By: Melanie | February 3, 2015 | (54) Comments

Review: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer GrahamMr. Kiss and Tell by Jennifer Graham, Rob Thomas
Series: Veronica Mars, #2
Publisher: Allen and Unwin Australia
Release Date: January 29th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, YA
Pages: 330
Source: Received in exchange for review
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In the second book in the New York Times bestselling mystery series, Veronica Mars is back with a case that will expose the hidden workings of one of Neptune’s most murderous locations.

The Neptune Grand has always been the seaside town’s ritziest hotel, despite the shady dealings and high-profile scandals that seem to follow its elite guests. When a woman claims that she was brutally assaulted in one of its rooms and left for dead by a staff member, the owners know that they have a potential powder keg on their hands. They turn to Veronica to disprove—or prove—the woman's story.

The case is a complicated mix of hard facts, mysterious occurrences, and uncooperative witnesses. The hotel refuses to turn over its reservation list and the victim won’t divulge who she was meeting that night. Add in the facts that the attack happened months ago, the victim’s memory is fuzzy, and there are holes in the hotel’s surveillance system, and Veronica has a convoluted mess on her hands. As she works to fill in the missing pieces, it becomes clear that someone is lying—but who? And why?

This review is COMPLETELY spoiler free

Veronica Mars is a recent addiction and addition to my oh-so-monotonous life. As I write this review, it’s the last day of my summer holidays before I’m back at school for the new school year—and just less than two months earlier when the holidays started, I clicked play on the very first episode of the Veronica Mars TV series. I soon became absolutely smitten with the TV show (maaaaaaybe because of Logan Echolls) and I soon jumped onto the movie that came out in 2014, which is a continuation of the TV show. While I’d love for another movie to come out, I highly doubt my wish will come true anytime soon, but I do have these wonderful books to keep me company.

This is the second book to the Veronica Mars books, and it basically picks off after where the movie left off. For all you unfortunate souls who are unaware of who Veronica Mars is, firstly, I feel incredibly sorry for you. You’ll need to hurry off now and binge watch the TV show and movie (in that order) right now, because if you don’t, I’ll come after you with a paper shredder. That’s right, I’ll shred all your books. MWAHAHAHAHAHA. (I’m evil.) (Don’t convince me otherwise.) But anyway, like I was saying, if you don’t know who Veronica Mars is, she’s a Private Investigator who used to be a receptionist for her father’s Mars Investigations. Now they run the PI business together, and it’s truly the best thing ever—take my word for it.

While there’s no point in denying that the books (and movie, to be honest) don’t have the same magic that the original TV show possesses, we are still given another intriguing excerpt of Veronica Mars’ life. In this installment, Veronica’s caught up in an investigation that involves a claimed rape at Neptune’s ritziest hotel: The Neptune Grand. For what seems should be a simple case—to find the rapist—turns out to be much harder when there are mysterious pieces of information that don’t add up, uncooperative witnesses and barely any leads.

Despite the fact that I found the mystery here to be really engaging, it didn’t seem to be as twisted or as well built as the story line in The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. Moreover, I did find myself rather bored at times. This book does spend more time dabbling here and there, and while I loved the further exploration of our beloved characters, it moved a little too slow for a typical Veronica Mars story, in my opinion.

Guys, we finally get our Logan back in this one! When I found out that he’d be back for this installment, I was over the moon. I love that their relationship is further explored here, and that they talked more about their pasts—especially those (achingly painful) 9 years. Their relationship is a flawed one, but beautifully so, and that’s what makes them so special in my heart.

If you love good mysteries, or if you are a fan of Veronica Mars, you need to read these books. We get to catch-up with our favourite characters as well as revisit some unexpected acquaintances too. Combine them in with a thrilling mystery and the best sassy dialogue, and there you have it—a classic Veronica Mars story. I do hope Thomas and Graham decide to write more installments because one thing’s for sure; I’ll never get sick of Veronica Mars! So keep ‘em coming.

~Thank you Allen and Unwin Australia for sending me this copy!~

3.5 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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54 Responses to Review: Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

  1. I have never read or seen anything related to Veronica Mars 😛 Glad you enjoyed this one!
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  2. I am SO happy about Logan’s return in this one because LoVe!!! You’re right, their relationship is flawed BUT it’s also so intensely amazing. I just can’t even.

    I need to get this and then get the Tan Line on audio ASAP as I’ve not had the chance to hear read either yet and that is a CRIME.
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  3. There’s Logan in this one? YAYYYY. I remember you mentioning that he wasn’t in book 1 in that review so this makes me so happy that he’s back from wherever he’s been hhhaha. By the way, your GIF usage is so on point! I am currently hypnotised by that Logan one omg my feels.

    Great review Mel 🙂

  4. Shai W says:

    Oh whoahI just realised that i havn’t left a comment here in AGESSS! Anyway, still wanted to let you know that I still read your blog regularly but I haven’t had to time to comment 🙁 ANYWAY HIIIII.
    I hadnt heard of Veronica Mars until you reviewed the first book (I think?) on the blog so I actually went and saw the Pilot and i’m pretty intrigued! the story line has me pretty hooked and i wanna keep watching (but again, no time grrrr)
    Thanks for the amazing review and fun gif.s

  5. I love mysteries, but I’ve never read or watched anything Veronica Mars related. Still, everyone raves about Veronica Mars. I even know an author that is writing a book for which Veronica Mars is part of the inspiration. I hope it comes out soon!
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  6. I loved the V Mars TV show, but was so disappointed with the movie, so I never picked the book up. It sounds like I may be missing out a little bit, especially with the sassy dialogues! I’m glad you enjoyed this so much, Mel!
    Lovely review! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      Aw it’s a shame that you found the movie to be disappointing 🙁 maybe you wanna give this a go just incase you end up liking it? just a thought. Thanks, luv <33

  7. YEAH MELANIE!!!! Veronica Mars is a recent addition to my life as well! So many people seemed to love her and I’d never see the show or read the books and then BAM it was on one day and I binge watched for a weekend straight. So good:) And I’m with you on Logan – yum.
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  8. I am one of those unfortunate souls. Sigh. I need Netflix or something.
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  9. HmmmmMMMmmmmMm. I gave the first one three stars so this might even be less enjoyable…but we’ll see. Maybe I should watch the TV show instead lol 😛
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  10. Veronica Mars is my soulmate! I love this girl and the actress that plays her. I was kind of hoping you would say that the series is based off of her in high school but I will get any Veronica Mars when I can. Ugh. I kind of want to rewatch the series again now.
    I might try this just because but I’ll be wary of it too. BORED!? How can that be!!?? That worries me so I’ll tread lightly.
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    • Melanie says:

      Riiiight? Veronica is all kinds of amazing. Yeah, I was a little bored at times because the story moved a little too slow but it was a minor niggle 😉

  11. Alreem says:

    I have this one in my TBR!! happy to see that you enjoyed it 🙂

  12. I really need to watch the (TV series?) for this and read these books- everyone is talking about themmm!
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  13. Maya says:

    I had no idea there even were books so that’s a great surprise!:P I can’t wait to embark on A Veronica Mars journey now (more of the tv show and the books as well!) I feel like characters play such an important role in books and I would love to feel as attached as you do to the characters and root for couples like Veronica and Logan;) Flawed but perfectly imperfect couples are the best!
    Love your blog:)
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  14. I need to read this!! I found out that Kristen Bell doesn’t read this audiobook 🙁 so I think I will do the actual book this time. Yay for more Logan. I really wish that the relationship didn’t triangulate with poor, mistreated Piz, but I just try to block that out.

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  15. Giselle says:

    Wait wait wait.. are there people who dont know about Veronica Mars? WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE!? I freaking loved that show so hard and it was the worst idea ever to cancel it! I hope whoever did was fired! I have not read any of these books though but I really need to! Despite the boredom bit in this one it sounds like it was a fun read. I loved the mystery aspect of the show the most so woot!
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  16. JennRenee says:

    You know I have never seen this show but always have been interested. Wonder if its on Netflix. I need to check out these books. I love mystery/detective stories.
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  17. I loved Veronica Mars! I was so sad when it was cancelled because I’d just found it. I never thought the movie would happen, and now we get books too! That’s sad that the sequel was slower. I was all happy because of Logan.
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  18. Kaitlyn A. says:

    I have heard some great things about this tv show! Looks like I need to start watching1 Great review though!

  19. Sarah M says:

    omg, the second book’s out?!?! I’m a VM addict, and I actually cried when the Kickstarter was announced…and then again when it got funded…and while watching the movie. Watched it as it aired originally, and I was so sad when it got canceled. It’s a great cast portraying great characters. Time to go shop on amazon!

  20. I’ve watched a bit of Season 1 when I got a trial of Amazon Prime, but now I don’t know where to watch the rest of them! My itunes doesn’t have them either (its country is set to somewhere else :/) I’m really unhappy about it because god knows I want to watch the rest of the series! Logan Echolls is hot and awesome and just charming beyond definition. It sucks that the second book is not as intriguing as the first, though… 🙁 Hopefully I’ll like it more than you did, when, and hopefully it happens! when I finally watch the rest of the series.
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  21. Wattle says:

    I was watching Veronica Mars for the first time when the Kickstarter came about and well…I took that as a sign 😉 I’m in the minority and I’m 100% a Piz girl, although I might just be a Chris Lowell girl *ponders* hmmm.

    I haven’t read the books yet, but I am so pleased they exist. Any new VM is a good thing!
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  22. Shannelle C. says:

    I have this feeling that they’re just setting something awesome up. And I hope that there are even more books, because heck, Veronica Mars can’t die out. I loved all the books so far, and even though it’s not really the same as the show, it’s good enough.

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  23. Kirsty-Marie says:

    Eek! Finally read the both of them (I think I gave both a 4) but I did prefer this one to The Thousand Dollar Tan Line (mainly because LOGAN! Is that bad?) though agree, mystery and case wise, wasn’t as good. I wasn’t bored exactly, but I did get through it a bit slower, but really, I’m happy with anything Veronica Mars, haha.

  24. Why have I not watched the show yet!? This seems like something I just NEED in my life! I will start watching it as soon as I can. =)

    Glad you enjoyed this one and awesome review!
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