Fanfare by Renee Ahdieh

Summary: from Revolution Publishing:

Cris Pereira hates starring in a cautionary tale. Alas, her recent heartbreak relegates her to this unbecoming fate. The only good thing about being dumped a foot from the altar is the newest layer to her punchy sarcasm. All she wants is a do-over, but this is not your average fairy tale, and wishes don’t come true in the real world. One Sunday afternoon, she meets a movie star. Tom Abramson is intelligent, charming, and impetuous. In other words, he plays the role a bit too well. She isn’t falling for it. She knows better. All British men are not descendants of Fitzwilliam Darcy, and movie stars are genetic mutations gone awry: X-Men with statistical disadvantages and emotional handicaps. Keep your knight in shining armor. A modern girl can rescue herself, thank you very much. After all, dreams are for the foolhardy, nightmares are just a part of life, and . . . this is not your average fairy tale.

My Thoughts:

First off, I want to thank Revolution Publishing and Renee Andieh for the advanced copy and for including me in the blog tour for the release of Fanfare!  I really enjoyed Renee’s debut novel.  It is always a joy to have a snarky female main character who you really like from the first few pages.  Cris was just an average girl, not looking for love, but ended up having a whirlwind of a life.  I really enjoyed all of her encounters with Tom.  I must admit, I am kind of a sucker for British actors.  I don’t know what it is, but it is kind of my thing.  So, that being said, I was kind of on Tom’s side the whole time.  I really understood Cris’ reservations and apprehensions as her relationship with Tom grew stronger.  Although I got to the point where I really wanted to reach into my Nook and just smack her.  Her behavior and choices really infuriated me.  I felt like that ‘friend’ who is always there, always giving advice and when you watch your friend make stupid decision after stupid decision and wallowing in her misery of stupid choices you want to just choke her.  Yeah, that is how Cris, due to Renee’s great talent, made me feel.  The girl is lucky she was able to recover because I was really not liking her towards the end of the book.  I guess that is credited to great writing though.  When an author can create a character that I can really get tied to, that author quickly becomes one of my favorites that I can’t wait to read more and more from.  Renee, thanks to her great penning of Fanfare, is an author that I will be certain to want to read more from!

Fanfare is a great love story with a very likable cast.  It is certainly a book that I recommend as a great summer read!  Be sure to get your copy today!  Renee’s writing will be certain to not disappoint!




  1. Cici -

    You are welcome! I really enjoyed it! I can’t wait to read more of your work!

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