Confessions of a Karaoke Queen – Ella Kingsley

“Maddie Mulhern is suddenly in charge. Her parents – former 80s pop duo Pineapple Mist – have left for the summer on a nostalgia tour, entrusting her to manage their struggling karaoke bar, Sing It Back. Panicking over the dodgy finances, Maddie takes a gamble: she signs up for a fly-on-the-wall reality TV series. With her faithful staff (divalicious drag queen Ruby, shy barman Simon and wannabe actress Jasmine) she’ll transform the bar into a huge success. Simple. Right?

Executive Producer Evan Bergman knows that scandal sells. It’s no coincidence that he hires cool, attractive Nick Craven as director. Evan wants drama on screen – and he’ll do anything to get it.

As the series builds to a live finale, will Maddie see the truth in a Careless Whisper? Will Nick be able to keep his Poker Face? One thing’s for sure: we all do things at karaoke that we regret . . .”

I was lucky enough to win this paperback book from a giveaway run by @Btweenthesheets on Twitter.  I hadn’t heard anything about this book previously but I loved the fun, girly cover and was looking forward to reading it.

This was a bit of a slow starter for me, it began with a brief introduction to Maddie’s life and swiftly moved on to her current situation – being dumped by her boyfriend in a rather hurtful way.

When Maddie’s crazy parents decided to go on tour again they left Maddie to take charge of their karaoke bar, understandably this made her feel a bit overwhelmed and unprepared.  After a suggestion from the bars resident drag queen, Maddie decided to throw herself into trying to revive the place.  This was the point where it started to get interesting for me.

Everything that followed this was funny and witty, although maybe a bit predictable at times, it gave me plenty of laughs especially during an eventful bowling evening and an interesting Beyoncé impersonation.

Each chapter was headed by a song title, this was a really nice touch and, even though there were a few I didn’t know, I found myself singing along to those that I did.

This book highlighted the darker side of reality TV and a particular betrayal showed Maddie that she may have made the wrong choice in getting involved with the show.

A fun story with lots of drama and a good old happy ending, perfect if you’re looking for a laugh and a sing-song!

Confessions of a Karaoke Queen can be purchased from The Book Depository, Amazon or from most good book retailers.