Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Full Scoop Review Series: Mommy Blogger by Carla Caruso

Welcome to our next edition of 
The Full Scoop Review Series!

Today we’re taking a bite of Carla Caruso’s Mommy Blogger and here’s the whole scoop and nothing but the scoop!

Our rating system is all about our taste in books so here's how we rate each element (from lowest possible rating to highest possible rating):

Mostly Edible

To find out the over-all number of scoops this book received, see the bottom of the review.  Even though we have 6 possible rating levels for story elements, our over-all rating is out of a maximum of 5 scoops.  Please keep in mind that this is representative of our delicate palate and our appetite may differ from yours. Hope you enjoy!

The Cover: Rating: Tasty
Comments:  I don’t love the cover but I do love the baby!  How could you not?

The First Line: Rating:  Mostly Edible
Comments:  Not particularly unique or attention grabbing. Kind of expected humor here.

The Plot: Rating:  Delightful
Comments:  Now, here’s what I do love…the plot! One fake baby coming up.  An original concept too cute for words and belly-aching humor all rolled together.

The Writing: Rating: Delicious
Comments:  Love the “snarkiness” right of the bat.  Amazingly funny voice will start you off giggling and keep you laughing throughout.  As someone who does really juggle all things writing with all things Mommy-hood, I couldn’t put the book down.  Main problems I had were the constant attention to each characters’ hair style and/or color and a couple of small, proofing errors but over-all a well done, professional piece. A pleasure to read.

The Hero: Rating: Tasty
Comments:  Hot nerdy tech guy that causes you to forget your name.  Sign me up.

The Heroine: Rating: Delicious
Comments:  Quirky but clueless first person POV makes this a must love character. Her witty banter is rock solid.  Her character’s journey is bittersweet.  Would like to see another book featuring this character.

Other Notable Characters: Rating: Tasty
Comments: Irma—the cat owning, neighbor. Pamela—the child lending, best friend.

The Ending: Rating: Delightful
Comments:  Satisfactorily wrapped up with sweetness but would have loved at least one “loose end” to tempt the reader back for more.  Part two, anyone?

The Over-all Scoop Rating: 4.50 Scoops

About the Author:

Carla Caruso has had a varied career, including working as a newspaper and magazine journalist, government PR, fashion stylist, and freelance writer. Mommy Blogger was inspired by her once applying to write for a mothers’ website, pretending she was a mom–when, in truth, she wasn’t. Her clueless story ideas, needless to say, didn’t make the cut. 

This novel is also inspired by that strange time in your thirties, as women, when friends start falling into one of two camps—the yummy mommies and the partyloving singletons. Working out where you fit in the mix can be the dilemma. Carla is also a member of the Romance Writers of Australia.

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The Blurb:

One baby, one lie–and a whole new career. Stella lands a great job as a mommy blogger. The catch is she’s never had children. Plunged into a world of insanity every mother faces, she must learn to cope as her lies build upon one another. A sexy ex comes into the picture, forcing her to choose between him or the job and a handsome ‘keeper’ of a co-worker. It can’t last forever.

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