Saturday, May 11, 2013

.Xpresso Book Tours: #Review #Giveaway Playing Hooky by @RitaJWebb

Playing Hooky
by Rita Webb
Series: Paranormal Investigations #1
Publication: January 21st 2013
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Length: Novella (100 pages)


Valentine’s Day.

And my 21st birthday.


Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.

…until Jason, my best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take me out for the day.

Like old times: the two of us on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces me to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns my reality upside down.

Except nothing goes as planned, and we end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.

Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for me again


Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.

I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

When I grow up (maybe a hundred years from now), I'd like to be a superhero, but for now, saving the day, one page at a time, suits me just fine.

With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.

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A short novella with paranormal elements, this quick read seemed to engulf me into the story.

This quick read had a strange way of sucking me into the story. Told in alternative POV's it starts off with the two main characters, whom are best friends, grown up together and showing signs of having increasing feelings for one another.

What struck me as turning toward the odd was the way the paranormal elements, and creatures were quickly thrown at you. It seemed that the main character was quick to accept her best friends, Jason's "world" . This world was weird, and felt like a Tim Burton movie.

Strange characters and settings, humor, mystery, and adventure set the pace for this book, although labeled as New Adult there was actually very little romance. I'm still intrigued at where the author will go with this series, and enjoyed the paranormal aspects.

3 out 5

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  1. It sounds wild and a little wacky. I'm reading some odd things without romance lately, so maybe I'll give this one a try. :) Nice review, Lisa!

  2. Definitely sounds like something I would read. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. I enjoyed it lots and I think the romance part will be amped up in the following books.

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