Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Blog Tour {Review & Giveaway}—Playing Hooky by Rita Webb

Stopping by The LUV'NV today is the Playing Hooky blog tour, organized by Xpresso Book Tours!
We got to read and review this fun little novella, and you can enter to win an eBook copy!

Playing Hooky
by Rita Webb
Book #1 of Paranormal Investigation  series
Publication: January 17th 2013 by Rita Webb
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance | Novella

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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.

Playing Hooky  was a sweet, entertaining little novella. While it starts with a NA Contemporary Romance feel, with two best friends secretly crushing on each other and skipping class, it quickly develops into a Fantasy world with a magical circus and mythical creatures.

Emma and Jason have been best friends for as long as they can remember. When he takes her out on their tradition of a new adventure for her birthday, he reveals the one side of his life she never knew. Although I would've appreciated a more realistic reaction from Emma concerning this fantasy world and Jason's secret (among other things I won't disclose to avoid spoilers), I liked their easy relationship. The banter was cute and funny, their chemistry was apparent, and their individual narratives were wonderful and distinct.

The secondary characters were great. In a matter of a few lines, I knew their personalities and couldn't decide who I liked better. Even though this is a short read, the plot was interesting and gleaned into another mystery, piquing my interest for what the next book holds for all the characters, particularly Jason and his secret lineage. This novella is more plot-driven, a race-against-time event, so it's a bit lighter on character growth and development.

Overall enjoyable, Playing Hooky  is a nice start and glimpse into a fun Fantasy series. I think the whole story, the series arc and the idea behind it, would've been great as a full-length novel. Rita Webb certainly has the imagination and a good grip on twisty plots.

eBook provided by Rita Webb via Xpresso Books Tours. Thank you!

Rita Webb

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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.

Two (2) beaded bookmarks
A beaded butterfly bracelet
Ten (10) eBook of Playing Hooky
Three (3) ebooks of Transcendent: Tales of the Paranormal
Five (5) ebooks of Daughter of the Goddess

1 comment:

  1. Awesome review! Novella series are becoming really popular lately I'm seeing, so instead of waiting for full length novels we get shorter installments but also shorter wait times so I guess there's an advantage to them. One of my favorite kind of relationships are those with amusing banter between the characters so I think I would like these 2! :)