Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Kiss Me, Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
Series and Book #: Scarlett Wakefield Series, book 1
Synopsis: When Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby's, a posh private school outside London, to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, the world-renowned prep school her grandmother runs in the English countryside, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret.
A few months ago, Scarlett was living every girl's wildest dream. Plum Saybourne, the queen of St. Tabby's "Smart Set," had surprisingly invited her to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew, the king of Scarlett's nighttime fantasies. 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 first kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then...
Dan McAndrew suffocated in her arms.
No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby's, especially the powerful Plum, believes Scarlett had something to do with it. After all, she was at the scene of the crime and was the last person to see Dan alive. 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.
Alright, so not my most favorite book ever. The summary suggests that she has something more-than-normal about her, like a dark power she doesn't know she has. But no. It's a regular, set up murder.
This book was more beginning than anything. Henderson spends so much time building up the story, that it's like she forgot to add a climax. Only when you reach the last few chapters does it really pick up and the mystery comes to light.
The characters made up for the failing plot. I liked Scarlett as an MC. I thought she was a very real teenage girl with very real problems. The side characters weren't touched on so much, so you didn't get a great feel for them.
Overall, I would give this a three out of five. The plot was uninteresting, but Scarlett was a wonderful character. I don't know if I will ever read the sequels to this one, even though the ending isn't really a ending but a suspense into the next novel. Wasn't my favorite.
The Cover: I love this cover. The girl kissing the guy (who looks dead) really gets the feel for the novel and what its about. Nicely done.