Title: My Last Kiss
Author: Bethany Neal
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Goodreads Rating: 3.87/5 Stars
My Rating: 4/5 Stars
My Content Rating: YA (Nothing more than kissing, Some violence)
Genre: YA Paranormal
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Last Kiss is an intriguing YA paranormal murder mystery. Cassidy doesn't remember anything from the few weeks leading up to her death. But, when she wakes up dead, she knows she didn't kill herself - but as she untangles the memories leading up to her death, she's afraid that she won't like what she ultimately finds.
- Beginning felt drawn out. The beginning of this book felt just a little bit long to me. There were tons of mysteries in the book and I found myself a bit confused and very slightly bored at times in the beginning of the book as information is given out in small, somewhat confusing doses. This is purposeful, but I just felt like we could have been given a couple of more significant clues earlier on to tide us over. Once I got to the second half of the book (or perhaps even a bit earlier), things really picked up, though, and I found that I couldn't put the book down!
What I loved:
- The mysteries. Like I said above, this book was full of mysteries - not just who killed Cassidy (if anyone did), but what was happening between Cassidy and Ethan just before her death. The more that Cassidy learns, the more she realizes that the secrets don't even end there - more people may have been keeping things from her than she ever imagined. As the mysteries unwound, I was drawn in further and further. By the second half of the book, I couldn't put it down! (And I didn't - I stayed up way too late!)
- Cassidy. I really felt for Cassidy. She experiences a painful death and then wakes up as a ghost, having no idea what happened to her. Of course, she wants to find out. But the more she learns, the more she realizes that nothing is what she thought - she can't even trust herself. She starts to believe she may have even cheated on the boy she loves. Now if you read my reviews, you know that cheating is a touchy issue with me. I can't stand it when we're supposed to root for the cheating couple to get together. But that never felt like the case here. I don't want to say too much, but I actually felt happy with the way it was all handled and with how maturely Cassidy dealt with all of her questions about her relationships.
- Ethan. LOVED Ethan. I especially loved that, even though we get the feeling that things were difficult between Ethan and Cassidy before she died, he was still putting her first - even in death. The romance between Ethan and Cassidy was so sweet, and I hated to imagine that anything may have happened to mess things up between them. And I REALLY hated the idea that Ethan could have had anything to do with her death. I didn't want to believe it for a minute, but it was definitely hard to know what to believe. There were no easy answers - everyone was a suspect.
You can find her locked in her Writertorium for insane amounts of time. But, hey, insanity is fun! My Last Kiss is her first novel.