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Killing Ruby Rose

(Ruby Rose #1)

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,471 ratings  ·  275 reviews
In sunny Southern California, seventeen-year-old Ruby Rose is known for her killer looks and her killer SAT scores. But ever since her dad, an LAPD SWAT sergeant, died, she's also got a few killer secrets.

To cope, Ruby has been trying to stay focused on school (the top spot in her class is on the line) and spending time with friends (her Jimmy Choos and Manolo Blahniks are
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Published May 1st 2014 by Skyscape
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Even when I was little, I knew I wasn’t like everyone else. Sure, I had the clothes and the shoes and the general skills to win superficial popularity points. In the last couple years, I’d managed to get involved in stuff like debate and student government, but I’d never managed to be, well, normal.
I've read a lot of terrible YA detective novels and this book would fit in perfectly among those unholy terrors. When I saw a YA criminal-investigation book by an actual attorney, I had high hope
Rebecca McNutt
Killing Ruby Rose isn't terrible or anything, but I found it unmemorable and really predictable. The story is one that's been done a thousand times before.
Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

When I saw this book on the Kindle First page, I was excited because it sounded vaguely Veronica Mars-esque. Let's face it - my favorite characters tend to be blonde California teens who either investigate the shit out of things (VMars) or who are just badass (Buffy). So based on the description, the book had promise but now I'm pretty torn. On one hand, I enjoyed the MC and the story. On the other, there were too many things that were unbelievable. You have to have a certain "suspensio
If I'd stopped after three chapters Killing Ruby Rose might have been one of the better guilty pleasure books I'd read in a long time. For those first few chapters Jessie Humphries channels Veronica Mars at its best -- with a smart, drive heroine who isn't intimidated and refuses to back down from a challenge.

In this case, the challenge is solving the murder of her father by investigating five potential subjects, all of whom could have a connection to the case. But it's here that the issues that
Nasty Lady MJ
May 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Funny story, my dad wanted to named me Ruby or Pearl. My mom objected and after reading Ruby Rose I can see why. Full disclaimers though, my last name isn’t Rose so being named Ruby wouldn’t make me have a stripper’s name like the unfortunate protagonist of this book has.

However, her name isn’t the only issue that Ruby Rose had.

The fact that she likes to name every inanimate object in sight shows sever psychological problems.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it liked it
*The super compelling first three chapters, which I couldn't put down and fell in love with right away (had to drop everything I was doing and read).
*The fast-paced suspense and mystery that kept me reading throughout (even when motivations/events started to get a tad convoluted in the middle)
*The surprising twist at the climax
*The romance/sexual tension with Liam through the beginning
*The writing

*Ruby's spunky voice, which is especially strong in the first half of th
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Seventeen-year-old Ruby Rose decides to avenge her father's murder by going after the rapists, murderers, and other scum who he wasn't able to put away, even if that means killing the dirtbags in self defense. Among the cast of supporting characters in this YA novel: the love interest, the best friend, the too-busy mom, and the trusty therapist.
Debut writer Jessie Humphries might have never met an adjective or adverb she hasn't abused in KILLING RUBY ROSE. She seems to be trying way too hard to
Bèbè ✦ RANT  ✦
Oct 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Killing Ruby Rose could have been explained as a YA mystery thriller. But we all know that YA means teenagers which equals high school, kissing boys, and curfew. So imagine the clash of all of these things plus bad guys that are cold hearted killers. This made me very very skeptical.

Story begins when Ruby Rose is doing some spying on a bad guy. After her dad was killed on a mission, she's sure that someone had something to do with it and she decides to go after some of the bad guys that her dad
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, ya, thriller
There aren’t a lot of YA mystery novels out there and those that I find never seem to cut it for older readers. This one hooked me with a comparison to Veronica Mars in an Amazon review—not a bad thing, IMO. (VM died long before its time.) KRR did seem a bit Veronica Marsy in the opening pages. Like VM, there are moments of humor, typical teen attitudes, and the usual trappings you expect in a YA novel. But the story deepened and developed complex layers that you rarely find in adult thrillers a ...more
Kimberly Krey
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Killing Ruby Rose is one hot, edgy, and dangerous read. Watch out, world, Ruby is out for revenge. And so far, she knows just how to get it. She knows her facts, she knows her guns, and she knows her enemies too. But what happens when the enemy is one step ahead of her? I highly recommend this book. It has all the makings of the dream teen read: a total hottie, crazy action, and killer fashion. What more could a girl want?
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Absolute perfection! Talk about a fun, fast-paced read that keeps you on your toes and wondering what's going to happen with each turn of the page. Ruby Rose is a fantastic, fascinating character that you can't help but love - and her crush isn't too bad either. I love the twists and turns this book takes you on, with an ending you'll never guess. I'm MOST DEFINITELY looking forward to more Ruby Rose, and anything else Jessie Humphries has to offer!

Sarah Simone
May 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is how I wanted to feel reading this book:
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This is how I felt reading this book:
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I did enjoy some of this book, which makes it hard to rate, so I'm going with a straight 3. I knew this was YA. I enjoy YA. I loved the idea of the plot, Ruby was interesting most of the time when she wasn't busy making ridiculous decisions. The plot twists were really well thought out. If you enjoy an action packed story about a 17 year old hardcore heroine and can get over the crazy unrealistic s
Ambs ❤❤

I think my issue with this book was the main character, Ruby (which I'll get to in a bit). The premise was interesting enough, and despite the fact that at some points I could predict what was going to happen, I wasn't always right, and in some instances, was completely caught off guard. I liked the dynamics between Ruby and many of the supporting characters, Alanah, Liam, her mother, Dr. T., etc. Many were believable and somewhat understandable, unlike some of the plot lines - some were just so
Apr 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
I tried, but I just couldn't do it.

I am very much NOT the audience for this wanna-be Veronica Mars meets Cher Horowitz.

Too many shoes. Too many cutesy nicknames for things. (Her car is "Big Black," GPS is "Mary Poppins," shoe closet is "Gladys" and shoes are "The Pips". Oh, and she keeps her cell phone in "The Cleve", AKA cleavage, AKA gross--and what, is this girl DDD or does she have the most uncool, non smart phone ever? Is she still using a Nokia peanut phone?)

I just…didn't like Ruby Rose, d
B.A. Wilson
I really enjoyed this exciting, cleverly written thriller! Ruby Rose is a tiny bit dark and twisty with fabulous shoes, plenty of spunk, and killer instincts . . . except when it comes to being a normal teen. This story kept me on the edge of my seat. It had great plot twists and a unique voice. I can’t wait to read the next one! (Give me more!)
Danielle Choffrey
Apr 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
What's sad about this book is it had the ability to be good. I think the author focused on too many things and not the story itself. The focus seemed to be placed on Ruby and Liam's relationship and her horrible shoe fetish.

Then there were these sentences that destroyed the book for me:

"A twisting silence slithered..."
"The flapping flames framed the exit."

This book felt as though it was more for 10 year olds. I wanted a good detective story. The author got too cutesy with the entire book causi
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Genre* Young Adult, Mystery
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

I like reading books by new authors that I might not have heard otherwise were it not for Goodreads, or the Amazon First Program, or even Twitter for that matter. Killing Ruby Rose is a story that is far different from my normal reading material, and yet, it actually kept me guessing and entertained pretty much right to the very end.

Killing Ruby Rose is told in the first POV by Seventeen-year-old Ruby Rose who hasn't been the same since her
Apr 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
I realize that I am hardly this book's target audience and even though I'm floating around 25% finished with this book I feel more than well informed enough to review it....

the summary may play Ruby up all well and good as this strong sexy vigilante with some slight problems but shes really just a whiny brat.

I find it impossible to believe that anyone who is a complete social outcast would give a crap about $500 shoes. Much less care enough to have filled a sizable portion of a bedroom with the
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. I'll start with what I didn't like. I didn't like the adults. They were all secretive and had their own agendas and nobody communicated with each other. I know that makes it more mysterious but Ruby is dealing with a lot and her family situation is strange. I didn't like that she and her mother had practically no relationship. Her mother was keeping some big secrets and I was hoping at some point, she would stop and talk to Ruby. I also didn't like that she ...more
Cait S
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usually when I'm considering a book, if I see that a ton of the highest rated reviews for it are 1 or 2 stars, I'll pass unless it looks too interesting to pass up. I have so much reading to get done that I just don't have time for books that aren't going to be any good. But for whatever reason, despite the massive numbers of poor reviews, I decided to try this one anyway.

So all of you 1 and 2 star reviewers, I have a lot of questions. First of all, how dare you?

This book is so good! I say that
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wow! I so need to start reading and reviewing books again. I'm wayyyy behind!

Killing Ruby Rose is a wild ride from the beginning to the end. It is mostly for fans of Ally Carter's books and other espionage books. Chick-lit and Mystery fans will most certainly like it too.

And this review is going to be quick. But I'll try to not put too much random things in here. Because you all know how random I sometimes get. And I don't like removing those random things. Like this paragraph, which is complet
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
I thought this was an OK read. It's a story about a girl, Ruby Rose, who is somehow lured into a murder mystery that seems to focus around her, for no apparent reason. The mystery unravels throughout the book, but is only made clear in the "big reveal" in the end of the book, and even then it wasn't THAT clear. I found the storyline engaging enough to keep reading, but there were just so many things that bothered me about the story and the characters. First, Ruby: I get that she's only in high s ...more
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
I read this because it was free on Amazon this month through Kindle First. I'm glad I didn't pay money for it. That being said, I read the whole thing, so it must have had some merit.

As the list is shorter and I like to start with the positives, let me say what I enjoyed about this book. I enjoyed the fact that there was a strong, young female protagonist. I found her witty at times and her narration was compelling. That's what kept me reading the story. On to the not-so-positives...

I chose thi
Heather Finley
Go pick up this book. Seriously go get it. Make sure you have nothing important coming up because you wouldn't want to do anything but read once you start.

Alright, that being said, a real review. The book started off feeling like a redo of Veronica Mars. Teen following in her father's career line and tracking criminals. Quickly Ruby became her own character and I didn't compare her to Veronica after that. Ruby reads like a mature high school girl which makes perfect sense when you get all her d
Apr 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: kindle-first
No… just no. What a waste of my life. The main character, Ruby Rose, is a Mary Sue. She’s a fashion-conscious high schooler who is on track to be valedictorian. She has a crush on the most popular guy at her high school, and big shocker: he likes her, too. She’s also a badass because she trained with her late father, a policeman who led a SWAT team. She does have some emotional issues related to her father’s death and her mother’s absenteeism, but guess what? Those only make her more of a badass ...more
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd give it a 3.5. But it's a bit rusty and I can expect that from a first time author. The beginning was really interesting but tapered off after the first chapter. Then the middle picked up and I was hooked.

Ruby is a no-nonsense teenager. She packs heat and stalks criminals when she's not studying or shopping for shoes. But she's reeling from the death of her father. Her mother is district attorney and is never home. She's alone and in danger when someone is setting her up to take out criminal
Drew Foth
While this book had promise with an exciting plot and some unexpected twists, I really struggled to finish it because of some really poor choices made by the author. Like many reviews have stated, there are several places where things become unbelievable but you can just kind of shake your head and move on. With fiction books, there are always some liberties taken by the author. The worst part, in my opinion is how Humphries chose to portray the main character, Ruby. She's closed off from people ...more
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book free from Kindle First because I am a sucker for YA fiction (especially a story that sounds so Veronica Mars-esque) but I was not a big fan of this protagonist. Maybe it's because I don't share an obsession for designer shoes or giving silly nicknames to all of the items in my possession...I can only assume the author was trying to write a quirky, believable girl but some of her quirky quips brought me out of the narrative. The mystery that makes up the central story arch w ...more
Feb 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
I would really like to give this book three stars, but it is such a ripoff of Veronica Mars that I can't bring myself to give it more than 2.5, and unfortunately Goodreads doesn't allow half stars. The main character, Ruby Rose, is Veronica Mars' dark twin. Trade a loving, slightly gruff father for a distant, barely there mother, delete the scenes at school (although the main character is seventeen and in high school), and this is a Veronica Mars movie. The reason it gets the extra 0.5 star is t ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For what it is - this is a very good book. The novel is a very fast paced story about a seventeen year old girl who is being manipulated in to spots where she is forced to kill some very unsavory people. People are calling her the "Virgin Vigilante". In a sense she is a reluctant Dexter who is ridding society of vermin without wanting to do it. Her dad (a policeman) died when she was young but trained her in the weapon skills that she needs. She has a distant mother and her dad was killed under ...more
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Hey, I'm Jessie. Full-time Mother, Part-time Attorney, Half-witted Writer, Full-blown Lunatic. Represented by the fabulous Sarah Davies of Greenhouse Literary. My debut, KILLING RUBY ROSE, will be published by Amazon Children's Publishing Summer 2013.

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