Sunday, January 18, 2009

Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson Product Description:

When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . . Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.

Kiss Me Kill Me is a fun and thoughtful story. I really liked the main character, Scarlett. She is your everyday girl, sort of quiet and funny, has a few close friends and enjoys gymnastics. She has a crush on a popular boy so when she gets the chance to possibly see him at a party she drops her friends and hangs out with the popular girls. She feels bad about it but does it anyway. That night her life will change forever.

I like how we have the chance to get to know Scarlett instead of being dunked head-first into the mystery, so then, by the time Scarlett has to hold this heavy burden of thinking she killed Dan with a kiss we are rooting for her all the way. I also like the sleuthing tactics that Scarlett uses, which usually involve her gymnastics (swinging from trees, fitting into very small spaces etc). It's great fun to watch her set out to solve the mystery of how Dan actually died.

When Scarlett starts attending Wakefield Hall which her grandmother runs, she's determined to keep her past a secret and not get involved with any other boys. She doesn't want to risk killing anyone else with her kiss. It doesn't turn out so easy for her though, with another student Taylor, snooping through her things and the attractive groundskeeper Jase being so sweet to her.

I don't think I was ever truly shocked by anything that happened in the book but it was still great fun to read! The book ends with a lot of questions still unanswered so I can't wait to see where the story goes in the sequel Kisses and Lies.

Kiss Me Kill Me was released in Paperback on January 13th and is also out in Hardcover.

3.5/5 Stars
Review copy received from publisher

Do you know of any other teen mysteries?


  1. I love the title for this one. It makes me think of James Bond movies.

  2. OMG it looks so good...I really want to read it!

  3. This looks really good! Thanks for the review!

  4. My friend is obsessed with Kiss Me Kill Me. I've never had a chance to read this book but it looks really beautiful.

    I guess Dealy Little Secret is a mystery too?

  5. This sounds like a good one!

    I don't read too many teen mysteries myself but Darla D over at Books and Other Thoughts has reviewed some good ones.

  6. Gymnastics? I'm so there!

  7. Oooh -- looks great. It's going on the wish list.

  8. Nice review. I really do want to read this one at some point. I think it sounds interesting and it's cool that there is a sequel.


  9. Sounds quite interesting.

    I added the link to the ARC Challenge post.

  10. This was definitely a fun book, I can't wait to read the sequel!

    Thanks for the book suggestions!

  11. Great review. I just reviewed this on my blog.

  12. Anonymous1:19 PM

    I have read this book and it is amazing!!!! I think that a lot of people can relate to what happens to Scarlett. Since she is a regular girl, who just happens to have this bad luck. A great read!!!


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