So I knew the moment I opened the publicist email I wanted to read this. Long time friends know I avoid "New Adult" except for some paranormal/fantasySo I knew the moment I opened the publicist email I wanted to read this. Long time friends know I avoid "New Adult" except for some paranormal/fantasy authors and I avoid contemporary romance by in large almost as much. But shit this had so much I love in the summary,
I'm also horribly superficial and if I was picturing a young James Marsden as Gavin, well suck a lemon that's my fantasy.
That isn't to say there weren't issues--typical miscommunication issues in romances, a bitchy character who was written shallowly, a bit of a deus ex machina to bring the chars' problems and the central conflict Elise has to resolution. But I gobbled this up faster than blueberries. Its a quick read and while Elise makes dumb decsions (which folk call her out on a lot) I could relate. I make bad decsions when panicked.
So in conclusion LOVE. Though I wonder about Veronica. I felt bad for her in the end honestly....more
On the one hand I enjoyed this - it was fluffy, light and sweet, with the occasional foray into deeper things. Its kindSo I'm of two minds here guys.
On the one hand I enjoyed this - it was fluffy, light and sweet, with the occasional foray into deeper things. Its kind of like when I get a mocha caramel macchiato (with extra whipped cream) at Starbucks. Mostly its sweeter than sugar, but occasionally I'll get a strong sip of the espresso underlying and its nice.
On the other hand I guess it was just...okay. I'm tempted to say not a lot happens, but that's not really true--a lot happens to Angie over the course of her trip and beyond. It just never ascended to a higher level of adrenaline for me. Usually in romances, of which this is much closer to a romance than a chicklit (though I'm not entirely sure how this is considered), something grabs me. The banter between the H/h, the obstacles in their path, the antagonist...something. GIRL'S GUIDE that doesn't happen so much.
This reminded me strongly of listening to a girlfriend talk about her amazing vacation, but in such a pedantic way it takes out all the fun. "First I met this cool Delta* flight attendant, than we became besties, than I shared all my intimate secrets with him, than I arrived in Athens..."
Milos was a fun guy. I have no real problems with him, though I sort of judged him with some of his actions at times (no more than any other Greek God I'd judge though...they can't all be Hades or Hermes okay?). As the first book in what is listed as a trilogy this guy's adventures (divine or otherwise) are far from over.
That said, and I'll hide this bit because its a large enough spoiler to ruin a bit of the last third, (view spoiler)[ I feel like the separation should have carried into the next book. Milos giving up, what amounts to, his divinity for true love is all well and good, but we spent so much time watching Milos woo her, that their actual time together was minimal before they were separated. Than she had to Quest for him and they're reunited. Their reunion somewhat overshadowed by the fact Milos is in despair over losing everything and everyone he loved (or rather is no longer welcome). (hide spoiler)]
As for a guy writing a "Girl's Guide", the title is kind of a misnomer; its less a guide than a "this adventure happened to me!" novel. And while sometimes Angie responded in a way somewhat alien to me, it was hardly a thing since she grew up in vastly different circumstances. Her pragmatism was often at war with her romanticism which was then at war with her positivity which all got chucked to the side when her pessimism came to play. She hardly knew what she was feeling when she was feeling it half the time.
I'm interested to see how this plays out, so I'll be checking out the next book for sure, but I'm not sure how to recommend this.
(*) there's a fair amount of brand dropping here--more than I'm used to actually, but I swear in the chapter she's aboard the airplance she says Delta a dozen times. Praises Delta. God Blessed Delta. No offense but I've flown Delta? And while I've had at least one decent flight attendant, by in large its not an experience I look forward to. I only fly Delta if Southwest or Virgin isn't avail.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more