Thursday, June 5, 2014

My Last Kiss Blog Tour ~ Review + Giveaway

Welcome to the blog tour for My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal! I'm so excited to be a part of this one. Enjoy the post and don't forget about the tour-wide giveaway at the bottom. :)

(This is technically part of my Class of 2014 event because this is the author's debut. I wanted this book to be a part of my graduation/blogoversary celebration, so I signed up for a spot on the tour this week!)

My Last Kiss
by Bethany Neal
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: June 10th 2014


What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy? 

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. 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.

Bethany Neal's suspenseful debut novel is about the power of first love and the haunting lies that threaten to tear it apart.
*I received a copy of this book for this blog tour via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was so, so excited to read this book and I'm very happy to say that I really enjoyed reading it! My Last Kiss had this eerie atmosphere to it that I loved. It was a great feel to the story that made me even more interested in what was going on. The book also had flashbacks (which I usually love) that went well with unraveling the mystery piece by piece. The author did such a good job with this part of the story. Within one chapter, I decided that I really liked the writing, which started the book off very well and gave me a great impression of it.

My favorite part of the entire book, though, was the mystery. It was so good! I was contantly coming up with theories of who was involved in Cassidy's death, then second guessing and altering them. Then I would go back to my original theory and wonder if I had the right guess in the first place. My mind ran around in circles as I tried to solve the mystery. I buddy read this with two other people and they seemed to have as much trouble figuring out how Cassidy died as I did.

Overall, My Last Kiss didn't disappoint! The moment I first discovered it, I had a feeling that I would enjoy reading it. The mystery, the atmosphere, and the flashbacks made the book great for me, but I also liked how this book made me cry a little. I was expecting some tears because ghost books made me really sad, but the fact that I did end up crying at the end (which was a great one) shows that I really connected with the story and main character.

If you're looking for a mystery that will keep you guessing, you should definitely try this one! It was tough to pin down who the killer was without second guessing myself and I think many readers would appreciate that.

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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.

Giveaway is open to US/CAN Only | Must be 13 or older to enter 

Win (1) signed hardback of My Last Kiss + a Swag Pack ( MLK Button, MLK Notebook, & Cassidy's watermelon lip gloss)

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Tour co-hosted by Bethany Neal and The Fantastic Flying Book Club


  1. I love murder mysteries, and by the cover the first time I saw it, I didn't even think it was about that (this is why we shouldn't judge covers I guess, haha). And I love that it keeps you guessing, especially if there's hints dropped along the way. (Usually I get the right, so can't wait to see if I do with this one).
    Glad it made you cry (sorry that sounds bad) but you know what I mean, I love reading books that can do that, the last one I cried at was The Things You Kiss Goodbye, and We Were Liars, they hurt. :( And I don't usually cry at books that easily. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

    1. I love murder mysteries too. They're exciting to read!

      I do know what you mean. A book that makes me cry is a really good one. I haven't read either of those books, but I've been told that We Were Liars is amazing!

  2. This book looks really good! Already itching to read it. My first kiss was in a dark school auditorium, he ended up kissing me on the nose first. This looks much more interesting, hah.

    1. I'm glad that you're so interested in reading this one. :D

  3. This book sounds amazing! And the author is a Michigan native, so I'm double stoked. I've heard wonderful things about it. Oh, and this is the first time I'm seeing your new blog design, Kaitlin, and I love it!

    1. I'm glad that you've heard great things. :) Thank you, Holly! I love the design too.

  4. I love the sounds of this one and mysteries are my fav books so that along with the eerie atmosphere def has me intrigued! Great review, Kaitlin!

    1. I'm glad you're interested in this one! I hope you love it if you decide to read it. Thank you. :)

  5. I love books that are mysteries and there are pieces that we have to slowly discover as we are reading are some of my favorite books. Good review.


    1. I love books like that too. They're exciting to read! Thank you. :)

  6. I love the sound of this novel! I love mysteries every once in a while because I love playing detective. This sucks I can't enter your giveaway.


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