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Official Review: surreal estate by sugar

Post by Bianka Walter » 12 May 2019, 09:25

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "surreal estate" by sugar.]
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I don’t know too much about real estate. I have always assumed that the agents acquire houses to sell, promote said houses, and get people to buy them. Author and real estate agent, Sugar, writes an intriguing story with suspense and drama surrounding the elite and privileged residents of Palm Beach, Florida. Surreal Estate follows Terri, a meek realtor who manages to land a prestigious mansion owned by Lola May. While beginning to get the mansion into a marketable condition, Terri meets local busybody and neighbour to the May Estate, Vanessa Vaughn. The two women find themselves in hot water after closing up the servitude between the two properties, which leads them to question the severity of their punishment; which, in turn, leads to more questions. Slowly, they unveil secrets that could change the social structure of Palm Beach entirely.

The conversational tone and light-hearted nature of this book made it great fun to read. The author has an amusing way of describing some of the despicable people in her story. An example of this would be the very first line of the book, describing one of her clients:
Terri tried not to stare at Ursula Lurie’s lips, but they were visible from every angle in the slow, mirrored elevator. They were huge. And they weren’t there four days ago. Now they were in some kind of competition with Ursula’s boobs. Anywhere else in the country someone would have already stabbed Ursula with an EpiPen.
This type of humour is found throughout the book, and it made me relate to the characters even more.

I loved the characters. Terri had a very definite development arc. The author built her up only to break her down again. Her constant fight with herself was evident and gave the story layers which I didn’t expect. My favourite character was Ms. Vaughn. In fact, I think she may be one of my favourite characters in a book, ever. She was so easy to imagine, and her personality and brash nature made the story all the more enjoyable. Even the smaller characters were elaborately built to form a wonderful base of people.

The story lagged a bit in the middle. While Terri was trying to get the property into a good enough state to sell, there were a few portions that I felt were drawn out too much. As a realtor herself, Sugar explains the intricacies of what was being done to the house in great detail. Because I don’t have a budding interest in real estate, and because I struggled to picture exactly what the place looked like, I found myself slowing down with my reading through these parts.

Even with the lag, Surreal Estate follows a steady course and builds up to a fantastic close. Unfortunately, however, the book has its fair share of errors. Although they didn’t take away from my reading pleasure, they were, at times, a little hard to ignore. Because of this, I am unable to give this book more than 3 out of 4 stars. With some tightening up of the storyline, and with a good proofread, this book is deserving of a perfect score. I would recommend it to anyone in the real estate industry, as well as to anyone that enjoys really well-designed characters. The characters drive this story – and what a fun ride it was!

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Post by Rachel Lea » 15 May 2019, 07:48

This sounds like a very entertaining story! I love how you described the two main characters. It's too bad about the grammar errors and the lagging plot towards the middle--hopefully, the author can get all of that fixed. Thank you for your review!
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Post by kandscreeley » 15 May 2019, 08:03

I read this one as well. I felt about like you did; it's a fun, light read, but it's not extremely memorable either. Hopefully the author can fix the errors. Thanks for your thoughts on this one.
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Post by DogoMulla » 15 May 2019, 08:42

Surreal Estate seems like an interesting read. It's true that a lot of queer stuff happens in such neighborhoods as Palm Beach. I can already feel the thrill. Thank you for your insightful review.

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Post by ButterscotchCherrie » 15 May 2019, 09:11

That quote you picked out was hilarious! It's a shame the author didn't keep up that pace throughout. Hopefully, she can fix the "shop talk" and errors. Great review.

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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 May 2019, 09:36

Rachel Lea wrote:
15 May 2019, 07:48
This sounds like a very entertaining story! I love how you described the two main characters. It's too bad about the grammar errors and the lagging plot towards the middle--hopefully, the author can get all of that fixed. Thank you for your review!
Thank YOU for reading my review :)
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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 May 2019, 09:39

kandscreeley wrote:
15 May 2019, 08:03
I read this one as well. I felt about like you did; it's a fun, light read, but it's not extremely memorable either. Hopefully the author can fix the errors. Thanks for your thoughts on this one.
You're absolutely right. I think, as fun as it was, I won't remember what happened in it down the line.
Thanks so much for your comments!
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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 May 2019, 09:42

DogoMulla wrote:
15 May 2019, 08:42
Surreal Estate seems like an interesting read. It's true that a lot of queer stuff happens in such neighborhoods as Palm Beach. I can already feel the thrill. Thank you for your insightful review.
Thank you so much for reading my review :)
I've never been to Palm Beach, but the people did seem a little out of my league!
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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 May 2019, 09:46

ButterscotchCherrie wrote:
15 May 2019, 09:11
That quote you picked out was hilarious! It's a shame the author didn't keep up that pace throughout. Hopefully, she can fix the "shop talk" and errors. Great review.
When I jumped onto Amazon to read the sample to see if I wanted to review it - that quote is what sold me.
EpiPen... hilarious!
Thanks so much :)
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Post by Cecilia_L » 15 May 2019, 09:56

The story lagged a bit in the middle. While Terri was trying to get the property into a good enough state to sell, there were a few portions that I felt were drawn out too much. As a realtor herself, Sugar explains the intricacies of what was being done to the house in great detail. Because I don’t have a budding interest in real estate, and because I struggled to picture exactly what the place looked like, I found myself slowing down with my reading through these parts.
I think these portions of the story would drag for me too. Still, it is an interesting premise for fiction, and as always, I enjoyed your review. :tiphat:

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Post by Ellylion » 15 May 2019, 10:09

So, being a professional in the field, the author offers descriptions too detailed for an ordinary reader :) But the well developed characters make this book worth checking out, in my opinion. Thank you for a great review!

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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 May 2019, 12:53

Cecilia_L wrote:
15 May 2019, 09:56
The story lagged a bit in the middle. While Terri was trying to get the property into a good enough state to sell, there were a few portions that I felt were drawn out too much. As a realtor herself, Sugar explains the intricacies of what was being done to the house in great detail. Because I don’t have a budding interest in real estate, and because I struggled to picture exactly what the place looked like, I found myself slowing down with my reading through these parts.
I think these portions of the story would drag for me too. Still, it is an interesting premise for fiction, and as always, I enjoyed your review. :tiphat:
Thank you, Cecilia!
I appreciate your comments - as always :)
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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 May 2019, 12:54

Ellylion wrote:
15 May 2019, 10:09
So, being a professional in the field, the author offers descriptions too detailed for an ordinary reader :) But the well developed characters make this book worth checking out, in my opinion. Thank you for a great review!
I agree - well-developed characters make anything worth reading!
Thanks for commenting :)
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Post by Niski » 15 May 2019, 13:11

That quote gave me a good chuckle. Thanks for sharing it. And also for your wonderful review!

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Post by Bianka Walter » 15 May 2019, 13:52

Niski wrote:
15 May 2019, 13:11
That quote gave me a good chuckle. Thanks for sharing it. And also for your wonderful review!
I had a good chuckle myself! Thank you for stopping by :)
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