BOOK REVIEW: “Exquisite Corpse” by Penelope Bagieu

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  • Title: Exquisite Corpse (Amazon) (Goodreads)
  • Author: Pénélope Bagieu
  • Publication: First Second (May 5, 2015)
  • Pages: 128
  • Genre: Romance, Graphic Novels/Comics
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 2/5 stars

Exquisite Corpse rubbed me off the wrong way. The story is meant to be a romantic comedy, but I found it mildly frustrating. The lead character is a lazy protagonist. She didn’t do much to get her happy ending and the way she got it was, well, I’ll try not to spoil it.

LET’S START FROM THE BEGINNING

You’re introduced to Zoe’s not-so-wonderful life in Paris. She’s stuck in a dead-end job as a spokesmodel. Occasionally, creepy men would ask for her picture and cop a feel.

After work, Zoe returns to her apartment to her no-good boyfriend. He doesn’t do much but watches TV all day and badmouths her.

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This is not Zoe’s dream life. She wants a better life with a boyfriend who’s glad to listen to all her problems and surprise her in the mornings with breakfasts in bed.

The problem: you don’t exactly see Zoe’s character transformation. All she does is cries and complains.

HERE COMES THOMAS

A glimmer of light shines upon Zoe’s crumbling love life when she meets Thomas Rocher, a writer. Thomas doesn’t like going out. He rather stays in his home and write all day.

If he wants something to eat, it’s delivered to him.

Zoe gets tired of staying indoors with Thomas. She wants to go out during the day together like all normal couples do in the famous city of love.

Things take a sharp turn when Zoe meets Thomas’ editor and ex-wife Agathe. What she reveals about Thomas changes Zoe’s mind forever.

THE BIG SECRET

You’re probably dying to know what Zoe figured out about her perfect boyfriend writer. All I have to say is she takes his greatest secret and ruthlessly uses it against him in the end.

Out of thin air, Zoe becomes a renowned writer. Where did this come from? How did she get into this spot? You don’t ever see her writing. Zoe says herself she has never been into a bookstore!

You don’t see Zoe’s character arc, her trials and tribulations, none of that! If you read Exquisite Corpse, you’ll see how it worked out, but still be puzzled.

I felt sorry for Thomas, then again, he wasn’t much a better character himself. Thomas didn’t see Zoe as a new love interest, but a temporary muse. He has been in a writer’s stint until Zoe came into his life.

Nothing matters more to Thomas than his writing and his book reviews. It doesn’t matter if anybody close to him feels left out in the process. You’ll know why Agathe left him.

CONCLUSION

Exquisite Corpse’s good to read once. The book doesn’t stop me from reading Pénélope Bagieu’s works. I loved Brazen, and I’m looking forward to reading California Dreamin.

I wish Zoe was more of an active character. It’s okay to complain at first, but please, do something about it! I truly wanted to see Zoe succeed.

 Exquisite Corpse left me going, “WTF?”

Have you read Exquisite Corpse? Comment below your thoughts.

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Library Book Haul: August 2016 *Romantic Edition*

According to National Day Calendar, August is Romance Awareness month! This gave me a good excuse to pick up a few sexy books from the library shelves.

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Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Finally,  a book written by Sherrilyn Kenyon! As a longtime romance reader, I’ve never had the chance to pick up any of her books until now. Fantasy Lover is an interesting story about Grace, a sex therapist, who falls in love with Julian,  a cursed Spartan general. Grace accidentally summons Julian from a book and learns the ancient Greek gods condemned him to be a love slave. Any summoner uses Julian for their own pleasures until he is sent back into the book within a month. Grace and Julian form a strong romantic bond (besides the obvious sexual tension). Now, they have to find a way to destroy the curse before their month together runs out.

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by Larissa Ione (Amazon) (Goodreads)

I’ve been following Larissa Ione’s works in the 1001 Dark Nights series, a collection of steamy stories written by various writers. I love Ione’s imaginative world of angels, demons, and everything in between! I already read her story about Hades and Azagoth, the grim reaper. This time, it’s all about Azagoth’s fallen angel assistant:  Z (formally known as Zhubaal). Z strongly believes his past love’s reincarnation is a demon soul collector named Vex. Only Vex doesn’t believe Z so he tries hard to help her recollect her past life as his lover.

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The Vampire’s Bride by Gena Showalter (Amazon) (Goodreads)

Gena Showalter and I go way back. I stared reading her books in the early 2000s with The Stone Prince and The Nymph King. Now, I’m back into Showalter’s realm with The Vampire’s Bride, a love story between a vampire king and an Amazon trapped on an island together. Can’t wait to read how this story turns out!

Have you read any of these books? Know any of these authors? Feel free to comment below! ^_^

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: “The Mistletoe Promise” by Richard Paul Evans

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The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans (Amazon) (Goodreads)

 

  • Title: The Mistletoe Promise 
  • Author: Richard Paul Evans
  • Publication: Simon & Schuster (November 18, 2014) *first published in October 28, 2014*
  • Pages: 251
  • Series: The Mistletoe Collection
  • Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, Romance
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Source: Library
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

 

Richard Paul Evans’ The Mistletoe Promise is a surprisingly heartwarming holiday romance.  The promise is a contract of holiday companionship made between Elise Dutton, a humble travel agent, and Nicholas Derr, a lawyer who seems too good to be true in Elise’s small world.  If their relationship lingers happily beyond the term of the promise, they can move on as an official couple. If not, the promise respectfully ends. Hopefully, the people and memories from both of their dreadful pasts doesn’t get in the way of their joyous present.

Before reading this book, I thought it would be another cheesy romance. I’ve picked up a chick-lit vibe from it and was instantly turned off. Stories about women who are suddenly born into feeling human beings when they meet their Prince Charmings always rubbed me off the wrong way.

Fortunately, this book made me want to squeal into a pillow with excitement for Elise and Nicholas and scowl at anything threatening their relationship. I needed a book like this as the holidays are approaching. The Mistletoe Promise is a charming holiday book. Behold, there’s a shocking twist in this story! Just to let you know…

Have you read this book or any of Richard Paul Evans’ books? Which holiday romances you’ve read?