Amber Green Takes Manhattan by Rosie Nixon

Amber Green Takes Manhattan by Rosie Nixon



35235874Publisher: HQ

Publishing Date: 29th June 2017

Series: Amber Green #2

Source:  Received from the publisher in return for an honest review!

Number of pages: 427

Genre:  Literature/Fiction (Adult), Women’s Fiction

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Paperback

 

Synopsis:

Novice stylist Amber Green is taking on the glittering celebrity world of Manhattan one fashion disaster and wardrobe malfunction at a time!

When her TV producer boyfriend Rob announces that he’s been offered a job in New York, filming with the infamous Angel Wear lingerie models, Amber knows its her perfect chance to take the New York fashion world by storm.

But Amber wasn’t counting on unruly toddler photo shoots, clandestine designer handbag scams and a Hollywood star who is determined to wear as little as possible on the red carpet. Until she meets a disgraced former designer who could turn her career around…or leave it all in tatters.

Fun, adventure, glamour and high-fashion make this is the perfect feel good women’s fiction read.

Rating: five-stars



Ah, guys, “Amber Green Takes Manhattan” was probably one of my most anticipated books this summer. I’ve read and adored “The Stylist” last year and really, I couldn’t be more excited for the sequel. After my review copy arrived I’ve immediately fell in love with the cover – it’s fabulous, with those lovely embossed letters and gorgeous colours (personally I think it is much, much nicer that the cover of the first book, but it’s just me, you know I am a sucker for such fairy – tale covers). But it was not only the cover that made me love this book so much – it was simply the brilliant story of Amber Green literally taking Manhattan! This book has it all, there was a lot of laugh, embarrassing moments, jumping to conclusions, some little drama and a happy end – just what the doctor ordered!

In this second part of Amber Green’s adventures in the big world, Amber and her boyfriend Rob travel to New York, where Rob’s new job is working on a documentary for a world – famous lingerie brand – think something like Victoria’s Secret here – and Amber… well, Amber is tagging along, she doesn’t want to let Rob travel alone as they’re together only for a short while, but she also has great dreams and hopes to make her name in the styling world. And knowing Amber, you can be sure she’s going to go high, with her ability to befriend the right people and to find herself in the most hilarious, unbelievable situations ever and yes, she soon manages to get her first job with a has been/to be child star. But taking Manhattan also means social media, and Amber’s start to take over her life – is the fresh relationship with Rob going to survive? How much damage is Amber going to produce with accidentally snapped photos? And finally, is Amber REALLY able to conquest New York?

Amber reminded me so much of the one and only Becky from the Shopaholic series – she’s exactly as absent – minded and she has the ability to find herself in embarrassing situations that more than often she herself creates, mostly unintentionally. She’s very accident – prone but also she has a heart in the right place and I think it is impossible not to like Amber. OK, yes, she annoyed me, as well as Rob, with her obsession with her Instagram account and collecting followers, but well, Rob also sometimes annoyed me, taking out his frustration on the poor Amber. Sometimes is bothered me that Amber was forgetting about the whole world and focused on her career only but on the other hand I could understand her, she was in a new place and she wanted to prove herself she can do it.

The story abounds in some hilarious situations and even though there were moments they felt a little too far – fetched I still bought them, just as they were described, and they made me smile or cringe in disbelief. If the fashion world really looks like Rosie Nixon describes it then it’s better that I am an absolute outsider to it, guys – and Ms Nixon brilliantly and spot – on captured the world of the models, designers and red carpets, with all the dramas, “bags dropping”, jealousy and night life. Even though it is not so much my kind of world I totally adored to read about it.

Truly, guys, I knew after reading “The Stylist” that the second book is also going to be pretty damn good, and it was! Let me tell you, it was this little bit better than the previous one – the writing style was so much more distinctive and bolder, the characters were strong, with their own personalities and voices, and the intrigue was not only clever but it also had a brilliant ending! There came a moment that I had my own “eureka” moment and I tied the facts and guessed who and why but it didn’t spoil the read for me, not at all. I liked that the author has made Amber life not so easy, and that she had to solve some problems, both in her private and professional life. I also liked that every situation was well – rounded with the gorgeous and sharp Rosie Nixon’s humour – it made the book’s reception lighter. She also hasn’t forgotten the star of the previous book – the mini pig Pinky, and guys, Amber’s tactic of looking for a babysitter for him while she and Rob were in New York was hilarious – especially the outcome, no, Nora? Really, there were so many situations that made me laugh out loud that it’s impossible to tell you about all of them but believe me, you’re going to smile, to laugh, to cringe with embarrassment when reading this story – and I like it so much when a novel invokes so many emotions in me, because it means that it’s brilliantly written.

This book is so fast – paced and there is all the time something happening, but you don’t have the feeling that it’s too pace-y, that it’s too forced or overwhelming. There are enough twists and turns and damp down emergencies involving dressing a celebrity for Coachella (or rather, un – dressing!) and A – listers or other babies, and I truly raced through this story wanting more, and more, and more. All the characters were so great and so easily brought to life by the author. You know, I am really impressed with the way Rosie Nixon has with words, it all flows so effortlessly and seamlessly and it’s just a great joy to read. The characters are not flawless, they make mistake but they pay for them and get a chance to rehabilitate themselves, which is great.

“Amber Green Takes Manhattan” was a hilarious, fast – paced rollercoaster ride in Manhattan, full of laugh, small dramas and celebrities. It was relaxing, it was funny, but what’s more important, it was not only about glitz and glamour. It was again about following your dream, about not feeling dispirited, about believing in yourself and your talents. Highly recommended for a holiday or for a lovely summer evening in the garden – I personally loved it!

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The Stylist by Rosie Nixon

The Stylist

by Rosie Nixon

 

Publisher: Mira

Publishing Date: 11th February 2016

Source:  Copy provided by the publisher, thank you!

Number of pages: 416

Genre: Literature/Fiction (Adult), Women’s Literature

 Buy the Book: Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback (out on 25. 08. 2016)

 

 Synopsis:

When fashion boutique worker Amber Green is mistakenly offered a job as assistant to infamous, jet-setting ‚stylist to the stars’ Mona Armstrong, she hits the ground running, helping to style some of Hollywood’s hottest (and craziest) starlets. As awards season spins into action Mona is in hot demand and Amber’s life turned upside down. Suddenly she catching the attention of two very different suitors, TV producer Rob and Hollywood bad boy rising star Liam. How will Amber keep her head? And what the hell will everyone wear? The Stylist is a fast-paced, fun-packed rummage through the ultimate dressing up box.

Rating: 4/5

 

The first thing that I’d like to say is that I – truly – haven’t expected „The Stylist” to be so damn great read! Yes, it somehow reminded me of „The Devil Wears Prada” but this book has its own distinctive voice and its own brilliant characters, and I adored that it focused around award season in Hollywood and London, such as Golden Globes, the BAFTAs and, of course, the Oscars – ha, who doesn’t like some celebrity spotting?

This book was truly fast paced, there was not a single flat moment, and the idea for it was genius – a girl, who in fact doesn’t know much about fashion, finds herself on the red carpet, getting an assistant stylist job. Simple and yet creative. But of course not so easy for Amber Green (yes, just like the traffic lights!) – we can think what is there to the job, choose some dresses, shoes and ear – rings, but it turns out that there is much more to it, and you must also be a therapist, psychologist, a bank, mini pig – sitter and taxi, and often pull out the stars from troubles.

It was crystal clear that Mona is going to turn out not like she’d like people to perceive her. I quickly started to dislike her, even though I always felt some kind of pity for her, although I couldn’t stand when it was Amber doing all her job. She was, in fact, high there on the list of no – go bosses, together with Miranda from „The Devil Wears Prada”. I think she would do anything to only survive in this fashion industry, no matter what and no matter for what price.
There were moments that Amber’s never – ending inability to say NO was truly getting on my nerves. But apart from this, she was a truly likeable character who always gave her best. I really liked that she decided to grab life by its horns and throw herself in at the deep end, as more than knowing her fashion, she was rather better in steaming the clothes that they were selling in the boutique. She was likeable, realistic and a great fun.

I also liked that the book took as on a journey – literally – almost around the world. We were in London, in LA and there where the place where the sun always shines and there are beautiful beaches, and – as opposed to the poor Amber, we could really marvel at the views and enjoy the descriptions of the places. Because yes, Amber needed to concentrate on never – ending emergencies. Moreover, I am not so much myself into big fashion and I don’t faint over dresses presented on the red carpets, but Rosie Nixon can for sure describe the gowns and accessories.

There is of course a romance aspect to this book, and while this with Liam seemed a little too far – fetched, the one with Rob was just my cup of tea. It was not so straight – forward and the author made it a little complicated, and truly, I didn’t know how this storyline is going to end – yes, we are in for some surprises in this book!

Altogether, it was a light, easy to follow, enjoyable book with some twists and turns, written in a very engaging, forthcoming way. It was fast – paced and full to brims with great characters, all of them nicely developed, and one of them the mini – pig Pinky, who turned out to be a very significant character in the end. There is really no time to come out for a breath, as there is always a crisis or two, damp down emergency involving Hollywood’s biggest stars, and yet it is not overwhelming, it flows in a very easy, natural way. The author has truly captured the spirit of the fashion industry, with all the feelings, such as jealousy, envy, disbelief but also pride, and greatly pictured industry where appearances are everything, and she also gave personalities to the A – listers in this story, they were not all the same, and showing the other side of being a celebrity as well. The writing style was brilliant, so engaging and witty, and easy to follow, and the humour in this book is so natural and not at all forced. I particularly enjoyed the „behind – the – scenes” parts at the biggest awards there are. So really, this is a great debut novel, with larger – than – life characters and Rosie Nixon effortlessly brings them all to life – you could totally imagine them behaving the way she has described. It is a must – read for all the fashionistas out there, and not only, as I am sure everybody is going to find there something to love.

 

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