Friday, May 10, 2013

[Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway] Playing Hooky by Rita Webb

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Playing Hooky (Paranormal Investigations, #1) 
Title: Playing Hooky (Paranormal Investigations #1)
Author: Rita Webb
Release Date: January 21, 2013
Valentine’s Day.

And my 21st birthday.

Whoop-de-doo.

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.
THOUGHTS:

Since most books falling under the New Adult genre these days are all about romance with that  gasp! oh-so-shocking twists that come from nowhere (and wow I seriously need a break from those), the paranormal aspect of Playing Hooky had me enthralled from the blurb alone, and other than that, I've always been a sucker for stories about best friends, so this whole set-off-in-an-adventure storyline really appealed to me as well. Anyway, it's always refreshing to see more authors tackling other sub-genres of New Adult, after all, because there is so much more to this genre than relationships.

In a nutshell, I certainly enjoyed reading Playing Hooky, and I finished it well under an hour and in one sitting. Despite the fact that this book is relatively short, Webb did a bang-up job with her world-building. I was immersed with the beings and creatures that appeared in her book, and I found myself wanting to know more about them. Moreover, this story is set in Alaska, and this is something new to me. I really loved the parts wherein both characters had to ski off to their next location instead of riding a car or something. Emma is a pretty fun character to read about as well.

Because this is a novella, however, I did have some problems with it, mainly because of the length. I feel that Playing Hooky is a wee bit too short, and I felt like I didn't learn enough about the characters, most especially the male MC, Jason. I honestly believe that his POV didn't contribute anything to the story, mainly because he himself is still rather confused with who/what he really is. Though I'm usually fond of dual POVs, but I think that Playing Hooky would have benefited more from a sole POV - Emma's. It would have been more amazing to see this magical world unfold before her eyes and her eyes only.

I don't know about the rest of you, but I had a relatively easy time solving the mystery of the missing siren. It was just plain obvious to me who the culprit was, and I'm a bit disappointed that the whole revelation was rushed. The culprit's motive was a little too petty for me to take seriously as well.

A fun start to a New Adult paranormal series, Playing Hooky is a light read that you won't regret delving into. Hopefully the sequel would deal more with the characters' backgrounds, and I would want to see more of this fascinating world.

Rating: 3 Stars
 
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1 comment:

  1. I've always thought that New Adult was a romance thing, great to know that there're paranormal ones out there! Hmm, though the novella-length and not-so-well-developed dual POVs draws me back, still going to look out for this one :)

    HAHAHA I LOVE BOOKMARKS!! I have very very very weird ones, like detention slips *oops*, but this one looks so pretty.

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