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review 2015-11-27 22:10
Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas, Jennifer Graham
Mr. Kiss and Tell - Jennifer Graham,Rob Thomas

In the second book in the Veronica Mars series it takes off not long after the first book ended. This time Veronica must find out what happened to the girl in the hotel room who cried rape. It looks like the girl is keeping secrets, and no one can figure out how she got out of the hotel at all. Now, Veronica and friends are going to figure out what happened to her no matter what. But Veronica is also having problems in other areas of her life, and with the election coming up for Sheriff things aren't looking so great. But Veronica must figure it out before time runs out. 

 

This book was a great addition to the Veronica Mars series. Although, this one did seem kind of repeats the first book in some ways, it was still really enjoyable. I'm anxious to see what happens next to Veronica, espeically when it comes to the Sheriff. 

 

But this one was a great way to express everything that I enjoy about Veronica Mars. It had great Logan and Veronica time, and a great mystery with Veronica coming out awesome as always. Now, I can not wait for more! 

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review 2015-11-17 00:00
Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line
Veronica Mars: The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Rob Thomas,Jennifer Graham,Kristen Bell The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line was an enjoyable but not spectacular continuation of Veronica Mars. I really liked that Kristen Bell was the narrator. It made listening to the audio book kind of feel like watching the TV show. This was set after the TV movie which took place 9 years after the TV show ended. I honestly miss the teenage Veronica and am not crazy about reading about her as an adult. I would like to know what would have happened next if the TV show had continued. Some fill in books for that time period would be great. I just wish that after 9 years there had been more character growth for Veronica and her friends. Why is Wallace working as a teacher/coach? What happened to Wallace's dreams of becoming an engineer? He gave up basketball for it after all. With the exception of Weevil they are 28 years old and none of them are married or even engaged. Dick Casablancas is still acting like a teenage idiot at 28. Weevil went back to the motorcycle gang for some reason that isn't explained. Keith is still not remarried. And I know I am definitely in the minority here, and will probably have people coming after me with pitchforks for saying this, but I wish that Veronica had moved on from Logan and not gone back to him. I was never a huge fan of that relationship. Multiple viewpoints like the TV show would have been nice too, especially since the book is written in third person. Overall it wasn't a bad read, just a little lack luster.
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text 2015-08-27 14:44
Mr Kiss And Tell by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham
Mr. Kiss and Tell - Rob Thomas,Jennifer Graham

**Gonna ramble on a bit here so if you're reading, maybe watch out for SPOILERS

 

I saw Rob Thomas at the Melbourne Writer's Festival last Thurs, which was great. I loved the various tidbits and facts Rob fed us on his life, V.Mars and his other shows, Party Down and iZombie (LOVE that his wife's Kindle is full of YA books). But I also came away from it feeling so sad that Veronica Mars only got 3 seasons when it should've had 10. That this fabulous, wonderful show that I loved so much ended like that while others dragged on for far too long is a goddamn travesty (I'm looking at you, One Tree Hill).

 

So it was the lingering I-Wish-We-Could-Have-V.Mars-Back feels that prompted me to pick up Mr Kiss And Tell from the depths of my TBR pile on the Saturday and start it, completely disregarding the stack of library books I have out at the mo and others I'd vowed to read in the next couple of weeks.

 

I really enjoyed this book. I liked it a lot more than the first one, to tell you the truth. It was a lot darker and grittier due to the nature of the crime Veronica was trying to solve (brutal rape and assault of a sex worker). And even tho the mystery of whodunit was knocked out the way fairly quickly, and it became more about finding a way to nail the dude, I didn't mind. I think what I liked so much about it, (and I know I'm being awfully predictable here) was the Logan/Veronica-ness. While I ship them together and always have (always will), I can't say I fully felt it when they got back together in the movie. It felt a bit like RT was trying to please fans and didn't really think about if it made sense for it to happen.

 

Guess I got over that tho, because I didn't feel that way reading MKaT (or Thousand Dollar Tan Line, but Logan's barely in that). In fact, I really loved Logan and Veronica being together. Maybe it's because they're adults now. I was really down for them doing coupley things, like getting a dog and being all domestic and shit. I suppose when you finally get two characters that you want to be together so badly actually, you know, properly together, it really makes you happy to see them happy.

 

Rob Thomas said more books won't happen unless iZombie is cancelled because he found it too hard to work on both at the same time. Some plot lines from TDTL and the movie were wrapped up nicely, but there's also space to continue (and if there wasn't, they can go ahead and write more anyway, thank you very much).

 

Anyway. I think I'm going to start a V.Mars rewatch soon. I MISS YOU, V.MARS. SO SO SO MUCH.

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review 2015-07-05 16:09
Review: Thousand Dollar Tan Line
The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Jennifer Graham,Rob Thomas

THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TAN LINE is the first in a new book based series, which ties into Rob Thomas’s groundbreaking TV series and film about a wily female PI called Veronica Mars. The book starts after the end of both the TV series and the film. Things aren’t easy for Veronica, and she needs a big job which just happens to fall into her lap. Spring breakers have descended on Neptune, and a girl has gone missing.

Veronica Mars was one of the TV shows I used to watch and I was disappointed when it went off-air, and then there was all the buzz around the Kickstarter project to make a film based on it. So I was really excited when I heard that there was going to be a new book series which would tie-in to the TV show. I was also pleased to note that like me, the Veronica of THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TAN LINE was older and probably not wiser, but still ready to see justice done.

The plot of THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TAN LINE was just what I was expecting from a Veronica Mars mystery – complicated and convoluted. If you are looking for a simple mystery, then this is probably not the book for you. Thomas and Graham provide some really good twists and turns that kept me guessing until the final page: what at first seems simple, isn’t quite as it seems.

Like the TV series, the book is narrated by Veronica Mars herself. As a fan, I didn’t feel that the book quite captured the feel of the TV show. At times the narrative seemed quite bland (I might have to give the book a try in the audiobook format as I believe it is narrated by Kristen Bell, the actress who played Veronica). However the story itself was very compelling and I enjoyed watching Veronica solve the mystery. I also enjoyed reuniting with some familiar faces – it’s nice to see that Veronica still has some awesome friends.

If you are a fan of crime novels then I recommend that you check this series out. Equally, if you are a fan of the TV series then you should enjoy the book series too. I had high expectations of THE THOUSAND DOLLAR TAN LINE and although it did not quite meet them, it was a really enjoyable read and something you should give a go if you are so inclined.

Originally posted on The Flutterby Room.

Source: theflutterbyroom.com/2015/04/23/review-veronica-mars-the-thousand-dollar-tan-line
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review 2015-06-04 05:18
Mr. Kiss and Tell - Jennifer Graham,Rob Thomas

Okay, so I'm biased. I can't imagine a world where I wouldn't give Vmars at least 4 stars.


Anyway.

 

Pro category.

 

Logan.

 

I mean. It's probably not healthy to lust over a fictional character as much as Logan. But there it is. Logan as a driven Navy pilot? Please take my self respect now. I'm a sucker for a Navy uniform. Hell, I would pay money to convince my husband to actually wear his Navy uniform home more than once every 10 years but  he obviously holds some kind of secret resentment towards me (or the Navy, whatever) and won't put the thing on unless he is forced too. Back on topic. The entire arc with Veronica and Logan going back to sea duty hit a cord with me. In both the Navy aspect and the situation that lead to Logan joining the Navy. It's one of the many reasons why I can never bring myself to think anything but awesome of everything surrounding Veronica Mars. We get the sarcastically dry humor and real life experiences wrapped up in one package. We not only see Veronica work her cases, but we see her work through her life and all that it entails. Yes, it's a little fantastical the things that Veronica does, but underneath the fantasy is still real life situations handled in real ways. It's what made the show what it was (and yes, the canceling was a travesty and still deserves the ire that it gets even after all these years) and it is what makes these books readable.

 

Cons.

 

Yes, I have cons. One, yes it's going to be selfish but it just was not the same not having Kristen Ball narrating the audiobook. Jennifer Graham didn't do a bad job at it by any means, but she isn't Kristen Bell. We have been spoiled by her narration of book one and there is really no going back for me. Sorry. Two, this book took a while to really hook you. Obviously, if you have watched the show, the movie, and read book one, you are going to keep going no matter what because we know that it will pick up. We Marshmallows have issues, but taste is not one of them. We know what we will eventually get. However, it just didn't suck me in at first like I expected it too, hence the 4 stars.

 

So, to sum all of this rambling up. If you read this because you are already sucked deep into VMars, you won't be disappointed. If for some reason you are coming into this without watching the show, movie or reading book one, please stop what you are doing and going back to square one. You won't be disappointed. And if for some reason you just didn't like Veronica Mars from the get go, you are wrong. That's probably mean, but I tell my own husband the same while I question how we have been together for almost 10 years. Maybe that is why he only breaks out his uniform on occasion. Keeping me hooked with his freaking dress blues.  

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