Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[Blog Tour] Review & Giveaway: Holly Hearts Hollywood by Kenley Conrad


Holly Hearts Hollywood
Release Date: 09/23/14
Swoon Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
Seventeen-year-old Holly Hart wants to be a star. She moves to Los Angeles from the small town of Cedar Junction, only to hear she’s too fat and ugly to be a famous singer.

But when Shell Shocked Records looks past Holly’s plus-size and less-than-graceful-personality to offer her a recording contract, Holly cannot believe her good fortune. On closer inspection, however, the record execs want Holly to do all the singing, and a thinner and more beautiful girl, Lacey, would lip-sync and get all the credit. Holly goes for it because after all, she wanted to sing.

Contractually bound to secrecy, Holly is more than happy to sit backstage while Lacey shimmies in the limelight and basks in the fame. Before she knows it, Holly is friends with Serena, the pop-star daughter of a music-mogul, flirting with an intern, and developing a strange half-friendship with Lacey.

When Grayson Frost, the biggest country star in America, and coincidentally, a former school bully begins dating Lacey, Holly hopes that he won’t recognize or torment her.

Through a series of embarrassing and weird events, Holly gets to know Grayson and learns that he is much nicer and more mature than he was four years ago. Holly is horrified when she starts falling for him. When Grayson admits he fell for Lacey's voice, what is a girl to do when she can’t legally tell the truth at the moment when the truth matters the most?
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I'm kind of in-between with regards to Holly Hearts Hollywood. There were some parts I liked and the rest not so much (which is a lot). 

I so wanted to read this book when I was given the opportunity because it seemed just to my liking and I understood where Holly was going on with her securities but lucky for her is that she has a talent for singing. I mostly did not like Holly throughout the whole book. She was kind of a pushover and her situation wasn't for the better despite having the opportunity to sing. And she just realized it in the ending. 

I like her friendship with Serena. She needs that kind of support especially because of her where she is now. I really disliked Lacey. I don't know what to make of her. She would be kind and then mean to Holly. But I rest my case on her in the ending. I so did not like the stunt they (Lacey and Grayson) pulled which hurt Holly's feelings. At that point I was thinking Holly deserved better than the treatment she's been receiving with these singers and her boss. 

The ending was a cliffhanger. It was getting to the interesting part and I felt Holly's character improved. Better late than never. Although Holly Hearts Hollywood kinds of remind me of the other remake Cinderella stories where they used the girl's voice as well. But instead of a stepmother, it's her boss plus Grayson doesn't seem like prince charming right now.

About the Author
I'm the author of the upcoming YA series Holly Hearts Hollywood, coming September 2014 by Swoon Romance. I'm a twenty-something cat lady who lives in Phoenix, Arizona. When I'm not working my office day job or writing books, you can find me either singing and dancing or binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

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