Hey, you! 😊
For the month of June, our book club chose the book Twisted Love by Ana Huang for the theme, "Bookstagram / BookTok". This book was all over my socials so I suggested it and it was approved!
But to my disappointment, I found that Twisted Love was overhyped and overrated.
Before I start taking this book apart, I just want to say that I usually don't judge people and what they read, but mannnnn I was surprised why soooo many people loved this one! Or ... were they lying when they said they did and this is all just a joke?! 😅
I could feel my eyes rolling many many times while reading because I really don't understand why the author thought it was a good idea to put every single trope in one story. Actually, I might have a theory ... It feels like she just put all of her eggs in a single basket and hoped for the best, which worked I guess because it went viral, but that doesn't mean it's any good. And I sure hope that future authors don't do this. Think quality, not popularity.
Brother's best friend ✔️
Opposites attrack ✔️
Billionaire CEO alpha ✔️
Forbidden romance - ✔️
What else didn't she include?!
The writing was fine, enjoyable at times, but the storyline just didn't make any sense. Was it a romance, a thriller? A murder mystery?
The plot was cliché. The romance was cringe. The main character was a second hand copy of Christian Grey. There were so many contradictions between how he was described and his actions /words. Some scenes literally felt like they were directly taken from Fifty Shades, but in a bad way and I didn't particularly enjoy Fifty Shades.
Also - the sex talk was the worst! "I am turning you into my f*ck doll." "She resembled a sacrificial virgin waiting defilement." Uhhhh yeah, this is not what my book fantasies are made of!!! And it made the main male character, Alex, a bit creepy.
At this point, I didn't think it could go worse. And then ... he suddenly starts singing! *chokes on water* Come on nowwwww. This was so cringy and totally unnecessary.
My final words: This book was all over the place and a total disaster! If you ever want to torture me, make me read this book again.
Book Club Questions:
What was your favorite part of the book?
What was your least favorite part of the book?
Which scene has stuck with you the most?
What did you think of the writing?
How do you feel about the number of tropes?
How does the book's title work in relation to the story?
Did this book remind you of any other books?
Who was your favorite character?
Are you surprised that this book went viral?
Would you read the rest of the series?
How did the book impact you?
Did the book feel real to you?
Which twist surprised you the most?
Did this book melt your heart?
Did you like the heat level of the book?
I can't help but wonder what makes a book go viral online nowadays? Is this it? Really?