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on March 27, 2012 :
Bookended by Beauty Queens by Victoria Marshal
Oh I many opinions on the book Bookended by Beauty Queens by Victoria Marshal. I was reading the story of Angie Palmer I thought this was going to be one of those books where you have a whiney middle child complaining that they can't do this like the oldest one does and the baby of the family gets their way all the time, boy was I wrong. Angie was overshadowed by two sisters who were beauty queens but she was the smart one in the family the one that was used as the responsible one. She comes across a drag queen by the name of Val on the subway and kind of dismissed the encounter until! Her grandmother loses her apartment in a fire and she comes to live with Angie. On the subway they run into Val again and her grandma starts a friendship with him that will change all of their lives. This portion of the book was hilarious I spit my drink out of my nose laughing so hard. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Don't get me wrong this is not just a comedy there is a dramatic turn of events that I will not spoil you will have to read. Angie and her grandma take on the fight of their lives and will the outcome be favorable to all. This is a must read exceptionally good for a debut author. Well done Victoria thank you for the wonderful book.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Tia Silverthorne Bach
on March 14, 2012 :
"A journey rich in emotions and characters."
Can you imagine growing up sandwiched between beauty queen sisters? Angie learned to define herself by intelligence and toughness as the middle of three girls, especially since her older and younger sisters were beauty queens. But that’s just the beginning of the story.
Angie’s built a fence around her life, determined to keep out any entanglements. No men, no friends. Then her grandmother moves in after her home is devastated by a fire, she meets a drag queen on the subway, and an unexpected man catches her eye. The walls she’s so carefully built start tumbling down.
Every time I thought I had figured out where this book was going, it took a turn. I say this as a compliment. I was invested in the characters, particularly Angie and her grandmother, but just when I feared it would get tired or follow a too-obvious path, something unexpected would happen.
The author does an excellent job weaving many story elements into a fine fabric of action, romance, courtroom drama, social issues, and female relationships. There’s a little something for everyone.
I commend the author for taking on the controversial subject matter. Don’t be worried about preaching, though. The story focuses on the journey to opening up your heart.
Overall, the quality of the writing outweighed the grammar and punctuation errors I found. The more I read this book, the more I liked the multi-layered story and complex characters. Don’t make up your mind too soon in the story. Let your heart be your guide.
Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. The opinion expressed is my own.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Feb. 20, 2012 :
I loved this book!!! I laughed, I cried, I felt for all the characters and felt like I was in the rooms with them. Great Job Victoria Marshal!!!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Feb. 18, 2012 :
I formatted this eBook for Victoria Marshal for Smashwords. The more I worked on the formatting the more I was lured into the story. I finally had to finish reading the eBook so I could get my work done. I would recommend this eBook to anyone who loves a good story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)