Review: Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse

21902292Blurb from Goodreads

Fresh off the heels of a devastating breakup, Riley Benson is a mess. But with her ingenious plan to become a ball-busting heartbreaker herself, she’s pretty sure she’ll survive. After all, what better way is there to get revenge than to move on?

Riley’s determined to become the perfect bachelorette—she’s going to drink like a bro, belch like a beast and swear so much that she’ll make even the most seasoned sailors blush. After all, those are the qualities that every guy’s secretly looking for…. aren’t they?

Max Fletcher is in love with the girl who gave him chicken pox and his first broken leg. When his best friend seems to finally be out of the picture, he can’t help but want to keep Riley all to himself. And, after coaching her with the very best of the very worst love advice, it seems as if he might actually get what he’s wanted after all those years. But just as the two come to the realization that they’re actually kind of perfect for each other, along comes a secret that threatens to tear them apart.

ebook 316 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by Wunderland Press (first published May 11th 2014)
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, New Adult
My Thoughts
ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.There are so many things that feel so wrong and don’t work for me while usually I like this kind of story.

First part of the book is so annoying, like really annoying I feel like I want to throw my eReader and smack Riley’s head. Riley is immature, naive and childish well…they have the same meaning, I guess? You got the idea, not to mention that she’s also melodramatic. Basically she’s frustrating and annoying me. At first I thought she’s 16 year old and I kinda think I can ignore her naivete but then she said that she’s 21 year old and I was like shut up! Why does she act like a 16 year old? I’m aware that she’s in a heartbroken phase and might need to do some unbelievable things but come on, how come she takes Max’s advice seriously! Like, really? I’m sure even 16 year old teenager knew it’s just crap advices.

“Riley, that’s the stupidest shit I’ve ever heard,” Liz said with a roll of her eyes. “Are you really going to believe all of that garbage?”

And Max, I think he’s so cruel set her up in some disaster date, though he has his reasons. And about his secret? It isn’t a secret at all, bro, because I can figure out right after you say it!

Second part of the book is slightly better. I can see the effort from the characters for being funny. Some things that I fail to see in the first part. Some funny things can make me smile. And Riley’s bestfriend are as ridiculous as she and so do Max’s friends. I think they are hilarious-ridiculous characters. I also quite like when Riley-Max relationship finally happen, though I still couldn’t feel they chemistry. They’re good as a friend but I couldn’t feel them as a couple who are in love. I guess it’s the whole idea, though, as they are friend since forever.

“Just watch, Fletcher,” Riley began, cracking her knuckles in determination. “Prepare to be amazed by my unbelievable studying abilities.”
“I’m prepared.”
“I’m going to out-study you so hard that you’ll probably drip tears all over your lecture notes.”
“Sure.”
“I’m going to be the best studier that ever… studied.”
“So shouldn’t you start…?”
“I will!” she insisted, taking a deep breath before positioning her fingers above her keyboard. “I’m just getting myself ready.”
Max shook his head slightly as he shot her an amused expression. “Gotcha.”
“…Should we go to Taco Bell and get a studying snack?”
“Riley!”
“I’m just trying to feed my brain,” she replied with a defensive scoff.

There are also things that more annoying that the characters, if it’s possible. Both Max and Riley love to talk and think with their inner voice or voice of reason or whatever voice they call. One thing for sure it surely is annoying when I have to spend most of the time reading the battle in their head, in some part more than one paragraph!

Don’t fuck this up, Max firmly told himself as he stared at the expectant look on Riley’s face. This is your chance to make everything right. It’s your fault she’s suffering right now. This is all because of your big fucking mouth. Be a good guy and help her out.

But then you’ll just have to stand by and watch when she starts dating someone new, another voice inside his head pointed out. You don’t want that. Why would you try to help her meet other guys? Isn’t that the last thing you want? Seeing her with a new guy would kill you, especially if you were the one who helped her get together with him. Just keep her away from everyone until you figure your shit out.

And, maybe, if you somehow manage to keep her away from all other men for the next twenty years, you can cash in on your offer..

And then the characters like to make compare their situation with illness. Maybe it’s supposed to be a joke but I don’t like it and it.is.not.cool. at.all.

“But that just makes it sound like I’m some bipolar schizophrenic freak.”
The two had engaged in a distressing game of tug-of-war with Riley’s phone, which was now locked away within the safety of Audrey’s bag, far from Riley’s bipolar reach.

“It’s okay,” April said with a giggle, furiously batting her eyelashes at him as if she were having an epileptic episode.


All in all, the characters in this story are unbelievably ridiculous and in some way they are the opposite of ideal characters, I think I liked that, sort of. They are also ridiculously funny. I give that. I think the author did good jobs on that but there are also parts, huge part that I don’t like, even if it’s supposed to be jokes kind of thing. It isn’t the worst book I’ve ever read but if I knew from the beginning what this is all about and how it’s written, I think I prefer not to read it.

Result: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Review: Just One Day by Sharla Lovelace

16048794Blurb from Goodreads

She has nothing but time . . .

Twenty-four hours. That’s how long Andie Fremont has to say yes—or no. At forty-four with a daughter in college, she’s no young kitten with starry-eyed ideas of what love is. Still, when the man who is everything she should want pops the question with a ring he knows isn’t her style, during a party she didn’t want to have, Andie balks. Something tells her that it isn’t right.

Looking to clear her head, Andie hits the Texas highway in search of an answer. And when she stumbles upon an old roadside diner she decides waffles might be it, at least for now. What she didn’t expect to find was Jesse Montgomery. The man who stole her heart and broke it all in one day, two decades earlier.

As a Texas-size storm takes shape outside, the electricity between Andie and Jesse builds inside. Suddenly Andie is faced with more than just yes or no. As the storm clears there are two men who will want answers.

ebook, 115 pages
Published September 24th 2012 by Beyond the Page
edition language: English
genre: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
My Thoughts
Here’s the deal, I don’t believe love at first sight, don’t like an insta-love in the story and despise cheating, no matter what reasons are. Just One Day has all of them, though it also has second chance story, which I usually like but all the fate talk in this book couldn’t make me like it even more. It’s like that fate can justified what Andie and Jesse are doing and feeling to each other when I know she is with someone else at the same time. I. Just. Couldn’t. Like. Her.

With her relationship history, it’s kinda odd she couldn’t decide whether she’s in love with Brad, her supposed-to-be fiance and couldn’t tell whether she wants to be with him or not. She’s an adult, a forty-two years old woman who has experience of fourteen years marriage and two years relationship I guess it isn’t a big deal when I assumed that she’ll be more thoughtful with her future relationship. Too bad I didn’t get it from her.

And all those twists and surprises toward the end feel like so out of the blue. Yes, it surprised me, like, really hooked me, but in a bad way. It doesn’t have much background story to make it more believable. I feel like it’s there just to surprise readers without thinking whether it’s possible and logical or not.

As a romance book, the writing isn’t all sugary flowery cheesy kind of thing which is good, actually. But with the predictable, complete with being isolated just the two of them, and the character that suddenly turn to be a bad guy for the sake of the main characters happy ending, fail me to like it.

ARC was provided by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for honest review.
Result: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)Blurb from Goodreads

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published: November 15th 2011 by HarperCollins
edition language: English
genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
series: Shatter Me
 
My Thoughts
Hey, I never read a book with writing like this. It’s strange and confusing. It’s unique, I liked when the authors have something new in their book. Poor Julliette, she clearly has something powerful. She can be powerful if she wants she chose to be weak and whining all the time. She had bad experience in her life. She can use her power. Welcome stranger. Oh his name is Adam. He looks familiar. He doesn’t remember her. He’s swoon worthy. He stole her mattress. Why is he in her cell? Did she ask why? No, she didn’t. Is he the bad or the good guy? Is he playing bad or is he playing good? She can’t resist him. This is so slow. It keeps dragging nowhere. It’s a boring slow-paced story.

My friends told me it will get better. I just have to be patient. Okay, I still believe there’s something in this book. It has high rating on Goodreads. I don’t know. It will get better, just keep reading it. My friends said it gets better each chapter. They must be right, right? I think they were right. It gets better. Oh, apparently Adam immune to Julliette’s touch. He wasn’t what she thought him first. Here comes the antagonist, Warner. He’s an evil. He’s creepy. He’s also swoon worthy. More about Adam and Julliette. Warner wants Julliette. Julliette wants Adam. Adam wants Julliette. They can’t resist each other. Warner said he and Julliette could be a powerful couple. for what?, why the reestablishment wants to take control the civilization, why their world fall apart, why there aren’t animal anymore, why was Julliette never saw a bird fly, why, why, why. Why I didn’t find the answer. It is first of the series, a prequel to the whole story. It supposed to keep you wondering. I need more explanation, if not answers. I thought it is a dystopian book. I didn’t feel it is dystopianmaybe it is a romance or romance dystopian?. It doesn’t matter

It’s only a couple chapters to the end. Julliette keep repeats the same word over and over. It’s overwhelm. It’s over use. I’m bored. I think I know what it is. Yeah, it was just like what I thought. Ok, it’s Professor Xavier’s First Class. The End.

I honestly don’t know why I wrote this. Is this proper enough as a review?Hmm…I don’t think so. But it’s just my thought, my opinion. The point is this story has potential. I’m sure I’m not insane. I just couldn’t connect to the story, to the characters, to the setting. Why, where, when, how. Why I feel like I just wrote Gollum/Smeagol’s mind Julliette’s story? Will I read the sequel? Of course I will. Why? Because of my stupid promise to finish all of books that I read, including series. Unravel Me is already out there to be read. When will I read it? I don’t know when. Maybe soon but not soon enough. Maybe when I have less than 20 books to be read. When? Well my friends…apparently this is not my cup of tea.

Result: 1.5/5 Stars