Monday 22 April 2013

Hollywood Strip Review

HS   Hollywood Strip by Shamron Moore

Book Synopsis

Callie Lambert is sexy, beautiful, ambitious—and undiscovered.
Callie knows exactly what she wants:  fame, fortune, and a fabulous career as a Hollywood actress. 

Packing her bags, Callie leaves her mundane life in Michigan for Los Angeles, determined to be a star.  Her schedule is grueling: waitressing long hours to make ends meet and auditioning for anything and everything in the hopes that she'll land a big break.  After suffering what feels like thousands of heartbreaking rejections, she finally lands the lead in an unlikely hit movie, Nympho Cheerleaders Attack!, bringing her dry spell to an end. 

The  film opens a new world of glamorous possibilities.  Coupled with a budding romance with Evan Marquardt, a sexy, chart-topping singer, Callie's on top of the world.  But she's  thrown for a loop when tragedy strikes, unleashing a string of events  she never in her wildest dreams anticipated.  She quickly discovers that success in Hollywood creates a feeding frenzy of money-hungry producers, two-faced friends, and privacy-robbing paparazzi.  It seems that life as an on-the-rise starlet is not as glamorous as she once imagined. . .

Dishing the dirt on the secret world of Hollywood’s nasty side, Hollywood Strip is a heartfelt story about ambition, empowerment, and what it means to make it in the City of Angels.

Lisa's Review - 2.5 out of 5 stars.

I wanted to read this book as the synopsis was screaming 'Jackie Collins - watch out!' and really hoped it was going to be as fabulous as it sounded. After finishing, I think Ms Collins' crown is safe - for now.

Hollywood Strip follows the life of Callie Lambert as she tries to rise to the top in Hollywood. The first problem with this book is how easy they make it seem for an unknown wannabe actress to suddenly get her break and rise up. There is no real struggle, and it makes the book seem unrealisitic. The story is ok, it could have been really good. It's juicy, it's ballsy, it s definately smutty and full of sex, scandal and swearing. The problem is the way it is written. There are points of the book where there is so much going on at once, that the main plots seem very rushed to fit in some of the smaller bits which only feel like 'fillers' to the story and some don't fit in. It would have been nice to see these smaller parts taken out, and used better with some of the main plots, so instead of rushing through them, they were written better, for example the story of Callie's best friend, who has a drug problem. As well as our main characters rise to fame, there are a few side story lines, which could have made this book brilliant, had the writing been less rushed.

Hollywood Strip  was an ok read, something I would have taken on holiday for some light reading at the beach, for example. With some fine tuning, this could have been a really good read, and with some more work on here writing style, Shamron Moore could be on her way to taking the crown from Jackie Collins and becoming Queen of the LA sexy!


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