Hi guys! Hope you are having a great Friday. I am absolutely thrilled today to be hosting Jenny T. colgan’s blog tour on my blog today. Who doesn’t know Jenny Colgan? That’s right, we all know her. But do you also know that she likes to writes stories that are not necessarily set in a cafe or a bakery, and instead of introducing us to puffins she introduces us to superheroes wearing purple spandex. Yes! Sounds incredible, right? and “Spandex and the City”, her newest release, is incredible! Read my review to see why I loved this book so much!
Spandex and the City by Jenny T. Colgan
Publishing Date: 18th May 2017
Source: Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!
Number of pages: 368
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Literature/Fiction (Adult)
LOCAL GIRL SWEPT OFF HER FEET
Mild-mannered PR girl Holly Phillips doesn’t think much of costumed vigilante ‘Ultimate Man’ – and after his superpowered antics leave her hoisted over his shoulder and flashing her knickers in the newspaper the next day, she’s embarrassed beyond belief.
But when Holly’s fifteen minutes of fame make her a target for something villainous, she only has one place to turn – and finds the man behind the mask holds a lot more charm than his crime-fighting alter-ego.
Can Holly find love, or is superdating just as complicated as the regular kind?
WOULD LIKE TO MEET: NICE GUY, LIKES DOGS, GSOH AND NO SUPERPOWERS
Guys! Who doesn’t know Jenny Colgan and her loveliest chick – lit novels in the world, right? However, there is the other side to Jenny Colgan, the one where she writes about super – heroes, spandex, aliens… Sounds totally bonkers, right, and it is totally bonkers, but bonkers in a positive way! “Spandex and the City” is SO FUNNY, I couldn’t stop giggling and I finished reading it with a big grin on my face. It is a comical, farcical take on superhero stories and a girl caught up between the good and the evil and I know it sounds totally like not from this world but I think this is probably what makes this book work!
I was hooked right from the beginning. This book is written in a brilliant way. The chapters are ultra – short and I just had a feeling I am watching them like a kaleidoscope, on a dime. The storytelling was such relaxed and playful and the plot was so unusual and I just couldn’t wait to see what’s going to happen. You have to take this story with a pinch of salt but I think that it is mostly this unpredictability and impossibility of the things happening that make this book so unique and so outstanding.
The author has delivered the perfect mix of a rom – com with superheroes adventures. The whole story is told from Holly’s point of view – Holly works in a boring PR job in the mayor’s office of the fictional town of Centerton and has the ability to appear in places that are being robbed and then put herself in danger and into the attention of the bad guy. Holly is a brilliant character – she’s so engaging, with this great dry British humour. She is your ordinary girl from the neighbourhood, working hard in a boring job and never going on dates. She wears her made of gold heart on her sleeve and she is so much braver that we could expect her to be, and I simply loved her. Centerton also has its own superhero – Ultimate Man, who – basically – is a mix of all the good guys but dressed in a purple spandex, driving a purple bike, with a purple phone. He rescues Holly those few times that she’s being kidnapped by Frederick Cecil and this is when their brilliant, belly – laughing will they/won’t they begins.
I so loved what the author has done with the villain, Frederick Cecil. You know, there was a moment or two that I really truly felt sorry and fell for him, as I could understand his point of view. Yes, internet has done a lot of good but there is also this dark side of internet, and Frederick Cecil has pointed it out, spot on. And well, he was right about those dangers, no? So you know, yes, I felt compassion to our villain. And I fell in love with his island and the fact that the first thing he wanted to save was his library. With Frederick it was love and hate relationship. A man who thought he’s doing all those evil things for greater good and really, you will find yourself in debate if he’s really as bad as we initially thought him to be.
This is a book that is guaranteed to take you to a better, funnier place and give you the much needed break. Even if you’re not into super – heroes, or you think this book can be a little too sci – fi for you, just give a try – I am sure you won’t regret it and you’ll be surprised how much you’re going to like it.
This story was so absurd that it just somehow worked! It was so very well done, guys, there was the right level of humour and sadness, the exaggeration and irony and the dialogues are brilliant. It was incredibly clever and Jenny Colgan has made a point or two in this story! It was not only entertaining, but thought – provoking and insightful – Jenny Colgan brilliantly captured the world, showing how internet has shaped us and our surroundings. It was really so great to read something so different. It was so quick and easy to read, even if there were moments that it was so unbelievable. There are so many things happening – the drama, comedy, romance – that even the additional touch of science fiction didn’t bother me at all. There were so many things that usually and normally wouldn’t work for me because they were so impossible and ridiculous but they did work! I know it’s the usual type of book I – and probably you – read but I urge you to leave your comfort zone for a moment and read “Spandex and the City” – it is a hilarious, clever book. Highly recommended!
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