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Genre: Fiction / Author: Katie Price / Hardcover / 320 Pages / Book is published 2009-07-30 by Century

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      15.11.2013 21:47
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      loved it

      Sapphire is the fourth fictional book from Katie Price. It was released in the United Kingdom on 30th July 2009. This book was published by Century and is three hundred and twenty pages long. Like Katie Price's other books (Angel , Angel: Uncovered and Crystal) , they were ghostwritten by Rebecca Farnworth. Sapphire is available to buy from play.com for a price of £7.49.
      Sapphire doesn't believe in love ; not after she found her husband in bed with another woman anyway! She turns her attention to her business ; a hen party organising busingess and lingerie company. But what will happen when things go badly for a well-known client ? Will the charming business man change her mind about men ? Read Sapphire to find out!

      I have read all of Katie Price other fictional books and enjoyed them very much , so when I heard about his latest one , I was desperate to get my hands on a copy! Because I have read the other books , I knew what to expect in terms of Katie's style of writing , and so knew I was going to enjoy this book.
      First of all , this is a great book to read while on holiday! I spent the whole afternoon reading it the other day (it only took me one afternoon!), sitting outside on the lawn while the sun was shining! It's exciting plots , yet simple wording makes it an easy-to-follow book , which I think makes it perfect for 'chilling out' while reading it. Like her other books , there are some great twists and turns which makes it a really good page-turner!

      I think in order to enjoy this book , you need to be a fan of Katie Price as it definately represents her personality and attitude towards things , especially men. In fact I don't think , many of the characters are really fictional characters , but people she has actually met and has developed them into characters , by changing names etc. I also find that all of the main characters in her books are exactly like her in real life. So unless you like Katie , you won't enjoy this book.

      I quite liked Sapphire , the main character in this book. She is very likeable , and reminded me a bit of Katie. I really felt for Sapphire , and felt as though I really got to know her. I found that whatever she was feeling , I was feeling too. When she was unlucky in love ; I was really hoping that she would meet someone suitable for her. When her business was failing , I was hoping it would 'bounce back' again. By the end of the novel , it felt like Sapphire was one of my closest friends.

      Once I had started reading this book , I could just not put it down - I had read it within a couple of hours and was so gutted when I got to the end. Each time I kept saying , 'ok one more chapter , then I'll stop' , but I just kept saying it to myself until eventually I finished reading the book!
      This is definately a girlie girl's book! If your into the whole 'Celebrity' and 'WAG' thing ; then you'll love this! It makes a perfect read whilst lounging by the pool or on the beach!

      If your a fan of Katie's and have read the other books , then you might be interested in this one! I thought that this book was good and I can't wait for the next one!

      Thanks For Reading!
      November 2013
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        12.02.2011 18:15
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        It could have been a great book, but I thought it was a let down.

        I'm sure many of you know who Katie "Jordan" Price is. She's most famous for no real reason other than coming across as a bitch. Price has made full use of her fame and milked it for every penny it's worth. She once stated she was famous for having fake breasts which in my opinion it nothing to be proud of. Aside Modelling, she has various things in her name which has always captured the attention of the Media, from what I've seen it's more negative then positive.

        Sapphire is her fourth novel. It was released in 2010 in both paper and hardback. Somehow it managed to be a best seller. It's quite easy to get a hold off as well. The RRP is £6.99 and it's on Amazon for £3.84, which is a respectable price.

        Sapphire is fallen out with love after catching her husband cheating on her. She decides that relationships should be scrapped and opts to fill her passion into running a Hen Party and Lingerie Buisness. She believes things are starting to be great until a nice handsom man comes along. Not just any old man, a successful buisness man called Jay who turns her life around.

        Failed relationships, gossip, front of the tabloids for all the wrong reasons and a crumbling private life and lots of twists. It reminds me of a certain celebrity. I certainly believe that Sapphire is a fictional version of the author, even though Price is quick to deny it. The flow and tone in the writing and the main protoganist's attitude shown in the book heavilly reminds me of Katie Price. When I read the book, I thought the writing was too good to be done by Katie Price by herself. I had a feeling that it was ghost written because some parts felt too perfect. My feelings were confirmed after researching online as they were ghost-written by Rebecca Farnworth. Farnworth is very good at capturing the presense of the characters.

        I read an article where Katie admitted that she just gave Farnworth her plot and made her write the rest of it while Katie gets all the praise for it. In my opinion that's not a very good attitude to have and I think it might even be an insult to those struggling novelists out there who crave for thier work to be published.

        Sapphire and Jay were well fleshed out I think. Since being the main two characters it's only natural that the two have to be fleshed out well, but for me I think there was a bit too much focus on them and not enough on the rest of the characters such as Sapphire's friends, Jazz and Sam were very likable and I think it was a shame they weren't used as much as they could have been.

        I found the book very easy to follow and well written. It proved to be a page turner and a very quick light hearted read. Sapphire was quite likable which was a plus for me. I think there is some room for improvements. The book had potential, but it's spoilt by some things. Despite the quality of twists, I found the ending unsatisfying because I found it to be too preditable for my liking which left an overall disapointment.

        I also thought there where times where there was too much detail, particually in the times where the chatty style was glaring, and the little things such as doing hair which don't add much anything to the novel. While it gives off an honest tone, it lacks real emotion and I struggled to get into any real depth.

        I don't think I would read it again because I found the book to be overall dull and superficial. If you're looking for a trashy chick lit and if you're a Katie Price fan; this is a book just for you! It's an okay book but I think it could have had a bit more umph into it. Even if I did like Katie Price, I probally would have still disliked this book. In my point of view it was like a mixture between rather generic Mills & Boon novel and a cheap copy of a Jackie Collins novel. Despite not liking it, I'd probally still reccomemend it. You may get a kick from the book or find things you can relate to if you enjoy reading those gossip mags such as Closer, Heat and Now.

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          08.12.2010 20:28
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          It kept me occupied but didn't rivet me

          I previously read a book by the same "author" (author is in inverted commas as I'm sure most people know that Katie Price just puts her name to the book and maybe has influence on the plot, but doesn't actually write a stitch of it!) and quite liked it so I decided to pick this one up when I saw it in the library.

          THE PLOT
          Sapphire has sworn off 'real' relationships since her marriage broke down and has thrown herself into making her hen weekends business a success. Sure, she still dates but she doesn't let herself fall for anyone and pushes away any man who tries to get too close ... like her current boyfriend, Jay. Can anyone ever get close enough to Sapphire to break the walls around her heart?

          CHARACTERS
          The main characters are:

          SAPPHIRE - She's striking and feisty but past heartbreaks have left her feeling vulnerable where relationships are concerned. She's determined not to let the past repeat itself but is she missing out on something special by doing so? I liked her from the start and found myself really rooting for her as the book progressed.

          JAZZ and SAM - Sapphire's best friends don't feature massively in the plot but they were likeable enough characters.

          JAY - Sapphire's boyfriend, who wants much more commitment than she's willing to give. I felt sorry for him given Sapphire's not-so-nice treatment of him, although the reader does get to understand why she's like this much more than he does.

          MARKOV - A creepy Ukrainian who freaked me out for the vast majority of the time that he dipped in and out of the plot. His main role seems to be to steer the end events into being and he needed to be very unlikeable for that to happen effectively.

          NARRATIVE AND WRITING STYLE
          It's written in the third person, exclusively from Sapphire's viewpoint so we don't really get to understand how other characters are feeling unless they directly mention it in conversations with her. I wasn't a great fan of the writing style as it seemed like it was trying to hard to be overly chatty, which doesn't always work in a third person narrative. I also noticed more than a few sentences that didn't flow right and some typos but I did wonder at times whether this was an attempt to capture Katie Price's style and make it more believable as 'her' work.

          OVERALL VERDICT
          Generally speaking, I liked the book despite the flaws I've pointed out in the previous paragraph. While I did feel quite involved with Sapphire, this wasn't as strong as it could have been and my deepest empathy came when the plot speeded up with Markov's presence. There were times when I decided to speed read to move through parts and that's never a particularly good sign as it signals that you're not riveted to what's happening. I think a lot of it had to do with the writing style, which just didn't hold my attention.

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          06.10.2010 12:03
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          It is what it is - fun chick lit

          This is about the third book i've read by Katie Price AKA Jordan - well, written by her and someone else in reality, but we won't go there!

          Like the other books it's about someone with quite a glamorous life and their quest for love.

          Sapphire Jones is trying to get over her divorce from cheating husband Alfie and is in a casual relationship with younger man Jay who she describes as her "boy toy". Then Jay gets all serious and wants her to marry him and Sapphire says no which leads to him leaving her just in time for her to discover that she loves him and does want to marry him after all...

          Like the other books, this is incredibly easy to read and to be absorbed into and it is perfect escapism but you can see the plot twists and turns coming a mile off and you know how everything will end straight away.

          I read this in a day whilst recovering from an op with a lot of spare time to fill and it was fun so I would recommend it for reading on the sofa or maybe on the beach if you're going away.

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          26.04.2010 11:33
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          Another Hit for Katie Price.

          Sapphire by Katie Price.
          Welcome.....another absolutely amazing book by the very talented Katie Price.
          Sapphire, is a high profile business woman with an unforgiving and untrusting attitude towards men...I mean who wouldn't be after finding your Husband in bed with someone else!
          Running a Hen Party Service/Lingerie Store full time could be a pressure on a persons Love Life but Sapphire has Jay whom she only sees as no-strings, no-relationship sex and after so long, that just isn't enough for him, but how would Sapphire feel if the tables were turned............
          An exciting, heart-wrenching (in places) tale of Love with a happy ending.
          This book came out the day that I was having my daughter, I was booked in for a C-Section and earlier on in the day, I sent my partner to go and get me Sapphire from the local Asda and spent the whole day reading it, my anethstatist was not impressed when I asked him if I could take my book in with me! It is an absolute must read, I could not put it down, it made me giggle, gasp and well up with tears.
          Brilliant. Well Done Katie.

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            03.01.2010 18:31
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            A book that is entertaining and light hearted.

            Everyone has an opinion on Jordan. Love her or hate her, she is everywhere at the moment, and I was keen to see how good her books would be.

            The book starts by introducing Sapphire, a woman who has stopped believing in love. We quickly learn that this is due to her catching her husband in bed with another woman, and her feelings on the situation are well written and entertaining. Since she has given up on love, Sapphire only uses men when it suits her, and wont get emotionally involved. She's also thrown herself into her lingerie and hen night business, which is becoming more and more of a success.

            Everyone knows that women can't ignore love forever, though, and soon enough men are turning Sapphires head and distracting her from work. She has to concentrate, though, she's arranging the hen night of a Hollywood sweetheart, and all eyes are on her. Has she got what it takes to pull off an amazing party, or will it all go wrong?

            This book does hint at Katie's brilliant writing skills, and the storyline is easy to follow and realistic. The characters are often larger then life and very egocentrical, but this just makes them more entertaining! She writes with knowledge and flair, and adds a good mix of humour and sexiness, too. A really, really good book!

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              11.10.2009 13:18

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              buy it for a quick light hearted read

              I read this book while I was on holiday and I found it a really easy read. At the start I thought it was a pretty poorly written book and the wording of some of the sentences made me laugh. However once I got into it i wanted to know what was going to happen next. It was a typically girly read about 3 best friends, one of which (sapphire) is running her own business in which her 2 friends are employed in. It highlights love interests, how women can build up a successful business, friendships and gets a bit saucy in places. Sapphire, who believes she is a strong women but at times she knows she doesn't need to put on this front to everyone and shows it is ok to breakdown and you shouldn't be ashamed of doing that. Overall this book is a good easy going read. I would say it is for a young adult audience who doesn't want a sophisticated well written book.

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              06.10.2009 11:19
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              Definately recommended!

              I have just recently read this book and i thought it was that good i was gutted when i finished it! I have read all the Katie Price novels and I believe this one, Sapphire ,is the best one so far. I normally read the first couple of pages of a book to see if i can get into them before i purchase and i literally bought the book then carried on reading. This book is about the character Sapphire who works planning and doing hen weekends for brides to be. Although she ends up having lots of trouble with men, this book does end up with a happy ending which is great. It sucks you right in and makes you feel as though you are actually in the story yourself.
              Anyone that's contemplating reading this, I highly recommend it, a very good read.
              Also nice presentation of the book too.

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                01.10.2009 23:33
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                Perfect for a beach read

                *Introduction*

                I must admit that I'm not one of the people that detest Katie Price. There is something about her that I actually quite liked pre her behaviour during her split with Peter Andre and this is why I pre-ordered Sapphire from my local library to read. I've read her three previous books, Angel, Angel Uncovered and Crystal and thought that all of them were fantastic. Last week I finally got the call to say that it was in my local library ready for me to collect.

                *About the 'Supposed' Author*

                Yes! It is ghost written but as I don't know who this is I'll give you a description who 'supposedly' wrote this book. Katie Price is more commonly known as Jordan, the glamour model. She has also turned her hand to a bit of presenting, singing and has an exercise video. She is mother to two sons and one daughter and has just split from husband Peter Andre. Katie gives the true author of the book and idea and they then go off and write it using her basic ideas.

                *A Brief Description of the Plot*

                Sapphire Jones has had a rough time with relationships especially since she caught her husband in her marital bed with a woman other than herself. After this happened, Sapphire decided to change the way she thought about relationships by being in control and dating men on her terms with no emotional attachments.

                Things look great for Sapphire when she agrees to organise a hen weekend for an old school friend and soap star which could bring a lot of business her way but things go drastically wrong and Sapphire finds herself in the public eye for all of the wrong reasons. Unexpectedly her business is in danger and her personal life declining at a rapid rate. Can Sapphire deal with her problems and is she really immune to falling in love?

                *Main Characters*

                Sapphire: Sapphire is a sassy, savvy and successful businesswoman who runs a business that caters for hen weekends with a high end lingerie store added on. Her character is likeable and when reading the book, you get quite sucked into the plot and genuinely care about what she is feeling and how things are going to pan out for her. Her character has various similarities to Katie Price herself, or so she would like us to think.

                Jazz: Jazz is one of Sapphire's closest friends and also an employee in her business. She works as a beautician for Sapphire and looks after the hens that want to be pampered. She is never scared to tell Sapphire what she thinks about her behaviour and is a great friend.

                Sam: Sam is another of Sapphire's good friends although their friendship is different. Sam is bigger in size and Sapphire seems to let things out on Sam, unintentionally. She isn't quite as likeable a personality as Sapphire and Jazz but perhaps that is how the author wants us to feel towards her?

                Jay: He is the toy boy of Sapphire and a fitness trainer at the local gym. He wants a relationship but can she offer him that?

                Alfie: He is the ex-husband of Sapphire and the reason she is so bitter about marriage and relationships. Suddenly he is back in her life but can she learn to tolerate him again?

                Ryan: He is the business partner of Sapphire but is he the gentleman he initially makes out he is?

                *My Opinion*

                Before I have a number of messages in the comments section stating that she isn't the author, I know. I am aware of the fact that Katie Price drafts in a ghost writer and gives her ideas to work with. But regardless of who writes the books that Price claims as her own, they are fantastic. The plot is great, if somewhat predictable towards the end but it is full of twists to keep you reading on. A lot of the turns in the book are highly unexpected and it makes for very interesting reading.

                The style of writing used in this book is simple and in the third person. The chapters are relatively short which alongside the well written context, keep the pages turning quickly. The characterisation in the book is great as you feel empathy for those who you should and anger and disgust at others.

                The language used in the book is simple. Don't expect a Jane Austen novel because if you do, you'll be left bitterly disappointed. Let me make it crystal clear that this is a really good read but it is mindless. It is perfect reading for sitting on a sun bed at a pool or if you just want something straight-forward and easy to read.

                *Would I Recommend This Book?*

                Anyone that doesn't like rude or crude language should probably stay well clear of this book as although Katie Price doesn't actually write this book, it has her rude language chucked in at various parts throughout this book, probably to make it seem more like it is her own work. Some of the language is actually very explicit and not to be read by anyone under the age of 16 in my opinion.

                But putting the language to the side, the plot to this book really is fantastic and it has twists and turns throughout. If you decide to read this book, I am sure you will enjoy it thoroughly like I did myself.

                If you enjoyed this book or it sounds like something you would like reading, I also suggest the following:
                - Angel by Katie Price
                - Star by Pamela Anderson
                - Tough Love by Kerry Katona

                *Overall*

                If what you are looking for is a book that is easy to read and mindless then Sapphire is right up your street. It has sauciness in abundance as well as a well written plot. I thought that Sapphire was extremely well written, easy to read with a great plot. It had more going for it that some flowery chic lit books so I enjoyed it even more so than some chic lit. The characters are likeable and you can get lost in the book rapidly. Beware that you may lose your spare time until you finish it. Sapphire is a prime example of why you shouldn't judge a book by its author.

                You can buy this book (hardback) for £7.93 from www.amazon.co.uk although you should take a leaf out of my book and loan it from your local library.



                Paperback: 320 pages
                Publisher: Century (30th July 2009)
                Language: English
                ISBN-10: 1846052386
                ISBN-13: 978-1846052385

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                  26.09.2009 19:31
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                  Wait for it to come out in paperback but worth a read if girly books are for you

                  Hello

                  I love a good trashy girly novel when i go away on my holidays for a beach read and this one fits the bill perfectly!!

                  I do enjoy Katie Price's novels as they're so easy to read and they help me indulge my secret 'WAG' side and the desire for a bit of celeb goss, albeit fictional.

                  I know Katie Price has a Ghost Writer help to write her novels but this one seem's such a similar / current echo of her life at the moment about a woman who doesnt believe in love or marriage anymore after finding her husband in bed with another woman! Now she is out for fun fun fun! the Main Character Saphire is actually likeable and the book also has characters (Simone & Cal ) from her other Novels - Angel & Angel uncovered.

                  I did enjoy it, it is a great girlie read - it didn't stimulate my brain so if that's what you want give this one a wide berth. It is what it is - a easy, 320 page trashy beach read all the way with this one.

                  " Sapphire Jones doesn't believe in relationships anymore - not since she caught her husband in bed with another woman. Now Sapphire only sees men on her terms which is why her current lover is younger than her, good looking, doesn't place any emotional demands on her [so far, fingers crossed] and is great in bed. What more does a girl need? Sapphire puts all her passion into running her own business - a high end lingerie and hen weekend company. She is doing well and life seems pretty good until she meets a very handsome, charming businessman who seems more than a match for Sapphire. Then things go badly wrong at the hen party she has planned for a soap star and tabloid darling. The evening is one that everyone will be talking about for all the wrong reasons and Sapphire faces front page headlines all of her own...Suddenly her business is in jeopardy, her well-controlled private life is falling apart, and in the middle of all this Sapphire realises that she is not immune to love after all, but has she left it too late? "

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                    A very good read courtesy of the brilliant Rebecca Farnworth

                    Sapphire Jones runs a successful hen weekends business, but ironically she's pretty unlucky in love herself. She's already had 1 failed marriage, and her latest fling with Jay seems to be getting too serious for Sapphire's liking. Things start to look up for Sapphire when she gets to host a celebrity hen-night but an unwelcome face makes a return, and ends up introducing Sapphire to some unsavoury people she can't seem to get rid of. Add that to the fact that things aren't going well with Jay, her friendships with Jazz and Sam her best mates are waning and her mum is having some serious problems too. How is Sapphire going to solve all her problems, and has she let love slip away when she least wanted it to?

                    Now, let me start by saying that I'm not really a Katie Price fan, so you might be wondering what I'm doing reading one of her books. Well, I recently read the debut novel of Rebecca Farnworth called Valentine who is the ghost-writer for Katie Price and I loved it, so I decided I'd give this one a go too! Katie Price gives the idea for the story to Rebecca, and then she turns it into the novel that we all read, so really it is a Farnworth book, not a Price one despite her name in rather large lettering on the cover! I wonder how many people think that Katie sits and writes these books herself?! The pretty red cover is quite striking to be honest, but I have to say it's not a book I would readily read in public view, sorry Katie!

                    The book is pretty much what you would expect from the storyline and the "author". It focusses on a single woman whose ex-husband has cheated on her so she's wary of forming any more close relationships with men (is Katie trying to tell us something?). The main character of Sapphire is actually fairly likeable, she isn't too over-the-top and for the most part she is a character that the reader will care about and consequently you'll want to read the book to find out what will happen to her. I think you can see hints of Katie in Sapphire, and I wonder whether she meant to hint at things in her personal life through this book.

                    There were a lot of twists in the story and I didn't see a lot of them coming, so I have to give credit to Katie and Rebecca for this. There were some quite sinister scenes in the book that I didn't expect for a book like this, but they did add a little something extra to it that stopped it being a generic happy-go-lucky Chick-lit book. Yes, it is very predictable and you can see how things are going to turn out within the first few chapters but that doesn't stop you enjoying the journey of getting there and the turns along the way too.

                    The writing style is very reader-friendly, and the third person narrative allows the reader to get right into the story of Sapphire very well, and therefore to get involved with her character. However, I don't recall any scenes that didn't have Sapphire in which is somewhat unusual for a third person narrative but it didn't feel too Sapphire heavy which is due to the good writing. It's set in Brighton, somewhere I haven't visited but I could visual all the places mentioned, they were written in good detail and I can imagine Katie had some input in describing some of her favourite Brighton haunts.

                    I did enjoy the book, but I dare say that's because of Rebecca Farnworth's enjoyable writing style, although the plot wasn't that bad really! Yes it's predictable regarding the ending, but the plot twists did keep it interesting. If it gets people reading, it's got to be a good thing but I do sort of resent Katie putting her name to the book and acting like she's written it when its Rebecca Farnworth who sat down and put together the whole story in words. I know authors get annoyed when they see Katie Price's novels at the top of the best-seller charts but they seem to give women what they want - a good story, a likeable leading lady, hunky men and a dash of sex as well. It's very light-hearted easy reading, but delivers on what you'd expect. Enjoyable.

                    ISBN: 9781846052385. Published by Century in August 2009. The hardback has 320 pages and an RRP of £12.99 although is much cheaper online. The paperback is due out in July 2010.

                    Note: This review appears on my blog, http://chicklitreviews.com

                    Thank you for reading.

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