1. Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker
This NA had a promising synopsis but the story and characters fell flat. It was supposed to be a Cinderella-inspired romance, a 24-year-old waitress and single-mother saves a hockey icon called Brett Madden from a car accident. Catherine is trust into the spotlight but wants everyone to forget what happened and doesn’t want to reveal her identity because she had her fair share attention in her little town in the past. Their relationship only starts after 70% into the book. Catherine obsesses over the media and their relationship was suddenly rushed at the end. This has such a strange pacing that didn’t fit the story at all. Very disappointed because this could have been a new fave.
2. Geekerella by Ashley Poston
I had the same expectations for this book as Until It Fades. It was pitched as a YA Cinderella-retelling and I felt underwhelmed after reading it. A relationship can feel only natural if the characters have real contact. The “communication” between the 2 characters are through 80% of the book based up on text messages. It’s one of my pet peeves. I feel like an author is ‘lazy’ when they only use text message as a means for communication. It doesn’t give a lot of depth to the characters. I liked other parts of the story but the story began way too late for me.
3. The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons
This was supposed to be a magnificent conclusion to the “great” romance between Alexander and Tatiana. This conclusion ruined to whole trilogy for me. There are some problematic aspects in the first 2 books but this book was riddled with problematic stuff. I don’t understand how this was published, honestly I am baffled.
Alexander cheats on Tatiana and blames is on her. He verbally and physically abuses her and constantly tries to get her to quit her job so she could have more kids. He pushes her to do things that she doesn’t want to do. Alexander was horrible in this book and I was disgusted and felt very uncomfortable reading the book.
4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
There was so much for this book so I placed my expectations pretty high, of course. The story and characters were bland and interchangeable. Not one of them stood out for me. The story and the magic were only on the surface and nothing had any depth. Very lackluster!
5. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
This novella left a bad taste in my mouth. Levana is horrible character with no redeemable qualities. She has a crush on her guard so she decides to manipulate with her power her guard after his wife death. It made me very uncomfortable and there is also a ‘rape’ scene which is not properly addressed. I couldn’t belief that Marissa Meyer wrote this book so I hope she redeems herself with Renegades.
6. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee
I overall really liked this book but the hype gave the readers way too high expectations. My main problem is Monty, the main character. He was very egocentric and only complains about his problems. He was so blind to his friends’ problems. His self-centered attitude ruined a little bit the story for me.
7. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
It wasn’t a horrible conclusion but it was a pretty big disappointment. I didn’t like a few things happened. Some character development felt forced and it seemed like she forced some diversity into her book. Some battle scenes were a little lack luster and overall I didn’t feel a lot chemistry between the characters like in the previous book.