Being book picky but a Nicole Richie fan made this a quick purchase. Priceless is one of very few books I have picked up to read more than once. This book has some of it all to fit different interests from trouble,party,to travel. Hands down a great book and a quick referral.
~*~*~ Priceless - Nicole Richie ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a fictional book by Nicole Richie.
~ Why did I buy it? ~
I bought this book whilst browsing through a local charity shop, they sell books at 6 for £1 so after finding a few that I wanted I needed another two books to make it up to the six and that is when I picked up this. In all fairness I didn't think this book was going to make a brilliant read so it has sat on my bookcase for the last few months gathering dust, I picked this up by mistake when I went up for a bath but seeing as I am totally lazy I didn't fancy walking (all of the way) back downstairs so I decided it would have to do and started to read it whilst relaxing amongst mases of bubbles!
~ My Thoughts on Nicole Richie as an author ~
My only experience with Nicole Richie is from when she was in The Simple Life with Paris Hilton and that is probably the reason why this book sat on the shelf for months without being read. However, I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by this book.
The whole plot was good and quite gripping and I did find it well worded and well written.
In whole I would say that Nicole certainly has the ability to write a good book, which did surprise me as in The Simple Life she really seemed rather dull.
~ Priceless ~
Seeing my reluctance to first read this book I have to admit that I ended up finishing the book in two days as I found it really gripping.
The main character Charlotte Williams is not instantly likable and I was unsure whether to carry on reading the book or not as she comes across as a snobby spoilt bitch! But reading along there was a different side to Charlotte that is very likable.
Charlotte's mother passed away when Charlotte was just a child leaving her to be raised by a nanny. Her father has worked hard to give Charlotte everything she has ever wanted and whilst he obviously loves her and she him, when things go wrong she stands up to the mark and shows that she doesn't need Daddy for everything.
As the story progresses it takes a different turn and is nothing like I would expect it to be.
There isn't any weak points in the book and it kept me gripped although the 'baddy' of the book was quite obvious to me immediately. I sort of guessed the outcome of that but the twists and turns keeps the book good.
I am trying to not go into too much detail as I don't want to spoil the book for people that haven't read it but I will say that I am nicely surprised by how good it turned out to be.
~ Overall ~
As you can probably see I ended up liking this book despite my original reservations. I am only sorry that I judged the book by the cover or should that be the author without actually giving it a chance. It has changed my thoughts on Nicole Richie who happens to be a good talented writer.
I would recommend this for a nice bit of chick lit reading.
Thanks for reading :o) x
With the weather as nice as it has been today what better way to spend the day than a glass of Pimms and a great book to read in the sun! Yes that is what I have spent my day doing. I decided to start Priceless by Nicole Richie. I have had this book on my side for just over a week and I was intrigued as to how good it would be but the cover wasn't really enticing me to read it. I have been caught out this way before though and this is when it is always good to remember that age old saying "Never judge a book by its cover!"
Charlotte Williams has it all, she is glamorous, has all the latest fashion and her life revolves around clubbing with her friends who do nothing but live off of their families money and spend their time living life like a party. To sum up Charlotte in one word would be SPOILT!!
Charlottes life comes crashing down around her when her dad is arrested on fraud charges which leaves Charlotte alone and penniless. Eyes everywhere blame her as well as her dad and suspect she had something to do with her dad's illegal work. Charlotte feels she has no option but to get away and make a life for herself starting right from the bottom and the only place she knows she will be welcome is in New Orleans to stay with the lady who raised her. But will Charlotte be able to make a new life for herself or will her life back home follow her?
Charlotte Williams is our main character in this book and when we first meet her she is high maintenance and spoilt! Really she is a character I usually dislike from the beginning but even from the beginning you could pick up that her character was lonely which I think is why I held my judgement on her character until I had read a little further on into the book. I enjoyed reading her character although I can't really say you warm to character but you do hope that she can turn her life around. The book was not what I was expecting at all and I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. I imagined the book to be just about Charlotte trying to become a pop star to become famous but the book is a lot more deeper than this and actually has a great storyline which I found gripping.
I loved the fact that the book was totally unpredictable to me which is what made it a real page turner in my opinion. There is a kind of mystery factor in this book where without giving to much away you find yourself trying to work out which character it could be and I would never had suspected it to be who it was! This was an unusual element to this type of book but it just added to the great parts of this book. The book gets off to a fast start and it stays this way right the way through.
I feel as if the ending has been left open so I wouldn't be surprised if it has been left this way for sequel to come out and if this is the case I would defiantly be willing to give it a read.
I have to negative points about this book and the first is that the front cover in no way does this book justice and secondly I didn't like chapter two! There were so many characters which came into this chapter that I found myself getting confused with who was who, having said that it doesn't have an effect on the book as you do not meet any of these characters later on in the book so by the 4-5 chapter they are all forgotten about.
I would defiantly recommend this book. It is only 373 pages and the chapters are only short which would make for an ideal lazy day read in my opinion. I finished this in 7 hours so to say it was a page turner is an understatement!
This review is also on my book review blog http://reabookreview.blogspot.com
Today I'm going to review a book I just finished a few days ago. It's called "Priceless" and was written by Nicole Richie.
I discovered this book when I checked out if Nicole Richie has written another book. I quite enjoyed her first book, "The Truth About Diamonds" and wondered if she'd write another - and there it was!
I like Nicole Richie as a person because she has grown up to be a responsible young women with children, a husband and a lot of involvement in charity work. I even liked here when she was doing the show "The Simple Life" with Paris Hilton, but now I like her even more. So I was really interested in her next book and ordered "Priceless" when I had an Amazon voucher.
Charlotte Williams is a rich, spoiled girl from New York. She lives in a beautiful, expensive flat with her wealthy father, who's working in the financial sector. Charlotte more or less studies, but she doesn't have to work for her prestigious lifestyle of parties, nights out and expensive couture. Charlotte is famous all over the city because she wears the most exciting vintage designer pieces which she inherited from her mother, who was a famous model and died when she Charlotte a child.
When Charlotte returns from a year of studying in Paris, her world suddenly crumbles apart. Her wealthy father is arrested for cheating his clients, stelling millions of dollars from client of all social classes. Now Charlotte is left alone with her bank accounts frozen and angry people and the press chasing her, blaming her for her father's misdoings.
Charlotte takes her last bit of money and buys a plane ticket to New Orleans, seeking shelter with her former nanny Miss Millie. Millie is happy to see Charlotte - the two women share a deep bond. But Millie's son Jackson is warry of Charlotte, who had his mother all to herself when he needed her as a child.
But soon, Charlotte manages to make friends in New Orleans and even finds herself a job, washing dishes at the restaurant of Kat Karraby's father , a local celebrity. Kat and Charlotte become good friends and Jackson begins to think more of Charlotte when he discovers that she can sing, making a good contribution to his jazz band.
Everything would go well if there wasn't a strange man threatening Charlotte and creating a nasty website about her. He seems to be one of the people who fell victim to her father's fraud and he wants to kill Charlotte! For the first time, Charlotte learns what real friends are, but the threats keep her on her toes!
I really enjoyed "Priceless". It is much more well written than "The Truth About Diamonds". The characters are more interesting and really stick to your mind. The story is memorable and entertaining as it mixes crime fiction, a love story and chic-lit without being daft.
I really liked Charlotte's New Orleans friend Kat, who is a fun and quirky character which actually deserved a book of her own!
Throughout the story, you really notice the changes in Charlotte's character - she becomes self-dependend, strong, brave and more insightful. She is glad to leave the parties behind.
The story might sound stereotype at first, but it isn't your typical "wealth is evil"-story. The plot is complex and interesting. The book might be chic-lit at first time, but it's much deeper without excessive shopping and cringe-moments.
I would recommend it for female readers from age 16 as there's some sex and a little violence in it. I guess this is your perfect beach-read if you want someting girly without tons of "shopping and shagging".
I ordered this for Euro14.99 for the hardcover edition on Amazon.de. On Amazon.co.uk, it's only £5.33! A fabulous price for such a nice book in a beautiful hardcover edition.
I defenitely enjoy this book - I read it in less than a week! It was entertaining, exciting and the persons in it are characters to remember! If you're looking for a somewhat girly book with an exciting edge, this will be the right choice for you!
I defenitely recommend "Priceless"!
Charlotte Williams pretty much has it all. Her musician father's success means that Charlotte wants for nothing, and she has a close group of friends who she enjoys going out with and having fun regularly. But when her father is arrested for a huge fraud case, Charlotte finds that her world has started to collapse around her. She's got no money, no family and no one to look after her. She decides to flee to New Orleans and the home of her former Nanny, the only place she knows she will feel safe from the paparazzi. She begins to work for the first time in her life, and also reignites her own love for music and singing, but there is someone out there determined to make Charlotte pay for what her father has done to hundreds of people. Can Charlotte escape the madman before he gets to her?
I have to confess that I don't know all that much about Nicole Richie other than the fact she is the adopted daughter of singer Lionel Richie, and she has 2 babies herself now, so when I was sent her book for review, I wasn't at all sure what to expect. I've had a little look online to see if there is any information about whether Nicole actually wrote this herself or used a ghostwriter as many celebrity "authors" tend to do these days. I didn't find anything, but that doesn't mean anything of course, it could just be a well hidden secret! Either way, I tried to go into the book with an open mind, and tried to put out of my mind that this was another celebrity book. The cover is quite eye-catching, but as Leah has mentioned before,the image used on the cover does look uncannily like Nicole herself, and I don't know why the publishers would choose to use an image that looks scarily like the author, it seems a bit cheesy!
When I began to read the book, I was surprised to find how easy I found myself absorbed into the story. Richie makes Charlotte a quite likeable character straight away which is really unusual for a spoilt rich princess type character, which is exactly what Charlotte is. I found her easy to read about and Richie's writing style was very good to read, and flowed very well too which I found very good. The action of the book begins pretty much straight away, and I think it was good idea to throw the reader right into the drama. I actually felt sorry for Charlotte because her dad is the one who did the crime, yet Charlotte is targeted because of it, and this makes the reader have sympathy for our lead character.
The other characters are written just as well too. I enjoyed when the book moved over to New Orleans, and we meet the characters of Millie, Charlotte's former nanny, Jackson, Millie's son and Kat, a shop owner who Charlotte befriends when she is looking for a job. One of the relationships I really enjoyed reading about was that of Jackson and Charlotte. You wouldn't expect the pair to have much in common, but in fact they share a love of music, and this really is a huge plot point of the book, and helps Charlotte grow as a character too. Richie's love of music herself comes through in this because she writes very passionately about it, and writes about the jazzy music with ease which is great. Kat, the local shop owner, is also a really fun character to read, she's a bit mad and therefore works well as the antithesis of Charlotte. Reading about these developing relationships is really good, and it shows how Charlotte changes as a person too.
There is also the exciting part of the book where Charlotte is being chased around by some mad stalker threatening to cause her harm. This is quite a good addition to the book because it adds something different into it. As well as having the more sedate storyline of the developing relationship between Charlotte and Jackson, and her other friendships within the book, we get this exciting story that pops up throughout the book and carries on right to the end. We don't know who the stalker is, just like Charlotte doesn't know, and that keeps it exciting, and the pace moves along well too, getting more threatening as the story nears its climax. I liked that Richie included this in the book as I said, and it certainly makes for fun reading!
Overall, I was quite surprised by how I really enjoyed this book. I went into it with an open mind, and therefore was able to enjoy it for what it was - a well written and enjoyable read. Yes, the fact it is written by Nicole Richie and has her name over it may well help it sell and encourage more people to read it, but it is a good story on its own merits, the writing style is pleasant and easy to read, and the book moves at a good pace that keeps the readers attention from start to finish. I often find 'celebrity reads' are tarnished with a certain reputation but if you ignore the name on the cover and just enjoy the story, you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised with it! It's a really good read and one I would definitely recommend.
ISBN: 978-0007399376. Published by HarperCollins in October 2010. Pages: 320. RRP: £12.99.
Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitreviews.com
Thank you for reading.