Book Review - Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid | Blushing Geek

Book Review – Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid | Blushing Geek

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid
Series: Knitting in the City, #1
First Published: January 2, 2013 by Caped Publishing
 ContemporaryRomance, Chick Lit
Pages: 403
First Published: March 13, 2013 by Caped Publishing
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.

After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can’t help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can’t afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn- the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies- to make her an offer she can’t refuse.


This story started when Janie was fired from her job, on the same day that she found out about her boyfriend of 5 years cheating on her. You think it’s just that? Well, that day was also the “worst day” of her life. The heel of her shoes broke, her shirt was stained, and the cubicle she entered in the rest room doesn’t have toilet paper. What the F right? But atleast she was given a consolation when she was escorted with the handsome head of security of the company, which she is silently eyeing for quite a while now. She thought that it was going to be the first and last time she’ll look into the eyes of the oh-handsome security hottie, but it’s just the start of something exciting.

When I was starting with the first chapter, this story already got my attention. Although this book is not more on the dialogue part, I still can’t set this book aside. I’m not really that patient, so I have to admit that I’ve skipped some lines, especially when I’m on its thrilling parts so I could get to the dialogues lol (oopsie).

The story was just awesome. It was obviously well-written and is very entertaining. I can’t even count how many times this book made me laugh, and ofcourse squeal in delight because of those romantic scenes and sweet lines from its characters. Compared to the previous romance books that I’ve read, this story is really not that romantic at all when you base it on the lines or scenes but, I really don’t know why it affected me that much.

I also like that this story didn’t give me the feeling of “too intense”, though I wouldn’t say that it would be bad, but I like that even if it’s romance, this book made me feel excited, in love and happy without that heavy feeling. I like that this story is somewhat refreshing and so easy to comprehend what’s happening to its characters. And for the record, it’s romcom! And I love love romcom! I also love the addition of friendship and a little action, which turned out to be funny. Why is that? You really need to read this book to find out, and look for the knitting group fighting 3 goons, haha, absolutely a winner!

The story line was surprisingly new to me, and I love that the scenes are not cliché and the execution of lines was perfect. I was never a fan of love at first sight, and whenever I encounter a story or a movie with that concept, I can’t help but be annoyed. But deym! This story didn’t give me that annoying feeling at all.

I’m sure for everyone, this story would have been perfect, but unfortunately for me, it wasn’t. For a non-native English speaker, it was quite hard for me to proceed reading this book. There’s numerous terms or words used in this story that I don’t quite understand, so I basically spent almost 1/4 of my time double tapping the words for its meaning. I am always bold to say that I hate stories that don’t have very reader-friendly words, but thinking about it now, I just realized that it could be a good thing. Why? Because it increases your vocabulary, but I think it isn’t ideal to put those not so reader-friendly terms on every sentence right? Let alone 3 unfriendly words in one sentence eh?

But what’s great with this story was that I was still able to enjoy it. No, actually, I love it! I really really really love it and until now, while writing this review, I still can’t help my grin.

I can’t really salute the author enough for its characters because they’re perfect. Not the idea of “perfect” that you are thinking of, but perfect because the author was able to create them not having perfect appearances, experiences, and attitudes, but she added flaws in them, which is actually what all of us are. And it doesn’t sound like you just put them in for the sake of negativity towards its characters but it sounded natural. Which mind you, we can absolutely relate.

Janie’s (female lead) character was actually unique. I’m not really a fan of a person who talks like a walking encyclopedia, but I really enjoyed her character. I don’t even feel any animosity towards her character considering that I am head over heels to Quinn (male lead), which I normally do when I like the male lead. I think that’s a good thing eh?

And speaking of Quinn, oh my! I just can’t help myself whenever his name comes to mind. All those things he did and all those words he said to her keep crossing my mind which left me grinning like crazy. I love how he was briefly yet concisely described by the author.

Also, I love the fact that the author ended this story with Quinn’s POV, though I find it quite disappointing that we weren’t able to read a part where he explained how he started liking her. But all’s good, I was still happy with his POV hehe.

This is my first time reading a story from the author, but seeing that this book is in series, this definitely wouldn’t be my last. And I guess I’ll be stalking someone in a bit, haha.

So far, the only concern I have with the story was the words used, but I know deep in my heart, this story deserves a 5-star rating.

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Sophia Rose
Sophia Rose
7 years ago

I actually think you are the coolest person to read books in another language. I imagine some books can be frustrating because they use less than common words or jargon.

But, I’m glad that this was a fun one and light. I looked and I have it on my Kindle, too. I look forward to it now.

Thanks for the fun review, Vanessa.

7 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

Thanks Sophia Rose. I always love English, I remember when I was in my Elementary years how I love reading Q&A loudly whenever I encounter one in textbooks. That’s why it was never a wonder why I became a bookworm hehe. And yep, some books that contains uncommon words or jargons can be frustrating sometimes especially if you’re in the thrilling parts.

Yay! Really?! I’m so glad I made you want to try this one. I’m so excited for you Sophia Rose. Thanks 🙂

7 years ago

So glad you found something that works for you and a new author to love, I love it when that happens!

7 years ago
Reply to  kindlemom1

Awwm thanks 🙂

7 years ago

I think I’ll need to try this one 😀 Thank you!!

7 years ago
Reply to  LilyElement

Yay! I’m so excited for you 🙂

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