Jasmine, the heroine of Jaffe's first YA book, is prone to disaster. Her relaxing, end-of-summer break at the Venetian hotel in Las Vegas with her family is disrupted by a series of mysterious events, and Jas tries to find out who's sending her threatening notes, why a starlet is crying in the bathroom and if hottie Jack is trying to kill or date her.

Jaffe's writing is spunky, and Jas is adorable. But the author veers from the heart of the novel. She should have stuck more closely to the mystery and not let observation bog down the story. (Jan., 288 pp., $16.99, ISBN: 0060781084, ages 12 and up, HC)
Reviewed by: 
Taylor Morris