Book Review: Cake – Carmen Jenner

Synopsis

A hilarious new rom-com from USA Today best-selling author Carmen Jenner. 

Poppy Porter’s ex is getting married … to her ex-best friend. To land her dream job of partner in the most prestigious firm on the Upper East Side, Poppy must now pull double shifts as their wedding planner and maid of honor. And the icing on a truly craptastic cake? Leo Nass. Handsome, infuriating, womanizer, and … the best man. Despite their longstanding loathing, Poppy doesn’t see Leo coming. Literally.

One ruined cake.
One archnemesis.
One hour to save the wedding.

Can they put their hatred aside long enough to save Poppy’s job and Bridezilla’s head from exploding?

Piece of cake, right?

My Thoughts

Fun fact- I don´t like watching rom – coms. I don´t like reading rom – coms, either.

The reason for that is:  I find them far too cheesy and full of clichés. And most of them take place in Manhattan…because that´s the place for rom – coms.

You´d have a better chance catching me reading a Sci-Fi than a rom-com. If I want to be dragged out of my comfort – zone then I will most definitely not start reading romantic comedy´s.

Believe it or not… There´s a huge difference when it comes to romances. There are so many sub categories to the genre.

It´s the „I can´t live without you“ and „You had me at hello.“ that has me constantly doing the face of all faces.

I cannot, by all that´s pink and fluffy, remember what drove me to buy `Cake` by author Carmen Jenner.Cake

I remember seeing the cover on all social media platforms and reading a handful of reviews. The next thing I remember is scrolling through my TBR list on my Kindle and POOF, there was `Cake´. So, my guess is that I made a mistake.

I was in for a surprise.

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit Cake!

I actually enjoyed `Cake`. Like…really really enjoyed it.

The story? It was nothing new, or nothing I haven´t heard of a million times before. The story was the exact thing that usually bothers me with rom – coms.

Wedding planner gets a triple slap in the face when her ex wants to marry her best friend and has to co – plan their wedding PLUS be the maid of honor.

Things become interesting when Poppy, the wedding planner, has to deal with the groom´s best man – Leo, who´s also a childhood enemy of Poppy. They bump into each other more often than not.

The story takes place in New York and the Maldives ( of course! ) and cash is being tossed around as if someone had it growing on trees in their backyard.

So, why did I like this book so much?

Besides the humor ( which I fully appreciated ) it was the writing style and the way the characters were portrayed that made this read great. Poppy and Leo definitely helped me enjoy this book more than I was willing to.

Plus, there was cake. A lot of cake involved in this story. Who doesn´t love cake? Cake rules.

I couldn´t help myself. Falling for Leo and Poppy was not what I had planned but it happened anyways. Their overall chemistry was lovable.

What I also enjoyed was how movie – like this read felt. I kid you not… Reading `Cake ` felt like watching a Kate Hudson rom – com. ( I like watching Kate Hudson… not the romantic comedy´s she plays in )

The end was great. I liked how things played out for the MCs and the sub – characters.

Would I recommend this book? Sure. `Cake` is quite funny and entertaining. I don´t necessarily think that this book cured me of my dislike for rom – coms… but it did put a smile on my face more than once. That alone is reason enough to recommend this book. Maybe I´d be more open to rom – coms if they took place in Iceland or…. some other place that´s not in / near / around Manhattan.

Would I re – read this book? Not sure. Maybe. Maybe not. I have a strong feeling that this is a once – is – enough type of book. But who knows… I´m open for surprises.

The Cover – 3 stars ( The cover is nothing I´d go nuts over. And it´s definitely not the worst I´ve seen.)

The Story – 3 stars ( Uuhm… Not really unique but due to the writing style definitely highly entertaining. )

The Characters – 5 stars ( Loved them. )

My emotional state after finishing this read – Really happy.

4 stars

Purchase Links   Cake

Amazon.com 

Amazon.co.uk

Top 5 2018 Bookish Resolutions

“2018 will be my book year.” I said.

“I´ll expand my horizon and have a more open mind towards other genres.” I said.

Right before we waved the old year a goodbye and welcomed the new year Stefan ( the hubs) and I decided to make a list. Our very own 2018 New Years Resolution list.

Aside from the things we´d like to achieve together as a family, and as a young married couple, we thought it would be a good idea to make a separate list just for ourselves.

Making a list for myself did make me laugh out loud. I´ve never created a New Year´s Resolution list for myself. What would I write down? That I want to eat healthier? I try that every day. How about going to bed earlier? * wave off * I kissed that idea good-bye after my oldest was born. And saving money? Hey, being middle-class is also expensive. So what could I possibly add to my own New Year´s list? I wanted to add something meaningful because, let´s face it… Adding things like remembering to clean my glasses isn´t that meaningful.

I had an idea.

 

Morgana´s Revolutionary, Apocalyptic 2018 New Year´s Resolution Book List

Ha! Now, that´s something I can always work with. Books. It was only a matter of thinking about the stuff I would like to achieve regarding books or blogging. My revolutionary and apocalyptic ideas began to bloom.

  1. Cut Down On Social Media

    Yeah. Blogging can be tough, especially when you don´t know where to lay your eggs ( meaning, where to focus my attention ). In 2017 I was all over the place. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, WordPress, Wattpad, Tumblr. Even Goodreads… Was being scattered on Social Media worth it for me? Absolutely not. I figured I´d have fewer headaches if I´d concentrate on a few social media that actually meant something to me.

  1. Blog Consistently

    A challenge for me. One I´m ready to accept because it´ll only benefit me in the long run. 2017 blogging is over. Gone. 2018 will be about being punctual, informative and fun, regularly.

  1. Read More Out Of My Genre Comfort-Zone

    For years I avoided genre´s such as Sci-Fi and Dystopian. On a few occasions I´d read a Fantasy or Paranormal but that was about it. I stuck to Romance novels because it´s what I enjoyed most. But Romance get´s boring after a while. Every character is broken-hearted at some point and most have their happily ever after ( after 1 or 3 books). Besides- I´m seeing so many fab cover features on Instagram… It´s time to expand my horizon. It´s time to find something non-romance. Or something otherworldly that involves romance. ( I don´t think I´m ready to kick romance completely.)

  1. Use My Kindle More Often

    I´ve mentioned many times before in my other posts that I´m a paperback lover through and through. Nothing beats a good old book. Nothing! I remember when the Kindle Paperwhite went on sale I was hell-bent on getting one. An e-book reader like the Paperwhite with all it´s pro´s and hardly any con´s? That thing had my name on it! Fast forward a few years later: I hardly have any books on my Kindle. I just can´t warm up to the e-book reader. Sure, it comes in handy when I travel but when I´m out of the country I hardly spend time reading. I´m out and about, exploring new places. No. 2018 will be my „Morgana´s going to buy more ebooks“ year. What a waste to pay loads of money for something that only collects dust, right?

  1. Read More Books

    Another challenge. Life is busy. I have 2 kids and a husband who often need my full attention. Plus work and appointments and whatever else I usually deal with. Although I make time for reading it´s not really enough. I used to read more, even with kids. When did life become so busy? No more, I say! This busy life needs to slow down.

So, there you have it. My outrageous, fantabulous, extraordinary list of 2018 New Years Resolutions. If you have any ideas for me to add to my list then feel free to comment them! Or just let me know what your bookish-resolutions are, if you have any at all. I would love to find out what your 2018 will look like.

Here´s to a successful book year!

Much Love,

Morgana xxx

Review- Truly, Madly, Deadly by Hannah Jayne

 

Book Description

They Said It Was An Accident…

Sawyer Dodd is a star athlete, a straight-A student, and the envy of every other girl who wants to date Kevin Anderson. When Kevin dies in a tragic car crash, Sawyer is stunned. Then she opens her locker to find a note:

You’re welcome.

Someone saw what he did to her. Someone knows that Sawyer and Kevin weren’t the perfect couple they seemed to be. And that someone—a killer—is now shadowing Sawyer’s every move..

My Thoughts

„ They say it was an accident.“

I SAY- this story can be described as the same. Someone accidentally shoved this book in the mystery genre * shaking head*.

I bought this book mainly because of the cover alone. The description was a mega bonus because I do love myself a mystery thriller.

How this book was supposed to be a mystery/ thriller is beyond me. This story was over the top predictable and that was, for me, a turn off. When you can forsee what will happen then that hardly qualifies as a mystery. A reader wants to be kept in the dark. The story has to have some mysterious aspect or else there´s no surprise, especially no thrill.

I might as well keep this review short and just say that I was fully disappointed when I finished `Truly Madly Deadly`. I expected to be scared shitless and sitting on the edge of my sofa, chewing on my fingernails. I expected to be engaged with the characters and feel what they were going through. I expected darkness and all that stuff. That didn´t happen. There were a few ( and by few I mean like, 1 or 2) scenes that were spooky but not scary enough to make me want to hide under my bed covers with all the lights on in the house.

The characters were transparent. The story was flat. The writing didn´t do anything special for me, either. The only huge positive regarding this story was that it was a super quick read.

For a Young Adult/Mystery novel not the worst I´ve read….but also far from fabulous. Maybe I set my hopes up too high for this one… who knows.

What I do know is that I will not reread Truly, Madly, Deadly. Not my cup of tea. I wouldn´t even recommend this read.

The Cover- 4 stars ( I really liked the mysterious side of the cover. It grabbed my attention)

The Story- 2 stars (I´m sad to say that this was a waste of my time. I need something with more substance. Don´t get too excited when you read the part where the Heroine, Sawyer, receives a message in an envelope about her boyfriends accident with a note attached to it that only has „ You´re welcome“ written on it. THAT is the only excitement you´ll be getting out of the story. The rest is just killing time. )

The Characters- 2 stars ( Let´s not go there.)

My emotional state after finishing this read– Disappointed.

I´m giving `Truly, Madly, Deadly` by Hannah Jayne, 2 out of 5 stars.

If you still want to go against my non recommendation and read this book then click here and be prepared.