Lucky In Love | Kasie West
Author: Kasie West
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: July 25th, 2017
I haven’t read many Kasie West’s books so I was pretty excited to pick this one up because the premise sounded pretty interesting, and I was super disappointed with the story and characters overall, till the point I wanted to throw the book to the wall.
The beginning of the story wasn’t bad at all. Despite being a bit slow paced I was enjoying the book, but it came to a point where the plot started to develop and I started hating the story. I debated DNF it multiple times throughout the journey, but I decided not to in case it started to get better towards the end, but nope.
I HATED the main character. She was so stupid and frustrating and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. She made the stupidest and dumbest decisions ever, and I just couldn’t stand her. She had hardly any evolution in the story, and I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance, either. Though it was obvious this book was going to be a romance story, I felt it was a bit forced and came too suddenly, and there wasn’t much time for that relationship to develop or even start.
Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this book. I didn’t like the characters nor their interactions and neither the plot. The premise was interesting, but it ended up being a miss for me.
Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge | Lisa Jensen
Title: Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
Author: Lisa Jensen
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Retelling, Romance
Publication date: July 10th, 2018
This book is one of my biggest disappointments of this year. I was beyond excited to read it because I adore retellings and I’m always on the hunt for one of them, and the premise of this novel sounded amazing and so unique, but I ended up hating the book.
One of my main issues with the novel was the writing. I don’t usually pay much attention to the writing style when I read a book, unless it’s either very good or the opposite. In this case, I wasn’t the biggest fan. I didn’t clicked with it. I didn’t like how the interactions between the characters were done or the descriptions of places.
The characters were so plain, lineal and had barely any development. I disliked the most of them, and as I kept reading I distanced myself from them and the whole story till the point I didn’t care about what happened to them. The protagonist was especially annoying and dumb.
The story itself was quite anticlimactic. The beginning wasn’t bad, but there came a part where nothing was happening, and I was so bored. There wasn’t any important information provided to us until the last 20% of the novel, and frankly, when I reach that point I didn’t particular care about any of those big revelations.
I had such high hopes, but overall I found more things that I didn’t like that the ones I did, so sadly I had to give this book 1.25 stars.
I have received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.
The Goose Girl | Shannon Hale
Title: The Goose Girl
Author: Shannon Hale
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance, Retellings
Publication date: May 1st, 2005
After hearing amazing things about this series I decided to finally pick this book up! I was so excited to read it because it was a retelling and the premise sounded interesting enough to intrigue me.
I don’t know what I was expecting when I first started this novel, but I was pretty disappointed with it. Somehow my mind thought it was going to be a retelling of the movie The Goose Girl, where the girl turns into a swan, but it wasn’t, and I kinda wanted to read a story like that, but that was completely my fault, not the story’s.
Though the story wasn’t bad and I enjoyed some parts, I didn’t fully clicked with the author’s writing. There was something about it that threw me off as I kept reading the book. The interactions between the protagonist and the other characters were odd and cringy, and I didn’t really like them.
The novel was pretty slow paced, which I didn’t mind, but I found it wasn’t that action packed. Also I was expecting some type of explanation to the magic system, but it was barely addressed and I was a bit sad about that, because I wanted to know more about it. I don’t know if that’s going to be talked about in the next books, but yeah..
Tithe | Holly Black
Author: Holly Black
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Publication date: June 20th, 2008
I decided to pick this book after loving The Cruel Prince so much, and I have to say that this was nothing like The Cruel Prince. Though they both are stories about faeries, that’s the only thing they have in common.
I didn’t like this book as much as I thought I’d be, to be honest. You could clearly see that this one was one of the first books she had published, and the writing wasn’t as good as the other books I’ve read by her. Also it had some well known YA tropes that I didn’t enjoy that much.
However, it was a very fast paced story and quite addicting. I read it in a couple of hours, and I wasn’t even trying to read fast. And though the main character wasn’t my favorite, I’m still interested to read more about her and what’s going to happen after the ending of this first book. She had quite an interesting development in this first installment, so though this wasn’t my favorite book ever, I want to continue reading the rest of the series to see if they get better.
Overall, though the plot and characters weren’t that complex, and I had some issues with them throughout the story, I’m curious to see how the story’s gonna continue.
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