contemporary · romance · young adult

Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein

Not Another Love Song by Olivia Wildenstein

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Not Another Love Song is about a girl who struggles to come to terms with her music and relationships with both her family and a new exchange student named Ten. It is a light, sweet, and fun story that navigates the concept of what we’d do to reach our goals, even if it means leaving everyone and everything behind.

I wanted more substance, more suspense and conflict. Call me heartless, but I like when characters have to struggle to reach their goals, it makes it seem much more real and raw. This was almost too sweet, and everything was resolved much too quickly and without a hassle.

There wasn’t anything terrible about this book, it was alright, and it did captivate my attention as the story developed, but I personally like my novels with more substance and obstacles. As I said before, conflicts can make a story more enticing, and this did not have many, or they were resolved in the blink of an eye. It was also predictable and cliche, so I did not care much about the outcome since I already knew what it would be. I must say though that it also helped ease my stress since it was something light and easy to get through.

For me, this felt like a light summer read, and I reccomend this if you just want to sit down and relax with a book that is light on substance but still manages to be amusing.

Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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contemporary · young adult

Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner

Jack Kerouac Is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I liked how it felt to be out of control, a moth on a carnival ride, ready to be swept off by the wind, every tenuous hair, every fibre, every quivering speck of me, lit up, on end, and electrified.

This book made me feel so many emotions all at once.

It left me conflicted, hurt, betrayed, and wanting more. This novel is a raw and gritty portrayal of a teen’s life, and the struggles they have to face each day. The conflicts that arose in this book left me feeling inexplicably sad, and questioning everything.

I honestly can’t find the words to explain my fascination with this book. Some topics that were mentioned and issues portrayed hit me like a train, and gave me nostalgia and left a bad taste in my mouth.

I found myself relating to the protagonist a lot, who I thought was a realistic portal of a teen, confused and conflicted. I loved this story. It truly made me sit down and think. It impacted me in a million ways and I questioned everyone in this novel.

I love books that rip my heart out and ruin my state of mind. And I never thought i’d find that in a YA novel that I assumed would be a sweet romance/coming of age or something along those lines. There’s nothing wrong with those books either, but this was so much more than that.

It dealt with real issues. It showed life through a teen’s lens, and never hid the dark bits that lurk beneath everyone’s story. I think that’s what I truly loved about this novel, it didn’t sugar-coat anything. Everything was left out in the open to judge. Mistakes were made. Battles were lost. Memories were re-lived. And love tied them all together.

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faeries · fantasy · romance · young adult

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

❝ Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us? ❞

The amazing thing about An Enchantment of Ravens is that it is littered with beautiful writing and lovely characters. The only big problem I had, was the world and character building.

As others have pointed out, Rook just magically transformed into a wonderful fair one half way through the novel with no character development whatsoever. It was much too sudden of a development. As was his relationship with Isobel, which felt very rushed and incomplete. Don’t get me wrong, I loved them both, but their interest in one another was very random and felt out of place.

I got a sense of the world through the utterly amazing descriptions that I am contemplating tattooing on my body, but a lot of questions were still left unanswered. I wanted to know more about the Alder King, the Good Law, the Winter Court, Foxglove (if you read it you’ll get what I mean), Faerie emotion, Aster…etc. 

Now off to the good, which in my opinion, outweighs the bad. Lark, Gadfly and the goat twins were just such great side characters and I loved them all. They all had unique voices throughout the story and I could automatically tell whose who with a single quote. 

The writing itself was absolutely STUNNING. I WANT TO FRAME IT ON MY WALLS AND MEMORIZE EACH PASSAGE. I WANT TO SCREAM THE QUOTE WORTHY DESCRIPTIONS ON A ROOFTOP TO EMPHASIZE THE IMPORTANCE AND BECAUSE THAT’D BE SUPER COOL. One of the most important aspects in a book for me is writing and this nailed it.

In conclusion, An Enchantment of Ravens lets you immerse yourself in a wonderful story, and will not let go of you until you’ve read every single word and hunger for more. It is a stunning novel that I throughly enjoyed, but wished was longer and filled with less cliche tropes.