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Because You Love To Hate Me (Edited by Ameriie) – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Because You Love To Hate Me
Author: 
Renée Ahdieh, Ameriie, Soman Chainani, Susan Dennard, Sarah Enni, Marissa Meyer, Cindy Pon, Victoria Schwab, Samantha Shannon, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, April Genevieve Tucholke, Nicola Yoon, Benjamin Alderson (Benjaminoftomes), Sasha Alsberg (abookutopia), Whitney Atkinson (WhittyNovels), Tina Burke (ChristinaReadsYA and The Lushables), Catriona Feeney (LittleBookOwl), Jesse George (Jessethereader), Zoë Hardt (readbyzoe), Samantha Lane (Thoughts on Tomes), Sophia Lee (thebookbasement), Raeleen Lemay (padfootandprongs07), Regan Perusse (PeruseProject), Christine Riccio (PollandbananasBOOKS) & Steph Sinclair and Kat Kennedy (Cuddlebuggery)
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Genre: YA Fantasy Anthology
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Pages: 339 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Bloomsbury
Rating:
3 and a half star

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Leave it to the heroes to save the world–villains just want to rule the world.

In this unique YA anthology, thirteen acclaimed, bestselling authors team up with thirteen influential BookTubers to reimagine fairy tales from the oft-misunderstood villains’ points of view.

These fractured, unconventional spins on classics like “Medusa,” Sherlock Holmes, and “Jack and the Beanstalk” provide a behind-the-curtain look at villains’ acts of vengeance, defiance, and rage–and the pain, heartbreak, and sorrow that spurned them on. No fairy tale will ever seem quite the same again!

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So this is only going to be my thoughts on each of the short stories in this book! Some I didn’t care for and some I loved! I won’t be able to talk too much about each as there isn’t much to each and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone.

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Rating: 2.5 stars

So this was one of the stories that were just kind of meh for me. It was interesting but didn’t wow me too much. I liked that it showed that some people can’t control their anger (kind of like Bipolar I guess, I’m not sure if that is actually the case though for the MC).

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Rating: 3.5 stars

This one is a Jack and the Beanstalk retelling from the Giants POV. I enjoyed the main character and also Jack. I have never read the actual Jack and the Beanstalk story but I have seen the movie adaptations and I rather like this more than what is usually the case. This one wasn’t my favourite either but was pretty good.

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Rating: 1.5 stars

Strongly disliked this one. I didn’t like the format as this one is written in text messages. But it’s not just 2 people texting back and forward it’s the MC texting about 4 different people and it gets so confusing. Even if they had left an extra line of a blank text when it changes character so that way we can more easily follow who is talking at the time. Having to stop and look at how the message is to and from every couple seconds really messes with the flow of the book. And also I could not stand Gwen. Not just because she is technically the villain, but she is a petty, pathetic, immature and selfish person.

Warning! Love triangle!

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Rating: 3.5 stars

I enjoyed this one. I liked the mysterious aspect of Jim and I also liked the hidden corner of the library setting of the book! I didn’t fully see the ‘villain’ aspect of this one that much though honestly. So as a story about Villains I was kind of disappointed but as a story, in general, it was pretty good.

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Rating: 2 stars

I honestly barely remember this story so it must not have been too exciting. But I remember the ending being really confusing and the plot was dull. And also who is this author?! She has no other books on Goodreads but this one? So I honestly don’t see why she is in this book.

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Rating: 4 stars

Now we are getting somewhere! This one was really good. So this one was a twist on The Little Mermaid. I liked the Villain in this one and I wasn’t at all angry when she committed the crime that made her a villain. But at the same time, I thought she was very immature at the start as it seems most of Marissa Meyer’s MC are like (I’ve only read Heartless and Cinder and both the MCs started out similar to this story).

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Rating: 4.5 stars

Trigger Warning: Rape (Not descriptive, just implied)

This one is a retelling of Medusa and I really enjoyed it. I also enjoyed the meaning behind this story and how it relates to things that are happening all the time in the real world. I enjoyed that Benjamin brought this up in his part too. I enjoyed seeing Medusa in a different light, I don’t have a massive knowledge of the Medusa story though.

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Rating: 5 stars

Honestly, I had to take a second at the end of this book because it was just so good. This story is beautiful but has an extremely unexpected twist right at the end. I haven’t read anything by Victoria Schwab but I love her writing in this book. This felt like more than a short story but this was literally under 20 pages! I also loved Jesse’s Dear Death and it honestly nearly made me cry!

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Rating: 3.5 stars

I didn’t love or hate this one. It was pretty good and I liked the aspect of girls can stand up for themselves and not just be used. And that twist at the end I was not expecting. Isaac I kind of enjoyed but also he was naive and didn’t even realise the damage he could be doing or that another was unhappy. George was just a pathetic and selfish person.

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Rating: 3 stars

So, honestly my first thought when reading this book is what the heck is it with Adam Silvera and altering memories. In his book More Happy Than Not messing with memories is a big part and in this one there is something called a memory drug. But anyway, moving on. This one’s, MC is kind of a Psycho really by the way they do things. I didn’t love or hate this story. It was okay but nothing exciting. The writing of this book kind of through me off too as it’s written in second person POV which I don’t know if I like or not, being my first experience with it.

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Rating: 3.5 stars

For this one, I liked being in Julian’s head. It was funny and I liked his general way of thinking most of the time. Granted he is still a psycho and does very much overreact a little. But I also liked that there are the real life problems in this book too. And I also liked that the being able to break every rule part also shows that that isn’t  always the best thing either!

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Rating: 3 stars

This one was kind of dull and predictable. This is a beauty and the beast retelling and I did like that the gender roles were kind of swapped in this book and that it was a little different as the MC was (according to Whitney) a retelling of Gaston. This one didn’t wow me but I did like some small aspects of it.

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Rating: 2.5 stars

I didn’t really get this story. I understand the basic meaning behind the story after reading Steph & Kat’s part but throughout the story, I just kind of didn’t get it. I didn’t mind the swapping from present to past to present. And I didn’t mind the skipping ahead months or years at a time just to show the main things that happened with Serra. But a lot of it felt forced, it didn’t just flow nicely and I think that was because there was so much skipping and straight info.



Well, I think that is all for this review!

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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera – Mini Spoiler Free Audiobook Review

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Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: 
Adam Silvera
Narrator: Ramon de Ocampo
Genre: YA GLBT Contemporary
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2015
Pages: 300 (Paperback)
Publishers: Soho Teen
Rating:
3 and a half star

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Part Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, part Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Adam Silvera’s extraordinary debut novel offers a unique confrontation of race, class and sexuality during one charged near-future summer in the Bronx.

When it first gets announced, the Leteo Institute’s memory-alteration procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto—miracle cure-alls don’t tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron can’t forget how he’s grown up poor, how his friends all seem to shrug him off, and how his father committed suicide in their one bedroom apartment. He has the support of his patient girlfriend, if not necessarily his distant brother and overworked mother, but it’s not enough.

Then Thomas shows up. He doesn’t mind Aaron’s obsession over the Scorpius Hawthorne books and has a sweet movie set-up on his roof. There are nicknames. Aaron’s not only able to be himself, but happiness feels easy with Thomas. The love Aaron discovers may cost him what’s left of his life, but since Aaron can’t suddenly stop being gay Leteo may be the only way out.

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So I read this book via Audiobook but I want to reread it in physical form. This will be a kinda mini review as I will post a full review when I read the book.

So these mini reviews I occasional write will be set up differently to my normal reviews. Usually, I split my reviews up into the following sections: Cover Art, Writing, Plot, Characters & Overall. But these ones I’m going to separate into Likes & Dislikes and for this one, I’ll also add an Audiobook category.

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So I didn’t love the audiobook itself. For one thing, it sounded like the MC’s name was Erin but it is actually Aaron. So for the entire book, I thought it was Erin until adding the synopsis at the top of this review. So yeah I just thought that the MC was Erin and his brother was Eric.

Also, the narrator puts on different voices for each of the characters which all narrators do. But I had real trouble distinguishing between Aaron & Thomas’s voices when it was direct back and forth conversation where it didn’t say ‘……. said’ or similar. Which was really annoying.

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So in the synopsis, it says that Aaron is gay so there will be no actual spoilers.

Firstly the main thing that stood out to me was when Aaron was coming to terms with being gay and also when he was admitting it the first time. Every thought was shown that was going through his head and you see the actual struggle going on with himself which I liked because I have never read that before, most of the LGBTQIA+ books I have read weren’t coming out stories, so this was interesting.

I also loved all the little jokes that both Aaron & Thomas told, I actually loved out loud a fair few times!

I also really enjoyed how Thomas reacted to finding out about Aaron being gay. Especially the nickname they gave to ‘gay’ because Aaron still didn’t know how he felt about the label.

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Okay so I won’t say any names, but there is cheating in this book and it’s basically just there and no one makes a big deal about cheating. Personally, cheating is something I will not stand for in the slightest and I hated this part of the book!

I also strongly disagree with a certain person allowing the procedure when there were so many things that could go wrong. Risking the person’s life like that I do not agree with. If it had no possible side effects or ones that weren’t lasting damage then sure in that situation then sure but not with all those possible side effects.

There is no way I can say this next bit without spoilers! So don’t continue if you haven’t read it.
I also really disliked Aarons reaction to Thomas not being gay. Just because Thomas was understanding and didn’t automatically hate Aaron when he admitted he was gay doesn’t automatically mean he is gay too. And how Aaron kept trying to convince himself that Thomas was just lying to himself about being gay.  Even right at the end he still had this in his head. That really annoyed me.

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So I didn’t enjoy this but I had a few small issues with this. I do still want to give it another go by actually reading it eventually as I didn’t love the audiobook and I also found myself not 100% paying attention at times when the book was going a bit slow.



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