The Hating (Loving) Game by Sally Thorne

Now that I’ve got no exams left, I can read, read and of course read.

This is the second book I’ve finished this month (I will talk about the first one in another post)

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Title: The Hating Game

Author: Sally Thorne

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Now, now this is what I am talking about.

Joshua and Lucy’s relationship reminded me of Chuck and Blair’s. All the games they play, challenges. How they observe details about each other quietly – sounds familiar.

This book was so easy to read (a bit too short, I needed more) and the witty dialogue made it so entertaining. The most positive point about it was the absence of a love triangle. Of course, there were some jealousy moments, but c’mon, the plot didn’t revolve around 2 men-1 woman. This change was refreshing.

The main characters are definitely 99,9% real life cases. The one who pleases everyone because she wants to be liked, but she stands for herself when needed. The one who is hated by everyone, but in reality he’s a shy sweetheart. The dynamic between these two have melted my icy heart.

I appreciated how their relationship started as lustful, later developing into powerful love. Joshua is supportive, doesn’t want anything in return and helps Lucy with every step.

It was very refreshing to read a drama-free easy romance. If you want a cheeky story sprinkled with sweetness, The Hating Game is your ideal choice. Sally has definitely debuted like a queen.

★★★★/★★★★★

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Six of Crows and a pool of knives in my heart by Leigh Bardugo

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Title: Six of Crows

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first

It feels so good to finish a book again. I haven’t finish one in a while. I, again, didn’t work on my drafts. I have a Grisha Trilogy review to post, but now I need to talk about Six of Crows. I;ve finished it a few minutes ago. Oh man, OH MAN.

I swear my heart skipped so many beats that I need a check-up very soon. Probably after I am going to finish Crooked Kingdoms.

I am glad I’ve read Grisha before, just to understand the Lantsov references. But Six of Crows, is much better than Grisha. I was a bit reluctant at the beginning because we have different point of views, as you already know, I don’t particulary enjoy different point of views. I feel like you are stepping on mines, you are prepared to die but then, the narrative changes to another point of view. Briefly, I find it very annoying.

I liked the change of points of views here as I hated Alina’s point of view in Grisha. I disliked Alina alot full stop.

The character development is so obvious in their point of views.

And what I liked the most, is the diversity of the crew.

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How can you not love them? They are so different, yet so greedy.

You don’t have your typical good guys. You have bad guys better than the worst guys.

Sparks of romance, mischievous thieves,impossible heist.

Yes, this book is the perfect combination.

However, it took me half of the book to completely fall in this abyss of obsession, this is why I am offering 4/5 stars. The pace was a bit slow at times. Not too slow.

With every turning page, the tension sky-rocketed. I was so excited to see what the next plan was. I was there indeed.

Here I was, thinking I would say ‘another overrated book’, but no. YOU MUST READ IT. GUYS. YOU MUST.

Also, I was thinking about a Throne of Glass-Six of Crows crossover. I think Kaz and Aelin would be partners in crime while Rowan and Inej would roll their eyes every second.

Nooooow my favourite quotations.

“Kaz leaned back. “What’s the easiest way to steal a man’s wallet?”
“Knife to the throat?” asked Inej.
“Gun to the back?” said Jesper.
“Poison in his cup?” suggested Nina.
“You’re all horrible,” said Matthias.”

Many boys will bring you flowers. But someday you’ll meet a boy who will learn your favorite flower, your favorite song, your favorite sweet. And even if he is too poor to give you any of them, it won’t matter because he will have taken the time to know you as no one else does. Only that boy earns your heart.

No mourners. No funerals. Among them, it passed for ‘good luck.

When everyone knows you’re a monster, you needn’t waste time doing every monstrous thing.

“It’s not natural for women to fight.”
“It’s not natural for someone to be as stupid as he is tall, and yet there you stand.”

She’d laughed, and if he could have bottled the sound and gotten drunk on it every night, he would have. It terrified him.

Now, I found this band and it reminds me 100% of Six of Crows:

Katzenjammer

★★★★/5

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Gotta go and read Crooked Kingdom.

You are always reading and I want to ask you: ‘Do you feel, sometimes, only sometimes, that reality is a burden?’ ‘Do you feel the urge to just lose yourself between black-inked thoughts?’

I am very curious about what hides behind your sparkling eyes when you see a book. Do you hope to drown yourself in words,  forgetting the real thirst?

You flinch easily, you throw a hunted look behind, you smile, sometimes laugh without a reason and I can see myself in your blue eyes. I do that too, this is why I want to ask you.

Is it easy to turn your back on reality? Is it that easy to forget about the annoying, yet pleasing, sound of living? 

You sometimes do that. You fall into an oblivion where no one can find you because you found yourself. Do I want to catch you or fall with you?

You are a puzzle, and I am sure it’s irrelevant trying to figure you out. Some pieces are missing, some are borrowed, some change every day. You were never meant to be a perfect whole.

I can see your messy hair, the bags under your eyes and I want to ask you. ‘Did you waste your time overthinking or just wandering around that oblivion, searching for indulgence in someone else’s thoughts?’ 

It’s as simple as that. We’re real people, in real times. You are real, I am real, but not quite.