Monday, August 31, 2015

Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City, #1) by Penny Reid [Audio Review]

There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a
conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn't know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can't refuse

 3.5 A little Quirky Stars
This is my first Penny Reid novel. Neanderthal Seeks Human is a standalone and is part of the Knitting in the City series.

I did the audio version. Yup all 14 hours of this baby! I think my experience was more pleasurable because I did the audio. I felt like I could connect with the characters better and get into Janie’s head. Plus this is my first audio narration with Jennifer Grace. Her voice isn’t overly girly and it’s a bit older, but she reacts really adorably. You can really feel her frustrations and her nervousness. So I did like her.

After finishing my first Penny Reid novel, here are a few things I realized.
- Her books are very long (which is good or bad, depending on how you feel about it, I’m indifferent)
- Her books read more contemporary sweet / chick-lit, rather than New Adult, saucy (which is fine, I like both types of reads)

- Her Heroines are very quirky and very unique. The total unique nerdy nerd girl (usually someone that has bunch of insecurities and thinks A LOT)

- Penny Reid writes overly descriptive and it’s why the book is 14 hours. Some scenes I felt like it could have been shorten a bit, but you do get the full picture when you listen to everything that goes on in Janie’s head.

I started this book ages ago and I took a break. When I realized she would be coming to Texas for a book signing, well I had to go back and see what all the fuss is about.

The beginning starts out very cute. Janie gets fired and she is escorted out of the building with Quinn, a.k.a McHotPants. Not only does she get fired but she breaks up with her cheating boyfriend. The girl can’t catch a break.

Like I said, Janie is a unique character. She has verbal diarrhea, she says random facts when she is nervous and doesn’t really know how to react towards the opposite sex (like Quinn). It took me a bit to warm up to her. She rubs off as a little annoying and over the top, but she’s kind of cute.

I really liked Quinn. I think because he’s just normal. He finds something attractive about Janie and he pursues her.

Overall, I liked Neanderthal Seeks Human, you just have to go into it knowing it’s not going to be a typical NA book. There are some cute elements, Janie grew on me and I even loved Quinn.

This will not be my last Penny Reid book!

Audio Questions:
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend to a friend that is into humorous chick-lit books. It’s very light and airy.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I liked the second half of the book a lot. I felt like Janie and Quinn’s relationship was getting deeper and I was wrapped up in all the drama.

Did Jennifer Grace do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

This is my first audio narration with Jennifer Grace. Her voice isn’t overly girly and it’s a bit older, but she reacts really adorably. You can really feel her frustrations and her nervousness. So I did like her.

Did Neanderthal Seeks Human inspire you to do anything?

It made me want to knit! Here’s a spoiler, I knit, so it made me want to bust out my yarn and knit away. It also made me want to continue with the series, which I am and in audio because I love audio books.


Neanderthal Seeks Human #1 AMAZON FREE
Friends without Benefits #2 AMAZON
Love Hacked #3 AMAZON
Beauty and the Mustache #4 AMAZON

Penny Reid is a part time author of romantic fiction. When she's not immersed in penning smart romances she works in the biotech industry as a researcher. She's also a full time mom to two diminutive adults (boy-8 and girl-5), wife, daughter, knitter, crocheter, sewer, general crafter, and thought ninja.

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