Saturday, February 4, 2017

Book Review: Chocolate Chocolate Moons by Jackie Kingon

Title:  Chocolate Chocolate Moons
Author:  Jackie Kingon
Genre:  Science Fiction, Space Opera
Release Date:  July 28, 2012

From the Back Cover and More:

If you struggle with your weight, and were offered an opportunity to become light, fit and have a wonderful life without dieting, would you accept?  Molly Marbles wins a scholarship to Armstrong University on the Moon, a haven for the plus sized set where her 287 Earth pounds instantly become 47.6 without so much as passing up a piece of pie.  But when her boyfriend Drew Barron dumps her, then jumps at a job in a company that makes low calorie food supplements, Molly's weight is the least of her woes especially when her favorite candy Chocolate Moons are found poisoned.  Chocolate Chocolate Moons dishes out a page turning plot as layered as a devil's food cake.

Chocolate Chocolate Moons: a humorous futuristic mystery. 

THE LAST DIET YOU WILL EVER BE ON Barbara Bruce White Mountain Talk Show HOST News Talk 970 & 1270 streaming at All of us have wished we could find that magic bullet for weight loss but it is always elusive. In Chocolate Chocolate Moons, Jackie Kingon takes you on a journey that is truly "out of this world" with humor and, believe it or not, information that could work for you, not just at Armstrong University, but right here on Planet Earth. You laugh, you empathize and then you re-think how you look at the way you view the food you eat. Love the book! As a Radio Talk Show Host, I also loved Jackie; listeners connected with her right away because we know that she sees inside all of us who would really long to GIVE UP the DIETING GAME once and for all. 

KIRKUS REVIEW:  Molly Marbles, an overweight 24th-century Earth girl, wrote “The Joy of Salami,” an essay that won her a spot at a university on the moon. Later, after marriage and twin girls, Molly lives on Mars. After starting a new job as a security guard at the Culinary Institute, she investigates a mystery: People are ending up poisoned after eating her favorite snack food, Chocolate Moons. Kingon invents a colorful, often outrageous cast: Molly’s first love, Drew, who has an affair with CC, otherwise known as Colorful Copies; Cortland Summers, Molly’s husband and an aspiring rock legend; and Rocket, a sleazy fellow looking to make lots of money by any means necessary; and other memorable characters. The author builds a weird, hilarious universe full of witty language and unique detail. In the future, for example, Hallmark-card artwork is expensive and coveted, Uranus is home to toy factories and Mars has cities named New Chicago and Pharaoh City. Kingon’s prose is often as snappy as her settings; when Molly discovers Drew’s affair she proclaims, “Suddenly I feel like a pizza cut into more than eight slices. ” The story does wrap up with a satisfying conclusion. Delightful. 

CLARION REVIEW HUMOR Chocolate Chocolate Moons Jackie Kingon Molly Summers is a gal who loves her chocolate. While working as a security guard at a factory where a particular candy is poisoned, the lead investigator points out that Molly had easy access to commit the crime. “Easy access but no motive,” she tells him. “I consider Godiva and Hershey saints and chocolate to be the food of the gods.” Welcome to the twenty-fourth century, when overweight earthlings can travel to the moon and live in an atmosphere where they weigh nearly five times less than their actual weight. At first, it is heaven for the Neil Armstrong University-bound Molly and her heavyset boyfriend, Drew, but they soon break up when another girl comes between them. Life goes on for Molly, and when readers meet up with her again she is married, the mother of twin fifteen-year-old daughters, and working security for the Culinary Institute of Mars, where the big question of the novel arises: why would someone want to sabotage the popular candy Chocolate Moons? With the help of her Martian best friend, Jersey, and Jersey’s husband—the half-human, half-machine, Trenton—Molly tries to solve the mystery. Those who like unusual stories served with a dose of humor will enjoy Molly’s out-of-this-world adventure. 

Robin Farrell Edmunds MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW Every taste of sweetness might have a bit of poison behind it. "Chocolate Chocolate Moons" is a novel following larger Molly Marbles as she's presented with an opportunity to break from her cycle of dieting with a trip to the moon where her weight is suddenly much less of concern, and when her favorite snack food turns out to have a hidden twist, Molly has more on her plate than even she can handle. "Chocolate Chocolate Moons" is a humorous romp, sure to please many a reader. Micah Andrew Reviewer

Buy Links: Amazon
My Review:

This book was absolutely delightful!  It was fantasy.  It was nonsense.  And it was silly.  But it kept me chuckling with almost every page.  The play on words that Jackie Kingon created was witty and nothing short of outstanding!  Yes there was a story.... a mystery.  But the humor you find in everything from the names of the people to the names of the cities... just keeps you laughing.  

This is a futuristic story where people travel to the Moon where they weigh less, or to Mars where they find the Culinary Institute and the Candy Universe.  They can travel through the Carpal Tunnel to meet up with Molly Marble's friend Jersey (whose last name turns out to be Shore). 

Jackie Kingon not only created a world... she created a universe!

This was definitely a fun read!

*Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy provided by the author with the sole purpose of an honest review.  All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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About the Author:

Jackie Kingon’s cozy sci-fi comic mystery SHERLOCK MARS has been published by Guardbridge Books in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Kirkus Review says:
“An undeniably fun tale with a protagonist who can apparently handle anything…”

Her first book, Chocolate Chocolate Moons was called “delightful” by Kirkus Review and “hard to resist,” by the San Francisco Book Review. Short stories have been published in Flying Island Press-Pieces of Eight, The Fringe Magazine and Static Movement Magazine. 

She has published two articles in the New York Times: A feature piece about her experiences teaching in an inner city school called A Year in the Trenches and Beautiful Music, about her son diagnosed with autism who is currently a pianist for the Alvin Ailey Ballet Company and school. Other non fiction articles have appeared in journals for autism and learning disabilities.

Jackie has a Masters degree from Columbia University Teachers College in New York City; a Bachelor of Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The School of Visual Arts in New York City where she won the outstanding student award.

She has been a member of the board of the Empire State Plaza Art Commission in Albany, NY and on the board of the Friends of Vassar College Art Museum.

Jackie Kingon lives with her husband in New York City.


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