adult · historical · romance

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

To Have and to Hoax by Martha Waters

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Diana sagged. “Morals,” she said simply. “So tiresome.”

To Have and to Hoax is witty, smart and charming as a whole, filled to the brim with revenge schemes and intriguing characters that made this a page-turner for me. The premise is intriguing, it’s about a married couple who are plagued by misunderstandings, which eventually leads to a cruel (and hilarious) game that threatens to tear them apart.

This book is filled with wonderful writing that flows perfectly, and characters that feel so real it’s marvellous. I loved the witty banter in this book, I found myself laughing and smiling a whole lot while reading this. I find that most books that brand themselves as romantic comedies usually come off as forced, but certainly not with this book. It was genuinely funny and I highlighted an unhealthy amount of passages while reading (some that may have been a page-long or so).

The characters that graced the pages were just so wonderful and I haven’t felt this amused by dialogue alone since reading The Raven Boys. The characters felt very real and I loved learning more about them and their backgrounds.

Overall, I highly reccomend this novel. It’s engaging, funny, and delivers a punch. I’m hoping the author may bless me with a sequel including any one of the side characters.

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley 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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manga · vampires

No Vampire, No Happy Ending, Vol.1 by Shinya Shinya

No Vampire, No Happy Ending, Vol. 1 by Shinya Shinya

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

This was such a weird book but I low-key loved it.

The characters were all really lovable, and the plot was strange but funny. I loved the animation and the humour was on point. I kept laughing because Arika was just hilarious and a little (okay, maybe very) crazy. The characters had consistent personalities and began to grow on me as I got farther into the book.

I thought the concept of the novel was unique and executed well. Arika discovers a vampire but he doesn’t live up to her fanatic and slightly (to say the least) high expectations. She begins to train him, but encounters obstacles along the way, like a sweet tooth and enemies that stand in their way.

I’ve never read something like this, but I still enjoyed it immensely, even though it very bizarre at times, it managed to be light and funny without coming off as forced. It’s a great read for when you just want to laugh and have fun with a book.

Now I’m off to sulk because I love the characters and I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT!

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