When a plane crashed behind Micki Cramer's house, in San Diego, California, she kept waiting for the sirens and rescue team to show up. As the first responder, it was up to her to tug on the arm that was waving out of the broken wreckage. Holding her breath against the choking smoke, she managed to get the pilot out and carry him to safety into her backyard. He wasn't that heavy; he was about the size of her 10-year-old nephew, who did play a lot of video games and ate nothing but Flamin' Hot Cheetos, but still. As it turns out, he wasn't a guy after all.
Ros, the pilot, was on a mission to find her missing brother who had crash-landed at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Seems she was a bad driver, too, missing her target by nearly a thousand miles and more than half a century.
If Ros can teach Micki how to use eleven percent of her brain, how can Micki help Ros?
DEE DeTARSIO is an award-winning writer living in southern California. After growing up in Ennui, Ohio, and graduating from The Ohio State University she vowed never to be cold again and ended up in Tucson, Arizona, producing the news for the CBS affiliate, oddly enough called KOLD-TV. She moved to San Diego where she worked in the SeaWorld entertainment department as a producer/writer. (Penguins are mean!) She then became a producer/writer for the NBC affiliate.
ALL MY RESTLESS LIFE TO LIVE (Winner, 2014 National Indie Excellence Awards), HAOLE WOOD (Winner, San Diego Book Awards, and Finalist in Next Generation Indie Book Awards), THE SCENT OF JADE, THE KITCHEN SHRINK (both finalists in The San Diego Book and Writing Awards), 'TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, and ROS, (Kindle Bestsellers). Her holiday novel, GINGER KRINKLES won the 2015 New Apple Book Award, as well as the New Apple Book Award for Best Cover.
Warning: The drinking of hot or staining liquids while reading this book is not recommended. ROS made me laugh out loud. A lot. And I mean spit-take worthy eruptions of laughter. I usually don't seek humor in my book selections, but DeTarsio's style as a reviewer on Reader Unboxed gave me the push to give her prose a try. And, wow, am I glad I did. I knew I was in for something special when I clicked my Kindle page button at the end of chapter one. Chapter two is uniquely hilarious. I'll leave it at that.
It's was pure fun to be inside the mind of Micki Cramer, the heroine. It was like being with a hilarious best friend on an otherworldly adventure. DeTarsio's take on Ros the alien herself seems beside the point during the early going. But as the plot thickens, and the bonds of friendship between Micki and Ros tighten, DeTarsio uses the fugitive extraterrestrial character to explore some pretty deep stuff. Although the book never takes itself too seriously, I was surprised and interested when Micki and Ros explore issues both meta-physical and existential. Fear not, for humor is never far behind, as one such scene culminates hilariously in an illegally-induced euphoric group sing-along of Journey's Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'.
I also feel I should mention the excellent editing. This book is amazingly free of errors and formating-issues, something often lacking in eBooks these days. Whether you think you're looking for a funny book or not, give ROS a go. You'll be hooked. And laughter is good for the soul. You can thank me later.
I was offered 'Ros' as part of Goodreads First Reads programme and to be totally honest, was a little apprehensive as the 'chick lit' genre is not one I would primarily opt for when selecting a book to read. Having finished the book, I would say this is more than just a chick lit novel - it had everything from humour to romance, from action to sci-fi.
Micki Cramer, the main character, captivated me from the get-go. Her humour, sarcasm and her internal dialogue had me grinning from ear to ear. She is fabulously developed character full of spirit; someone I could relate to and sympathise with in the variety of situations she finds herself stuck in. Some of the dialogue between Micki and other characters (especially Rhoda) is hilarious - Dee DeTarsio really shines when it comes to playing on words and I felt these were the areas where the story really flowed nicely.
My only criticism is that I feel a couple of the characters didn't feel as well developed (e.g the Captain, Leo etc) - Although enough information was provided to know the who's, why's and what's, I didn't feel myself leaning either way on the like or dislike scale. Despite this, the majority of the storyline is centred around Micki and Ros and so, I didn't feel disappointed as these two characters had more than enough charm and humour to capture my sympathy, empathy and attention.
Recommended for anyone interested in a light hearted, laugh-out-loud, action/humour/romance with a soft spot for aliens :o)
Chick lit? CHICK LIT?? What is everyone talking about? I know Chick Lit. Chick Lit is a friend of mine, and Ros, ……..you're no Chick Lit. Not that there is anything wrong with Chick Lit, but I found I just couldn’t categorize Ros as Chick Lit. In case you hadn’t noticed, I really like saying the words “Chick Lit”. So sue me.
The premise of this story is original, shimmering, and very, very funny. It’s like a theme from a Beethoven symphony. Before you ever hear it, it doesn’t cross your mind. After you hear it, you wonder why no one had thought of that theme before. It’s a tribute to Ms. DeTarsio’s imagination. But what she does with the premise is what counts.
Ros is an alien (from outer space, not Mexico) who crash lands in Micki Cramer’s backyard. Then the wacky adventures begin, as they (along with other family members), with the help of Captain Kerk, do their best to escape the obsessive stalking of nutso Alien hunters who have been waiting since Roswell to capture an actual Alien.
There are more laughs per page than in a collection of Dave Barry columns. And nearly every joke is a clever, hip allusion, or an indelible image. The chapter titles alone are worth the price of admission. The picture of the whole fam damily, including Ros, riding down the highway in a 24 foot multi-ton motor coach, stoned, singing Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’ at high volume will forever be imprinted on a remote synapse deep in my cerebral cortex.
There are a few lame jokes: She refers to her ex-husband Curtis as Curtass. When she is in the middle of one of her numerous lies, she thinks “highlighted” should be “hi-lie-ted”. It’s like the stand up comic who referred to Las Vegas as “Lost Wages”. The overall quality of humor is so high that these should have been left out.
If you are in the mood for something light that will make you ROTFL, this is it.
If laughter is the best medicine, then this book will be your pharmacy! While I was reading it, the people around me were treated to frequent guffaws, shouts of laughter and extended howls of mirth.
The book starts with a bang. Literally! As the story is written from a first person perspective, the reader gets a good look into Micki's thoughts and inner dialogue, which is mostly hilarious but also touching at times. Enter Rhoda, the self centered former mother-in-law, who suffers from both Alzheimer's and an unhealthy love of casinos and add to this Gal, the cat, who had developed a somewhat embarrassing problem after she had been spayed. Just to make it more interesting, throw in a couple of college kids and an elderly widower; and you have a group of characters who will keep you entertained up to the very last page.
Of course we must not forget the most important person in the story - Ros, who apart from being a completely lovable character, also has a treasure trove of wisdom to impart. I got so hooked on all these brilliantly portrayed characters, I was devastated when the book ended. “Ros” is full of clever and hysterically funny word play; and even during more serious moments, the reader is given something to smile about.
This is the best blend of superb humor, stimulating action and truly tasteful romance I have come across in a long time. The author skillfully uses references to literature and popular culture to draw the reader into the story in a very realistic way. “Ros” is an absolute must-read, guaranteeing the reader an unparalleled reading experience - a book you will not be able to put down once you’ve started reading it. Dee DeTarsio makes you look forward to what she has in store for her readers next! (Ellen Fritz)
Dee DeTarsio may write Chick Lit, but her books are never just that. They always include elements you’d expect in other genres and almost never see in Chick Lit, like action-adventure (which features in both of her books I’ve read ) or even a science fiction element, as in the alien this book is named after. These additions are fun and entertaining. They allow DeTarsio to take the story in directions you wouldn’t typically see in Chick Lit.
Pushing the genre boundaries is fun, but what stood out for me in this book was the sense of humor of the main character, Micki. At least in the beginning, she seems to be lacking in self-esteem and is unhappy with life. She lets people run over her which results in her ex-mother-in-law (who is in a mutual-loathing society with Micki) being dumped on her. But Micki’s inner dialogue is always funny and witty, as in this snippet involving Rhoda, her ex-mother-in-law:
“No go,” Rhoda said. “I think there was a murder in that bathroom. Something died in there. I could not use it. I would not go.” And now she’s Dr. Seuss? Could you, would you, in your pants? I wanted to scream.
I found Micki’s “voice” to be unique from that of Julie Fraser (the protagonist in "The Scent of Jade," the other book of DeTarsio’s I’ve read), which is something most authors have a hard time doing this well for characters who are so different. If you’re a fan of Chick Lit and not afraid of the boundaries getting stretched a little, the story of Ros would be a perfect choice.
**Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Aliens? Really? Aliens aren’t my thing. Had I read the summary a little closer and used my rusty powers of deduction, I would have realized this and passed on this read. If I had, it would have taken me a lot longer to discover Dee DeTarsio. Although this wasn’t what I expected, I really enjoyed reading Ros.
Ms. DeTarsio used the classic formula that has made Janet Evanovich’s Plum series so wildly successful. Although not very original, it is very funny. This novel centers on Ros but the real star for me is Micki, our protagonist extraordinaire. She handled everything with a sense of humor, kookiness, and blind courage. With every mishap, I laughed harder. I love that she competes at yoga, thinks about sex and food at the most inappropriate times, and puts her life on the line for someone out of this world. She’s pretty great.
Ms. DeTarsio is a natural storyteller. It was very easy to get wrapped up this adventure. I read this on Kindle and there were times I was so engrossed I would forget it was an eBook. I would actually try to manually flip the pages. Ms. DeTarsio is a sneaky one too. She’d throw in little nuggets when I least expected it. My favorite was when Rhoda says, “Life is 75 percent maintenance.” So true. It’s the other 25 percent that counts. And I’m glad I used part of my 25 percent on Ros.
I really enjoyed the first two books from Dee DeTarsio - The Scent of Jade and The Kitchen Shrink – so I was excited when she contacted me regarding her latest story – Ros. I was intrigued because this story featured Ros, basically an alien from the future that time-traveled back in time and planets to try to figure out what happened to her brother. Heroine Micki has to try to figure out how to hide this extra-terrestrial from the military, her mother-in-law, and her cat – who is featured pretty heavily throughout this journey. Ros gave me a lot of laughs, and I love these little twists in books, so the whole alien part only added to my experience instead of hindering it. DeTarsio has a special way of writing. In The Scent of Jade and now again with Ros she can stretch the chick lit genre into something more. I love that she pushes these boundaries and really steps outside the box. I admire that from both a reader and author perspective. I have to recommend Ros, because the story will make you laugh, but will also really touch you. And it’s so fun to read the creative ways someone thinks the future will be like. Ros going to the bathroom – amazing! I will eagerly await the next gem from Dee DeTarsio!
I’m happy that I was one of the chosen few who won this off of Goodreads Giveaways because it is lighthearted and fun. The narrator, Micki, gets an unexpected visitor in her backyard one evening, a very alien sort of visitor. The extraterrestrial, Ros, has crashed landed on Earth in search of her brother (the original alien from Roswell). Unfortunately she is too late to save him but now she must get back to her asteroid in 48 hours or else the gravity of this planet will crush her. Micki vows to aid Ros, enlisting the help of a wacky bunch of friends and family to hopefully get her back where she came from. Along the way other government groups try to intercept Ros so escape plans become vital.
Micki regales us with her sharp humor and silly thoughts which makes for very pleasant reading. The layout is a little strange though, I feel like the margins are gigantic but it doesn’t change the flow of the story, you just turn pages more frequently. There are a few punctuation mistakes and some extra words thrown in some sentences but other than that, it’s a comical story of intergalactic friendship.
Firstly, I'd like to thank Dee DeTarsio for sending me a copy of Ros.
This book is hilarious. I have to admit, I never usually read this kind of book - I see why it is vaguely labelled chick-lit, but it's actually a whole lot more than that!
To be brutally honest, the beginning was a little slow for me... hence why it took me so long to get started with it, but now I'm kicking myself for not getting into it sooner, because I really did enjoy it.
I loved the sci-fi element - Ros is a great character, and I liked the fact that the end scene didn't go exactly as we thought it would... (you tell him, Ros!)
It's unusual - definitely not for someone who can't follow a fast plot - but definitely worth reading. Although it's long, it's quite a nice, easy read, in that the style is conversational, and the plot keeps your attention throughout. Once I got started with Ros I just couldn't stop, I had to keep reading!
This novel blew my mind. I did read the blurb on the book but it was completely different from what I had prepared in my head. A fantastic read and definitely very different from the books I am used to reading. The plot of the book is simple but the way DeTarsio unravels the book is absolutely superb. The characters are real. They are not ambiguous as most writers try in order to appeal to greater audience. These are the characters you can relate to because they are real. There is an inner Micki in all of us and I'm sure we all know a Rhoda (Micki's mother-in-law). It really is a fantastic novel!
When author Dee DeTarsio contacted me to review this book, she described it as a "tough sale". And I would have to say she's right- I wasn't overly excited to read a book about an alien. But I cannot express how pleasantly surprised I was when I started reading.
Micki is sarcastic, awkward, and hilarious. I loved her so much. I actually found myself laughing out loud a few times at the absolutely absurd situations Micki and Ros found themselves in. Throw in Micki's senile former mother-in-law, a homicidal cat, and a few other unexpected visitors, and you have absolute chaos.
This book has been sitting on my Kindle for quite a while. I bought it when I first bought my Kindle way back in 2012 and it was on free promotion at the time. I was originally intrigued with the blurb because I love a good space romance. Unfortunately, due to my long reading list, it has taken me longer than I anticipated to get to read it.
Micki Cramer is a character I must admit I didn't connect with at first. I initially found her rather annoying. However, as the story progressed I came to like her a little more. She is a divorced mother of two who unexpectedly has a close encounter of the third kind when an alien spaceship crashes close to her house. As she tries to help the alien, Ros, get back home, she finds herself running from the US Navy and facing a dangerous cult who will stop at nothing to capture the stranded alien. Will she succeed in helping her new friend?
The blurb is slightly misleading. I thought I would be reading a space romance. However, the story is more about friendship than romantic love. Having said that, I really enjoyed watching the sisromance (can't call it bromance) grow between the two main characters. Ros's character comes across a little one dimensional in my opinion. I think this is because the author may have struggled to imagine what an alien is like, while trying not to make her too human. There is an ET type feel to the story, with action and adventure thrown in along with some quirky characters. I actually loved Micki's ex mother-in-law, Rhoda. She's an eccentric character with the beginnings of Alzheimer's, but she's as sharp as a tack when she wants to be. There are also a few other interesting characters, like Captain James Kerk of the U.S. Navy, and Stanley Brower, Micki's neighbour.
I must admit that although the story was interesting, I found it easy to put it down and read something else and then come back to it. I'm not sure if this was down to the author's writing style or if it was my mood at the time of reading. There are some scenes that had me laughing, but I think the author was trying too hard to use wit and it fell flat at times, especially where there was a need to ratchet up the feeling of suspense for some of them instead. Having said that, I especially loved the scene where they steal Stanley's RV and find him in it. Then there's the one... Nope, you may just have to read it to find out more. I did find myself becoming rather emotional near the end and even shed a tear or two. The ending was slightly unexpected, but it left me feeling satisfied. Dee DeTarsio has written an intriguing story. Her writing style is not particularly fast paced, but it kept me turning the pages. The flow of the story was pretty good, but some scenes could have been shortened for more impact. Would I read more of her books in the future? Perhaps. I am not ruling it out completely. I need to reduce my reading list first.
Due to some profane language, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I recommend this book if you love chick-lit or science fiction genres. - Lynn Worton
I don't know her personally, but I still know Dee DeTarsio is delightful. A delightful person and a delightful writer. My review of her Hawaiian mystery Haole Wood happened to come out on my birthday last month. When she saw this on Facebook, she sent me an Amazon gift of her book Ros. I was touched by her thoughtfulness. . .and here I go again. . .and I am delighted to report that Ros was delightful. ;)
I had no idea what to expect when I cracked open Ros. I didn't go online and check the description or read any reviews. I just knew that I enjoyed Haole Wood, so I would probably like Ros. I not only liked it, I loved it. Micki is recently divorced, the kids are off to college, and she's alone with her daughter's cantankerous cat Gal, who seems to like everyone but her. When what she believes to be a plane crashes behind her house one evening Micki's world is turned upside down, because that wasn't any plane. Turns out the pilot Micki rescues from the wreckage is a charming little alien that the US Military is on the hunt for, along with some rogue alien hunters bent on capturing her for themselves. Throw in a grouchy ex mother-in-law who is taking advantage of the fact that everyone thinks she has Alzheimer's, and Ros takes us on an epic adventure where intergalactic friendships are forged, loyalties are tested, and family bonds reaffirmed. (Oh, and let's not forget a little romance.)
Once again Ms. DeTarsio charmed me with her witty dialogue and awkward, self-effacing heroine. The author keeps the tone of the book light and fun while teaching us a few lessons on being a good human being through a Zen-like little alien called Ros. Ms. DeTarsio's talent for expressing humor through her writing is very natural and flows effortlessly through the dialogue. The plot is solid and engaging, tying up loose ends nicely.
This book is an eclectic mix of fantasy, adventure, sci-fi, and romance, all wrapped up in a nice little package that is lively and full of sass. It is a fresh, fun, light read with substance -- a difficult mix for any writer. Being the alien geek that I am, it was an extra-special treat to read a book of that genre targeted at women. Oh, and it's FREE this week on Amazon!
My interest was caught once I realised that the heroine was not a teenager (thankfully) but a grown women with adult children plus her rescued alien/ET was female. I appreciated the female friendship and bonding that followed but I was disappointed that so many of Michi's and Ros' chats were abut men!
The story was fast paced although I had no knowledge of the area or any idea of the distances involved in their travelling. I was interested in the characters, Micki's relationship with her children (that rang very true) even Rhoda grew on me. I found the handsome James a tad unbelievable, but let's hope there are such men out there should a Ros situation every happen. The ending was bizarre in the extreme but kind of gelled with the rest of the fairly preposterous events in the book. Not a laugh out loud book, but I was entertained.
I liked this and the true rating for me is 3 1/2 stars.
This book was cute in a frenzied sort of way. It is a humorous chick-lit/alien story. The author has quite an inventive imagination and she writes well. If you like your chick-lit full of chaotic misadventures I think you'll love it.
For me, it was just a little bit too over-the-top. I felt just a little bit like some of the zaniness was just a little bit forced.
On the plus side, this was much better than anything else I've come across that was self-published. On the negative side, I didn't find it to "shine "with tenderness and humour" or really shine at all.
This was an interesting read. Think the movie Paul (except Ros is female) with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman and Seth Rogan as the voice of Paul. There were even scenes with an RV and a marijuana joint. A Cirque de Soleil theme is used as the finale. Honestly, Paul was much more fun!
I was a bit apprehensive when I learned this was an alien storyline. But I quickly got on board with this one. Laugh-out-loud funny, quirky characters, and a sweet little adventure. I am a fan of Ms. DeTarsio's. I would be really happy to discover this was the first in a series. (hint,hint). :)