Review: Player’s Game by Desirae Clark || Where I Lost my Game in the Midst of Inconsistencies || Also, I’m Baaaack!!

Title: Player’s Game
Author: Desirae Clark
Series: Valentine Sisters series, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 186 pages, Ebook
Published: December 25th, 2017 by BLVNP Incorporated
Source: I received an eARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads): 

And when I turned around, I expected to see my annoying little sisters but was instead greeted by a familiar face. In the threshold stood Parker Brady with a devious smirk on his face and the looks of a god.

Samantha Valentine’s life turns upside down when she finds out her family is returning to her old town, Scottsdale. It took her a while to make the city her home, and now all of that is for naught, as she has to learn to settle in a quiet town again.

Parker Brady is perfectly happy to make a mess of his life after his best friend, Samantha, left him. He felt betrayed by his most trusted friend, and now he doesn’t care about anyone anymore. The only thing that matters to him is getting girls.

The two are not so thrilled when they meet after years of being away. Old grudges resurface from the past.

Will Samantha and Parker restore their broken friendship? Or will something else rise from its ruins?


First of all, heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey guys, I AM BAAAAAAAACK!! 🙂

(Goodness, I made way too many mistakes in the first post and published it before checking!!!)

Oh goodness, what a hectic month this was. Well honestly, I had it coming. That’s what you get for not studying the whole year. But oh well, I couldn’t concentrate on anything but I am doing better now… I think, it was a really a big issue but I felt like I haven’t studied this much my whole life. It was hilarious. Kinda. The exams were okay I guess? Eh, I don’t wanna think about that!

Well, I have started 2018 in a positive way. I hope it remains like that. 🙂

Also, I have 5k emails from you guys to check. Wish me luck.

Now onto the review. Before that, a short summary. Samantha’s mother’s job forced her to move away from Scottsdale but after a few of years, they are moving back in. She regretted losing her best friend the most who didn’t even bother trying to keep in touch. Now they are forced to face each other once again. It’s up to them to decide if they want their friendship to give another chance or let go of each other forever.

I’m going to do the point review thingy, okay guys.

🔘 The plot was cliched, it is based on second chance plus best friend romance trope which I looove very much. This book had a lot of potentials if executed rightly but I personally didn’t feel the element of something new.

🔘 The biggest problem I had with the book was, I felt there was way more telling than showing. I mean there’s a balance but I didn’t find that in the book which made it difficult for me to actually care about the characters.

🔘 Now, onto Samantha and Parker. I somewhat liked Samantha but I hoped she would have stood up for herself when she got to know a very important detail about her personal life despite being famous as the notorious prankster as a kid when she was still in Scottsdale. And when that thing proceeded to become a bigger issue, well she did handle it a mature way but it wouldn’t have come to the point if she had clarified earlier about that certain thing.

🔘 And Parker, I don’t know what to say but one thing is, he was a pretty crappy one. He completely cut off Samantha when she moved away. I was curious to know the reason behind it. He gave a pretty lame ass excuse. I was actually enraged!! I mean how could he have a grudge against a Samantha when he clearly knew it was not her fault. Even after realising that, he still didn’t. I think Samantha was better off than being with a guy who called himself her best friend. He was too immature and stubborn.

🔘 Also, the plot focused on way too much thinking rather than interacting. There were rarely one or two conversations the main leads had before they realised they had feelings for each other. It was weird okay. Just weird. The plot had too many inconsistencies that made no sense at all. Also, I didn’t feel the chemistry and Parker was way too bossy sometimes.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book. I thought I was going to love this one but it turned out the complete opposite. It was a light read but too much telling even spoiled that. The pacing was sometimes too slow and sometimes too face it was hard to keep track. Anyways. I hope my next read does not let me down.

Recommend it?

No.


Soooo guys, have you read this? Do you want to?

Review: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon || Where the universe failed me, epically

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 344 pages, Paperback
Published: November 1st, 2016 by Corgi Childrens
Source: Purchased
My Rating: 

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store – for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?


After reading Everything, Everything which I adored very much, this book was rather a letdown. But there were still some parts that I enjoyed, so I decided not to make this review long but write a simple line review with what I liked and disliked instead!

Basically, Natasha along with her family is being deported to Jamaica as they are illegal immigrants and Natasha holds onto the one tiny bit of a hope to stop the deportation. She doesn’t want to leave her life, her friends behind in the US. In that one fateful day, she meets Daniel and somehow their worlds collide. Will they be able to have a future or will their first day together be their last?

What I liked:

  • The diverse representation. Our main leads, Natasha is Jamaican and Daniel is Korean. Whereas Natasha loves science and facts, Daniel is the complete opposite, a foremost poet whose imaginations knows no bounds.
  • The immigration representation. Both Natasha and Daniel are immigrants. The only difference is Natasha’s family came illegally and thus are being forced to go back after the truth gets revealed in front of officials. Natasha’s desperation and struggle felt real and also the official problem of immigration was handled realistically.
  • Usually, the middle portions of many books lag behind but I surprisingly found myself enjoying that very part in this book. Though I was not a fan of the beginning or the end.
  • The coincidences were rather sweet. Sometimes they were a bit too obvious but I found myself enjoying those.
  • The insta-love didn’t bother me much but I didn’t end up enjoying it either.

What I didn’t like:

  • The narration. The way the story is narrated made it much more hard to like it and connect with the story and some parts felt like a complete bore.
  • Daniel was okay but I found Natasha a bit annoying sometimes. Overall, I had a hard time connecting with the characters. Although there were some aspects I liked but mostly the characters failed to make its mark on me.
  • I completely felt irritated with both Natasha’s family members as well as Daniel’s. Whereas Daniel’s family members were simply prejudiced and didn’t like anything other than their culture, Natasha’s parents didn’t even try understanding her, especially her father who was a complete failure at his role as a father.
  • Daniel’s brother who gets a special mention because I’ve never met a complete asshole like him before! I just didn’t understand his purpose in the story. I wanted to hit him with a frying pan! Also, his relationship with Daniel was a complete mess, although did try but a relationship can’t be mended from only one side.
  • The ending felt weird. Simply weird. I mean what was that?!!! I was so not satisfied with the abrupt ending, I wanted more from it but alas, I didn’t get that satisfaction either.

Basically me after finishing this book. Also, I love my bias!

Overall, The Sun Is Also A Star was an okay read. I felt the story had more potential but it fell flat for me. I didn’t enjoy the plot or the characters much. I couldn’t connect with the writing and the pace felt unstructured throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, have you read this book yet? What did you think about it?

Mini Reviews: Contemporary New-Adult 2 Star Edition || The Thing About New-Adult: A Mini Discussion

Title: Royally Matched
Author: Emma Chase
Series: Royally, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Warm
Page Count and Format: 276 pages, Ebook
Published: February 21st, 2017 by Emma Chase, LLC

                  

Henry’s life is a complete mess after his brother Nicholas put the whole king responsibility upon his shoulders. He does not take his royal responsibilities seriously and when he gets to make a choice of his own, he jumps upon it. He gets an offer for a reality tv show where he would get the chance to choose his future would-be-wife but things start to go down the rails when he finds himself falling for Sarah, a contestant’s sister.

I didn’t quite enjoy the first book in this series but I was actually quite looking forward to this one because we were given a glimpse of both Henry and Sarah in the first book which got me intrigued. Anyway, I read a lot of rave reviews for this book but unfortunately, this book failed to impress me in any way. The plot was enjoyable although cliched. Henry is someone who has never taken much responsibility in any matter and he jumps up on the offer for the reality tv show in a whim. As the show proceeds, he finds himself falling for someone who is not a contestant. I, unfortunately, failed to enjoy the chemistry between Henry and Sarah though I did enjoy them together. 

I wanted more depth in the characters. Henry was charming but he failed to sweep me off my feet. Anyway, this book portrayed how actually a reality tv show actually works and in this book it was sometimes quite funny. But I loved when Henry finally manned up! Overall, I somewhat enjoyed this book. However, I did feel this book was unnecessarily long. The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book.


Title: #1 Crush
Author:  T. Gephart
Series: #1 series, book 1 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 316 pages, Ebook
Published: February 20th, 2017 by T Gephart

             

I received this book as a giveaway prize from Raven from Dreamy Addictions! Thanks again, Raven!

This book was weird. Super weird in a non-realistic way. Here’s the gist- Tia has always been in love with Eric Larsson who is actually a famous Hollywood actor. Whatever she does, she can’t get him out of his head so she decides to meet him in person. She’s sure he’s going to turn out an asshole which will help Tia to flush him out of her heart but when reality proves her wrong, she can’t help but fall for Eric more and more.

To meet Eric in person Tia decides to attend the premiere of his newly launched movie. As an imposter!!! She actually pretended to be someone else to get into the premiere. First of all, who freaking does that! This really bothered me. Anyway, her plan fails because Eric actually turns out to be a decent human being as well as quite charming. For this book, I liked the chemistry between the two characters. Eric meets up with Tia after a few weeks again and thus begins their whirlwind romance. But even after everything, she continues to lie to Eric about herself. Their whole relationship started off on a lie and I really hated that. I really enjoyed Tia as an individual but her tendency to not tell the whole truth put me off. She had plenty of choices to come out to Eric but she always pulled back. The plot twist threw me

The plot twist threw me off-guard. I was so not expecting that but instead of cheering, I was actually disappointed. Anybody would be!!! I mean love is blind but not that blind dude. Anybody in Eric’s situation would be offended and I didn’t get why and how he did what he did. Anyway, the writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. I would have surely enjoyed the book more if some of the things were more properly addressed.


Title: Ladies Man
Author: Katy Evans
Series: Manwhore, book 3 [Can be read as a standalone]
Heat Rating: Pretty warm
Page Count and Format: 299 pages, Ebook
Published: April 24th, 2016 by KT Publishing LLC

                            

Tahoe is a player and Gina is a strong level headed woman who knows what she wants. They are both strictly friends yet the more they become close, the more they can’t avoid the undeniable attraction between them. It’s up to them to decide if taking a risk is worth the chance of losing their friendship.

Frankly, I think I have read too many books that have used this trope. I still enjoy if the execution’s well enough but unfortunately, I didn’t feel that way for this book and as a result, it fell flat for me. After Gina’s previous relationship fell out, she’s not ready to be on the dating front soon again but every time she’s with Tahoe her feelings leave her confused and flustered. Tahoe on the other hand, was on a totally different level, although he feels attracted towards Gina, he doesn’t stop being a player and he’s a painful one at that.

This book was too frustrating to read and I just wanted it to be over. For the majority of this book, Gina has a boyfriend who she didn’t even like very much, and Tahoe was well, still sleeping around. They don’t get together until the very end of this book and everything was just on and off and I just didn’t see the point. I definitely liked Gina as a character when I was introduced to her but being such a strong woman, I would have loved to see a bit more of a mature decision at least from her. Anyway, The writing was smooth and the pace was even throughout the book. Overall, I enjoyed this book the least among the three.


The thing about New-Adult-

Hey there guys! Welcome to Daydreaming Discussions. This is a monthly feature created by me where I discuss anything bookish related or sometimes it might be about any non-bookish things as well. Also, be prepared for a lot of ramblings and rantings and you’re very welcome to be a part of the discussion.

As these reviews and this topic matched I decided to punch them together. Honestly, I hadn’t even though of writing a discussion about this but while writing these reviews I felt the need to voice out my opinion about New-Adult and ask what you guys felt about it.

That cute Chimchim was basically me when I discovered New-Adult. A whole new world opened up to me!!

I didn’t use to enjoy contemporary until I came across New-Adult books, since then I love NA books and I also give YA contemporary a chance as well. But well, let’s not divert into anything else because I have a tendency to do so… like the way cute Jimin is jumping on and off like that and me obsessing over BTS day and night, especially Taehyung…

*Ahem!*

Anyway,  one thing you might have noticed in these 3 mini-reviews that they didn’t have anything extraordinary to make these books stand out.

The thing is that as much as New-Adult can be enjoyable, they can get tremendously repetitive as well. Most of the time I have seen that NA books seem to focus only on sex when it shouldn’t be the main concern at all. As a hopeless romantic, I’m 100% on the romance train *cho chooo* but seriously that shouldn’t be the only factor!

New-Adult books feature characters usually between the age of 18 to 25. This is the age when one steps into college or is trying out for a job and stuff. Basically, it’s the age where you step into adulthood, so there are numerous routes a New-Adult book take other than only romance because let’s be realistic for a second, this age group is freaking tough and sometimes pretty frustrating. I fall into this age group and there’s a whole lot of other struggles like the tension of getting a job, mental as well as physical. Yup, reality sucks!

I want New-Adult books to be more relatable, I want them to feature the daily struggles one goes through during this age group, the different distractions that they might fall into, the inner struggle, battling the inner demons and striving to achieve one’s dream in such a competitive world. Also on the positive side, as this age is the time for stepping into new boundaries, so naturally new friends should also be in the mixture.

Of course, I have found some gems in this category as well and some of those books were really awesome, like Whispers and the Roars by K. Webster (I really can’t say why because that would spoil the entire book) and The Butterfly Project by Emma Scott which was really emotional and beautiful.


So what do you guys think about the whole New-Adult category? Do you enjoy these books or would you like them more if they were more relatable? Also if you have any awesome NA recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments!

Review: Artificial Sweethearts by Julie Hammerle || Utterly cliched and predictable

Title: Artificial Sweethearts
Author: Julie Hammerle
Series: North Pole, Minnesota, book 2 [Can be read as a standalone]
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 229 pages, Ebook
Expected Publication: July 10th 2017 by Entangled: Crush
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

It’s not chemistry between Tinka Foster and Sam Anderson that made them agree to fake date. With her parents trying to set her up with an annoying pro-track golf student, and intentionally single Sam’s family pressuring him to bring a date to his brother’s wedding, they could both use a drama-free summer.

So it’s not his muscular arms and quick wit that makes Tinka suggest they tell everyone they’re both taken. Definitely not. And it’s not butterflies that makes a kiss for appearances during the lake party go on way too long—so long that Sam wishes it were real.

But Tinka keeps people at arm’s length—she’s always been second best, even to her parents. And her relationship-for-show could crush everything when she realizes she’s done with fake, pretend, and second-best.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains bikinis at the lake, a lot of making out in dark theaters, and a meet-cute you’ll read twice.


I didn’t have much expectation for this book but still, I wanted a fluffy and cute read but I got nothing and this book massively bored me too. Anyway, you can read my review of book 1: Any Boy But You, here.

When Tinka comes home for her holidays, she finds her life uprooted as her parents have moved to a totally different place without even telling her for once. Also, she can’t overcome the guilt of the mistakes she did in the past. When her parents try to set her up with a boy of their choice, she quickly takes the closest option available, make Sam Anderson her fake boyfriend. But Tinka always runs when things turn complicated for her, so when her feelings for Sam begins to feel more than fake, what will she do?

The  plot of this book was utterly predictable. I am now losing count on how many fake boyfriend books I’ve read until now and seriously, it is kind of getting boring. But still some books with the same trope manage to surprise me but unfortunately this was not one of them. Sam and Tinka engage in the fake charade to get away from the unnecessary pressure from both of their families but soon the fake feelings begin to feel like real. Like the title, Artificial Sweethearts, this book kind of felt artificial too. I couldn’t feel any chemistry between our two main protagonists, Tinka and Sam and hence I couldn’t enjoy the romance either.

Another thing that I quite didn’t like was how Tinka’s family acted. It’s clear how the death of Tinka’s little brother still affected all of them but instead discussing and taking with Tinka, they chose the other way out. This I-don’t-care family trope really irritates me, I mean, most of the books I read, either the parents are dead or they don’t understand/care about their kids. Seriously, the real world doesn’t function like that!! Not everybody is like that. Anyway, I did like how finally Tinka stood up for herself which finally led to her parents confessing too. But shouldn’t the parents step up first, after all Tinka is just a kid too.

Anyway, I didn’t enjoy the other minor characters much either. Jane was a good friend to Tinka but she was too irritating sometimes and Karen simply didn’t want to give Tinka another chance at all which is understandable because Tinka was the one who messed it up in the first place. Though Tinka redeems herself, I just didn’t care much about her and hence my lack of interest. But I did enjoy how everything was tied up in the end.

Overall, Artificial Sweethearts was a predictable read. The plot was executed neatly but there was nothing new to it. I didn’t care for the characters much either. The writing was smooth and easy to read and the pace was even throughout the book.

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So guys, what are your thoughts on this book? Have you read any other book by this author?

Review: The Truth About Happily Ever After by Karole Cozzo || Heavily disappointing

Title: The Truth About Happily Ever After
Author: Karole Cozzo
Standalone
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, [New-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 321 pages, Ebook
Published: May 16th, 2017 by Swoon Reads
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Chin up, Princess, or the crown will slip.

A theme park princess must put her life back together after her happily ever after falls apart in The Truth About Happily Ever After, a contemporary YA romance from Karole Cozzo, author of How to Keep Rolling After a Fall and How to Say I Love You Out Loud.

Everything was supposed to be perfect. Alyssa has a job she loves, working as Cinderella at her favorite theme park; a fantastic group of friends; and a boyfriend who will no longer be long distance. But as the summer progresses, her prince becomes less charming and more distant, and Alyssa’s perfect summer falls apart.

Forced to acknowledge that life is not always a fairy tale, Alyssa starts working to pull her herself back together. Fortunately, she doesn’t have to do it alone. With her friend Miller’s support, she’s determined to prove that she’s more than just a pretty princess. And with his help, maybe she’s finally ready for something better than dreams. Maybe she’s ready for something real.


Karole Cozzo is one of my favourite authors and when I heard she was releasing a new book, I was soo damn excited! Unfortunately, this book let me down pretty badly. Anyway, you can read my review of her other books, How to Say I Love You Out Loud, here and How to Keep Rolling After a Fall, here.

Alyssa has her summer perfectly plan out. She’s going to focus more of her job as a Princess in a theme park along with spending time with her boyfriend who is coming for a visit. But things start going the opposite direction that Alyssa had planned. She could let how things are happening to go on or she could take everything in her hands, now the question is what would she do?

I had so much expectation from this book. Usually, her books grasp you from the very first page but for this book, I struggled to finish it. One of my major problem was I couldn’t connect with the characters at all, and that being mainly Alyssa. Although I did love her dedication towards her work but sometimes it felt she was too overfocused on her relationship, which I think deep down even she knew it wasn’t working. Jake felt superficial from the very start and I knew there was something wrong with him and after the truth comes out, I loathed him.

As the story progressed I hoped something or the other would happen that would make me rethink my rating for this book. But nothing sort of interesting ever happened, the events of this book kind of felt a bit repetitive. Alyssa’s friend, Miller was a great guy and it proved you can find your prince charming where you least expect it, but frankly, I couldn’t see an ounce of chemistry between him and Alyssa. The thing is we don’t really get so much of Miller, just a glimpse here and there and suddenly Alyssa is feeling different towards him and everything just felt completely random.

I did enjoy the ending but it didn’t manage to satisfy me either. The progression of the story was pretty slow throughout the entire book and I was so bored throughout the whole thing though there were some parts which I actually enjoyed. I did want to dnf it at some point too but I somehow managed to trudge through to the end.

Overall, The Truth About Happily Ever After was a disappointing read. Although the plot was executed neatly, it just felt meh and the characters didn’t manage to make it any exciting either though the writing was smooth and easy to read. I hope her next book lives up to my expectations!

Recommend it?

Maybe.


So, guys have you read this book yet? If yes, what were your thoughts about this one? 

Review: Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin

Title: Secrets of a Reluctant Princess
Author: Casey Griffin
Standalone
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count and Format: 320 pages, Ebook
Published: March 7th, 2017 by Entangled: Teen
Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

At Beverly Hills High, you have to be ruthless to survive…

Adrianna Bottom always wanted to be liked. But this wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Now, she’s in the spotlight…and out of her geeky comfort zone. She’ll do whatever it takes to turn the rumor mill in her favor—even if it means keeping secrets. So far, it’s working.

Wear the right clothes. Say the right things. Be seen with the right people.

Kevin, the adorable sketch artist who shares her love of all things nerd, isn’t exactly the right people. But that doesn’t stop Adrianna from crushing on him. The only way she can spend time with him is in disguise, as Princess Andy, the masked girl he’s been LARPing with. If he found out who she really was, though, he’d hate her.

The rules have been set. The teams have their players. Game on.


So, this one was a bummer for me. I wanted to like this book but it was simply impossible to do so.

Adrianna or Andy’s family came into the limelight overnight when his father’s business shot to fame. Now, they are even having their own reality tv show but all Andy wants is freedom from all the cameramen following her everywhere. With Kevin, she feels like she can be normal but becomes difficult when she is warned not to mix with him because he’s the school nerd. The only way she breathes in peace for a little while is by LARping but when all the secrets explode in her face, she has to step up in her game or lose everything.

The plot was enjoyable but a lot predictable. I almost DNF’ed it because it felt it was not going anywhere but it suddenly picked up momentum. This book had its moments but the negative factors overpowered it. When Andy’s family shoots to fame, they sign a contract for a reality tv show which becomes a complete nightmare for Andy. I don’t understand one thing, why does most of the parents in YA makes shitty decisions all the time, they seem less matured than the kids which is completely lame! Likewise, even when Andy’s parents knew what she was going through they didn’t do anything for a long time except for some screaming sometimes but it is not much until later that they take strict decisions.

I didn’t connect with the characters much either. I felt bad for Andy, though, she was in this mess because of her parent’s business but she didn’t stand up to her choices either but it was still understandable since she was bullied in her previous school for the very same reason. I wanted to like Kevin but he was too quick to judge and I am not much of a fan of people who judge too quickly even without knowing the other side of the story.

I really, really hated Lennox, he seemed quite unaware of that fact that NO MEANS NO!! It was later revealed that he was mostly acting due to Corbin’s talking but that doesn’t make this any okay! I don’t know how everything was rainbow and sunshine, in the end, all of it felt very unrealistic. Also, the LARing was kind of boring to read as well, I mostly skimmed those sections.

Overall, Secrets of a Reluctant Princess wasn’t much of a good read. The plot and the characters were predictable. The writing was easy to read but the pace differed throughout the book.

Recommend it?

No.


So guys, have you picked this one up yet? If yes, did you enjoy it or was it a miss for you like me? Is it in your tbr?

Review: Spindle by Shonna Slayton

Title: Spindle

Author: Shonna Slayton

Standalone

Genre: Fantasy, Historical, [Young-Adult]

Heat Rating: Cool

Page Count and Format: 400 pages, Ebook

Published: October 4th 2016 by Entangled: Teen

Source: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating: PicsArt_1444558655390

Blurb (from Goodreads):

In a world where fairies lurk and curses linger, love can bleed like the prick of a finger.

Briar Rose knows her life will never be a fairy tale. She’s raising her siblings on her own, her wages at the spinning mill have been cut, and the boy she thought she had a future with has eyes for someone else. Most days it feels like her best friend, Henry Prince, is the only one in her corner…though with his endless flirty jokes, how can she ever take him seriously?

When a mysterious peddler offers her a “magic” spindle that could make her more money, sneaking it into the mill seems worth the risk. But then one by one, her fellow spinner girls come down with the mysterious sleeping sickness—and Briar’s not immune.

If Briar wants to save the girls—and herself—she’ll have to start believing in fairy tales…and in the power of a prince’s kiss.


USEEEEEEEEE

I had such high hopes for this book but I’m sad to say it disappointed me on a massive level. Spindle isn’t exactly a retelling but it’s more like a sequel of Sleeping Beauty. I was immediately intrigued by the blurb but I lost interest in the story pretty soon.

Briar works in a spinning mill to keep her family stable. But one of her frames doesn’t work really well and when she gets a spindle as a gift from a peddler she snatches the opportunity. One by one, all the girls in the mill start falling sick due to the sleeping sickness. Briar notices those are the girls who meddled with her particular spindle. When Briar learns the truth, will she able to save everybody or will she succumb to her prey like everybody else?

The plot held so much promise but sadly it felt flat for me. I was bored to death. The story was followed after a lot of years after Sleeping Beauty’s tale but even if she woke up, the curse was not fully destroyed and somehow it could point its way to Briar. But nothing much happened throughout the entire book, I even considered DNF-ing it but I somehow trudged through. When I reached 50%, the plot started thickening, it felt like the story was finally moving but it lost its pace again until the last 10% of the book.

Briar is a caring and hard working girl who is doing everything to save her brothers and sister after her parents’ death. I loved her relationship with her siblings. After she replaces her old spindle with the new wooden one gifted by a peddler, the girls in her floor start falling sick and when she learns the truth she is horrified. I liked her will to save the other girls even if it meant she would lose her job. But the twists and turns were predictable and I was able to guess them pretty much at the beginning.

I didn’t know what to feel about Henry, he seemed sweet but kind of clingy though my opinion about him changed later. Fanny was the one character I loved immediately, she was so full of life. Though the last few chapters were a bit interesting, the ending felt rushed and everything happened all of a sudden, it didn’t feel real.

Overall, Spindle was sadly a disappointment. The plot failed to hold my interested and the characters were okay. I couldn’t feel any chemistry between Henry and Briar either. The writing was smooth and easy to read but the pace was too slow for my taste. 

Recommend it?

No.


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Sooo guys what do you think about this book? Is it already in your tbr? Are you looking forward to reading it or have you read it yet? Share your thoughts with me!