on You Against Me by Jenny Downham.

Hello.

This book is everything.

Synopsis:

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If someone hurts your sister and you’re any kind of man, you seek revenge, right?

If your brother’s accused of a terrible crime but says he didn’t do it, you defend him, don’t you?

When Mikey’s sister claims a boy assaulted her, his world begins to fall apart.

When Ellie’s brother is charged with the offence, her world begins to unravel.

When Mikey and Ellie meet, two worlds collide.

This is a brave and unflinching novel from the bestselling author of Before I Die. It’s a book about loyalty and the choices that come with it. But above all it’s a book about love.

Review:

Wow. I have no words. Completely in love with this story and I will forever hold it close to my heart.

“What happened to me happens to loads of girls. Loads and loads.” – Mikey’s sister

It’s not just a story about a rape victim. It’s about a story of two different families where they would do anything for their loved ones. I identified myself with both Mikey and Ellie. They love their family unconditionally and that comes with protecting it. But where’s the line? Is there one? Is it betrayal if you do or don’t speak up? Is it morally right? What about slut-shaming? And consent? Those are the questions that You Against Me subtly deals with while giving us a moving love story.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Read it and you will understand. This book is incredibly real, heart-breaking and pure beautiful. One of the best thing I have read this year. Maybe ever.

Rating: 5 meaningful stars

Know-it-all

on The Pact by Karina Halle.

Hello again.

Wow, I’m posting again. Well that’s because I finished a book and now I feel motivated to share my opinions with you. By the way, how’s 2016 treating you? Me? I am swamped with exams and assignments, but you know – avoid doing anything by picking up a romance novel! Before I tell you anything else about this book, can you just admire with me its cover??

Synposis:

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It all started with a pinky swear…

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome; a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He’s also one of Stephanie Robson’s best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she’s known him.

But some relationships can’t be boxed, can’t be classified, can’t be tamed.

Back in their mid-twenties and tired of the competitive hit-or-miss dating scene of San Francisco, Steph and Linden made a pact to marry each other if neither one of them are in a serious relationship by the time they hit thirty.

It sounds like fun and games but as the years to thirty tick past and lovers come and go out of their lives, the pact becomes larger than life.
Sex is inevitable. Friendships are tested. Hearts are on the line.

The pact is about to change everything.

Review:

So what did I think? Let’s start off by saying I loved Karina Halle’s The Artist Trilogy and I was excited for this book. And let’s not forget my obsession with this book cover. But this book was mediocre, at parts it was great, but the second half of the book was majorly boring. Because this is a romance novel with sex, I wasn’t surprised by it. But when it is there for like 30% of the book with the plot moving no where, I was bored. For those who read The Artist Trilogy probably know how unusual that was.

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Back to the beginning though. Linden and Steph are suppose to be best friends that made a pact to marry each other if they are single at 30. The first thing I noticed straight away though, this was not a platonic relationship. They have lusted over each other for years already, which means that their get together was inevitable and this wasn’t really “best friends to lovers” story.

As main characters I liked them both and I did enjoy their pent up frustrations for the first half of the book. They were fairly funny and and not too typical for a romance novel, but still some clichés were found (obviously they have issues with their families etc.). Supporting characters did not really shine through, which kind of makes me questions other books in this series, but I might still read them because of the covers. I’m so shallow!

The actual storyline was obviously predictable, but I didn’t expect much to begin with. Karina Halle did make the reading quite compelling, so I don’t complain much. There could have been less clichés and misunderstanding for my taste. I don’t understand why these books seem to have a formula: guy and girl like each other, guy and girl are dancing around each other, guy and girl get together, guy and girl are extremely happy, guy and girl break up for some stupid reason, guy and girl end up together. Maybe I should just read some m/m, f/f romances, I’ve been told that straight people romances are boring, LOL.

You should read this book if you want to shut down, but to be fair, there are better fluffy romances out there.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Yours truly