Title: We Were One (Looking Glass)
Author: Elizabeth Reyes
Publisher: January 2018
The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death.
Adoration is not profound enough a word to express the depth of my love for her. From the moment she walked into my life and set my heart and soul on fire, not a day’s gone by that she hasn’t plagued my every thought.
We were each other’s completion. She was everything I wasn’t–the sigh to my roar, the virtue to my sin, the cure to my wounds.
We Were One.
Until the unthinkable happened.
That I’ve survived such a tragedy without having completely lost it, is a mystery in itself. But as my mind starts to blur the lines between reality and my delusional heart, I begin to question everything, including my sanity.
And then the real mystery begins . . .
Well how do I start this review? It feels like forever since my last one… Do I still know how to even review a book anymore? Lol okay I am just kidding I just usually spout whatever BS is in my mind anyway so here it goes.
I was given this ARC copy by the author herself and I said yes to reviewing this book mostly because I was sold by the cover. It looked professionally done, the fonts matched and it looked nice and legit, you know and then I was told the synopsis and my interest was piqued. So, I gave it a go.
I didn’t know what to expect going into this book because I am not a huge fan of contemporary romance (I read anything and everything okay doesn’t mean I have to like them all) maybe because the probability for it to be relatable to my present life is too high and I was not surprised when I didn’t enjoy this book as I hoped I would be.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book and I did somewhat enjoyed it but not up to the standard I was hoping it would and my reasons are as follows…
First, I felt that the writing was too cliche for my taste. Everything was just ‘I love you this’, ‘I love you that’, ‘You are my world’, ‘I can’t live without you’ etc etc etc and for a girl (more like woman I have got to own up to my real age by now) who has been single for so god damned long these words just don’t fly with me anymore which again links back to being relatable to my the present day issue. I just can’t imagine a guy saying this to me and me taking him seriously. Maybe it is just me and my commitment issues, who knows.
Next, is that I couldn’t relate to the main characters, Nico and Maddie. There was no emotional connection between me and these characters. I felt like I was reading about them and their love story and whatnot but not actually getting to know them at all. There was legit no emotional investment on my part in regards to the characters which in turn lead to no emotional investment to the plot of the book itself. Like I couldn’t care less for the characters. I didn’t care whether they were happy or sad or whatever. My mind was just okay let’s just get this chapter over with.
It did not help that the first half of the book started when the main characters were really young; Nico was 19 and Maddie was 16. With this age gap between me and the characters (I am 25 btw) I just found the petty drama surrounding their relationship just that, petty teenage drama whilst I understood why they acted that way (I was a teenager once too) but I couldn’t relate to it anymore because I felt that all this petty drama didn’t even need to happen had they just have an open communication in their relationship.
For example, there was this one scene where Maddie saw Nico meet up with his old fling who was obviously pregnant and she assumed the worst and went completely ballistic. I can relate if she found them in bed together but just talking and doing nothing. Like really? Then she went home cried her eyes out and took some sleeping meds and I find this whole fiasco to be so immature and just plain old stupid.
Another example that made me roll my eyes was this. When the book started Nico was 19 but in the book he talks about how he is a MAN and whatnot and kept bringing it up all the time it started to annoy the shit out of me. Grown ass man MY FAT ASS. Like that’s so cute Nico how you think you’re a man and an adult, now why don’t you go back to the playground where you came from and drink you milkshake like a good little boy. You don’t need to shove it in my face every few pages insisting you are an adult. This doesn’t affect my review of the book either way but I really wanted the description of Nico’s tattoos.
Now, plot wise I felt that it was okay; predictable, had its funny moments, cute moments and the like but there was one problem I had with it in this aspect which was I felt that the drama in the plot was too superficial. Superficial in a way that all the drama was settled easily. Far too easily if you ask me. Nico, gets all hot and bothered by all these (unnecessary?) drama what with the old fling, the meeting of Maddie’s mom and whatnot but the payoff for all that worrying isn’t there. So, whenever I am starting to feel some sort of connection with the characters the lack of payoff throws me off and I am back to square one.
Okay moving on to things I liked about the book.
I really liked how some characters were really open to going to a therapist to help them with their issues especially if they are male characters as I felt that this is a great way to help people see that seeking help isn’t a bad thing and it is better in the long run.
Another thing I really respected was how Nico was a gentleman with Maddie. Yes, he did the dirty on the down low with her but he made sure he didn’t coerce her and that she was of age because if he did the nasty with her when she definitely underage I would so label him as a pedophile regardless of how mature Maddie looked.
Overall, this book was an okay book for me. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I hoped but I didn’t hate it either. It was more of okay cool type of feeling but if you are a fan of contemporary romance with a dash of sex scenes in the mix I would recommend this book for you to give it a go.
On a side note, I am interested in the next book of which the main character is Nolan. Not because I like Nolan or anything but because I read the excerpt and it opened with a homicide and the true crime fanatic in me was like…. ‘oh…. what is this?’