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Crave by Tracy Wolff, published 2020

This is a blatant Twilight knockoff, and I have deeply mixed feelings about it. For starters, I didn’t like the writing style; I felt it didn’t match the main character's personality. Once I got past that, I was confronted with the first half of this book. The first half is completely different from the second half, in my opinion, so I’m going to tackle them one at a time. In the beginning half of this book, the main character was annoying, clueless, and to be quite frank, dumb. She was clearly missing obvious red flags that were waving around right beneath her nose, and it ticked me off that she was that deep in denial. I mean, c’mon, even the boys I go to school with aren’t that stupid.  Anyway, moving on to the second half of this book. I gotta say, the second half blew my mind. It’s so dynamic, action packed, the perfect balance of everything. I could not put this book down once I read the second half.  Balancing it out, the first half got one star and the second hal

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord, published 2020

  I cannot begin to properly convey how cute this book is. It had me smiling and giggling, I absolutely loved it. The characters were loveable, and I really felt connected with them, like I’d slowly gotten to know them better over the course of the book.  However, I felt like some of the parts were unnecessary and confusing. The ending tripped me up because it kind of went from being a romance to a mystery novel? It seemed like the author started with this really great concept, but laid down some really weird, completely unrealistic plot points, and then went back and tried to fix it. For example, something weird would happen, and then the author kind of used that to fix something else, then used that to fix the original weirdness. It was a bit stressful trying to connect the dots. But, all in all, this is a good book. I liked the play on meet-cute that the author cut into the title. That made me smile a little. I recommend it to anyone looking for a really adorable book. You can

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, published 2011

     I picked this book up because it had really great reviews. But I'm not going to lie, I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I felt like the main characters didn't click as well as they should, and I'm not sure what to make out of the bad-guy-also-seeming-like-a-good-guy thing. Some of the writing choices also left me unsatisfied.     In the beginning, the main character thought in poems. This made her seem like she was complex and you would slowly unravel her character throughout the book, but that didn’t happen and I don't think it will in future books. She was slightly insane at the beginning, so I thought that maybe her poem-like thoughts symbolized her insanity, but if anything, she just got more insane as the book went on while the poems completely stopped for no apparent reason.      The ending also didn't do it for me. The cliffhanger wasn't much of a cliffhanger, and I was disappointed that I didn't feel more compelled to read the nex