Book Review: Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R Kling

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Not Okay CupidNot Okay, Cupid (High School Heartbreakers #1) by Heidi R. Kling

Published by Entangled Crush

Published on January 11th, 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Romantic Comedy

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Her wicked revenge, or his wicked heart…

Hazel McCallister loves her life. Perfect grades. Perfect best friend. Perfect boyfriend. Until her perfect boyfriend cheats on her with her perfect best friend. Now Hazel’s in free fall—until her best friend’s brother, Felix, gives her the perfect idea. Reclaim her power by taking revenge on her cheating ex.

Felix James loves his life. Casual relationships. Loads of surfing. He’s as drama-free as they come. But he can’t stand by when his sister steals her best friend’s boyfriend, and the dude insists it was Hazel’s fault. So Felix vows to help turn Hazel into a girl her ex can’t resist—so then she can break his heart.

With an alliance in place, Hazel’s revenge is all but assured. But with each piece of payback, she feels a stronger attraction to Felix, even though revenge will turn her into a girl Felix could never be with. And soon Hazel has to make an impossible choice: revenge…or Felix, the boy who’s stolen her heart.

WARNING! This book contains betrayal, revenge, and that most tempting vice of all, the bad boy you know you can’t have.

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About the Author:

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After earning her BA in Literature & Creative Writing Literature from UC Santa Cruz and finding her voice in YA, Heidi went on to earn her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She has directed and written children’s theatre on both coasts and lives with her husband and two children in Palo Alto, CA.

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Website: http://heidirkling.com

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Read below for an excerpt from the book:

I watched in horror as Kimmy’s lips grazed Jay’s ear. He leaned back and laughed. What the heck was going on?

“Oh God!” Hazel said, grabbing my hand. “Look at her hand.”

Kimmy’s hand was riding high up Jay’s shorts. High, high. Like top of thigh high. The kind of move that usually let me know a girl was ready to get down to business.

“Dude,” I said, because what else could I say?

Hazel swallowed. “Did you know about this?”

“Me? No way. Hell no. I’ve been looking for her all day, too. Look, Baze, don’t overreact. We don’t know anything. Who knows. He might have…lost a match and she’s…comforting him. Or his turtle died and they’re planning a eulogy together?” I was grasping and we both knew it, but I couldn’t stand to see that pained look on her face. “I once heard the best eulogy for a frog. It was amazing. It was all about the life cycle from tadpole to amphibian to…”

“Shut up, Felix.”

“Shutting up.”

Hazel brushed past me and barreled toward them. It was no turtle eulogy, and I knew it. I mean, I didn’t know I knew it, but I knew the look of two people who were digging on each other, and those two were certainly all about the other one. God, poor Hazel.

Oh no. There she goes.

I had to follow her. I had to help.

“Excuse me,” I said to a group of three ladies in my way. Two of them grinned at me, one glared. The glaring one was a girl I’d forgotten to call back. I ducked, sheepishly, with a little apologetic wave, and came out on the other side.

I’d never even heard Hazel raise her voice, never mind cry. Never mind cry in public. But I didn’t need to use my astute Sherlock skills to see Hazel was on the verge of doing all three. She stopped close to Jay and Kimmy, like she was verifying what she was seeing was real.

One more intimate touch from Kimmy on Jay and that was it. Hazel moved in for the kill.

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Book Review:

Not Okay, Cupid is a super sweet YA contemporary that it perfect for readers who are looking for romance before Valentines Day! It’s full of ooey, gooey love and revenge plots throughout the entire book that will keep you flipping the pages for more.

When I first started Not Okay, Cupid, I was a little confused. It starts out really fast without much character background. So, it took me a few chapters to really get a grasp of what was going on and who was who. After the first three chapters, though, it was (okay, being honest here) hard not to fall in love with Felix. He was just way too adorable! I could have just read about him. What a sweetheart.

The characters did feel a little young in Not Okay, Cupid. They were supposed to be seniors in high school, but I would have pegged them around eighth or ninth grade. Maybe I just haven’t been in high school for awhile and can’t remember how immature everyone was. I just felt that the characters didn’t really act like they were about to go off to college. I would have liked to see a little bit more character development in this book.

Another thing that slightly bothered me was that Not Okay, Cupid was very repetitive in regards to the cheating and the revenge. I understand that’s what the book was about. However, it was a bit much to have it going on every few paragraphs. Big Deal? No. I would have just liked to see maybe a few more side plots or a more on growing romance between Felix and Hazel.

Now, I am very choosy about the YA contemporary books that I read. I typically don’t like reading the lighter side of YA contemps; I lean more to the tear jerkers and the storylines that rip your heart to shreds and then throw it in a blender for extra good measure. I really enjoyed reading this one, though. Totally not my normal read, but I must have been in the mood for something sweet and romantic! It was a nice change! And I really think that this book is going to be a huge hit with YA contemporary fans!

What I liked:

Felix: I couldn’t get enough of him! What a sweetheart!

The Light Side of YA Contemporary: It was a light, sweet read! I really enjoyed it!

A Perfect Read for Valentines Day: I read this just in time! A perfect read for this season!

What I Didn’t Like:

The Characters felt a little young: While I did enjoy the characters, I would have liked to see a little bit more character development!

A Little Too Much Revenge & Cheating: It would have been nice to see some side plots or a little more ongoing love between Felix and Hazel. A little too much focus on the revenge & cheating for my taste

Overall:

I really enjoyed Not Okay, Cupid! It was a very cute read & a perfect addition to the YA community just in time for Valentines Day! I definitely recommend this one for YA contemporary fans!

Rating: [rating: 3]

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The Tour Schedule:

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January 12th
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January 13th
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January 14th
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January 15th
Book Briefs – Review
YaReads – Review
January 16th
The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Review
Roxy’s Reviews – Guest Post
January 17th
The Rest Is Still Unwritten – Guest Post
January 18th
Beanie’s Book Blog – Review
January 19th
Crossroad Review – Promo Post
January 20th
Just One More Chapter – Promo Post
January 21st
Jody’s Book Reviews – Promo Post
January 22nd
OriginiquEquanimity – Review
Media Geeks Unite – Promo Post
January 23rd
YaReads – Interview
January 24th
Adventures in Writing – Review

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