Review: Foxy’s Tale by Karen Cantwell & L B Gschwandtner

Foxy’s Tale by Karen Cantwell & L B Gschwandtner
Series:  The Reluctant Vampire Series (# 1)
Release Date: March 12, 2011
Publisher:   Novelette Books
Pages: 251
Source: Booklending.Com



Foxy Anders, retail spender with no money to spare and former beauty queen with no man in her life, has a teenaged daughter, Amanda, who likes to blog secretly about her biggest problem – Foxy.

Foxy’s assistant, shoe-fettishista Knot,can talk wealthy Washington A-listers into buying Foxy’s antiques but can’t seem to get his love life into the win column.

They’re a quirky threesome to be sure, but when mysterious, bumbling, Myron Standlish arrives on the scene with a suitcase full of Yiddish-isms, he brings along his own set of problems, larger and stranger than all of theirs put together. Oy vey. How will Myron’s personal journey affect their lives? Well … that’s Foxy’s Tale.


Review:  I have to say that this is one of the ODDEST books I have read in a long time. I don’t necessarily mean odd in a bad way, it was actually a really cute book that I enjoyed!

Foxy will never win Mother of the Year and a lot of mothers will probably dislike her for how absolutely clueless she is about raising her daughter, Amanda. Yes, I know it’s a book, but really…she makes you wanna throttle her due to how absolutely selfish she is!

Amanda is one of the most captivating young adult protagonists that I’ve read lately. She’s vulnerable, yet strong. She’s very self-sufficient and though she goes through the typical Goth stage that nearly all teens go through, she finds her own path once she starts to gain some confidence in herself.

The other characters – Knot, Myron, Congressman X, and Nick –  bring a lot of funny subplots to the book. Knot is your somewhat typical gay guy with a great sense of style, able to cook, in lust with all the wrong men and able to charm the money out of rich women when it comes to selling antiques. Myron is just adorable in that weird, foreign, old man type way. I don’t mean that as a slight, he truly IS a weird old foreign man! I wish there was a bit more depth to Nick and that his story was a little more fleshed out, but overall he was a good match for Amanda.

There were flaws with the editing that could do with some tweaking. There were some random grammar errors – cars have brakes to help slow them down, not breaks. There were a lot of what I felt were unnecessary sentences and some sentences that weren’t really sentences at all that were just thrown in there for no reason other than to add to the word count.  BUT, overall, it was an amusing book that kept my attention and has me wanting to read the sequel.

Foxy’s Tale is humorous, engaging, and a bit confusing. I definitely recommend it to anyone with a sense of humor that likes chick lit, paranormal, a little romance, a lot of laughs, and a few young adults who capture the story.

Favorite Quote: “Myron, you are still a putz.”