Taking a break

My dear and frothy readers,

I’m taking a break for a while to work on my own frothy tome. The site will stay live so feel free to check out the older reviews.

I’ll be back xx

Falling into a YA spiral

Apologies frothy ones, been off the grid lately reading a ton of YA stuff, despite my advanced years. Spiral maybe be the wrong word- implying it’s a bad thing. Totally enjoyed it, regret nothing. It all started with seeing the Divergent movie, after which I had to read the book by Veronica Roth, and then the rest of the trilogy (Insurgent and Allegiant). They were very enjoyable and stand up well to obvious Hunger Games comparisons, being slightly more grown up. The ‘faction’ system of the new society is an overly simplistic concept with the personality types, but the plot’s nicely character driven and the new world is strongly built.

I was then pointed at the works of Rainbow Rowell by one of my favourite gossip bloggers, and devoured a couple of those too! Fangirl is about a troubled identical twin finding her way at college while losing herself in writing fan-fiction about a Harry Potter-type series of books. It probably falls into the New Adult genre rather than YA, adults would enjoy it too if you’re interested.

I then went on to Eleanor & Park, which is now being made into a movie- this one is definite YA territory, being about two 16 year old misfits. It’s both heartbreaking and heartwarming, Eleanor has such a wretched home life it’s kind of awful to see things improve for her when you know it’s probably going to get ripped away. The author cleverly avoids one of my pet peeves; although she’s in her forties she writes younger characters well. It probably helps that the latter book is set in the eighties, a whole difference world away from today’s teens.

Christmas Carol – Michele Gorman

What to expect:
One winter wedding, two happy couples, three ex-boyfriends. And a very uncomfortable weekend.

Carol hates Christmas. Being recently dumped, she’s not crazy about weddings either. So her sister Marley’s nuptials, over the Christmas weekend, are making her positively Scrooge-like. When she arrives for the weekend at the stately home in rural Scotland to find her three ex-boyfriends in attendance, Carol has no choice but to face her ghosts to discover what really happened in those relationships, learning a lot about herself in the process. As the snow falls outside and the fire crackles in the hearth, might one of the wedding guests become the harbinger of Christmases to come?

Just a mini-review for this one, as it’s a small novella. It feels a little early to be featuring christmas books, but this has far more of a wedding theme than Christmas. Written by the talented author of Bella Summer Takes a Chance, it tells the short tale of Carol attending her sister’s big fat Christmassy wedding in a Scottish blizzard, while facing her 3 ghosts of boyfriends past. A surprising amount of backstory and lead character development are squeezed into this brief read, with some interesting smaller characters and a delightful granny. Carol is somewhat scrooge-like in her work obsessiveness and her neglect of her family, but remote Scotland in bad weather has its own way of dealing with Blackberry addiction. It’s a shame the book was so short- it felt like it had the legs to be developed into a full size frothy read. Worth a peek to get you in the mood for a romantic festive season.

UK: Amazon for £1.99.

US: Amazon for $2.99.

Holidays!

To all our frothy readers, if you’re wondering when more new content will be added- we’re having a little break to go find some sun. Normal service will resume in about 3 weeks, meantime, there are plenty of reviews here to keep you busy in the meantime! Happy reading xxx

Christmas Novellas

Mistletoe in Manhattan- Talli Roland

It’s short ‘n sweet and took about an hour to read, but something a little different. Holly is a true child of Christmas, her parents plan Christmas parties professionally, all year round. Holly was born on the big day, and has always indulged her parents obsession. But now she has a chance to prove herself by planning a massive party for a spoiled British actor- in New York.

A contemporary tale of a modern British girl on the loose in New York for the first time; she holds her own against her employer and his assistant, but will she cave in to pressure from her family and her (rather judgmental) new friend or can she cut the umbilical to her Christmas-obsessed parents?  A quick, cheap, read about adventure and family ties.

Only 77p from Amazon UK and 99c from Amazon US.

Bah, Humbug! Heather Horrocks

This is another quickie, only about an hour’s read, but that’s alright because it’s free from Amazon US and Amazon UK! Lexi is a TV homebody, a younger (unincarcerated) Martha Stewart. She gets by as a single mother to her two kids who are both fans of childrens’ mystery writer Kyle Miller. Just before Christmas they move to a nicer house that Lexi can finally afford- to discover Kyle is their next door neighbour and that he tried to hide a gun in their snowman- purely in the interests of research, fortunately. When Kyle turns out to be a lonely man on a book deadline with a sad family history, Lexi takes him on as a Christmas project; healing the problems with his father and brothers, and helping him regain his Christmas spirit. It’s a cute little love story, with interesting characters.

Santa Maybe – Scarlett Bailey

Saving the best for last- this one’s a little longer, at least two hours worth, and highly original. Thirty-ish Amy is woken on Christmas Eve by Santa- a very HOT Santa- and told it’s her turn for a wish to come true: He’s tasked with finding true love for her by the end of the night. As well as delivering all the gifts! There begins a night of travel over continents and time as they examine a past break up, her absent father, the rat-pack party scene in 1956, Bethlehem 2000 years ago, and snowy Lapland (which is not a lap-dancing club, contrary to the expectations of one elf). This book certainly defied my expectations with an original Santa mythology, unusual elves, and the aforementioned young Santa. This book is unusual fun, with some nice banter between the leads, as well as the minor characters.

Sorry, doesn’t seem to be available from Amazon US, but if you can get it from Amazon UK for £1.28, don’t miss it.

Bits & bobs

I’ve cracked it! After a few minor hiccups I have joined the twenty-first century and linked my reviews to Twitter.  So if you follow such things, add Frothy Reads and it’ll let you know every time a new review is posted here.

Off to recover with a cup of tea and a good book…

It’s here!

Welcome to Frothy Reads, where we will be reviewing all those readable, affordable, pretty-covered, easily-downloadable books.

 

Everyone needs a little light reading, especially when you’re stuck waiting in line and just want to whip out the e-reader for ten minutes.  We will be providing reviews and links to tell you which ones are worth a look, and the best deals for buying them.

New reviews will be added every couple of days.