March 25, 2013

book review: someone else's fairytale

Some times a dream beyond your wildest imagination come true, and others one closer to home does, too. In E.M. Tippetts' Someone Else's Fairytale, a young woman discovers this fact.

Chloe Winters wants few things in her life: to graduate at the top of her class from the University of New Mexico, enter graduate school in a year and pursue a career in her dream profession: forensic science. After growing up on the wrong side of tow, the illegitimate daughter of a high-profile dentist and his long-time assistant, she has little wish of anything else -- especially when it comes to romance.

All of that changes the day she shows up as an extra on-set of a moving being filmed near her college campus as a favor to a friend. She catches the eye of Jason Vanderholt, the local boy who sprang to stardom after a successful run on a Disney show followed-up by blockbuster success. Even as he falls harder and harder for Chloe, she faces a constant war between her heart and her brain as she also finds a way to reconcile the demons of her past with any hopes for her future.

Chloe makes a solid main character and narrator of the book. Within pages, I was drawn to her and wanted to know more about her life -- in particular the mystery surrounding her past, which has left her emotionally and physically damaged. As we, the readers, learn more about her and the wounds she carries, it is easy to understand her caution, especially with matters of the heart. She dreams of a normal life, and is completely unimpressed by Jason's lifestyle, which created a lot of good moments in the story.

Jason is no slouch as a character, either. At first, like Mary Poppins, he seems practically perfect in every way. As the story progresses, we also learn more about his past, which turns up plenty of flaws that make him intriguing instead of boring, ultimately making him a delicious dish to crush on. And despite all of his baggage, he genuinely seems like a good guy, which makes rooting for him a treat instead of a task.

The supporting characters in this story also stood out as shining elements. From Jason's well-meaning, but often overly involved family, to Chloe's self-absorbed mother, to their friends that range from a Texas good ol' boy to somewhat sleazy action stars. Perhaps the most intriguing of these characters is Jason's step-niece Kyra. Her character development and subplot enriched and progressed everything going on between Chloe and Jason in a clever way.

On top of that, this new adult novel with elements of chick lit and romantic comedy -- with a toe dipped in thriller/mystery -- offered plenty of intrigue and tension that kept me reading more. Even though a lot happens in this story, and there are many characters, it was easy and enjoyable to follow.

I stayed up late reading this story, and after reading the first two chapters of the sequel, I went ahead and made it an all nighter to see what happened next in Chloe's world. I'll delve into my thoughts on book two more deeply in May when I officially review Nobody's Damsel (sorry, y'all, the book isn't on tour until then), but I mention it now to let you know how caught up I was in these characters.

Tippetts provides a fun twist on the concept of finding fairytales in everyday life, while offering up a character-driven story that creates a solid foundation for future stories to come.

Be sure to check out an excerpt of the book here.

Rating: 4.5 of 5

Check back tomorrow for an interview with the author!

About the Author
E.M. Tippetts grew up in New Mexico and now lives in London, where she raises two boisterous toddlers, designs jewelry, and writes novels. A former attorney, she used to specialize in real estate and estate planning, specifically literary estate planning. She currently has five novels out, Time & Eternity, Paint Me True, Someone Else's Fairytale, Castles on the Sand, and Nobody's Damsel (Fairytale 2).

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