Ms. Ciotta scores a winner here for me because on top of creating a believable small-town world (with all its crazy quirks and mad inhabitants. Someho...moreMs. Ciotta scores a winner here for me because on top of creating a believable small-town world (with all its crazy quirks and mad inhabitants. Somehow these folks should've been over the top but they fitted the picture perfectly here), she adds a heroine who wears glasses and who portrays the girl-who-wears-glasses-and-sees-nothing-without-them very well. Being one such girls, I loved the realism the author infused into Kylie, and the fact that a drop-dead-gorgeous male was not repulsed by said glasses and found Kylie hot and worth loving.
Other nice little note - shoe-holics, get to this story! Kylie owns a shoe shop, and plans to revamp the sturdy foot fare into more daring and innovative choice. What girl can resist that?
Not to mention Jack, the hero. A pure yum factor if there ever was one!
Somehow, this book, when you read the blurb and you even read the story with all its twists and turns, should've been labelled as lurid as the ideas in there are just, well, lurid. But Ms. Ciotta pulls them all together into a delightfully light and breezy little romp that runs along without you noticing you're turning the pages and getting more and more engrossed in the 'luridness'. It's like pairing Manolo Blahniks with grunge-torn jeans - doesn't make sense, but somehow the daring fashionista can pull it off. Just like Beth Ciotta pulls off 'Out of Eden'.
A read to recommend if you want light, sweet, romantic, and funny.(less)
There's something about this book that doesn't quite hit the mark. Reading the blurb, I went into this read looking for something funny, quirky magic,...moreThere's something about this book that doesn't quite hit the mark. Reading the blurb, I went into this read looking for something funny, quirky magic, something a little like 'Charmed' maybe. I'm sad to say this was lacking in the book.
The read flows. Ms. Klasky writes well - there's nothing wrong with flow or prose. It's just that the book doesn't 'grab'. For me what did it in was Teel. The genie struck me as too over-the-top to be believable. You might say she/he (Teel shifts genders too) is entitled to be over-the-top as a genie. But Teel was too, annoying? Grating? I found myself unnerved at her most of the time. Like when Rebecca takes Teel along when going to secure a sponsor - adding Teel and the frankly unnerving behaviour of the genie in that scene was not redeemable! The author could've found another way to make the deal go kaput.
That being said, there are shades of absolute mastery in there. Like the popcorn maker sponsor. How did Ms. Klasky come up with him? Hats off there - there isn't a more 'disgusting' character than this guy. And those popcorn flavours! Makes you want to go off popcorn for life - they're that traumatizing.
All in all, this is not a bad read. There were just aspects that can grate and unnerve (Teel the genie! And her/his relentless harassment of Rebecca to make her wish once and for all.) It just didn't really work for me.(less)
This was my first Heather Graham book, and if she wasn't such a well-loved author with legions of fans gushing over her work, it would've been my last...moreThis was my first Heather Graham book, and if she wasn't such a well-loved author with legions of fans gushing over her work, it would've been my last too. But I'm giving her books another chance, though I'm not really inclined to do it from what I've read here.
My rating says 2, when I really want it to be a 2.75 - I fell just short of 'liking' this book. Though the story starts well and grips the reader right away, halfway through, it started to run out of steam. Not even the romance between the heroine and hero powered the story - theirs was a hum-drum connection that didn't even feel like a connection half the time. I plugged through til the ending to figure out who the killer was, and this revelation took me totally by surprise, and not exactly in a good way. In a mystery, you expect clues to be planted. While Ms. Graham does great with the red herrings in the plot, the clues seemed to be missing. I even went back and re-read the book to see if I'm the one who missed the clues in case they were right there staring me in the face, but sadly, that was not the case. The revelation as to the killer seemed to come out of the blue for me, and that dampened my appreciation of what could've been a really good book. The whole ghost edge also read like something tacked on, not really woven into the story, and didn't read convincing at all.
If you're a fan of Heather Graham, you'll like this book. But if you're new to her, don't pick this one as your first read. It's disappointing.(less)