Book 70 & 71: In focus 1 & 2

Book: Trust the Focus and Focus On Me by Megan Erickson
Source: Bought to read
Goal Progress: 70, 71/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3.5/5, 3/5

I’m pretty conflicted on these books. I really wanted to like them, but they felt a little bit flat to me. Too much drama, maybe?  I especially lost interest at the end of Focus on Me. I liked Colin at the beginning but I thought he got a little bit to…. needy? dependent? on his relationship with “Catwalk,” a nickname I despised. Though, most of the nicknames drove me crazy in this book. I think maybe a little bit of extra editing could have done wonders for these books. Despite that, they were still overall enjoyable and I will keep reading more.

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Books 67 – 69: Bowler University Series

Book: Make it Count, Make it Right, Make it Last by Megan Erickson
Source: Bought to read
Goal Progress: 67, 68, 69/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3.5/5, 3/5, 4/5

I googled “authors similar to Sarina Bowen” and Megan Erickson popped up as a suggestion. The first book in this series had pretty good reviews so I impulsively bought it and am I ever glad that I did. What a pleasant surprise! I really enjoyed Make it Count, I thought that both Kat and Alec were really interesting characters and I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book with the MC with a learning disability so that was really unique for me.

Once I was done I immediately started Make it Right. Unfortunately, I was less enthralled by this book. I didn’t connect to Max and Lea and didn’t really much care that they were going to end up together. The editing in this book was also SO. BAD. I thought that the Dad’s turn around at the end of the book was a little unbelievable but oh well. Overall, still enjoyable!

After Make it Right, I was a little nervous pressing BUY on the next three Megan Erickson books, but I needn’t have worried. While Make it Right was a little lackluster for me, Make it Last totally blew me away. I loved every second of it. I don’t even have words to describe how drawn into these characters I was so I’ll let someone else do it for me. I wasn’t a huge fan of the virtual reality parts but I can totally look past it since the rest of the book was so good!

Book 66: Falling From The Sky

Book: Falling From The Sky by Sarina Bowen
Source: Bought to read
Goal Progress: 66/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

I didn’t enjoy this as much as I enjoyed the Ivy Years books. Felt like a very typical romance story, which there is nothing wrong with, but I just felt there was that special something missing that made me love the Ivy Years so much. I also wasn’t a huge fan of Callie’s assumptions about Hank’s intentions which seems like an all too common romance trope.

Book 65: The Heartbreakers

Book: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak
Source: Borrowed from Library
Goal Progress: 65/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 2/5

Yet another book that I lost interest in about half way through. I was expecting a mindless fluffy book so I didn’t much care that the whole story line was silly, and I was along for the ride for the first 1/3 of the book where they were adventuring around and having fun together. But then all of a sudden Stella couldn’t stop thinking about this guy who she had only spent 12 hours with. And I got so tired of her monologue going back and forth between all the choices that she had. The romance stopped being cute and didn’t feel like a romance anymore, just two people getting involved and silly drama. I couldn’t understand for the life of me what the appeal was behind Oliver. Another reviewer said it sounded like One Direction fan fiction and now that’s all I can compare it to in my head.

Book 64: The Deal

Book: The Deal by Elle Kennedy
Source: Bought to read
Goal Progress: 64/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3/5

After the disaster that was Ten Tiny Breaths, I was pretty hesitant to read another highly reviewed NA novel – what if it was bad?! And I couldn’t find it at the library so I was nervous about paying for it and hating it. But when I saw Elle Kennedy had written a book with Sarina Bowen, I was sold. I bought both that one and The Deal. The Deal started off really well, I was super engaged and it was fun, flirty, and just enough drama to keep me interested. And then I thought things started dragging a little and it kind of ended on a meh note for me, I think it got a little too dramatic and cliche. But I liked that Garrett knew what he wanted at the end and didn’t take any excuses from Hannah. Overall, enjoyable. I’d borrow more from the library if I can find them.

Book 63: Him

Book: Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
Source: Bought to read
Goal Progress: 63/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 3.5-4/5

I couldn’t have come across this book at a better time. I’ve been in a book rut for weeks and found myself thinking I wonder if reading the Ivy Years AGAIN would be silly because I really just wanted something to jump start me back into reading. Fortunately this popped up on my goodreads feed and I wasted all of 2 seconds before jumping online to purchase it. And it didn’t disappoint. Thank you you two for getting me out of my reading funk. If only all NA novels (or novels in general) were this fun, sexy and easy to read. More please 🙂

Books 61 & 62: Ashbury/Brookfield # 1 & 2

Book: Feeling Sorry of Celia and The Year of Secret Assignments by Jaclyn Moriarty
Source: borrowed ebook & already owned
Goal Progress: 61 & 62/100 books , 14/12 books I already own
Rating: 4/5, 3/5

Feeling Sorry for Celia was sooo adorable. I love epistolary novels. Elizabeth’s mom was a riot. I could have done without the weird notes from the societies but I thought this was a really cute story. I loved watching the friendship grow between Elizabeth and Christina.

I was a little less enamored with The Year of Secret Assignments. But I’m glad I finally read it because it’s been sitting on my shelf since high school! I thought there were a few too many POVs and I didn’t enjoy the story line as much.

Now if only I could find the last two books in this series…