Monday, 4 October 2010

Review: Cattitude - Edie Ramer

Genre: Paranormal romance
Pages: 170
Published: August 2010
Reviewed by Lis

It's all in the Cattitude...After Belle the cat switches bodies with a psychic on the run from a murderer, she wants her perfect cat body back instead of this furless human one. But she doesn't count on falling in love with her former owner. Or that a CEO and a beauty queen want to use up her nine lives. Now is her chance to prove anything a human can do, a cat can do better.

When B asked me to review this book and read the blurb I was already mentally shaking my head and saying: ‘Nooooooooooooooooo way!’ A cat that changes bodies with her ‘assailant’ and falls in love with her owner and a mysterie to boot? Nuh uh. I might read a lot, but this is not my cup of tea.

Of course, B. can be very persistent and she sent me the book anyway, just so I could take a look and of course, I could not resist.

Edie Ramer’s Cattitude is a typical case where you don’t judge the book by its blurb. Cattitude pleasantly surprised me from the first page. Belle is a fiery character, both as a cat and as a person. All secondary characters are solid, three-dimensional characters and they make for a funny, attention-grabbing story.

My thoughts

Ms. Ramer definitely knows her cats, because her portrayal of Belle is reminiscent of any cat I know. Cats got attitude and Belle’s got ‘tude enough. Her views of humans are hilarious (and definitely true from a cat’s point of view) and it is fun to see how she adjusts to being human just as Sorcha adjust to being a cat.

I also liked the introduction of Sorcha. Just as I was wrong about the book, I was also wrong about this character. I thought she might be a third wheel in the story and yes, in a way she is, but a very good third wheel. I liked how “her” story ends. It was surprising. Sorcha carried just as much story as Max & Belle did.

The mystery part of the story was a hoot. It was both serious and comical and very fitting in the story.

Conclusion

Cattitude is a surprising book that I can definitely recommend. It’s a refreshing read with an original, funny and suspenseful plot, complete with a host of witty and funny characters. It is a well written story that has you on the edge of your seat and rolling on the floor in front of it and maybe pinking a way a stray tear as well. 

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Let me introduce you all to the new girl, Lis, who was kind enough to review Cattitude for me :) Thanks again, you rock! Hopefully I can tempt her to come back too.


Hi my name is Lis, an incredibly chaotic, sword wielding cowgirl from Holland  who lives and breathes books of the supernatural & paranormal variety stirred with some romantic, erotic and mystery and or historic ingredients. Hell, who am I kidding. I'll read anything if it's interesting enough. A very long time ago (think centuries) I read the great works from Homer to Shakespeare. Nowadays it ranges from Katie MacAlister to M.L. Rhodes from Lilith St. Crow to Stephani Hecht. Ocassionally I even review the books I read, just so long as it doesn't take me away from them for too long!


26 comments:

  1. See, I would have the same initial reaction and I would definitely being saying 'Noooo,not my cup of tea.' I am glad to hear it was actually good though.

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  2. Hey Lis.
    Wonderful review This sounds like a fun read. Nice idea to write a book out a Cat POV. Sounds promising. And I like the title.

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  3. Lis, I'm so glad B changed your mind about reading Cattitude. Thanks for your great review!

    B, huge thanks for being so persistent. I really appreciate it.

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  4. Vivienne
    Lol, I thought it just sounded fun when I heard it, but yes it does show that you can't know before you try it

    Susi
    I have to admit that I first know get the title, I must be horrible slow, lol

    Edie
    Oh I do not give up :) And I wanted this book reviewed so much

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  5. Great review! I love your initial reaction - mine was the same. But I adjusted to the idea and I believe it is a good book. I intend to read it one day. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Sounds great! And I do like the cover. :)

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  7. What cute plot idea! It sounds like a fun, escapist read!

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  8. I thought it just sounded fun when I heard it, but yes it does show that you can't know before you try it

    B, everything is so subjective, so I'm really glad that you didn't give up. I did work hard to make sure there wasn't an "ick" factor in Belle's relationship with her former owner. Or as Belle would think of him, "servant."

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  9. Thanks for the review, Lis. It does sound surprisingly good.

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  10. Thanks for the great comments and the welcomes everyone :-)

    Edie: you're very welcome. I have to admit, it was a good book that I enjoyed reading.

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  11. I love your review! I have this one coming up at my place as well and I was very intrigued to see what you had to say as well. And I did fall in love with Belle, she is a hoot all alone and then mix her with the others and it is positively awesome! Great job and it is a pleasure to meet you!!!

    Ps hey b! Hugs to honey. Just checking on you! Hope you had a great weekend!!

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  12. Hi Irena
    I just loved her initial reaction too, very funny.

    Chris *waves*

    Hi Nina :)

    Amused
    And we all sure love those :D

    Carol,
    I am glad you think so.

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  13. Edie
    I even looked at e-readers today..of course still totally non existent here, but they will come..one day :) I just need one bad. I wanna see how the book plays out, it got me intrigued

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  14. Lis :D
    You know I so wonder about that end now, how could it possibly end?! :D

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  15. Hey there, Lis! I'm another cowgirl from Holland and we have a few favorite authors in common!
    Great review, I love cats and romance so maybe I should give this a try! :)
    *waves at B* Great move to ask Lis, hon!

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  16. Hi cecile!
    To be honest the weekend sucked, I have been feeling like crap. But hey at least I got to be in bed reading

    Janna
    Lol, what is it with you Dutch, you are everywhere ;) And you all love books

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  17. @B: well, not everywhere, lol! But yeah, we love to read! :D

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  18. I really want to read this one. I'm adding it to my shopping list. Great review!

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  19. B, I've only had my e-reader a couple of months, and I read more on it than paper books. It's so convenient! I love that. Plus, this helps keep the clutter down. Even with the Kindle, I have piles of books everywhere.

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  20. Thanks Cecile! It's nice to meet you too! The book is really good and managed the surprise an old veteran like me!

    Janna! Oh that is so funny to meet you here!! *grins* I know where we know each other from ;-) Though I did not know you were a cowgirl too!

    B. When you get an e-reader, this will be the first book you read!!

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  21. Edie
    Would be good to be clutterfree, since we have no shelf space here .)


    Lis
    I shall :D

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  22. The title made me smile..sounds like a really cute book.

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