Friday, 25 October 2013

Book review: Eighteen Kisses by Laura Jane Cassidy

Series: Angel Kiss #2
Publisher: Razorbill / Puffin
Publication Date: 2 May 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: Author - LJ Cassidy 

A little bit about Author
Born and lives in Ireland
Her first story was published when she was 9 years old
First book published in 2011
She has published 2 books so far

Previous reviews:

Goodreads Synopsis:
Jacki King loves being back in Dublin - she's enjoying the music scene and interning at Electric magazine. She still has flashbacks to the murder case she solved the year before, though her friends, especially Nick, keep her distracted.Until one day Jacki's frightening nightmares begin again. And when the police contact her about a local missing girl, she knows the two are connected.
Two years before, on her eighteenth birthday, Kayla Edwards disappeared. Nobody has ever been found.
But now Kayla is communicating with Jacki from beyond the grave - and she won't stop until the truth is revealed . . .

My Review:
Once again I enjoy the relativity of Laura's writing. I enjoyed her links throughout the story and I can see how she has grown as a writer. This is still a young read but it is a good sequel.

Characters: 3.5/5
Jacki - Jacki is a lovable character. She has matured a lot in Eighteen Kisses, and is handling her gift much better. Her passion for music really comes through again in this book and I loved it that Laura included a performance and some of her lyrics. Jacki is young, but you can see her growth from the first book and through this book. I was so glad when she finally stood up for herself with regards to Nick. 

Nick - I can't say I'm a huge Nick fan - I wasn't fond of him in the first book and his behavior is suspicious in this one. He is such an ass, but maybe that is the point? 

Dillon - Dillon is such a sweet and kind character. I have high hopes for him and Jacki if she can detach herself from Nick and that illusion of a relationship. 

Colin - I still love Colin's arty and gay bff role. He has such a good heart, and I enjoy that he is so honest with Jacki. 

Plot, Writing style & Cover: 3.5/5
Laura has definitely developed her plot writing skills. The chapters are nice, easy reading lengths. Laura sets a great pace and a good plot. Even if it has the same structure, there is a lot of growth from Laura with the characters. This plot has a nice twist near the end, when it is reaching its peak. I had absolutely no suspicion who the murderer was! The cover was ok and did keep with the theme of the first book - I really liked the swing. This was a good sequel to Angel Kiss. 

My Rating:

Books in the series:

Favourite Quotes
"Sophie,' said Ross, 'you do know that one of these days your brain is going to get so big that is will actually explode?' 'Yes, because that's clearly how knowledge works,' said Hannah.'Don't worry, Han,' said Ross. 'Absolutely no danger of explosion with you.'
'Are those night classes not just like school though? said Ross. "Except you don't actually have to be there?' 'Not really,' said Sophie. 'I love them. People just learning for the sake of it, with no end goal but to gain knowledge... It's beautiful.'
'Well, as they say, the purpose of education is to replace an empty mind with an open one!' said Sophie with a smile. 
'So, psychic girl!' said Calum. 'Can you tell me something about my future?''What do you want to know?' I said with a sigh. 'Um... when am I gonna get laid next?' he said with a laugh, then turned round to Rob and gave him a high-give." I can't see that far into the future,' I muttered, picking up the empty glasses behind them.'OOOH!' said Rob and Andrew as I walked off. 

~ Author Interview to follow ~


  1. I was already pulled in by the blurb. Great review. Liking the quotes.

    1. Thanks Jennifer :) As you can see humour or thought provoking always stands out to me!

  2. Found you through Pamela - oh dear now I'm going to have to check out book 1's review...popping over there now

    1. Yay Pamela is awesome :) I have been to your blog a few times! Thanks for popping over and checking out my blog <3

  3. I feel very strange that people are having conversations about me (or am I so vain that I think this comment is about me?). :)

    I love the quotations. I am looking forward to the author interview.

    1. He he what can you do.. when you awesome you awesome :) I just posted the interview! check it out :)

  4. Great review! I was thinking about doing quotes on my reviews, you have conveniced me! I like it! And I like the sparkles when I move my cursor around on your blog :)

    1. Thanks Michaela! You should definitely include quotes :) I think it gives the reader an idea of the author's writing style and it helps me decide if I want to read the book or not combined with the review! He he I love the sparklies too <3


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