I received this book for free from Edelweiss, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Harper Collins, Katherine Tegen Books on October 7th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Source: Edelweiss, requested from publisher
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.
In an almost thriller-like fashion, Kiss, Kill, Vanish should be about a girl on the run, hiding her identity and hopping from city to city. But it’s not. There is no action, pacing is achingly slow and you only have a glimpse of a developed character.
Valentina doesn’t grow up at all and doesn’t even change her ways. She is purely tending to Emilio’s needs and wants and seems to become putty in his hands. You never know who to trust and the entire time I was picking up on little clues and hints even if they were super subtle.
I was bored the entire time since it was all written in a way that was so detailed about her every day life. What she ate and what she did and thought. Her thoughts were pretty trivial to say the least and it can honestly say she was a spoiled brat and thought of herself as someone vastly superior to others because of her wealthy upbringing. I also can’t understand that she was pretty much obsessed with Emilio when in reality she should be thinking about her father, who is indeed a monster in my eyes. It never made any sense. She hardly thought about the consequences and didn’t work to get anything don’t making others do her work for her.
This one had potential, but it never came through.