3-Sentence Summary: Scarlett has a first kiss with a guy… And he dies. She gets shipped off to a boarding school in America with the tabloids trailing her, but was it really her fault that the guy died? With her gymnastic skills, she kicks some major butt and starts on the journey of finding the truth.
Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 13, 2009)
3 1-Sentence Summary: Not going to ruin anything in the first one, so I’m just going to say that Scarlett returns with some more flips and turns, a budding romance, and a continuing mystery…
Bottom Line for both: Enjoyable reads, overall. I liked Scarlett’s strong character, her girly image but bad-ass interior. Who knew gymnastics could turn you from regular girl to super sleuth, who swings from branches like a monkey and hangs off window ledges? I didn’t.
I did have a little concern that she might be a bit bipolar and a lot shallow, though I think she's not supposed to really care what others think. Scarlett’s depressed one second and mystifingly happy the other, but it's nothing that can’t be remedied with a good plot (and maybe a good psychologist…). And both Kiss Me, Kill Me and Kisses and Lies, which I definitely recommend reading them consecutively because the first one ends halfway into the mystery (!!), did have intriguing plots. It was obvious who the culprits were in each book, but I still enjoyed the process of finding out who they were; I’m always up for some embarrassment and danger. It's like Mary Kate and Ashley, except Scarlett and her partner in crime are older, not twins, don't prance around in little outfits... Maybe completely different except for the mystery and two girls part.
All in all, nothing stand out, but nothing that really made me dislike these books either. Solid job, Lauren Henderson! :)
Romance: More in the second book, but definitely all very PG-13 or less. Definitely toofew kisses.
Buy it? Maybe if you're in for some light reading. I wouldn't definitely reccomend these books to everone, but those that like a bit of romance and mysteries (think the Gallagher Girls series) might enjoy them..
The Princess and the Bear
145 out of 336 pages
-- Hm, a bit boring going into, but the pace is building up, and I'm sort of used to the writing by now. Very interested to see where their relationship is going!