I’ve been in a rut lately. I know I’m probably judging a little harsher because of all the amazing books I’d read before these but damn, I’m bummed that neither of my last three books did anything for me. The closest that came to moving me was The Last Letter but mostly because it was depressing as hell.

A BUNCH OF DNF AND 1 STAR REVIEWSThe Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros
Published by Entangled Publishing on February 26th 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Entangled Publishing, Netgalley
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If you’re reading this, well, you know the last-letter drill. You made it. I didn’t. Get off the guilt train, because I know if there was any chance you could have saved me, you would have.

I need one thing from you: get out of the army and get to Telluride.

My little sister Ella’s raising the twins alone. She’s too independent and won’t accept help easily, but she has lost our grandmother, our parents, and now me. It’s too much for anyone to endure. It’s not fair.

And here’s the kicker: there’s something else you don’t know that’s tearing her family apart. She’s going to need help.

So if I’m gone, that means I can’t be there for Ella. I can’t help them through this. But you can. So I’m begging you, as my best friend, go take care of my sister, my family.

Please don’t make her go through it alone.


The tragedy in this story is overkill. I expected it to be emotional and even upsetting. Ella’s brother, a special ops soldier, had just died during his assignment, she grew up without her parents – they’d died when she was a toddler, her grandmother has passed away only a short time ago. Then another strike – she learned that her daughter had cancer. This all in itself is a lot to deal with for a single mom. And I would have been fine with Ella dealing with her lot. But: in the last ten percent she had to deal with another loss, one that totally blindsided the reader – it came completely out of no-where and added nothing to the story or the character growth. And that made me so freaking mad, I can’t even. This last tragedy was added only for tragedy’s sake, for it to become a sobfest and I really think it was a cheap shot only for the benefit to make more money.

I also didn’t think it was realistic. I know nothing in life is guaranteed but this really went overboard with tragic themes. Did Rebecca Yarros have a list she could check off the tragedies?

I know there will be people who will enjoy The Last Letter but I wasn’t one of them.

This book should come with a trigger warning. There are mothers out there who have to deal with the loss of a child or whose children are battling cancer. They shouldn’t go into this book without knowing what to expect.

A BUNCH OF DNF AND 1 STAR REVIEWSDaisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Published by Ballantine Books on March 5th 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: Ballantine Books
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In 1979, Daisy Jones and The Six split up. Together, they had redefined the 70’s music scene, creating an iconic sound that rocked the world. Apart, they baffled a world that had hung on their every verse.

This book is an attempt to piece together a clear portrait of the band’s rise to fame and their abrupt and infamous split. The following oral history is a compilation of interviews, emails, transcripts, and lyrics, all pertaining to the personal and professional lives of the members of the band The Six and singer Daisy Jones.

While I have aimed for a comprehensive and exhaustive approach, I must acknowledge that full and complete accounts from all parties involved has proved impossible. Some people were easier to track down than others, some were more willing to talk than others, and some, unfortunately, have passed on.

All of which is to say that while this is the first and only authorised account from all represented perspectives, it should be noted that, in matters both big and small, reasonable people disagree.

The truth often lies, unclaimed, in the middle.

The way this book is written didn’t really work for me. Interview-like writing style made it choppy for me to read and after half of the book I still had no clear picture who Daisy was, except a rich spoiled girl. I also was bored out of my mind.

The writing style made it impossible to really connect with Daisy or any of the other characters and I didn’t feel much for any of them. It pains me to say that I didn’t like this story at all. It may work well on-screen or even as audiobook. It just didn’t work in written words for me but I’m definitely up to the audio.

A BUNCH OF DNF AND 1 STAR REVIEWSRisky Plan by Rachel van Dyken
Series: Red Card #1
Published by Skyscape on March 19th 2019
Genres: sports romance, Contemporary Romance
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley, Skyscape
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What else can a virgin do when she’s ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart.

Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he’s blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They’re both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who’s playing his own games. And he’s not afraid to get dirty.

Now there’s only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they’ve told, the secrets they’ve kept, the mistakes they’ve made, and the attraction that still burns between them.

Dammit. DAMMIT! DNF @60%

I don’t even know where to start with this one. There were so many things wrong. The hero was a total dick.

The heroine was jilted at the altar, goes on vacation, meets a man, they give fake names to one another, have wild sex. While deflowering her he gets a message from his dad and doesn’t call back. Hours later his dad passes away and because the hero was too busy sticking his dick into the heroine to return his dad’s call he leaves her in the middle of the night and now he blames her inwardly. Yep. He’s a real charmer.

Back home she works now for an agency who does chores for the rich and famous. Slade is a soccer player and famous, something Mackenzie didn’t know because of their fake names. So she is assigned to him and the first thing that comes out of his mouth is “are you stalking me?” The second thing is this:

“Whatever you think is going to happen between us—won’t. Just drop it. I’m not going to marry you just because I saw your pussy.”

A real keeper. And so full of himself. And there he started out so sweet. It was like he had a personality transplant.
He kept throwing insults at a completely innocent young woman and was overall a freaking douchebag. I’ve read and loved those before, it can be done well but this one? Hell to the no. Hell. No.

I just couldn’t do it. I couldn’t.

Dud #3. Dammit.


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    • Thanks! Yeah, I hear that’s par for the course with this author so I suppose she isn’t for me.

  • Well astrid it seems we are both in a book funk! My last audiobook finished today is the exception and will be a 5 stars.
    I loved the Last Letter but I totally get what you mean being blindsided by what happened in the last 10%! I could have lived without it and still liked the book!

    • I really think Rebecca Yarros went a little overboard with the drama. This felt so much like she wanted to make it a sobfest. I don’t read romance to feel worse after finishing a book but this one was one downer after another.

  • Omg hahahaha. I would say I feel sorry for you, but welcome to my life–hating on books the entire world is in love with😂

    Everyone I know is rating those three 5 stars ya know, so I was kinda excited to jump these, but then I saw your review and.. Let’s just say if you hate it there’s more than a good chance that I would as well😂

    • Lmao! Yeah, well, what can I say? 😂 I kind of think that Daisy Jones would work really well in audio so I’ll try that. The others…gave me a serious case of an eye twitch. Especially Risky Play.

  • Well, that is frustrating Astrid! I bought the Daisy Jones audio a few weeks ago, so I hope that will make it a better read. I have yet to find a book by Van Dyken that I really got into, but I haven’t tried this one. She’s just on hold for me until I clear up my tbr (haha!).

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