10, 2014 - 9:27 am

Ginger @ GReads! - First, this cover is AWESOME. I love the black & white and then the huge splash of color. Very, very eye-catching. Second, this story sounds dark, mysterious, and something I definitely need to read. Which is crazy because normally I shy away from “scary” books. Nope, not this one! And third, Virtuosity is my favorite JM book. That story really resonated with me and it’s definitely one I continue to recommend. Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

February 10, 2014 - 9:17 am

Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room - I don’t have one (yet.) I’m hoping KISS KILL VANISH will fix that for me!

February 10, 2014 - 9:15 am

A.J. - Wow! I love this cover! Looks so cool. :D
My favorite Jessica Martinez book is Virtuosity. <3

February 10, 2014 - 9:14 am

Deb - Gorgeous cover and great blurb. Definitely want to read this when it comes out!

February 10, 2014 - 9:07 am

Danielle Nguyen - Sadly, I haven’t read any of her books yet but Virtuosity is sitting at home waiting for me. Love this cover!