9/16/12

Chocolate Chocolate Moons - Jackie Kingon (Review & Giveaway!)

4 STARS!

ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon)-
Chocolate Chocolate Moons by Jackie Kingon is a wry mystery spoof set in the future on dieting and art.
It tells the story of plus-sized Molly Marbles, who wins a scholarship to Armstrong University on the Moon, a haven for the plus sized set, where her weight drops from 287 Earth pounds to 47.6 without so much as passing up a piece of pie.
When boyfriend Drew Barron dumps her, then jumps at a job at Congress Drugs, a company that makes low calorie food supplements, Molly's weight is the least of her woes. And when her favorite treats, Chocolate Moons are found poisoned, she finds she has bitten off more than she can chew.
This is a verbal cartoon for sophisticated readers tired of counting calories and hungry for a good laugh. It offers a fanciful escape from concerns of the real world, a must for anyone who goes for the funny bone.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR -
Jackie Kingon is a teacher, writer and artist. She has published three articles in The New York Times focusing on education and autism. Her short stories have been published by Flying Island Press, The Fringe Magazine and Static Movement Magazine. Kingon's story for the blind, entitled "A Rose By Any Other Name," was recorded by Taping for the Blind, Inc. in Houston, Texas. Her paintings are part of the Estee Lauder collection. She holds a master's degree from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City; a Bachelor of Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.; and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Visit her website - HERE

MY REVIEW -
This was silly, goofy, quirky, not to be taken seriously at all - and I loved it! I can't decide if the author is twisted and demented or simply brilliant. This book was so far out of my genre range it really shocked me that I starting liking it immediately.  
This was part Mystery, part Sci-Fi futuristic, with a touch of Chick-Lit that takes place on the moon and Mars. It was kind of The Jetsons meets Shopaholic, LOL.

The characters in this book were very likable. Molly is just adorable, sweet cute funny someone you would want as your friend. I didn't feel like the male characters were developed quite as well, or at least I didn't relate to them as much. but then Molly was the main character. and I loved her.
I love the names in this book - Pluto Pastrami, Breezy Point and Decibel Point, Scheherazade, Sandy Andreas, Billings Montana, Jersey Shore, Chef Rachel X-Ray - hahaha. The whole book is very quirky like that.

There a lot of play on words. It was almost slap-stick humor, which surprises me that I enjoyed it so much. But there was also that touch of awww. It wasn't a cold comedy, it had a very warm undertone.

A few quotes -
"Organic products have no preservatives therefor a shorter shelf life... I love preservatives, because I can't throw anything out."

"They can't even agree on how many filets in a Mignon, something the average school child knows. But when they went head to toe about what's beyond the bed and the bath, he knew he had made a mistake. "
and my favorite -
"I'll have the vegetable burger with the vegetables on the side" Lois says.
"Same for me" Becky says. "But I'll have the vegetables with the burger on the side."
"Any Dessert?"
"I'll have the freedom Plan hot fudge sundae with vitamin-enriched carrot ice cream and nutritional supplements on the side instead of the fudge," Lois says.
"Same for me," Becky adds, "but make mine with acorn squash ice cream, put the ice on one side and the cream on the other side, and change the fudge to butterscotch."
Another thing I really liked was - at the very end it told what happened to each of the main characters. I have only read one other book that did this, and I love it. I think more books should do this.

THE ALL-IN-ALL -
All in all this book was hilarious, laugh out loud funny! Yeah it was a little over the top in spots but seriously I didn't care. It was just so dang cute.
I honestly can't remember if there was any swearing or sex, I don't think there was, but but I was too busy laughing to really pay attention.
Also for some strange reason, I loved the cover! I just thought it was simple but cute.

Buy from Amazon - HERE
and from B&N - HERE

Thank you so much Jackie Kingon for sending me this book to read and review!

THE GIVEAWAY -
I have one paperback copy of this book to giveaway.
To enter to win this book - fill out the form below.
* Please US & Canada only.
And please only enter once -  (I go through and delete double entries).
* Winner will be chosen on Sept. 25th.
* Winner will have 48 hrs. to respond.
* you will get one extra entry for a comment

 

12 comments:

  1. Sounds fun. I love the cover.
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  2. This looks like a lot of fun and features two of my favorite things, chocolate and the moon! :)

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  3. Such a cute cover, and I love the moon! Thank you for the sweet giveaway - I'd really enjoy reading this <3
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  4. Would love to win, read, and review this book.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  5. Nice review. Sounds like a fun book.

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  6. Chocolate and dieting - such a love/hate relationship and daily struggle!
    kpbarnett1941[at]aol.com

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    1. Haha I agree! There should be allowed such temptations!

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  7. Even since I saw the cover, I have wanted to read this book. There are not enough books about plus sized girls or women. I am a plus sized woman. I am very that she has written an article on autism. My brother has severe autism and I thank anyone who has gone out of their way to help.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Yes, I think she has! I think I remember seeing that on her website.
      I was trained to work with Autistic children, but its been years since I've worked in special ed.
      It must be very hard having someone who is Autistic in the family! Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I think I would love to go to the moon, if I could drop that much weight! This sounds like a lot of fun!

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  9. Sounds like a great book, thanks for the review

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