Short and Sweet: 2 Contemporary Mini Reviews

How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True

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Publication Date: 23rd April 2013
Rating: 2.5/ 5 bamboo sticks
When cousins Zoe and Jess land summer internships at the Fairyland Kingdom theme park, they are sure they’ve hit the jackpot. With perks like hot Abercrombie-like Prince Charmings and a chance to win the coveted $25,000 Dream & Do grant, what more could a girl want?

Once Zoe arrives, however, she’s assigned to serve “The Queen”-Fairyland’s boss from hell. From spoon-feeding her evil lapdog caviar, to fetching midnight sleeping tonics, Zoe fears she might not have what it takes to survive the summer, much less win the money.

Soon backstabbing interns, a runaway Cinderella, and cutthroat competition make Zoe’s job more like a nightmare than a fairy tale. What will happen when Zoe is forced to choose between serving The Queen and saving the prince of her dreams?

I absolutely loved Happyland because of its theme park parody. This book’s been on my TBR for a while so since I was craving more Happyland, I thought why not read it?

Fangirl Points

  • Um, maybe the setting. It’s a mock Disneyland and I just love books with theme parks in them. I really get into the behind the scene stuff that happens at theme parks and this book delivered with the special “Prince Charming” cologne that emits some kind of special pheromone and the character training camps. Just yes.
  • The backstabbing and behind the scene politics. This is what made Happyland so good for me and really made the book better too. I’m one of those people who watch bad shows for the backstabbing because it’s just so funny.

Cranky Points

  • The characters. Most of them were underdeveloped, especially Zoe. We get bits of backstory but that’s really it. I felt no connection with any of the characters. Then there’s the Queen who’s literally Devil Wears Prada Meryl Streep but with a heart of gold on the inside.
  • The plot twist. Like WTF mate, you can’t just pull something out of your ass like that at the very end. I felt like it was made to try and cover up the lack of plot that we get in the book. Literally the whole book is about finding Prince Charming and that can be pretty interesting… but it wasn’t. It was slow and pointless.
  • Needed to be more funny, or angsty or something. There was no tone. None.
Verdict: Maybe take a pass on this and just go watch Happyland. At least it has making out. 
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters (Grimbaud #1)

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Publication Date: 12th May 2015
Rating: 3.5/5 bamboo sticks
Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

So I saw a review of this book on another blog and was really curious to read it. I mean it sounds like contemporary but it has some elements of fantasy… honestly never heard of the combination of the two!

Fangirl Points

  • The setting because holy crap did I love it. The town of Grimbaud is ruled by Zita’s fortunes and it was kind of interesting to see how they worked. Basically everyone knows their love lives for the year and that concept to me was just so intriguing. I mean would it be better to know or not? What do you guys think? Then we have all the magic in the world which isn’t just love charms but weather charms, studying charms… I could definitely use some of those XD
  • I loved the mystery and I wished it had been integrated right from the start. We have our team of bad fortune recipients who decide to take Zita’s shop down which was as epic as it sounded. I was honestly feeling pretty scared for them. They were taking down LOVE essentially.
  • It was so easy to read. I pretty much finished it in a day because it was quick and a breezy read. The writing really kept you invested in the whole story.
  • The blurb promises a plot about love and we get it in the least cheesiest way possible. It’s a pretty heartwarming story about a group of friends and their love lives.

Cranky Points

  • Fallon was a major problem for me. She’s too uptight about everything especially considering she’s 15. I did like her after the beginning as she grows into a person of depth but at the start she was just ugh.
  • I have to complain that the other characters were really not developed well. We have all these stereotypes like the tough best friend, the gay best friend, the playboy, the crazy friends and the girl who has a special talent. They all needed more to their characters but I did like reading about them. I’m just hoping they get more page time in the next book!
Verdict: To read when you need something quick, cute and unique.

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Also, Amy from Book Enthral and I are hosting a readathon from 21-31 January. It’s a readathon for all those 2015 releases you didn’t get to last year because we all have those books sitting on dusty shelves. This is their time to shine! Just check out my post for more info. Hope to see you involved 😀

 

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Author: Prima

Still crazy obsessed with High School Musical and is still disappointed real life high school did not involved as much singing and dancing. Almost 18 but relates to 5 year olds. Super cynical about Disney movies and kdramas but still loves them. Blogs about books and feels.

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