This is a spoiler free review.
Sometimes there are books I read where I don’t have too much to say about it. In these cases I would love to still share my opinions through mini reviews!
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.
PS. I Still Love You is the second book in the Lara Jean series and for me, it was a disappointment. I absolutely loved the first book To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before; it was cute, funny, and the dialogue was great. In this second book I felt that it lacked depth. The characters were underdeveloped and even more so, the plot was lacking; nothing really happened. In addition, the dialogue fell short and lacked substance. With that said, I did still enjoy reading about the family dynamic in the story and about Lara Jean’s friendship with Chris. And although I had some problems with how Peter and Lara Jean, I still enjoyed reading about them. I probably have a bias in my rating as I really loved the first book. I’m excited for the third book! I’m so excited to fall in love with the characters again ❤
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Genre: Dystopian, Romance
My rating: ⭐️⭐️.75
I have a curse
I have a gift
I am a monster
I’m more than human
My touch is lethal
My touch is power
I am their weapon
I will fight back
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
When I started this book I was intrigued by Tahereh Mafi’s writing style. It is poetic, dramatic, and easy to read. It is also unique because there are crossed words and sentences which represents what the character crosses out (ie. the book is written in first person). I also was interested to read about Juliette’s power and how she uses it.
However, as I was around halfway through the story, the writing style for me became repetitive and felt overly dramatic, which sometimes took away from the emotion. One of the main problems I had was how centered it was around romance. It started with insta love- a trope I dislike- and continued to put the focus on the relationship between Juliette and Adam. Because of this, the story really lacked focus on other areas like character development, world building, and plot building. The first book felt more of a summary/ teaser of a story to come. I do plan to read the second book as I’ve heard that the series gets a lot better!
Thank you for reading,
I would also like to apologize for not posting for the past two weeks 😦 I really do love blogging and reading but these days I’ve had so little time because school is my top priority as a student. I know I’m not the only one who’s been finding it difficult to find time to blog, and everyone is so understanding! I will try my best to post as often as I can! Thank you ❤