Site Update… Finally!

Hey everyone! You may notice that I have finally updated the site. The layout is much improved and I’ve begun to add some of my older reviews. I will continue adding the older reviews plus some new ones, but it will definitely be a work in progress for a while.

Thanks for continuing to visit during my hiatus!

Review: Nice Girls Finish First

Are you too nice for your own good? Or… are you a type of person that would never be labeled as “nice” in a million years? Even if you are neither of these, you will most likely enjoy Alesia Holliday’s latest novel Nice Girls Finish First.

This book is told from two points of view. Firstly, there is Kirby, VP of marketing for a sex toy manufacturer. She is a type of woman that has never been mistaken for being nice. As a matter of fact, after recently firing most of her department, her boss Banning Stuart has issued an ultimatum: Kirby either gets someone to declare that she is nice, or she will not be able to go on the Italian vacation she has planned. Not only that, she will lose her job. Kirby steps up to the challenge, albeit a bit reluctantly. After all, you don’t get ahead in life by being nice, right? Continue reading Review: Nice Girls Finish First

Review: Enchanted, Inc.

Enchanted, Inc.
by Shanna Swendson
Ballantine Books
May 2005

Although not a Harry Potter fan in the least, so far I have absolutely loved the novels to come out of the chick lit paranormal/fantasy sub-genre. Enchanted, Inc by Shanna Swendson was so good, in fact, that it made me wish the genre was bigger.

Meet Katie Chandler. From a small town in Texas and now residing in the large and overwhelming New York City, Katie is just trying to fit in and find her niche. Unfortunately her meager salary as an Assistant to the Marketing Director is barely covering rent, let alone any extras, and her boss is just plain terrible to work for. Katie also begins noticing more abnormal things on the streets and subways she takes to and from work. For instance, what is up with the girl with fairy wings? And why does nobody else seem to notice the gargoyle that sits on top of the church? And who is the horrifically ugly man who has begun to follow her around and offer her a new job? Continue reading Review: Enchanted, Inc.

Review: The Undomestic Goddess

Seriously? Sophie Kinsella is one of my FAVORITE AUTHORS ever. After five stellar novels by her, you could definitely say that I am a fan. She has a wonderful way of creating vivid, endearing characters that get into all sorts of mishaps. Her latest offering, The Undomestic Goddess, however, sort of disappointed me.

Meet Samantha Sweeting. A highly intelligent and workaholic attorney for a prestigious law firm, she is over-stressed and high-strung. Even during a spa treatment for her 29th birthday, she can’t bear to tear herself away from her blackberry or cell phone. About to be made partner at the firm, she is known for her competence and brains.

However, on the day she is supposed to have her partnership announced, she discovers she has made a huge error Continue reading Review: The Undomestic Goddess

Review: Bollywood Confidential

I absolutely love chick lit that feature Indian characters, so I was glad when I learned Sonia Singh had a second novel out entitled “Bollywood Confidential”. Although her first novel was average at best in my opinion, this latest book was a great read.

Raveena is a struggling Indian actress currently living in Los Angeles. She is tired of not getting anywhere in her acting career. After much deliberation, she decides to accept her agent’s latest offer: the lead in a Bollywood film – that takes place and shoots in Bombay, India. Despite her misgivings about living in another country for six months, she figures it would be worth it; after all, she is playing the leading role! Continue reading Review: Bollywood Confidential

Review: The Perfect Manhattan

The Perfect Manhattan
by Leanne Shear & Tracey Toomey
Broadway Books, June 28th 2005
reviewed by Rian Montgomery

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to bartend in New York City or the Hamptons? I know I have! The Perfect Manhattan will take you behind the bartending scenes and show you both the good and bad.

Meet Cassie, a fresh graduate from Columbia University who wants to be a writer but knows she needs to support herself in the meantime. No corporate slave-driven job for her! Instead she decides to become a bartender, telling herself it will only be temporary. After long hours of schmoozing customers and her boss, she ends up with a great opportunity to work in a bar in the Hamptons for the summer. Continue reading Review: The Perfect Manhattan

Review: Pounding The Pavement

There have been a slew of “working girl in the city” chick lit novels this summer so far, much to my delight. This latest debut novel by Jennifer van der Kwast features Sarah, a young woman who has been unemployed for over six months. Luckily she is scraping by with the odd freelance under-the-table manuscript-reading job (for her previous boss who had laid her off) and a string of unfortunate temp positions. However, at one such position she meets Jake – a gorgeous guy who had recently dumped his girlfriend after catching her cheating.

Sarah and Jake really hit it off and are very attracted to each other and share the same passion for movies, but Sara can’t help but wonder if Jake is merely on the rebound. After all, the break-up with his stunning ex girlfriend seems to have devastated him.

Continue reading Review: Pounding The Pavement

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