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Review : The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted by on April 14, 2017 4:07 pm in 4.5 stars reads | 2 comments

the hating gameThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Pages : 384
Genre : Contemporary Fiction
Stand alone
My Rating : 4.5/5

About the Book  :

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome; 2) A person’s undoing; 3) Joshua Templeman.

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

My Thoughts :

To think I was so hesitant about reading The Hating Game – and I ended up loving it so much!

It’s not often that I read romance novels, but I love a good hate-to-love story, whether it’s about foes becoming friends or enemies becoming lovers. When done well, the tension can create a thrilling atmosphere that makes the predictable new again – and Sally Thorne did really, really well here!

I would venture to say that The Hating Game wasn’t exactly a romance – not as I perceive romance, anyway. I thought it was funny, sexy, swoon-worthy, yes, but not exactly romantic. While Lucy and Joshua’s chemistry is off the charts, the hate part of their story was oftentimes uncomfortable to read.

Which brings me to my next point. A big criticism I’ve read of this book was how problematic the relationship was, how Joshua was a bully and made Lucy cry repetitively. That’s all true and very fair criticism (and probably why I don’t see the novel as very romantic, actually), and because we’re seeing the story from Lucy’s perspective, it’s really easy to empathize with her. But I felt that she wasn’t any better. She reacts so strongly to Joshua, and a lot of it came from her assumptions and prejudices. She gets really mean, too! And in that way, while I wouldn’t put their couple on any kind of pedestal, I felt that they deserve each other. They were both flawed and perfectly suited for each other.

On top of that, the writing was just a lot of fun and the pages flew by. The balance between work, romance, sexiness and drama was just right. I loved Lucy’s relationship with her parents. It wasn’t a very present part of the story but still very important.

Overall, I absolutely adored this book. It was fun, and a tad silly, and a tad over the top at times, but all in a good way. I can’t wait to see what Sally Thorne comes up with next!

Filling the Shelf – 247

Posted by on April 9, 2017 10:26 pm in Book talk | 6 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Good Monday dear readers!

Just like my new books this week are short ones, this will be a short post today! I want to catch up with comments from the past week, and get to bed early, hopefully!

So, four new books this week, but it feels like a small mailbox as none of these are over 250 pages. I’ve had a hard time picking up and finishing a book lately (which one might notice by having a look at my Goodreads page; I believe I’m actively reading 6 books right now, switching from one to the other as my mood changes through the day…) So short books sound like a good idea, and they seem different enough that it might actually work! We’ll see, but in any case I am really excited for all of these!

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The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter –  Dear Ijeawel, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggesions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul

What books did you recently add to your shelves?

 

Review : The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Posted by on April 8, 2017 3:18 am in 4 stars reads | 1 comment

the rest of us just live hereThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Pages :
 336
Genre : YA, Contemporary, Fantasy
Stand alone
My Rating : 4/5

About the Book  :

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

My Thoughts 

I thought this was such a fun idea, making a book not about the Buffy-like character and her Scooby gang, but about all these other kids in school who live in the background (and, let’s be honest, often are the victims). I had one worry going in : that the story would be boring, that I would miss following the action with the “special ones”. I’m happy to report this didn’t happen, and I found the characters of The Rest of Us Just Live Here to be more than enough to keep my interest!

One thing that’s always on my mind when watching shows like Buffy or, though it’s been a while, Vampire Diaries, is how oblivious everyone seems to be to what’s going on in their town. So of course, I quite enjoyed that the characters of this novel were aware of at least some of what is going on. They know magical things are happening, that they come in waves every few years, and that they should stay away from what they call the Indie Kids (a.k.a., the Chosen One and Co.)

There were two more aspects of the book I really enjoyed. The first one was how diverse the cast of characters was. There are a lot of themes for such a small book (gender, anxiety, anorexia, etc.) but it’s brought up very smoothly and naturally, and the characters were very easy to relate to.

I also absolutely loved how, at the beginning of each chapter, we get a little glimpse of what the Indie Kids are up to. It’s written with a lot of humor inspired by some of our favorite (and least favorites, maybe?) TV tropes.

Overall, The Rest of Us Just Live Here was a nice surprise. Because it is much more about the characters than about the action the pace might feel a little slow, but the characters and their interactions were so fun and natural, it was never boring. I definitely need to read some more books by Patrick Ness!

Filling the Shelf – 246

Posted by on April 3, 2017 2:09 am in Book talk | 8 comments

Welcome to Filling the Shelf, or as many of you know it, Mailbox Monday! If you’re interested in joining the fun or seeing what other bloggers added to their shelves, click away! (but beware, visiting other mailboxes will probably add to your neverending wishlist!)

Hello again!

How have you been? It’s been two weeks since my last mailbox and since then, all the snow from the huge snowstorm has melted away. Work is getting a little busier again, but I did manage to do a lot of reading and write posts for a few of these books. I read and really enjoyed Long May She Reign, and later I got angry with the amazing AllegedlyOh, this book!

And now, here we go with two weeks worth of books! So many awesome things!

First, Strange the Dreamer, which we have been looking forward to for… years? It feels like years. But it’s here, and I can’t wait to read it. I was also super excited to find a discounted hardcover copy of The Circle; it’s been on my wishlist for years, and I want to read it before I see the movie.

Getting the last two Harry Potter books on audio was kind of bittersweet. Listening to the series for the first time has felt like a completely new adventure and I almost wish it didn’t have to end – but all great things must. I do think, though, that listening to a few stand alone books after will be refreshing!

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Lab Girl by Hope Jahren – The Circle by Dave Eggers – We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (audio)

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scotch (audio) The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

What books did you recently add to your shelves?