Thursday, March 17, 2011

Justine's Thoughts: Kiss Me, Kill Me and Kisses and Lies by Lauren Anderson

Kiss Me, Kill Me
By Lauren Anderson

Kisses and Lies
By Lauren Anderson

Source: Library

Kiss Me Kill Me - 5/5

Kisses and Lies - 4/5

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 secr ...more

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.

A quote:

(Kisses and Lies) For the first time, I’m allowing myself to really enjoy this. The teasing and the flirting. It’s even more fun than it looks in films and on TV, because in real life, you have to come up with the dialogue yourself, and there’s a whole adrenaline charge in trying to be funny and clever and sort of sexy, pushing someone away to bring them closer.

Any thoughts:

It’s a mystery-filled adventure with drama, romance, friendship, and suspense. I honestly love it; what more could you want? It takes place mostly in England (Kisses and Lies is in England and Scotland) -- how wonderful. The scenes were described thoroughly, which just made me want to walk into the book, and the tension was present most of the time, keeping me alert and impatient for the mystery to be solved. But what I found hard to believe was there being a killing among sixteen-year-olds who go to wealthy, preppy schools with skinny, snobby girls. I wouldn’t really know, as I have no idea how those types of people act in the real world. I only know that it felt like there was a drop of murder mystery in a crowd of partying, schooling, fashion, and royalty. However, it is all explained in Kisses and Lies.

Scarlett Wakefield is a gymnast, which really comes in handy at the most sleuthing times. It is amazing to see her use her skills, to see her determined to discover the truth. After all, everything and everyone is pointed at her. What else could she do? Of course she’d want to end the hype. And she’s got comebacks that are enough to intimidate her suspects. With her friend who aspires to be a private investigator, she’s set to get to the bottom of it all.

But it never lasts. Thank goodness for another book in the series! Kisses and Lies ends perfectly to welcome another mystery in Wakefield Hall. Lauren Henderson really knows how to hook people, keep up their interest, and give them a craving that may last for a long time.

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