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Sparkles by Louise Bagshawe
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May 22, 07

liked it
bookshelves: frenchie_stuff
Recommended for: meh ... stupid people? :)
Read in May, 2007

So I picked this up in America because I wanted to read about Europe (France, in particular) while I was there. What can I say? Euro-trash soap opera sums it up nicely. This is yet another 500-pager that left me wondering why it wasn't cut down to a nice, clean 250 pages. Cut out the numerous food descriptions, the over-done, unnecessary, and dry descriptions of the character's clothes and jewels, and you're halfway there.

The first 200 pages were dull, but I kept reading for the simple reason that I wanted my 13 bucks worth. Around page 250, the story starts to get interesting. Slightly. Enough to motivate me to keep reading. The end was trite, melodramatic, and stupid ... I've read better endings by Harlequin writers, for Chrissakes.

To the author's credit, there was a jaw-dropping plot twist and a touching love story that grew from one character's transformation. Other than that, the book was trash, not even worthy of beach-reading.

The characters were flat. The writing is boring and patronizing, if not just bad. I couldn't stand how the author was used the same repetitive adjectives to describe two completely different characters: this is not a literay device, this is just sloppiness from the writer and the editor (who probably fell asleep on the job hundreds of pages of ago.) Metaphors sucked. Nothing original here at all.

The story could have had potential, though ... too bad a better writer didn't come up with the idea.

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message 1: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Is this author related to Tilly Bagshawe?? I read "Adored" by her ..... awesome juicy read, very Valley of the Dolls (sans dolls)

La Petite Américaine You know, I'm not sure. I didn't like it though. I only ended up giving it three stars because it did keep me entertained for a week, despite having sucked.

message 3: by Nicole (new)

Nicole Okay so I found out Tilly and Louise are sisters. You might like "Adored" or maybe not. I was totally sucked in despite the fact it was definitely not good literature. The outlandish characters and storyline kept me totally intrigued.

La Petite Américaine Ok, so going along with your last comment, what REALLY pisses me off about this shit-written book is that 3 weeks after having finished it, I still can't stop thinking about the story. For God's sake! It's annoying. I just wish a capable writer had come up with it. :)

message 5: by Nicole (new)

Nicole haha, don't ya hate that?? It must absolutely kill you being a writer yourself! Hey at least you know if your novel doesn't get published you can write a bunch of shit and have it be a bestseller ;) Sad isn't it?

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