3 Lessons I Learned After Reading UP in Flames by Abbi Glines

Sunday, July 10, 2016

The villain of Rosemary Beach finally gets her own happy ending! The 13th and final installment of the series is here and was released worldwide last June 28. I gotta admit, I honestly was never a true Nan hater. Yes, she did quite a number of nasty things specially to Blaire and Harlow but I have always felt that she was just misunderstood and just needed someone to understand and push her to the right direction. So, I went into this book with much hope and excitement that finally I would know more about Nan and what made her be that way but sadly, it wasn't what I expected or hoped it would be. Here's why:

» Just because it's part of the series doesn't mean it is good
I love the Rosemary Beach Series after I was introduced to Rush and Blair and had been following the whole Rosemary Gang since then. I didn't bat an eye when Abbi Glines announced that Nan will have her own book because I'm kinda excited to know about her but this one was a total letdown. I don't know exactly what had happened but it wasn't at par with the other books in the series.

» Never Trust The Hype
Abbi Glines + Rosemary Beach Series + Nan, come on?! what could go wrong? Well, almost everything. Days after the announcement that the last book from the series was going to be about Nan, the hype was real. Fans of the series shared their own thoughts and it really got me excited but then again, it really didn't live up to the hype so there, never trust. I think it would be better if you would read a lot of reviews before you click  on the order button.

» Not all love triangles are good plot conflicts
I couldn't stress it enough that this Major - Nan - Cope love affair got me scratching my head. I swear it is so confusing and not romantic at all. Honestly, there wasn't really a build up as to why Nan should be with this guy or as to why this particular guy is better for her than the other. It's frustrating because it was sold us a romantic and erotic read but the hopeless romantic in me wasn't happy.

Overall, I was really disappointed with how Up in Flames turned out. Maybe because I expected more? I mean, Nan is an interesting character. I wanted to know more about her. I wanted to know why she's being a bitch. I wanted to read about her background story and her personal growth but I really didn't read it in here. It's sad that I really didn't get to know the real her and I felt bad because I really like Abbi Glines but her latest book was a total let down for me.

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  1. I was about to write this down in my journal expecting it to be a good book, but it guess not!
    Aleeha xXx

  2. There are some people who love this but I'm just not one of them for reasons stated above. I don't know but maybe you could give it a try. Who knows? Maybe you'll like it :)

  3. That is the downside of havinf something hyped. There's always a tendency of a very big let down. Unlike when you don't expect something to be good, you are pleasantly surprised that it was in fact good.