Monday, February 22, 2016

Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey - Review

Dating isn’t easy when you’re in the middle of a blood feud.

Anastasia Vila’s family can turn into swans, but just once she’d like them to turn into responsible adults.

After hundreds of years, they still cling to the blood feud with the Renard family. No one remembers how it started in the first place—but foxes and swans just don’t get along.

Vilas can only transform into their swan shape after they have fallen in love for the first time, but between balancing schoolwork, family obligations, and the escalating blood feud, Ana’s got no time for love. The only thing keeping her sane is her best friend, Pierce Kent.

But when Pierce kisses Ana, everything changes.

Is what Pierce feels for her real, or a byproduct of her magic? Can she risk everything for her best friend? And when the family feud spirals out of control, Ana must stop the fight before it takes away everything she loves.

Including, maybe...Pierce.

This Entangled Teen Crave book contains language, violence, and lots of kissing. Warning: it might induce strong feelings of undeniable attraction for your best friend.

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Love Me, Love Me Not is an interesting combination of modern teenage tensions and coming-of-age with the twist of mythology and lore. At first I thought it was going to be Swan Princess-esque, but in fact the story and lore are completely different. I was surprised with and how all the events in the book unfold and overall, while not what I was expecting, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. 

Ana's family has the ability to turn into swans, with the help of a cape made of feathers that must be made before they fall in love for the first time. The pressures of first love and teenage relationships are heightened by the pressures of her family, both to complete her cape to fit in with her relatives and to experience her first real relationship. Enter Pierce, best friend and entirely human, the only person outside of her family or the Renards (archenemies and shapeshifting foxes) that know about her supernatural side. I wasn't expecting Pierce's point-of-view, or for him to have such a large part of the story. His parts allowed the story to really develop, adding layers outside of Ana's own problems with blood feuds and family. 

Ana's voice is hilarious and authentic. Surrounded by the supernatural, she often wishes she was just a normal teenager. However, the way she navigates her world, both in high school and in the light of the full moon with capes made of swan feathers, is fascinating and entertaining to read. Her friendship with Pierce, and likewise, his relationship with her, is believable and lovely and fun to watch grow and develop. Ana's army of cousins and aunts, her frenemies the Renards, and Pierce's family make for a slew of interesting secondary characters, culminating in an entertaining, magical, action-packed, coming-of-age story of first romance. 
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Also, check out Ana's interview with Pierce and other character interviews by clicking below!
Find out more about Alyxandra Harvey and her books here:

Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream. 

Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with three dogs and her husband. She likes chai lattes, tattoos, and books.

Author of The Drake Chronicles: Hearts At Stake/ My Love Lies Bleeding, Blood Feud,Out for Blood, Bleeding Hearts, Blood Moon and Blood Prophecy.

Also: Haunting Violet, Stolen Away and The Lovegrove Legacy: A Breath of Frost and Whisper the Dead.

Sometimes fueled by literary rage.

Happy Reading! 


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