Welcome to my stop on the Five Go Glamping blog tour run by Carina UK. My apologies in advance for my fairly scathing review…things didn’t go according to plan when I actually read this one!
Title: Five Go Glamping
Author: Liz Tipping
Genre: Romance / Chick-Lit
Publisher: Carina UK
Publication Date: 28 August 2015
Buy: Amazon UK Waterstones
Glamping Check list:
Double check best Instagram filter
Avoid thinking about work/Connor/five year plan!!
A four day break from her hectic life to relax in the countryside and hang out at a local festival (for free!) is just what Fiona Delaney needs. With her best friends, great tunes and a cool looking hat her Instagram shots are going to look A-Mazing!
Until suddenly glamping starts to feel a lot more like camping and Fiona’s in desperate search of a comfy chair, wi-fi and a chilled glass of wine. But when she finally makes it to the local pub she discovers this trip could be more than just a holiday, it might just change her life forever…
My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
I feel I should start explaining why I wanted to read this book. The blurb looked interesting, like a lighthearted chick-lit with a slightly different slant with the glamping angle, and this book already had a bunch of 5-star reviews from other ARC reviewers when it came to my attention. I feel I should say that I don’t sign up to review, especially for blog tours, unless I think I will like a book. It wouldn’t be fair on anyone if I took on a book knowing I was going to give it a negative review, after all we don’t buy books we think we won’t like.
I couldn’t have been more disappointed in Five Go Glamping though. Reading it in one sitting (not always a good sign), I finished just a few hours after starting wondering how I was going to put my feelings into words for this review.
There were so many aspects of this book that I didn’t like, at all. I didn’t like or connect with any of the characters. I found our main character, Fiona, annoying, ditzy, and frankly at times moronic. I had hoped I would warm to her but it just didn’t happen.
A lot of effort was made to show us how important Fiona’s social media/phone was to her. In turn how unimportant it was to Sam. I think Liz Tipping was trying to make a point about how connected people are to social media and how they need to pay more attention to what is around them, but in the end the point isn’t really made and is instead left floating in the book unfinished.
My biggest problem though was the lack of substance in this book. It felt like it had missed out on the editing process with chunks of text missing which should have been there. I had questions surrounding events, background story, characters, and most importantly descriptions.
There was a severe lack of descriptive text. We didn’t learn anything about any of the characters appearance, style, attitude, or persona, except the hippies! They were definitely described in a very derogatory manner.
The descriptions around the hippies, were so unique in this book it started to feel a bit like a hippy-bashing book at times.
The surroundings were completely left to the readers’ imagination with virtually no input from the author. From mention of nearby towns I had a rough idea where in Dorset the ‘glamping’ portion of this book was set given that my Sister used to live by a village which fit the bill (castle and festival included). There are a million different ways parts of that area can be described from views, smells, the feel of the grass, to the sounds. But this book hardly touched any of it mentioning only a couple of views in passing.
I will say, the comedy moments in this book were well pulled off. The fact that I was made to laugh out loud several times was this book’s saving grace!
This book felt rushed, unedited, and inexperienced. The characters were moronic and annoying, and the reading experience was unsatisfying.
I can understand why there are so many positive reviews for this book, it is a very ‘easy’ and ‘fun’ read. But for me far too easy and lacking in any substance.
Thank you to Carina UK for inviting me onto the Blog Tour and sending me the ARC for my ‘scathingly’ honest review…apologies to you and Liz, guys!
As well as reading and writing novels, Liz enjoys John Hughes films, science fiction box sets, reality television, Irish sausages and ginger beer. She lives in Birmingham and has a degree in Communication where she specialised in Film Studies and Photography.
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