Often while rating books on Goodreads I have to really think about how many stars I am going to give a book. Usually hovering between, “Is this a 3 or a 4? Well it’s sort of in between do I go higher or lower?” Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet are two books that I did not have to question how I was going to rate them.
I borrowed both of these books as audiobooks through the Overdrive app and my local library. I listened to Bad Romeo and then anxiously waited on a Hold List for the Broken Juliet. The books are a two volume series and follow characters Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt through their tumultuous relationship from their first year in acting college through starring in a Broadway play. Readers are present for every up and down of the couple as they experience a love story as powerful as that of Romeo and Juliet.
I enjoyed listening to these novels…well I mean duh, they both got 5 stars from me! As a reader it’s always fun to get caught up in a story and taken to a different life/world. I love watching movies and seeing plays so it was interesting to see the relationship of two people in budding acting careers. I hate giving away spoilers in my reviews so in turn keep the details mostly under wraps. But I think if you enjoy stories that have couples that have real problems and their hard work in those relationships you’ll enjoy this book. Author Leisa Rayven hit a home run with this story as far as I’m concerned!
Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. Book 1 in the Starcrossed Series
Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. Book 2 in the Starcrossed Series
Have you ever read a book that won a bunch of awards, seems to be loved by all, but you didn’t like it? That’s what happened to me when I read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m not going to say I hated it…it was ok. But I honestly don’t understand all of the hype about it.
Ok so the main character’s an alcoholic…and rides the train past her ex-husbands house–ALL OF THE TIME. I couldn’t quite get past the messed up stalker tendencies in her character. It took pretty much all I had in me to continue reading the book through the monotony of riding the train.
Hawkins did succeed in the twist at the end of the book, but I really wish I didn’t have to wait until I was 3/4 done with the book to get any hint of excitement out of it.
I rated this one 3/5 stars on Goodreads–purely for that twist.
So this post is going to be pretty brief. Mostly just to acknowledge that I’ve been so busy reading and doing other stuff that I haven’t taken the time to actually post about my reactions to the books I’ve read recently. For the most part, I’ve been enjoying the books…which you can see in my Goodreads feed… except for the Bughouse Affair. There were just too many plot lines that it didn’t actually need. I think if they had focused on the main two detectives it could have been much better than also bringing in a possible Sherlock Holmes just to add conflict.
Anyways.. I’m keeping busy. I currently am in the middle of three different books! Not Your Father’s Son by Alan Cumming, Captivated by You by Sylvia Day, and Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. I am enjoying them all for different reasons so far. Hopefully I remember to come back here and review at least one of them!