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'Revenge' is the debut novel of Sharon Osbourne, released in March 2010. Sharon has previously had a successful autobiography which sold more than two million copies, but this is her first fictional book.
I bought the book a few weeks ago as I am very drawn to books that look nice from the outside, and this large black glittery hardback was no exception. I know we are told not to judge a book by its cover, but I can't help it!
I didn't notice at first that the book was by Sharon Osbourne, and to be perfectly honest I nearly didn't buy it when I realised it was. This is not because I'm not a fan of Sharon, I actually quite like her as a television personality. It is only because I am always sceptical of celebrities suddenly writing a book, or releasing a single, or designing a range of clothes, basically cashing in on their celebrity status one way or another. Despite this, I uncharacteristically bought the book as I needed something to get stuck into and this looked a nice thick read.
The story itself starts with a young girl from Sheffield called Margaret who moves to London, intent on becoming a star. She finds herself living in a tiny disgusting flat with an awful flatmate, and working behind a bar in Soho. Despite attending several auditions, she is constantly being told she doesn't have 'it' and is starting to think that her dreams of becoming a star aren't going to happen. One day she meets a man named Derek who everyone tells her is bad news but of course she falls in love with him. After a while he gets her pregnant, before running off with her awful flatmate (whos parents happen to be loaded.)
She ends up marrying his brother George, and then gives birth to Derek's child, a daughter named Chelsea. George acts as a father to Chelsea, and George and Margaret have another daughter a couple of years later, who they name Amber.
As Chelsea and Amber become older they each become extremely famous and successful, and the book follows their careers, and well as the rivalry between them than incurs. As well as this, the story is full of various twists, and lots of sex, drugs, and scandal, not to mention a pretty decent storyline.
I have to say, I did enjoy this book immensely, and polished it off within a couple of days. There's never a dull moment, and if you miss a page then you're bound to have missed some kind of major twist in the plot, or at the very least someone having sex or snorting a few lines of coke. I did think the book was really well written, but apparently it was written by a ghost author, although the storyline and characters were all Sharon's own concoctions. I don't know whether any of that's true, but I have read it in a few places.
I picked up the book for £3.99 in The Works which I though was a bargain for this thick hardback, but the RRP is £12.99 as far as I know. Although I enjoyed it I wouldn't pay full price for it.
To conclude, whether Sharon wrote the book or not, I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it a real page turner. If you're not a fan of books that include sex, swearing, and drugs, then I don't recommend it.
What an amazing book, this story could not get any juicer if it tried, it is a real page turner sharon osbourne has done an amazing job of descibing the world fame.
The plot consantly twists and turns, it goes from happy to pure devestation to a real gripping book. The life of margaret really sets the book rolling and really engrosses the reader making them want to know more about her life, it is a life you couldn't make up. Her daughters chelse and amber stone are real amazing characters the two sisters couldn't lead more different lives amber has always had everything given to her due to comming across as the favourite of the two daughters and to know why this is you must read the book, poor chelse the eldest daughter has had a real struggle on her hands shes been through hell and back from feeling unloved to taking the blame upon herself for her dads death and even falling into the world of drugs and booze, she even does the worst thing a sister could possible do to the other sister.
There is never a dull moment in the 320 page hard back book, personally this is up with one of my most favourite reads. This is great summer reading or for laying in the bax relaxing. The book at present is only avaliable in hard back and costs around £13.00. It is definatly a must read for anyone who loves a true success story and a real good story about pure revenge!
Revenge is orginally set in london but as the lives of the mother and her daughters progress it soon moves to the world of hollywood were each girl becomes a woman and fights for what they want to do in ambers case it is singing and for chelse it is to continue her acting career from when she was 14.
Revenge flows and you do not even realise how fast your reading the book as you just can not put it down, anyone who is not a fan of sharon osourne i was never one but this book really caught my eye.
The book itself is hard back and has a black glittery background with purple writing with a picture of a pierced heart on the front with the words " two sister, one dream, winner takes all" the front cover was the main thing that drawn me in! So go on give it a go.
Margaret is determined to be a star. It is the 1970's and she leaves home to move to London where she hopes to make her dreams come true. Maggie has a hard time finding work and with her money running out she luckily gets offered a job in a bar. She is happy working there and meets Derek who she falls in love with. Unfortunately Maggie falls pregnant and Derek does a runner leaving Derek's brother George to pick up the pieces.
Nearly 20 years have passed and Maggie is now known as Margaret and is married to George and they have raised Derek's baby as their own. Chelsea is a normal teenage child but she has a hard time getting on with her Mom and does not know why. Amber, her younger sister is her Mom's favourite and she is trying to get Amber to become a star.
It is when Amber goes for an audition that the girls are faced with their first rivalry as Chelsea gets the part even though she did not audition. As Chelsea shoots to face Margaret and Amber are left to continue chasing their dreams. Amber soon makes it as a singer but things have changed and now Chelsea is the one down on her luck and running out of fame and money.
Just how far will the rivalry go and what secret will be uncovered in the process?
I was really looking forward to reading this book as it has been written by Sharon Osbourne and I do like her and how out spoken she is. I have to say the book was everything I thought it would be and more. It had me hooked right from the very first page and I did struggle to put it down at times as I wanted to see what was going to happen next.
I found the story was very entertaining and not at all far fetched as it could all happen to any family who wants to get into show business. The characters were all very good and likable and I found that as we only had a handful of them it was very easy to keep track of who was who and how they fitted into the story. My favourite character was that of George as I really did feel sorry for him, he lived a lie and struggles with his family but he was always there to support them and this for me made his story very sad at times. He did come across as weak at times but this made him seem more vulnerable and likable. I was not overly keen on the character of Maggie but bearing in mind what she had gone through when she was trying to get famous and how Derek left her I could understand to some degree why she was like she was and also the loveless marriage also helped me to understand why she came across as so hard but I did not like how she treated her girls differently.
We did have some very big ego's in the book and for me they kind of made it more light-hearted at times as it was funny to read how people could think they were indestructible but we got to see them at their low times and I enjoyed this.
The story does have a lot of depressing moments and sad times but I still managed to enjoy reading them as we got to see the character work through them and see what the outcome was and at times is was quite moving. I did enjoy reading about the relationships between the characters but at times the sex talk was a bit too much and I felt it would not have affected the story if the majority of this had been left out.
The writing style was good and made for some very easy and interesting reading. There was no point in the story when I got lost or confused even though it would go from one of the charters or sisters to the next, I easily followed and kept up with the story. There is some funny moments in the book but these are few and far between so don't expect this to be a fun read as it is not. There is also a lot of swear words in the book, they did not bother me and they seemed to work well with the characters but I would say if you don't like swearing then don't read this one.
The book was written by Sharon Osbourne and published by Sphere. I have the hard back edition of the book and managed to buy this for just £2.99 in my local book shop. I think it is well worth the money if you can find it for the same price or even up to £5.
I can happily give this book the full 5 stars as it had me gripped and I just did not want to stop reading. The story is not very taxing but it is interesting and it shows the dark side of fame and families. I loved it right from the first page and just hope Sharon writes another book soon. Definitely recommended by me.
I saw Sharon Osbourne promoting this on a chat show a few months ago and instantly though 'I want to read that!' As a big Sharon Osbourne fan I thought it would be interesting to see what she can do when writing fiction. However, I am quite cheap and did not want to pay the full £12 RRP for it. So when I saw it in The Works at £3.99 I instantly snapped it up!
The book is based on two sisters, Chelsea and Amber Stone, who share a dream. Both want fame and success. However, they will stop at nothing to get what they want, which pulls them apart.
The first section of the book follows Maggie. A young girl from Sheffield who runs away to London in search of her big break. We follow Maggie through a series of auditions until she finds a job in a small pub and meets Derek Stone. The next few chapters describe Maggie and Derek's relationship, with some quite graphic sex scenes.
Not wanting to give anything away, all I will say is Maggie soon gives up on her dream and insists people call her by her given name, Margaret. This is pretty much the end of the first part of the book.
The second part of the book is narrated by a number of people, including Margaret, Amber and Chelsea. This section is mainly about life in the Stone home. It gives us a feel of the relationship that Margaret has with both of her daughters and we soon realise that she favours Amber over Chelsea, for reasons you find out when reading.
As Margaret failed to meet her dreams of becoming a big star when she was younger, we see her try to reach this dream through Amber. However, by the end of this section, Chelsea seems to be the sister with the success.
The third, and final, part of the book is set many years on, Amber is now America's sweetheart and Chelsea is a forgotten, overweight child star. To try and rebuild her career, Chelsea goes to stay with Amber in LA. This is the start of several scandals and we see many newpaper headlines about the sisters.
Again, I do not want to give anything away so I will leave it there, the rest of the book is based on the sister's trying to get revenge on each other and on others.
I usually read more serious books and struggle to get into 'girly' fiction books. However, I really enjoyed this and struggled to put it down. At £3.99 you cannot go wrong! Mrs Osbourne keeps you gripped from the first page and you cant put it down because you just want more! I hope she writes more like this!
You maybe aware that when it comes to book choices I am extremely shallow, either it contains vampires and I want it, or I go entirely by the cover, which is how I came to be reading the book I will now review!
The book in question is - "Revenge by Sharon Osbourne".
The book initially starts with an argument between sisters Amber and Chelsea, the fact that these two women are two of the biggest stars on the planet, one a singer/actress and one an Oscar nominated film star seems to be having no bearing on the fight that is taking place, though you don't get the real gauge as to what started the fight.
The next chapter features an ambitious young girl called Maggie, and she is adamant that she wants to be a star. She is at the time a trainee hairdresser but feels stifled by her hometown and wants the big lights of London, so decides one day to go, but when she gets there she is in for a big shock.
After failing to shine in the numerous auditions she has had, she falls into a bar job in central Soho, and meets a man that turns her life around, but as with all good stories this is always the beginning and not the end of the tale.
Will she find the stardom she craves or will life (as it always seems to do) get in the way?
I have to say I was all ready to dislike this book, having read somewhere how disappointing this book was, how wrong can someone be!
The book starts as I mentioned earlier with the character of Maggie, a fame hungry young women, striving for stardom in the late seventies, but actually runs through to the conclusion which is where the two arguing sisters come into the story, which turn out to be Maggie's daughters.
The story starts being told from a third person point of view, and of course starts off solely centred on Maggie, but as she starts her family and the children mature and start to express interests in the business that she could never quite make it in, she suddenly becomes a pushy mother, but due to circumstances surrounding her eldest daughter (sorry, no spoilers here!), she tends to lean towards her younger, and much easier to manipulate, daughter Amber.
Soon enough however, the story veers towards the daughters, and their life choices, and boy do they make a lot!
The story at the end is completely the daughters tale, with the character of Maggie being relegated to a secondary support character, but this doesn't detract from the story as the now main characters are full enough to carry the tale through to it's conclusion.
This book to me was a real eye opener, there was everything included ranging from affairs of the heart through to marriage to hide gay tendencies, and everything in between!
Due to who the author is (or at least a front to a ghost writer, I have no idea which!), I expected plenty of juicy storylines and of course swearing, alongside this (which I was pleased to find the book did contain!) was a fantastic story that contained people who I would deem as damaged humans but still managed to exist, function and do what we tend to do best, pot our own little versions of revenge against people who have slighted us, but due to the characters being who they are the revenge is on a much bigger scale.
The book was extremely easy to read, and flows beautifully, with the first half of the book surrounding the character of Maggie, then after it was almost like Amber and Chelsea took it in turns, a chapter a piece.
There is as I mentioned before, rather a lot of swearing and a fair bit of sexual content, though really not too graphic, but still enough to deem this as an adults book.
Price wise this is available from www.amazon.co.uk for £7.11, hardback copy.
Thanks for reading x
As an afternote, the reason this particular books cover appealed to me so much is the fact it is covered in glitter.....it is a magpies dream!
Amber and Chelsea Stone aren't exactly what you'd call close - they might have grown up together but their childhood's couldn't have been more different. Amber was the apple of her mother Margaret's eye while she had a real disdain for elder daughter Chelsea, who just adores her father. When Chelsea gets an acting part Amber was auditioning for, the rivalry begins and nothing will be the same again.
Amber's career then takes another direction and goes off in a big way, while Chelsea's begins to flounder and she loses her way a bit. Their mother Margaret only seems to care for Amber, and this grates on Chelsea. So when a man decides to come between the sisters and have them vying for the same thing, will they do the sisterly thing and help each other or is it every Stone for themselves? And just who is going to take the ultimate revenge?
Allow me to be honest. When I first heard that Sharon Osbourne was releasing a fiction novel, I was dubious and thought she would probably use a ghostwriter like a lot of celebrities seem to do... and I was right! Apparently Sharon created the characters, setting and scenes but a "co-writer" helped her to bring the story to the page (Little Brown rep. actually said this!). The co-writer has chosen to be anonymous however, so we're not going to be finding out who should actually take credit for the book! It's rumoured to be based on the Minogue sisters Dannii and Kylie. When the cover was released, I loved it straight away and thought it looked like a really fun read, I mean - what book with a glittery cover couldn't be a fun read?! When it arrived in its shocking magenta envelope, it looked pretty special and I was excited to get stuck in.
The book begins with a glimpse into the rivaly of the sisters and immediately leaves you wanting to find out more which was a great beginning. I was so curious to find out why the sisters had such a hatred for each other and Osbourne develops this part of the story so slowly you don't want to put the book down as you're itching to find out what's going to happen to the Stone sisters next. I was actually impressed by the writing of Osbourne, it seemed to flow well and sound good too, so I can't complain on that front.
Her characters are well written too, quite brashy and forward but for the purpose of this story it works well. It's a bonkbuster without a doubt - there's a lot of descriptive sex in there, bad language, drug use and more in there so if you're a tad prudish this probably isn't the book for you. It didn't bother me too much because it fits in with the feel of the book and doesn't feel out of place which makes it more acceptable. The sex scenes don't happen too frequently which makes them more believable, so when they do happen its for a reason and does add something to that part of the book.
The Stone sisters were great characters, and so very different that you can't help but like both. Amber was slightly more shy and reserved for the larger portion of the book, and she seemed a little bit wet to me. I wanted her to stand up for herself against her mother, but when the book takes a turn in the middle, we see a different side to Amber and it was great. I enjoyed having 2 stronger female characters and perhaps wish that the change in her had happened sooner! Chelsea is the opposite of her sister, and we mainly see Chelsea when she's lost her job on her soap and is a bit of a Z-list celeb who doesn't care what anyone thinks anymore. As her character changes, I warmed to her so much more and loved the rivalry between the sister as it grew.
A part of the book that surprised me was the trip back to 1960's London and the youth of their mother Margaret. When the book went back in time almost at the beginning, I was curious to see where this was going to go because I wasn't sure if it was going to stay in the past for a quite a while but it soon becomes clear that there is a big purpose to this trip back in time, and it was fascinating reading. I liked that Sharon did this, and I think it was so well written, you can imagine these characters in the time period, and it was fun to read this. Although we see more of Margaret in the beginning, she rarely appears in the rest of the book which was a shame as I'd have liked to seen her a little more. Even so, the characters were all really well written and all had their place in the book, and there wasn't too many of them either which was good.
Overall, I was really impressed with this, and far more than I had expected to be! It jets from London over to LA where it spends the rest of the book, and I loved sitting back and imagining the fabulous surroundings of the Stone sisters, and transporting myself into their world for a little while! The gorgeously glittery cover with its neon pink is going to attract attention, and it deserves it. The story kept me interested all the way through, and the characters were strong enough to carry the book until the end, with some twists and turns along the way too. It will make a great beach read for your summer holidays, and I'm pleased to be able to give this book 4 stars! Recommended.
Published by Sphere in March 2010
Thank you to the publishers for sending me a copy to review for http://chicklitreviews.com
Thanks for reading.