Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Review: Vinyl Princess

Allie is all about the music. She can name just about every album ever commited to vinyl, as well as every band member, their personal history, the fate of the band, similar music, and so much more.  She's working her dream job at Bob and Bob's music store, a vinyl heaven.  And on top of that, she's just launched her new blog/fanzine combo, Vinyl Princess.

Entertainment: ★★

To be honest, I didn't recognize half the music Prinz rhapsodizes about.  That diluted my enjoyment a little, because I ended up feeling kind of stupid. Also, I just got bored.

And oh yeah, the girl on the cover looks nothing like Allie, who has short, dark hair. Seriously, why would they put a random blond girl on the cover? I'm a detail person, and this detail drives me crazy.

Plot: ★

See above comment: boredom. Nothing happens. Even the events that could be really cool are just kind of... plain.  I wanted to like this book, I really did, but I just couldn't read more than a chapter at a time; it was just too slow.

Characters: ★★

Allie is all. about. the. music. As in, there is disappointingly little other characterization.  She has a nice voice and could be pretty cool, but she just ended up never really becoming 3D. The side characters range from flat to decent, with varying levels of characterization and interesting-ness.

Writing: ★★★

Allie has a good voice, and the writing wasn't bad.  At times, it was even light and funny.

End Result: two stars.  I was not impressed.


  1. OH man, I really want to read this. Thanks for your review. I'll think I'll wait to read this one.

  2. Well, I think this was mainly personal preference. Some books are just /bad/, others just aren't my style. I think this falls in the second category. So if you want to read it go for it, and maybe you'll have a better experience :)