#BookReview: Find Me I’m Yours by Hillary Carlip

Reviewer: Allie

find me i'm yoursI received a review copy

Mags (short for Maggie) is a 24 year-old graphic artist working for an online bridal site in Los Angeles.  It isn’t exactly her dream job, because Mags is an “artist” not a marketing professional.  And after she finds her boyfriend in bed with her neighbor, she finds it hard to get excited about weddings.  Her best friend CoCo convinces her to try online dating, and to make a personal video as part of her profile.  After she purchases a video camera on Craig’s List – she discovers a taped message in the camera.  The tape leads Mags on a convoluted scavenger hunt to find her soul mate.  While trying to decipher the crazy clues from her yet to be found “future husband,” she also has to deal with a narcissistic roommate, a sexist boss and Coco.  Coco is a flip-flopper.  One minute she’s a naysayer about the concept of soul mates and the next she’s trying to set Mags up with the perfect guy.  Adding to the stress is Mags’ mom, who is always calling for help with her very troubled brother.  It’s no wonder she wants to run away and get married – at twenty-four!

The book moves at a very fast pace, which was at times frantic for me, but demonstrated the urgency Mags felt while racing to find her man.  I’m older than our heroine, so I was on the side of those in her life who thought the hunt was insane.  But the mystery and its clues are very clever.  The characters are unique, often in rebellious and irresponsible way – a few were more like caricatures than actual people.  I adored the heroine and her backstory certainly justified her thought process and frenetic actions.

I read this book as an ARC and I’m glad I did, because I’m old school.  However, this is an eBook loaded with pictures and links to actual websites, many of which were set up just for the book.  Mags even has a real Instagram account you can follow.  Reading this book is a multi-media experience – there are even videos!  I’m not sure if this is the way of the future, but I kind of hope not, because it was a bit much for me.  However, I know Millennials will love it.  I enjoyed the story, which is well written and plotted – a wildly fun ride.

Four Stars

In My Mailbox: Week of October 27

the pursuit of happinessTitle: The Pursuit of Happiness

Author: Melissa Rae Madison

Received: CLP Blog Tours

Synopsis: Tay Bellagio, a former tomboy from rural Pennsylvania, has finally achieved the life of her dreams, or so she thinks. She’s a successful lawyer for a top law firm in Philadelphia, making more money that she ever imagined. She has a group of dear friends and a loving extended family, and the attractive bartender at the local Irish pub has just asked her on a date. She has everything she wants, except happiness.

Why is Tay so miserable? Maybe it’s her boss, a power-hungry partner at her firm who thrives on humiliating his subordinates. Maybe it’s her friends, who are getting fed up with her diva attitude, or her family, who thinks she’s pulling away from them. Maybe it’s the bartender, who thinks she’s shallow. Or maybe it’s because the life of her dreams is becoming a nightmare.

When family obligations and an ethical dilemma at work crumble Tay’s carefully constructed world, she has to take another look at her dreams and ambitions and decide what she wants out of life. And to her surprise, it may not be what she’d planned.

 

miss spelledTitle: Miss Spelled

Author: Sarah Belle

Received: CLP Blog Tours

Synopsis: Magic realism mixes with romantic comedy in this new novel from Sarah Belle about the dangers of internet shopping – and using magic to solve real world problems.

Lou’s life is perfect. She loves her job, her renovated house, and most of all, her gorgeous fiancé, Aidan. But when her old flame and Aidan’s school yard nemesis turn out to be the same person, Hunter Wincott, Lou’s life is blown apart. She must divulge her secret past, or have Hunter give it away. Either way, she runs the real risk of losing Aidan.

In desperation, she turns to Google. A quick search turns up Majique, the Internet Witch, and a spell that will delete herself from Hunter’s memory. But something goes wrong in the casting process, and Lou deletes much more than just a memory. She deletes herself from her life completely.

Luckily, there’s a one-week window for Lou to get back to the life she loved. One week to win back Aidan, before he walks down the aisle with the wrong woman, and damns everyone to a lifetime of misery. It would be easy, if only Aidan had any idea who Lou actually is.

 

ginger krinklesTitle: Ginger Krinkles

Author: Dee DeTarsio

Received: Dee DeTarsio

Synopsis: Ginger Krinkles is crossing her fingers that this holiday season will be extra special, for once. She lost her job in San Diego and dreads moving back home to Ennui, Ohio, where she’s convinced she will end up like her mean ol’ grandmother (God rest her soul). Ginger has always been a holiday-hater. But she has a secret. Make that two. If you buy the first one, maybe it will be easier to unwrap the second: either Ginger is an elf, or there really is magic to be found in an old cookie recipe.

 

what the lady wantsTitle: What The Lady Wants

Author: Renee Rosen

Received: Penguin

Synopsis: In late-nineteenth-century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto: “Give the lady what she wants.” His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair. 

The night of the Great Fire, as seventeen-year-old Delia watches the flames rise and consume what was the pioneer town of Chicago, she can’t imagine how much her life, her city, and her whole world are about to change. Nor can she guess that the agent of that change will not simply be the fire, but more so the man she meets that night.…

Leading the way in rebuilding after the fire, Marshall Field reopens his well-known dry goods store and transforms it into something the world has never seen before: a glamorous palace of a department store. He and his powerhouse coterie—including Potter Palmer and George Pullman—usher in the age of robber barons, the American royalty of their generation.

But behind the opulence, their private lives are riddled with scandal and heartbreak. Delia and Marshall first turn to each other out of loneliness, but as their love deepens, they will stand together despite disgrace and ostracism, through an age of devastation and opportunity, when an adolescent Chicago is transformed into the gleaming White City of the Chicago’s World’s Fair of 1893.

find me i'm yoursTitle: Find Me I’m Yours

Author: Hillary Carlip

Received: FSB Associates

Synopsis: If you believe in destiny like I do, and you think there’s even a remote possibility we’re meant to be together, then find me I’m yours.” —Mr. WTF

In one sentence—one serendipitous moment—everything Mags Marclay, an offbeat, wry, 24-year-old struggling artist living in L.A., has ever known is forever changed as she is led on a treasure hunt to find her soul mate.

Find Me I’m Yours is a highly entertaining, unconventional virtual page-turner. Become immersed in Mags’s world through original artwork, hand-written lists, graphics, and Instagram photos within the book. You can go even deeper into the Find Me I’m Yours universe by clicking on embedded links leading to interactive content that’s expertly woven through the novel, including:

• Original rom-com style VIDEOS that star the handsome stranger Mags dubs “Mr. WTF,” who gives clues to the hunt.
• Thirty-three unique, custom-designed WEBSITES that further the narrative, blur the lines between fiction and reality, and offer endless ways for you to enjoy additional original content, including reality and comedy series featuring A-list talent.
• OPPORTUNITIES for you to share your own content (artwork, stories, songs, apologies, wishes, etc.), interact, connect, and personally engage with the story.

This revolutionary CLICK LIT® novel was conceived from the get-go as an ever-expanding, multi-platform entertainment experience. Created, written, and designed by award-winning author, artist, and digital innovator Hillary Carlip, and co-created, directed, and produced by Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated TV comedy writer/producer/director Maxine Lapiduss, Find Me I’m Yours is a game changer in the way that stories are told and experienced.

 

VacationCoverTitle: Vacation

Author: JC Miller

Received: CLP Blog Tours

Synopsis: Dr. William Koval, a pragmatist with little faith in humanity, prefers to dwell in the eerily comforting microscopic realm, where he is master of his domain. But his worldview is upended when he decides to go on the English walking tour his wife had been planning before her murder three years earlier. Only when William confronts his past, including his troubled marriage, will he find a way to rejoin the living, to move forward, and perhaps love again. The real journey, he discovers, lies within.