Reviewing the Unreviewed: April 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.

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Defy Me (Shatter Me #5) by Tahereh Mafi. Read April 7-8. 3 Stars. 

This was SO MUCH BETTER than the previous book in this series. It still didn’t really do much to advance the plot, but there was a lot of background information revealed that I found interesting. I am a little annoyed that it makes pretty much everything that happened in the original trilogy obsolete, but I’m rolling with it.

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Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson. Read April 9-11. 3.5 Stars. 

Addictive writing and an intriguing premise kept me turning the pages on this. I found Matthew kind of fascinating. There was one big twist that I suspected awhile before it was revealed, but then Swanson still managed to surprise me by something after that, which I liked. However, I found the ending pretty underwhelming.

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The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton. Read April 23-25. 3 Stars. 

This wasn’t a bad read, but it never quite lived up to it’s potential. I wanted it to get really crazy and fun, and while there was some definite crazy behavior, it never really felt fun. I actually wished some of Juliette’s plans actually panned out the way she thought they would because that would have made it a little more entertaining. But mostly I just ended up feeling sorry for her and wishing she would get some help. I thought it was a little too open-ended, too. This isn’t one I would discourage you from reading, but I’m not going to recommend it either.

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Royally Screwed (Royally #2) by Emma Chase. Read April 20-25. 3 Stars. 

It took me quite awhile to get into this, but I eventually started to enjoy it. There were some funny parts. It was just a lot cruder at times than I prefer so that took a lot of the enjoyment out of the book for me, overall.

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The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth. Read April 25-26. 4 Stars. 

This wasn’t really anything like I thought it would be, but I enjoyed it. The writing was super addictive and I had a hard time putting it down. The character development was well done and while I wasn’t shocked by who the murderer turned out to be, it wasn’t my first guess, either.

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

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Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker and The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. I read several chapters of Keep Her Safe and one chapter of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, but couldn’t really get into either of them. I’ll give them both another try again, though.

*****DNF*****

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How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper. DNF-ed at 29%. I thought the concept for this was really intriguing, but I ended up just not being able to connect with the story. There were times where I found it relatable and funny and other times where I thought the humor fell pretty flat. I read 29% before it started to lose my attention. I decided to set it down to read something else and planned to come back to it, but after reading several other books I couldn’t make myself pick this one back up. While I’m sure that there people who will enjoy this book, it’s just not for me. 

*I received a copy of this title via NetGalley.

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

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Just One of the Groomsmen by Cindi Madsen – 4 Stars

Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker – 3.5 Stars

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg – 4 Stars

The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen  Hoang – 3 Stars

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14 thoughts on “Reviewing the Unreviewed: April 2019

  1. I need to read the new KA Tucker…other books just jump in the way. Lol. I’m glad you enjoyed The Mother-in-Law. It seems to have mixed reviews, but I loved it! I am anxiously waiting for the new Peter Swanson audio hold from my library. I like his books on audio.

  2. I didn’t love Keep Her Safe, but loved Evelyn Hardcastle although it was a confusing read and I needed to take some notes and remind myself who was who, but worth the work! Hope you have a good book this week Stephanie!

  3. I have that KA Tucker book to read. I was hoping you would rate it higher. I’m curious to read it and also read your review. I’m also curious about your The Bride Test review because I loved that one.

  4. It’s funny how we all have such different opinions on the same book. I read The Perfect Girlfriend after a friend highly recommended it. I really enjoyed it to, but like you was a bit unsatisfied with the ending.
    Amanda.

  5. Great reviews! I’m glad defy me was much better the previous book! I haven’t read restore me yet but I’m planning to get to it soon. The Bride Test is on my next month TBR list! I’ve heard great things about Seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle! I’m sorry you couldn’t get into it. I haven’t read it yet but I really want to give it a shot.

    • Thanks!! I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the newest Shatter Me books. I hope you like The Bride Test a little more than I did. There are lots of things to like about it, but it ended up a little underwhelming for me. I’ve heard great things about the Evelyn Hardcastle book, too, so I know I will need to give it antoher shot when I’m in the right mood for it.

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