Book: All or Nothing, Going the Distance by Meg Maguire
Goal: 19 & 20
Rating: 4/5, 4/5
After the disaster that was The Hurricane, I just wanted a fun, light, good read about boxing. Enter the re-branded Wilinski novels. I don’t know how else to describe these books other than: utterly charming. I was charmed by Mercer, Rich, Jenna, Lindsey and even Lindsey’s sister Maya. If only all romance books were this good. Some good thoughts here and here.
Book: The Hurricane by RJ Prescott
And thank god that’s over. This book felt like it was never ending, I had about 50% left and the one event that I thought was going to happen ended up taking up like one chapter towards the end. There was zero plot, which is sometimes fine if the characters/relationship/banter are enough to keep you going, but since this book was full of confusing characters and instalove/obsession, it was really hard to stay interested. The writing was also pretty unbearable for me, but I think Prescott has some potential. I wasn’t a fan of either of the characters, I thought O’Connell was too controlling and obsessive and I can’t for the life of me figure out how those were a attractive attributes. I actually didn’t find anything about him attractive at all and tired quickly of Em always telling us how every single girl ever was fawning over him. Em was super boring and I did not understand her progression as a character, I feel like her thoughts just jumped all over the place. One second she was going about her day and then it was like oops, I forgot, I’m supposed to be screwed up, let me just talk about that for a second. Which isn’t to say that’s not a valid thought process, it’s more a comment on how it was written into the story. I regret spending any money at all on this (even though it was dirt cheap) and had I not bought it, I would have given up on it a long time ago (and would have been happier for it!). Thoughts echoed here, especially about the spoilers.
Book: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
What a surprise! I was lukewarm at best on the Grisha trilogy and I didn’t give two thoughts to Six of Crows until I saw the tons of glowing reviews on it and I finally caved. I’m so glad I did. This book was soooo good. I sat and hugged it for a few minutes when I was finished because I did not want to let it go. I loved absolutely everything about it and I’m dying for the second one. And black pages? How cool is that?! More coherent thoughts here.
Book: Captive Prince 1 & 2 by C.S. Pacat
Goal: 15, 16
Rating: 2.5/5, 4/5
I was completely uncharmed by the first book and only the glowing reviews made me even want to pick up the second and am I ever glad that I did. Even after the first chapter, I felt there was a huge improvement in the writing style and I couldn’t put it down. Laurent/Damen had the best conversations, so much so I would go back and reread parts just to relish in the greatness of it all. I loved them so much that while the sexual tension was palpable, I would have been just as happy to watch a bromance unfold. I don’t read much, or any, of this kind of genre (historical fantasy) so I found parts were a little hard for me to follow. Though, this improved greatly in the 2nd book which I thought had a much more contemporary feel to it. Not only do I want to pick up the third book ASAP (though no way am I paying $10.99 for it online) I want to go back and read the second book all over again.
Book: Broken by Lauren Layne
Had this not been a Lauren Layne book, I probably would have given up on it pretty quickly. It has all the tropes that I hate about new adult novels. First person present tense. POV switching. Hottest-guy-ever-with-a-troubled-past. Instalove, etc, etc.
And I generally don’t mind reading about FWPs from rich white people but come on. This was a little ridiculous. Get some perspective, girl. You’re bummed that you kissed some guy once and can’t deal so you move to Maine? That is especially no comparison to what Paul is going through. Also, a guy going from a shattered leg to running just fine in 3 months? The whole thing felt fake and forced.
Makes Falling From the Sky feel like a 5 star read.
Book: After the Kiss, Love The One You’re With, Just One Night,by Lauren Layne
Goal: 11, 12, 13
Rating: 3.5/5, 3.5/5, 3/5
Book 1: Mitchell was the best, I loved his no nonsense attitude. And that he just dragged Julie along with him on runs and then gave her a hot dog. The ending was a little too HEA.
Book 2: Really enjoyed this. Could have done without all the Grace 1.0 vs 2.0 internal convos though.
Book 3: This had a lot of promise but I thought it fell a little flat. Maybe I just read too many romance novels back to back, but it didn’t have the same spark as the first or second book.