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Book Review: Alice Shaken and Definitely Stirred by Paula Smith

Happy Wednesday bookish people! Today is my spot on the book tour for Alice Shaken and Definitely Stirred by Paula Smith. Thank you to Love Books Tours for my copy of this book to read and review.

In this book review I will give star ratings for four categories and I will write a little about each one. I will try to keep it as spoiler free as possible. I hope you enjoy my book review.

Alice Shaken and Definitely Stirred Plot:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I will start by saying this book is not my usual genre, I do not enjoy romance all that much however this book was quite uplifting and I enjoyed that there was a particular focus on family and friend relationships not just romantic ones. I felt that the first half of the book was emotional and without saying too much about it, didn’t feel very uplifting but this did change within the second half. I did have a favourite out of the potential romances in the book – and I was very happy when Alice ended up with him. What I particularly liked about it was that there were obstacles that felt real, like they were things that would happen in reality in relationships and romance books don’t always have this.

Alice Shaken and Definitely Stirred Characters:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I’m only going to talk about the main character, Alice, here because if I mentioned anything about the potential romances I’d end up giving too much away. So, Alice, I felt that she was a relatable characters in some aspects – like her relationships with her family and her dislike of her own image – but I also found myself disliking her for most of the book. She was very caught up in her own life and with everything that happened to her it was understandable but it felt for a while like her character wasn’t going to develop in any way, luckily though it did.

Alice Shaken and Definitely Stirred Writing and Dialogue:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

It took me a while to get into the writing style, for the first few chapters the writing to me felt quite forced and so it took me longer to read through it, however by the halfway point I had gotten into the writing style a lot more.

Alice Shaken and Definitely Stirred Overall:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

I gave this book three stars overall. It was an enjoyable book, it just wasn’t to my tastes.

Blurb/Synopsis:

This uplifting romantic comedy takes you on Alice’s journey, interweaving her relationships with real-life characters and dreams involving her favourite romantic screen idols.

Lamenting the loss of her long-term partner and having been made redundant, Alice makes a New Year’s resolution to get on with life, and definitely without a man. But things don’t quite go to plan. As her Aunt Betty says, ‘Men, dear, are like buses, there are none on the horizon then three come along at once.’ Alice certainly is shaken and definitely stirred.

That’s it for this book review, I hope you all enjoyed it.