WHY IS THIS SHIP MADE OF SO MUCH PAIN???????????? ;________; and boy is this ship hot sometimes *fans self* I legit had chills in some parts while lisWHY IS THIS SHIP MADE OF SO MUCH PAIN???????????? ;________; and boy is this ship hot sometimes *fans self* I legit had chills in some parts while listening.
I loved this book but at the same time there was so much that I didn't like? Plus it was entirely too long at some places. I hated the way women are pitted against each other :( I feel like the reader will always be on Emma's side, because we know and sympathize, but the other woman is almost always portrayed as the villain or the bad one because they're standing in the way of our favorites' HEA and always have a mean agenda to get things in their favor.
I thought the big, big bad was actually Travista so idk where (view spoiler)[Declan came out of? I mean, he was bad in first book and he's despicable, but I didn't think he was the big villain? Idk it always seemed like Travista was the true bad one but what do you say! (hide spoiler)]
Super duper eager to read something else by Ms. Waters someday <3["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I wasn't aware of this novel before Sue pointed it out to me and since it sounded extra cool, I downloaded an ARC from Netgalley. I can tell you thatI wasn't aware of this novel before Sue pointed it out to me and since it sounded extra cool, I downloaded an ARC from Netgalley. I can tell you that it was an enjoyable read, but definitely not among my favorites of the year.
I applaud for the music industry parts, especially the way the author described the feeling of being on stage and growing into being a live artist for masses. However, there was so much of it that by 50% I really didn't know what the moral or point of this story was going to be or where we were heading?
I liked the crew for the most part, especially the band, but I would have liked to have gotten to know them more. I feel as though we don't know them enough as individuals? I would have liked to have seen more background, more character building etc. They each had their defining characteristics in personality and looks, but I was hoping for a bit more depth to them.
I liked how Lauren was a nice girl and that Chelsea wasn't mean to her either. I'm still not over Mandy though; WHAT EVEN WAS THAT? Sigh. She got on my nerves a lot, because it was always about her. Always. Plus the thing she did.. double sigh. Ooh! I also liked the ending scene though it was very, very predicatble lol.
It's a pretty decent debut and I'm eager to see what else Huang has in store!
*psst I forgot to mention that the writing was very simple and there were two things I didn't like: a. slutshaming (there was quite a bit of this); b. Lauren was described as "Asian" and it felt like she was being blanketed under the Asian term but it would have been nice to know what Asian descent she is. (I doubt I missed this defining aspect, but I could have. In that case, my apologies.)
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for an ARC. In no way did this affect my thoughts....more
This is legit one of the most boring books I've ever read. The only reason I'm still here is for my favs Patrick and Rose who I SHIP SO MUCH IT HURTSThis is legit one of the most boring books I've ever read. The only reason I'm still here is for my favs Patrick and Rose who I SHIP SO MUCH IT HURTS AND WHY WAS THERE SO LITTLE OF THEM SIGH.
The book starts with Maggie and Cooper having steamy scenes together and when they're not together creating steam on the pages for us, they're telling their friends how this person they're seeing is just a great casual hook up and nothing will come of it. NEVER. EVER. NOT IN A MILLION YEARS. (yea yeaaaa we get it bla bla). Oh, and pretty much 75% of the book takes place at Cooper's penthouse, Maggie's condo or Habits. I want to see more! Like how With a Twist had a ton of ballet things, how they went to the Opera. I want to see those things and get some actual world building. It's not like it shouldn't/doesn't exist in contemporary novels.
The writing didn't suit me either, if I'm being frank. I can't say I'm in any way moved by the 20 page swipes I had to do in order to skim a super long convo where the MC is telling allllllll the things about Cooper to her bff and her bff is fangirling over the guy. Please just give me a fucking break can we please move on to the actual plot? Oh, wait! There pretty much is none.
I can't believe that I read a scene where Maggie and Cooper went to have sex in a public restroom stall and West and Tricky went to relieve themselves and Cooper just kept on kissing her and after the guys left they were still horny enough to have sex. WHAT. THE. ACTUAL. F@CK??? It's so ridic I had to read it again to see if I understood correctly. (Did it not weird them out that his brother just peed in the same room? Jfc.)
I also don't really get WHY Cooper loves Maggie. I mean, yeah, they are kinda cute if you think about it and his puppy love for Maggie is semi adorable at times, but they're not really compatible in my eyes and I didn't really get the reason why Maggie was the girl of Cooper's dreams. Why her standing in a wedding dress, crying was the moment that changed his life?
Speaking of the called-off wedding, I had a feeling this is what had went down and had been hinted at in With a Twist, but it's hella annoying that I was actually looking forward to reading about this and all we got was a "tell" not "show". Cooper legit just told the reader what had happened but we got no chemistry, no actual convo, no feelings--nada.
Also, I find Maggie kinda selfish? She almost never asks/talks about anything else other than her love life and the world just revolves around her. What's more, lmao I get that Lily is gorgeous, but really we don't need to have this stated on every scene she's in. It's like Maggie has a crush on his brother's girlfriend. "her long legs", "her shiny hair", "she's so gorgeous" etc etc etc. And, last but not least, I get it that West and Lily are super happy and comfortable and in the "honeymoon stage" of their relationship, but honestly, if I had had to read one more time about how amazing life is and get West's philosophical love lectures to Connor and Patrick, I would have had to put my kindle down to avoid eyerolling because it was really starting to hurt my eyes.
There are some things I liked though and these are: *the core group of friends *the main girls being supportive of one another *PATRICK *ROSE *PATRICK AND ROSE
As much as I disliked this book, I like that there was so much less slutshaming and jealousy in this book than in With a Twist. I've read two very, very bad NA books this year and I'm still so angry at one of them that I haven't even reviewed it, but this one, as a whole, wasn't so bad compared to those books. It just wasn't my cup of tea this time though I can see a lot of people loving it.
I can't say that I'm not excited for the final companion, because I AM! I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR ROSE AND TRICKY I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I AM. I love them, they're the only couple who gives me butterflies, makes me smile like a goof and whose emotions reflect on my face and in my heart. I can't wait to read about them and I sincerely hope that the douchesparkles and dicktwinkles and whatever other [not so] funny synonyms are left behind and we're going to have an actual story with actual plot and much more character growth than in Chaser.
Alright, so here's the thing. I'm a serial "I have to finish this book; what do you mean there's a DNF option????" kind of person. So here I am, at 18Alright, so here's the thing. I'm a serial "I have to finish this book; what do you mean there's a DNF option????" kind of person. So here I am, at 18%. I can tell you that I tried, but sometimes enough is enough.
So why did I dnf, you ask? Hmmmm... let's see, there were multiple reasons.
1. The icky plotline
I must admit, I was initially intrigued. I thought there would be lowkey dynamic of my favorite otp of all otps in the history of everrr (Coballoway from the Addicted series) but nope. I did like that Jade somewhat stood up to herself in some scenes, but really, she was still drooling all over this asshole of a love interest. The guy pretty much buys their relationship (which is non-existent still in the point I dnf-d at) and then claims he owns her? I thought in my head that perhaps he'd like.. idk.. pursue her in a decent manner, but oh, no! This guy is a fucking douche. Idk what I was thinking that this plotline could offer anything decent.
2. The perfect representation of slutshaming
Let me give you a few examples:
"I met Kelli a few days before school officially started, when we were moving into the dorms. We hit it off right away and I was so thankful since one of my biggest fears was that I would hate my roommate. We have a lot in common. We’re both sarcastic. We both like to study but aren’t fanatical about it. We’re both reasonably clean. But where we differ is our attitude toward guys. Kelli likes to keep them coming, one after the other. Not that she’s a slut or anything. Far from it. She just ends it with one and picks right up with another. Me? I take a long time to even find one that I click with. And once I find him, it takes me a while to come around. After I come around and I’m finally ready to say yeah, let’s do this, I like to settle in and consider him my somewhat boyfriend."
She's pretty much saying that a girl who has lots of sex is a slut, just not her roommate ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and then we have my fav where the heroine is a cinnamon roll too good, too pure for this world comapred to other girls:
"Ah, the perfect excuse to check out that shirt again. I love how much of her it exposes without being trashy."
Honestly, when will New Adult authors (not talking only about this book, but in general, because it happens in almost every other book I read in this genre) stop labeling girls who love sex or wear whatever the fuck they want (or don't want) as sluts? It's extremely frustrating and disturbing to see guys label girls like this, but even more so to see girls label each other like this. One night stands and short skirts or skin-tight clothes do NOT make anyone a slut. It's highly annoying that 90% of New Adult authors feature this sort of behaviour and line of thought in their work.
3. the gross love interest
The first chapter was actually not as bad, but the more I read, the more grossed out I became. Here's a passage with him and the girl protagonist in the early stages of the book (after he says that "not being trashy" line). [they're at a frat party and she twisted her ankle and he just carried her off to a bedroom to check her leg -- was this the part I was supposed to swoon at because no thanks]
" I cup the back of her head, thread my fingers in the silky soft waves of her hair. I’d love to wrap her hair around my fist and tug her head back right before I kiss her… “Proud of your man-whore status?” “I can’t help it if the ladies flock to me.” She rests her hand on my chest and gives me a gentle shove. “I’m not flocking to you.” “Even after all that talk about coming and with my hand up your skirt?” Jade looks down with a sharp gasp, dropping her hand to mine and shoving it out from beneath her skirt. “What are you doing?” “I thought it was obvious.” When she says nothing, only glares at me, I continue. “I was going to kiss you and hopefully get you off with my fingers.” Her mouth drops open. Instead of looking aroused, she looks… pissed. Vaguely horrified. “You’re disgusting.” I lean back. Move way, way back though I’m not getting off the bed. Not yet. I still have a chance. Or then again, maybe I don’t. "
Oh but wait... it gets better: the girl's POV starts the next chapter and she thinks this to herself:
" I almost fell for all of that. The charm, the seductive tone of his voice, the way he looked at me, the way he touched me. Somehow, without me being aware of it, he’d skimmed those too sure fingers up my leg and slipped them beneath my skirt. Nuzzled my face with his. Freaking talked about being inside of me and making me come all while I’d be begging and shouting his name. What a perv. Worse? I like his perverted side. A lot. "
This really grossed me out, because he is so fucking slimy and disgusting and literally the girl likes it? Okay, I can't argue with taste, to each their own, but I will never swoon over a scumbag who is trying to get his hands under a reluctant girl's skirt who he "won" in a game of poker. This guy is disgusting. He literally says that he owns her and she owes her everything when they just met like last night when he won a game of poker and claimed her as prize (how swoony this all is). Here's the direct quote at which the girl is truly [mentally] swooning over:
" “You owe me everything. All that you have. And don’t deny that you want to give it to me because I know you do,” he murmurs, his breath stirring my hair. God, his words… they do something to me. Has any guy spoken to me like this before? No. Not ever. "
" “This isn’t over,” Shep calls but I don’t look back at him. He’ll find me. I know he will. We’ll run into each other again and he’ll demand I owe him something and ask for his payment in the form of sexual favors, which should totally piss me off yet somehow… doesn’t. "
lmao; is this book an actual joke or what? I'm clearly missing the punch line here. Also, he calls her Jade Bitch Face. Even still at the point where I DNF-d. What the fuck? I know she either called herself that way or said that she has a bitch face or something but how am I supposed to root for a guy who calls their love interest a Bitch Face in his head and to her face? I'm clearly not seeing the appeal here.
This above is just a small fraction of what pissed me off. I don't usually rate DNF books, but this is an exception I'm willing to make. I haven't read a book this bad for ages and this is a lesson learnt that sometimes I need to do homework and research on the character representation and all that, because this was so awful. 10/10 would not recommend.
Go read something good that actually praises women's sexuality regardless of whether they have a lot of experience or are inexperienced, guys who stand up fo all women, not just their own love interests; guys who are actual feminists and don't degrade other women in favor of their girls and what's more, they aren't slimebags to their love interests. Let me point you to some of my personal favorites: Addicted series by Krista and Becca Ritchie and On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. These are the two series that come to mind first, but there are a few more, so hit me up if you ever want some recs! ...more