Angela is super sorry and she begs for your forgiveness!

November 24, 2014 at 2:27 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

roomiesTitle: Roomies

Author: Lindy Zart

Genre: Contemporary Romance (Clean)

Format: Kindle Ebook

I downloaded this ebook because I, too, have a story I’ve written about roommates.  Mine is incomplete, along a similar vein, but very different.  I was curious.  Also, there was a reviewer (Angela) who hadn’t participated in a blog tour (I think) the way they were supposed to and remembered at the last minute.  This blogger begged the internet to go apologize on Lindy Zart’s facebook page, I found that endearing and hilarious.  I know what it’s like to fill your plate with piles of review copies and promises and then find yourself in a serious time crunch.  And we do all this because we love you guys, indie authors and publishers, and I am one of you guys, and the goal is to offer as much support as possible, but sometimes we get a little overzealous in our passions.  Then all the passions throw a temper tantrum, stomp their feet, and throw a calender at your head.  Figuratively, of course.  Really we just sit their dumbfounded and think, “Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap.”

Rather than wait to see if I won a giveaway, I took a $3 chance on an ebook of an unknown author.  I highly recommend taking those chances as often as it moves you.

Zart’s romance is written much like the style of John Green’s A Fault in Our Stars, but reminded me more of Caprice Crane. Honestly, it’s got that snarky sarcasm.  It’s also sweet and sappy in all the right places, along with a little real world mixed in with the overly sentimental.  It’s funny.  It would make a blockbuster hit, if it were filmed just right – I’d hold back a little on some of the soliloquies, but who am I to talk – I love a good soliloquy.

I read half the book, took a nap and walked the dogs, then read the other half.  It was nice.  It’s an easy breezy comedy and I found myself chuckling often at the narrator.  All the characters are appropriately dense about their feelings and that of others, while sharply noticing things about the people just outside their inner circle… isn’t that how it always is in real life?

If you’re a parent that doesn’t mind innuendos and cursing, I’d recommend it to older teenagers.  The story itself is cleanly written and everything remains in innuendo and summary – no quivering members or moist anythings – thank goodness.

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Jane Austen Themes Soothe My Heart

June 1, 2014 at 3:59 pm (Reviews) (, , , , , , , , )

mr-darcy-broke-my-heartTitle: Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart

Author: Beth Pattillo

Genre: Fiction/ Chick-Lit

Publisher: Guideposts

Length: 268 pages

This book is adorable.  There’s a lot of reviews on Amazon regarding it that I don’t understand because it seems people went into it expecting far more quality literature references and less cheesy romance – but I specifically picked it up because my brain hurt and I wanted to not think.  If you want to shut yourself off from life for two or three hours, this book is perfect.

Claire is invited to read her sister’s paper at a Austen fan club in Oxford.  Once she gets there, however, she finds herself infatuated with a fellow seminar member like a silly school girl.  Claire embraces a teen girl mentality for a brief few days away from home – appropriate for her character since she never really got to be a silly teen because her parents died in an accident and she had to raise her kid sister.

If you were a silly teen once, however, the idea that a grown woman would be so ridiculous is a little irritating.  Of course, there’s plenty of Jane Austen interludes to distract you from that irritation, and Pattillo’s version of what First Impressions might have been is fun.

This is not the best Jane Austen spin off or tie in. Follies Past by far takes the cake on the genre.  But it’s good fun, light-hearted, and makes for a great right before bed or bubble bath read.


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The Debt & The Doormat & The Socially Awkward

September 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm (Reviews) (, , , , )

debtTitle:The Debt & The Doormat

Author: Laura Barnard

The Debt & The Doormat is a number one selling book on Amazon.  It’s fun, flirty chick lit with glowing reviews about how hilarious it is.

I believe them.

But in the words of one of my co-workers, “Andi doesn’t like fun.”  Apparently it’s true because my socially awkward self had the hardest time relating to the mentalities of the people  in the book.  On top of not being able to relate, I didn’t laugh, because what I did relate to just makes me tired.  I have a lot of debt (students loans), I lead what some might find a boring life (like Poppy).  My debt exhausts me and my boring calms me.

I see how it would be funny to other people.  I can see this being one of those films starring Keira Knightly and/or Cameron Diaz, in an American version, and me not having any desire to go see it at all whatsoever.  It’s There’s Something About Mary funny.  It’s Adam Sandler funny.  It’s Sex in the City funny.  It is not Jane Austen funny.  It is not Paul Collins funny.

Me not getting into it is not Laura Barnard’s fault.  I can think of a dozen people I’d love to share this book with, because I know they will think it’s the best thing ever.  Once I pass the book along, I will even invite them to share their thoughts as a guest blogger here on my blog.

The cover art is spunky, the premise is very Freaky Friday meets Sex in the City, and the writing itself is good.  Try as I might, I’m just not that girl.  Instead, I spent the better part of a week trying to get into Poppy and Jazz’s story, only to find myself distracted by a biography calling my name on the shelf, or a football game on television.   I was almost head over heels involved in the story when the Texans were losing and I found Poppy tied to a bed by a British Thelma (of Thelma & Louise)… but then, of course, the Texans started scoring touchdowns.

Let me be clear, this is not a bad review.  Please do not walk away from this post thinking, “I’ll never read that.”  I’d say if the cover calls you, you SHOULD read it.  If this is your genre, it’s probably one of the best in it.  This is more of a testament to me and my reading habits and how much of a typical girl I am not.  I will probably recommend this book to customers seeking Laura Giffin and Sophie Kinsella books.  If you are a die hard McLaughlin  & Kraus (The Nanny Diaries) fan, you will probably want to purchase this book STAT.

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Forget About It

February 21, 2010 at 10:45 pm (Reviews, The Whim) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I just finished reading Caprice Crane’s Forget About It, a little romantic comedy about a girl with the worst life ever and to top it all off, gets hit by a car while on her bicycle and decides to suffer from fake amnesia to give her life a new starting point. Although it’s set in New York and has a bit of You’ve Got Mail quirkiness, it feels so familiar and southern. Probably because I’m southern and if it feels homey and familiar it must be southern! Which is just a fault of my own, not a fault of the writer’s. Not quite as hilarious as her debut Stupid and Contagious, but quite funny nonetheless, it was a much needed break from the doom I’ve been feeling while reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. I sped through it in a delightful day off and still had time to get my chores done. Caprice Crane truly is the best at romantic comedy (a genre I am not too fond of unless the characters are in long flowing dresses and top hats) as she actually does keep me in stitches and does make me believe the happy couple should indeed have a happy ending. Jane Austen would be proud despite all its contemporary pop culture because Crane, like herself, is a master of the absurd and a breath of fresh air.

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