Review Round-Ups are posts were I review multiple books at once. However the reviews are slightly shorter than what I normally do. That could be cause I don’t have a lot to say. Or it could be because it’s been some time since I read the book. In that case I don’t want to write a review that might misinform you so I stay short and sweet.
For today’s round-ups we’re heading back to 2017 and to three of the books I read last year. Specifically that is When It’s Real by Erin Watt, Geekerella by Ashley Poston and I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin.
So, without further ado, let’s get to it!
Have you ever had one of those books were you’re like: OMG! I have to read this when it’s released! Only to have a massive brainfart and forget about it? Yeah that’s what happened here.
When I heard that Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin were writing a novel I was really stoked because I’ve enjoyed watching them both on BuzzFeed and on their own YouTube channel.
I Hate Everyone But You is a fun light novel that I quite enjoyed, especially because it’s an epistolary novel which I really love. I liked both Ava and Gen though both drove me mad at times and made me want to pull my hair. Still, it was an enjoyable read.
I did feel that it moved a little slow, that some things should have been explored more and that it moved a little quick near the end, but otherwise I enjoyed it.
Do I have an addiction to tropes involving a celebrity and a non-celebrity meeting and falling in love? Maybe. Am I going to admit to it? Nope.
So When It’s Real is at it’s core a book about a famous guy meeting a non-famous girl. However there’s a slight difference which is that the girl is hired to be the famous guy, Oakley’s, girlfriend to give his image some much needed maturity.
However, despite a first meeting that seems unlikely to develop into anything more than grudging acceptance, things change as the two are forced to make the world believe they are in a relationship.
It’s a fun book and a very easy read and the first half, or two thirds, of the book flew by. I felt it got a little slow near the end and the climax was… Predictable, which I predicted it would be. It’s not bad, but it’s not mind blowing either. I did feel like the characters needed to talk a little by the end of the book, but otherwise I quite enjoyed this.
It’s a fun, quick and engaging read that took me very little time to get through and I quite enjoyed it. I just feel like the ending could have been a little bit better.
I picked up Geekerella for much the same reason I originally picked up Cinder & Ella, which is that it features two things I really like: Cinderella retellings and the trope of a famous person and a non-famous person getting together.
Now, Cinder & Ella is probably my favorite book dealing with both of those things and it’s a hard one to top for me.
So, did Geekerella do it? Well, not really. I certainly enjoyed it and thought it was a fun and light read, but where I feel Cinder & Ella had a good strong ending, Geekerella’s seemed rushed.
That said, I by no means hated it and I truly enjoyed reading it but I did perhaps feel like it fell a bit short. That said that could very well be because I couldn’t stop comparing it to Cinder & Ella which I re-read a few weeks before I read this so that could be affecting my review.
If you want a fun light read about fandom, celebrity, blogging and how it all goes when it meets I would recommend Geekerella but, I’d more strongly recommend that you read Cinder & Ella instead.
So that’s it for this Review Round-up! I do a have a few more books from 2017 that I might be reviewing like this, so you might see this feature again pretty soon.
Have you read any of these books? What were your thoughts on them?