Well, hello, new series that I will follow closely until the very end. I picked up this book for the fun pun of the title, and the pretty blue cover,...moreWell, hello, new series that I will follow closely until the very end. I picked up this book for the fun pun of the title, and the pretty blue cover, and of course, the fact that the plot was an interesting one with a lot of promise, and let me tell you, sometimes, it is okay to judge a book by its cover and its title.
For those of you who want me to skip the fangirling and go straight to the point, let me introduce you to Deidre 'Foxtrot' Lancaster. She's the executive assistant of one eccentric rich boss, Zelda 'ZZ' Zoransky. Life in the Zoransky estate can be described in one word as 'chaos'. I would've liked to say I exaggerated, but if I were in Foxtrot's shoes, well, I would've had a blast. But also been very tired. She deals with many different guests and their sometimes unusual demands, almost every kind of animal ZZ wishes to adopt, from cats and dogs to big, bad and ugly. She has to manage the household, arrange for all that's needed for the big estate. And lately, more responsibility, this time in the supernatural variety, falls on her shoulders too. Oh, and her workplace is near an animal graveyard which requires her immediate attention and savior abilities.
I know it sounds a bit confusing, but one gets the hang of things pretty quickly while reading. The messy environment is actually not all that messy, and the hodgepodge of people is actually very easy to distinguish. You get sucked right into the story, with all the supernatural and the mystery that needs attention, and you barely have time to process it all but somehow you manage. I think that's the success of the author. Information is sticking out from every other place but you pick them up and move on. Much like how Foxtrot has to do it.
When mentioning a mystery and having the grand duty of taking care of a graveyard for animals, one needs an entourage of course. And they were my favorite, I gotta say. Foxtrot is aided by an old friend Tango, a sassy cat who used up seven lives out of her total nine, and an ectoplasmic shape shifting beast of a dog ironically named 'Tiny'. Have you been seduced yet? If not, let me tell you, they meet an array of different animal spirits in the graveyard, and they also have to deal with the eccentricities of the still living ones. I can't introduce them all, besides, it's better if you meet them for yourself anyway.
As a series first, this book blew me away. I loved every single character that popped up in there, be it to say a few words, or dominating a few pages. I'm not even going to mention all the things I loved about the main trio because I wouldn't have enough time or space here. I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and I do recommend it to those who love supernatural stories with good characters, a fun plot, witty dialogue, and featuring our best furry friends. (less)
I've had this book on my shelf for a while, and to be honest, for its Christmastime setting, I was keeping it for warmer weather, to remind me of days...moreI've had this book on my shelf for a while, and to be honest, for its Christmastime setting, I was keeping it for warmer weather, to remind me of days when I could wear more layers than my skin. However, I couldn't wait any longer, and squeezed it right in.
Katy Regnery's debut novel, By Proxy, tells the story of two people who stand in as proxies for their loved ones in order for them to get married. Jenny comes in for her best friend Ingrid, and Sam, for his cousin Kristian. And while they do their good deed for Ingrid and Kristian, they realize they might just have found what they didn't even know they were looking for. Well, at least it was the case for Sam. He's a city boy through and through- even though we didn't get to see that part of him for a big chunk of the book. Parties and one night stands in the big city, he wants to get it over with and go back home. Jenny, on the other hand, is a classic small town girl. She's extremely shy, loving and giving to the point of ignoring her own wishes. They both had their faults in dealing with their unexpected budding romance, I'll give you that, but in the end they were able to realize those mistakes and compromise.
The tone of this book was, in one word, romantic. The sexiness, however, was a bit shy, hiding behind the romanticism. This book wasn't about how much the hero and heroine rocked each other's worlds in the bedroom, but how a good deed can come back and kiss you on the cheek. In the cold. Offering hot cocoa. There were perhaps no sudden passionate outbursts, but the sexy was peeking at us through a light kiss pressed against the back of a hand trying to prevent tender, secret words from escaping, or the lacing of fingers when holding hands. So yes, there was no tearing off clothes here, but there was love at first sight for even the non believers.
The icy but beautiful winter, combined with Christmas traditions and a small town family with mixed Norwegian and Swedish heritage, this story was heart warming. The storytelling needs a mention here as well, I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely wording for the characters' points of view. It seems, a gal can love her stories hot and spicy, but also enjoy a safe little cocoon with a cup of hot chocolate and tender romance. (less)
I came across this series completely bu chance, and I was wary at first because of its art. I'm usually very picky about my manga art, and this one se...moreI came across this series completely bu chance, and I was wary at first because of its art. I'm usually very picky about my manga art, and this one seemed more old fashioned than what I like with the big popping eyes of the heroine. But I admit, by the time I reached the end of the first volume, I was very much smitten with it.
The art, as classic as it is, combined with the witty dialogue and likable characters, makes a fun story to read. The plot may not be the most original, but it still managed to grab my interest, and I'm already making plans to read the rest.(less)