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.
The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda. Read July 30-August 2. 3 Stars.
I liked this for awhile, but it kind of got old fast. It was really repetitive with not a lot really happening. You can tell right away that Jane is a sociopath, but she was still fun to read. It either says something about the writing or just how much I hate cheaters that I felt a little sorry for her when it came to her husband. But for real, he also wasn’t a good person. I had high hopes for a good twist at the end, but I guessed every single reveal well in advance. I also thought the last chapter was kind of lame and the book ended on a bit of a sour note for me. It might still be worth the read for fans of unreliable narrators.
The Best Thing by Mariana Zapata. Read August 23-26. 3.5 Stars
A sweet story, but a little too long (like all of Zapata’s books). It involves my least favorite trope, but it didn’t end up being as frustrating as I thought it would be. I liked the characters and the romance.
Mine by Courtney Cole. Read August 27-28. 4 Stars.
Super addictive writing made this one hard to put down. I loved the alternating POVs and timelines. Both Tessa and Lindsey were pretty crazy and I was having a fun, if slightly horrified, time reading about them, but the last few chapters were kind of a let down. I expected a crazy twist or explosive ending, but it didn’t go that route.
***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***SPOILERS***I don’t like that there’s no definitive answer to what Tessa decides to do with her marriage. It kind of sounds like she decides to stay with her husband and that’s frustrating to me. It’s one thing to try to work things out if someone makes a mistake and are sincerely sorry about it, but that is not the type of person Ethan is. He’s a serial cheater and liar and only apologizes if he’s caught. I also read that the author decided to write this book after finding out about her own husband cheating. I don’t know what the current status of her marriage is, but in the About the Author section it mentions that she lives with “her husband and kids”, so I’m assuming she decided to stay with him. I just hope he’s a much better person than fictional Ethan is.
*****Books with Future Reviews Scheduled*****
29 Seconds by T.M. Logan – 2 Stars
Woman in the Water by Katerina Diamond – 3.5 Stars
Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren – 3 Stars
13 thoughts on “Reviewing the Unreviewed: August 2019”
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, even if they aren’t “full” reviews! I have some new ones to add to my TBR now.
Thanks! I hope you see something that you will enjoy!
I liked Twice in a Blue Moon, but it wasn’t my favorite CL book. I started the audio of The Favorite Daughter and then had other books come in and it went back on the list. I don’t know if I even want to listen to it. Lol. I have so many others I want to listen to more.
It might be worth the listen, but I think you’re ok with moving on to other things.
I love unreliable narrators, but if you didn’t love it then I don’t want to read that first book.
I am so happy you enjoyed the characters and romance of The Best Thing!
You might enjoy it more than I did? But I think you’re fine skipping it, too.
All these covers are so eye catching, it’s easy to be attracted to them. Mine sounds really good – I didn’t read the spoilers so this one’s an option for me!
Thanks! Mine was definitely an interesting read. I hope you enjoy it if you decided to read it!
Thanks, I’ll let you know 🙂
Wonderful shorties! I definitely can’t wait to try Mine and I’m curious to see why 29 Seconds didn’t work for you. Could it be the sexual harassment and how characters behaved and were treated?
Thanks! How the character being harassed responded really brought the book down for me. But also the whole “29 Seconds” concept ended up being kind of ridiculous and didn’t really follow through well on it.
Ah yes I do relate to that as well.
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