Thursday, June 20, 2013
|Absolutely a Fantastical Read|
Gorgeous is a fantastical coming of age romance about a small town high school graduate, working as a cashier in a dead end job and the man she is destined to marry.
I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley and Scholastic Press. Thank you to the author for the opportunity to read his book.
O.k., I do NOT want to give anything away. The story line is imaginative; it is outlandish and fantastical, it's a smidgen of What's Eating Gilbert Grape? with a bit Wizard of Oz that somehow meets Charlie and the Chocolate Factory only Willy Wonka is Tommy Hilfiger and the factory instead of wonderful sweet creations being made, are out-of-this-world-fashions made for one person alone. The writing is quite descriptive and engaging; a bit unrestrained but over the top in a good way. The characters are funny and heartfelt; I was really pulling for "Becky" in this book. I laughed throughout the book and even teared up a few times because I remembered what it was like growing up feeling like a nobody. There is a lot of cussing, references to drinking, drugs, and a sex scene but not descriptive. I absolutely love the cover. An absolutely fantastical read.
P.S. I have to apologize to NetGalley for taking so long, I lost all my books to my malfunctioning Kindle and had to backtrack luckily this book was still available to read.
3.5 Stars out of 5 Stars
Monday, June 17, 2013
|A Fun Erotic Read|
Wallbanger is a contemporary erotic romance about a woman, who just recently moved into her place of residence and her neighbor.
First of the all the title certainly got my attention. Then the "Spank", "Meow", and "Giggle" that were introduced all in first chapter...let's just say that my expectations of the book were set high after that first chapter and I have to honestly say that the author delivered. The story told in mostly in Caroline's POV was predictable although engrossing with all the shenanigans that were going on throughout the book. The author's development of the characters and their relationships were done well; the book flowed well and writing for the most part was smooth although some of the transitioning into certain chapters was a little off. I absolutely loved the chapter with the internal conversations in the different characters' POV and the chapter done in Clive's POV. I found myself snorting, giggling, and laughing all throughout the book. It is an erotic romance so for mature audiences with definite sexual encounters of the very steamy kind along with dirty talk, references to drinking, and cussing. I liked the cover although in my mind I picture it in a different way, like maybe a kitchen counter involved and flour all over the place. All in all, definitely a fun read.
4 Stars out of 5 Stars