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Ambition Paperback – 14 Oct 2010
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"Books of the year: Life on the Vegas Strip is tough, and Blaize recounts it in all its bust-shifting, hair-pulling, nail-snagging glory. ... her ear for snappy dialogue is indisputable and it's hard not to giggle along." (Independent)
"Sometimes a girl just wants to immerse herself in pure escapism...This tale has it all. A totally engrossing and fun read" (Sun)
"Sensational and seductive - book of the week" (Now Magazine)
"scorching hot...four stars" (Stars Magazine)
"Anyone who has been a fan of Jackie Collins' Vegas novels will certainly find plenty to enjoy in Ambition with its vibrant characters, glamour and entertaining plot. It's pure escapism, and a brilliant antidote to today's money conscious economic climate." (Bookbag)
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The book is an easy read, but does have a few twists and bends in it, but nothing too unpredictable.
I enjoyed the book alot and would definatley recommend it to anyone.
It's not a bad book it's just not a book written too well.
Yes, the story is entertaining enough and there are enough pages to make it a decent enough read. The characters are colourful, too - but they are all really thinly drawn.
The only really interesting character for me is Blue, the dresser. But he like all the others is just not deep enough - they all seem to be a thumbnail portrait of a stereotyped character. And he does not feature nearly enough for me.
The narrative, although it moves well enough and all the ends are tied up by the last chapter, just feels like it has been written by someone who has been asked to write a precis of a novel.
The characters are kind of like the pieces on a draughts board. Thin and flat pieces being placed here and there with no embellishment or literary craft. The events are just stated matter of factly and any attempts at 'poetic description' just don't ring true.
I am no writer myself, so it is hard to describe what is lacking in this book - but go and read Daphne Du Maurier's 'My Cousin Rachel' or 'Rebecca' or even a Jackie Collins or something like that to see how characters can be drawn.
Having said all that, I still thought it was ok in a Julian Clary novel sort of way. But it hasn't made me want to read the author's other book.
It's written by someone playing at being a novellist, and really they should leave the writing to those who have more flair for it.
As the saying goes, don't give up the day job. And if it was actually written by a ghost writer, then, maybe they should change careers.
Immodesty writes characters extremely well and this book was no different. In her second instalment we meet a more grown up Sienna. In the first book she was a spoilt brat who wanted nothing more than her own way at everything. Now she has matured, and upon entering the same entertainment business as her mum is determined to make her own mark. We also meet Blue who is her mum's best friend who is extremely camp and happens to be a dressmaker for the dancers.
We also meet Brandy who is the main star of the show that Sienna is in. Brandy is the super bitch of the story and is again written brilliantly and you can almost picture the diva like antics of her in the dressing room.
Max is the super rich playboy that Sienna is dating who seems to have it all. I admit that I loathed him at the very beginning and it shows that Immodesty can create both good and bad in her characters. I am guessing that actually being in the Burlesque business gives her a very good perspective!
The storyline itself is pretty good although nowhere near as good as her first. This book was certainly not a horrible read and I enjoyed it, it just felt like the sparkle of her first attempt was somewhat lacking. Tiger was a much stronger character than Sienna and her whirlwind life was a lot more glamorous. Sienna's life is more down to earth, but then incredibly some very implausible storylines pop up such as Brandy's twin Paulo. Normally I have no issues with far fetched storyline, after all that is why I read fiction. Although that is normally the case, this particular storyline was a little too far over the edge for my liking.
That aside, the story was set at a reasonable pace with the added spice of bitchiness and sex thrown in for good measure. Blue is a particularly good character and you cannot help but warm to his complete air of `camp and diva-esque behaviour'.
The ending was a little rushed and I didn't like the way things wrapped up in too much of a neat parcel. There could have been a better ending that kept the reader's guessing what would become of the characters.
All in all it was a very easy read and a light enjoyable read. In comparison to her first book, nowhere near as good, but like I said, certainly not awful!