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  1. Kat's Review of About Last Night by Adele Parks

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    Adele Parks About Last NightMy Rating: 3/5

    Having only read 1 other Adele Parks before, I was looking forward to something different. A chick lit write producing what seemed like grown up chick lit made for a refreshing change. When I started the books I began to realise quite quickly that the author was producing a lot of background, thoughts and feelings with very little speech (if that makes sense).

    The character Steph I found very hard to get to grips with, she seemed very cold and mechanical, whereas Pip was a delightfully scatty character that you couldn't help but like. The story centres on the two women's friendship and just how far you will go to help a friend.

    I found that around the halfway mark I felt like the book was dragging a little bit and was struggling to keep my interest. Having said that, I enjoyed reading about the two women and how their lives had come to the stage they were at now. The writing was clever and I can certainly see where Adele Parks's talent lays, but I couldn't help but feel that there wasn't much happening.

    I certainly didn't dislike the story and there is a certain element of realism to it, but I just think I struggled to keep up with the lengthy narrative. I would have loved to have seen more `real conversations' happening between the characters. I understand that this is probably a bit more meaningful as we get to see the whys and what' if's with each woman, but it just felt like a really long book.

    Overall, this book certainly won't put me off reading more Adele Parks books, but in all honesty this style of book was not my cup of tea. I'm all for meaningful books, but a little more action and a little less description would have been better. Overall, not a bad read, but certainly not an out and out winner in my eyes.

  2. Kat's Review of Love Lies by Adele Parks

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    Adele Parks Love LIesMy Rating: 4/5

    Remember that dream you had when you were younger about your favourite popstar. If only he could look at you or meet you and realise what you are truly like....he could fall in love with you. Adele Parks makes that dream a reality in this book. Don't get me wrong this is complete and utter fantasy land reading but still...

    Fern is coming up to 30 and decides to give her boyfriend Adam an ultimatum, marry her or leave.

    After making her life's decision to make or break Adam she bumps into Scottie Taylor, the UKs biggest and sexiest popstar. In true fanatasy land worlds they fall head over heels in love with each other at first sight. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that her dreams would turn into a reality. Before you know it, Scotty is doing the one thing that every woman in the UK wants, proposing to Fern in the most romantic way he knows how at his sell out gig in Wembly in front of thousands of people.

    She is taken in by the whirlwind romance and before she realises it she is in LA, the land of dreams. She is living the celebrity life and planning her wedding all with her every whim catered for. As her life becomes all that she ever dreamt of she ends up wondering if it's what she really wanted after all. Why on earth is whe wondering what life would be like back at her little flat in Clapham, and why does Adam keep popping into her head?

    The characters are great although a little too typical and this isn't like her usual style of book. I quite enjoy her books, maybe not as much as other chick lit authors however this was a little bit of fantasy reading which made a change. Her fans may not like this as it isn't like her other books but I enjoyed every chapet (even the predictable ones). There are some funny moments in the book and I liked the character Fern. 

     

    The ending is very predictable and although this book isn't the best that I have read it is pure escapism at it's best. It is complete fairytale reading and would probably suit young girls in their late teens. However, although I may not be a teen anymore I certainly loved being transported back to the heady days where I believed dreams really could come true!