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Not For Me

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I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This one was…not for me.

I was so excited to read this book. One, because it sounded interesting and SUPER cute. Two, because it’s an author who started this story on Wattpad and I’m a sucker for new authors trying to break out. And three, because it was my first ARC received (ever) and I couldn’t wait to get back to reading and reviewing amazing new stories!

BUT (and it pains me to say that, because I wanted to enjoy this so incredibly much) it was SO SO difficult for me to get through the terrible e-ARC formatting. Seriously, guys, it was just AWFUL. They’ve got a LOT of work to do as far as fixing format goes, because my eyes were crossing just trying to follow lines of dialogue that were mushed together into the same paragraph, all right next to each other.

As for the story itself, it was definitely a new and original take on the cupid myth! Once I pushed through the formatting issues, I would definitely say that this story has a lot of potential. Everyone else seems to think so, because it has rave reviews all over Goodreads. I’m not sure that I understand that, really, because the entire plot was a little bit…cutesy and juvenile for me.

There were some cheesy lines that I think were meant to be emotional or heavy, and they didn’t quite come across that way. Some of the things the characters did or supposedly felt didn’t quite seem believable to me (and yes, I get that it’s a fantasy, technically, but you know what I mean). It felt like this was meant for a much younger audience…maybe middle-grade?

In short, I know a lot of people enjoyed this (clearly, because it was optioned for a pilot on CW Seed…not sure if it went any further than that or not but you can check it out on YouTube). It was not for me, but I think a younger audience would enjoy it as a cute, quick summertime read!

My rating on this one would have to be two stars. I finished it and didn’t skim through a lot of it, and it was a quick and easy read once I’d gotten used to the format, but it was not something I would pick up again.