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Freelance copyeditor to all amazing self-published and independent authors. Check out my editing page for more information. <3 Mickey is the blogger behind I’m A Book Shark. She really wishes there was a better explanation for why she’s a book shark. A new twitter name was needed, and it had to be about her favorite hobby: reading! For whatever reason, sharks also came to mind, and a book shark was born. Besides reading, Mickey is a natural reddish-headed, late-twenties, tattooed, entertainment-of-all-kinds lover, wife of husband, mother of reptiles (and a cat and two puppies, all spoiled), student, employee, boss, and (mostly) raw vegan. Oh yeah, and she likes to blog. www.imabookshark.com

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Practice Cake (Life in Saltwater City, #1) - Dalya Moon See full review here!

3.5 stars

I received this book from the author, and here is my honest review:

I really enjoyed reading this one. I read it pretty quickly, and I was always looking forward to picking it back up. I loved the fact that the story wasn't thoroughly predictable and the characters weren't so typical and were very random. Maddie is a fun MC, and getting inside her head is certainly an adventure. She grows quite a bit during this novel, and it's a frustrating but fun journey.

Maddie is dating Parker at the beginning of this novel. He's heinous. He's the worst excuse of a boyfriend. While he doesn't physically hurt her, he's mean and oblivious. I absolutely HATED him. I was on the fence about Chloe, and Jaslene is fun but too jealous and irksome sometimes. Melanie, Maddie's sister, is a bit wishy-washy, especially with Snackboy, who is also heinous. (Does Dalya Moon hate men? lol) Jaslene's cousin, Hudson, is pretty adorable but mostly absent. And the bakery gang is just strange. Drew always made me suspicious. Echo and Angelo are completely opposites, and Echo isn't completely explained. Then they have Robin, their daughter, who only makes a couple appearances.

Soon after Maddie starts working at Angelo's Bakery, she comes up with a new cookie idea. It catches the attention of a TV crew and before she knows it, they're filming a TV show at the bakery. Her life gets turned upside down with that, and then there are the boys. I don't feel like the story gets flushed out all the way, but it's still very satisfying. I would definitely read more by this author, mostly because I loved the randomness and creativity of this contemp. novel. Her characters made me laugh a bunch of times, so it's easy to enjoy this novel.