Thursday, February 12, 2015

Book Review, Excerpt and Playlist--> Surviving the Rachel by Aven Ellis

Title: Surviving the Rachel
Author: Aven Ellis
Release Date: December 19, 2014
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Genre: Chick Lit, Rom Com
Pages: 262

Blurb:
Life after college graduation is not at all what twenty-one-year-old Bree Logan expected. Unable to find a professional communications job, dumped by the guy who was THE ONE, and stuck with a pricey city apartment she cant afford, Bree ends up moving back home with her parents in the suburbs and working as a cocktail server at a posh Chicago hotel.
In a desperate attempt to get a fresh start, Bree goes to a hip salon and requests that the first available stylist chop off her long dark hair. Alarmed when the stylist suggests The Rachel, after the famous haircut from the show Friends, Bree is hesitant, but decides to go for it when she is assured it will be a fresh, modern adaptation of the infamous 90s cut. Unfortunately for Bree, it turns out to be exactly the same cut, but with horrific heavy bangs added to it. Hideous doesnt even begin to describe it.
Bree is convinced nothing will ever go right when she meets neighbor Jack Chelten, a twenty-five-year-old German translator. Not that Bree is looking to date anyone, but there's something quirky and intriguing about his freckle-splashed face and blue eyes. And suddenly Bree finds herself seeking out different opportunities and challenges . . . as well as the boy next door.
In her new adult life, Bree learns that sometimes you have to go through crises to get to where you need to be. And if you can survive The Rachel, you can survive anything, right?

 Surviving The Rachel by Aven Ellis

 ~Book Review~
Surviving the Rachel is the first book by Aven Ellis that I have read. Although I have several of her books on my shelf but it was fate that I started with this one and I am so happy that I did. I absolutely adored this book.

I loved the cover. It is so romantic and attracted me at first glance towards this book. Then the blurb sealed the deal and I picked the book up to read. Both the blurb and the cover are sure to attract the readers towards this book.

This story is about Bree and her adventures or should I say, misadventures in love. She is a hopeless romantic and her love story with the slightly ruffled but incredibly handsome German translator had me sighing, giggling, laughing outright and then rooting for their happily-ever-after. I have to confess that I am a hopeless romantic and so I fully supported Bree in her excursions to find her own fairy tale ending. Her struggle to prove herself and find her own stability in this chaotic world, Aven succeeds in showing us a different side to Bree's character which is both motivating and teaching for the readers. :)

The settings and events of the story are real like and flow beautifully. The characterization is admirably done and I could connect with Bree and enjoyed her journey all through the book. A cuddly, warm and happy romance, I had a great time reading this book.

5 super shiny stars to Surviving the Rachel. I strongly recommend this cute, funny and memorable romance to everyone. Aven has the flair for writing and I loved her writing style. Definitely an author to look out for, I am going to read Aven's other books soon.


I received the book from the tour organizers and the author and I am very thankful to them. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

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~Excerpt~
Now it’s just me and Jack.
“Firefly,” he says, breaking the silence.
“What?” I laugh.
“Right there, hold on a second,” Jack says, pointing near the pond. “There!”
And I see it. A firefly lights up the darkness for a brief second, a flash of yellow in the dark sky.
“I condemned many fireflies to a sad death in a Cool Whip container in my childhood,” I admit, laughing.
“Did you poke holes on the top?” he teases.
“Of course! I didn’t try to suffocate them on purpose."
“Murderer.”

“I was not,” I giggle.
“Challenge for you,” Jack says. “Can you still catch one?”
“Absolutely I can.”
“Prove it.”
“Oh, okay, you’re on. First one to catch five wins,” I say, throwing down my own challenge.
“I’ve so got this,” he declares.
So we both get up and begin catching fireflies. We’re laughing and teasing each other and before I know it, I have bested Jack.
“That’s five,” I declare happily, snatching the fifth firefly. I open up my palm to reveal it to him, and then I release it to the night sky.
And in a way, I feel released, too. I’m releasing the negativity about the job search, and I’m starting new tomorrow with Jack’s help. I gaze at his profile, and I know this German-speaking boy next door has something—if not everything-to do with this new found feeling I have.
He turns and catches me looking at him. We don’t say anything for a moment, and another firefly flashes light between us.
“I guess I should be heading home,” he says softly.
“Okay.”
“So I’ll see you tomorrow for sushi?”
“Yes,” I say, smiling back at him. “And I’ll send you my resume right now.”
Jack nods. “Okay then. I’ll see you tomorrow. And thank you for tonight.”
“I should be thanking you,” I say softly.
He turns and begins walking across the grass. I cross my arms over my chest, his sweatshirt still keeping me warm. Jack suddenly stops and turns to me.
“’Hochzeit mit Hindernissen,’” Jack says.
I begin laughing. “What?”
“The German title for ‘The One with Monica and Chandler’s Wedding,’” Jack says, grinning at me. “That’s one of my favorite Friends episodes.”
Another firefly lights up in front of me as I watch him walk away. And then I realize that’s what Jack is to me.
He’s like a firefly who has lit up the darkness.
And I find myself drawn to his light.

 ~Songs Playlist~
I loved these songs and they are so apt for this sweet book. Watch the videos and enjoy!:)

1.   “I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts

2.  “Ain’t It Fun” by Paramore

3.  “Firefly” by Ed Sheeran

4.  “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic

5.  “Sweater Weather” by the Neighbourhood

6.  “Sky Full of Stars” by Coldplay

7.  “Adore You” by Miley Cyrus

8.  “First Love” by Jennifer Lopez

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~Author Biography~

Aven Ellis has been writing fiction since she was sixteen. She studied communications at a large Midwestern university, and after graduation, Aven worked as a reporter for a community newspaper, followed by a stint at a public relations agency.
But writing about city council meetings and restaurant franchises was not as much fun as writing for young women trying to figure out their careers and potential boyfriends. So Aven got herself a job in television that allowed her to write at night.  Connectivity is Avens debut novel; Waiting For Prince Harry and Chronicles of a Lincoln Park Fashionista followed next. Surviving the Rachel will be published in 2015.
Aven lives in Dallas with her family. When she is not writing, Aven enjoys shopping, cooking, hockey, connecting with friends on social media, and watching any show that features Gordon Ramsay.
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