Monday, February 29, 2016

Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce

Title: Flirting with Fame
Author: Samantha Joyce
My Rating: A

Genre: New Adult
Series: Flirting with Fame #1
Main Characters: Elise 
Release Date: February 2016
Publisher: Pocket Star
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin.

After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.

It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?

Story Overview:
First, let me get the gushing out of the way. The fact that this book is Samantha Joyce's first book boggles my mind. The story was creative, engaging, and featured a huge set of highly diversified, but very real feeling characters that I absolutely fell in love with. I'll admit I started reading this book and couldn't even think about going to sleep although I read it deep into the night. It was really a great book. 

So let's talk specifics. First the main storyline was amazingly creative. Elise is an author who wrote her first book at the age of 15 when she was dealing with being deaf for the first time in her life. The silence overwhelmed her so she let the voices in her head take over. As both a reader and a writer, I adore this take on why she wrote. So brilliant. And as a typical writer, this is a girl who is not comfortable with other all. Her deafness just exacerbates the problem. She hates feeling like she's on display. As a result, when her publishing company asked for a headshot, she chose a beautiful photo of a girl off the internet instead of sending in a photo of her own scarred face.

But now they are making a TV show based on her best-selling books and are filming in her hometown so she can be on set to advise. There's not a single thing about this that she's comfortable with...on top of the fact that she's in the whole new world of college. LOTS of things making Elise highly uncomfortable and out of her element.

I loved Elise and could relate to how she felt about every little aspect of stepping out of her comfort zone, even though I don't have her issues. I love that she found Clint and that her roommate, Reggie, was awesome and pushed her. These were two of the most amazing characters in the book. I LOVED both of them so hard. 

Then there's Gavin and Veronica, who are the pretty people and at times so difficult to understand...especially Gavin since he sometimes seemed like such a jerk and then the next scene I would fall in love with him again. 

And Jin who was Elise's best friend from high school. He went off to NYC in the book so he wasn't on the page as much as I would have liked, but what a great friend. 

But absolutely the best character in the book was Clint. He was the one who taught Elise to accept who she was, flaws and all. What happened to him hurt my heart, but really made for some powerful scenes between the two of them. I loved that he never wavered in doubting who he was, even though that might not be the normal thing. He was his own person and showed Elise that that was okay. Everyone needs a Clint in their lives. Seriously, I don't think I could love a character more. *happy sigh*

I adored this book and highly recommend it! It was just really, really good. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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