Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts

Posted February 6, 2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Someone Else’s Fairytale by E.M. TippettsSomeone Else's Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts
Series: Someone Else's Fairytale #1
Published by Amazon on December 14th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 356
Format: eBook
Source: iBooks
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Jason Vanderholt, Hollywood's hottest actor, falls head over heels for everygirl, Chloe Winters, who hasn't gotten around to watching most of his movies. It's the ideal fairytale... for most people. The last thing Chloe needs is public attention. It brings back dangers from the past that she's worked her whole life to escape.

Main Points
Writing Style:
The writing was good. Not much to comment.

This book was surprisingly good. I downloaded it to my phone completely spontaneously today [as of writing the review] when I forgot to bring my Kindle to school. I had no idea it was going to be so riveting. I couldn’t stop reading.

There were just so many twists and turns. Chloe is such an interesting character. There are several stories where the girl who isn’t interested in the famous actor ends up with him, but I feel like she takes it even further. She really can’t stand his lifestyle, absolutely hates it when he buys her things, hates the press everywhere, but she never changes her view. She stays true to herself the whole time. Same with her chastity. Never loses sight of what she really needs, not just what she wants.

At the beginning, it was very confusing where the story was going to go. I wasn’t sure at all. And I never really fell for Jason, but I recognized he was what she needed. But then there was the whole best friend thing- and I actually really wanted it to turn out to be a story where the best friend wins over the famous actor. And I think it would have been a great story if it had turned out that way. I think that’s a story that should be written- or if it is, one I should read. But in the grand scheme of things, it really only turned out to be a distraction. Also, it did seem that she switched between guys fairly quickly.

The whole Kyra situation was a great touch. Sure, it worked out strangely and perfectly, but I liked it. Add in a moody, prying teenager to anything and it becomes interesting.

Actually, Jason was fairly moody too. There was a lot of tension towards the second half and a lot of it was between Kyra and Jason. I had no idea what was going on. I could not figure out for the life of me what they were arguing about, and neither could Chloe. That made the surprise at the end- no, you won’t get any spoilers from me- a surprisingly stressful and horrifying affair instead of a super happy and exciting one, but it worked out all the same. That was a hugely stressful hundred pages or so. Got me all on edge. It was scary, you know? Not knowing what to think, what level of seriousness we were on- like whether it was about ending the relationship, suicide, or Kyra having a baby- I mean, gosh, when we have nothing to go on, the book could take any turn! It completely caught me off guard up until a couple pages before it happened, and then I began to get a feeling…a very slight suspicion, but it turned out to be true. But for the most part, it was completely unexpected.

The thing I had the most issue with was Chloe. I just felt her to be so…expressionless. And unfeeling. And she had a lot to feel, and I got that, but I don’t think she ever really expressed it very well. Especially to Jason. Just, everything she said was so impersonal and irrelevant. And if she did talk about important things, it was about things like school and careers and apartments, oh my. And she didn’t get very emotional about that, either. And I get that she just isn’t the emotional type, but I wasn’t feeling anything from her. It was somewhat of a disappointment.

But plot-wise, this book was absolutely fantastic.

Good vs. Bad
  • plot
  • writing
  • ending
  • romance (mostly)
Less than perfect:
  • characters
Bottom Line

This book was absolutely riveting in terms of plot. It was a little lacking in characters but the plot completely makes up for it. It twists and turns and is completely unexpected at times. And it turns out well. Would I read more by this author? Yes. Would I recommend this to others? Yes.


About E.M. Tippetts

Emily Mah Tippetts writes romance under the name E.M. Tippetts and science fiction and fantasy under the name Emily Mah. Before she was a published author, she was an attorney who specialized in real estate, contracts, and estate planning, especially literary estate planning.

Her most recent pro publications have been her science fiction and fantasy short stories in magazines like Black Gate, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, and the anthology, Shanghai Steam.

Overall: four-stars


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Rachael @ Rachael Turns Pages

This cover intrigued me and the book sounds like something I would enjoy, so I downloaded it.