Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.
The next thing she knows, she's lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn't suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly 'hears' what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she's bossy and too old to understand them, but that's nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn't want her to know?
As if that isn't enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he's out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone's thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.
©2011 Colleen Helme (P)2013 Colleen Helme
This book is not action packed, nor is it a smothering romance... It follows the actions of Shelby, after life dropped kicked her leaving her a parting gift, the ability not so much to read minds as to intercept thoughts. Now it's time for her to put on her big girls panties, kickass boots and develop moxie. In order not to simply keep her and hers safe, but to come out on top... Wiseguys, criminals, and thiefs (in the broad use of the word) beware, here begins the adventures of Shelby Nichols...
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A nice beginning with a quirky character. Shelby Nichols drove me crazy with her ineptitude in dealing with her powers in the beginning. At the end she is more wise into how to use her abilities, instead of being used by others and making others uncomfortable. I am going to try the next one. Remember I said quirky, this is not a high level, fast pace, ass kicking woman. She is a housewife. The most action she did was punch someone on the arm.
My Initial Reaction…
Carrots is a cute story with a good bit of mystery and lovable characters. I wasn’t glued to it, but I did enjoy it.
Wendy Tremont King is a new to me narrator and she’s solid. I can’t quite give her the mad props I give Amanda Ronconi or Bahni Turpin – she doesn’t have that extra je ne sais quois they have. But she delivers a nice reading with varied character voices. She was a particularly good fit for Shelby.
The characters were what I liked most about Carrots. Shelby is so relateable and lovable – she’s a stay-at-home mom whose life completely changes when she stops one day to get some carrots, gets shot and, as a result, gains the ability to read minds. What I loved best about Shelby was her spunk. She gets herself into some seriously bad situations, but she never whimpers away. She literally tells off a mob boss and it’s hilarious. You can’t help but love her.
We don’t get to know Shelby’s husband, Chris, all that well, but I mostly loved him too. It was so refreshing to read a book about a couple who are married, have two kids, and are clearly way past the honeymoon phase and yet so completely in love. I totally respected that he was working with this young, hot lawyer – Kate – who was throwing herself at him and he didn’t even give her a second thought beyond working with her. It earned him serious points in my book. What I didn’t love about him – he didn’t see his wife for all that she was. Shelby is tough and strong and independent – but sometimes he falls into treating her like she’s dumb/naive and helpless.
Finally, there’s the two main mob characters – Uncle Joey and Ramos. They’re supposed to be the bad guys but I was never afraid of them. They were just a bit too nice for the mob. I never believed that they would hurt Shelby, not really. I liked them a lot and found myself really hoping that they would be okay – not even go to prison, honestly. It was the difference between Carrots being a fun, sweet read and an intense read.
Carrots begins with Shelby going to the grocery store to get some carrots that she needs for chicken soup. I knew I liked her from this opening scene because her trip to the store went for just carrots to all kinds of junk food. I was laughing at her rationalizations and realized quickly she was a woman after my own heart. Anyway, through a series of unfortunate events, Shelby gets shot and acquires the ability to read minds. And it completely changes her life in cool, but also seriously dangerous ways.
As the story winds together the complications of Shelby’s new ability and the danger of being the eyewitness of a crime and builds in fairly ridiculous, but fun ways, until Shelby gets herself into heaps of trouble. I had plenty of eye rolling moments, but if you aren’t looking for a serious storyline it’s super enjoyable. And one element of the mystery totally through me off and was an actual shocker at the end.
If you’re looking for a quick, sweet read with lovable characters, you’ll enjoy Carrots. It’s far from a serious mystery, but that was the beauty of it for me.
**I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
I first read Carrots a couple of years ago when it first came out in print and quite honestly had forgotten what all happened in the book. I loved hearing her tales of adventure and woe and how she just seems to get in deeper and deeper.
I had read the book before, so it didn't really keep me on the edge of my seat. But it was definitely fun to have the book read to me.
Possible SPOILER ALERT - when everything hits the fan and almost every character ends up in Uncle Joey's office trying to save the day. It's hilarious that Shelby's husband is the one that ends up clobbering her/endangering her life at that point.
It definitely made me laugh out loud and giggle at other times. She really is so funny and I like to think that Shelby could avoid so many of the binds she gets in if she would just confide in her husband. But then, she is just so adept at getting in over her head I wonder if that would really help. It is refreshing to read about the love Shelby and her husband have for each other. It doesn't seem like there are a lot of marriage relationships like that depicted in the media today.
The audio was enjoyable. I would have liked just a little bit more emotion given all that happens to Shelby, but it was still an excellent job by the narrator.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Carrots! It is definitely at the top of the list.
I really like Shelby. She is so funny and gets into so much trouble! I think she is a great character and I'm looking forward to listening to/reading more Shelby Nichols Adventures!
Wendy did an excellent job. She is very easy to listen to. I am excited to hear that she will be doing more of the Shelby Nichols Adventures! I love to read aloud and I'm a little bit picky about narrators performances. I have nothing to complain about and only praise for Wendy's performance.
Yes...but I couldn't. It made traveling in my car much more enjoyable, and I wanted to keep driving just so I could listen to more! I had to listen to it inside as well so I could finish the book faster.
This was an awesome book and I'm so glad there are more to come!
I don't generally read fiction, but this was recommended by a friend with similar tastes. I had forgotten what an enjoyable diversion it could be. I am ordering the next book in the series.
Listening to Carrots in audio was just as good as reading the book. It just makes wanting to get to the next book as soon as possible. Shelby is hilarious and much smarter than she gives herself credit for. Colleen Helmet is a very gifted author.
After seeing CARROTS mentioned in an Audible e-mail, I decided to take a chance on this one, and I'm glad I did. Colleen Helme wrote a light and fun story with a great narrator, and Wendy Tremont King does a nice job of bringing it to life. Totally the kind of book you need after reading something dark and heavy.
Shelby is very likable as well as some of the villains. I liked the book it was a pleasant change from the books I usually read. I would listen to the sequel.
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