New romance novel by Penny Reid has a southern, bad boy twist to it.
Jessica has known the Winston twins since childhood. She has been hopelessly in love with one twin, Beau, the nice and endearing one. Meanwhile, the more serious and mean looking twin, Duane, is hopelessly in love with her. When Jessica finally comes back to her childhood town and mistakenly hooks up with the wrong twin, her whole crush belief system comes crumbling down. Dilemma ensues.
For me it was a fun, quick read with just the perfect amount of sex scenes. It had a couple of storyline holes which I could get past. I like how Penny Reid’s main characters are smart independent women. There are also several funny bits, like her psychotic cat named Edmund Hillary that is constantly trying to kill her. However, the whole Southern bit was laid on a bit thick and Jessica’s wonderlust/should I stay in town dilemma was tiresome. This being said, I still found the book charming and will most definitely read the next book in the series. Also, I think the cover is quite cute. Kudos on the design 😉
p.s. We mentioned a great historical romance series in the video called Maiden Lane series and mistakenly said the author was Courtney Milan. The correct author is Elizabeth Hoyt. Both are great authors we highly recommend you check out!
One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn is a fantastic geek romance book. It is a short and wonderful read about geek writer, Julie. We follow her on her quest to find her childhood comic book heroine figure, Glory Gilmore. The main character is smart, funny and you root for her all the way. It’s such a great book that my sister and I mention in the video review that it would be a great movie. After a quick google search, I’ve found out it is being made into a movie! It is full of nerdy and nostalgic references. However, it doesn’t matter if you don’t get any of the nerdy references you’ll still enjoy the book. If you love comics, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Comic-Con, great female geek characters and happy romantic endings you will love this book.
1 out of 5 stars. Oh what the hell, 0 out of 5 stars. Wing Girl, I don’t know where to start with how bad of a book you turned out to be. Wing Girl is one big cliché sprinkled generously with sexism, classism, and contempt for overweight and non attractive people. Not only is this book incredibly offensive towards women, it is also badly written. Wing Girl has no character development, just stereotypes such as the sassy friend, the rich friend and the blue collar boyfriend (who seems to be a working class man but really owns his own business and went to an Ivy League University). The plot consists of a smart, independent, but frumpy woman that cannot get a guy. Her three sassy and beautiful friends come to the rescue with a physical and personality makeover. Once this miraculous makeover takes place all guys are slobbering after her like a dog after a steak. However, our boring and one dimensional main character is emotionally immature and does not trust herself to pick the right guy bla, bla, bla. Terrible, god awful book.
Below are a couple of mention-worthy quotes from Wing Girl:
“I like a girl who can clean her plate and still be skinny”.
As we mentioned in our video review, you might as well say you like unicorns because both are mythical, non-existant creatures.
“The woman wouldn’t even need a Halloween mask with that hooked nose.”
“… and a four hundred pound guy dressed as Batman who didn’t notice a sticker someone had slapped on his back reading “you have exceeded the weight limit of your costume”.
“In one case Vincent caught a glimpse of a woman who easily tipped the scales at three hundred pounds who was wearing a thong. He quickly retreated to our cabin, saying he had to rip out his eyeballs to wash away the image or he would not be able to eat dinner.”
What are you? A fifth grader? It seems like the author’s main go-to comedic lines are ugly and fat jokes.
“Since Vincent so enjoyed seeing me in the wedding dress I’ve agreed to put it on once each year on our anniversary, as long as he wears the tuxedo. He was thrilled though he added, “And it better fit.” To which I responded, “So should the tuxedo.”
Yes, as a romance novel author, he certainly knows his demographic. Nothing is sexier to a woman than being told they better not gain weight. However, it seems like the author made this “cute” banter be OK by having the female character demand the same of her husband. It wasn’t.
Wing Girl by Nic Tatano is one of the worst books I have read this year ever read. Classless, boring and offensive. The only character I liked in this book is the much reviled HR lady, which the author nicknamed the HR Troll. Well, after this deservedly negative review you can go ahead and call me the Book Reviewer Troll. I will proudly own my nickname.
Coco and I had the pleasure of seeing Meg Cabot at Books & Books last night. She was everything you would expect her to be, charming, funny, and very entertaining. We had a blast! It was great to see several of the people attending wearing tiaras in honor of the Princess Diaries 🙂 If you have a chance to see Meg Cabot at your local bookstore don’t miss it, you’ll love meeting her in person.
I first discovered Meg Cabot’s books about 10 years ago at the public library and quickly fell in love with them. I read all of the boys series, The Boy Next Door, Boy Meets Girl and Every Boy’s Got One; and theQueen of Babbleseries. I started reading mainly the adult series, but the one I really got hooked on and has a special place in my bookworm heart is the Mediator series which is more of a YA paranormal/romance. And finally after several years, Meg Cabot is releasing the next Mediator book, Remembrance, and it’s going to be an adult book! Yes! Ahhh, so many books of hers to look forward to. But right now, her most recent book is Royal Wedding.
Royal Wedding is also an adult book based on the YA Princess Diaries. For some reason, this is the only Meg Cabot series I have not read. I’m excited about reading the Royal Wedding but a little wary because I did not read all the other Princess Diaries books. Well, we’ll definitely let you know what we think of Meg’s latest book. We’ll be making a video review of Royal Wedding as soon as we finish it 🙂
Welcome to our twelfth episode of our video podcast the Izzie & Coco Book Review Show. In this episode we talk about Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews. Ilona Andrews delivers a fantastic paranormal novel with shape shifters, necromancers, magic, and vampires. The story takes place in Atlanta in a time where technology or magic can take over the world in a moment’s notice. When a magic wave hits, cars and electricity malfunction, while magic and magic powered objects become more powerful. The plot revolves around the murders of several shape shifters, humans, vampires and Kate Daniels’ own guardian. This kick ass heroine has to deal with the most powerful shape shifter in the area, Curran, to solve the case. Curran is dangerous and sexy so Kate will have to tread lightly during her investigation. If you are looking for a great action book with great sexual tension between characters – this is it. We give this book a big YAY and recommend the rest of the series as well. Let us know what you thought! Remember to leave us a comment, we love hearing from our readers/viewers. If you found a book you love because of our recommendations or share an absolute love or hate for a book, tell us! For any comments or questions please email us at books(at)dapperanimals.com
Our next selection is the book: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. We will be posting our review soon!