Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Review: Kiss Me Kill Me - Lauren Henderson

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 5 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Eye-catching but simple.)
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: January 8, 2008
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 260 p.

Scarlett got invited to the Queen Bee's party. The guest list included only the poshest kids in the area. Dan McAndrew was there too, and Scarlett was crushing on him something fierce. When he asked her out onto the terrace, there was no way she could refuse. Then there was this kiss. The kiss was magical, beautiful and Scarlett's first. Then something went horribly wrong, and she held Dan while he died. Now, harassed by her peers and the newspaper about delivering the kiss of death, Scarlett transfers to the school her grandmother runs. Scarlett is relieved knowing that people at Wakefield Hall won't know about her past. She's trying to forget what happened when she gets an anonymous note that proclaims her innocence and causes Scarlett to set of to find the truth of what really happened that night.

So when I picked this up this time and many others, I had no idea it was set in England. Had I known this I would have devoured it much earlier on. I have a weakness for British and Asian books. I just love those cultures and reading about them is rarely disappointing. Now onto the book itself which was amazing. Lauren Henderson crafted a story with the perfect blend of mystery and everyday life. The mystery doesn't seem to fantastical, and I really appreciate that. Scarlett is a good character with her share of faults, but she openly recognizes her faults and tries to improve. The mysterious death is really perfect, no one could discover what caused Dan to die, so this starts of the series quite nicely. I am so eager to read the next two books that are already out, and I can't believe I didn't grab them for the weekend too. I love all the espionage in this first book and am glad that it doesn't always go smoothly for Scarlett, despite her preparations. This is a wholly realistic murder mystery and is just really amazing. I also love that they are in a private school, it give it that extra little suspense, because they can't just go off whenever they feel like it. If you get a chance, make sure you pick up this book it is so good.

First Line:
"On January 1, I made two wishes."

Favorite Line:
"In the mirror, I see Sophia Von und Zu Unpronounceable, perching on the arm of a sofa, throwing back her head, letting her long blond hair dangle down her back, and braying with laughter at some boy's joke."


  1. I have wanted to read this book for AGES, and its sequels.

  2. I've seen the cover for this one before, but I never read what it was about. Now that I have, I think I need to read it. Like you, I have a weakness for British books and since Kiss Me, Kill Me has some sleuthing thrown in as well, it's become a must on my list.

    Great review!


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