Two Reviews: Poison by Galt Niederhoffer & Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Poison by Galt Niederhoffer

Publication Date: November 21st, 2017

Rating: 1 ¼ Stars

This was a rough read. I can honestly say it has been awhile since I have considered quitting a book, but I most definitely would have quit this book had I not owed a review. I felt like I was reading a mundane drone of life in a bad relationship. While this author showed incredible writing talent within the descriptions provided of every day characters and everyday life, the plot failed to draw me in throughout the entirety of the book.

This book is narrated by Cass, a widowed mother of two, who finds love again in Ryan Connor. We are dropped into Cass and Ryan’s marriage as they have produced a two year old to join Cass’ two previous children and they have completed a move across the country to Seattle, from New York. Cass is convinced Ryan has poisoned her in an attempt to get out of their marriage with his child and the deed to their house, but Cass must prove she is really being poisoned, rather than a delusional schizophrenic.

This book did an injustice to the deeper premises within: female victims and mental health. Throughout the book, the topic of discounting female victims in rape and abuse cases continued to surface. Cass even went so far as to jokingly present a class lecture on the topic. Like, WHY ARE WE JOKING ABOUT THIS DISCOUNTING FEMALE RAPE VICTIMS’ ACCOUNTS?

Mental health was also brought up as Cass sought the help of health professionals and the police. In both circumstances she was disregarded and even locked in the psychiatric ward for evaluation. These experiences, as they happened to Cass, certainly opened the readers’ eyes to the atrocity experienced, but these eyes were barely staying open regardless, thanks to the book’s mundane plot.

*Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.


Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Publication Date: October 17th, 2017

Rating: 2 Stars

This book will make a lovely holiday chick flick, as it seems it is destined to do, but I found it to be rushed and under developed. A relatively simple story about rich families and trouble finding love, or rather, a rich woman settling for a mate she doesn’t truly love due to perceived family pressures. This was a classic read about a boy getting the girl that is determined as “out of his league.” This whole book reeked of #FirstWorldProblems from the first page to the last and while it was certainly cheesy (which is actually okay for me), it was rushed to execution and irritated me throughout with its rich people problems.

If you are looking to escape into a holiday chick flick, I advise waiting to catch this one on the lifetime holiday schedule (as it was picked up as movie rights). Until then, we still have Thanksgiving to survive before the Christmas music, books and movies really begin.

*Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided by NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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