Book Review: Mr. Kiss and Tell (Veronica Mars #2) by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham

Mr Kiss and TellLast spring the world was in a lovely state of Veronica Mars renaissance, encouraged by the release of the kickstarter-funded Veronica Mars movie. But in addition to the movie, fans also gained access to a less-publicized Veronica Mars treat, in the form of a new book series written by show creator Rob Thomas in collaboration with author Jennifer Graham. I reviewed the first book in the series, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, last year and was happily surprised at how well it maintained the vibe of the TV show. This time around I’m tackling book number two, Mr. Kiss and Tell.

Much like the first book, Mr. Kiss and Tell continues with the progression of large plot points introduced in the movie and weaves them into a standalone mystery that is solved by the end of the book. The grander plot involves the continued attempts of Veronica and Keith to expose the corrupt Neptune police department, which involves trying to convince Weevil to testify that a cop planted a gun on him when he was framed for Celeste Kane’s carjacking. But the more interesting mystery here is that of a woman who is founded beaten nearly to death after a mysterious night at the Neptune Grand. Veronica is enlisted to track down the attacker, but the case is full of dead ends and false leads.

I generally have high expectations for Veronica Mars mysteries, because throughout the series the majority of the mysteries were intricate, complex enough to stay interesting but not overly-complicated, and perfectly peppered with believable twists and red herrings. Mr. Kiss and Tell does not disappoint – and, in fact, I thought the mystery here was stronger and more in line with canon than the core mystery in The Thousand Dollar Tan Line, which makes this book a step even further in the right direction.

In addition, the ambiance of the show and the nature of the characters is really nicely translated to the page. Even though I miss Veronica’s first person perspective, there’s enough of her voice in the narrative that her trademark wit comes through. The same is true for the side characters, although they are relegated to the background for the most part so you just get a touch of Mac’s sarcasm or Wallace’s loyal reluctance here and there throughout the book.

The show had such a lovely balance of heart, intelligence and humor that I’m happy to report comes through beautifully in the books as well. Veronica Mars is unique in that it manages to simultaneously contain subtle and not-so-subtle social and political commentary, and I really liked how Mr. Kiss and Tell maintained this lovely balance while dealing with the important subject of sexual assault. The major reason Veronica is so invested in the case is because it deals with sexual assault and law enforcement’s lack of action relative to it; using Veronica’s personal experience as a tool to relate to the victim is both thought-provoking and poignant.
The one thing that turned me off on this book was the Logan storyline. I might be in the minority here; a lot of fans might appreciate or even love how he takes on a larger role in this book, but I really just can’t stand the guy. Every chapter that focused on Veronica and Logan’s relationship either bored me or disgusted me, so by the end I started skimming. Fortunately the ratio of Logan stuff to everything else is still fairly minimal, but it went way past my threshold for dealing with it.

But let’s not get hung up on that little hiccup! Overall I really enjoyed Mr. Kiss and Tell and I’m hopeful this promising series will continue to give fans an opportunity to hang out with Veronica and the gang.

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Tina Majorino at the mtvU Fandom Awards!

Tina Majorino (Image Credit: Eileen Carjabal / The Daily Quirk)

Tina Majorino (Image Credit: Eileen Carjabal / The Daily Quirk)

The Daily Quirk caught up with former Veronica Mars star Tina Majorino (Mac) on the mtvU Fandom Awards red carpet fresh off of accepting the biggest honor of the night, Fandom of the Year, on the show’s behalf. Check out the inside scoop below for Majorino’s thoughts on the win and her intense new project, Legends. Continue reading

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VIDEO: An Exclusive Interview with Max Greenfield at Tribeca Film Festival

Max Greenfield (Image Credit: Dan Maiorana/The Daily Quirk)

Max Greenfield (Image Credit: Dan Maiorana/The Daily Quirk)

In About Alex, Max Greenfield plays Josh, a lifelong college student who is a bit of a know-it-all amongst a group of reunited schoolmates that have come together to support their friend Alex (Jason Ritter). The Daily Quirk caught up with Greenfield on the red carpet at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of About Alex  to talk what attracted him to the role and his character, as well as returning as Leo D’Amato in the recently released Veronica Mars movie. Watch the exclusive interview below! Continue reading

Book Review: Veronica Mars – The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas

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I think everyone can relate to the hopeless feeling of one of your favorite things disappearing – the discontinuation of a favorite ice cream flavor, style of jeans, or, of course, the cancelation of a TV series you love. Veronica Mars fans know that feeling well, but 2014 has presented a veritable wonderland of goodies for Veronica Mars fans – there’s the much-publicized Kickstarter-financed movie, of course, and now the potential for even more Mars movies down the road. But here’s a fun tidbit that many fans may have missed: the show’s creator, Rob Thomas, is collaborating on a series of Veronica Mars books, starting with The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. Continue reading

Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls & Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Robert Voets/Warner Bros.)

‘Veronica Mars:’ Why There Shouldn’t be a Sequel

Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls & Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Robert Voets/Warner Bros.)

Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls & Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Robert Voets/Warner Bros.)

We all know what it’s like to lose a beloved TV show. If you somehow don’t, you either don’t watch enough TV, or you should go out and purchase a lottery ticket because you are clearly very lucky.

For the rest of us, we know the pain of no longer seeing a show you once loved on your TV every week or of putting the series finale in the DVD player and knowing it’s the end. Continue reading

Kristen Bell in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

What the ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie Got Right!

Kristen Bell in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Kristen Bell in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

A long time ago, we used to be friends. Seven years ago if you’re a Veronica Mars fan. But some friendships have a kind of magic that allows you to pick back up as though nothing has changed even if you haven’t seen each other for several years. I’m happy to say that Veronica Mars is one of those friends.

The March 14 release of the cult-show’s crowd-sourced movie brought back everything you’d expect from creator Rob Thomas. Continue reading

Kristen Bell in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Rob Thomas Productions)

‘Veronica Mars’ gets a release date!

Kristen Bell in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Rob Thomas Productions)

Kristen Bell in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Rob Thomas Productions)

If you’re a Veronica Mars fan, or just generally familiar with the show, then you’ve likely already heard about the Veronica Mars Movie Project that went live on Kickstarter March 12 and was fully funded in only 11 hours. The project actually shattered several Kickstarter records, proving what a dedicated fan base the show had.

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Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Rob Thomas Productions)

The latest on the ‘Veronica Mars’ Movie!

Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Rob Thomas Productions)

Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Rob Thomas Productions)

Just 8 months ago, the Veronica Mars movie made headlines by breaking all kinds of records for Kickstarter fundraising. Only 8 months, and we already have footage coming out for a movie. A movie that’s based on a TV show that ended 6 years ago. It almost defies logic.

But if that’s not exciting enough, a new featurette released earlier this month combined with the footage from San Diego Comic Con in July gives Marshmellows a lot to look forward to. Continue reading

Eight Empowered Female Television Characters

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars in VERONICA MARS (Image Credit: Warner Bros.)

By now, you all probably know that I love TV shows and that some of the characters on these shows are my fictional friends. Well, a girl doesn’t only need fictional friends. She also needs fictional heroines to look up to. That’s why I made a list of eight empowered fictional women on TV. Girls just wanna have fun? Sure, but some girls aim higher, and that’s awesome.  Continue reading

5 Television Characters Whose Closet I’d Like To Raid

Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin in PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Image Credit: ABC Family)

Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin in PRETTY LITTLE LIARS (Image Credit: ABC Family)

We all have those moments while we’re watching one of our favorite TV shows and one of the characters appears in an amazing pair of shoes or an adorable top and you think how awesome it would be to have what they’re wearing. Maybe you even do a Google search to try to find out where you can buy it. Inevitably whatever it is costs way more money than any normal person would spend on an item of clothing (believe me, every time I search for Mindy Kaling’s loungewear from The Mindy Project I find that I’d have to spend at least $200 for a t-shirt or a pair of leggings).

So, since most of us don’t have the cash to shell out for the designer clothes featured on TV shows, instead we can imagine raiding all our fashionable characters’ closets and taking home our favorite items. If this amazing scenario ever happened, these are the five characters whose closets I’d most like to get access to: Continue reading

Anita Sarkeesian: Opening eyes to gender tropes & stereotypes one pop culture reference at a time

Anita Sarkeesian: Opening eyes to gender tropes & stereotypes one pop culture reference at a time

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Back in October, I heard feminist media critic Anita Sarkeesian talk about what constitutes a strong female character, and it changed my life, literally, and forever changed the way I watch TV.

Sarkeesian created a web series called Feminist Frequency in which she looks at stereotypes and tropes that are often associated with women in pop culture. Usually, she talks about why these ways of simplifying women can be harmful to society as a whole. She also gives lectures at universities across the United States, which is how I met her. Continue reading

Veronica Mars Movie May Become a Reality Thanks to Kickstarter!

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars (Image Credit: Warner Bros) / Veronica Mars Movie (Image Credit: Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter)

Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars (Image Credit: Warner Bros) / Veronica Mars Movie (Image Credit: Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter)

There is very little more frustrating to a dedicated fan than a show that gets cancelled too soon. This was the fate of the CW’s Veronica Mars. The show, which featured a witty teenage detective (Kristen Bell) solving mysteries big and small, was forced to end abruptly after two and a half seasons. Fans were left feeling frustrated with the loose ends and lack of closure. Continue reading