Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Reality Stinks

Author submission in exchange for an honest review.

Reality Stinks
Ashlynn Monroe
Release Date:
February 2011
Wild Horse Press
Word Count:
approx. 19,000
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When Dina’s wellspring of reality television program ideas runs dry, she’s desperate to save her job. The only way she can do that is to come up with something brilliant; I Want to Date a Superhero. 

Unfortunately, the only superhero she knows is Zane Blair. He’s the only man she’s ever loved. Comedy hijinks ensue when you combine one reluctant bachelor, ten attention seeking woman, and one very evil super villain for reality TV.   

Joey's Review:
Dina is familiar with life around superheroes. After all, her sister and the boy she’s always loved are two of a group of people with extraordinary powers, brought on by less than noble beginnings.  Victims of evil experiments as children, they use their powers for good. Well, most of them do. Dina, the ordinary one of the orphans turned supermen and superwomen, clings to her ordinary life and tries to keep herself separate from the lives of the supers she knows. Until her job is at stake. 

Then, in a fit of desperation, she reaches out to that boy I mentioned previously. Zane, aka Mind-Man. She conceives a reality television show called I Want To Date A Superhero and begs her friend to be the star. Zane, still in love with Dina, reluctantly gives in. 

Reality Stinks is a cute foray into our own reality: an entertainment world over-saturated with shows that follow people, famous and infamous, so we can see how they eat their cheeseburgers and fight with their managers. At least, in this story, the subject is a likable guy with a nice dose of nobility about him.

The contestants on Dina’s show are amusing, and reminiscent of many dolts you see parading themselves across the screen to supposedly win the affections of a stranger. And, of course, there’s a bad guy, who is just the right catalyst for getting stubborn Dina to open her eyes and see that Mind-Man is the man for her.

An enjoyable twist on reality television. If only 'real' reality shows had such an angle to exploit....

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for reading my book. I really enjoyed your review and I appreciate it. I wrote this story to cheer myself up, long before I ever knew I'd be published, and I hope it brightens people's lives as much as it did for me as I wrote it.