Review: #FashionVictim

#FashionVictim: A Novel#FashionVictim: A Novel by Amina Akhtar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

***Thank you Net Galley for the ARC***

Fashion do. FOUR AND A HALF STARS!!!

Calories burnt reading this: Probably not as much as I liked since I’d stay up reading this.

This book gave me what was promised, a The Devil Wears Prada meets Heathers experience. I think you could even toss in some American Psycho into the mix to truly describe this story.

Steps taken today: None. Like literally none. Because the last time I walked with my nose buried in a book, I was in the hospital with a sprained ankle.

The story centers around Anya. She’s a girl trying to make it in the La Vie fashion magazine world. Her boss, Celia, is the devil incarnate. Her “friend” Sarah is just as desperate to “Mean Girls” her way above Anya. So many interns I can barely remember. So many evil cackles… and one handsome detective who could be Mr. Right. If only he could see the girl before him.

Fashion don’t: Ignore this book.

For some reason, I found this book oddly compelling. The cover is eye-catching. The over-the-top characters–Zhazha, I’m talking about you–kept this story going. Parts where Anya seemed thrown out like yesterday’s sweater. Parts where Anya was the new “it” pair of Manolo’s… This book was more than entertaining.

The psychosis of Anya was a whole new character in itself. And I think that is what contributed to the “ride” of this story. You didn’t know who or what was real life and who or what was in her head. You had to keep reading to see who dies next–because you can’t do Heathers-like fun without a death or ten. Just saying.

Now modeling: The best ending to this kind of story I’ve read in a long while.

By 85% completion, I didn’t have a clue as to what was going to happen or how it was going to end. I did guess one plot revelation that came about at almost the tail end, but as for the true ending–hence the 1/2 star that’s missing–I was pleasantly surprised.

Diet do’s: Voraciously read this book!

The whole book was so enjoyable. At least for me. I cannot recommend this one highly enough!!!

If there were ever to be a sequel…which is difficult to say if that’s even a possibility, though I wouldn’t doubt it, I’d snatch it up and read it in a heartbeat.

Definitely FOUR AND A HALF STARS worthy! Read it!

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Review: Meet Cute.

Meet CuteMeet Cute by Sydney Logan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

So why two stars for a story that was a definite meet cute? Well…

First and foremost, I thought this story was going to be a story. Not a short snippet or two. It felt like there was nothing to the story, to me. I sort of like the angst that goes after the meet cute part of a tale. I just didn’t realize it was a VERY SHORT story, so I went into this expecting more than the initial meeting.

Second, it felt like the part that was there was VERY glossed over. Like a basic summary rather than the piece of story itself. I felt like I wanted more. It’s a me thing, for sure.

I did like the “meet cute” moment. It really was cute. I would have loved the whole story rather than a moment or two. But then, I’m greedy like that, especially after the two main characters meet in such a ….lets go with…unique way.

Would I recommend this book? If someone is looking for something very short and cute to read…sure? I mean there really isn’t much to recommend as far as story goes. I’d probably wind up telling the person the whole story while in the process of trying to explain it.

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Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up the Marvel Universe.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel UniverseThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe by Ryan North
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh, Squirrel Girl…

This was a fun jaunt into the world of the squirrel and how a superhero can beat up the Marvel Universe without too much violence. (Violence doesn’t bother me, but for the sake of the review, I thought I should mention it.)

I love that Squirrel Girl is an outside of the box superhero. Her, Peggy Carter, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool…I’d say they have their own thing without being a typical comic type story. These are the comics I like to read more than Captain America, or Iron Man with the typical comic fare. Squirrel Girl didn’t disappoint.

So then why the three stars?

I thought there would be more humor. There were a few moments of needing to laugh out loud, but I went into the story with the idea in my head that I’d be laughing more than not. (Again, Deadpool was ringing in the background on that idea. That’s a self-imposed idea I went into the story with.) I think I just wanted to laugh…because Squirrel Girl feels like she’d be snarky and funny. I didn’t think that she may be more serious like Ms. Marvel.

Also, the story felt squished in parts. I mean, I understand that comics are limited by numbers of panels and pages. (page limits are the worst, honestly.) But as Squirrel Girl went through her beating up of the Marvel ‘Verse, it was panel after panel of having a number and the superhero with the image of Squirrel Girl the victor. I’d like to know how it went down.

The art was fun and colorful. A lot of pinks and cuteness with all the squirrels. It was something different than say Spider-man and I enjoyed the balance of comic book and cuteness. I liked the diverse cast of crazies…I mean…characters. I liked the start, liked the end. The middle is where it muddled for me.

Still, though, I’d recommend this. For a unique girl hero, also because it was enjoyable–art and story. There are definitely mentionable parts that stick in my mind, but I do try my dernedest to do these spoiler free…so I’m zippering my mouth here.

THREE SOLID STARS!

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Review: Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken

Dirty Exes (Liars, Inc., #1)Dirty Exes by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

FOUR AND A HALF STARS!

Jessie? Colin? Jessie? Colin? Just pick one of them already!

That’s me screaming at the book starting about halfway through.

Blaire is a PI. She detectives for a living. Her business? Finding out if a spouse is cheating, getting the proof if true, and trying to make life right for so many.

Well, one day, Jessie Beckett’s wife decides she wants her almost ex husband to stay with her. So she’s looking for evidence of Jessie cheating. More so she could blackmail him into staying rather than divorcing. What she doesn’t know is that to Jessie, Blaire is the one who got away.

So where does Colin fit into all of this? He’s Jessie’s BFF. Vanessa…or was it Victoria… I don’t know. I hated Jessie’s wife so I really didn’t bother to remember her name. Anyway, he’s her brother. And he decides, with a flop of his man-bun, that he’s going to help Blaire into Jessie’s pants. Until he decided to try to keep her for himself.

What a twisty fun ride this was!!! Not only did Jessie and Blaire have chemistry, Blaire was so determined she didn;’t know what she wanted, and Colin was fantastic at playing Devil’s adovate! I always know what to expect in a ROMCOM and even then, this one kept me on my toes.

The bonus feature for this book was that IAN HUNTER from The Matchmaker’s Playbook (series!!! WHICH I LOVED!!!) is Blaire’s brother…so that little crossed brought about a happy squeal. So there was a familiar piece to it.

Now by the end of the book, I wondered how Blaire was going to choose one man and whether she could/would/should get any proof against Jessie…whether she would ruin him or love him or the fallout of making a different choice…

I love ROMCOMS! I LOVE just about every book by Rachel Van Dyken!!! It’s not really fair, because I knew I’d probably love it from the first word. But, still, I LOVED THIS BOOK! I cannot wait for the second one in SEPTEMBER!!! (Why so long?!?!?! UGH. I little to no patience for these things. LoL!)

So yes, I rec this for anyone looking for a fast, fun romcom. I cannot rec this one enough.

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Review: Lost & Found

Lost and Found (Lost and Found, #1)Lost and Found by Nicole Williams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great THREE AND A HALF STARS for me.

Ahh…the story of Rowen and Jesse…and a location I didn’t like when I lived there, though now I miss so much about it (seasons, mountains, etc.), Montana.

A troubled girl is shipped off to a Montana ranch to learn about responsibility and how to not sleep around. It sounds very typical for an angsty new adult sort of tale. And maybe it is, but you know what? I love that sort of stuff. The characters are what hooked you into the story right from the moment a goth girl boot hit Montana soil from the step of a bus.

So Rowen was sent off by her mother to this ranch. Where in which she encounters Jesse Walker. And so begins a tale of romance and cheating and so many twists… Things that made my stomach drop. Things that…hit too close to home, so to speak. I kind of want to spill all this tea, but for some reason, I’m adamant about keeping the spoilers away.

So what can I say?

Rowen meets Jesse and his family. She meets a bad-boy-cowboy… Lots of drama. Angst for sure, and not the typical teen kind. And a yearning to read the other books in this series. (Yes, I know these stories are older by now, but that’s how I tend to read a tale–way later than everyone else.)

The only thing I didn’t like was what I call the “repetitive idea” of how the character thinks. But then, I’m just stupid picky like that. And don’t let that keep you from reading this tale. Especially if you’re looking for a great dramatic romance with the perfect-ish ending…Ish because it had to end…which NO!!!!! DON’T END!!!!

Yes, Read this one! Just do it and thank me later. If you like romance, that is.

FOUR STARS EARNED!!!

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