Book Review: Holly(Woods) by Naomi Laeuchli


By: Naomi Laeuchli

*I was provided with a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review, and an honest review it shall be.*

Quick Stats:

Goodreads Score: 3.67

My Score (Official): 3.65

My Score (Unofficial): 352 Misunderstandings out of 589

The Highlights: Quick and light, good for a beach-y read.

The Lowlights: No characters that I really connected with.

Things to Note: Follows two separate plot lines that rarely converge.

Need to Read Urgency Level: Depends. If you like books that take place in Hollywood, or fluffy chick-lit books you’ll want to get this one.

*Little note: So the review is going to be in two separate paragraphs, because this book has two main story lines, and they don’t connect in such a way that combining them into one story arc would be wise, or even viable. (More on this later).*

Young, innocent, and sheltered, budding actress Holly Woods is determined to make it in a world of glitz, glamour, and very tasty guys. When she lands a bit part as a regular extra, Holly is just happy to be working on a real set of a real TV show. She never expects her part to grow beyond a few one worded replies, just as she never expects to find true love in a world where everything that is done is done for the cameras. But when Alan Ryder, the show’s star, takes a growing interest with her, she feels her own heart responding. Alan is sweet, thoughtful, and caring. He takes her to cozy restaurants, helps advance her career, and truly cares for her. But he also puts Holly in the wrong kind of spotlight, making her the target of the paparazzi. The paparazzi, who are always desperate for a new story…and when Holly is seen around town with Hollywood reject, Peter, the story expands. Because, although Peter wasn’t convicted, everyone who’s anyone believes him to have killed his previous wife. And now that the ex-starlet has his sights set on Holly, the cycle may just be repeating itself…

That’s my take on the plot that centers around Holly Woods. The next review centers on a completely different story arc with completely different characters .

Nikki has never been America’s darlingest sweetheart. But lately, it’s becoming even more obvious. She drinks, she parties, and she doesn’t give a damn about what the paparazzi thinks about her. Her music has been selling less with every album, and her life is on a downward spiral. Until–the tipping point comes. After a particularly boozy evening, Nikki is found sprawled out in the men’s restroom by Clint, a prominent member of the paparazzi. Clint is faced with a choice: take a priceless picture of the self-destructive starlet, or take pity on the vulnerable girl. Still guilty over the last time he took advantage of a celebrity, he decides to take Nikki back to her Hollywood home, where she ends up paying him to become her manager and fix her ruined appearance. Clint seems to have the perfect plan: stop the partying the drinking and the blatant disregard for her fans, shy away from her tarnished reputation, and finally, find the ultimate song that will speak to a whole new generation of fans. But can Nikki trust Clint–a member of the paparazzi she so despises? And even if she does, is his plan and her reformation enough to fix an image as ruined as hers?

My Thoughts:

So, like I said, Holly(Woods) follows two different story arcs that really don’t connect. There’s a couple of brief mentions to the other plot line, but nothing that significantly affected the other. You could probably pick one character’s point of view to read, skip the other character’s view point entirely, and still get a rounded story. But then, where’s the fun in that? Personally, I liked the Nikki-Clint chapters much more than I liked the Holly chapters. There was a problem to solve from the beginning, and so the action got started faster. When I was on the Holly chapters, I found myself itching to get back into Nikki’s thoughts. Not that the Holly chapters were bad. On the contrary, that was where most of the story was, and most of the characters. That said, I enjoyed Peter’s character the most. I enjoyed guessing about his backstory, and he seemed one of the more dynamic characters of the bunch. Holly, on the other hand, wasn’t my favorite. I feel bad saying it, but she was just so nice. So innocent. So sweet. So oblivious. And she was blindsided by so many things that I started to wonder about her intelligence. However, I guess she kind of had to be for the plot to work. And the plot was, if slow to start, quick to finish. There was a couple of nice plot twists that will definitely make you want to read the next book, and the overall feel of this book was sweet and fluffy and airy. Kind of like cotton candy. You might not be able to subsist on it, but it tastes good, and is just the thing for a fun day outside. If you like books set in or around Hollywood, then you will definitely want to read this.

So, thanks for reading! This was the first book I got in exchange for a review, so I was pretty excited. Woo-hoo! Free books! 😀 What do you think? Is this book you’d be interested in reading? What are some books on your to-read list at the moment? Let me know in the comments!




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