16 March 2012

Making It Big

This book is by Lyndsay Russell. 

I really didn't like this book. The writing is very average (Read: could have used a good editor), the plot could have been somewhat interesting but I found it was so buried in fantasy that it just ended up ridiculous. I also thought that it was a very long book - it felt more like it should have been a short story. 

It revolves around a fat girl who feels so hopeless in her quest to lose weight that she goes to a doctor advertising a 'miracle cure', and ends up in an alternate universe where fat is the new thin - and the bigger the better. From there it just gets more unrealistic. She very quickly - within 24 hours - gets a job as a supermodel, becomes famous, and sleeps with many hot and famous men. 

I just found it totally stupid and badly written. Unfortunately for me, I find it very hard not to finish a book. 

I think the invention of the ebook has a lot to answer for. Although it is wonderful that it has given more writers the opportunity to get their work out there, the lack of filtering means that there are a lot more books out there that haven't had the volume of reading, writing, re-reading, re-writing and editing that maybe they would benefit from. 

My opinion only, of course, but as a reader of these books I really feel that this one was a waste of my time. 

What are your thoughts on this book?

10 March 2012

Dreaming of Mr. Darcy

This is the second book in the "Austen Addicts" trilogy by Victoria Connelly. The first is "A Weekend with Mr. Darcy" and the third is "Mr. Darcy Forever" and I believe is to be published in April this year.

They're light hearted, they're fun, they remind me that I want to read Jane Austen and still haven't. They are chick lit and they reinforce my faith in love.

I like this series because they're sweet, they're romantic without being overly soppy. And that's really all I think I need to say! They're a lovely way to escape reality for a few hours.