Sunday, March 7, 2010

Waking Up In The Land of Glitter - Kathy Cano-Murillo

Synopsis:With glue guns, glitter, twigs, or yarn, the ordinary can become extraordinary. . . especially at La Pachanga. Owned by Estrella "Star" Esteban's family, the restaurant has a rep for two things: good food and great art. La Pachanga brings people together-even when it looks like they couldn't be further apart. One ill-fated evening, Star jeopardizes her family's business, her relationship with her boyfriend, and her future career. To redeem herself, she agrees to participate in a national craft competition, teaming up with her best friend, Ofelia-a secretly troubled mother whose love for crafting borders on obsession-and local celebrity Chloe Chavez-a determined television personality with more than one skeleton in her professional closet. If these unlikely allies can set aside their differences, they'll find strength they never knew they had, and learn that friendship, like crafting, is truly an art form.


Cole's Review:

When I'm not stalking the aisles of a craft store, I have my nose in a book.  A book that combines both loves?  Even better!  The author, Kathy Cano-Murillo is a crafter that can be seen on DIY and HGTV, so I knew that if nothing else - there would be a few really interesting craft projects.

Right away, I was impressed with the detail in which each scene is described.  A series of unlikely events brings a group of women together to look for a second chance at love, life and joy in crafting.  Along the way - Star, her best friend Ofelia and television personality Chloe Chavez deal with 350 pounds of German glass glitter, conflicts with each other and the upcoming CraftOlympics.  The author uses a heavy dose of Spanish and Spanglish through the book.  Don't speak Spanish?  No problem - a glossary is at the back of the book.  The one thing that detracts from this book is that there are too many points of view. I counted seven different points of view in total.  It would have been easier to keep track of if just told from the point of view of our three heroines.

I laughed a lot and cried a time or two as well reading this book.  I'd recommend this book to anyone that enjoys crafting, and hope to see Kathy Cano-Murillo write more books.

Grade: B


Andye said...

Wow, laughing and crying over the same book is a good sign! This is a great idea! I hope it does well. I just started a book review blog also, but it is focused on Teen/YA lit and is geared toward informing teens/parents about the content in those books.

I'm a follower!

Acting Balanced Mom said...

I am starting to review books on my blog as well.. love the format you use... and the rating system.. the book sounds ok, but I'm all for straightforward without too many points of view... maybe if the library gets it in :)

EyesToTheSkye said...

Following. I'm so excited to get new ideas on books & authors. =]

EyesToTheSkye said...

I think you're doin a great job on the review front. It gives us enough information without giving away the plot, which is one thing I hate in reviews! This book sounds like it's right down my alley, since I have a jewelry/craft business and read in my spare minutes. =]

EyesToTheSkye said...

Oh, and I just saw that one of the books in the giveaway is House Rules, which I already bought. I am looking forward to reading the review on that, though, because Jodi Picoult has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I love everything I've read so far. =]

Dory and the Mama said...

Following too...Always up for a new book to read! I really like the "grade system" you are using!!

My favorite author is Stephen King, and I could and do read his book "The Stand", over and over and over.

Three Against One said...

I am so excited about this new blog what a great way to hear about new books to read! Don't think I will be reading this one as I like more of the mystery types of book. Thanks again for doing this!

Three Against One said...

I'm a follower!

I like how you have your feedback after the synopsis and the grading system is nice too!

I don't really have a favorite book or author as I just recently really got into reading thanks to Harry Potter and The Twilight Series. So I can't comment on that part.

Sara said...

I love the grading system. Often, it's hard to get through an entire review (not that I'm saying it's the case here).

I don't really have a favorite author, although I will pick up a book I'm iffy on if it's by an author I've enjoyed.