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Kiss Kill Vanish

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,258 ratings  ·  234 reviews
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, leavin
Hardcover, 423 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
I realize that it’s my stupid rich-girl upbringing screwing me over, but I’d still rather buy one tray of high-grade sushi and starve for the rest of the week than eat fourteen 7-Eleven cheese dogs
Overall: not the worst book I've ever read, but it was overwhelmingly boring, with a character whose whininess and self-pity can rival the best (or worst) of Bella Swan, and a love interest that makes me want to run flying into the arms of darling Edward.

It may be surprising, but my main problems w
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was ok
You've all seen this pretty cover around. You have, haven't you? Well, we did and it was hard not to press that request button at Edelweiss. It might have been better if we did not. But not everything is that bad, at least we were part of an amazing read-a-long, with even more amazing Emma and Rashika. The have already posted their reviews and you can find them here:
Rashika's review at The Social Potato and
Emma's review at Never Judge a Book by Its Cover.
And now, it's time for us to answer those
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Kiss Kill Vanish was a total bust right from the beginning. Honestly, I don’t know how I even made it to the end, but I did and I have a lot of criticisms.

1. The beginning is boring as hell. The stuff they write on cereal boxes are more interesting than what this book had to offer me. I’m told in the synopsis that Valentina Cruz no longer exists and that she just witnessed her father and boyfriend commit a murder. THAT SOUNDED EXCITING. And I was expecting so
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

Kiss Kill Vanish while fun, is actually a pretty weak novel overall. It’s entertaining and in spite of its length, a pretty quick read, yet it lacks a lot of things to make it more. More than just a fun quick read. It lacks good characterization and a strong believable plot.

The sad thing is that all of us who had buddy read this (Glass, Tanja and Emma) were majorly disappointed. We all had high expectations and while all of us gave it 3 sta
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
Review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.

After seeing all of the subpar ratings on goodreads, I thought this book wasn’t for me but it landed on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago and I decided I should give it a try. On a normal day, I do appreciate a good mystery novel. It turns out, Kiss Kill Vanish is right up my alley.

The plot is well crafted and intelligent. I was caught off guard by how emotionally invested I was with this story. I was hooked from the very start and like I always say if
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Tanja (Tanychy) by: Buddy-reading with Glass, Rashika and Emma :)
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

You've all seen this pretty cover around. You have, haven't you? Well, we did and it was hard not to press that request button at Edelweiss. It might have been better if we did not. But not everything is that bad, at least we were part of an amazing read-a-long, with even more amazing Emma and Rashika. The have already posted their reviews and you can find them here:
Rashika's review at The Social Potato and
Emma's review at Never Judge a Book by Its Cover.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think this is more a 4.5/5 stars. Closer to a 4 than a 5, hence the 4 star rating

STILL! This book was SO GOOD! I couldn't peel myself away from it once I reached the halfway mark. I love love loved the romance. Jessica Martinez finally chose the guy I would usually root for but never got the girl. Such a good book. Review to come!

Full review:

I must admit. I have had friends who read Kiss Kill Vanish and weren't impressed. I try not to let other people's opinions affect me in rega
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great read! This book had everything it needed to make it a compelling and intriguing read. The characters were multi-layered and just when you thought they would act one way, they would throw you a curve ball. I was not a big fan of the romance between a 24 year old and a 17 year old especially when certain information was revealed at the end. Emilio should know better. At first I hated Marcel. Martinez did a great job of slowly revealing his inner layers and making you love his character in th ...more
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
It’s no secret that Jessica Martinez’s debut novel, Virtuosity is one of my all-time favorite books. Carmen and Jeremy King had an amazing chemistry and they worked together so well. It’s been years, but I still remember their love so vividly. Then came Jessica’s sophomore novel, The Space Between Us. It too was memorable, but for entirely different reasons. I can still taste the disappointment, the feeling of being let down by an author I trusted. I didn’t even bother with The Vow, choosing to ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kiss Kill Vanish was one of those books that was virtually impossible to put down. I was fascinated by Jane's story, how she ran away from a life of luxury in Miami to live in almost abject poverty in Montreal. In fact, Montreal makes a fantastic backdrop to the story - it's close enough to the US, but has that nice touch of a place where they speak a foreign language.

Jane is a muse to Lucien, a rich boy who dabbles in art. He pays Jane very well to model for him. The modeling is mostly boring
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review. Quotes have been pulled from an ARC and may be subject to change.

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
2.5 stars

*sigh* I really wanted to love this one but it just wasn't meant for me.
Denise Jaden
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this book. It is one of my favorite books I've read this year. It's a thriller that sneaks up on you in such a wonderfully unique setting. Some great books you want to race through to find out what happens. With others, you want to savor each page. This was a combination of both. Highly recommended.
I genuinely felt excitement when I started this book but as the story progressed I quickly lost interest. It was boring, there's no other way to say it. So many unnecessary events ughhh... And V had a flat personality. She made me want to pull my hair out.

The romance? Predictable. I'm sorry but this book disappointed me.
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

Kiss Kill Vanish is the first novel I've read by Jessica Martinez and while I was excited to finally read something by this author (and come on, that cover incites excitement, right?), I was left a bit...wanting. Though the genre description (mainly on Goodreads) suggests that this is a thriller, there's not that much thrilling about it. There were some things that redeemed this nove
Jen Ryland
I'm a big fan of Jessica Martinez. I loved her first book, Virtuosity. I thought the Vow (about a girl wants to marry her best friend so he doesn't get deported) was a book that seemed at war with itself -- a book that couldn't decide if it was a serious issue book or a romantic comedy.

I felt a bit the same way about Kiss Kill Vanish, which at times seemed to want to be a dark thriller, but was really more of a leisurely noir-ish story of girl who learns some pretty tough truths about just abou
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly, this is super disappointing. This book is actually written wonderfully. The atmosphere is excellent and the author really knows how to write imagery into her scenes.'s boring. There's no plot, that I can tell, and you can't write an entire story with the action only happening in flashbacks and expect readers to stay interested.

So I didn't finish this one. But I would definitely read this author again, there just needs to be a lot of tweaking on the pacing. This was too slow, e
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is an great story! From the very first chapter I was intrigued by what surrounded Valentina yet she didn’t know.

Plot: This is about a girl who finds out her father is not who he says he is. She runs away only to discover more secrets. One thing that really pulled me into this plot was Valentina herself. She was blissfully unaware of her fathers actions and left so thinking she was done for. The plot carries this deep power struggle of facing her past as well as what she can do for her futur
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
Kiss Kill Vanish was one of my most anticipated books of the year, a standalone contemporary about a seventeen year old girl Valentina who witnesses her boyfriend Emilio murdering a man on the orders of her Father.

Running away and changing her name, she escapes to Montreal where she makes the acquaintance of Lucien and his brother Marcel, I really enjoyed the banter between Valentina and Marcel, I found myself laughing out loud quite a lot.

I can't write too much about the plot, you need to exper
My thanks to Katherine Tegen Books & Edelweiss

Point of View: Single (Valentina Cruz, aka Jane)
Writing: First Person | Present Tense
Setting: Montreal, Canada/Miami, Florida
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary/Mystery

This is probably one of the most boring books I have read recently. I didn't have much problem with the storyline, which by the way wasn't as good as I expected, but the pace and the wording were mind-numbing.

I completely didn't feel anything connection with the main character. Whil
Apr 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
I struggled with this a bit. The premise was interesting, but I couldn't get interested in the characters.

Valentina wasn't the best MC. I understand she's got a lot of shit going on, but her inner monologue was a bit too whiny and waaaaay to hung up on Emilio. Marcel was the best character and really my reason for continuing to read.

There were some great twists and a really satisfying ending. I can see how this book will be popular, I just had a hard time with the very teenage voice of the MC
I was so disappointed.
Look at the lovely cover.
How could a cover let me down like this?
Not good.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Liked it way more than I thought I would...

Review to come.

Content: not really anything - there is a lot implied but nothing actually on the pages
Feb 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Huge thank you to the publisher for letting me read an advanced copy of this. I'm writing this honest review to say thank you!

Wow wow WOW! This was good. One of my top books for the YEAR! And as with all books that I LOVE I cannot even put into words why I loved it. The writing was so good, so sexy. I loved the tone and the setting and just everything. The characters were all passionate and flawed, emotional. Valentina was amazing. I loved her strength, her weaknesses. I loved how deeply she lov
An honest-to-goodness YA Suspense novel the likes of which I really can't recall having read before. I loved the writing here, and all the ways it twisted and turned until I stopped even bothering to guess what was happening; it was way more fun to let Martinez take me along for the ride. It's not as fast-paced a read as you might expect, given the subject matter, but it's an enjoyable and well-crafted one and I highly recommend it.
Keanna (KeyReadThat)
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
Rating: 3.8

The Why: The secrets that bind families together and the things we wish we never knew.

The was this was written it lft you always asking what am I missing? But as the story progressed you soon saw the pieces drop into place.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
"Pick your king, Valentina."

This was an interesting premise and, at first, I was rolling along with the story. Valentina ran from her father and boyfriend, leaving money and status behind. She's living in squalor in a foreign country as she tries to wrap her mind around what she's learned.

She was saved from actual hunger and homelessness by a strange boy named Lucien - who says she is his muse and he must paint her. He spends day after day paying her extraordinary amounts of money for her to jus
Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook, ya, 2014, best-of-2014
4.25 stars

If you haven't read a Jessica Martinez book you are seriously missing out. I loved Virtuosity, I enjoyed The Vow, and Kiss Kill Vanish was just something else entirely. In a lot of ways  If you haven't read one of Martinez's book go read one now (after you finish my review, of course).

When I first started Kiss Kill Vanish I was 100% sure I wasn't a fan. The beginning of the story immediately starts with Valentina/Jane's life in Montreal, a really sad life working as a model for this cr
Nov 03, 2017 added it
First of all, I love how the cover of the book "Kiss Kill Vanish" is designed. Kiss Kill Vanish by Jessica Martinez was one of the most amusing and instense book I have ever read. I love how this book was a romance/murder type which brought more interest as I got more deeper to the book. This book was one of the most anticipated book I have ever read. The author shows how love could be hard to trust.
Rachel Kudirka
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve noticed a trend that many of my favorite books get negative reviews, usually because of the cliche romance, but that is my favorite genre; therefore, I was saddened, but not surprised, to see some of the reviews for Kiss Kill Vanish. I love that I thought I knew what the title meant in the beginning, but as the book progressed, the meaning of “Kiss Kill Vanish” changed. I enjoyed that the plot was not too predictable. Just like with the title, there were times when I thought I knew what was ...more
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