[Book Review] The Love Hypothesis by Ali Hazelwood

Let’s talk about The Love Hypothesis. This book has taken Tiktok by storm. There’s a mixed review for this from what I’ve seen. Some people loved it, some people didn’t. I obviously did.

Blurb

This follows the story of Olive Smith and Dr. Adam Carlsen. Oh, Dr. Carlsen. What can I say…

So basically… Fake dating. Professor – Student (–ish). Sunshine/Grumpy trope. Saying anything more would spoil the book.

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads:

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn’t believe in lasting romantic relationships–but her best friend does, and that’s what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor–and well-known ass. This is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford’s reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive’s career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding… six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

What I don’t like about the book

It’s predictable.

That’s not to say that I don’t like the book. It’s just that… predictable.

You might be curious. But Reina, if it’s predictable, why did you rate it high?

What I like about the book

Despite being predictable, it managed to still be highly entertaining. I’ve read hundreds of books, I’ve read many books with this trope, and having read the same storyline over and over is tiring.

But this. This. This was the type of predictable that feels brand-new.

I was just giggling throughout the entire book. This book made me feel 300% single, and I’ve been single for approximately 85% of my life.

It’s not ground-breaking. Most entire of the book is a trope, but it was able to keep me awake until 4 in the morning. It made me happy for a few hours of my life, and that deserves a high rank from me.

That spicy chapter is everything, the bonus chapter is combustible.

It’s a diverse cast, funny, and supportive group. It’s amazing.

Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I have to be honest, I rated this 5-stars on Goodreads. I was high on serotonin from reading the book, but I’ll give it a 4.25 in hindsight.

[Book Review] The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is probably one of the most recommended books on TikTok. After reading it, I’d say that it’s popular for a reason

Blurb

This book follows the life of Evelyn Hugo – one of the most iconic stars of her generation. She’s talented but more than that, everyone knows her as the actress who married seven times. Scandal follows her, if not, she chases them.

Such is the life of Evelyn… or so everyone thought. There’s more to it than what the whole world knows. She tells her story in a final tell-all interview through an unknown journalist, Monique Grant.

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[Book Review] One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

Synopsis

For cynical twenty-three-year-old August, moving to New York City is supposed to prove her right: that things like magic and cinematic love stories don’t exist, and the only smart way to go through life is alone. She can’t imagine how waiting tables at a 24-hour pancake diner and moving in with too many weird roommates could possibly change that. And there’s certainly no chance of her subway commute being anything more than a daily trudge through boredom and electrical failures.

But then, there’s this gorgeous girl on the train.

Jane. Dazzling, charming, mysterious, impossible Jane. Jane with her rough edges and swoopy hair and soft smile, showing up in a leather jacket to save August’s day when she needed it most. August’s subway crush becomes the best part of her day, but pretty soon, she discovers there’s one big problem: Jane doesn’t just look like an old school punk rocker. She’s literally displaced in time from the 1970s, and August is going to have to use everything she tried to leave in her own past to help her. Maybe it’s time to start believing in some things, after all.

Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop is a magical, sexy, big-hearted romance where the impossible becomes possible as August does everything in her power to save the girl lost in time.

I read this on my Kindle while listening to its audiobook from Scribd. I wanted to read this during Pride Month but I just couldn’t get away from my TBR.

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[ARC Review] The Price of Silence by Elle Mae

Synopsis

I am Rosie Miller and at the age of ten, I was cursed.
Because of my parents’ debt, I was forced into silence and now every word, every laugh, was a weapon used against me.

By nineteen I had come to understand that I would have no choice but to follow in my parents’ footsteps. Get a soul-sucking job reserved for low-levels like me, keep my head down, and die alone. 

That was until I got a letter one day welcoming me to the most prestigious demon academy in the entire country.
 I knew that when I opened that letter, it was too good to be true. There was no way after thousands of years of separation between high-levels and low-levels that I would ever be given such a golden opportunity.

Meeting them only proved my suspicions to be correct.

A bloodthirsty gangster.
A child of a high-ranking demon official with a penance for blackmail. 
And last but not least a witch who seems to be called by the power my curse exudes.

Becoming tangled with them will probably be the most reckless thing that I have ever done in my life, but will it be worth finally breaking my curse after nine years?

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