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How (Not) to Kiss a Toad (A Contemporary Fairy Tale) (Cindy Eller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00AKR2UCE
- Publication date : December 7, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 5090 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 546 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #634,811 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Here's what I didn't like: Her friends Tansy and Jessi were defined by their favorite color and their ability to pick out the best ice cream. You could see Timothy and all his complications coming from a mile away. Everyone was skinny, but complained she'd make them fat. No one ran or went to the gym, they ate pints of ice cream by themselves, and trays of cupcakes. While the first half was edited well enough, the second half took a complete nose-dive, and could've used a more critical eye toward misused words (hand should've been hang) sort of thing. There was a lot of this going on. The issue with Amy and Nathan at the end seemed ridiculous. They weren't friends. No real lead up to her awesome relationship with her sisters, esp Rose, but it turned out that way anyhow, and the relationships felt forced. But mostly, the rapid decline in editing in the second half of the book is why I docked a star.
Here's what I liked: baking with magic, and her love of food. Nathan-the-toad was odious, and her mother's pun-tastic choice in naming her children.
Overall, it's a cute story, but needed polish in the first half; an editor for the second half and putting in the work to make the book read cohesively, and not like one draft was taped on to another draft.
Cindy's roommates are Ordinaries (non magical). They work with Cindy and even reluctantly babysit her dates once they become toads. Her mother is a powerful Earth Witch who has been married twelve times and cannot seem to stop criticizing Cindy. It's no wonder that Cindy's life is complicated and entertaining.
If you want a book that will keep you engaged and entertained, I hope that you'll read How (Not) to Kiss a Toad. Enjoy!
Cindy Eller is a witch (or so she believes) but there is a problem-her mother refuses to talk about her father and therefore she is unable to determine who or what she is. Whenever she kisses a man, he turns into a toad. And to make matters worse, her most recent trip into Toadville has remained in his amphibious state. As Cindy struggles to make right the wrong, she will encounter more problems when the Council of Magic believes she is wielding her power for no good.
Enter Mr. Right –toad number two- and Cindy knows she has been cursed. When Mr. Right makes all the right moves and says all the right things, she believes she has found ‘the one’. But Mr. Right has a secret or two himself. Cindy’s kiss will once again curse the new man in her life and now she must face the Council of Magic to determine if she will be stripped of her powers forever.
HOW (NOT) TO KISS A TOAD is a humorous take on a fairytale premise. Written in the chic-lit genre, there are moments of fun and entertainment meshed into a storyline about three friends working in a bake shop who one day hope to make it on their own. With an extended family of half-sisters and more, you know there will be several more storylines in the Cindy Eller series.
Elizabeth Reeves takes the reader on a ride through cupcake heaven and lands them squarely into the icy realm of gourmet ice-cream hell. The relationship with Mr. Right took an abrupt turn to nowhere, and in the end, their reconciliation was rather quick –as though the author was racing to the finish. There is always something missing when an author reconciles with the characters too quickly.
There are a few issues of grammar and spelling that any good proof-reader or editor should have caught, but overall the story is a quick read that should bring about a smile or two.
Top reviews from other countries
I found this book a bit too silly and found myself reading it faster towards the end for all the wrong reasons (I just wanted to finish it so I could read something better).
cakes. Must keep reading I my get some ideas
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