Daily Archives: August 15, 2014

Kiss Kill Vanish – Jessica Martinez

Kiss Kill Vanish cover Kiss Kill Vanish
By: Jessica Martinez
Available October 2014

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.

She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

This Blonde’s Review:
Valentina’s life was not what she thought. She always believed that her father was a kind and loved man, someone who was interested in art and worked in business. Emilio was her boyfriend who works for her father, doing whatever needed done. Her life was wonderful even if they were hiding their relationship from her father. Until the night that her father shows up at Emilio’s while Valentina is there. While Valentina hides in the closet her father orders Emilio to kill a man, and he does. Destroyed and unable to accept the truth of who her father and Emilio really are she runs. She gives up her rich and spoiled life and tries to disappear.

We meet her when she’s struggling to survive in Montreal and going by another name. Even though she knows she could go back to her father she can’t let herself now that she knows what he does. She’d rather let someone talk down to her as though she doesn’t know art and treat her like nothing than go back to her life of privilege provided the way her father did it.

When Emilio shows up and then she makes an unlikely ally, she doesn’t know what to think. All she knows is that somehow she has to get home and find out what is going on before something happens to her family. No matter what her father has done her sisters are the important thing.

This book was not what I expected it to be. Valentina’s strength was so great. I loved that even though she needed to run and hide she did find something there. She found people who were willing to be there for her and help her. A girl who loaned her things, someone who gave her chocolate just to be kind, and the lesson Valentina learned in receiving the smallest of gifts. I loved that she made friends with someone that she thought she couldn’t stand and that he ended up being the best friend that she could have.

You can’t run from your problems forever though. Valentina had to face hers and see the men she loved for who they really were and confront them for that. She also had to make a decision on the way to follow her heart and do the right thing. Could she betray her father? Could she let him get away with what he did? And Emilio? How was she supposed to deal with everything he did? The way everything worked out for her proved that she was the strongest one in the family even if they didn’t see it. Her moral sense of right and willingness to follow it gave her the steel backbone she needed that would get her through anything and I loved that about her.


Vivian Apple At The End Of The World – Katie Coyle

Vivian Apple At The End of the Wold cover Vivian Apple At The End Of The World
By: Katie Coyle
Vivian Apple – Book 1
Available January 2015

Seventeen-year-old Vivian Apple never believed in the evangelical Church of America, unlike her recently devout parents. But when Vivian returns home the night after the supposed “Rapture,” all that’s left of her parents are two holes in the roof. Suddenly, she doesn’t know who or what to believe. With her best friend Harp and a mysterious ally, Peter, Vivian embarks on a desperate cross-country roadtrip through a paranoid and panic-stricken America to find answers. Because at the end of the world, Vivan Apple isn’t looking for a savior. She’s looking for the truth.

This Blonde’s Review:
Vivian wants to understand what happened. One day her family is normal, and the next her parents tell her that they’ve suddenly become members of the Church of America and want her to believe what they do. Despite her seemingly easygoing nature I really loved her when she didn’t go along with what they wanted for her. She was willing to stand up and tell them no, she couldn’t believe what they wanted her to.

When her parents disappear leaving only two holes in the roof of their home on the night of the rapture she isn’t sure what to think. She still can’t believe that it could be true but she has doubts. Luckily she isn’t alone, she has her friends. Their race across the country reveals so many things about each of them and what really matters to them.

I really enjoyed this book. Standing for your beliefs when the people you care about want you to believe a certain thing can be difficult. When you face a country full of fear and people who want to use violence against nonbelievers, it was easy for many people to cave. Vivian and her friends did not. They stood strong in their desire to know the truth rather than following the crowd. I had so much respect for that.

The more they did and found out the more I loved Vivian, Harp, and Peter. They were flawed and imperfect but they were supportive. They were a family for each other when their own family was unable to be what they needed for them.

If you think you’d enjoy a book about a country that is falling apart under the strain of being left behind during the Rapture and teenagers who are searching for the truth, then you’ll enjoy this book. I did and can’t wait to find out what happened in the next book. I hope that in the next one we also get to hear more about what the rest of the world thinks of what was happening. The things we find out were surprising yet also not, so I can’t wait to see what happens with Vivian and her people in book two.