Friday, May 17, 2013

Playing Hooky by Rita Webb

Title: Playing Hooky 

Author: Rita Webb 

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Valentine’s Day.

And my 21st birthday.


Just another college day full of classes and more homework than is humanly possible.

…until Jason, my best-friend-since-kindergarten, shows up to take me out for the day.

Like old times: the two of us on a wacky adventure, playing hooky from real life. With his lopsided grin and tickets to a circus full of misfits and monsters, he introduces me to a whole new world—one full of magic and mystery—and turns my reality upside down.

Except nothing goes as planned, and we end up running through the city to find a missing siren before someone brews a love potion with her blood.

Sirens and love potions, witches and elves, and Valentine kisses. Nothing will be the same for me again.

See my Review of this book below! 

Leaving the house to go to school, I had schoolbooks spilling out of one hand, the other holding my place in a Nancy Drew novel, and bunny slippers still on my feet. My mom was a wee bit upset.

I haven't changed much. Still always have a book (or two) in my hand or creating stories in my head, and although I don't have any bunny slippers, I love writing in my jammies and snuggly slipper socks.

When I grow up (maybe a hundred years from now), I'd like to be a superhero, but for now, saving the day, one page at a time, suits me just fine.

With my husband TJ (my own cuddly werewolf), I home-school our three girls, who keep us busy with art, science projects, books to read, dance classes, and walks about the park.




Jason grins. “I’d never miss your birthday. Remember last year?”

“Ugh! I thought I’d never thaw out after we went skiing in a blizzard. We were stranded for three days in that cabin we found in the woods.”

“Aw, come on, you didn’t even get frostbite. I took care of you.”

“At least I didn’t end up with any broken limbs. That time.”
“I still can’t believe we went snow-boarding on East Pillar Mountain Loop. That’s a tough trail, and then you broke your arm slipping in the parking lot on the way to the truck.”

My muscles were exhausted, and carrying my board on my shoulder, I wasn’t watching where I was going. I didn’t see the patch of ice. “Remember when you took me spelunking?”

“I had no idea that bear was in there.”

“I can’t remember ever being that scared.”

“But it was fun! Come on. We can’t break tradition.”

Playing Hooky (Paranormal Investigations, #1)Playing Hooky by Rita Webb
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a quick, fun, quirky little read. I like the drama between Emma and Angelina. The fact that Emma and Jason have loved each other forever but won't admit it to each other, makes for a cute little romance. I enjoyed some of the characters, but felt others did not fit and were not very well developed. I think the elves, and dwarf were funny, but then there's all this build up to the Ring Master, and nothing really about him. You don't find out much about Jason.

There's definitely a story here. But, it's so short, that it gets compacted in there. I feel it was rushed and just jam packed with everything paranormal that could be thought of. The story line feels that it's left unresolved. I would love to see it as a full length book with more time spent on the plot.

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