Arc Review: The Christmas Clash by Suzanne Parks

Title: The Christmas Clash
Author: Suzanne Parks
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“Chloe Kwon can’t stand Peter Li. It’s always been that way. Their families don’t get along either: their parents operate rival restaurants in the Riverwood Mall food court―Korean food for the Kwons and Chinese food for the Lis. Now it’s the holiday season and Chloe’s the photographer at the mall’s Santa Land, and Peter works at the virtual reality North Pole experience right across the atrium. It’s all Chloe can do to avoid Peter’s smug, incredibly photogenic face.

But it turns out the mall is about to be sold to a developer and demolished for condos. Eviction notices are being handed out right before Christmas. Their parents don’t know what to do, and soon Chloe and Peter realize that the two of them need to join efforts to try to save the mall. Just when it seems like they can put aside their differences and work closely (very closely) together, they discover that the Kwon and Li feud goes far deeper than either of them realize…” (Goodreads)

I’ve read a few books by this author now and sometimes they are just a hit or miss for me. This one wasn’t bad persay, but I just wish there had been more when it came to Christmas.

The book is told from two point-of-views and they come from Chloe and Peter. Their families have been rivals ever since they could remember and so they take it upon themselves to be rivals as well. I liked that there was banter between them and it keeps the story alive. I do think that they acted more mature than their parents but I guess with the history of everything it makes sense. Chloe does a lot with photography and it is present throughout the book. It plays a part in her schooling as well as her job. Peter has less going for him it seems but I still liked learning about his feelings towards Chloe and her family.

There is romance and I would say that it is fine but nothing that made me swoon. It was just your typical enemies-to-lovers with nothing that really spiced it up to make it fresh. There are still some cute moments though!

I think my biggest complaint is that it is sold as a Christmas read but it was really lacking in that department. It seemed like only their jobs had to do with the holiday and everything else was built around their parents’ restaurants and the mall. It wasn’t a bad plot because I did like the aspects included, but it just doesn’t match the title or the cover.

Advertisement

Arc Review: The Stars Between Us by Cristin Terrill

Title: The Stars Between Us
Author: Cristin Terrill
Genre: YA Sci-fi / Romance
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2022
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Rating: ⭐⭐

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for a complimentary earc to review! All opinions are my own.

“There’s always been a mystery to Vika Hale’s life. Ever since she was a child, she’s had an unknown benefactor providing for her and her family, making sure that Vika and her sister received the best education they could. Now, Vika longs for a bigger life than one as a poor barmaid on a struggling planet, but those dreams feel out of reach. Until one day Vika learns that her benefactor was a billionaire magnate who recently died under suspicious circumstances, and Vika has shockingly been included in his will. Invited to live on a glittering neighboring planet, Vika steps into a world she can hardly believe is real.

The only blight on Vika’s lavish new life is the constant presence of Sky Foster, a mysterious young man from Vika’s past who works for her benefactors. She doesn’t like or trust Sky, but when she narrowly escapes an explosion and realizes someone is targeting the will’s heirs, Vika knows Sky is the only one who can help her discover the identity of the bomber before she becomes their next victim. As Vika and Sky delve into the truth of the attacks, they uncover a web of secrets, murder, and an underground rebellion who may hold the answers they’ve been looking for. But Sky isn’t who he seems to be, and Vika may not escape this new life unscathed.” (Goodreads)

There is a lot I wish I could say about this one but sadly it just didn’t click for me. I at least still like the cover!

The book is told in third-person but it mainly follows Vika Hale. I can’t say that I liked her much. She was very bratty and called others out for their infatuation with money but quickly became elitist it seemed when circumstances changed in her favor. I thought she was rude to one character in particular and didn’t really make sense as to why. It’s not like he ever did anything to her to warrant it. The other characters were okay but none felt like they really had any development.

The one good thing about this book is that it is very easy to read and is not bogged down but an extravagant plot in space. There is no info dumping or anything to be aware of. Personally, I needed more from the characters, the plot, and the world-building. It felt too simplistic for my taste and left something to be desired. It also felt very slow in the beginning as well which usually is a turn off for me. I was hoping it would pick up a bit and it does but still not enough for me to love it.

Overall, it was okay. I did need more from it and that’s sadly why I didn’t love it.

Manga Review: Waiting for Spring Vol. 13 by Anashin

Title: Waiting for Spring Vol. 13
Author: Anashin
Genre: YA Manga / Romance / Contemporary
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Towa and Mitsuki are finally a couple, but Mitsuki feels like she needs to step up her game to make his heart race. She goes to the ever-composed Kyōsuke for help, and he suggests a surprise birthday party for Towa. However, when she brings her boyfriend to the party venue, she finds an even bigger surprise waiting for them both!” (Goodreads)

Yes! Yes! Yes! This volume made that last cliffhanger worth it.

Everything is starting to fall into place for each of the guys, especially Towa and Ryuji. I wasn’t sure how it would end for Ryuji and his crush but I am glad that it worked out in his favor, even if it isn’t the way he exactly wanted it. They are making it work and that is all that matters!

Towa and Mitsuki are adorable as ever as she tries to make it all feel normal now. She is still working through the shyness, but I’m glad that she didn’t let the plot twist steer her away. They had precious moments alone together that had me swooning.

Aya does make a couple quick appearances and I was here for it! I’m glad that he is giving Towa a chance and I am looking forward to seeing how it all goes in the next volume which is sadly the last. Boo!

Overall, I enjoyed it and can’t wait to read the next.

Book Review: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh

Title: The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea
Author: Axie Oh
Genre: YA Fantasy / Retelling / Romance
Publication Date: February 22nd, 2022
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

“Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…” (Goodreads)

After reading the book I find the cover to be even more magical than before! The details of everything that fills the pages is amazing and I just want to stare at it all day. 😍

This is one of those reviews that is hard to right. The plot is easy to follow along with and get swept away in, but there is also so much depth to it all! I honestly didn’t think this book would make me cry but I did…multiple times. It’s actually what I needed after being in a slump.

The book is told from one point-of-view and it comes from Mina. Under some very unforeseen but selfless circumstances she finds herself beneath the sea and to the spirit realm where the Sea God resides. There is so much to say about Mina. She is brave, fearless, stands up for what she believes in, tries to follow her own path, and so much more! Even through harsh times she doesn’t give up and it is very admiring. It was also easy to relate to her when she talked about the gods not caring and wondering how they can be so cruel. As a Christian it’s hard not to think those same thoughts at times, especially when they world feels like it is in utter chaos. I just really felt that.

The other characters in the book may seem minor at times but I still couldn’t help but enjoy what they had to offer to the story. They were dealing with their own thoughts but still hung to the hope that Mina seemed to bring. Although, some made it harder on themselves and tried to resist, haha.

The romance was pure gold and I stand behind them 100%. I will die on a hill for them. I don’t care! From the first meeting between Mina and him I couldn’t help but sense something and I am so glad it went the way I was hoping but with such a big twist! Ugh, I loved the conversations between them and I probably have way too many quotes from this book saved on my kindle.

But seriously, the plot twists were wonderful and really had me reading on and wanting to finish the book as fast as I could.

Overall, I just adored this one. The more I think about it the more I want to just pick it up again. This author has a way with words and I will continue to pick up every book she writes. I’m glad that I preordered a signed copy with the goodies because now I am going to need every bookish goody I can find for this magical and inspiring book!

P.S. I know my review is kind of vague but I feel like it’s just better to go in knowing as little like I did!

Audiobook Review: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Title: Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Genre: YA Contemporary / Romance
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.” (Goodreads)

I picked this one up on a whim at Books-A-Million and then I picked it up on a whim as an audiobook from the library because 1.) I really need to lower my physical tbr and 2.) The last two audiobooks I had picked up just weren’t doing it so I dnfed them. I am glad that I gave this one a chance because it was a cute/fluffy read that had me wanting to continuously listen to it.

I’ve honestly never seen You’ve Got Mail so I can’t compare this book to that movie. I do like books that have a for the main character and their love interest to communicate that isn’t face-to-face. Whether that format is texts, post-it notes, websites, I don’t care. I like them all and this was no different.

Sure, did I know who Porter actually was before Bailey? Yes, lol. It wasn’t that hard to figure out but I didn’t dislike the part of me knowing ahead of time. I will say that the reveal of it all was more dramatic than I had anticipated and not really in a good way but it didn’t distract enough from how much I enjoyed the rest of the book. They are very cute together and I liked how they started off on the wrong foot/more like enemies.

Bailey’s friendship with Grace was really nice but I do wish there would have been more between as it felt few and far between once Bailey was in a relationship. Which also is the reason for them having a small argument.

I did like the other characters and the plot had a lot going on so it never felt dull. I really wasn’t expecting that ending but it does make a lot of sense. It’s crazy all of things Bailey has been through when it comes to her time at her dad’s, lol.

Overall, this was an enjoyable read. If you like cute/fluffy ya romances, I’d definitely recommend this one.

Arc Review: These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Title: These Hollow Vows
Author: Lexi Ryan
Genre: YA Fantasy / Romance / Fae
Publication Date: July 20th, 2021
Publisher: HMH
Rating: 1 star

Thank you to the publisher and netgalley for an earc to read in exchange for a review!

From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.

Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.

Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.

Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.” (Goodreads)

The disappointment for this knows no bounds. I at least still like the cover.

If you know me, I enjoy love triangles. The blurb promised so much, especially a love triangle and I was sold. The thing is, it just didn’t work for me. Nothing in the book did. It was a struggle just to get through it and at times I found myself skimming. That’s how low my attention for this was.

Right off the bat I knew that the writing style wasn’t going to work for me. I have a hard time with first person point-of-view and it makes it harder when I am just not connecting with the character.

Abriella or Brie is the girl everyone has been looking for. She isn’t as grand looking as her sister but that red hair makes her stand out. To be honest, I’m kind of over the “I’m not as good-looking as my sibling” especially when you are in a love triangle. It just doesn’t work for me. She also has done a lot of thieving in her life. It’s also where the book starts off. Even though she has a lot going on as the plot progresses, she still just felt average to me and could be annoying at times.

The other characters were also just meh and I never connected to any of them either.

*Spoilers , Spoilers!*

When it came to the love interests, I didn’t care for them. When Sebastian was introduced he was a friend to her for a few years but there isn’t any chemistry besides her pining for him and then as they are both leaving to go their separate ways because “circumstances” he kisses her. It happens not very far into the book so I can’t feel anything for them like I should. Obviously farther into the book there is more between them but their first bit together just kind of set me off from it.

When it came to her thieving, she literally steals a whole bunch of money from one person, gets cut and leaves blood, but also gives most of the money to a friend who has a contract under him because she needed a loan for money. How does that seem like a good idea? Wouldn’t he wonder where all this money came from if they didn’t have it in the first place?

There were plot twists but also they never surprised me. Surprise, surprise, Sebastian is actually the fae prince. I’m honestly kind of over “the prince in hiding” thing. I have read a few books like that recently and none have worked for me.

*End of Spoilers*

There are aspects that remind me of Cinderella and the only thing that would remotely remind me of Acotar is the fact there are fae and the ending. Other than that, I don’t see it and think Acotar is a much better book (and I also don’t like it that much).

Overall, I didn’t like it. This could be an unpopular opinion. I am sure others will like it more than me and it could just be the case of “it’s me, not you.” 🤷‍♀️

Manga Review: Love Me, Love Me Not Vol. 5 by Io Sakisaka

Title: Love Me, Love Me Not Vol. 5
Author: Io Sakisaka
Genre: YA Manga / Romance
Publication Date: November 3rd, 2020
Publisher:  VIZ Media LLC




“A new romance from Io Sakisaka, leading shojo manga creator and author of Ao Haru Ride!

Four friends share the springtime of their youth together.

Love and friendship have become quite complicated for these four friends. After dreaming about kissing Yuna, Rio can’t stop thinking about her. Meanwhile, Akari pursues Kazuomi, but it seems he’s not interested in her?” (Goodreads)

So glad I finally get to continue with this series!

Each volume ends on such a gigantic cliffhanger. Why am I still shocked that it happened again and I just can’t stop thinking about it!?

Anyways, haha.

There is definitely more feelings blossoming in this one and we start to understand the mind of Kazu. That poor guy is quite conflicted with his feelings. I feel bad for him but at least he is such a loyal friend! Props to him.

It’s still nice to see Yuna not be so introverted and be able to talk to Rio (for the most part, ha) without being so shy around him. There are some great moments between them and I’m really rooting for them to have something happen in the next volume!

Friendship and romance are complicated things and this series does a great job of showing how hard it can be to maneuver through each one. The characters are always lovable and the funny moments are great!

Overall, this series just gets better with each volume and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next.

Arc Review: Not Your #LoveStory by Sonia Hartl

45156538._SY475_

Title: Not Your #LoveStory
Author: Sonia Hartl
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: September 1st, 2020
Publisher: Page Street Kids

a copy was provided by publisher for review. All opinions are my own.

synopsis header
#PlaneBae meets Gilmore Girls in this hilarious and heartfelt story about the addictiveness of Internet fame and the harsh realities of going viral.

Macy Evans dreams of earning enough income from her YouTube channel, R3ntal Wor1d, to leave her small, Midwestern town. But when she meets a boy named Eric at a baseball game, and accidentally dumps her hotdog in his lap, her disastrous “meet-cute” becomes the topic of a viral thread. Now it’s not loyal subscribers flocking to her channel, it’s Internet trolls. And they aren’t interested in her reviews of VHS tapes—they only care about her relationship with Eric.

Eric is overly eager to stretch out his fifteen minutes of fame, but Macy fears this unwanted attention could sabotage her “real-life” relationships—namely with the shy boy-next-door, Paxton, who she’s actually developing feelings for. Macy knows she should shut the lie down, though she can’t ignore the advertising money, or the spark she gets in her chest whenever someone clicks on her videos. Eric shouldn’t be the only one allowed to reap the viral benefits. But is faking a relationship for clicks and subscribers worth hurting actual people?” (Goodreads)

reviewheader
The blurb for this one sounded really interesting and I was lucky enough to get an arc. YA Contemporary Romance can be a hit or miss but this one landed right in the middle.

I really liked that this book starts off talking about baseball. As a big baseball fan it really stuck out to me. The rest of the setting mostly takes place in a smaller town that still has a VHS store. It was nice to see the main character, Macy, be from a place like that because I think it really played into her struggles of wanting to play a role in wanting to reap the viral benefits. She saw it as a ticket out.

Macy doesn’t live an extravagant life and as mentioned above, she would like to leave her small town eventually. There are struggles that her grandma, mom, and even her face. Obviously the book focuses on Macy but I liked that the others were mentioned so we get a sense of her family life and what it’s like living in a small town. She definitely knows what she wants and even when she thinks things are too good to be true, she still goes along with it even if it could potentially blow up in her face. It made her feel realistic and I always look for that in characters.

*Spoilers Maybe? Read at Your Own Risk!*

Eric was a dillweed from the start. There are times I did feel like Macy who wanted to give him a chance because he would seem not so bad but sometimes people are just really good at acting.

There are relationships that are formed and it wasn’t with who I was I expecting. I guess I should have known but oh well, it made for a nice surprise, ha. I will say that I didn’t really feel the connection when it came to Paxton and Macy. Their relationship moved rather quickly. I understand that they have known each other for quite some time but we didn’t get to see that in the book. There were a few moments between them and so it just wasn’t enough time to build up their relationship.

I think that there are a lot of good messages inside this book: consent, safe sex, the toxic internet, and the price of fame. It was a good reminder as to why I don’t have a twitter and why I don’t use my facebook much either. People have too much time on their hands and will do anything for their 15 minutes of fame.

Overall, it was a good read and I think that this will appeal to a lot of teens.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

Audiobook Review: Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer

Title: Midnight Sun (Twilight #5)
Author: Stephenie Meyer
Genre: YA Fantasy / Paranormal / Romance
Publication Date: August 4th, 2020
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is synopsis-header-1.png




“When Edward Cullen and Bella Swan met in Twilight, an iconic love story was born. But until now, fans have heard only Bella’s side of the story. At last, readers can experience Edward’s version in the long-awaited companion novel, Midnight Sun.

This unforgettable tale as told through Edward’s eyes takes on a new and decidedly dark twist. Meeting Bella is both the most unnerving and intriguing event he has experienced in all his years as a vampire. As we learn more fascinating details about Edward’s past and the complexity of his inner thoughts, we understand why this is the defining struggle of his life. How can he justify following his heart if it means leading Bella into danger?

In Midnight Sun, Stephenie Meyer transports us back to a world that has captivated millions of readers and brings us an epic novel about the profound pleasures and devastating consequences of immortal love. (Goodreads)

I have finally finished this super long audiobook! It only took me a week, haha.

At a little over 25 hours, this is massive. Although it doesn’t take long if you listen to it consistently. There were days I didn’t listen to any so that makes a different.

Since hearing about the release of this book, I was ecstatic. It’s been a long time coming and back in the day I was a huge Twilight fan like many girls. I remember getting all the swag from Walmart with the launch of the first movie. I may have went overboard but honestly, who cares! I was living my best life.

As an adult, I have reread the series and although it didn’t give me the feelings I had once had, it was still somewhat enjoyable because it can be quite the dumpster fire, ha. So, here we are with Edward’s point-of-view. (You didn’t ask for a background story of my life, but you got one!)

I have always wanted Edward’s perspective. I was Team Edward from the beginning and it was only fitting.

He is the dark emo boy that I wished for as a emo/scene girl living in my emo/scene world. He would have been the perfect companion at my side. *stares into the unknown, dreaming of that life once forgotten*

Is this obsession he has with Bella pretty toxic? Oh, you bet it is! But, I don’t take relationship advice from books and I don’t think anyone should, especially if it’s fiction.

That leads me into how much of a creep he really is, haha. You thought he only went into her room a few times. Well, you thought wrong! He also talks about drinking her blood and basically kidnapping her but obviously since her dad is the chief of police that’s a no-go. I don’t know why but I laughed at those parts.

Edward is definitely a sensitive guy and it shows. He is always lost in thought. Is he the bad guy? It’s one thing that is always on his mind. You can see why he would feel that way but his actions show a different side but it takes a lot of control.

One thing I really enjoyed about this book, besides Edward, is that Bella finally got a personality! She wasn’t some dull chick. I didn’t mind her and that was quite surprising.

Another thing that is worth mentioning is the relationship between Edward and his “siblings”. We finally get to see them interact and really know how they felt about the relationship from beginning. There were some nice moments and overall I just loved the bond they have.

The author’s writing has improved and it shows in this book.

I know many are cautious about reading this one and so was I but I liked it. Will it be for everyone? Probably not, but I do think it’s better than the original.

Overall, I really liked it and my Team Edward heart is satisfied. (Sorry for this long review!)

E-Arc Review: Now & When by Sara Bennett Wealer

Earcreview2

52905878._SX318_SY475_Title: Now & When
Author: Sara Bennett Wealer
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: July 14th, 2020
Publisher: Delacorte Press

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley for review. All opinions are my own.

synopsis header
For fans of Jenny Han and Christine Riccio comes a romantic dramedy about a teen girl who stumbles upon a mysterious website that tells her everything she doesn’t want to know about her future.

There’s something about Truman Alexander that Skyler Finch finds incredibly annoying. Actually, several things: his voice (grating), his arrogance (total know-it-all), his debate-team obsession (eyeroll), and his preppy vibe (does he iron his shorts?). She does her best to avoid him and focus on the important stuff: friends, school, and her boyfriend, Eli. His promposal was perfect–just like he is–and the future is looking bright. Or is it?

For some unexplainable reason, Skylar’s phone is sending her notifications from the future . . . a future in which, to her horror, she appears to be with Truman. As in, romantically. As in, Skyler cannot let that happen.

But trying to change the future means messing up the present, and what Skyler sees keeps shifting. Classmates disappear and reappear, swap partners and futures. Turns out there are no actions without reactions, and life doesn’t come with a road map. But sometimes the wandering leads you exactly where you need to be, and people–like glitchy phones–are full of surprises.” (Goodreads)

reviewheader
This has a great cover! The blurb sounds cute and interesting! But, you can’t always judge a book by its cover.

What would you do if you were given a link to a website from the future that includes photos from your 10 year reunion? It’s a good question and it does lead to some interesting events for Skylar.

I can understand the message behind the whole knowing the future and trying to change it to how you want it. It can be obsessive and really it’s just better to take one day at a time. Knowing the future and trying to change it left Skylar not being a likeable character for a majority of the book. She was too busy trying to change her future, her friend’s future, and it made her do stupid things.

One of those stupid things *Spoiler!* was cheating on her boyfriend who even did a cute promposal for her. Now, this is really where I started to dislike the book. I was really enjoying the beginning and the little banter between Truman and Skylar. But, cheating is just a big fat no! Especially when you don’t learn from your past decisions.

Skylar kisses Truman and feels guilty. Obviously she should! But, she is never fully honest with herself or her boyfriend. Here’s the thing, if you are conflicted then get out of the relationship you are currently in and say you need time to figure things out. Don’t be a dillweed and wait until things start escalating! Are you stupid or are you stupid? Then, after she tells her boyfriend and they make up she thinks its a good idea to later continue a project with Truman, alone, and then go bowling together and not tell her boyfriend that she was still hanging out with him. That girl needs some sense…

It was just really annoying and made me dislike her and him. Truman gets the blame too because he knew about her boyfriend. Just ridiculous! 🤦‍♀️

Anyways, one of her friends has/had a *Content Warning* cutting problem. Skylar is concerned but she was also more concerned with her own future. I think that this was just kind of thrown in and didn’t feel like it really needed to be there.

The plot, besides what was already talked about was fine. I thought it was interesting and made for some good moments.

Overall, I can’t say I didn’t like some of the book and maybe that’s because it became one big train wreck.

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)