Two Book Tuesday

The last Two Book Tuesday of the year!

44329701Title: More Than Anger 
Author: Lexi Bruce
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: December 1st
Ratings: ♥

Goodreads Summary:

It is no secret that Anna’s parents are going through a rough patch. When that rough patch turns positively volatile, Anna starts to wonder why her parents are staying together at all. Will their anger destroy everything Anna has ever known? Can Anna allow herself to fall in love when she sees how it can turn so easily to hate?

Oh boy. This novel in verse follows a teen struggling to make it through life with two parents that absolutely hate each other. She is hesitant of pursuing any kind of relationship with her crush because she doesn’t want to end up like her parents.

This felt like a complete waste of time. The only reason I didn’t DNF this was because it was in verse and took me less than hour to read. The verse style didn’t add to the quality of the writing, although I don’t know how much better it would be in prose. There were so many inconsistencies with the main characters personality and I just didn’t enjoy anything about this.

ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

45899334._SY475_Title: Meg and Joy
Author: Virginia Kantra
Genre: Contemporary
Publication Date: December 3rd
Ratings: ♥♥♥.5

Goodreads Summary:

The timeless classic Little Women inspired this heartwarming modern tale of four sisters from New York Times bestselling author Virginia Kantra.

The March sisters—reliable Meg, independent Jo, stylish Amy, and shy Beth—have grown up to pursue their separate dreams. When Jo followed her ambitions to New York City, she never thought her career in journalism would come crashing down, leaving her struggling to stay afloat in a gig economy as a prep cook and secret food blogger.

Meg appears to have the life she always planned—the handsome husband, the adorable toddlers, the house in a charming subdivision. But sometimes getting everything you’ve ever wanted isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

When their mother’s illness forces the sisters home to North Carolina for the holidays, they’ll rediscover what really matters.

One thing’s for sure—they’ll need the strength of family and the power of sisterhood to remake their lives and reimagine their dreams.

***3.5 STAR RATING***

It took sometime for me to get into it, but this was a nice and refreshing take on a beloved classic. the book is told from dual perspectives of the two oldest March daughters through alternating chapters. It’s also important to note that the author is releasing a book focusing on the younger two sisters, Beth and Amy.

I enjoyed the growth of Meg’s character as she starts to let go some control a little and work on making her marriage a real partnership—with the kids, communication, and household duties. There were some times when I just wanted to scream at Meg trying to do everything, to keep the image of her perfect family.

I loved Jo’s chapters, however I thought she was a little passive at times. We all know Jo to be fiercely independent and a real spitfire. I feel like she kind of rolled over when it came to her relationship with Eric. They fell into such an insta-love that felt very much out of character. I was looking for a more electric connection between the two.

Speaking of out of character, Mr. March was the worst! He didn’t care about his family at all, not even will an ailing wife. Also, the bits we read about Beth definitely felt different from the original story. Maybe because there was no focus on her storyline, there was no connection.

Overall, I did enjoy this book and thought it was well paced. I’ll definitely pick up the spin-off when available.

ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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