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Book Report: Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez

Well, hello! Welcome back for another Book Report! In the past, we’ve done lots of gushing as we’ve oohed and ahhed over books like ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, but today’s discussion involves a few differing opinions on our overall opinion of KISS KILL VANISH by Jessica Martinez. Did we love it? Did we […]

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November 3, 2014 - 4:34 pm

Rather Be Reading Turns Three! (Plus Giveaway!) - […] year we want to share copies with TWO PEOPLE of the books we’ve reviewed together, KISS KILL VANISH and ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER! We’re also including a few of our favorite non-bookish […]

October 23, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Cassie @ Happy Book Lovers - I’ve had my eye on this one since I saw the cover because it really stands out to me. And I think it’s kind of fun to read a book with lots of different opinions! It was fun reading your POVs! 🙂

October 9, 2014 - 12:05 am

Alexa S. - Kiss Kill Vanish was a pretty fun surprise for me! I didn’t expect to be swept up in this book, but I totally was. Martinez delivers a pretty solid mystery/thriller type tale, and I can’t wait to read more of her stuff!

October 8, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - A thing with feet that grossed you out and almost made you cry? That sounds terrible! LOL And I’m not sure I want to find out what it is! But aside from that, you guys have me totally on the fence about this one. I have yet to read one of her books. Something about the author having my name really weirds me out and is part of the reason why I haven’t read any of her books yet. Totally dumb, but there you have it. lol

Why in 5: Far from You by Tess Sharpe

Far From You by Tess Sharpe ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: April 8, 2014 Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Pages: 352 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: investigation, mystery, friendship, secrets, LGBTQ Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley. (Thanks!) Summary: Back from an unnecessary stint in rehab after her best friend’s murder is labeled “a drug […]

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June 1, 2014 - 5:12 am

Judith - My favorite part of this book is, hands down, the romance. I love love love reading LGBTQ books, because diverse books FTW, and this one was just amazingly done. Furthermore, I think Tess Sharpe’s writing was beautiful and I can’t wait to read more from her. Interestingly enough, I didn’t like the timeline. It confused me SO MUCH at first, and once I got used to it, I still didn’t really like it. That just doesn’t always work for me, I guess.

May 22, 2014 - 10:24 pm

brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - WHAT. I love carefully crafted timelines and a really good YA thriller? You know I am ALWAYS looking for those! I’ve heard a few good things about this so looks like I need to add this one to my list too!

May 22, 2014 - 7:34 am

Leah - I keep hearing such fantastic things about this book, but something kept me from paying attention (the cover maybe? I feel like it looks similar to a cover of a book that had crappy reviews..)

This sounds like such a Leah book: complicated love, kickass female lead, thriller – last year I was on a HUGE YA Thriller kick and I’m craving more! I really have no idea why I’ve been dragging my feet for so long. This is definitely a book I could get into!

May 20, 2014 - 1:12 pm

Ellice - I think we discussed this book on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, and I STILL haven’t read it. I have it on my Kindle, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon. I’m very curious! You know how much I adore How to Love, so just the fact that Far From You has one tiny little thing in common with it makes me want to read it even more 🙂

I love the name “Why in 5.” You ladies always have the best ideas for features or review styles on this blog!

May 19, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Summer - I have no idea why, but I remember skimming the synopsis and cover and going, “Eh, maybe someday.” Now, after reading this, I WANT IT SO BAD. I love those types of writing styles and timelines where you’re given it piece by piece. It makes for a really interesting read.

May 19, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Liz (Along for the Read) - Yay I’m glad you weren’t disappointed! Definitely agree that she did the alternating time lines very well, it reminded me of Dangerous Girls a lot in that respect. It is a risky move doing alternating time lines like this because it can go very wrong but I think this is probably one of the best examples of it done well that I’ve seen.

This story had SO MUCH going on that it should have been a complete mess, yet somehow it wasn’t.

May 19, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Very interesting! I’ve had my eye on this one for a while – I even have a copy – but had no clue what it was really about. Other than the short blurb. I think is the push I needed to make a point to give this one a try! Glad you liked it so much!

May 19, 2014 - 11:51 am

Alexa S. - I’m thrilled you enjoyed Far From You! It’s seriously a really great debut. I loved how deeply drawn into the story I was, and how I didn’t figure out anything at all until the end!

May 19, 2014 - 10:38 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I’ve been curious about Far From You for awhile now. I just went to the Rochester Teen Book Festival and I heard Tess Sharpe speak, and I got even more excited for Far From You. I’m glad you liked this, and I definitely need to read this.

Also, if you do like YA thrillers, have you even read or looked into I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga? That is a great thriller, but it is definitely dark and even a bit spooky. I loved it and the sequel though.

May 19, 2014 - 10:36 am

Carly - I have had this book on my to-read list for a while now! I keep checking my library to see if they have it in e-book format yet! I think I might also look into Dangerous Girls as well!

Estelle: Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne ( web | tweet ) Publication Date: July 2, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire Pages: 262 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: Death, stalking, secrets Format read: eBook from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: When Sawyer’s popular jock boyfriend dies in a car accident because of his drunk driving, she thinks […]

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February 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne (YA Review) - […] 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 […]

August 11, 2013 - 8:03 am

Alexa Y. - Well, this doesn’t sound nearly as appealing as Dangerous Girls! I mean, I’m mildly curious about who did the deed. But I can’t seem to summon more that, honestly.

July 30, 2013 - 7:09 pm

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - This is the second review that I’ve read that has said pretty much the same thing. I’m not entirely sure that I’ll read this one because books like this make me all cringy and twitchy, but what it seems like your reaction is kind of what others are feeling too. I love the cover.

July 27, 2013 - 9:38 pm

Sara (of The Page Sage) - I had been considering adding this one to my TBR pile, but the sound of that ending turns me off to this story. Although I might read Breaking Beautiful now because that sounds really good! 🙂

July 27, 2013 - 10:15 am

Bookworm1858 - I wish this was a more enthusiastic review as I actually bought this book instead of borrowing it from the library because I liked the sound of the concept so much. I will definitely still read it because I own it but I will lower my expectations.

July 26, 2013 - 5:59 pm

picturemereading - Too bad it wasn’t awesome! I love the description of the story!

July 26, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader - I’ve read fairly mixed reviews about this book, although I would be lying if I said I wasn’t immediately intrigued by the book’s synopsis. I love the dark, twisted undercurrent of the story (The idea that perhaps the accident wasn’t that at all) and the fact that Sawyer is haunted by cryptic messages in the weeks following her boyfriend’s accident. Chilling! It’s a shame that this novel couldn’t quite seem to figure out what sort of story it wanted to be (i.e. Switching tone suddenly at the end of the novel) as had it remained a darker, grittier tale throughout I would be much more interested in reading it. As it is, I’m now left a little confused about its intention. Perhaps I’ll take a look at Breaking Beautiful instead…

July 26, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Annie - I actually didn’t connect much with Sawyer and I’m not sure if that’s because of the third-person narrative or simply because she was so underdeveloped. I didn’t know who she was and that made it challenging for me to really get into the book.

I thought the premise was really interesting though but at the end, when they revealed the killer (I knew it!), I was still left with a lot of questions like how did they do it? I think I needed more on the mystery front.

And I totally agree with you on the ending! That was super annoying for me as a reader. It just seemed so abrupt. ‘There was too much blood shed for a tone change like that.’ Ditto!

Estelle: Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green ( twitter | web ) Part of a series. Publication Date: May 14, 2013 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Pages: 416 Target audience: Young adult Keywords: high school, town curse, secrets, truth or dare Format read: ARC from Publisher via NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary:  Three girls — Sydney, […]

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May 29, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Alexa Y. - This definitely sounds like Pretty Little Liars – high stakes, lots of drama and interwoven stories. It sounds exciting, but not quite the type of thing I’d want to read at this particular time. It’s bad enough having to deal with cliffhangers in my fantasy series; I can’t imagine dealing with a cliffhanger in a series like this one!

May 27, 2013 - 11:59 am

Rachel - So I know we talked a little bit about this book earlier this week, but for some reason after reading your review I want to read it now. Like, I can totally see why it wasn’t for you, but this sounds like the kind of thing I love. I love crazy cliffhangers because they always mess with my brain. Oh, and this sounds like Pretty Little Liars or some other teen show like that and I love those so I could definitely see myself liking this one.

May 25, 2013 - 9:59 am

Kelly - This sounds EXACTLY like Pretty Little Liars! Friends who are reunited, a new best friend finding it awkward to fit in with the old best friends, one girl’s love of photography, one girl who is Miss Super Academia, Class President straight-A student, someone knowing intimate details of your life that you thought you hadn’t shared with anyone…

If it’s written anything like that TV show (I haven’t read the books), then I can see why you wouldn’t be able to put it down!

Frustrating that it ends on such a killer cliffhanger though. Like you, I like for the main issues to be resolved and for me to continue with a series out of love for the characters – not out of a desire to get the answers to book one.

May 25, 2013 - 6:12 am

Lori - I have a very love hate relationship with cliffhangers. I think I’ll probably skip this one. Thanks for the fab review!

May 24, 2013 - 2:54 am

Laura @ the Booksmartie - Mhm…it’s weird, somehow…your review made me really, really curious about the series 🙂 I mean, I should actually do what you said you do: not start every YA series that’s out there, cause I usually end up confronted with a pile of books to read and characters to remember without really caring about the books or the characters anymore. Anyway, I didn’t really know what to expect from this book from just the synopsis, but your review gave a really good overview and now I find myself really excited. Probably also because, if I do like a series, I don’t mind cliffhangers 🙂 Definitely thanks for the great review!

May 23, 2013 - 7:48 pm

Janita @ Book, Interrupted - I think I can live with that cliffhanger. Is still sounds like an interesting read, but I’ll probably wait until at least the next book comes out to get to it. Great revewi!

May 23, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Vy - Hmmm I’ve been seeing some raving reviews but I’m not exactly a fan of the super drama. And oh my goodness those cliff hangers. They cause so much pain but yet I still read it. Thanks for the great review, Estelle!

May 23, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Mel@thedailyprophecy - Oh boy, I hate cliff-hangers. If there is one thing I can’t stand.. I hate it when I am forced to read the other books in order to understand the story. I need a bit of closure.. I’m not going to read this one any time soon, thanks for the warning.

May 23, 2013 - 12:05 pm

elena - UGH CLIFFHANGERS!!!! i totally agree with you. that’s why i try (keyword: try) to wait until a series is done to binge. i can see why you would stay up late to read this book. it def sounds like a page turner and would make a good, soapy teen show.