Blog Tour | Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez Book Review

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Authour:kisskill
Jessica Martinez
Format:
Advance Reader Copy, 422 pages
Publication date:
October 7th 2014
Publisher:
Katherine Tegen Books
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez was actually one of my most anticipated fall releases so I was ecstatic to be a part of the blog tour for this book. After all a story concerning a girl on the run from her father and boyfriend after witnessing them kill a man sounded just so thrilling. Unfortunately the execution of the story was not as exciting as I had expected as the first half of the book was slow to start.

In spite of that, there were a few things that I liked when it came to this book. First I loved the fact that much of the story takes place in Montreal. It’s always appealing when a Canadian city is the key or one of the major settings in a book. Another thing that I thought the authour did an excellent job of was capturing the emotions and confusion of a teenage girl who has to come to terms with several harsh realities with incredibly no warnings. I suppose it was fitting for Valentina to be as impulsive as she was given her situation, her age and her relatively privileged and sheltered life. Still she managed to be quite resourceful (with a little help) and I liked the scenes where we can observe her struggling to reclaim her own identity and independence.

That being said, I also found her to be at times extremely naïve for a person who was supposed to be on the run. She gave up her identity quite easily when she re-encounters one of the two people she’s been running from her former life. In addition, I did not perceive the appeal of the two guys in her life. Her boyfriend, Emilio was emotionally manipulative and the new guy, Marcel was a jerk though he does slightly improve after a certain event in the book. Nevertheless I thought that Valentina could do so much better than the choices she was given. In the conclusion however, I liked the place where Martinez leaves the character of Valentina. Overall, Kiss Kill Vanish was a decent book that had an extremely promising concept; unfortunately however, for the most part it left me feeling a little bit disappointed.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.

Mystery Monday | FaceOff

Mystery Mondays

Mystery Mondays is a sometimes weekly, sometimes biweekly and sometimes monthly review feature here on Words of Mystery that showcases books in the mystery (and on occasion thriller) genre that we are currently reading and our thoughts on them. Feel free to comment and leave suggestions as to what we should read and review next.

Authour:faceoff
Edited by David Baldacci
Format:
Advance Reader Copy, 444 pages
Publication date:
June 3rd 2014
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Source:
Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Review:
What do you get when you add two well known thriller writers together along with some of their well known characters all in one story? For countless fans of thrillers it would probably be a dream come true. For someone like me who ordinarily isn’t the biggest fan of thriller fiction, it was an eye opener to the different possibilities the genre has to offer. Even before I read this book, the concept alone was enough to know that I needed to review this book on my blog.

There are eleven stories in this collection, which is edited by David Baldacci a writer who is quite well known in his own right. Each chapter features a different collaboration between two well-known thriller writers, and starts off with an introduction that tells the reader about the two writers the characters they choose to include in the story, an explanation as to why the authours were paired up and finally in some instances we get a behind the scenes glimpse of the whole writing, collaboration and thought processes. I found these introductions extremely informative as well as a helpful guide to the characters which in turn enhanced my reading experience as there were only like three characters in this entire collection that I was familiar with. The introductions also showed that much thought was put into the pairings which made me appreciate this collection even more as the pairings worked extremely well for the on the whole.

Taken as a whole, FaceOff had me slowly changing my mind reconsidering trying out more thrillers though nothing too scary. There was a variety in the types of thriller stories in this collection from super creepy to bone chilling to fast paced procedurals, which is excellent for those who want to dip their toes into the thriller genre as it introduces readers to various different characters and from these stand alone stories you can decide based on the characters which series you would like want to pick up next. I know that after reading this collection, the list of thriller novels I want to read has grown substantially as I know I want to read more books with Patrick Kenzie, Malachi and Repairman Jack in them. All are interesting but remarkably different and unique characters who make this collection a highly recommended read for all.

Regardless of how this book came into my possession, the above review consists of my honest opinion of the book and my opinion only.