Author: Shannyn Schroeder
Rating: 3 - 3.5/5
Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before the official release date.
Reese Carter is definitely not your average college girl. She'd prefer to spend Saturday nights playing Hero's Crusade than attending a wild frat party on campus. When she bands together with Adam, fellow comic enthusiast and illustrator, it appears that Reese has formed a dream team sure to propel her writing into the comic hall of fame.
Adam Hayes has never met a girl like Reese. She's sassy, smart, and loves talking comics, although he can't see why she'd choose DC over Marvel. He's thrilled to finally put his artistic chops to use in their upcoming comic project. But. this relationship is strictly professional. Or so he tells himself. When the two combine forces, they churn out magic in more ways than they had planned; they never expected to develop a steamy romantic sub-plot of their own…
Forget about hot cops or those typical bad boys you read about in almost every book out there. Nerds are the new black. Haha, that statement is kind of funny if you've read His Work of Art because the main charcter Adam is indeed black. I think nerds in books are underrated, but I probably say this as I am kind of a nerdy girl, having a crush on Spiderman for example. I'm not talking about these "I'm a nerd and no girl will ever want me" guys, because those are a chilché. What I mean are boys like Adam, who know what they want but are also into comics, drawings and other nerdy stuff. We need more of those in books please!
Adam's mom owns a comic shop. He regularly works there. Reese is one of the costumers and offers him another job one day - she needs his help for a comic she's written. She needs him to paint the drawings. After a short thinking pause he agrees to work with her, which also includes meeting her friends, playing games and inviting her to a New Year's Eve party. But along the way to finishing her comics, both of their feelings get in the way and make it hard for them to draw a line.
So, His Work of Art isn't a long novel, it's pretty short and cut to the basic line. That was totally fine with me. I don't like books that pick up unimportant topics. Everything written in this book is needed for the story. Anyway, I would have liked to read more about Reese's family background. We know about her mother and her father, but how did she handle the situation? Did it make her the person she is today? Same with Adam, we sure know what issue is, but first he wants Reese, then he doesn't because of his dad and then his mom says a couple of words and it's all forgotton. Alright, I'm not being fair. Adam admits he won't be able to forget the things, so I should just believe him.
You know, I think Shannyn Schroeder has a way to grab your attention. And as an aspiring author (or as someone who tries to be) this book is really good on advice. Reese puts so much of herself into her comics and even the main character is probably a copy version of her own reflection, it's scary. Not in a bad way, just in an understandable way.
I loved the chemistry between the two and loved reading their story. I enjoyed His Work of Art really much and now that I know that there are other books about nerds by this author, I will have to add them to my list. Thanks for writing this really great story. Oh, and Marvel beats DC any day, haha.
|(C) Shannyn Schroeder|
About the author
Shannyn is a former English teacher, who now works as a part-time editor while raising her three kids. She is recovering from her Diet Coke addiction, fears putting her foot in her mouth on social media, and has a renewed appreciation for the bad girls of the world.
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