ARC Review: A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes (Helen Juliet)

Nicholas Herald has one task, to sign up a musician for his big sister’s wedding. Of course he forgets all about it and have to scramble with new plan. By chance, he meets a busker playing on city street, so he asks the guy Fynn to perform at the wedding.

Helen Juliet’s A Ballad of Confetti, Cake and Catastrophes is a pretty cute tale about exploring (and finding out) one’s sexuality. I am not sure if I can count it as coming of age, since Nicholas is twenty years old, but it feels like so because of the way Nicholas dealing with his attraction with Fynn. It also feels quite contemporary with the number of reference to popular culture.

Unfortunately, for me at least, this story also quite focused on the wedding preparation. There are a LOT of family members coming in and out of the pages like flurry hurricane. It feels quite crowded and at more than 100k it also became tad too long. I admit that I lost my attention because I wasn’t particularly in the mood to read about too many characters outside of the ‘main’ couple. I wasn’t interested enough to keep track of who’s who — apart from Nicholas and Fynn — which rather affected my reading enjoyment.

Still it is a nice read and well, your mileage may vary 🙂

RATING: 3 out of 5



The ARC is provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an exchange of fair and honest review. No high rating is required for any ARC received.



 A Ballad of Confetti, Cake, and Catastrophes
Author: Helen Juliet
Genre: MM New Adult / Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 100,000 words approx
Publisher: Self-Published
Purchase Link: Amazon US, Amazon UK
Release Date: May 24th, 2017


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