Book: The Trouble With Love by Lauren Layne
I enjoyed most of this book, but parts of it just felt a little too contrived for me. I really liked the Emma/Cassidy banter but the pacing of the book felt off because there wasn’t a hook up until about 3/4 of the way through. And it was frustrating that all of this drama was sort of caused by a misunderstanding, and it annoys me to no end that Cassidy didn’t put up a fight and instead ran away. Oh well. I think out of all the characters in this book series, Julie is still my favourite. Love that she just jumps into their group chat. haha.
Good thoughts here.
Book: Brutal Game by Cara McKenna
As expected, this book was quite unnecessary. I didn’t ever feel the need to go back and revisit Flynn and Laurel (except through rereads!) and this book didn’t change my mind. In fact, one of my favourite things about CM novels is that there isn’t usually a happily ever after forever, it’s always a happily ever after for now. That being said, it was much more emotionally intense than I was expecting and the story line actually really stuck with me, which is funny because when I first realized what the book was about, I was like good god, not this again. On the flip side, the sex scenes weren’t nearly as intense as in the previous book. And I didn’t enjoy the proposal stuff, though I get why he he was doing it. So overall, pretty mixed feelings about it.
Book: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
I was really surprised that I enjoyed this as much as I did, this is the first HP book that I haven’t had to push through to finish and I was genuinely interested in what was happening. Umbridge wasn’t nearly as present in the book as I was expecting, though I did tire of the “toadlike” description every time she was mentioned. Harry was too whiny for my taste, but I loved that we got to see more of Neville and I quite liked the addition of Luna. I also really liked Ginny, she seemed a little more fleshed out. I forgot how many small reveals we get in this book like Neville’s parents, why Harry has to return home every summer, that the prophecy could have been about Neville. Rowling’s writing still drives me nuts and I agree with this review especially regarding her characterizations.
Good (positive) thoughts here though.
And I just googled the spelling of Neville’s name and the more recent pictures of Matthew Lewis popped and damn, I had forgotten about grown up Neville.
Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
I really have anything to say about this book other than it was very good and I felt strangely connected to Lucy given her twin sister is Joanna Goddard and I follow her blog religiously. It was a little surreal to actually be able to picture their house as it was then and their family members.
Book: Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas
What did I just read? This was SO bad. And I don’t know what people liked about it! Was it the part where he sneaked into her room and held a pair of scissors to her throat? I’m pretty sure that this had a different summary before because reading it now, I’m not sure why I would have picked this up in the first place… I guess I have no one to blame but myself.
Edit: I realized that I think my biggest problem with this book is that it’s too based in reality. Paper Princess was awful, but at least you knew it wasn’t really taking itself too seriously so I could excuse the unrealistic sex aspects of it. But this book seemed like it was trying to send a message and was rooted pretty heavily in real life experiences and then it threw in an completely unrealistic romance and it felt too far out of left field for me.
Good reviews here and here.
Book: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
I think I actually liked this more the second time! My nerves weren’t quite as shot so I was able to appreciate was an excellent final book this was. And I really liked the ending this time.
Excellent thoughts here.
Book: Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
I actually had really low expectations for this book and I only bought it because it was $0.99 and it STILL ended up being disappointing. These authors obviously aren’t avid hockey watchers, a lot of it just sounded off and some it was factually incorrect – you can’t tie an NHL game! All the characters felt so immature and one-dimensional. I don’t know why they were all so whiny! Grow up, you’re adults, you can spend 8 days apart. And why does everyone need a pet name?! You don’t have to call each other “babe” it sounds so forced. And I still absolutely hate them referring to each other as “my boyfriend” or “my fiance” or whatever. Makes me cringe every time. This book was so pointless and felt very reminiscent of The Understatement of the Year. Excellent thoughts here.