Hey guys! Welcome to my tour stop on the MY LAST KISS by Bethany Neal blog tour, hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club! Edit: My stop was supposed to be on May 30 but due to a completely idiotic user error on my part, I scheduled the post for June 30 and never even noticed. And as most of y’all know, I’m extremely busy with school and work and haven’t had time to get on here. AND to top that all off, I haven’t checked my blog’s email account since last Tuesday and had no idea that the ladies at TFFBC sent me an email asking where the heck my link was. So to all, especially Anasheh, Patri, and Bethany Neal, I’m so incredibly sorry about the mix up.
I received this book for free from [book-publisher] in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal
Published by Macmillan
Publication Date: June 10, 2014
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
Genres: Death & Dying, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Paranormal, Young Adult
What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy?In Bethany Neal's My Last Kiss, Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss—the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died—is a blur. Now, Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend. If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made—good and bad—that led to her last kiss.
I’ve been on a real “girl dies and has come back to figure out how she died” kick lately and MY LAST KISS was a wonderful addition to that genre! The first couple of chapters were a bit repetitive and didn’t make a heck of a lot of sense, but as the story progressed, I couldn’t set this book down.
Cassidy is new to the whole being dead thing. She’s not sure why she hasn’t moved on, she’s not sure how to navigate in the afterlife, and doesn’t remember a single detail of her death. At random moments of her day, she is instantly transported back in time and relives a moment of her life as if it is just now happening. The problem? She can’t piece together when each memory happened when or how to go to a specific time in her history when she wants to.
As I mentioned, I had a super hard time setting this book down. With each passing chapter, a new sliver of Cassidy’s life is revealed, and with that, a new sliver of how not everyone she knew and loved are who they necessarily say they are. I’ll be honest, I had no clue who killed her or why. Yes, she made some questionable choices when she was alive that could very well give people a reason to kill her, but in the whole scheme of things, they didn’t seem significant enough or add up. Neal did an excellent job at leaving me in the dark until Cassidy remembers the exact moment of her death. This book is all about hidden agendas, grudges, and how far people are willing to go to get what they want.
The characters in this book were perfect for each role they played. None of Cassidy’s friends were one dimensional. I found out new things about each of them that Cassidy never knew all throughout the book. It made the story much more interesting. I loved that Cassidy was the main character and that the one person who could see her in her ghostly state was the person that it was. It made the ultimate conclusion that much more important and that much more devastating. The ending is a tear jerker, you all have been warned. You’ll be left with a sense of completeness and sadness all at once.
The slightly jerky beginning aside, MY LAST KISS is definitely a book that will find a permanent home on my bookshelf. Filled with emotion, interesting and dynamic characters, and an awesome plot to boot, MLK had me intrigued and not wanting to let the story go. You should read it!
|4.5 Thought Clouds|
Bethany Neal writes young-adult novels with a little dark side and a lot of kissing! She is obsessed with (but not limited to): nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, pickles, and dessert.
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.