Let me start off by saying that the plot for The Advice Girl is FANTASTIC. It's rife with intrigue, suspense, violence and romance and it kept me turning the pages. I didn't realize it was a novella, and I was disappointed in that, but only because I wanted more, more, more! Shaw's characters are very realistic, and I can identify with them on complex levels. Shaw's prologue and intro immediately hooked me and I loved the first person narrative initially. In fact, I usually love first person narratives, because they draw me in quickly in a way that I feel like I'm there. But, ultimately, that's where my expectations were dashed, and why I had to give The Advice Girl a 3-star rating. The execution of the narrative was not as well-done as it could have been. There were frequent narrative jumps between first- and third-person, as well as perspective, and those jumps made it harder for the story to read well. I think if Shaw went with either one or the other (preferably third-person, so she could flesh out the jumps in perspective), The Advice Girl would read much smoother. There were also a few grammatical issues, but I attribute that more to the editor and since it was only a very few, they were easily overlooked. But the bottom line is, it was very much an enjoyable read. I do recommend that you pick it up if you enjoy paranormal romance and fantasy.