Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2018

I read a lot of books that I don’t end up reviewing for whatever reason. Some because I wasn’t impressed. Some because I didn’t have the time. Some I just wasn’t feeling it on whatever particular day I finished. Reviewing the Unreviewed is my monthly post where I share my few thoughts on all the books I didn’t formally review.

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Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher. Read September 28-30 (yes, this was September, but I finished it late in the month and it didn’t make the last post). 3.5 Stars. 

I started out really liking this and just how crazy all the characters are. I was completely addicted. But then about half way through I started to get a little bored. I thought things drug out a little long. And I was expecting Jolene to really be more crazy than the other two and have some master plan or something, but I found her incredibly boring. I kept waiting for something completely shocking to happen at the end and was left really underwhelmed. ****Maybe a spoiler-alert??? So is this story supposed to be something that actually happened in real life to the author? Is that what the ending means? If it is, it kind of annoys me that the story had to rely on something outside of itself and couldn’t stand alone. If that’s not what it was supposed to mean….then what was the point?? Can someone please fill me in!!

**Note: I did get some comments when I posted this review on Goodreads that this story is in fact based on something that happened to the author. While it’s crazy, I still wish it would’ve been addressed in an Author Note or something instead of having the twist at the end be “this is based on true events.”

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Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. Read October 5-6. 4 Stars. 

First, I want to say a big thanks to Brandie for giving this to me for my birthday last year! I also want to say I’m sorry it took me so long to read it! Though there were a few things I didn’t like (I thought dressing up the statue of Jesus was a little offensive), overall I thought it was a great story about family and communication and forgiveness. I can definitely relate to secret-keeping and lack of communication in family. I loved the characters, even when they sometimes frustrated me, and their whole quirky living situation was kind of fascinating. I am not the CoHo fangirl so many are, but this has been the second book of hers I’ve had a hard time putting down. I liked that the angsty romance wasn’t the main focus of this book, too. I really enjoyed this and definitely recommend it!

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Reluctantly Married (Married #2) by Victorine E. Lieske. Read October 14-15. 4 Stars. 

This was a super cute fake relationship story. I liked both the main characters and was definitely rooting for them. While it could have been maybe a little better plotted, I just enjoyed reading it so much that I’m bumping my rating up to 4 stars. I also thought this was a good example of how a Romance can still bring all the feelings without any of the graphic content, which is always a plus in my book.

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Acting Married (Married #5) by Victorine E. Lieske. Read October 16-17. 3.5 Stars.

Another cute, sweet fake-relationship story. This was a super quick read with likable characters. There was one major thing that bothered me, though. Tara sometimes acted like she had no say whatsoever in what happened. Like in the beginning when the topic of getting married to save Rick’s image comes up and was dismissed she says something like, “Thank goodness he didn’t insist.” Like because she was one of the maids in his employment she wouldn’t be able to say no if he really insisted? There were a few things like that that bugged me. But overall, it was cute and I shipped the romance.

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Blissfully Married (Married #4) by Victorine E. Liekse. Read October 18-19. 2.5 Stars. 

I did not like this book nearly as much as the other books in the series I’ve read. I had a really hard time liking Sidney. Blake was a little better, but I honestly didn’t care much for him either. I just couldn’t understand any of the choices Sidney made and found her really annoying. I also didn’t really get why Blake pursued her so hard. While I definitely recommend this series to Fake Relationship fans, I think it’s ok if you skip this one.

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Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls #2) by Julie Cross. Read October 23-25. 3 Stars. 

There were parts of this book I really liked and enjoyed, but there were also very large portions where I was just rolling my eyes a lot. I don’t remember a whole lot of the first book in this series, but I definitely didn’t like Haley in that book (though she did kind of redeem herself by the end). I honestly didn’t really like her any better here. She really annoyed me about 90% of the time. I did like Fletcher, though. I thought the severity of his allergies were a little inconsistent throughout the book, but I did find everything he had to go through because of them interesting.

*****Back on the TBR*****

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Betrayed (Rosato & DiNunzio #2) by Lisa Scottoline. Some day I will actually get this book from the library and read more than a chapter. It just wasn’t this month.

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. After loving the Beartown series I decided to give this book a try. I only got a couple chapters in and just wasn’t into it. I’ll try it again someday, though.

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Say You Will (Summerhill #1) by Kate Perry. This book has been on my radar for years, but it’s never been at the library. Recently it was a free Kindle book and I snatched it up. Unfortunately, I just had such a hard time getting into it. I really disliked almost all the characters and pretty much everything they did. I’ll give it a try another time, though.

*****Book with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – 4 Stars

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – 3 Stars

The Smiling Man (Aidan Waits Thriller #2) by Joseph Knox – 4 Stars

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21 thoughts on “Reviewing the Unreviewed: October 2018

  1. I just loved Anon Girl! It is just my kind of psy. thriller I think. You have me super curious about Bad Mommy!! Going to research it some more now. And….you also got me on the last 2 Lieske books (the others seem to be lacking)! Maybe I need these!!

    • I was a little disappointed with An Anonymous Girl. I think my expectations were just sky high due to how much I loved The Wife Between Us. I expected to be surprised a lot, but I guessed everything before it happened with this one. Bad Mommy was definitely interesting, but I’m just really not ok with how the author decided to end it. The Liekse books are great when you’re in the mood for something light and fluffy and quick!

  2. I am SO happy you enjoyed Without Merit!! It is really different than her usual books, but I think that’s what makes it good. I have a copy of Ove, but haven’t tried it yet. I feel like nothing will live up to the Beartown books. Bad Mommy is definitely strange and I wish Tarryn would share more about the true story and who her real-like Fig is.

    • Thank you again for giving me Without Merit! Angsty romance is not usually something I really enjoy, so I liked that this one was about so much more than the romance. I agree it will be super hard to top Beartown. I think you’ll really have to be in the right mood when you start it, which I definitely wasn’t. I would like more of the real life story with Tarryn, too. I wish she would’ve kept it all for an Author Note and gave the book a real ending, though.

  3. I am bummed you didn’t love Bad Mommy. Although, it’s one I didn’t think would be your thing. I loved that book. I think you liked Without Merit more than I did. That’s my least favorite CoHo book.

    • I really enjoyed Bad Mommy for awhile. It just all fell apart for me in the last section. I’m just not ok with the way it ended. I think I liked Without Merit more than I have her other books because the angsty romance played a smaller part. However, the angsty romance is what people usually want when they read CoHo so I can see why not everyone liked it as much haha.

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  5. Oh I have been reading a couple of those fake relationship stories by Lieske, although I haven’t reviewed them yet. They are pretty relaxing, so good recommendation on those haha

  6. I love reading your summaries because they give me ideas! I’ve never read a Lisa Scottoline book but our mystery book club is reading Exposed in November. It looks like a fast read. I look forward to seeing what you think about Betrayed. As for A Man Called Ove, I’ve read two other books by Backman (My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry and Britt Marie Was Here). I didn’t really like My Grandmother, but I liked Britt Marie a lot. But I’m not sure I’ll read A Man Called Ove. There are so many books on my list, I get a bit overwhelmed!

    • Thanks! I hope you enjoy the Scottoline book! If you ever get the chance to see her in person, do it because she is a hoot! If you’re going to read another Backman book I definitely recommend the Beartown books. They’re a couple of my favorite books of the year!

      • Oh that’s good to know on all points. One of my work friends went to Lisa Scottoline’s house for lunch. It was fun to hear her talk about it! I may go back to Backman and read another – thanks for the recommendation!

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  8. Without Merit isn’t my favourite CoHo book (I think she was trying to incorporate too much into it) but it was a very unique read and I was definitely sucked in.

    I’ve never read a Man Called Ove but I watched the movie and it was so great! I know the book is supposed to be fabulous but I think you really need to be in the right mood to get into it (based on the movie).

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