Book Review: Losing Kyler by Siobhan Davis
Title: Losing Kyler
Author: Siobhan Davis
Series: The Kennedy Boys #2
Genre: NA, Romance, High School
Source: ARC, publisher
Condemned to repeat the sins of the past... Faye thought losing her parents was the most devastating thing to happen to her, but she was wrong. Her uncle’s scandalous revelation has sent her into a tailspin, leaving her questioning her entire existence. Everything she believed is built on a lie. And the one person she shares a passionate, soul-deep connection with can’t be there for her. Faye and Ky can’t be together. It’s forbidden. Though they are determined to avoid replicating their parents’ mistakes, caving to their feelings is as tempting as the apple in the Garden of Eden. Ky had sworn off girls until Faye bulldozed her way into his life. Now, she’s his whole world, and their forced separation is crushing him. Once his manipulative ex resurfaces—hell-bent on ruining the Kennedys—he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his loved ones including turning his back on the one person he can’t live without. Then tragedy strikes and all bets are off. But is it too late? When Faye needs him and he isn’t there for her, guilt and hurt threaten to obliterate their love. As they start to rebuild their fractured hearts, another sordid family secret is uncovered, and Faye worries Ky may be lost to her forever. But can you truly lose someone if they don’t want to be found?
Yeah so basically these gifs already summed up my review for this book.
When I finished this book, I was truly kind of speechless.
And not exactly in the good way.
This book is so wrong and twisted in all the wrong reasons. Contemporary is all about drama, because this genre is supposed to be realistic, so the only choice you go is that. This book though, took it to a whole new level.
We have gone full circle: we've started with cousin romance, then to GOT level incest between the parents, and finally to the whole cheating fiasco. I don't even know which kid is which anymore (because literally every single kid's parents are not who they say they are).
I still enjoyed the first book because although it was kind of pushing it (especially with the ending), you can see the arc of the story, about how each little problem is for a bigger arc, that would be the 'ultimate' revelation'. And that is very good, because it's an excellent factor for a well-written story. And it's also that got me to continue this series to book two.
And then I read this book.
The first book was pushing it, but if the author knew not to go overboard, and cause this book to be pushed off the edge...
This book basically reached the point where it is just way too ridiculous. This is contemporary, there is suppose to be drama, but when it goes overboard, you can so easily make your book into one of those lousy paranormal books. Because those paranormal books have contemporary factors (realistic) mixed with fantasy (ridiculous, never going to happen in the real world) factors. But books like that are so shallow that there is no real story, so it's basically just the collection of all the problems the author can come up with, instead of making it into an organized arc. This book is becoming a book like that in my opinion because 1) this book is still contemporary, but 2), it's becoming so stupid and so laughably absurd.
I understand that this is a messed up rich family, but this is just riotous.
So when it was revealed that Ky wasn't even his father's son (his mother cheated on him), after we were revealed that Ky was Faye's cousin, then half brother (because Faye's uncle slept with her mom, which is his sister), I was just done.
You didn't see this with Paper Princess, or any other good contemporary books. Paper Princess, like this book, had a super messed up family, and yet the book had an excellent arc, was well organized, and the author still managed to torture us with one horrible circumstance after the other without overwhelming, or potentially drive us away.
Especially when I have so many books to read, both as requirement and TBR, the books had a greater chance of being dropped by me if I feel like they're not worth my time. And I feel like that's what happened with this book. I still enjoyed it immensely despite all its flaws, but this book went way too overboard, and unfortunately pushed me off the ship as well.