(Note: This is an adult mystery novel, not YA. This is also not my cover, but I like it better. This is my cover, in case you're curious. And wow, I haven't done a review in forever. Sorry, guys!)
Wishbones by Carolyn Haines
Summary (from the back of the book and I don't love it, but I don't feel like searching for another one): Southern gal Sarah Booth Delaney packs up her P.I. business and her hound dog Sweetie Pie and sets off for Hollywood to take her shot at stardom. Soon she's starring in a remake of the movie Body Heat* alongside Graf Mileau. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and why not? Graf has a leading man's good looks and poise, and he has already starred in one of Sarah's previous affairs. But before long rivalries begin to flare, mysterious accidents occur, and this leading lady turns up in the tabloids...
Review: Normally this is one of my favourite series. I recommend them to people who like mysteries or who want to start reading adult novels as well as YA novels because they're really clean and well-written.
Yeah. Um. No.
I don't know what happened. It took probably two hundred pages (it was a large print edition, though, so don't think that these are massive books or anything, they're not) for me to even get into it enough that I didn't feel like I was forcing myself to read it, and even then it wasn't exactly easy reading. It kept dragging.
First off, the first few chapters were SO unrealistic. It honestly read like a dream sequence only she never woke up.
Second, I didn't much like her love interest. I mean, there's one part where the dude sneaks into her room while she's napping to watch her sleep and she's okay with that! She doesn't even get freaked out that someone could just walk into her room while she was asleep without waking her up.
Third, the name-dropping in this book!! Scarlet Johansson, Ashton Kutcher, Robert Reford, Charlize Theron... and not just mentioning them, like, "Wow, Robert Pattinson is hot" but writing them in! Charlize Theron even had freaking dialogue.
The most annoying thing is that the author left the book on a cliffhanger ending, so I have no choice but to read the next one.
It did pick up around the middle and end, but not enough to save it, unfortunately.
Conclusion: If you want to check out this series, definitely do it, but don't start with this one, which you shouldn't anyways as this is like the eighth in the series anyways and you should always start with the first book, but this one isn't a must read. I probably would have given up on it halfway through if I hadn't really want to know whodunnit, and, because in the back of my mind I kept thinking what if I wanted to read the next one? Luckily it did get better in the middle and end so it wasn't such a fight to read. I'm giving it two and a half roses out of five. I wish I could give it more, but... I can't. :(
*(Body Heat is a real movie, in case you've never heard of it like me because I don't watch many movies. Sounds like a porn-o, though... but maybe that's just me.)