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Kisses and Lies (Scarlett Wakefield #2)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  1,924 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
After discovering that someone saw what looked like Dan’s emergency EpiPen in A-lister Plum’s designer handbag, Scarlett and her tough American sidekick, Taylor, sneak into a posh London nightclub, where Plum has a private table. Scarlett is stunned to discover a piece of evidence that might implicate another girl in Plum’s exclusive circle, Lucy Raleigh. Which means Scarl ...more
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published January 13th 2009 by Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers (first published December 27th 2008)
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Dec 13, 2008 Alea rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
A Warning: Don't read this book unless you have read Kiss Me Kill Me, the prequel! You will be very confused!

Kisses and Lies picked right up where Kiss Me Kill Me left off. There is a small recap from the previous book but not enough in my option to skip the first book. Scarlett and Taylor have become great friends and are determined as ever to solve Dan's murder. In my opinion all the really good stuff happens in this book and Kiss Me Kill Me is just the set-up for all of this to happen! A whol
I'm reviewing book one (Kiss Me, Kill Me) and two (Kisses and Lies) together. I felt that book one would have been better served, if it had been combined with book two. Kisses and Lies was a million times better than the first, however it suffered the consequences with a lower rating because I was so annoyed from book one.

Kiss Me, Kill Me was full of nonessential-lackadaisical detailing and phrases, I was bored reading it most of the time. I'm really tired of the over done socialite-mean-girl c
Sunshine K
Dec 20, 2016 Sunshine K rated it really liked it
Ok this book...I'm going to have to say heart broken, because it's about a girl trying to find out who killed her first crush. And she's trying her best not to mess up this time. So the police thought it was her because they said she was the last person with him. So she's trying to find that person who killed him.
Feb 10, 2012 Adara added it
Synopsis: Margret Wakefield was there for Dan's last moments before his death. Not only was she there, she was the last person he kissed. The peanut oil from the puffs she had eaten killed him, and he couldn't find his epi-pen. She was marked as the murderer, and had to trade schools because of all the bullying. She meets a new boy, but is scared to like him. Meanwhile, she needs to solve the mystery of who killed Dan. She decides to go to his house and meet his family to find out more informati ...more
Aug 13, 2012 Cortnie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-books, own
W o W.

This book was way better than the first one and I'm so glad I gave the series a chance, to be quite honest. I want the third one now but have zero clue where I could get it without spending money (as right now I have too many big kid things to worry about).

This book solved the mystery surrounding Dan McAndrew and brings Scarlett immense relief, but it also brings another mystery, another problem. As you read on, the writing gets loads better and I found myself growing attached to the chara
Jun 08, 2011 Brittany rated it it was ok
Umm this book was kind of ridiculous. I enjoyed the first one and the way it ended really gave me high hopes for this next one but I was disappointed. There just seemed to be a lot of filler in this book and nothing really happened. When everything did come to an intensely dramatic and COMPLETELY UNREALISTIC climax I was left thinking "what the hell?!". I just found the entire Callum/Dan/Catriona situation to be insane, ESPECIALLY with the ending. I feel like Henderson just sort of threw this bo ...more
Hazel Rose
Aug 16, 2016 Hazel Rose rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book because it's a mysterious book. There are a lot of hints to solve the mystery which make the book really interesting. I would love to read more book that the author wrote that is really similar to this book .
Madeline Caron
Feb 20, 2015 Madeline Caron rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh best book I've read yet, and I have trouble staying interested. It kept me reading and had a awesome story line.
P.S Should read loved it!
Jan 29, 2017 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
After reading Kiss Me, Kill Me I was preparing myself for some more bad writing. Especially with Henderson's skin descriptions. It even got worse with stereotyping and such comment as "I'll die before I become one of those white girls trying to pretend they're black," because there are some girls grinding up against guys on a dance floor.

Despite all that, I wanted to keep reading because I wanted to know what truly happened to Dan and who was involved with it. Hoping that Scarlett would get her
Jay G
Feb 20, 2017 Jay G rated it did not like it
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1.5 Stars

Kisses and Lies starts off exactly where Kiss Me, Kill Me ends. Although I will admit the writing has gotten a bit better, this story still was not able to capture my attention. I still don't car for any of the characters and most of them just make me angry. Thankfully, a lot of the things I found problematic in the first book were toned down in this second book, but there wer
Jul 06, 2012 Abigail rated it did not like it
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Nov 05, 2008 Kristi rated it liked it
Kisses and Lies was just as good and possibly even better than its predecessor. Also a big recommendation, read the series in order. You don’t always have to do that, but I highly suggest with this series that you do. If you remember my review from Kiss Me Kill Me, you’ll recall that I had a few problems with the plot, but not enough to keep me from liking the novel. This time I had some major issues with the plot, but somehow I still found the book entertaining.

Major issue number one. Yes, Sca
Scarlett is still on the hunt to figure out the mystery of Dan's death. She hasn't been able to let it go since he died in her arms, from a fatal kiss. Luckily Scarlett has a friend and sidekick, Taylor. Scarlett and Taylor Hunt down leads that take them to posh clubs and scary castles. Scarlett still isn't sure who couldv'e have wanted to kill Dan enough to actual do it. Meanwhile, Jase Barnes, the groundskeepers son, is doing quite a fine job of taking Scarlett's mind of Dan, at least for a fe ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Scarlett Wakefield needs to figure out why what happened to Dan McAndrews occurred.

Scarlett has settled into life at Wakefield Hall with her grandmother and Aunt Gwen, but the gnawing need to know just won't leave Scarlett. So with the help of her new friend, Taylor, the two set off to finally discover the truth of who wanted Dan dead.

When Scarlett and Taylor aid Nadia, an old St. Tabby's acquaintance, to get information, the two girls soon realize that t
Jani H
Feb 20, 2010 Jani H rated it really liked it
The sequel to “Kiss Me Kill Me,” Kisses and Lies , follows Scarlett and Taylor even more as they find more evidence that can help them solve Dan’s murder. We know he died from anaphylactic shock because he deathly allergic to peanuts. HE always has his EpiPen © with him but that night it was nowhere to be found. The reason he had this reaction is because someone drenched all the chips in peanut oil. Dan had none to eat but Scarlett out of mere nervousness gulped almost one whole bowl full. She h ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Nigina rated it it was amazing
Whew! Finished that book as well! Okay, so Kisses and Lies is the second book in the Scarlett Wakefield series. Remember Kiss Me Kill Me? Yeah, that series.

In this book, the suspect list of the murder of Dan McAndrew is lengthened a lot! Scarlett discovers that not only Plum has that designer handbag in which they found Dans EpiPen, but also others, such as Lucy Raleigh. A lot of new characters are introduced, all of them very interesting. Also, the relationship between Jase and Scarlett is grow
Trisha W.
Sep 23, 2009 Trisha W. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2009
I like how this book started right back in to the mystery of who killed Dan. Scarlett and Taylor are already into trouble by chapter three.
Half way through the book it picked up and the pages flew by. Scarlett ends up going and staying with Dan's family after she writes them a letter saying she has something of Dan's to return and wants to talk with them. When she gets there everyone is nice to her except Callum-Dan's twin brother that Scarlett didn't know about- and Lucy, Callum's girlfriend. C
Sep 16, 2016 Cherilou rated it really liked it
I really like this book because it talks about mysteries. Behind a love story of a non-popular girl and a very famous boy in their school, a tragic happened and it ruined the girl's name and reputation. This book is more likely for people who likes romance with mysteries.
Jan 18, 2011 Emily rated it it was amazing
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May 15, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it
The title of my book is called "Kisses and Lies" by Lauren Henderson. It's genre is mystery murder. There are a total of 309 pages. This book is about a girl named Scarlet who is invited to a party by the pretty, rich, popular girls. At this party, she sees her crush named David. David comes up to her and starts talking to her. Minutes later, they end up kissing. This was Scarlett's first kiss. In the middle of it, David drops dead. Literally. Scarlett is broken. She believes this was planned by ...more
Jan 25, 2010 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Shelves: series, young-adult
So, while the first book was cute, light, and interesting, the sequel is just...

I mean first I had trouble with this paragraph which sounds like it was written by an eleven year old:

It's just as dark in Coco Rouge as I imagined it would be. And even louder. For the first time in my life, I fully understand the expression "I can't hear myself think." If this place were drawn in a cartoon, it would have "Boom! Boom! Boom!" written above it, and wiggly lines around to show the whole building shaki
Michelle Arrow
Surprisingly, I was totally hooked to this novel. Mysterious, surprising, and fresh, Kisses and Lies was a book worth reading, in fact, I should have read the novel a long time ago.

Scarlett's life is only getting worse. Recently, she has discovered a mystery fro her to solve, so it doesn't look like she is the suspect. Dan has died, and if he had his EpiPen with him, he'd be okay. When Scarlett spotted one in Plum's handbag, she might have found her main suspect. Then having to travel to th
The book was just OK. I thought the author took too much time describing settings and not enough with actually developing a plausible story. This is the continuation of the story from Kiss me, kill me after Scarlett Wakefield kisses Dan and he drops dead. Everyone points the finger at her, but then it is discovered that Scarlett had traces of peanut oil from some "crisps" (potato chips to us Americans) she had been munching on at the party they were both attending. For some reason Dan did not ha ...more
Erika Lynn
Jul 01, 2010 Erika Lynn rated it really liked it
I was seriously frustrated with the first book of the series, Kiss Me Kill Me but Kisses and Lies fixed all the problems I had with book one. First of all there was a conclusion, the mystery was solved, I know who killed Dan and let me tell you it was a shocker.

Kisses and Lies had all the things I really enjoyed from Kiss Me Kill Me, Scarlett as a great main character, further development of her friends Taylor and Jase, it was fun and well written and then I got what I wanted the first time: plo
Firstly, I have to say that I really love mystery novels and Kisses and Lies has made me remember just how much I love them.
Although, Kisses and Lies is a very contemporary mystery novel. I liked it because it was fresh and exciting. There were a few twists and turns in the plot that had me clinging on to every word I read.
Unfortunately, I felt the conclusion was an Ok conclusion but it definitely could have been a bit better.
I didn't mind the character Scarlett, the only thing that annoyed me a
Feb 19, 2014 Eccentrika rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, series, mystery, ce-fanucci
"Baci e bugie" è il secondo libro della serie di Scarlett Wakefield, e con mia sorpresa l'ho trovato migliore del primo. Il target è sempre adolescenziale e il linguaggio scorrevole, ma questo secondo libro tiene davvero sulle spine circa il mistero sulla morte di Dan, sul finale si trasforma da mystery a thriller risultando molto coinvolgente e poi ho trovato suggestiva l'atmosfera scozzese, insomma, per essere uno YA lo promuovo a pieni voti. Un'altra sorpresa è che ero convinta che tutti i li ...more
Oct 20, 2010 Rosey rated it it was ok
The second in the series, this spent way too much time rehashing everything in the first book (Kiss Me Kill Me). Just as I suspected, they could have cut out the recaps, added a couple chapters to this book that summed up the first one, and it would have made a decent novel.

Quick little mystery. Considering we didn't meet the murderer until this book, it was pretty obvious who it was (hint: it's never the openly hostile one). The predicaments were standard for murder-mysteries - the shooting in
Jan 16, 2009 Celestasaurus rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I liked this more than Kiss Me Kill Me for a number of reasons. There was more action, more dangerous tricks, and heroicism. (By the end Scarlett was no longer trying to unmask the killer for just herself.) Also, Kisses and Lies has more mystery. Scarlett and Taylor plan and carry out missions in search of more information. Suspects are added to the list. Motives, too. But who has the strongest motive, and who has the most evidence against them? It's a matter of opinion, and it takes Scarlett un ...more
Jun 12, 2013 Kath rated it really liked it
Scarlett no podría haberse imaginado que tanto cambiaria su vida al besar a Dan McAndrew, ahora él esta muerto y ella esta en una seria investigación en busca de su asesino para limpiar su nombre.

Mierda, este libro me ha dejado sin respiración. ¿Alguien me recuerda como respirar normalmente? ..... oh Dios. No puedo creer como ella pudo dar con la verdad y que esto realmente fue lo que paso, estoy en shock emocional. A pesar de que Taylor aun no me da este aire de confianza total, no podría sabe
Chaunci Gill
I likes this one this on way better than the first. It had more action, suspence, and secrets. ALOT of secrets. In this book Scarlett is lead to the home of the boy that died in her arms, Dan McAndrews, to solve his murder and make peace with his family. There she meets his sister, who is nice to her right from the start, his twin brother, who treats her like she's the reason that his twin is dead without even knowing her or what happend, and his parent, who are very polite but also struggling w ...more
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Born in London in 1966, Lauren Henderson read English at university and then worked as a journalist for - among other publications - the New Statesman, Marxism Today, the Observer and Lime Lizard, a much-mourned indie music magazine. Lauren now divides her time between Italy and London and, when not wine-tasting, writes full-time.
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