Friday, June 21, 2013

Animate Me by Ruth Clampett ~ Tour Stop & Giveaway

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Source: Received ARC from author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Book Description:

She seemed far beyond his reach…could love draw them together?
For years shy animator Nathan has carried a torch for Brooke, the beautiful and dynamic Director of Development at their animation studio, even creating B-Girl, a comic-book heroine in her likeness. When a new project throws the two of them together, lovestruck Nathan finally seizes his moment – only to find Arnauld, head of the animation studio, claiming exclusive rights to Brooke’s affections.

But Nathan, it turns out, is not giving up on his dreams so easily. With inspired determination, he sets out to be the super hero of wooing his girl. Threatened by his persistence, Arnauld plays dirty – only to spark an uprising at the studio that unleashes the sort of havoc only a building full of frustrated animators can create. While Nathan pulls out all the stops to win his B-girl, Brooke has to choose. Should she pursue the sparkling career that has taken her years to build…or follow her heart?

My Thoughts:

3 stars - So freakin' cute and geeky!

As I try and sort through my feeling for this book, all I want to talk about is Nathan.  I can NEVER see a star bucks cup the same way again.  I love Nathan.  He's not my normal fall at all.  He's seriously geeky.  He has no clue how cute he is and he hides under geek glasses and floppy hair.  He's insecure and blames himself for everything but he's so dang cute.  I wanted to cuddle the boy.  

He brings Brooke coffee from star bucks everyday in a cup that he's added artwork to.  I love this.  He's so talented and he just draws a picture on a hot cup of coffee like it's no biggie.  She thinks it's a biggie.  She saves the cups!  I want them all too!  Some of the drawings were in the book and I loved seeing them.

He's so insecure when it comes to sex.  He's very inexperienced and has had a few bad ones.  But the boy has some serious skills.  With direction, he's an incredible lover.  I love that it's okay to learn how to be an incredible lover.  Most guys in books are already there but Nathan learns and I really enjoyed that.  And lets just say that some scenes were pretty dang steamy.

I guess I do have to talk about Brooke.  She is his love and all that but she's not my favorite.  I liked her because Nathan did.  She had some growing to do and I think she did but I'm still mad at her about a few things.  Don't be hurting Nathan.  That's all I have to say about her.

This book is detailed and full of comic references.  I'm not really into comic so some of it went right past me but I enjoyed it.  I loved some of the secondary characters.  Nate and Dani were fabulous.  Curtis and Billie were hysterical.  I laughed a lot in this book.  I loved monkey man - well actually I hated him but that was the point.  I loved the support that Nathan got when things went south for him.  I love the cute sweet story.

This is an adult read but it has the vulnerability of a YA read.  If you love both, this may be a good pick for you.  Loving the comic book world would be good too. 

About the author:

Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. Graduating from Art Center College of Design  with a BFA in photography, Ruth opened her own Design/Photography studio and also taught photography at UCLA. In 1993 she joined Warner Bros. almost fifty years after her father left the studio and worked her way up to VP of Design for the WB Studio Stores. Now operating her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. she has had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.

After telling stories visually her entire life and a fan-girl at heart, Ruth was introduced to the on-line world of fan-fiction and started writing stories inspired by the colorful people and events in her life. Over two million hits, and thousands of reviews later, Ruth is publishing her first novel, Animate Me, a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who plans the summer around their yearly sojourn to Comic Con.

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  1. This does sound like a cute book. The coffee cup thing is adorable!! I think I would like this book. Great review!!

  2. This sounds like a nice summer read. I look forward to reading it. Thanks!

  3. Looks like a cute book! Cover the cover design! Thanks for your thoughts and a chance to win!

  4. Well said. It was a sweet story. Nathan was so sweet. You know how I felt about Brooke. :/ I want some Starbucks cups too! Those were fun. I would love a book just about Billie and Curtis!

  5. This looks like a really sweet read and I love the cover, it definitely gets my attention.

  6. Omg! It's does sound cute and geeky!

  7. I love that Nathan wasn't the typical book guy. This sounds seriously cute!

  8. Wow… Totally can't wait to read this! Adding it to my TBR list... Beautiful cover, too! ; ) I love this genre and I always wonder what made the author choose to write in this kind of genre? Thanks for sharing with us and Thanks for the giveaway!
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  9. Ikr!!! I wish someone would draw cute illustrations on my Starbucks cups!!!! I really enjoyed this one and thought the drawings were awesome. Great review Val!

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  10. Great review. This sounds like something I would love