21 October 2015

Blog Tour: All I've Never Wanted by Ana Huang

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25464015-all-i-ve-never-wanted
The Scions were the four richest, most powerful guys at Valesca Academy, and they ruled the school with iron fists. Everyone wanted to date them or be them... Everyone, that is, except Maya Lindberg, who just wanted to avoid them until she could graduate.

She almost succeeded, until an ill-advised outburst on her part put her right in the Scions' path. Just like that, one became her fake boyfriend, one her unwanted matchmaker, one her guardian angel, and the one she couldn't stand the most? Yeah, he's her new housemate.

Source: Blog Tour | Review Consideration

5 Words: Money, school, control, lies, attraction.

Take the Number 1, Grade A douchebag with a God complex and bad parenting, add in a bet between a bunch of beautiful, stunning, amazing, overly rich and obviously spoiled kids, and then toss in a poor, innocent girl who is on a scholarship at their prodigious school.

It's a formula that's been done time and again, and this did feel a bit like a rehash of numerous stories I've read before.

That said, exclusive schools are one of my catnip tropes in YA. I love reading about luxury. And the descriptions in this book are certainly what redeemed it.

Honestly, I didn't connect with any of the characters. They mostly spent far too much time lying and being complete tossers. I did like how Maya stood up for herself, but I wish she had developed more as it didn't feel like she reached her full potential as a character, especially with how much her life changes.

The scenes with Maya's grandmother were quite hilarious. I read them with a giggle.

It was a good book, but with a little more development and polishing, a bit of a more original storyline, it could have been great.

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