Yay! I have such a fun New Adult book review for all of you today!
Because a good book should always be shared.
by Rita Webb
Series: Paranormal Investigations #1
Publication: January 21st 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella (100 pages)
Valentine’s Day.And my 21st birthday.Whoop-de-doo.
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
The cover of Playing Hooky drew me in. Have you seen it? There’s a FREAKING UNICORN! And a couple surrounded by flames. Which sounds odd, but isn’t. Not here, anyway. I was sold.
I’ll sheepishly admit that I haven’t read many New Adult paranormal novels – but I love paranormal novels, so I figured this wasn’t a huge drawback.
Playing Hooky is a fast – and delightful read. It is easy to fall in love and relate to the characters. Emma has the misfortune of being born on Valentine’s Day. As a college student, she doesn’t even get the day off…until Jason, her childhood best friend, shows up, catchs her in her pyjamas and whisks her away for a day of adventure. Emma and Jason have best friends since childhood…but now what are they are? Emma doesn’t know. Does Jason? There is great chemistry between these two, enough that the reader is pining for them to just give in to their secret feelings.
As this is an action packed novella, the pace is fast. You’ll be on the edge of your seat, swept away into this fantastical world, waiting to know what comes next!
While I did solve the mystery fairly easily, it didn’t diminish my feelings about the book.I definitely want to read more in this series – although I’ll hope for a full length book next just to satisfy my appetite. I would love for further books to pad the mystery a little more. There was great foreshadowing, but I would have liked to have seen more options as to not give the “whodunit” away. All in all, Playing Hooky ended way too soon – I wanted more!
About the Author
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.
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