ARC kindly provided by Bloomsbury Publishing Australia in exchange for an honest review.
‘Caramel Hearts’ was NOT as lovely as I had hoped it would be! The whole entire novel didn’t sit well with me and the main character, Liv Bloom, was just too much for me. I felt like I was reading yet another depressing story about yet another troubled young girl who comes from a bad family and the only way she can resolve all her depressing problems is if she delves into the depressing past.
Are you depressed yet?
Seriously, the only major difference that I could figure out about this novel was that it attempted to appear happy and fool silly people like me into picking it up with the recipes it held inside. And as a lover of baking, I REALLY couldn’t help myself.
“Stacey,” I said, “Give this book a chance,” I said. “It has such high/good ratings on Goodreads!” I said, “Maybe it will be one of those HAPPY coming-of-age novels!”
No. No. No. No.
I really shouldn’t have picked up ‘Caramel Hearts’. There was absolutely nothing sweet or romantic or happy about this novel. THE COVER IS LIEING TO YOU! DO NOT FALL FOR ITS COMPLETE AND UTTER GORGEOUSNESS!
Now, don’t get me wrong: I don’t HATE this novel. It just didn’t live up to my expectations and if I reread it at a later date, I would probably enjoy it a lot more. My timing with reading this novel may have been a little off. *sighs with self-disappointment*
Now, let’s talk about Liv Bloom. She’s one hell of a girl! At first meeting, I actually was quite accepting of her and ready to understand and step into her shoes! Liv seemed like a struggling teen who knew of that bad things in her life and was ready to face them. She seemed sad but at least hopeful. She was almost “good” and I could see her changing and growing and becoming this character I would LOVE by the time the end would roll around.
Well, I didn’t. I didn’t like her at all by the end.
In fact, I was quite ready to get rid of her and dump the novel. Seriously, I was SO thankful to leave her behind. It was like the world was lifted off my shoulders! (Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little but I just didn’t like her as a person.)
Live Bloom had too many bad qualities in her and not enough “good” ones. She wasn’t clever or wise. She was too selfish, conceited, and a liar. She let herself get stuck in this horrible world she loved in and only at the end did she realise. Thank GOODNESS!
The writing was great but I felt like the novel progressed too slowly for me and the recipes didn’t make much sense being there. The plot wasn’t overly unique or original and I put this novel down a lot more often than I picked it up.
Congratulations to E. R. Murray on publishing her first young adult novel!
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!