Reviewing the Unreviewed: February 2019

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.


99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne. Read February 1-2. 3 Stars. 

After reading a lot of mixed reviews, I went into this one cautiously and I think that helped. I mostly enjoyed it, but I did have some issues with it. I felt like Thorne tried just a little too hard to make Darcy the complete opposite of nice, people-pleasing Lucy from The Hating Game. She was a little too much sometimes. I did like the general storyline of the romance between childhood friends and Darcy’s relationship with her twin brother. I just felt like so much of the story was overtaken with Darcy’s pervy thoughts about Tom. I thought it really cheapened the love story. Overall, I liked the beginning and the end, but most of the middle I just kind of got through. I have to say, though, my favorite part of the whole thing was that there was bonus content that included an epilogue for The Hating Game. This may not be one I would want to read again, but I’d still be interested in more from Thorne in the future.


The Foxe & the Hound by R.S. Grey. Read January 31 – February 4. 3 Stars

This one was just ok for me. I thought it was going to be a fake relationship story, but that plot line only lasts about a chapter, which was disappointing to me. I liked the characters and the dog and there were some funny moments, but overall I don’t think this is one that will leave any kind of lasting impression for me.


Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West. Read February 5-6. 4 Stars. 

Another enjoyable Kasie West book. I liked the movie set atmosphere and the characters and the romance was cute. The movie scenes left a little to be desired for me, though. If you like West’s other books, you’ll like this one, too.


Text Me Baby One More Time (Text #4) by Teagan Hunter. Read February 10-11. 3.5 Stars. 

Another enjoyable book in the Text series. Hunter’s writing is really addictive which makes these pretty fast reads. When the main characters of this book appeared in previous books I didn’t really care for either of them at all, so I was happy that I did like them here. I liked their texting past and the whole hate-to-love thing. This series is a little more full-on Romance Novel then I usually read and I feel like as the series goes on they keep getting more explicit, which I don’t love, but it was still a fun read overall.


King of the Friend Zone (Power of the Matchmaker) by Sheralyn Pratt. Read February 17-20. 3 Stars. 

This was just ok for me. Esme kind of infuriated me about half the time. I liked Hunter a little more, but he was a bit of a hothead, so I didn’t love him as much I had hoped for. The whole magic cookie lady thing was a bit odd. This book has been on my TBR for quite a while, so I’m glad I read it, but it’s not one I would be interested in reading again.


Dizzy by Nyrae Dawn and Jolene Perry. Read February 20-23. 3 Stars.

Parts of this were cute, but for the most part a whole lot of nothing happened. I also found the whole plot surrounding the couple getting married odd. They’re in college (sophomores or juniors, I can’t remember) and get engaged and then decide to take a semester off to plan the wedding and get married. And all the parents are just fine with it. And there’s no talk about where they’ll live or how they’ll support themselves – although the guy’s family is super rich, so I guess he has a trust fund to take care of them? It just seemed really irresponsible to me. I think it would have made more sense if they had just graduated college. Anyways, this was another book that’s been on my TBR for a long time and I’m glad to get it off the list. 


A Curse so Dark and Lonely (A Curse so Dark and Lonely #1) by Brigid Kemmerer. Read February 25-27. 3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this one. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairytales, so I’m always up for a good re-telling and I thought this did a decent job of that. There were times it felt really reminiscent of A court of Thorns and Roses, but I ultimately thought this one was better written. I liked Rhen and Grey a lot. I completely despised Harper for about the first half of the book, though. I really have a hard time connecting with characters that are so antagonistic and needlessly reckless. She eventually got a little better for me. I did like the romance, though it wasn’t as prevalent as I would have expected. I also didn’t realize this is a series and am kind of disappointed by that. With just a couple of small changes, this could have very easily been a standalone and I would have been happy with it. I’ll read the next book, but it’s not going to make my “most anticipated” list or anything.



Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. I could not concentrate on anything, so I decided to re-read something so I could skim through it, but then I got invested and there was no skimming and I basically read this book in one sitting. Loved it just as much as the first time around.



What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon. DNF-ed at 47%. Though I have definitely enjoyed both from time to time, I’m not currently much of a fan of Historical Fiction or Fantasy. I have never really cared for time-traveling plots in particular. However, I’m a big fan of Amy Harmon and that’s why I picked up this book. Unfortunately, it was not enough for me to love it. I had a really hard time getting into the story and I decided to set it down for awhile and I read a couple of other books. I finally tried picking this up again and still couldn’t get into it. It was at 47% that I decided to stop reading and then I just kind of skimmed to the end. I didn’t really find the end very satisfying (mostly due to my time-traveling plotline feelings) so I’m glad I decided to call it when I did. However, everyone else I know has loved it and I wish Harmon nothing but the best. I’ll still definitely be picking up more books from her in the future.


Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner. DNF at 23%. I just couldn’t get into this book at all. I think it will have a very specific audience that will love it, but I am not that audience. I found it kind of depressing and quirky and other than the very pretty cover, I don’t really have anything positive to say about it and I really couldn’t make myself read anymore. I found Sam incredibly off-putting. I found the writing in her chapters especially were just not my style.

*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****

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Passion on Park Avenue (Central Park Pact #1) by Lauren Layne – 3 Stars

Fumbled (Playbook #2) by Alexa Martin – 4 Stars

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin – 3 Stars

10 thoughts on “Reviewing the Unreviewed: February 2019

  1. I’m sorry to hear you had to DNF What The Wind Knows! But if you’re not in the mood for historical fiction and timetravel elements I understand that puts a damper on things… I’m really curious to see what I’ll make of 99 Percent Mine though, because while I did enjoy The Hating Game it sounds like this one has some elements that will put me off. A Curse So Dark And Lonely sounds great though!

    • What The Wind Knows just wasn’t for me, unfortunately. 99 Percent Mine was disappointing compared to The Hating Game. There are some things to still like about it, but it’s not one I want to read again. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it. I think you would maybe like A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

  2. 99 percent Mine was a disappointment for me! I hated Darcy’s pervy and obsessive thoughts! She was no fun! I recently finished A curse So Dark and Lonely and I really liked it but I also agree with you that it could’ve been a bit better. I’m sorry Amy Harmon’s book was a DNF for you! I haven’t read it because that book is not for me.

    • Yes, Darcy was so pervy! The whole undertone was just off-putting. I’m glad you enjoyed A Curse so Dark and Lonely, too! And it’s good that you know the new Amy Harmon just wouldn’t be for you. I didn’t think it would be for me either, but I still spent a lot of time confirming it :-/

  3. It’s my favorite post of the month…!
    I still have to read 99 Percent Mine! I have it. Maybe next week. I like that your comments were mostly positive.
    Sorry I told you to give Foxe & the Hound a try. I thought it would be one of her books that might be okay for you.
    I also have West’s book and have yet to read it. I love her stuff, so that should be a good one for me — at least you say it is. 😉
    I’m bummed Amy Harmon’s book didn’t work out for you. I loved it.
    I’m curious to read both your Fumbled and Park Ave reviews. I need to pick up Park Ave. I’ve been saving it for some weird reason.

    • 🙂 I hope you enjoy 99 Percent Mine a little more than I did. There were things to like about it, but it was disappointing compared to The Hating Game. The Foxe and the Hound was a good recommendation, I think. The content was more of a “Stephanie” book than a lot of her others, it just wasn’t one that really stands out. I hope you enjoy the new Kasie West book! It’s not a new favorite, but it was enjoyable. I’m glad you enjoyed the new Harmon book more than I did. I know I’m the black sheep when it comes to that book. I hope that you enjoy the Park Avenue book a little more than I did, too. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t quite as good as I hoped. I’m really looking forward to what I assume will be book 3 in the series, though, because of the characters it will focus on (kind of like waiting for Kate and Kennedy’s book).

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  5. (Still catching up on posts haha) Just have to say that when I was eliminating stuff from the TBR, I really tried to think about what tropes/plot devices I actually don’t like – and I realized that time traveling was one of them! I almost always end up aggravated with them. I still want to read some Amy Harmon sometime, but I’m glad I don’t have to worry about this one haha

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