Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Review: Not Okay Cupid by Heidi R. Kling

Not Okay Cupid

Author: Heidi R. Kling
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Pages: Paperback, 234 pages
Genre: YA
Release Date: January 11th 2016


Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart...

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge...or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.

WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can't have.


This kinda reminded me of She's All That with a dash of Ten Things I Hate About you, thrown the bad boy turned lover boy....
So your classic highschool cute & fluffy.

But I was not a fan of the first half. It was too melodramatic for me. And my biggest issue with the book: I really didn't like Felix's POV.
BUT saying this... It gets better, way better. The second half of the book, was the classic sigh-worthy cute & fluffy and I ended up adoring both Felix and Hazel.

This is not so much plot driven. Well, it doesn't have any surprising twists and turns- nope it's your classic sweet high school romp and I enjoyed it.

The writing style left me a bit ambiguous, I am not sure exactly if it was only the POV of Felix- it felt rather a bit fake. I know that sounds odd, but I kept thinking this isn't how a teenage boy thinks... or speaks... I didn't feel the same about Hazels however. I like her voice. Though I wouldn't say that I was wowed by Kling's prose, I also didn't dislike it- well except for the previously mentioned issue.

Thankfully this is mostly character driven. And you know I love character driven stories! The two MCs got more interesting as we get to know them. From what looked at the beginning two uber-stereotypical characters, we got two interesting and realistic feeling teens. I loved their boarding scenes. The villains in this, however never change. They the same totally over the top, selfish cliches- we never get to see another side of them. I kept wondering how Hazel ever was friends with them.

Still sweet, fun and cute, if you don't mind Felix' POV or the stereotyping. I also did like the little cupid bits!

If you a lover of Entangled Crush or the genre it's worth a try.


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