Title: Love Me, Love Me Not
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Publication: February 22nd 2016 by Entangled: Crave
Genre: Young Adult ~ Paranormal
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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.
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.
Anastasia ‘Ana’ Vila comes from a family that can turn into swans. Before a Vila can turn into a swan they have to fall in love first, which is Ana’s main problem. Between school, obligations to her family and the feud they have with the Renard family, how can she find the time to fall in love? Luckily Ana’s best friend Pierce is around. Only Pierce is in love with her, which she has been pretty much blind to, until Pierce kisses her and everything changes.
I really did like Love Me, Love Me Not. As I said before the characters were all great. The main characters especially were great to read about. Pierce was my favorite, mainly because he’s a big reader and I liked that for a change, the guy was in love with the girl and not the other way around.
This story is a Romeo and Juliet retelling. There are lots of hints to Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare and what not. So I had expected Pierce to be from the Renard family, except he wasn’t. So, I don’t know… maybe that’s part of the reason why I didn’t fully connect to the story. Also, the whole magic and swans things confused me a little and was glossed over too fast. I also wanted to learn more about the Renards.
Luckily, I’ve always liked Alyxandra Harvey’s books. She has real talent to write strong characters, especially the females. I’ve also always liked how she writes her male characters as well. So it’s not surprising that it was the same with this book.
Love Me, Love Me Not was definitely a story that I liked. The characters were my favorite thing in it — they were all really great. I just couldn’t feel a real connection to the story in general.
Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as 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.
Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.
Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.
I've been wondering about this one since I really like her Drake series. Totally agree re: strong characters and women in her books. Great review!
A Romeo and Juliet retelling where the main character can turn into a swan? Now that certainly does sound unique! Seems like you liked this one well enough 🙂