Reviewing the Unreviewed: June 2020

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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Varsity Heartbreaker (Varsity #1) by Ginger Scott. Read. May 29-31 (yes, this was from May, but it was after last month’s feature posted). 3.5 Stars

This started out really slow for me, but after about the first 25%, it did pick up. I spent the first half or so of the book shipping June with Tory, even though I knew it wasn’t going to happen. I felt frustrated by how obsessed June was with Lucas when he had treated her so poorly. It is explained why he pushed her away, but I didn’t think it was necessary for him to be such a douche to her. That said, I did end up liking them together and he could be really sweet. There were a couple scenes I thought were a little too graphic for a YA book. I’m really looking forward to getting to know Tory more in the next book.

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Four Days of You and Me by Miranda Kenneally. Read May 31-June 11. 2 Stars. 

This was kind of disappointing. I thought Lulu and Alex’s relationship was toxic for half the time and a little too co-dependent the other half. They didn’t treat other people they dated in between very well, either. The execution of the concept was done kind of oddly, too. You expect the story to focus on four separate days, but it felt like it spent more time on flashbacks than on the actual days. All of the characters were also extremely immature and it made me cringe with how much sexual content there was.

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The Guest List by Lucy Foley. Read June 7-11. 3 Stars. 

This started out really well for me, but I didn’t think it ended very strong. I loved the use of multiple POVs and timelines. I thought they were well done and Foley did a good job of making me suspect multiple people. Some of the twists and connections felt just a little too convenient, though. I also didn’t love the end. I wanted more closure on what happened to the characters afterwards, especially one couple that really needs either massive couples therapy or a divorce. I also thought the pace was a little slow and even though this book wasn’t very long, it felt like it was.

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The House Guest by Mark Edwards. Read June 15-16. 4 Stars. 

This was my first book by Mark Edwards and it definitely won’t be my last. I enjoyed the characters and the mystery. There were several twists I guessed before they were revealed, but there were several others that managed to surprise me. I’m looking forward to checking out some of his other books.

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Faked by Karla Sorensen. Read June 16-18. 4 Stars. 

This was cute. It took a different direction than I thought it would, but it didn’t take me long to get on board. I thought Bauer’s feelings were a little too insta-lovey at first, but I definitely shipped him and Claire together. I thought they worked together really well. This might be my favorite book by this author so far.

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Rich Prick by Tijan. Read June 18-20. 3.5 Stars. 

This was ridiculous, but in that enjoyable Tijan sort of way. It took me awhile to get into, but I eventually became invested in Blaise and Aspen and I liked how they helped each other grow. I thought Aspen was more likable than most Tijan heroines. I liked seeing a different side of Nate in this, too. It made me excited for his forthcoming book, when I was kind of ambivalent about the prospect before.

This is marketed as a standalone, but I would consider it more of a companion novel to the Fallen Crest and Crew series. People who haven’t read those before would miss out on a lot.

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The Player Next Door by K.A. Tucker. Read June 22-25. 3 Stars. 

I enjoyed this for the most part, but did have some issues with it. I didn’t like that Shane wasn’t really apologetic at all about what he did to Scarlet in the past. He kind of just excused himself for being a dumb teenager and didn’t own up to how much he hurt her. I felt like she was justified in not trusting him right away. I also thought there was way too much focus on the physical relationship. It made the relationship seem a little cheap. However, as the story went on, I did start to ship Shane and Scarlet and there were some cute and funny moments.

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Something New by Amanda Abram. Read June 25-27. 3 Stars.

This had some cute moments, but the book was far longer than it needed to be. I was pretty bored with it most of the time, but decided to push through. I did like Dylan and Cassie together, though.

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

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My Calamity Jane (The Lady Janies #3) by The Lady Janies. I was so excited when my library hold came in for this, but I found myself really bored after the first couple chapters. I read several other books and just never felt the desire to come back to this before the library hold expired. I would like to try it again some day, though.

*****DNF*****

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Drummer Girl by Ginger Scott. DNF @ 38%. I wasn’t in the right mood to read something so angsty. I also found the characters pretty unlikable. I just don’t see myself caring enough to finish this.

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

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In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren – 4 Stars

Louisiana Lucky by Julie Pennell – 4 Stars

The Night Swim by Megan Goldin – 3 Stars

18 thoughts on “Reviewing the Unreviewed: June 2020

  1. I just finished Faked and I loved it. Instalove usually annoys me but I loved Bauer so it didn’t this time. I think this is my favorite of hers too. Logan and Paige’s book is a close second. I was looking forward to reading the K.A. Tucker and Lucy Foley books. I will lower my expectations and hope for the best.

    • I’m glad you enjoyed Faked, too! I agree Logan and Paige’s book is the second best. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of the Tucker and Foley books. Hopefully you’ll enjoy them a little more than I did.

  2. Varsity Heartbreaker – I’m glad I didn’t steer you wrong with this one and that you enjoyed it for the most part. I’m excited for Tory’s book, too! It’s coming soon, too.
    Four Days – I totally get this. I wasn’t as big a fan of it as I was of some of her others, but I enjoyed it more than you did.
    Faked – I’m so happy you liked this one because I loved it. I agree. It’s now my favorite, too.
    Rich Prick – Yeah, it started out a little rocky, but I also liked Aspen a lot. And Nate — I wanted his book, but I want it more now. You need to hurry up and get to Crew!
    The Player – Yeah, not my favorite by Tucker, but it was still pretty good. I got annoyed with the MC a bit.
    Drummer Girl – This isn’t my favorite Ginger Scott. It was good, but it was so angsty and just wasn’t what I was expecting. Sorry you had to DNF it.

    • Varsity Heartbreaker comes out a couple days after my free KU ends, so hopefully I’ll get approved for an ARC. I’m trying to decide if I can knock out the first two Crew books in time to be able to try for an ARC of the third book. It will depend on how long the wait time is for the second book, though.
      I think I was the opposite of everyone’s feelings with The Player Next Door. I felt like the MC was pretty justified and thought the love interest needed to be a little more apologetic. And Drummer Girl was far, far to angsty for me. I just didn’t care for any of the characters, either.

  3. I completely agree with you about the Guest List. I was mostly satisfied with the ending, but really really wanted to know more about that one couple “after” everything. I had a really hard time picking up and finishing this book too. Even though it was so short, it felt like an eternity, which I guess the mood of the book didn’t really help. I found a lot of what happened to be predictable, except the very very end with the actual killer.

    That’s such a shame about the four days book! I think this was on my TBR because I love that whole “time” idea (similar to One Day and One Day in December I guess). I would have been really disappointed if I went into that book thinking it would follow just those four days but was filled with convenient flashbacks instead.

    • I’m glad I’m not alone on the Guest List! I agree, I didn’t guess the killer either, but everything else was really predictable. I did know going in that the Four Days was not going to be just the four days, but it was still way different than I expected. I hope you enjoy it more than I did if you decide to read it.

  4. Love the idea of this post!! And I get it, there are so many books I just pretend I never read, because I have nothing to say.

    I gave Holidaze 4 stars too, but I actually enjoyed Rich Prick, I just love this kind of trope by the author, on the other hand I DNFed Faked. I thought The Player Next Door was one of the author’s weakest books, and enjoyed Four Days of You and Me at times, and other times I skipped and skimmed, and ended up not even tracking the book on Goodreads. 🙈

    Btw I’m starting The Guest List this week – lol

    ~ Corina | The Brown Eyed Bookworm

    • Thank you! I used to try to properly review every book I read, but that got too unwieldy, too fast haha. Now I only do full reviews on ARCs or books that really speak to me.

      I’m glad you enjoyed In a Holidaze and Rick Prick, too. I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy Faked more! Hopefully the author’s next book will work better for you. I haven’t read a ton of Tucker’s books, but The Player Next Door was probably my least favorite so far. And I definitely think you made the right decision on the Four Days book. It was not worth it. I look forward to hearing what you think of The Guest List!

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  6. Quite the fascinating collection of reads, Stephanie! Glad to note a couple of good ones among them though. The House Guest looks and sounds particularly good though! 😮 Have you ever felt compelled to want to write a lot more for a particular book in this feature post but had to force yourself not to? 😮 Or maybe you ended up saying you were going to keep it for a full review in the future? 😮

    • The House Guest was a pretty good one. I definitely want to read more from that author. These are usually books I don’t have a whole lot to say about, so I don’t normally have a problem keeping it to a few sentences. Every once in awhile, though, I end up having more to say than I originally thought and end up right 2-3 paragraphs, at which point I probably should have just formally reviewed it haha.

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