Book Tour: American Girl on Saturn by Nikki Godwin
(This book is available on Amazon Kindle for $0.99 October 1-7, FYI—You should go check it out!)
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 boyband, 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 guys…in 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.
OK, so this kind of story is one of my many guilty pleasures. I’m admittedly not a fan of the boy-band scene, but I’m allowed to let the inner teenage girl in me a moment of heart-fluttering swooning over a delightful, hot celebrity.
I loved this book, and I was almost surprised by how much I did. It was witty and kept me constantly laughing. And I actually read it straight through in pretty much one (very long) sitting.
American Girl on Saturn was beautifully written, and Godwin did a splendid job of carrying themes in the details throughout the entire novel. From bleeding butterflies to space references to random magazine cutouts of people’s heads showing up taped to Chloe’s door every morning. Everything wove together very nicely, and it’s clear that Godwin took the time to pay attention to detail in her writing.
This book was very well balanced — being serious when needed but funny at the same time. It certainly isn’t a comedy, but the characters have such great personalities and interactions that I found myself laughing nearly constantly. Speaking of which …
The characters were wonderfully developed. Chloe and Aralie were very clearly sullen teenagers, and it even felt natural that Chloe was the oldest and Aralie was the middle child just based on how they interacted with their youngest sister, Emery, who played her role as the five-year-old with an obsession to a T. But as far as characters go, I think I was the most impressed with how the members of the band were written. They each had their own unique personality, but it was clear that they fit together very well. What surprised me about this was that I could actually tell the difference between certain aspects that were their stage personas and their real personalities (especially with how they ended up pandering to the five-year-old).
My one complaint was really the believability of a secret service agent putting a boyband in a safe house with his family after they were shot at — that felt a little forced to me, but it didn’t take me long to set it aside as a minor concern. From there I was perfectly content to just roll with it. After all, I suspend disbelief readily enough in the fantasy books of my comfort zone genre.
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About the Author:
Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult/New Adult author from the southern USA. She is a city girl who can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing, she’s not-so-secretly internet-stalking her favorite bands. She may or may not completely love One Direction.
Posted on September 30, 2013, in Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult and tagged american girl on saturn, book reviews, book tour, books, boyband, contemporary romance, nikki godwin, romance, YA, young adult. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.