29/07/2013

Book Review: Dr. Pepper Prophecies By Jennifer Gilby Roberts.

Blurb: 25-year-old Mel Parker has a few tiny problems: • Her job is terrible • She's been dumped yet again • Her ex is now her boss • Her parents think she's a loser compared to her perfect younger sister • All her efforts to improve her life seem doomed to failure • There just isn't enough chocolate in the world to make up for the above. The one good thing in her life has always been her best friend Will, who has seen her through every crisis from lost toys to pregnancy scares. But his girlfriend (who's prettier, better-dressed, more successful and secretly evil) is determined to replace Mel as the woman in his life and how is Mel supposed to compete? So what do you do when you've pretty much given up on your own life? Help others, of course! After all, what's the worst that can happen? Well, Mel's about to find out.

I have been going on and on that I have got new reviewers. And I must admit, even I was finding myself boring. Well, now that all is over I am happy to introduce our new reviewer T.

She's a very honest, no-nonsense reviewer who wouldn't respond to my emails if the book I sent is, uh, not good enough. So be sure if her review is hosted, the book must have made her lips twitch (in a positive way). If she isn't reviewing, she's busily doing some editing for some big-name authors I am in no position to disclose. I am really psyched to have her around, and I hope she stays for long.

So I present you T.

---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: T. Date: Mon, 29 Jul 2013 11:33:49 -0400 Subject: Fifty Shades of Emma To: kobbyben gyampoh

As a woman who searched for her Mr. Knightly for many years, I identified with Jennifer Gilby Robert's modern-day Emma, Mel Parker. One evening, fueled by chocolate and disappointment, Mel uttered "I don't know what I want. I only know that I don't have it." This line (perfectly summed up my life before I married Mr. T. Roberts) gets the struggle of the single girl, from blind dates, to personal ads. Mel is unlucky in love, then meets a man who seems to check all her boxes. Somehow, though, it doesn't spark, no matter how hard she tries. I've been there, too.

Roberts pays homage to Jane Austen's *Emma* while staying true to her own voice. Austen's influence is seen throughout, but the author isn't afraid to take a risk. Mel is a believable character whose flaws don't overwhelm her likability. Her best friend Will is a little one-dimensional, but then, so was Mr. Knightly. Mel's roommate Beth is fleshed out with a great back story, as far from Harriett Smith as dove gray is from charcoal.

I found the novel to be a little dated, especially in regards to the technology and current events mentioned. Also, being written by a British author, a lot of the references meant nothing to me, including the title-I still have no idea what that means! Additionally, I noticed a few type-o's and grammar mistakes.

Therefore, I am going to give it a ....

3.5-star rating.

Dr. Pepper Prophecies is available at Amazon.

I enjoyed the story, and it well met it's chicklit audience. If you're looking for a fun, quick read, give The Dr. Pepper Prophecies a try.

My work not done here. Off to post T's review on Goodreads.

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  2. Halloween Giveaway! ‘The Dr Pepper Prophecies’ will be FREE on Amazon 30-31 October 2013.

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  3. The Dr Pepper Prophecies will be on sale on Amazon at 99c 19-20 Jan 14.

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