The Holloway Girls by Susan Bishop Crispell
The Holloway Girls
By Susan Bishop Crispell
Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Magical Realism, Paranormal, Fiction
June 7, 2022
When your kiss is good luck, the wrong kiss could change everything...
During the kissing season, one kiss from Remy or her older sister Maggie will give the boy—or girl—good luck. Or so it has been for all the Holloway girls before. But this year, Remy's first season, she doesn't follow the rules, dooming the boy she kisses to bad luck that almost kills him and leaving Remy with a cursed kissing season.
Now Remy is adamant about keeping her lips to herself. But the new boy in town is making it hard to keep her promise. Especially because he seems to really want to get to know her, and isn't just using her for the Holloway luck. But before she can even think about kissing someone else, she'll have to find a way to fix the curse, or else her family's legacy will be tainted forever.
I can say I had way higher expectations of this one from both the cover that drew me in and then the description that made me buy it.... 🥴
The idea of kissing magic that brought good luck intrigued me along with the promise of a curse and possible YA romance element. But there was just so much done wrong in this one... 👎🏼
First off, the MC Remy is SOO unbelievably unlikable. We get it - you kissed your crush and cursed him because he loved someone else - but let's be real here, we could have spotted that he was still in love with her a mile away, you knew the rules. Both Remy and Issac decided to break these rules - both deserved what they got, sorry not sorry 🤷🏼♀️🤷🏼♀️
Then comes the slut shaming that Remy gave her sister Maggie because she kissed so many guys, plus the way she basically made Maggie break up with her friend. Plus the way everyone (EVEN HER PARENTS) acted like Remy needed to go around kissing all the boys was ridiculous and WEIRD.🥴🥴🥴
Don't even get me started on Tobin coming into the picture with his goth attitude, lip rings, and acoustic guitar playing around the fire - GAG🤢. How does Remy go from crushing on the popular kid to suddenly having a thing for loners with lip rings??! Not saying people can't have more than one type but it was just weird to me.
I was just annoyed most of the time with this one. There were HUGE magical plot holes and some very cringy scenes that had me ready to quit this one multiple times - but maybe someone else will like it better than I did. But for me this one was a big thumbs down👎🏼👎🏼