(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Macmillan on February 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Love & Romance, paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
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.
I’ve been a fan of Alyxandra Harvey’s book since middle school. The bookstore that I found the first book in The Drake Chronicles in, Hearts At Stakes, isn’t even open anymore. But to be fair, independent bookstores and chain bookstores didn’t stand a chance in that town, so it’s no surprise. I jump at the opportunity to read her new stuff and honestly had such high hopes for Love Me, Love Me Not.
It was okay. It took me quite a while to get into the book. I picked it up and put it back down multiple times. I found it difficult to connect with the main character, Anastasia Vila. After a while, though, I got used to her voice and liked her, even though I didn’t connect with her completely. She was feisty and independent and determined to fall in love so she could get her wings. Her love for her family drove her forward more than any blood feud ever could. Harvey did a fantastic job of creating a new main character and establishing a unique voice.
My favorite character in the book was Pierce. I didn’t understand why Ana didn’t want to be with him, why she would choose Edward over him. Edward had nothing on Pierce, in my opinion, and even though the end of their relationship was anticlimactic, it felt right. Ana and Pierce had always been friends, but from the beginning I wanted them to be something more. As a result, when Ana pushed him away, she frustrated me. I would love more of this world in large part because I want more Pierce, and I’m glad he told part of the story.
The feud between the Renards and Vilas was the main driving force of the story. I would have liked to know more about it, actually. Since this is a standalone, at the moment, some of it felt rushed, trying to explain a feud that had gone on longer than anyone could remember. If the story were to continue, I would like to know more about the family of foxes and how they’re independent of the swans.
If you’re a fan of Alyxandra Harvey, I suggest giving this book a shot. It wasn’t my favorite (I’m not sure anyone can compare to Nicholas Drake in my heart), but it proved her storytelling ability still rings true.