Feb 18, 2011

Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson

Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
Scarlett Wakefield, book #1

Next book in series: Kisses and Lies
Publisher: Delecorte Books for Young Readers
Hardcover: 272 Pages
Age Group: Young Adult (12+)
Author Website
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Source: Library
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Overall: three hearts

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.
(Summary from Goodreads.)
First Lines: On January 1, I made two wishes. I know it's supposed to be resolutions, but the two things I really wanted you can't exactly make happen, like you can with resolutions.
I feel horrible for saying this, but Kiss Me, Kill Me didn't live up to the expectations I had before I read it. I have been wanting to read this for a while, but never really got around to it until now. I've heard a lot of mixed reviews on it, most of them being good. I'm not saying I didn't like it, because I did like it. But I didn't love it. 

It seems like the story went on, but like nothing much really happened. I liked the story enough to keep reading it, but I often found myself reading a whole page and not being able to remember what I read. I was so easily distracted while reading it. I was never able to be so into the book that I was sucked in and felt like I was really there. 

I liked the suspense. I guess by the cover I suspected this to be a fluffy book, just a piece of chick lit. But it wasn't! I was so surprised by what happened at the beginning of the book with Dan, even though I kind of knew something would happen to him by the cover, but was never sure when it would happen and how. 

Death by food allergy, wow. Lame! What a way to die! 

I liked that the setting is in London, it was different and I absolutely love England. It's one of the places I dream of visiting one day. 

Scarlett really annoyed me at times. She was always blaming herself, which wasn't really her fault. I can understand blaming yourself, but she just did it in an annoying way. One minute she would be blaming herself, but then daydreaming about the hot gardener, Jason, the next. 

Some stuff added into the story was pointless. I'm not sure why it was added in, it wasn't something that was crucial to the storyline or anything. 

Overall, I liked this book enough to continue reading the series, but not enough to call it one of my favorites. Hopefully the next book will be a lot better and hold a lot more mystery within its pages than the first book did. 

Cover:four hearts
I really liked the cover.It was simple, yet beautiful. Really hard to explain my cover lust with this one. Though the random pieces  of stubble annoyed me.
Cover Art: Jonathan Cavendish
I recommend this to: Anyone who would like a light, quick, chick lit/mystery book to read.
Other Books by this author: (Young Adult) Scarlett Wakefield series (Kisses and Lies, Kiss in the Dark) and more!

Rating Breakdown:
Plot: 15/20
Characters: 15/20
Creativity: 15/20
Writing: 17/20
Ending: 16/20
Overall: 78/100=three hearts


  1. I've seen a lot of reviews for this book too, and I was planning on reading it. I'm not so sure that I will now because we seem to agree on a lot of things regarding what we read. Ha! Although, I'll probably end up keeping it on my "To Read" list and reading it out of curiosity when I get the time to. This was a awesome review girlie :)

  2. Hmm this doesn't really seem like something I would run to buy, but maybe if I come across it someday I'll give it a shot! Thanks for the honest review!


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