Review | Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon

An entertaining, though unremarkable contemporary romance/ chick-lit. 3/5 stars.

Johnny Be Good by Paige Toon

I finished reading Station Eleven and the next book I had lined up was The Wrath and the Dawn. I had issues with the former being a bit slow, and I had heard that latter was similarly glacial at the start. So before settling down for another slog, I decided to read something light and quick.

And that’s exactly what Johnny Be Good is. It’s entertaining, fast-paced, well-written and would do nothing to disappoint fans of the genre.

I think it would have been improved by being 100 pages shorter. It all starts to get rather repetitive about half way in. Meg loves Johnny, Johnny is a total narcissistic prat who needs a good kick up the backside. He raises her hopes, then dashes them. She dithers about. Rinse. Repeat. That said, it’s a credit to the author that you keep reading even though the book has these issues.

This is the first book by Paige Toon I’ve read, and I’d happily read more. I think I’ll keep any eye out for the sequel and perhaps get it from the library the next time I need to read something breezy. Definitely one for fans of chick-lit though, I think others might want to kill the characters for being egotistical/doormats/indecisive. You’ve been warned! 🙂

 Claire Huston / Art and Soul

Review | The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood

The Vintage Guide to Love and Romance by Kirsty Greenwood book coverMany things about this book are good, but it’s definitely one for fans of comedy chick-lit.

What it’s about:

When twenty-something singleton Jess Beam finds herself without a home, job or friends, she tracks down and moves in with her estranged grandmother. Desperate for the cash from a prospective publishing deal, they embark on a project to see if Jess can make an apparently eternal bachelor scumbag fall in love with her using the tips from her grandmother’s 1950s “good woman” guides to dating.

My take:

I have mixed feelings about this book I find hard to express. So hard, I’m going to have fall back on bullet points.

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WWW Wednesday 17th June 2015

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This meme is hosted by Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. A similar meme, This Week in Books is hosted by Lipsyy Lost and Found.

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Review | Coming Up Roses by Rachael Lucas

Coming Up Roses by Rachael Lucas book coverA solid, entertaining second novel from Rachael Lucas.

The blurb:

Would-be gardener Daisy can’t believe her luck when her parents announce they’re off on a gap year, leaving her in charge of their garden. After a turbulent few months, a quiet spell in the country is just what she needs.

A shoulder to cry on wouldn’t go amiss either – so when Daisy comes across Elaine and Jo, she breathes a sigh of relief. But her new friends are dealing with dramas of their own . . .

As Daisy wrestles the garden into something resembling order, her feelings for handsome Irishman George, begin to take root. But Daisy’s heart’s desire – her parent’s garden – is under threat, and she is forced to confront nosey neighbours and fight greedy developers. Village life is turning out to be far from peaceful.

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Writing tips. Saying goodbye to Bob.

While scouring the Internet for any advice that could distract me, ahem, I mean help me with revising my novel, one of the most useful comments I found (in several places) regarded weeding out your disappearing characters.

You know. The Bobs, Petes and Daves* who make a splash in the first couple of chapters only to evaporate, never to be heard from again.

The editorial wisdom is as follows:

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