Purple Prose, by Sam Cheever, was a delightful book, albeit a little choppy. The premise of the book lets you know that this book is meant to be a fun read.
An author, Lindsey Prince, is having difficulty writing her book and in pops her new purple colored muse, Zahn. Zahn, an over-one-thousand-year-old muse, is purple as a punishment for giving bad advice and helping someone write cheesy “purple prose”. If that isn’t strange enough, enter the muse’s ex-girlfriend, another over-one-thousand-year-old muse who is still in love with Zahn and does all she can to sabotage Lindsey’s writing.
Now, I will again say that I did enjoy this book, even with all its unbelievability. My favorite part is when Zahn and Lindsey go into the coffee shop for the last time and are confronted by Astis. It isn’t the Astis confrontation that is the most memorable, but the two 60’s throwbacks who insist on finding out who did Zahn’s color job so that they can get it done in red for an anti-fur rally. I could actually visualize the scene, knowing the kind of people that sometimes hang around coffee shops, and chuckled. I’m not sure how I would react if I ran into a purple man in a restaurant or store. The scene stealer throughout the book is Mike, the bird. His perfectly timed warnings or statements are great signals and comedic relief, in an already satirical book about the relationship between a writer and her muse. I must say this book is a stretch from Sam Cheever’s Honeybun Series, which was my first foray into her writing. But, as stated before, it was a light, fun read.
-Reviewed by Selina