Monthly Archives: August 2013

Book review: Click by Lisa Becker

Image*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review.*

Now, this was a FUN read! I had a strong feeling I will like it ever since I read the blurb. And I’m glad I was right. But I must admit, I was a bit worried if I will like it because of its format. The ENTIRE book is written in the form of e-mails. So far, I’ve just read one book in this format, and to be frank, I hated it!

And for a while, I actually thought I hated that particular book because of the format. But oh no, after reading “Click” i found out that I actually have no problem if the entire book is written in the form of e-mail correspondence. Lisa Becker pulled this off, and created a fun, entertaining story with hilarious characters.

*Applauds to author*

The story is centered around Renee and her search for Mr. Right on the internet. It was Mark, one of her best friends, who told her she should give this online dating a go and provided her all the best online dating sites (Mark is such an OCD as you see).
But who said online dating is easier than real dating (and less humiliating if it doesn’t work out) is one big fat lair. OMG, the guys..the guys!!! Some of them were just hilarious.
I must admit I was not a huge fan of Renee, I mean I did root for her in her search for the ONE, but as much as her friends said she’s awesome and a-girl-every-guy-would-die-for (SUPERMODEL RENEE!!!) I couldn’t really picture her like that. She seemed not too confident, so she needed a constant reminder from her friends about how great she is, and let me tell you, after few pages (e-mails) this started to annoy me a bit.

But, Shelley..oh Shelley is a maneater! But she’s hilarious, reminded me a LOT of Samantha from “Sex and the City” series, and if you ask me, Samantha was the star..not Carrie. I know, I know, she seems slutty, but she was so funny, so out spoken, so…wild!!!

Now that I think of this series and make comparisons to this book, I realize I would enjoy this book more if the story was centered around Shelley…she and her Cuddlers, Toddlers, even while writing this review I can’t help but smile.

Mark was great, but we don’t get to see him that much in this book (maybe there will be more about him in the sequel), and Ashley was…meh…I really didn’t care about her. She is too judgmental and weak.

Overall, this was a fun book! It’s such a quick read, you will read it in just couple of hours. If you’re looking for a light hearted, beach read, that will make you laugh out loud, no need to look any further.

I’m most definitely looking forward to the sequel, Double Click and am so glad I discovered another awesome chick lit author.

Review originally posted on Goodreads

My rating: 3.5/5

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Book review: Wedding Hells (The Dr Pepper Prophecies 0.5) by Jennifer Gilby Roberts

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This was such a hilarious read! It’s the prequel to The Dr Pepper Prophecies, which I haven’t read YET but hopefully will soon. I’m not gonna write a long review, because I was never good at writing reviews about novellas…don’t ask..it could be because I’m afraid my review would be longer than the book itself. OR maybe I’m just too lazy sometimes…yeah it could be that.
Well anyway, I decided to review this one mostly because I think that despite the fact that I had a long and depressing day reading some scientific stuff for work earlier and I don’t feel very eloquent right now, this book DOES deserve all of my efforts. A chick lit lover’s gotta do, what a chick lit lover’s gotta do, right? And that would be – share with the world the joy of discovering a great new chick lit author and book.

So, of course I enjoyed this novella. If I should describe it by using only one word, I would probably say HILARIOUS! The MC, Mel is really something. She’s everything a chick lit heroine should be, funny, smart…and dumped sarcastic. She’s the black sheep in the family, so it was easy to connect with her. Not that I am the black sheep in the family, *coughs* but still I felt her so close to my heart.

This really was an easy and enjoyable read. And I’m so so thankful to the author for making me laugh so hard. I absolutely love her writing style and the humor so I’m definitely checking her other book soon.
Ok, it’s been a loooong and exhausting day for me, so I’m gonna end my review here. All I can say is that you really need to check this one out. Like really REALLY check it out.

My rating: 4/5

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Book review: I Dream of Johnny by Juliet Madison

Image*ARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Be careful what you wish for…
… and be extra careful when you type

The first time I heard of Juliet Madison was when she published her novel, Fast Forward in February this year. Every now and then a comment from some of my Goodreads friends would pop up in my feed saying how much he/she enjoyed it. Naturally, I was over the moon when I got approved by NetGalley, because I was so eager to see why all of my friends LOVE Ms. Madison’s writing.
And yeeeessssss, now I understand why they love her. Ms Madison is a brilliant author and I can seriously see her rocking the chick lit charts.

What I loved the most about I dream of Johnny was the original and well-crafted story. Mandy receives a high-tech magic lamp one day…and puffff, her life is changed forever. She’s given the choice to make three wishes, so naturally she wishes for the things any girl would love to have –
a house which never needs to be cleaned,
unlimited funds on her account
and A GREEK GOD!

You go girl, I would make exactly the same wishes! But, you see, she makes a tiny mistake leaving “R” from the word ‘Greek’ and Voilà, she’s given A GEEK GOD. LOL
Of course she wants to cancel that wish, but until that happens she’s stuck with the geek god that literally adores her.

This is really a short read but had me laughing so hard on few occasions. I absolutely LOVED Mandy and the way she’s handling the new situation. She’s nice, friendly, and cares for other people’s feelings. I loved how things turned out for her, and the ending sure took me by surprise.

To sum it up, this really is a cute story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I think it’s about time I read Fast Forward, now I’m pretty sure I will like it.

My rating: 4/5

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Book review: Casting The Net – Volume 1 by Julie McDowall

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

I haven’t heard of Julie McDowall until recently when I was contacted by her for reviewing this book. Usually, I read very carefully the blurbs of those books I am requested to review, because I sure don’t want to end up reading a book (and not enjoying it at all) just for the sake of reviewing it. Life is too short for that, right?
Well, I checked the blurb and have to admit I immediately thought ‘Oh, this one is definitely a fun read’. And it really was, but still I had few issues, hence the 3* rating.

But before telling you a bit more about the things I liked/disliked about Casting the Net let me tell you this – Julie is one brave woman! I mean it, she really is!
As you can read from the blurb, the author actually blogs about her online dating experience (which she also shares in this book), but unfortunately I still haven’t had the chance to check her site. However, now after reading this fun book I will probably do it.
So, basically in this book she gives us an insight of her pretty crazy dating life, specifically her online dating experience. I’m telling you, the author is really brave for sharing with us all those details, and I can’t help but admire her because she’s so honest to the world.

What I LOVED about this book is the humor! Some of the situations she’s telling us about are simply hilarious. On few occasions I even had tears in my eyes from all the laughing. I couldn’t help but think, OMG, I would LOVE to be friends with Julie, she seems like such an amazing and fun person to hang out with.
As some of the reviewers have already said, this book is really hard to put down. I didn’t even want to go to sleep, because I wanted to read more about all the weirdos Julie has dated, talked to, kissed, about all the situations she’s been in and how she had handled them. AND TO LAUGH. I really need to stress this out – prepare to laugh like crazy.
I rooted for her, I sympathized with her, I laughed with her. At the very end, I was even sad I finished reading and sure wished this book was longer.

However, there were few things which I disliked about it. Ok, so Julie is fun, Julie the character, Julie the person behind this book… SHE IS FUN, and obviously very smart, but sometimes I really couldn’t understand her and the choices she made. Also, I couldn’t understand her need to be so attracted to weird wrong men. I mean, she’s perfectly aware of their faults and yet she continues to choose odd over normal.

Overall, this was such an easy read and really fun book. If you love books about online dating, books full of humor and real experiences on this topic, or you just need some light funny read to dive into, well this book would be perfect for you. I am most definitely looking forward to reading the next Volume, and hope it will be out any time soon.

My rating: 3/5

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Book review: Chaperones by Megan Karasch

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review. *

Since I read her debut, Tales from My Hard Drive, back in 2011 (the novel was published 2010), Megan Karasch has been on my list of favorite authors and top 5 chick lit authors. I was absolutely fascinated with her writing and sense of humor. Don’t believe me? Then check My review .
Needless to say, I was over the moon when I heard she has a new book coming out. AFTER 2 LONG YEARS, I WOULD READ A BOOK BY MS. KARASCH. (Excuse the caps lock, it’s just the excitement). I had to read it and had to read it soon! However, I did feel slightly nervous when I received my copy and started reading it. I guess all of you who review books by your favorite authors know that feeling. Will the book that you’ve been dying to read, live up to your expectations? Yeah, I bet you know what I mean.
Anyway, after reading it I felt relieved, there was no need to stress out. The book was everything I expected it to be, it was fun and enjoyable. The perfect summer read!
What I love the most in Megan’s writing is the fact that she successfully fights all chick lit cliches, and creates uber-fun books with characters who feel so real. She doesn’t bother readers with detailed descriptions of physical appearances of her characters, or brands of clothes and shoes they’re wearing. Instead, she concentrates on how/what her characters are feeling, and let me tell you, it’s maybe because of this that her characters feel so real. They are imperfect, just like any of us. It’s so so easy to connect to them, like them, sympathize with them, laugh with (and AT) them.

And now about Chaperones
The plot of this book is centered around Andrea, and her trip to England. She works as a photographer and her trip to England seems to be what she really needs, not only for her carrier, but also for keeping her sane.
You see, her parents are overprotective, and I mean, over overprotective, and yeah, maybe even a bit paranoid.
So, when her magazine sends her to England to take some photographs, she’s beyond the moon to leave her lunatic parents and embark on a great adventure.
There are so many things which I loved about this book.
First off, I’m absolutely on Team Andrea, rooting for her from the beginning. She’s sweet and charming, not to forget funny and some of her comments (and actions) made me laugh out loud.

The side characters were also well developed. Rob and Harry are the two chaperones which were assigned to help out Andrea in her task. They were really funny, especially by the end of the book when there are a lot of crazy things happening.
Andrea’s parents..oh boy, they annoyed me so much at the beginning, but by the end of the book I saw a whole new side to them.

But what I maybe loved the most were the descriptions of England, the stunning architecture, all the great castles and cathedrals.. WOW! I mean, just WOW!

To summarize, I thoroughly enjoyed Chaperones and it really was worth the wait. I just hope Ms Karasch will surprise us all with a new book any time soon, because I sure can’t wait. (Please Ms. Karasch don’t make me wait for another two years, pleaseeeee!!!)

My rating: 4/5

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