There are times when Heather, Aly & I finish a book, but don’t have time to write a full, comprehensive review… or even a shorter “flashbulb” review. BUT we still want to share our thoughts with you on what we’ve been reading. That’s why every Saturday we’ll be featuring 3 “snippet” reviews — short, sweet, to-the-point reviews that we’ll try to keep to 2-7 sentences. So we hope you enjoy these!!
Ridiculously cute. Though this was a contemporary book through and through, I love how Strohmeyer was able to capture a very whimsical and romantic fairytale feel, while also balancing it out with Zoe’s wry sense of humor which gives the reader a glimpse into the “seedy underbelly” beneath all of Fairyland’s glitz and glamour. Zoe is a character I both liked and sympathized with as she is forced to complete ridiculous task after ridiculous task from the “Queen” and does it with such admirable perseverance and aplomb. When evidence of a “traitor” is discovered among the Fairyland ranks, a complex and ethically conflicting chain of events is set into motion, trapping Zoe in the supremely awkward position of choosing between loyalty to the evil Queen, loyalty to her peers, and even loyalty to the super-cute Prince Charming that makes her go weak in the knees. Will pompadoured princes & evil Hansels be her downfall? Not telllll-ing! But Strohmeyer does an excellent job of weaving a complicated web around her heroine to the point where I worried just how Zoe was going to achieve her fairytale ending. The conclusion to which is quite “magical,” indeed. <wink>
Overall. Adorable, romantic, whimsical, and laugh-out-loud funny, How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True is a wonderfully uplifting, feel-good summer read.
Sigh. I really wanted to like this one because I love Jessica Park…but I just couldn’t. I might fully review this, but I’m not sure.
I will warn readers, when it says for mature readers, they mean it. I’m not going to say this book is erotica but the sex scenes definitely could be classified that way. The only thing that separated it from straight up erotica is that they are isolated incidents in the book not throughout the entire book. Beyond that the mature language throughout the book was completely overwhelming and off-putting. I’ve read a lot of books and I don’t think I have ever read the f-word so many times.
To be honest, the only reason I finished the book was because I wanted to be able to honestly critique the book. While the plot was fulfilling, it was not overly complex and very predictable. I felt let down because I felt that what could have been a remarkable story of redemption and healing was sullied by a lot of unnecessary vulgarity. Perhaps, I feel this way because of my general distaste for erotic literature in general, but it definitely was not for me.