Book Review: It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

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Title: It Ends With Us (2016)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: New Adult
Extent: 376 pages
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up — she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

Review

I wasn’t really expecting to pick up any of Colleen Hoover’s works — I’ve been warned multiple times before that she writes stuff I usually wouldn’t like (insta-love, over-angst, etc.), so I steered clear and abided by people’s recommendation… until, well, It Ends With Us. I read a couple of positive reviews, saw that it’s different to her usual stuff, and decided to take a dip. The result? Well… this is an interesting one. This review might contain spoilers, so tread with caution. 🙂

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Book Review: Paper Princess – Erin Watt

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Title: Paper Princess (2016)
Series: The Royals – Book 1
Author: Erin Watt (Elle Kennedy, Jen Frederick)
Publisher: Everafter Romance
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Extent: 370 pages
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals. He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Review

I picked up Paper Princess on something of a whim. Though the cover is really pretty, the summary has tropes I don’t like, and I kind of prematurely assumed that it would be vapid, shallow, and utterly frustrating. But. But. This book turned out to be a complete surprise, because what it was is actually addictive and wickedly entertaining. 😊

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Book Review: The Heir and the Spare – Emily Albright

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Title: The Heir and the Spare (2016)
Author: Emily Albright
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, New Adult
Extent: 288 pages
Release Date: January 18, 2016
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Goodreads Description

Family can be complicated. Especially when skeletons from the past pop up unexpectedly. For American Evie Gray, finding out her deceased mother had a secret identity, and not one of the caped crusader variety, was quite the surprise. Evie’s mom had a secret life before she was even born, one that involved tiaras.

In this modern day fairytale, Evie is on a path to figure out who her mom really was, while discovering for herself what the future will hold. Charged with her late mother’s letters, Evie embarks on a quest into her past. The first item on the list is to attend Oxford, her mom’s alma mater. There, Evie stumbles upon a real life prince charming, Edmund Stuart the second Prince of England, who is all too happy to be the counterpart to her damsel in distress.

Evie can’t resist her growing attraction to Edmund as they spend more time together trying to unravel the clues her mother left behind. But, when doubts arise as to whether or not Edmund could ever be with an untitled American, what really ends up unraveling is Evie’s heart. When Evie uncovers all the facts about her mom’s former life, she realizes her mom’s past can open doors she never dreamed possible, doors that can help her be with Edmund. But, with everything now unveiled, Evie starts to crack under the pressure of new family responsibilities and the realization that her perfect prince may want her for all the wrong reasons.

Review

This book. This book. This book was touted as a cross between The Princess Diaries and The Royal We, the former of which I loved and the latter of which received favourable reviews. Yet this book is quite possibly one of the most frustrating YA novels I’ve read in my entire life, and this review could have just as easily been titled ‘all the things wrong with contemporary romance’.

The main reason why I didn’t DNF The Heir and the Spare is because I was incredibly excited about it last year—the premise, after all, is fun. Not terribly original for sure, but fun (when done right). I’m definitely not against a romance involving modern royals, but with a plot as cliched and predictable as this one, the characters better be a) interesting or b) likeable.

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Book Review: With A Twist – Staci Hart

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Title: With A Twist (2015)
Author: Staci Hart
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Extent: 386 pages
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review: With A Twist is the story of Lily Thomas, a professional ballerina dancing for The New York City Ballet, and West Williams, a Shakespeare geek and a Literature TA. Their friendship has always been easy, the boundaries clearly defined, and it wasn’t until now that they started considering more. Alas, things are never that easy.

This one is a typical friends-turned-lovers novel, with one-night-stands, jealous rivals, pretty people, man buns, opera plays and ballet performances thrown in. The execution, at best, was average: the main characters weren’t all that ‘unique’ compared to all the other heros/heroines in the genre, the side characters blurred into each other, and the book overall relied too much on the cliches of the friends-to-lovers theme: overprotectiveness, sudden jealousy, obliviousness. The rivalry between Lily and Nadia, fellow ballerina, was also really over the top. It made me wish that I could read a book where healthy rivalries exist. Because they do in real life, promise.

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