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Foxy Anders has big problems, but she is no airhead. She is, however, a shopaholic and she can't seem to understand her daughter, Amanda. Amanda is sullen and wears Goth attire. Other characters are Knot Knudsen and Myron Standlish who rent rooms from Foxy. Knot is flamboyantly gay and is very good at decorating and upselling antiques to rich people. He goes to work for Foxy in her antiques store and soon has her finances headed in the right direction. Myron is a mysterious little Yiddish man who keeps vials of blood in his refrigerator and who may or may not be a vampire. The characters are delightful and well-drawn.
Foxy's Tale is a vampire story, though the vampires don't take over the story. They have more of an incidental and mysterious role. The actual story is between Foxy, a recently divorced former beauty queen, and her teen daughter, Amanda. Foxy is not the "normal" mother Amanda craves and this makes for conflict. Foxy is forced to manage her own life for the first time and it isn't easy to go from a life of credit cards and luxury to having to earn a living. Foxy is reeling after a divorce from her worthless husband. The ex has left her in a financial bind and Foxy is forced to turn the house she got in the settlement into a home and antique store and also rent out rooms in order to make ends meet. Her qualifications for becoming a businesswoman do not exist. Foxy became a beauty queen because that's what girls did when she was growing up. After that they got married, preferably to a man who was expected to take care of them. When the man got caught cheating, what's Foxy to do next? She finds her inner strength and works hard to pull her life together.
By the end of the book, Amanda and Foxy have grown and have begun to understand each other as they never have before. A part of the mystery of Myron and the secret hidden in the house are revealed, but enough questions are left to lead into the next book in the series.
The characters are likable and well-drawn and the writing is seamless and does not come across as written by two authors in collaboration. Funny moments and witty one-liners are sprinkled throughout and the action moves along at a fast pace. This book is a delightful read.
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Posted September 12, 2011
Let's see, cover has that cute cartoon thing going on again. It's a paranormal novel but it's so unique. Really that's the best word I can think to use here. I've read so many over the last two years that sometimes I cringe for the first few pages. Thank God for the good paranormal writers out there - you know who you are!
There is just a hint of vampires in this book, nothing out in the open. Foxy is running an antique business, luckily one of the first tenants Knot Knudsen (pronounce the Ks) has a flair for her business and really she would have been lost without him. Next comes in this old jewish man Myron Standlish. You know I spent half the book reading Standish until a character pointed out that Standlish was a little off if he was hoping to sound more American. I almost went back to re-read the book. I probably will someday. LOL
Amanda hates the new house, living with strangers and mostly her mother. I don't blame her. Foxy gets on my last nerve. She spends money as fast as she gets it and doesn't try to connect to her daughter and just tries to change her. Amanda has this Goth thing going on and I love the point made in the story that Amanda is hiding her true self, not trying to make some obnoxious statement. I'll never look at a strange teen the same again.
She becomes friends...and a little more...with Nick, a normal teen boy. Until we find out some crazy lady vampire and her sisters are trying to make him a vampire and have been feeding off him. The only person he can trust is Amanda.
Well you'll never believe how this works out. First I was in shock...it was so unexpected...I mean you'll never ever guess. And then after I got over my shock I laughed and laughed. It's a different book, very quirky, very fun.
Posted July 16, 2011
Single mom and former beauty queen, Foxy Anders, hasn't had an easy life but she's doing the best she can to make ends meet. After a messy divorce, she opens an antique shop in Washington D.C.'s fancy DuPont Circle. She hopes to sell her merchandise to the wealthy people living in the area.
Foxy's teenaged daughter, Amanda, is sick and tired of her mother's antics. Her mom does nothing that Amanda expects a mom to do like cook and take care of their house. To make matters even worse, Foxy goes on shopping sprees and spends money they don't have. Amanda takes her frustrations out in her blog, where she lets her feelings be known to all.that is, if anyone is really reading it.
Things get really crazy when Foxy rents out two apartments in their building. One goes to Knot (pronounced Kuh-not) who becomes Foxy's best salesman. Of course Knot has a few quirks of his own - he has a shoe fettish and has a thing for a wealthy political figure. The other apartment goes to Myron Standlish, an older Yiddish-speaking gentleman with a refrigerator full of bottles of blood.
When Amanda becomes involved with Nick, a fellow high school student, she's shocked to see him being stalked by an older woman and Nick is doing nothing about it. She has to wonder if perhaps he's interested in the older woman, but she's stunned when she learns exactly how old this person is. She confides in Knot and Myron, since she's convinced her mother's failed love life wouldn't be of any help.
Meanwhile, Foxy is going through her own romantic issues when she meets a guy she's convinced is the man of her dreams. But, when she meets his fiancé, she knows she has once again made a bad choice in choosing men.
This is a cute book which has a little bit of everything - romance for adults as well as young adults, comedy, and a touch of paranormal. The book has characters you will really come to care about. I know I did. An old Yiddish vampire? Too funny. You might not want to read this one in public or people will wonder why you are laughing out loud. This is the first book of a series "The Reluctant Vampire" and I'm already looking forward to the next one.
The author sent me a copy of the ebook for review but this did not influence my review in any way.
Posted May 11, 2011
I was looking forward to reading this story because I have read Karen Cantwell's Take the Monkeys and Run. I thoroughly enjoyed that story and was excited to read her newest book, Foxy's Tale, which she wrote with co-author, L.B. Gschwandtner.
Foxy's Tale is the story of Foxy Anders, a recently divorced woman and her teenage daughter Amanda. Foxy is the ditzy beauty queen blonde who is more interested in shopping for the latest fashions than trying to parent her daughter. Amanda is going through a Goth phase and is sullen and blames her mother for their current living conditions in a multi-family house near Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. To make ends meet, Foxy has to rent 2 of the apartments - one to Knot Knudsen, an over-the-top gay guy and Myron Standlish, a bumbling old man with a secret.
I would have like to rate this book higher, but I was disappointed with this book. The writing styles of each author did not always gel well together. Sometimes the writing was breezy and fun and at other times, it was flat. Some of the scenes went on far too long and did not advance the storyline. Also there were continuity problems. For example, in one scene Amanda's backpack is inside her apartment and in the next scene, her backpack is next to her. The worst problem was the formatting for Kindle. It was all over the place. There were so many instances where the formatting was off-it jarred me out of the story numerous times.
The story could have easily focused only on Foxy and Amanda and their journey to understanding each other. The whole vampire storyline seems forced to me. It seems like each author had an idea for a book and they tried to force them together. There wasn't any real back-story except for a short opening scene to understanding Myron and why he was on his secret mission to find an old trunk. What were the consequences if he didn't find what he was looking for? The authors keep saying that time was running out, but never really explained why time was running out. I think this is a missed opportunity because the character of Myron was likable one. Without revealing any spoilers, the Nick storyline seemed a bit far-fetched as well. It could easily have only been a Nick/Amanda storyline and all the teenage angst surrounding their relationship.
For more than ¾ of the book, Foxy is very self-centered worrying only about her next pair of shoes or dress. She's not a very good mother and doesn't make any effort to learn how to be a better one. The world revolves around Foxy and in her mind, that's the way it should be. When she comes back from a shopping trip in Florida, all of a sudden she becomes interested in her daughter. Why? What was the catalyst for this new mindset?
The neighbor Knot Knudson was so stereotypical that it took away the pleasure of reading about him. I have many gay friends and not one of them would go screaming from a room because something spilled on their shoes. When the authors focused on Knot's ability to engage and sell the antiques to well-to-do customers, he came across as much more believable and likable character. He was definitely a fun distraction in the story.
Foxy's Tale could have been a fun and breezy read if the authors had narrowed the storyline a bit. Trying to include so many ideas and characters did not allow the authors to flesh out the characters to their fullest and, I believe in the end, did not help this story.
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Posted November 29, 2011
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