Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Review: Made Up by Emma Jackson

I was lucky enough to receive a copy from the author through the group, Making Connections, on Goodreads

Made Up

Life hasn't been much of a fairytale for Katia recently, but when she lands her dream job as a makeup artist, it seems like things might be about to change.

Whisked off to join a film production in the vibrancy and magic of India, she has to face a fire-breathing dragon in the shape of her new boss and solve complex riddles, such as whether Owen Walker, the movie's gorgeous leading man, is a serial womaniser, a knight in shining armour, or something in between. . .

Because learning to tell the difference between fact and fiction, might just be the key to finding her happy ending.
Genre: Contemporary Chick Lit/Romance
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

 I was instantly swept away by the stunning characters as they negotiate through their adventure.

You are graced with a wide array of characters from the sweet, yet jaded female protagonist, Katia, to the rumored womanizing Owen, to all the in betweens. We get to see through Katia's eyes, feeling what she feels, temporarily walking in her shoes. Emma Jackson writes in such a way that I was instantly evoked to become invested in Katia's character and her well-being.

A sweet, budding, uncertain romance starts to take place as the pages grow fewer. Although, this is a romance story, the romance takes a step back as we discover the personal demons that Katia struggles to battle. Not all of them are her own. Made Up produces emotions that are hard to ignore, conveying struggles that some women may have to deal with that all women will be sympathetic to. The pace was well-thought out, never being rushed to produce something that would have been unnatural and too coincidental. Everything flowed together nicely, I was never left wanting because I was completely satisfied with the story and the characters.

I was extremely gratified by the end, but also severely disappointed because I grew attached to the characters of Made Up, desperate to read more. But behold, Made Up is in fact the first book of a trilogy, so my my disappointed was turned into anxious excitement.

Made Up is currently available at AmazonBarnes & Noble and Smashwords

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