Ralou’s Review: Flirting with Fame by Samantha Joyce

Posted February 29, 2016 by ralou in Book Reviews, Books, Collage, Release day / 0 Comments

Ralou’s Review: Flirting with Fame by Samantha JoyceFlirting with Fame From the series: Flirting with Fame #1
by Samantha Joyce
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on February 29th 2016
Narrator: Katie Schorr
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
Purchase links: AmazonAudible
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Elise Jameson is the secret author behind the bestselling, cult hit Viking Moon series. But when a stranger poses as Elise, the painfully shy, deaf nineteen-year-old starts to see how much she’s missing. Can she really hide in the shadows forever? This clever, coming-of-age debut is for anyone who has ever felt unsure in their own skin.

After a freak childhood accident leaves her deaf and physically scarred, nineteen-year-old Elise Jameson retreats into a world of vibrant characters she creates on her laptop. She is shocked when her coping mechanism turns into a career as a phenomenal bestselling novelist. Fans are obsessed with Elise’s Viking Moon series and its author—a striking girl with zero resemblance to Elise who appears on the back covers. Elise sent the randomly Googled photo to her editor following a minor panic attack. Now, horrified to learn she is expected on set of the television pilot based on her novels, Elise tracks down her anonymous stand-in. To Elise’s surprise, Veronica Wilde has been taking credit for Viking Moon for years. She eagerly agrees to keep up the charade if Elise will pose as her assistant.

It’s hard for Elise to watch a stranger take credit for her work and get all the perks she desires, including admiration from the show’s heartthrob star. Edged onto the sidelines of her own life, Elise reconsiders her choice to stay anonymous. Is she ready to come to terms with her true identity—and with the long-buried secrets that could cost her her career, her fans, and the few precious friendships she’s made?

Early Buzz:

"…heartwarming. This debut is a sweet, funny, and romantic coming-of-age story.”
- The Library Journal Review

"A charming story of learning to embrace and love those things about ourselves that set us apart from others. I don’t think I stopped smiling once throughout Elise's journey except during the moments that squeezed painfully at my chest."
- Molly McAdams, New York Times bestselling author of To the Stars

"With a sprinkle of book fandom and dash of yummy romance, Flirting with Fame is the perfect story for every book lover."
- USA Today bestselling author, Tiffany King

"A sweet and poignant story about finding yourself and falling in love along the way, Flirting with Fame will steal your heart."
-Chanel Cleeton, author of Flirting with Scandal

We received this book/audiobook for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.


book review: 5++ stars!!!!

Amazing. Simply amazing! A book unbelievably lovely, inspiring and heart-warming. One of the few ones that I have come across to and which have made me drown in overwhelming emotions and see myself from another perspective.

Flirting with Fame is telling the story of Elise Jameson. Elise is 19-year-old girl who is about to head to college. But, Elise has nothing alike with any other 19-year-old girl. She is pretty unique and has some things under her belt that makes her even more of a special human being. What these are? Well, Elise is deaf for the last six years and she is the home of some……. memorable scats. Also, she is a best seller author of a young adult book series, Viking Moon,  that combines Vikings and Love. Although, Elise doesn’t feel comfortable with the scars that she has on her body, and so, her books are written under a pen name of hers and the author photo on their covers is one of a girl that she has found on Google.

It sounds a bit sad, I know. But, Elise never wanted to become famous with the meaning of having her face plastered everywhere. She never wanted to have her scars exposed – she has come to terms with her deafness and knows how to communicate with other people effectively – to the whole world since she isn’t so keen on seeing them either. So, she made the choice of using that photo. Everything was working out great for her until the moment they decide to make her series a TV show. And that’s where everything started to get even more complicated making the job of the truth coming to the surface even more challenging and unable to avoid serious consequences.

“You’ve through enough. But it’s time to live, El. Time to stop hiding and show the world your gorgeous self.” 

This story is true lesson of life. It shows that some times, in terms of not showing our true self to the others, we tend to lie and hide what makes us special. It may seems stupid, but the “love yourself with its disadvantages and advantages” isn’t the easiest thing in the world. And Elise has more reasons to make her unable to feel that love. The journey that she is taking through that book is outstanding and incredibly inspiring. Her choice of using that photo, it lead her on taking some decisions whose outcome will make her doubt that choice and start taking her life on her own hands. It is truly an amazing feeling being a witness of the 180 turn that Elise takes and seeing her fighting, not only for the books and their world that she created, but also for the man – Gavin Hartley –  she loves and her own life and dignity. Little by little, she starts to realize that hiding behind a Google photo, is causing more problems and distraught than having her own face on her books’s back cover.

Nice screen saver, he signed.
Must be a virus, I signed back.
A virus that puts a half-naked picture of me on your desktop?
Yeah, it’s going around.

A book which shows that being yourself and loving you just like the way you are is one of the elements that can make you happy. It’s ideal for every dedicated bookworm who loves book/stories which are dealing with something different than solely on how much power love has no matter the circumstances. It has an undeniable power in it and, although it’s written solely from Elise’s POV – duh, it’s her story -, I wasn’t so keen on reading Gavin’s POV. And that doesn’t happen often to me! 😉

Samantha Joyce has done an incredible job with this book and just thinking that her debut book is such on a high level, it means only one thing: her next books will be out-of-the-charts! Her writing is captivating and the ways she unfolds her stories simply ground-rocking! She and her books is a MUST read and a sure recommendation for every person who loves life-changing stories.



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