Thursday, June 13, 2013

Playing Hooky Tour and Review


Valentine’s Day.

And my 21st birthday.


Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.

…until Jason, my best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take me out for the day.

Like old times: the two of us on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces me to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns my reality upside down.

Except nothing goes as planned, and we end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.

Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for me again.


When I started this book, I wasn't sure what to expect. But what I found was a fun filled jaunt through the paranormal. The story itself is a very quick read. The book starts out simple enough, girl (Emma) secretly in love with the boy (Jason), meanwhile boy is secretly in love with the girl.

It's Emma's Birthday, and Jason is going to take her out on her yearly birthday adventure. From here this book turns from your oh so typical romance into an adventure of hilariousness. Unicorns, Sirens, Manticores and a very magical circus all lead us into a world of the paranormal.

Now this book was fun with a capital F. But sadly I can't give it 5 stars. And I will tell you why that is, first of all the books entry into paranormal doesn't surprise Emma at all, for me that is totally unrealistic of a response to seeing real live Unicorns. I personally wouldn't accept that so quickly. But we will suspend belief for the moment that she really did respond like this. Within a chapter I knew who the culprit was who stole the Siren. AND just as I was totally absorbed in the story suspending belief and accepting that I knew who the thief was, BAM the book ended.

I never found out what Jason was, I never found out if they wind up together or not. Now mind you this is a fabulous book for what it is. I am assuming that this book is the first in a series, and I'm hoping that the next book gives me some closure. All in all, I give it 4.5 stars and I do recommend this book for a quick read and for the entertainment value.

Details/Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book for my honest review. This free book held no determination on my final review.

I’m left alone in the apartment’s tiny entryway with Jason.

“Emma,” he says, stepping closer, his head leaning down toward me. He is way too close, and I remember I’m not dressed.

Tall with wide shoulders, Jason is muscular from hard labor (construction and welding) and athletic adventures (kayaking and mountain biking). The perpetual scruff movie stars work hard to perfect shadows his jaw, and his tousled black hair kept short. He cuts it every week because it grows too fast, like at least a half inch a day. With the hazel green eyes and the confident grin he usually wears, he’d make any girl swoon.

Well, any girl but me. I’d more likely hit him upside the head with a broom than swoon over him.

“Coffee’s in the kitchen. I need to get dressed and showered; then we can go for pastries at the bakery around the corner.” Just off campus, there’s a scrumptious little shop, but I never have time in the mornings. I turn back to my room but then stop. “Oh, how do I need to dress for the day?”

“Sure.” He runs his hands through his hair, but his eyes are too busy following my ass to pay attention to anything I said.

“Jason.” I snap my fingers. “Up here. What do I need to wear?”

His gaze shifts to my face, and he grins, not even having the decency to flush. “Dress warm.”

Good. So we’re going to have an adventure.

Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.

I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

When I grow up (maybe a hundred years from now), I'd like to be a superhero, but for now, saving the day, one page at a time, suits me just fine.

With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.


1 comment:

  1. Aaaaw, thanks for hosting me and PLAYING HOOKY. Have a nice day!