Monday, May 13, 2013

The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet: A Book Review

 Two book reviews in a row! I hope you guys like them. There are so many interesting stories to be reviewed out there! Hopefully I'll have something different for you tomorrow. Today, however, I have the great pleasure of reviewing The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet by Stephanie Morrill. I received this book as a member of Playlist Street Team, so it gives me the opportunity to be a part of this Team Novel Team tour.

From the back cover Ellie Sweet is a lot of things—good girl, novelist, silent adorer of the new boy at school, Palmer. But when “outcast” gets added to the list, she decides it’s time to take reality into her own hands … and tweak it as needed.

In the pages of her book, she’s Lady Gabrielle, favorite of the medieval Italian court. Her once-friends are reduced to catty ladies-in-waiting, and the too-charming Palmer—who in real life never spares her a second word—gets to be nothing more than a rake wracked by unrequited love for her. She even has a perfect real-life villain in the brooding Chase, who hails from the wrong side of town.

But just when she’s getting along great in her fictional world, the real one throws her a few curves. With Chase pursuing her, Palmer wanting to date her—but in secret—and the details of her manuscript going public, Ellie suddenly receives more attention than she ever really wanted. And when her former-friends discover what she’s been writing, they’re determined to teach Ellie a lesson about the severe consequences of using her pen as her sword.

 My thoughts: Ellie Sweet was a really neat character. As a young writer I could really connect with her desire to be published, and all the little writing related things in the story. She used her life as a template for a story, using writing as a way figure out her feelings on different issues. She was a fun person to read about. Stephanie Morrill did a wonderful job getting Ellie's voice down, and drawing me into the story. Unlike some books, I found it hard to stop reading. The other characters in the book all achieved their different goals well. There were some we're meant to dislike, and they pull it off quite effortlessly. Others can be a bit harder to decode. There's Palmer, the gorgeous guy who cares a little too much about his image. There's Chase, the typical bad boy who has so much more to him. I seriously had no idea who Ellie was going to choose through most of the book. You just have to read it to see! 

 I can't say I agree with Ellie's choices. I probably wouldn't want to be involved with either of the boys because of their differing beliefs. I didn't like how Ellie deceived her parents throughout the book, and other little things. 

 Over all, I really liked this book. The characters were very real, and it was just interesting to read about, especially with the added concept of Ellie's writing journey. Also, I make a slight cameo. What's not to like? ;P

 Now, if you'd like to buy your own copy, just visit this link, and you'll be set!

 Also, the author has graciously offered an ebook giveaway of Ellie Sweet! Check out the rafflecopter below to enter! :)

About Stephanie Morrill: Stephanie writes young adult contemporary novels and is the creator of Her novels include The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt series (Revell) and the newly released The Revised Life of Ellie Sweet (Playlist). You can connect with her on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and check out samples of her work on her author website.

Check out other stops along the tour to learn more about the book, and catch some more giveaways of the book!

Blooming with Books • Colorimetry • Gillian Adams • Jill Williamson • The Life of a Teenage Writer • Once Upon an Inkling • Pages from My Journal • Rachelle Rea • The Ramblings of a Young Author • Shadow Writer World • Who YA Reading? • The Writings of Rosie • Worthy2Read

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Carol Gehringer said...

Good review -- I esp. like the quote: "don't just get even, write a novel." It reminds me of a writer friend who has a t-shirt with tis saying: be careful or you'll end up in my next book!

Heather Manning said...

I can't wait to read this...look's amazing!

Heather Manning said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
The Magic Violinist said...

So want to win this!!!! :D It looks awesome!

Jill Williamson said...

Great review! I loved this book. It was so very realistic and true to life. And Ellie pulls through! Can't wait to read the next one.

Lexi Snow said...

Definitely looking forward to this book! And yes, I read all the Skylar Hoyt books and loved them!

Arende de Wit said...

This book do I have to read. Somehow. Once. But yeah, living in The Netherlands is not nice in that case. Definitely want to win this book!