Yeah, It Wasn’t Worth It.

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P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before # 2)

Jenny Han

Rate: 1/DNF

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the reason I started this blog. It was so bad and I wanted to discuss it with someone, but my sister, my go-to book buddy, hadn’t read it yet. Looking back at that review I’m reminded of why I added P.S. I Still Love You to my TBR, but this review is also a reminder of why I was so hesitant to read it. I didn’t have good feelings about this book going into it and it obviously didn’t prove me wrong because I DNF’ed it.

  1. I couldn’t get passed Lara Jean’s voice. To me, she read like an eight-year-old, which is terrible because in the other review I said she sounded like a twelve-year-old. Things aren’t getting any better when it comes to Lara Jean.
  2. I only read the first eight chapters before I could no longer resist the urge to peek at the back to see if it’s worth it. It’s not. Whatever happens Peter and Lara Jean separate, but they get back together in the end and I really have no interest in finding out why they separated.

I tried to give this series another chance, but it didn’t hook me. I’m glad I didn’t spend as much time on it this go around.

Fairy Tale Retelling: Snow White #1 of 1

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Devoured

Amanda Marrone

Rate: 1.5

Garbage. This book was absolute garbage. I really wanted to DNF it but seeing as it is a part of my Fairy Tale Retelling Series, I decided to keep going. I finished the book but it wasn’t worth it.

Warning: This review contains spoilers.

Things I Didn’t Like About Devoured

  • At the very beginning, Luke and Megan just admit to each other that they can see ghosts. No one ever just admits to such a thing without feeling the other person out first. The last thing a person wants is for a stranger to think they are crazy because they reveal they can see the dead.
  • After Megan and Luke’s heart to heart over seeing ghosts, Megan makes (mental) plans to visit Luke’s house. Excuse me, Crazy, but you just met him. You can’t just show up uninvited. Not only is it stalker-ish, but what if he’s a serial killer?
  • As mentioned in the first bullet, Megan repeatedly brings up ghosts and psychic. Anyone with a sense of self-preservation would tone down the supernatural talk. If she’s been seeing her dead sister and talking about it for ten years, I don’t understand why she isn’t in a mental facility yet.
  • Usually, in other books, you learn about a character’s backstory from the actual character. In Devoured, the characters have a tendency to share other people’s stories. Yes, they gossip, a lot.
  • The romance in this book was absolutely unnecessary. The author tries to force this love pentagon that is unnatural and irrelevant. Megan and Ryan have been dating a month. They aren’t in love. It would have been easy and simple for Marrone to break them up. The Megan-Ryan-Samantha drama would have been over and Megan would have been free to either get together with Luke or get her life together. Prolonging the inevitable and acting as if the romance was essential to the story was annoying.
  • The connection to Snow White doesn’t appear until the very end of the story. The whole story was a waste until the explanation at the end.

Things I Liked About Devoured

  • The prologue: The prologue, set at 500 years before the actual story, was the only part of the book I liked. It was interesting and made me want to read more. Too bad the story didn’t live up to expectations.

Connection to Snow White

Usually I compare the retelling to the Disney version of the fairy tale, but that won’t work here. Devoured is more like the Grimm version of Snow White or the few pieces of Snow White and the Huntsman I can remember.

  • Magic Mirror- What is Snow White without consulting the evil magic mirror?
  • Ari, who is neither a stepmother nor an evil queen, eats the wrong heart.
  • There’s a “huntsman” who’s tasked with cutting out hearts.

Other than the mirror, it doesn’t seem much like Snow White to me. There are no dwarves or poisoned apples, but there is a HEA.

Perfect Betrayal By Season Vining

Perfect Betrayal

Season Vining

Rate: 1.5

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

It took me three weeks to finish Perfect Betrayal. To some, this may seem like a little or short amount of time (just chock it up to life getting in the way). To others, it may seem like a long time (like what was I doing this whole time). For me, three weeks raises the question: why did I keep trying? This means that I’ve had time to read other books, live life, and binge watch movies on Netflix and yet I still couldn’t finish this book. This book should have been a DNF, but I didn’t want to DNF it. I don’t want to become a serial DNF’er. The problem is Perfect Betrayal didn’t give me a reason to want to pick it up and read it. It practically encouraged me to do other things.

Anyway, let me stop making excuses for why it took me so long to finish reading Perfect Betrayal and review it.

What I Liked About Perfect Betrayal

Character development (sort of): Throughout most of the story, Taylor is simply a rich girl with absentee parents who complains about how fake her life is and how shallow her friends are, but does nothing to rectify it. Most of the story is Taylor hanging out with her fake, shallow friends and trying to seduce Levi. However, towards the end, Taylor shows some improvement when she helps a girl increase her reading level. Or maybe that’s not Taylor showing development; maybe I’m biased. I’ve done a few programs similar to the one Taylor does in the book so I commend anyone who takes the time to help someone whether it’s reading or something else. So maybe Taylor improved as a person or maybe I’m just trying to find a redeeming quality in the book.

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The Pretty App By Katie Sise

The Pretty App (App #2)

Katie Sise

Rate: 1.75 (Part 1 = 1; Part 2 = 2.5)

Another disappointment by Katie Sise.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you should read my review of The Boyfriend App.  The difference is The Pretty App follows Blake, Audrey’s ex-best friend.  Similar to how the first book focuses on romance, his second book centers on physical beauty.  However, the second book is much worse since it focuses on such a shallow topic.  The whole book seems like Blake is throwing a pity party for herself and I’m interested in attending.  Towards the end, Blake tries to become a well-rounded person, but majority of the time it seems like she’s pretending. Plus, it was difficult making it that far in the book.

Part One: In the first part of the book, Blake engages in mean-girl-like activities and tries to justify them by saying that she didn’t really want to say or do those things, but she wanted to be popular and powerful. It infuriated me. I hate bullies and for Blake to try to excuse her and her friends’ behavior so she could follow in her sister’s footsteps was disgusting. Blake went back and forth between bullying people and lamenting that the only thing she had going for her was her parents’ wealth and her physical beauty. Blake made me sick, but I kept reading because I wanted to see want happened with the pretty app and the contest.

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Crimson Bound By Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound

Rosamund Hodge

Rate: 1.75

I’m just going to leave that there for a minute.

One minute.

Two minutes.

Three minutes.

Ok, I’ll start now.

This book was an absolute disappointment. I expected to like Crimson Bound since I loved Hodge’s Cruel Beauty, but no such luck. I don’t understand how Hodge can create an amazing retelling like Cruel Beauty, but each subsequent retelling (Gilded Ashes then Crimson Bound) be lesser in quality than the previous one. I understand that Crimson Bound is not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe so I shouldn’t be comparing them too harshly, but the overall quality of the story shouldn’t change so drastically from one retelling to another. I had picked up Crimson Bound simply because I had enjoyed Cruel Beauty so much. I now see the error of my actions and may need to reevaluate how I pick books.

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Boywatching: Trying to Read a Book That Isn’t Meant for Me

Boywatching

Chloe Bennet

Rate: 1/DNF

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Let me start off by explaining what I mean by “meant for me.” By “meant for me,” I don’t me books that are targeted towards my age group. I don’t subscribe to the notion that you should read your age. I believe that everyone should read what interests them regardless of to whom it’s targeted. By “meant for me,” I mean that in the grand scheme of things, I don’t think I was supposed to get into/enjoy this book. From the very beginning, and I only finished 20% so that’s saying much, I just couldn’t focus on Boywatching. I constantly checking my phone or watching Youtube videos or read reviews for other books because I couldn’t get into this book. A number of times, I found myself putting this book down to pick up another book and enjoy that book more. I guess what I’m trying to explain is that my rating isn’t reflective of the quality of Boywatching but instead highlights my inability to sink into the book’s world and enjoy the tale. If you’re trying to decide whether or not to read Boywatching, you should read additional reviews on Goodreads (Click on the title above) to get a better feel of the book.

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When Reading Gets Hard

The Water Travelers

Daniel Waltz

Rate: 1/DNF

I tried really hard, maybe not my hardest, but really hard to read this book. But it wasn’t working out. And part of it was just me not having the time and patience in my schedule right now to continue. But part of it was the book.

Everyone has a favorite writing style and if you claim you don’t, then you at least have a writing style that you’re used to. You normally don’t notice these preferences until you read a book and either the phrasing of the sentences seem jarring or strange to you (meaning the writing is only slightly different from what you’re used to) or the phrasing irritates you and all you want to do is throw the book (Note: I do not condone the throwing of books). The latter is what happened to me with The Water Travelers. I’m not saying Waltz is a bad writer, I didn’t read long enough to make that kind of judgment, but I just couldn’t handle his writing style. Sadly, I’d rather give up on a book early in the reading process (I only finished 14% of the book) than to force myself to read it and have my subsequent foul mood take a toll on the rating. I don’t enjoy not finishing a book, but I prefer to give it the respect that it deserves.

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Transfixion – J. Giambrone

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Transfixion

J. Giambrone

Rate: 1

The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Transfixion was such a disappointment. I wanted so badly to like it, but it just didn’t happen. The beginning will captivate you. It’s fast-paced and action-packed so you truly believe that you can get into this book. However, awesome moments like this are followed by dry spells that have you questioning why you bothered to pick it up and whether you should keep reading. This book is for patient and persistent readers.

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The End of Vampire Kisses: Immortal Hearts

Immortal Hearts (Vampire Kisses #9)

Ellen Schreiber

Rate: 1.5

I started the Vampire Kisses series some time ago, probably back in middle school. I had only recently realized that I never read the last book of the series and decided to do so. The problem with finishing a series I had started so long ago, besides forgetting what the story was about, which wasn’t the case, is that since then I have read some fantastic novels that have changed what I consider to be good stories, and Vampire Kisses isn’t one of them. Like with twilight, once the rose-colored glasses were removed, I came to realize that Vampire Kisses, especially Immortal Hearts, wasn’t as amazing as I first thought it was.

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Every Rose Has a Thorn

Every Rose Has a Thorn

Sierra Halnsoy

Rate: DNF / 1

Unfortunately, the jarring errors that filled this book prevented me from finishing it- I made it 40% through the book before I stopped- and are the reason behind my 1 rating. This story had so much potential, but did not rise to the standard. Unless the book is extremely reworked, I can’t see myself recommending it to anyone.

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