Friday, 27 January 2017

Book Review: Take Two [Waiting for Callback #2] by Perdita & Honor Cargill [+ giveaway]

Title: Take Two
Author: Perdita CargillHonor Cargill
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Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Series: Waiting for Callback #2
Source: From publisher
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication Date: 26th January 2017
Rating: 5 stars

Tell Me About It
Elektra has finally landed a part in a film. It's the dream. Well ...until she works out that Straker is a movie so dystopian that within weeks most of the cast and all of the crew wish that the world had actually ended (preferably in scene one). And while it's obviously great news that she's moved from the friend-zone with Archie to become his almost-girlfriend, it would be better if he hadn't immediately relocated to Transylvania to play a vampire hunter surrounded by 'maidens of peerless beauty'.
My Thoughts
I fell into this series quite late on, in fact it was a few months before the publication of Take Two that I actually made a start and finished Waiting for Callback, but I knew as soon as I turned the final page I needed to find out what happens next. Luckily for me I didn't have to wait long.

Take Two picks up exactly where Waiting for Callback left off, and we get to hear the rest of that conversation. I loved getting to visit this world again, and go on another journey with Elektra as she gets her first job in the movie business. Her expectations and the reality are very different, but it certainly makes for an entertaining read.

Elektra is just a quirky as usual, and there is never a dull moment with her around, especially with her reactions of shock of having to climb a rope, to a discussion about hidden biscuits
'Then you've hidden them from yourself but you know where they are...Please tell me you're not on a diet.'
'Its not exactly a diet.'
'If you've hidden the biscuits, its a diet. How many times have you lectured me on the stupidity of dieting?' I hope i sounded stern. 'OK, we have two options. One: you have to watch me eating them...'
'Elektra,' she whispered. 'I'm not strong enough.'
Take Two is a book I couldn't put down and I loved seeing how the characters have grown, and that my dislike of some was very justified. I liked getting to see the characters in different surroundings, and that how we perceive things isn't always what is happening, which shows in the making of the movie and magazine pictures. Seeing Elektra unsure about things, but also excited about little things like having a mirror in her dressing room, just makes her feel more real and likeable.

There are definitely ups and downs in the pages of this book, in all aspects of Elektra's life and seeing how she deals, or ignores them was interesting and funny. I loved her lists, and the emails between her agent, her Mum, and school and how it blends her worlds together. I still dislike Flissy, and was beyond thrilled to see her taken down a notch or two.

If the Geek Girl series and Girl Out of Water had a baby, Take Two would be the result. Its a perfect blend of both books, but also able to stand out on its own and sit proudly on the shelves amongst these two.

Final Verdict
I loved every page of Take Two and I can't wait for the next installment...even if that is in the distant future. But be warned, this book comes with a tissue warning, make sure to have some handy because you will need them. I had to subtlety wipe my eyes on a train to London as I wasn't prepared for that at all.

I have a UK, signed proof of Waiting for Callback, the first book in this series, to giveaway. To enter just fill in the rafflecopter form below and be sure to follow my giveaway policies.

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