Review: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty Queens“Teen beauty queens. A Lost-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.”

Few books make me as happy as this one did. Typically I don’t love books that are purely comical. My sense of humor tends to be a bit different than the average person’s. That said, this book is hilarious!

Lost was one of my favorite shows. (Until it started getting all confusing with time travel, but that’s another story entirely.) The blurb I read stating Beauty Queens was “Lost Meets Miss USA” intrigued me to no end. Not to mention I just LOVE Libba Bray.

The sense of humor is a bit slap-stick meets pure snark. There’s something for everyone. The characters range from slightly bitchy to completely ditzy. Each is comical in her own way. Not to mention there are sexy pirates, a curious volcano, and tons of beauty samples. I enjoyed the “commercials” from the Corporation. While the book is hilarious, there are also serious elements and issues, but those are done in a way to make it all seem funny and light.

The only con to the entire book was trying to keep up with who was who. At times they’d refer to someone as her “state”, others by her name. I’d find myself going “Who was Miss Ohio?” (for example), but a little further reading usually cleared that confusion away.

This book was sent to me as part of Good Golly Miss Holly’s ARC Tour. The book itself is out May 24th.

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  1. kathy says:

    Nice review. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Libba Bray but haven’t read any of her books yet. This one sounds like a good read. I love snarky humor. :)

  2. Sara says:

    I just reviewed this one also. I agree it’s total snark. It had me laughing out loud.

    http://booksyourkidswilllove.blogspot.com/

  3. Jessica ( frellathon ) says:

    I love the sound of this one and the cover as well. I’ll have to be on the lookout for it.

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