October 25, 2012

review ~ jilly-bean

Title: Jilly-Bean (Jilly-Bean #1)
Author: Celia Vogel
Published: April 15, 2012
Pages: 208 pages
Genre: YA
My copy: Kindle edition from Amazon
Average Rating: 3.40 / 5.00
My Rating: 2 / 5

Synopsis from Goodreads :

A mysterious psychic named Madame Zelda.

An eerie séance.

A dead body.

A hunky doctor who bears a striking resemblance to Michelangelo's Statue of David.

A naive girl named Jillian Crossland.

Temperatures are rising and superstition reigns supreme!

Eighteen year old Jillian Crossland, aka Jilly-Bean, has her life planned out. Or so she thinks. A seance one evening with Madame Zelda presiding, sets in motion events that are both comical and tragic.

Jilly-Bean is a story filled with humour, insight, and lovable, quirky characters.

My Review:

I signed up to receive a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through Goodreads.

I really wanted to like this book, and there were definitely parts I enjoyed reading. I was really freaked out by the seance, but I love to be scared and it was one of my favorite scenes of the entire book.

I never really connected with Jillian's character. She seemed to lose her common sense once she met Matt and became paranoid about whether he was in love with her or not though they hadn't been dating very long. There wasn't any rooting value for their relationship to work, but what he ended up doing to her was really awful of him at the same time, which I could then empathize with her.

Some parts of the plot didn't make sense to me. Descriptions of the scenery went on way too long as well as the ordinary tasks Jillian set out to complete. I had a difficult time reading through those sections with interest.

On the positive side, as I mentioned before, I loved the seance scenes, and overall the book was well written. I think if there had been more focus on the seance and paranormal occurrences, I would have definitely been infatuated with this story.

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  1. Hi!
    The synopsis of the book sounds so interesting.It's sad that it doesn't deliver. Great review! :D

    1. It definitely sounded interesting, but while I was reading it, I had no idea where the story was going. It seemed like the beginning didn't go with the ending. It has a lot of potential though imo. Thanks for reading!

  2. Great blog, Jennifer!
    Cheers from Argentina.

  3. A naive girl is in the summary of this book? Wow....
    I had some hopes for this but I guess not :/
    I've seen authors try like this one to create the setting more elaborate or have too many adjectives in a story. I don't want to read about the scenery. Just tell me the story will you?
    She’s Got Books on Her Mind

    1. It wasn't my cup of tea, but other people might like it. I did see some positive reviews on Goodreads. I would've loved this book if it hadn't been so confusing and if the plot had focused more on the seance and supernatural events that happened afterward. Thanks for reading!


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