Friday, April 04, 2014

BOOK REVIEW: American Girl On Saturn by Nikki Godwin

American Girl on Saturn (Saturn, #1)
BY: Nikki Godwin

PUBLISHED: August 29, 2013 by Createspace

GENRES: YA • Contemporary Romance • Music • High School • Humor • Life Issues


The summer after graduation is supposed to be that first real taste of freedom - but not for eighteen-year-old Chloe Branson. Just as that breeze of freedom is making its way into her galaxy, her secret-service-agent dad drops a meteor-sized bomb of bad news on her and her sisters. An attempt has been made on the lives of Canadian boy band, Spaceships Around Saturn, during their USA tour, and the guys have to go into hiding ASAP. The only problem? In the midst of the crisis and media frenzy, their dad volunteered to hide the their house.

Six-year-old Emery is as ecstatic as any self-proclaimed Saturnite would be, but Chloe and her seventeen-year-old sister Aralie watch their summer plans crash and burn like a falling star. The SAS guys aren't happy with the situation, either. Bad boy Jules picks fights with Aralie about everything from his Twitter followers to his laundry, and heart-throb Benji can't escape Emery's fangirlisms for more than three minutes.

But after the super-cute Milo kisses Chloe during a game of hide-and-seek, she finally understands what Emery means when she talks about SAS being "out of this world." If this is what Saturn feels like, Chloe doesn't want to come back to Earth.
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Oh. My. Saturn! This was smooth yet biting with a delicious wit and solid writing. Nom, nom, nom! If you love a humorous, touching, and engaging book than this is the book for you! I was holding my side laughing so hard, it was hilarious. The sarcasm was monumental.

What teenage girl (and a lot of twenty-somethings or their moms) wouldn't love to be locked up with the hottest boy band in existence? 

Most girls would be frantically raiding their closets and primping. 

Not these two girls. Chloe and Aralie were beyond frustrated that all their plans flamed up like burnt toast. What's worse was they couldn't even tell a soul why they were holed up at home. Imagine the friction it caused their friendships. 

This book was stuffed with meaty scenes disguised with flashy wit. There were some very serious issues that were dealt with in a light handed way... and it made sense. I didn't feel like I was eating cotton candy or a heavy pot roast but a nice, filling pasta or chicken Cesar salad. It left me satisfied but not feeling like I ate a lead weight.

You had to feel for the guys. They were adults, or almost adults. In the real world people treated them like gods. But at the Branson home, they had laundry duty. That didn't go over so well with some of them. Can we say pampered?

In fact, most everyone, except the butler went a bit wonky. The boys had to deal with the pressures of reality living, along with the missed concerts, press tours and freaked out fans. The girls had to deal with rock stars sharing their bathroom and lying to all their friends. It made them all go stir crazy to say the least. What happens when tensions flare? How do people from such different walks of life co exist?

The boys were incredibly diverse and entertaining. But I must say, my favorite character was Emery. She MADE this book. ***shaking head, laughing *** Emery was a nutter. She had insight well beyond her years, yet she was vivacious, precocious and electric. And possibly looked possessed at times.

Milo was spectacular. Well... if I am being honest... all the boys were.  I love all of them and wanted to gaze at them for days... OK... I really thought they were just plain adorable.

The characters were multi-dimensional. Imagine that. Nikki infused each one with personality in spades. What's more... she developed them. Sniff, Sniff. Bravo.

There was unexpected depth, side splitting humor, well developed plot and fantastic pitch. This is one boy band you can and SHOULD get your hands on! ENJOY! I CAN NOT WAIT for book two!!! :)