Aperçu is a feature on The Wednesday Issue where I post mini-reviews of books I read.
I mentioned in my March Wrap-Up post that I was in a reading slump two months ago and these books got me out of them! So here’s a little review of each book since I really enjoyed reading all three of them.
PS I Like You – Kasie West
A cheesy YA book always gets me out of a massive reading slump and I’m going to give the credit to this book as the one that got me out my reading slump last month. It is a quick, adorable read about two high school students who exchange letter under Chemistry desk. Lily and Cade hate each other – like HATE HATE each other. Their hate came during Cade’s relationship with one of Lily’s best friend and it got worse after a nickname Cade gave Lily happened to stick. However, I have to say that I don’t understand the hate between the two – it feels childish at certain times but I guess, that’s high school for you. It was really cute to see Lily contemplated what is the exact reason she hates Cade so much. I love a good love-hate relationship and this was one of the best I’ve read about. Kasie West always does a good job of building the connection between the characters before they get together and to see two very opposite characters to come together over words in letters – SWOON.
By Your Side – Kasie West
Who has daydreamed about being trapped in a library with a hot guy? *raises hand* When I first read the synopsis of this book I was very intrigued because it sounds like a reader’s dream. Like I’ve mentioned in the review above, Kasie West knows how to build the connection between the characters and it is even more apparent in this book. In this one, Kasie West also tackled the issue of anxiety but she portrays it in a way that normalises it. I really enjoyed the whole time Autumn and Dax were trapped in the library and just really got to know each other. I love how Dax helped Autumn to be true to herself and accept who she is. The whole book is a build up to the romance and it kept me reading but I have to say that I felt the end of the book was rushed and just wrapped up in a few pages. I wish there is a little more to the ending than the one we got.
Fire In You – Jennifer L. Armentrout
This series is one of the first NA novels that I read and it will remain one of my favourites due to the diverse stories throughout the series. In this one, Jennifer L. Armentrout tells a story about second chances in love. Compared to the other books in the series, this story really focuses on their feelings toward each other; their love and their doubts instead of focusing on the sexual chemistry. Despite having known each other for long, they are still discovering the hidden depths of each other and I freaking loved that. They hadn’t been close in a long time and it’s great to see the two reconnect. Also, I think this is the last book in the series *ugly sobbing* and Fire In You is a great ending to the whole series!