Matched by Ally Condie | Review

Description from Goodreads:
Cassia has always trusted the Society to make the right choices for her: what to read, what to watch, what to believe. So when Xander’s face appears on-screen at her Matching ceremony, Cassia knows with complete certainty the he is her ideal mate…until she sees Ky Markham’s face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black.

The Society tells her it’s a glitch, a rare malfunction, and that she should focus on the happy life she’s destined to lead with Xander. But Cassia can’t stop thinking about Ky, and as they slowly fall in love, Cassia begins to doubt the Society’s infallibility and is faced with an impossible choice: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path that no one else has dared to follow.

Well, it’s happened again. Another book that I haven’t finished. It’s becoming a bit of a trend, one I’d really like to break. The only upside to not finishing Matched is that I only payed 99p on my Kindle, so at least I didn’t fork out a load of money. 
I really liked the sound of Matched,  it couldn’t have appealed to me more. Really how couldn’t it, it’s a dystopian romance for crying out loud! But boy it did not live up to my expectations. For starters Cassia is a really annoying character. She starts off really happy that she’s been Matched with Xander, then all of a sudden she’s falling for Ky (the better choice by far) all because she saw his picture. Pretty weak if you ask me. Personally, the Grandad was a way more interesting character than Cassia, and he was only alive for a small portion of the book! 
I also found that the language and POV were very immature and young. I didn’t feel that I was reading the narration of a 17 year old, a bit of a deal breaker if you ask me. 
One my friends has also read Matched and really didn’t enjoy it, so I’m glad to know it’s not just me! If you’ve read Matched and were very disappointed and didn’t enjoy it then let me know in the comments!
I really hope I love the next book that I start reading, or at least enjoy it. As always I’d love you to follow me on Instagram and Bloglovin’!
‘Matched’ by Ally Condie
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Random by Lark O’Neal | Review

Description from Goodreads:
Life is random…

19-year-old Jess Donovan knows better than most that her life is random. Her mom is dead, and she’s on her own, patching together a living as a waitress when a car crashes through the restaurant where she works. In two seconds she loses her job, watches her best friend hauled away in an ambulance…and meets Tyler Smith, one of the hottest, most fascinating — and mysterious guys she’s ever met.

Both for the good and the bad…

Within days, Jess is swept up into the mesmerising force that is Tyler. Their every touch sizzles, every kiss dissolves them both, and the sex is…fierce. But there’s more to Tyler than his hypnotic eyes. He’s adrift, too, and his body — and his soul — are covered with scars. How can she find herself with a guy who is lost himself?

It seems that I’m unable to finish a book at the moment. Random is the third book that I can’t bring myself to read and finish recently. Clearly I’m not picking them well. Yes, I’ve been really busy lately, but if I had wanted to read Random then I would have made time. I’ve signed it off as a lost cause and I’m ready to move on to a book that I’ll hopefully finish. After reading the description again while writing this post I’m honestly surprised I ever decided to read it in the first place!
I got about half way into this book before deciding to call it quits, and personally I think that’s a fair shot. I don’t know if there’s a specific thing that I didn’t like about Random, I think it was more overall badness in my opinion.
For starters I wasn’t too keen on Jess. I found her to be an insipid character. Her boyfriend was a COMPLETE JERK and it takes her being PUNCHED in a bar fight and then getting blamed by him for her to realise that! Talk about ridiculous! Then things with Tyler started heating up, and she’d been broken up how long? A day maybe? To say she was ‘devastated’ she was sure able to overcome it pretty quickly.
At one point Tyler asks Jess if he can paint her, she agrees. Then he asks her to take her top and bra off and cover herself with a sheet. Little excessive if you ask me. Jess was clearly thinking the same thing, she was pretty adamant she wasn’t going to go topless in front of him. For two seconds. It didn’t take long for her to drop the sheet and bare chests to be rubbing against each other. It was around about then I decided to call it a day. I didn’t like Jess or Tyler, so there was really no point in continuing.
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‘Random’ by Lark O’Neal
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Scratch by Rhonda Helms | Review

Description from Goodreads
The most painful scars are the ones you never see.

In her DJ booth at a Cleaveland dance club, Casey feels a sense of connection that’s the closest she ever gets to normal. On her college campus, she’s reserved, practical – all too aware of the disaster that can rest when you trust the wrong person. But inexplicably, Daniel refuses to pay attention to the walls she’s put up. Like Casey, he’s a senior. In every other way, he’s her opposite.

Sexy, open, effortlessly charming, Daniel is willing to take chances and show his feelings. For some reason Casey can’t fathom, he’s intent on drawing her out of her bubble and back into a world that’s messy and unpredictable. He doesn’t know about the deep scars that pucker her stomach – or the deeper secret behind them. Since the violent night when everything changed, Casey has never let anyone get close enough to hurt her again. Now, she might be tempted to try.

I was so overcome with boredom while reading Scratch that I’m sorry to say I couldn’t finish reading it. I thought I was going to enjoy it, on the outside it seems like your normal New Adult novel, with the heroine having to overcome some sort of tragedy. But for me this one just didn’t match up to all of the others that I’ve read (and there’s been a lot!) 
Why, I hear you ask. Well, for me there was no mystery in Scratch, Casey pretty much tells us everything within the first few chapters. That meant that I felt the ‘big reveal’ wouldn’t be so big after all. 
Secondly, the whole thing focussed way too much on her and Daniel. I get it, they’re falling in love and it’s a first for her, but EVERY paragraph was about their relationship. Talk about boring! At the beginning I really enjoyed seeing her as a DJ. Well that didn’t happen again. I got so bored reading Scratch that sadly I stopped reading it. 
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‘Scratch’ by Rhonda Helms
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Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver | Review

You may remember that in my Little Update I said that I was currently reading Before I Fall, but wasn’t enjoying it. Well, I haven’t been reading it. At all. In fact it’s been on my Currently Reading shelf on Goodreads for over a month, clearly I didn’t want to write it off too soon. But I think after a month of not reading it, looking at the book sat on my bedside table and feeling guilty, it was about time.
I thought that I would like Before I Fall, I LOVED Delirium, and usually if I like an author then my opinion doesn’t vastly change after reading more of their work. I just couldn’t connect with Sam, her friends or any of the other characters. Actually, I didn’t like any of the characters, and to enjoy a book, that’s kind of a deal breaker.

Maybe I gave up too soon? I don’t know, what I do know is that I COULD NOT read any more. The narrative felt very young, and overall I’m very disappointed.

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‘Before I Fall’ by Lauren Oliver
Did Not Finish