Books 7 & 8: Canton 1 & 2

Books: One & Only and Sweet & Wild by Viv Daniels
Rating: 4/5, 1.5?/5

I’m glad that I re-read One & Only first. It was such an adorable and charming book! And I was 100% on board until the last part where they were actually a couple and then it was like Tess & Dylan can’t live without each other which was kind of weird because Tess was such an great independent character to begin with. The part that made this book interesting was the will-they-won’t-they of the situation. And that amazing tension between Tess and Dylan wasn’t in Sweet & Wild between Hannah & Boone. Sweet & Wild was so disappointing in comparison. It was dull, predicable, and so full of the same NA tropes it was almost unreadable. Hannah was so uninteresting, and was so shallow and spoiled. I wish she was more relate able since this is a situation many people find them selves in. What’s with her awful friends? And that weird double date. And I don’t even want to think about this book anymore, it makes me so annoyed.

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Book 6: Opal

Book: Opal by Maggie Stiefvater
Rating: 2.5?/5

Disappointing. I was expecting the magical world from the Raven Cycle and this just didn’t deliver. It was boring and I didn’t enjoy Opal’s POV. I wanted more of the characters I loved.

Good review here and here.

 

Book 4: Love Story

Book: Love Story by Lauren Layne
Rating: 2.5/5

I really enjoyed the first half but as the rest of the book played out, I ended up getting really annoyed at the characters. They basically could have fixed this whole thing by having a real conversation and admitting their feelings for each other instead of playing this dumb game where they think the other person isn’t interested in anything long term. And the whole thing with Abby, wtf? I did like that pet names weren’t over used which was SO refreshing. But Reece was kind of a dick overall. Why would it matter if he saw Lucy with another guy if she already saw him with Abby!? Lucy’s initial plan was to take a slow cross country drive but what was the point of that if she wasn’t making any stops along the way (other than to visit the bf). Basically this whole book was set inside seedy motels and where was the road trip?

Some good thoughts here.

 

Book 3: Something Real

Book: Something Real by Heather Demetrios
Rating: 5/5
Goal: Read 12 books that I already own. Progress: 2/12

Holy shit. This book. I don’t know why I didn’t love this as much the first time, but I basically cried through the entire thing reading it this time. I totally forgot what an awesome MC Chloe was and her relationship with Benny is so amazing.  While I love a no BS love interest, the relationship felt a little too mushy this time.

 

Book 2: The Long Game

Book: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Rating: 4/5
Goal: Read 12 books that I already own. Progress: 1/12

Same thoughts as my earlier review of this book, the first part was a little slow but once the action started happening, I couldn’t stop reading. Henry broke my heart all over again. Have my fingers crossed that there will be a book 3 in this series.

Book 1: Foolish Hearts

Book: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
Rating: 3

Goal: Read 12 books that I already own. Progress: 0/12

Maybe 3.5? I’m not sure, I finished it only 4 days ago and have very little recollection of the book which is probably a bad sign. But it was enjoyable to read. I still think Emma Mills has so much potential, and I know that she can write books that absolutely amaze me, but unfortunately this wasn’t it. I want to connect a little better to her characters, and while they were interesting, I wasn’t overly invested in them. Though the dialog was spot on. And the sibling relationships were the best.