Friday, February 6, 2015

#108 : Shelf Life by Christina George : A Review


BOOK TITLE: Shelf Life
ISBN: 1484984684
AUTHOR: Christina George
GENRE: Fiction
FORMAT: Paperback
SERIES / STANDALONE: The Publicist #2
REVIEW BY: Shree Janani
HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review Copy as a part of iRead book tours!
SUMMARY: It’s an industry of out-of-control egos, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises.

This is publishing and it’s Kate’s world, but maybe not for long.

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. With the shelf life of her career and her love affair quickly expiring, Kate sets off on a new adventure…

Starting over in California is easy but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nick Lavigne is eager to help her forget but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis.

As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she's welcomed back with open arms.

But at the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she'd been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart.

Behind the book, there’s always more to the story. Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed.
After reading the first instalment, I quite knew what to expect from the writer.  Her style of writing made me comfortable enough to pick the second book.
This book doesn’t exactly pick off from the first book. This book again opens with an “writer” incident. To me the whole concept of “writer crisis” feels a bit overwhelming in a nasty sort of way. Having a crisis is one thing, behaving insane as a result of that crisis is something else altogether. I felt the writer could have made those “writer-crisis” episodes a little less dramatic.
Thankfully, the writer focused more on Kate’s personal life in this book. Her professional life takes a rather drastic turn. Nevertheless, I was more interested in Kate’s professional life rather than her personal life with Mac. The reason obviously is the lack of “plot development” there. In sense, their relationship does change for good, but it wasn’t just enough for me. There were many typical “anti-climax” scenes – I felt the writer went a little overboard with those anticlimax scenes.
One thread of the story that I absolutely loved would be that of Kate’s friend. She is the quintessential best friend a girl could ever wish for. Sadly, the writer chose to dim down her character and chose to focus much just on Mac and the “other” guy Nick.
Nick character seemed a bit bland for me. He is portrayed as this nice guy who welcomes Kate wholeheartedly. Sadly, his niceties aren’t elaborated much – not as much as I would have liked.
The book read as a standalone wouldn’t make much sense in terms of character development – Nick character would be out of depth.
To sum it up, the book in spite of being quite well written and laced with enough humor and emotions didn’t quite cut it to for me. May be my expectations a wee bit high!
VERDICT: Only if you have read the previous book. It makes much sense to carry on reading the series.
RATING: 3 on 5 
Christina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn't. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.


Note : This review was first posted in Readers' Muse


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