(This is a late post because I’ve been having a hard time focusing on things lately.)
From March 13-March 15, my partner and I participated in a weekend readathon hosted by Tiffany. The goal of the readathon was to get everyone’s mind off of Covid-19 so there was only one rule: No virus talk!
I finished 4 books during this readathon and since I’ve fallen so behind on book reviews, I decided that instead of giving each book it’s own post, I should do a wrap-up with mini-reviews.
Book #1: Bewitched by Kelly Moran (3.5 stars)
Bewitched was a book that I received for free from Booktasters in exchange for an honest review. I wrote a review and posted it on Goodreads and Amazon, so I’ll just paste that review here:
Bewitched was an entertaining read that I really enjoyed. It reminded me a lot of Charmed (sometimes to the point where I felt like it was fanfiction), which is a show that I grew up watching with my sister and binge watched all seasons on Netflix a few years ago. One of the things that I think I should mention is that this book is not as “romance-y” as the cover makes it look. With the shirtless dude on the cover, it seems like this book would be super steamy but there are only around three sexual scenes and they’re pretty short/tame. The book focuses a lot more on the actual plot than the sex, which is something that I can appreciate.
The characters were all pretty likable for who they were. I actually think the character I liked the least was Kaida because she was basically always crying or on the verge of crying. Pull yourself together, Kaida! I am guessing that the next two books must be written to focus on Ceara and Fiona and I’m very interested in learning more about them. They’re both very intriguing characters!
Book #2: Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith (4 stars)
I really enjoyed this book and its characters! I find that I often dislike YA protagonists so it was nice to find two characters that I could relate to and cheer on. What I appreciated most about this book was the fact that it tackled a lot of sexism/racism that gamers experience online and how prevalant bullies (and bully sympethiseraz) are in the world.
There was one particular thing in the book that upset me and it was “amazingegg”. If you’ve read the book, you might remember what I’m talking about. What this word seemed to indicate to me was poor copy editing because my best guess as to why it is in the book is because Eric Smith wanted to explore a plot arc, ultimately decided against it, but forgot to remove the word from earlier on in the story.
Book #3: Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed (2.5 stars)
This was a book that I was looking forward to because I had heard a lot about it. I basically only ever heard good things so I figured there was no way it could go wrong. Sadly, I was mistaken.
The worst part about this book was that I HATED almost every character. I felt like all of them had personalities that involved being terrible to everyone around them and not feeling bad about it. I didn’t feel like any of the characters developed in the book to learn from their mistakes. I’m actually amazed at how much I enjoyed the romance plot of the book considering how much I hated the two love interests.
Book #4: The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (4.5 stars)
This is another book that I had seen a lot on Book Twitter and heard good things about. Thankfully, I really enjoyed this book! It was not at all what I was expecting and it took me a while to get used to the writing style (particularly Leon’s chapters) but it ultimately had great character development and a very interesting plot.
Something that I do want to warn readers about though is that this book deals heavily with emotional/sexual abuse. If that is something that might trigger you, maybe skip this read.