[Review] NO WE CAN’T BE FRIENDS by Sophie Ranald, 2⚝ (Did Not Finish)

This is my first DNF of the year. But from what I have read until ~45% of the book, I’d rate it a 2 out of 5. This review may contain some spoilers.

First of all, the book is promoted as a romantic comedy, but there is nothing funny going on, at least in the first half.

Secondly, most of the characters are problematic. Sloane’s husband, Myles, is obviously cheating on her with his colleague, Bianca. But instead of talking to Myles about it, her first plan of action is to “win the competition”, which means having lots of hot sex and then snooping around Myles’ phone for evidence. Myles is caught in the act but instead of apologizing, he gets angry with Sloane for not respecting his privacy. While that is really something to be mad about, that’s not the point. He is one cheating bastard and he won’t admit it. And then there’s Bianca. How can you even call yourself as Sloane’s friend when you’re fucking her husband behind her back? And instead of telling Sloane the truth, she gives her vague hints to somehow clear her conscience.

As I read along, the issues got heavier for me so I just decided to stop. None of the characters piqued my interest anymore and the story was not getting better. Still, thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for giving me a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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[Review] THE ORB by Tara Basi, 2/5

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Tara Basi’s The Orb is a sci-fi novel that talks about the clash of The Church and The Orb Industries. The book brings us to a world who views an alien blue orb as its god. Early on in the story, we meet the Pilgrims who are devoted believers, the Ungodly who do not believe, and then the Pilgrimists who aim to hurt and bring terror all around. This book is guised as a science fiction but I seriously believe that it’s actually a satire, dropping social and moral takes here and there.

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[Review] THE MCCOYS BEFORE THE FEUD by Thomas McCoy, 2/5

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This book is about a family’s passion and cooperation. It was interesting at first, but when the outcome of the succeeding events turned out to be the same as the last ones, I knew this was something I won’t enjoy.

The McCoys were a group of kinfolk from the South who wanted to reclaim the riches stolen from them by the Northern soldiers during the war in the late 1800s. Tommy, together with his father, Thomas Sr., led the rest of the men in this pursuit. This book was written by a direct McCoy descendant and I think he has done well on his research. The names of the characters and the war itself were real, but the raids and the rest of the story, however, were fictional. 

To be honest, I was never a fan of historical fiction so I tried to pick this one for a change. I think I will be reading more historical fiction from now on but I hope the next ones I read would not be as predictable as this one. I would still recommend this book though, especially to those who like strategy and action. I believe others may find it more exciting than I did.

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