25 September 2009

You Had Me At Halo Book Review & Contest

Book: You had me at halo
Authoress: Amanda Ashby
Pages: 288 (Softcover)
Genre: Adult Fiction | Chick Lit

What they say:
"It's The Lovely Bones meets Bridget Jones in this fluffy take on what happens after death...it's a fun, witty traipse through the afterlife."-Publishers Weekly

My condensed version: Holly can not embrace the pearly gates. In fact all she can think about is clearing her good name and saying good-bye to her would-be-fiancé. Which is why her case worker (i.e. spiritual aligning heavenly therapist) decides to send her back to earth for 2 days.

There is however just one little problem. The body she has been given to use is a man.

Oh and one more thing!

The body's owner hasn't vacated the premises so now Holly has to share Vince's body with Vince.

Eeek!

My take: I think this tale is more like Bridget Jones meets Defending Your Life. This is fun romp with an interesting twist on heaven. But what really makes it worth the read is the witty banter between Vince and Holly. Two souls in control of one body is truly smile inducing.

My rating: 4 stars; I really liked this book. Even though Holly is a bit whiny, Vince more than makes up for it. I was desperate to see Vince get his happy ending.

2 for 2:
Characters: Quirky & reasonable
Plot: Amusing & witty

The Meter Readings:
Kiddie-o-meter: This one is pretty tame but does contain a little foul language and mentions to sex.
Adult-o-meter: This is perfect for adults who love chick lit and otherworldly tales.

Love the love?: Yes. Vince is the ultimate nerdy but sexy good guy.

Worth-a-read?: Definitely! It is light and completely different.

Quotable:
"She stretched out her hands and almost screamed. They were so big and...How disgusting! Was that grease on them? Then she touched her chest as the familiar feel of her heartbeat rapped out a tattoo. She'd forgotten how loud it could be. As for the fact her boobs were no longer there, well, she was going to totally ignore that, because surely no good could come from it."


Pass the mic: Liyana at Liyanaland! called You Had Me At Halo "a fun, fluffy, and fast read."

Psst: This is the answer to last week's Wordless Wednesday: Can You Name That Cover?

Contest:
Want my used copy of You Had Me At Halo?
I only ask you be (or become) a follower and comment with your email address below.
Existing followers will receive an additional entry.
Contest is only open to residents of the United States and Canada.
Contest ends October 14th

My final say: This would make an adorable movie.

47 comments :

  1. This sounds really good, I love books or movies that have two people in one body. I agree with you it sounds like this would be the perfect premise for a movie.

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  2. This sounds really cute. I would love to be entered to win your copy!

    I am already a follower!

    katieb206@gmail.com

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  3. I love your reviews! They help me decide if it would be good for my students or not.

    Enter me please :)

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  4. I love that movie defending your life! The book sounds like fun..., and it reminds me that tonight is the premier of Ghost Whisperer.

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  5. Thanks Rebs :)
    Thank you Jill!
    I LOVE Ghost Whisperer Maya.
    I can't wait for tonight!

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  6. This looks super cute! Please include me in your contest.

    gypsyrover21(at)yahoo.ca

    I always wonder how they would manage to make a movie with two characters in the same body. I guess we'll find out with The Host.

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  7. Hey, JuJu! I could step outside my normal reading box with this one and stretch my reading muscles! I am a Google Connect Follower.
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  8. Juju, there are so many freaking cute book covers lately! I like the idea of this book -- "It's The Lovely Bones meets Bridget Jones in this fluffy take on what happens after death...it's a fun, witty traipse through the afterlife." That sounds right up my alley.

    Please enter me for your used copy, hun.
    geekettesarbear(at)yahoo(dot)com
    I follow -- but you already know that!

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  9. Oooh... I really like the sound of this book. Would you say that Vince is your latest crush? :)

    Please enter me in your contest!
    I'm already a follower.
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  10. This sounds so cute. I love the idea that she comes back as a man. I would love to read this.

    I am a current follower

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  11. Hey Juju - already a follower, don't really want the book - just wanted to say 'Halo'

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  12. great review & this book has the best title, lol. Please enter me!

    Of course I'm a follower too :)

    hefollowedme AT gmail DOT com

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  13. Haven't heard of this one, but it sounds cute! Vince sounds like the perfect guy for me too. (:

    Please enter me in the contest and, of course, I'm already a follower.

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  14. Looks cute. Count me in. Already a follower.

    neverendingshelf@gmail.com

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  15. I actually hadn't heard about this one either but it sounds so awesome!!! I'm a follower too.

    Thanks for the review! :)

    Kim
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  16. This sounds really cute and unique!

    I'm a follower :)

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  17. This was such a cute book! I loved when Vince and Holly finally got together... the only problem I had with it was that it was too short! ;)

    I'm already a follower :D

    pancakesthepenguin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  18. What a great title! I loved Briget Jones. This ones sounds great. Loved the quote. The character sounds like a hoot. I'd be happy to have a light upbeat read like this. Thanks for the review!

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  19. Your reviews are always so delicious! Bridgetty Jonesy Halo sounds like a delightful read! Please include me in the contest? I am already one of your followers and, as you can see, I am leaving a comment with my email address below. Thanks!

    sparkle.farkle@yahoo.com

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  20. The book sounds so great, and I love the cover. The girl sitting on a heartcloud. Jádore it.

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  21. This sounds like a fun read :) Great review Juju!

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  22. This one sounds super cute. Please enter me!

    Existing follower!

    bittahsweetharmony@yahoo.com

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  23. This one sounds really cute! Even though the cover is very simply, I love it...that may be totally due to the heart-shaped cloud.

    I loved Bridget Jones, and I've been looking for some good chick-lit (it's always hard to figure out if the book is going to be worthwhile). I'll definitely have to add this to my list!

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  24. I had never heard of this book before, but it sounds really cute and fun!

    I definitely want to enter the contest, I'm following you now!

    infiniteshelf at gmail dot com

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  25. I had never heard of this book before, but it sounds really cute and fun!

    I definitely want to enter the contest, I'm following you now!

    infiniteshelf at gmail dot com

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  26. I have an award for you at my blog ;)

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  27. Great review! This sounds like a fun read. I've never heard of it. Thanks!

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  28. Ohhh this looks so good, I would love to win!!
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  29. Yay, this sounds really good! And definitely different. I'd love to win -- thanks for the chance, Juju! :)

    And I'm an existing follower :)

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  30. Count me in - this sounds adorkable.

    ♥Nely
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  31. Hi,dont count me in the contest.

    But you got a award:

    http://jadorehappyendings.blogspot.com/2009/09/award_5159.html

    :)

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  32. Sounds like a great book. Count me in! Already a follower.

    Megan
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  33. I'd love to enter this contest! I was already a follower before this contest by the way :-)

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    Reggie :-)

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  34. Sounds like a great read! I'd love to be entered. Thanks! :)

    I'm a follower. :)

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  35. I love these kinds of books! They're so light and full of squeal-worthy things! haha. I'd love to be entered :)

    new follower!

    Justine
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  36. I follow princessashley9@gmail.com

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  38. New follower! Yay!

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    -- Chelsea

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  39. love the cover and it sounds like a good read, it reminds of the movie, "heaven can wait" and the other movie, "All of me", count me in

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  40. Lissa: I have both those movies on my Netflix list of films to watch. :)

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  41. This book sounds really good!
    I'm already a follower.

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  42. ***Contest closed. Winner was announced 10/15/09. (http://www.talesofwhimsy.com/2009/10/you-had-me-at-halo-contest-winner.html)***

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