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Blog Tour: Among a Thousand Stars by Jo Bartlett
Author: Jo Bartlett
Published: June 17th 2015 by So Vain Books
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Blurb: They say you'd do anything for love, but what happens when you don't believe it exists?
When her mother turns up naked and proud during her first term at college, Ashleigh Hayes assumes that life can’t get any more embarrassing. Ten years later, with best friend Stevie at her side, and a successful career as a freelance photographer for monthly magazine Glitz, it looks like she might have finally got the hang of things. Only she seems to have inherited the embarrassment gene from her mother and her every encounter with new boss, Tom Rushworth, looks set to send her career spiralling backwards. Getting past their shaky start, Ashleigh and Tom embark on a relationship that was only ever meant to be a bit of fun. But when life, paparazzi and love-sick Labradors get in the way, they suddenly find themselves caught in a roller coaster ride of emotions.
First of all I would like to thank the publishers for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
Review: With Among a Thousand Stars, Jo Bartlett takes us to the crazy world of the celebrities. Ashleigh is a freelance photographer for the celeb-obsessed magazine Glitz. With the help of best friend and stylist Stevie, she is the best at what she does but she is starting to question if it really is what she wants to do with her life. And then, in one of her photo shots, she meets powerful Tom Rushworth, agent of most of the stars she works with and her new boss.
It took me a while to get into the story as I found it a bit too predictable at the beginning. Ashleigh had the tendency of finding herself on compromised situations and guess what? Tom was always magically there catching her and making his own assumptions. But once this phase of yes or no and misunderstandings was over and the two characters started seeing each other, the story got a lot more interesting and Jo Bartlett came up with a couple of twists I didn't expect and kept the story flowing quite well.
A strong point in this story were its characters, I think they were well developed and not too cliche. I especially liked Stevie, he was the perfect best friend, always picking up Ashleigh's mood and comforting her when she needed but also a shining star himself. I loved his own story in the book and was really happy for him. Another firm favourite was a certain lab that expressed his feeling way better than his owner. What a cutie.
I had the feeling that the book could have been a bit shorter and tell the same story, as there was a bit too much back and forth for me. Although I did find it very interesting to learn about the behind the cameras aspect of the celebrities world. Especially what the stylist does or how they work with the photographer.
Among a Thousand Stars is a light read, with lots of lol scenes and a couple of surprises in store, definitely one for readers curious about all what happens in celebrity-world.