Title: By Your Side
Author: Kasie West
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Release Day: January 31st 2017
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn’t think things could get any worse. But that’s before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn’t know much about Dax except that he’s trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he’s not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with. Still, she just keeps reminding herself that it is only a matter of time before Jeff, her almost-boyfriend, realizes he left her in the library and comes to rescue her.

Only he doesn’t come. No one does.

2 star!

This is my first book by the author and I’m not in a hurry to read more of her books. Frankly, this was boring. The book rushed through the ‘trapped in a library’ theme within a few pages and to be honest, the heroine came off as stupid and unrealistic. Really, you are trapped in a library and there’s only one mention of a book, and that’s for a school project? YOU HAVE ALL THE BOOKS AROUND YOU, YOU UNGRATEFUL HUMAN.

Autumn finds herself trapped in a library and the reasons behind it were just too juvenile. I mean, what kind of teenager leaves her phone in the car? Certainly not those in the real word. And what kind of crappy friends leave her behind? Didn’t anyone call her? Didn’t anyone care? Didn’t her parents? No one thought to look in the library where she was locked for three days? A girl who gets panic attacks has none of her friends looking for her because it’s normal for her to disappear without letting them know? WHAT KIND OF CRAPPY FRIENDS ARE THEY?!

Plus, her parents had a search party and NO ONE thought to look in the library, the last place she was, for three days? GIVE ME A FUCKING BREAK HERE. Sure, there’s a ridiculous thing that happens and has everyone distracted for a while, which only happened to force a love triangle.

Half the book was too juvenile and the other half too meh. This as a PERFECT library romance waiting to happen and instead it was RUINED by bypassing the library part altogether.


Title: Literally
Author: Lucy Keating
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Release Day: April 11th 2017
AMAZON US | AMAZON UK
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.

It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.

But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?

2 stars

Well, well, well. This has to be the most meta book I’ve ever read. Or is it? The book is about Annabelle, a high school student who discovers she’s a fictional character and someone else – Lucy Keating – is writing her story. The author herself appears in the book and that’s, really meta.

The one element that could have made this book THE BOOK, – the meta – was buried under all the cliché YA tropes. In her effort to make this a little bit sarcastic and a nod to all the YA clichés, and how authors make their characters do all the unrealistic stuff in novels, Lucy Keating went through a mental check list and included every single trope known to readers; love triangle, insta love, new kid in school, heroine unaware of her own endless list of awesome qualities, blah blah blah.

Basically, she wrote the most cliché YA ever but justified it under the this is the crazy author writing their lives umbrella. It could have been so good if the idea had a better development, 30% in the story I was bored out of my mind and I just kept reading to see what was going to happen.

What did happen? A lot of Nicholas Sparks moments (although that’s a compliment since he’s freaking good at what he does), and clichés, all the clichés. Yes, indeed, authors do make their characters do all the unrealistic stuff for their novel.

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16 thoughts on “MINI REVIEWS: By Your Side & Literally”

  1. Ugh By Your Side was SUCH a disappointment. *cries* I looooved the idea of being trapped in a library (although it’s totally unrealistic haha, because like surely there would’ve been exits for fire safety?!?) and I couldn’t BELIEVE Autumn didn’t even care. Like she wasn’t even a bookworm?? What was the point of the premise??? SIGH. ? and I also agree it was pretty boring and she had the worst friends. Eghed. It’s my second read by that author but not particularly in a rush to try more now.
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    1. I was so excited to read it just for the library part, true there had to be a realistic reason for her to be stuck there but that was the whole point of me reading it, to see how the author would make that happen. Disappointed doesn’t even cover it. And OMG I felt bad for all the books I’d totally lock myself in there just to read!

  2. Oh no! Sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy these two. I haven’t heard too many overwhelmingly positive reviews about By Your Side. Everyone is saying they were disappointed by that one and say her other books are better. I haven’t read anything from Kasie West yet but I recently bought The Fill-In Boyfriend so we’ll see how that goes. I hope your next reads are better!
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  3. Sorry you didn’t enjoy By Your Side. I have a copy of the book but haven’t had the chance to read it. I’ve heard good things about it, but it’s also good to read a review that didn’t favor it as well. I’ll still read it since it sounds interesting, but thanks for your review! It will help keep things in perspective. 🙂 ~Aleen
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  4. Oh no, I was hoping Literally would be better. It’s a fun concept. It sucks to hear it’s full of cliches though.

    Sorry By Your Side wasn’t very good either. I wasn’t really interested in reading that one, despite liking the stuck in a library idea. Sounds like it wasn’t done well either….

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  5. Ugh, two duds. Sorry to see you didn’t like By Your Side… at all. LOL I enjoyed it for the most part, despite having some issues with it. (I mean, being trapped in the library with no way out? B.S. And her friends truly sucked. But whatever.) I read Dreamology by Keating and what sooo disappointed in it that I wasn’t interested in picking up anything else by her.
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  6. Yikes being locked in a library and not having bookish stuff- that’s no good. 🙂 And Literally- sounds like that COULD have been good if executed better. Sorry these were disappointing…
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