Shelf Life - The Publicist #2 (book review & giveaway)

iRead Book Tour Logo Medium Shelf Life was written by Christina George.  It is the second book in The Publicist series.  This post was organized by iRead Book Tours.  I was provided with a copy in exchange for my honest book review.  All opinions are my own.

About the book:

Shelf Life New CoverIt’s an industry of out-of-control egos, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises.

This is publishing and it’s Kate’s world, but maybe not for long.

When one of Kate Mitchell’s star authors is carted away in handcuffs, it’s only the beginning of her troubles. As her world crumbles around her, Kate desperately looks for anyone to hold onto but finds that happy endings are truly works of fiction. With the shelf life of her career and her love affair quickly expiring, Kate sets off on a new adventure…

Starting over in California is easy but Kate soon learns that leaving her old life behind isn’t. Nick Lavigne is eager to help her forget but two things still own her heart, the dream of discovering the next great American novel, and MacDermott Ellis.

As Kate tries to rebuild her life she finds a surprising gift that reboots her career in a new and unexpected direction. Suddenly her name becomes synonymous with one of the biggest bestsellers publishing has seen in ages and she's welcomed back with open arms.

But at the height of her success the ghosts of her past come back to remind her of the world she'd been trying to forget and the man who never let go of her heart.

Behind the book, there’s always more to the story. Welcome to Publishing, the ego has landed.


My review:

I "read" and reviewed The Publicist (book 1) as an audiobook.  I was so excited to continue with Kate's story (and Mac and Nick)... but to hear it in my own voice (in my head, you know).  My biggest negative in listening to an audiobook (for this book) was that the narrator had voiced Nick in a way that irritated me, and really left me feeling like he was a little creepy.  Why would someone like Kate be attracted AT ALL to someone that had an edge of ick.  And, I honestly didn't love how Mac was voiced either.  I know he was a player and cheater... but I would like to think Kate would have steered clear if he sounded as smooth and smarmy as he did in the audiobook.  So... THRILLED to have had a chance to slightly recreate my feelings.

I have to admit it took me a few chapters to actually read Shelf Life myself.  It will sound weird... but I actually could still hear how the narrator would read this book.  She was in my head.  I had to keep stopping myself and re-sound it out.  It's really interesting to me how much the reader actually shapes the story.  I know I've heard that no 2 people read the same book... and now I'm positive that's true.)

Enough of the book vs. audiobook chatter...  Shelf Life... I absolutely loved it.  The continued look into the world of publishing just fascinated me.  The whole machine at work.  Just having a better idea of how many people are involved in getting a book into my hands is really pretty overwhelming.  Then you add in Kate, who is madly in love with being a publicist. I think even as much as some of the crazy authors and her crappy boss irritate her... she loves every moment of the challenge.  While I would never want or aspire to be Kate... I have to say... I would love to be Lulu (Kate's assistant).  Just to be a part of Kate's whirlwind love affair with publishing would excite me.

Oh... and of course Kate's ongoing struggle with Mac and Nick keeps the pages turning.  I refuse to even hint at where Kate goes with either relationship... but oh my, it sure is a fun ride.  Pink convertible Cadillac and all.

I will say, that at the core, this book is about making the right choices.  In love, in work, in life.  Not the easy choices... maybe not even the best choices... but the right choices.  Not everyone makes the right choices.  It's so easy to get on a path and just go along for the ride.  I can imagine that so many people have found themselves in lives that aren't really what they want.  But, it's so much easier to just stick with the status quo than to stir it all up.  It takes courage.  It takes guts.  And, most likely... it will get bad before it gets good if they do decide to go for right.

While this book ends in a spot that it could be "done"... I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to read book 3.  (Thank goodness I'll have a review for that week!!!)

About the author:

Christina GeorgeChristina George has worked in publishing for twenty years (give or take). Here’s what this book isn't. It’s not a slam against publishing (though it is broken) and it’s not a slam against authors (though some of them are crazy). This book is not autobiographical though many of the stories are true. No you won’t know which ones, cause it’s more fun to guess, right? George continues to work in publicity and helps authors because at the end of the day she does love books, she loves publishing, and she loves authors. She hopes you’ll enjoy this romp through Kate’s world as much as she enjoyed creating it.

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