Friday, June 21, 2013

{Tour Stop} Animate Me by Ruth Clampett **REVIEW**

I was so excited to be a part of this tour and rightly so.  If you can get your hands on this 
book you need to do it!!  Thank you to AToMR Tours for organizing the tour!! 

She seemed far beyond his reach…could love draw them together?For years shy animator Nathan has carried a torch for Brooke, the beautiful and dynamic Director of Development at their animation studio, even creating B-Girl, a comic-book heroine in her likeness. When a new project throws the two of them together, lovestruck Nathan finally seizes his moment – only to find Arnauld, head of the animation studio, claiming exclusive rights to Brooke’s affections.

But Nathan, it turns out, is not giving up on his dreams so easily. With inspired determination, he sets out to be the super hero of wooing his girl. Threatened by his persistence, Arnauld plays dirty – only to spark an uprising at the studio that unleashes the sort of havoc only a building full of frustrated animators can create. While Nathan pulls out all the stops to win his B-girl, Brooke has to choose. Should she pursue the sparkling career that has taken her years to build…or follow her heart?

Release Date:  May 1, 2013
Published By:  Clampett Studio Collections
Review Copy:   Paperback , 394 pages
**provided by Author for honest review
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This trailer is so cute!!  Totally fitting and I LOVE it!!!


  It wasn't hard to enjoy this one and to be perfectly honest I didn't even realize that it was 394 pages.  This ended up being a much hotter read than I had anticipated but I enjoyed it just as much as I thought I would anyway.  How could something with such a cute cover and fun synopsis be good right?!  Though it does happen from time to time this book was all the cover had put out and as I said hotness thrown into the mix.  Beyond the hot moments there was a lot of socially awkward guy that is an extremely talented animator.    

  Clampett gave a unique and fun glance into a world that has intrigued me and yet I don't know much about it.  It was so easy to get into everything about the setting of this read and I do mean everything.  For the most part things take place at Sketch Republic (loved the name) and you kind of get a feel for the world of animators and truth be told rather than loving what they do, you basically get the same hierarchy that you do in any workplace.  There are lots of little facts thrown in as well that I would have never even considered or thought of, I loved it!  Seeing all the things that were put into animation, publishing a comic book but most importantly you got a feel for where and how the main character Nathan worked.

  There was not much that I didn't love about Nathan.  He may have been a typical geek but he had such a big heart and was a total guy at the same time.  There were things that he would say that had me laughing out loud and a couple things that may or may not have made my jaw drop.  Admittedly he was not the most confident person but that is what years of being picked on for who you are and what you love would do I imagine.  There was a tiny fear for awhile that he was going to change who he was for Brooke which did disappoint me but there came a point that it became not about her but about him I think, to a point he wanted to feel better for him too.  Well that and he kind of makes a point of making sure that she isn't just trying to change him.  His views on things were so real and when put into awkward situations I can't even tell you all the ways he made me smile.

  The romance between Brooke and Nathan was so much fun...well for the most part.  It was super sweet that Nathan had loved Brooke from afar for so long, it's never easy to feel like you are on the outside looking in and that what you want may never be attainable.  When the moment comes and they do meet though he seems to really embrace it and work for what he wants.  Believing that it is the self help tapes that he is listening to but really it seems to be her that brings out the best in him.  The cutest thing was the things he drew on her coffee's for her and I loved that the animations were actually shown in the book!  Though it isn't smooth sailing for these guys I loved the relationship they built and what they brought out in each other! 

  Fun, sweet, sexy and a little heartbreaking, Animate Me really blew me away.  Clampett is obviously an extremely talented woman and  knows how to not only create something fun but add the realism that we all so often look for, only with Animate Me we also get it in the form of animations as well.  These animations are what I looked forward to,so like Nathan I looked forward to his visits with Brooke and personally I believe the author was smart for showing what he was doing.  With many colourful and well fleshed out characters this is the type of read I will remember long after reading and recommend it to people that love Adult contemporary romance or possibly even new adult.  Either way if you want something light, sweet and a little steamy Animate Me is the book for you!

  At least I'm over my huge-breast obsession.  Holy hell, during the months where I had newly discovered online porn I just kept drawing them bigger and bigger.  If those girls had been real, they would have toppled over.  Picasso had his blue period; I had my breast period.

  "Probably scoping you out.  The assistants have a pool going about whether you're gay or not since you haven't hit on a single one of them."
  "Are you trying to kill my afternoon or what?  They remind me of the mean girls that bullied me in high school.  You know, I was in a good mood until you brought all the rainbows and sunshine into my cube.

Not only did I not explain the faux Dani romance as I'd intended, but I agreed to a pity fuck so Brooke can fulfill her community service hours for the romantically and sexually disenfranchised, of which I'm a fully vested member.

I'm having trouble focusing because there are so many distractions here in Fred's collection of individual boutiques.  To start with, our salesperson's name in this one is not Joe or Bill or Dave, but Ransom.  What the hell, kidnapper dude?

About the Author

  Ruth Clampett, daughter of legendary animation director, Bob Clampett, has spent a lifetime surrounded by art and animation. Graduating from Art Center College of Design with a BFA in photography, Ruth opened her own Design/Photography studio and also taught photography at UCLA. In 1993 she joined Warner Bros. almost fifty years after her father left the studio and worked her way up to VP of Design for the WB Studio Stores. Now operating her own studio as the fine art publisher for Warner Bros. she has had the opportunity to know and work with many of the greatest artists in the world of animation and comics.
  After telling stories visually her entire life and a fan-girl at heart, Ruth was introduced to the on-line world of fan-fiction and started writing stories inspired by the colorful people and events in her life. Over two million hits, and thousands of reviews later, Ruth is publishing her first novel, Animate Me, a contemporary romance set in the animation world. She lives in Los Angeles and is heavily supervised by her teenage daughter, lovingly referred to as Snarky, who plans the summer around their yearly sojourn to Comic Con.
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So there is a super awesome tour wide giveaway that I highly recommend you enter! 
Under no circumstances should you miss your chance at this!! 

(1) Prize Pack: a Print Copy of Animate Me, an Animate Me Travel Mug, and a print (small poster) of ‘B-Girl’ signed by Ruth Clampett and the artist Juan Ortiz. – US/Canada
(3) Print copies - US/Canada
(5) eBook copies gifted from Amazon - International countries that can accept Amazon gifted books

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  1. I love it when a book is so good that you don't even realize it's a long one! I had heard of this book but never really knew what it was about, and now I'm thinking I should give it a try! Sounds like a really sweet romance! :)

  2. I must admit that I had not read the synopsis until I decided to check out your review. I have seen the cover all over the place, and I like it, but from the cover alone I didn't think it would be for me. Now though, I have to say that it sounds really stinkin cute. It is really hard to imagine "dirty" stuff in a book with such a cute cover, though!

  3. This looks and sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the review and for bringing it to my attention. :-)

    I entered the giveaway and added the book to my Goodreads TBR list, so I'll be sure to read it whether I win it or not! :-)

  4. Well, I'm glad I don't abide by the whole "don't judge a book by its cover" because the cover of this one screams of being an awesome read. Thanks for your review and giveaway!


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