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Kiss Kill Vanish

Kiss Kill Vanish

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.

She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

Available October 7, 2014

Praise

“A sexy, pulse-pounding thriller with a fresh, artsy vibe—bold, dangerous, intoxicating.” –Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy and the Visions series

“A beautiful tangle of love, loyalty, compromise, and betrayal, Kiss Kill Vanish will leave you breathless.” –Robin Wasserman, author of The Book of Blood and Shadow and the Seven Deadly Sins series

“Kiss Kill Vanish is an outstanding and original novel that is unlike anything else I’ve ever read. Martinez manages the rare combination of gorgeous, atmospheric writing and thrilling, page-turner action. She has created a darkly romantic world that is compelling and ultimately unforgettable. I miss it already.” –Corey Ann Haydu, author of OCD Love Story and Life by Committee

A Junior Library Guild selection

 

Reviews

“Compelling characters and a fast-paced, unpredictable plot make this thriller a genuine joy ride.” –Kirkus

“A whirlwind of intrigue and romance…. From the heat of Miami to the cold streets of Montreal, Martinez’s modern-day film noir is a wild ride for romance and thriller fans alike.” –School Library Journal

 

The Vow

No one has ever believed that Mo and Annie are just friends. How can a guy and a girl really be best friends?

Then the summer before senior year, Mo’s father loses his job, and by extension his work visa. Instantly, life for Annie and Mo crumbles. Although Mo has lived in America for most of his life, he’ll be forced to move to Jordan. The prospect of leaving his home is devastating, and returning to a world where he no longer belongs terrifies him.

Desperate to save him, Annie proposes they tell a colossal lie—that they are in love. Mo agrees because marrying Annie is the only way he can stay. Annie just wants to keep her best friend, but what happens when it becomes a choice between saving Mo and her own chance at real love?

The Space Between Us

Some secrets are too big to keep.

Amelia is used to being upstaged by her charismatic younger sister, Charly. She doesn’t mind, mostly, that it always falls to her to cover for Charly’s crazy, impulsive antics. But one night, Charly’s thoughtlessness goes way too far, and she lands both sisters in serious trouble.

Amelia’s not sure she can forgive Charly this time, and not sure she wants to . . . but forgiveness is beside the point. Because Charly is also hiding a terrible secret, and the truth just might tear them apart forever.

Virtuosity

Now is not the time for Carmen to fall in love.

Two weeks before the most important violin competition of her career, she has bigger things to worry about—like growing out of that suffocating “child prodigy” label, and not disappointing her mother.

But it isn’t just the wrong time. It’s the wrong guy. Jeremy is Carmen’s most talented rival, and according to her mother, he’s only interested in one thing: winning.

He isn’t the only one.

Carmen is so desperate to win she takes anti-anxiety drugs to control performance nerves. But what started a year ago as an easy fix is now a hungry addiction. Carmen is too terrified to quit, but sick of not feeling anything on stage, sick of doing what she’s told.

Sometimes, being on top just means you have a long way to fall….

Praise for Virtuosity

A Kirkus Starred Review: “Martinez brings this overwrought world to tense, quivering life and guides readers through it confidently. A brilliant debut.” full review

“An intoxicating blend of passion, vulnerability, and the desire to have it all, no matter the cost. A mesmerizing read.” –Lauren Myracle, bestselling author of Shine and ttyl

“Passionate and true, Virtuosity sings from first page to last. I followed Carmen’s intense journey through obsession, heartbreak, and self-discovery as if her struggles and triumphs were my own.” –Sarah Ockler, author of Fixing Delilah and Twenty Boy Summer

“Beautiful writing, a swoon-worthy romance, and tension that will keep you turning the pages. Virtuosity is pitch-perfect.” –Lauren Barnholdt, author of Sometimes It Happens and Two-Way Street

“Heartfelt, gripping, and unflinchingly authentic. Virtuosity will change the way you think about music.” –Antony John, author of Five Flavors of Dumb