adult · contemporary · enemies to lovers · romance

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Don’t you just hate it when you think you’re going to love a book, and then you don’t?

I was almost certain that I was going to love The Unhoneymooners when I picked it up from the library, but like most things in life, I was rather disappointed with the outcome.

I feel cheated. When I picked up The Unhoneymooners from the library, I was expecting a contemporary romance novel that adorned one of my favourite tropes, enemies-to-lovers, but what I got was not what I expected.

Though in the beginning I was mildly intrigued (it took me about a page and a half for my interest to wear off, cliches were introduced and my patience began thinning), that soon died down. The characters were as if all of the cliche characters in books were fused into two people, then you would have the two main characters, Ethan and Olive. They were boring, very one dimensional, Mary Sues in disguise, unentertaining, AND THEY WEREN’T EVEN ENEMIES. They had no chemistry (and this is a romance book, LIKE COME ON MORTALS, DO BETTER).

The writing was plain and boring. It wasn’t that terrible, I mean I’ve read much worse and much better, but it was legible. I just personally felt like it wasn’t a unique style. Sometimes I’ll read a quote or a passage and I’ll automatically know who the writer of it is because a lot of authors have their own unique style. This author (or rather, authors) did not make it so the writing stood out. There where also some really strange passages that I think I was supposed to think were “deep,” when in reality, they just came off as strange because we were led to believe that the main character only cared about herself, Ethan, herself, her sister, and did I mention herself?

Now, onto my least favourite part of this book. THE FACT THAT I WAS LIED TO. I was expecting an enemies to lovers romance, and who knows, maybe my hopes were too high after reading To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters, Beach Read by Emily Henry and You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle, but this is NOT an enemies-to-lovers. It is a whiny-girl-hates-basic-male-and-deems-him-to-be-her-enemy-because-she-is-incapable-of-communicating-with-human-beings-and-actually-using-common-sense.

Don’t even get me started on the romance because I can already feel my gray hair multiplying (no, I am not old, yes, I am stressed).

Also, that little plot “twist,” was simply not my cup of tea. I do not consider myself a sleuth, but COME ON. It was so easy to guess what was going to happen. I literally thought about it 10 pages into the book (or less in all honesty). I just feel as if this book is a cliche, watered down novel that was parading around as a “unique” book with a “unique” plot, when really, I do not remember anything about this book after only a month of reading it, besides the names of the characters, which I remembered because they disappointed me so much.

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adult · contemporary · enemies to lovers · romance

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

Rating: 4 out of 5.

You Deserve Each Other is a romantic comedy that made me laugh continuously and the amount of pages I dog eared because of how amazing they were is sinful (dog earring pages is also sinful, please forgive me bookworms for this treacherous act, but I couldn’t help myself and ran out of stickies). It is how romance novels should be done in my opinion, with suspense, characters whom have chemistry and are downright amazing in slightly terrible ways (I may have loved Naomi’s evilness, and Nicholas is on a whole other level of book boyfriends).

I loved this. It’s that simple. I haven’t read a good enemies to lovers book in quite awhile so this was an absolute delight.

I want to staple this cover on my forehead because this book is beautiful and the world must not ignore its beauty. The characters were amazing and I could relate to a lot of what they felt or thought. As I mentioned earlier, Nicholas is on a whole other level of book boyfriend and may or may not be my new fictional hubby. Naomi may have been childish at times, but I still managed to like her.

I will literally never stop recommending this book. I’m going to be honest with you guys, I read a lot of romance novels but half the time I don’t like them because of the writing, characters, tropes…etc. But this, this was amazing. I finished reading it earlier today (cough 3 am cough) and I’m contemplating whether I should read it again.

I didn’t like the second half as much as the first, but that’s just cause I’m a cynic at heart and must have at least one character die in each book to feel happy (I know, I’m messed up, send help). Nonetheless, this was AMAZING.

The only reason why this is a four star rating (if you’ve seen my other reviews then you know that this is quite a high rating since I’m a critic and like to pick each aspect apart when I read) is because I didn’t enjoy all of the aspects of this story. There were just a few things I thought wrapped up too quickly and felt rushed, but I still loved this book and will probably profusely talk about it for the next 5 years.

And if you like this book and are wallowing in the depths of utter sadness because you think that nothing may ever compare, then I reccomend reading these beauties: To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters and
Beach Read by Emily Henry which are both romantic comedies that feature enemies to lovers.

Anyways, I have one last message for you:
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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 · fiction · suspense

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

❝ Sometimes I question whether anyone can know what it’s like before it happens. Marriage and motherhood are like death in this way, and others too: no one comes back unchanged. ❞

I don’t know how I feel about this book. It’s dark and gritty, fused with themes of infidelity and abuse strewn in. The writing style was very poetic, and I thought the author’s writing was beautiful, but some of the descriptions felt a bit unnecessary. The Harpy follows the life of Lucy as she learns of her husband’s infidelity. She’s tossed into a never-ending cycle of pain and obsession, and begins to deteriorate. This book definitely drove me into a bad mood, left me with a sour taste in my mouth and I couldn’t help sympathizing with Lucy for everything she went through.

It was a short read, and the last few pages really left me wishing for more. I thought that the ending would leave me surprised or lead into something much more grand, maybe even feeding off into the glint of horror that had started to appear throughout the book, but it was none of that. It left me conflicted and confused more than anything, and for me, it was unsatisfying. I wish that some questions would be answered and we’d know more about Lucy’s unique situation towards the end, but I think this book is meant to serve more as a portrait of identification and finding oneself than resolving one’s problem, though I can’t hide my discontent nor curiosity towards the matter.

I’m kind of stuck on how to rate this, on one hand, this book was very poetic and beautiful in a twisted kind of way, but also left me bitter and wanting more. I definitely reccomend checking this out for yourself, but be warned that it deals with dark topics & situations and will definitely leave you in a sour sort of mood.

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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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