Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Star Power (Charly's Epic Fiascos #3) by Kelli London

Charly St. James takes on her biggest challenge yet when her television show goes for a ratings sweep by making over the life of a not-so-willing small-town teen with a big secret. . .

Charly St. James is on top, and she's determined to keep it that way. That's why she and the producers have come up with a plan to take The Extreme Dream Team to the next level--by turning loners into VIPs. After all, how can you enjoy your new digs if your life is jacked up? 

But when Charly meets her first makeover, Nia, she knows she'll have to do more than dress her up and boost her self-esteem. Nia is living in the shade of her twin sister, who is luxuriating in a major case of pretty girl syndrome. And the more Charly tries to get Nia to shine, the more her twin sabotages her mission. Good thing Charly loves a challenge, 'cause these twins' troubles are more than skin deep. . .

I'll be honest.  When I saw the book cover and read the blurb on the back, I wasn't overly anxious to pick this book up and delve into it.  To me, it looked and sounded like a crew of vapid people wanting to make the world look pretty and having a little trouble doing it.  In all reality, it seemed like a shallow waste of my time.  But, I was wrong.
Charly is actually a pretty intense character.  Even though I haven't read any of her previous books, she really made an impression on me.  She's not always right, but she has a good heart and she means well.  Don't anger her though or there will be Hell to pay!  There's actually a character here for pretty much everyone to identify with.  Even if you can't identify with them, you'll find yourself giggling at their antics.  You can't read a book with a character like Rory in it and not crack a few laughs.  It just isn't possible.
As for the story, it wasn't shallow at all.  It was actually a pretty strong journey into human nature and life.  Though everything appears to be on the surface when they reach the mystery makeover person's town, you quickly find that that's not the case.   There are lots of deep dark secrets for Charly to discover...if she can stay out of jail and stop ticking everyone off!
Don't let the cover on this one fool you.  London is a great storyteller and this is a great read.  It's quick and entertaining and you'll find yourself wanting more.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  Shawn

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