Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Espressologist

Review Time! I know everyone has probably already read this book but it's only just been released in Australia and so that makes me one of the last people to read this book with such a snazzy title :P Thanks to C. at Pan Macmillan for sending me a review copy!

( Goodreads) What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life. Or perhaps it’s a small decaf soy sugar-free hazelnut caffe latte? Some might call you a yuppie. Seventeen-year-old barista Jane Turner has this theory that you can tell a lot about a person by their regular coffee drink. She scribbles it all down in a notebook and calls it Espressology. So it’s not a totally crazy idea when Jane starts hooking up some of her friends based on their coffee orders. Like her best friend, Em, a medium hot chocolate, and Cam, a toffee nut latte. But when her boss, Derek, gets wind of Jane’s Espressology, he makes it an in-store holiday promotion, promising customers their perfect matches for the price of their favorite coffee. Things are going better than Derek could ever have hoped, so why is Jane so freaked out? Does it have anything to do with Em dating Cam? She’s the one who set them up! She should be happy for them, right?

The Short Story ? - Screw Internet Dating, the Espressologist is in! Matchmaking with coffee is the next big thing! A cute and funny read with comfortable writing and a fantastic plot, Kristina's debut is one novel not to be missed! Looking for something light and frothy to go with your morning cuppa coffee? Pick up the Espressologist!

The Long Story ? - If Jane is the Espressologist then that makes me the Bookologist right? Since I match books with people :) Lots of mixed review on this one, it's one of those books that you either love or hate. I really liked this book - it's right down my street, cute, light contemporary, but I do get where all these bad review are coming from, let me justify -

The novel was rather short, only about about 180 pages which is shorter than what YA books usually are. For some people that may seem like a short time to be able to develop characters and build a good plot, I assure you, it's a short read but it's definitely fantastic. I loved the characters and the plot was super cute ;) I loved every moment of it and quite frankly the one-sitting read was a bonus for me!

I have to praise Kristina on her knowledge of coffee, I never knew there was so many different types of coffee, I don't drink alot of it and what I do drink is limited to instant coffee :P Even better the concept of using coffee, a common love of 90% of the world's population for matchmaking is really clever! Loved the plot, Jane our Espressologist plays cupid but what about her own Prince Charming? Great start to the novel, cutest ending ever and lots of romance in between!

The writing was fantastic! Kristina has a very distinct and strong YA voice and reading the Espressologist was relaxing. The style of writing was comfortable and humorous. Each character had an individual voice and it almost felt as if Jane was the narrator instead of me!

Bottom line, The Espressologist is a novel not to be missed. Romantic, light, frothy and fun. The characters are great, the writing is refreshing and the plot is original and I going to have to use the word again - cute :)
Looking  for a quick one-sitting read? Want something that you will enjoy every minute? Worth your money? Cute, relaxing and perfect match for your cup of coffee? You're in for a treat with The Espressologist!

Rating - 5/5

Badass Bookie xx

1 comment:

  1. Great review! Sounds like you enjoyed it very much! It seems like a fun and romantic book! Imagine being able to match up people just because of the type of coffee they favour...!