Sunday, 28 September 2014

Miss Spelled by Sarah Belle






Diversity is such a wonderful thing isn't it?
For instance, had I read a single review that had given this book a one star rating, I wouldn't have to be writing one myself because... someone else would have saved me the time and money.

I was refused an arc of this book.
On the one hand I would like to thank that person who refused my request ...whoever she/he may be:
It is obvious that YOU have more sense than I'll ever have in my lifetime!
Because just after I got my hands on my shiny new Kobo Aura, guess what I bought!!
This... story :/
On the other hand... HOW COULD YOU refuse my request??
You made me spend my money on this!
o_O

There's a song that comes to mind when I start thinking about this book: Yes, it even has its own soundtrack!
How lovely is this?

Michael Jackson: Bad
This is so bad, in a Crazy for Mary _everyone's over the top and pretty much insane_ kind of bad!

I love Magical Realism.
This is not magical realism.
 PLEASE, stop saying things like that.

This is the second book in a short period of time that has claimed to have magical realism connotations.
 I think you don't know what magical realism means.
 Please go read some Alice Hoffman, and Sarah Addison Allen books so you can get an idea...
Also by claiming that a book is written according to magical realism, you will actually get readers who are used to reading magical realism!
Those readers _ myself included _ will not find this categorization amusing.

For me this is pure and utter nonsense, with a side dose of idiocy.
 Chick Lit meets spells... internet spells.

I don't like idiocy _there, I've admitted it! _, I like humour. I like wit. I like quirkiness.
This?
I did not like.
Mixing fantasy elements in a contemporary setting is always complicated. When to that one adds an extra dose of insanity?
Well, it depends on the readers: some will have a wonderful time, and others will have a fit.*hand up in the air*

All the characters in this story, are stereotyped clichés in a type of soap opera drama that meets romantic comedy:
The characters with money are pretty much all described as spoiled, egocentric asses... who eat too little and "sniff" too much.

The ones that don't have that much money, are pretty much all great people with a strange sense of humour.

The main character has that lovely characterization of: Oh  My God, my boyfriend is so hot and wonderful, and I wonder what he saw in me! 
Also I should give thanks every day of my life because he's with me... simple old me.
________
Then there's the casual slut shaming...
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In the end the only character who has some sort of sense is Mel, Lou's BFF.
And this is why I am giving this 1.5 stars..

It wouldn't surprise me one bit if this got adapted to the cinema:
It has that vibe.

Also the cover?
The cover transported me to a lovely beautiful romance... in my head :/

In truth the cover should have been something along the lines of "My girlfriend has amnesia/  Meet The Parents/...Fockers".

Sorry, not for me.

And if you really, really want to...


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