All Winks and No Kisses

Wink Poppy MidnightWink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Revenge. Justice. Love. They are the three stories that all other stories are made up of. It’s the trifecta.

If there’s something that I learned from this book, it’s that we should not judge books by their covers (though we can’t really help it haha). Book covers can be deceiving. Take this book, for example. It has a very beautiful cover, but the story? Hmm. If I were to redesign the cover based on the plot, I would change it into something with a plain gray background and maybe a Times New Roman font (that’s the most boring one I could think of) for the title.

WPM revolves around 3 characters: Wink, Poppy, and Midnight. The description on the cover entails a mystery, but it’s not really as interesting as it wants you to believe (at least for me).

This book almost dragged me into a reading slump if not for the other books that I was reading along with it. It’s not only because I found it unexciting. It was also weird and confusing. I had to reread a lot of paragraphs more than once because I didn’t really get what was going on. I also didn’t like any of the characters. They were tiresome, shallow, and just weird.

One of the other issues I had was the writing style. I guess it was not that bad and you could even say that it’s lush, but I was so annoyed because the characters kept on saying words repeatedly. For instance:

“I hated him for it, really, really hated him for it, hated, hated.
Hated, hated, hated, hated.”

Maybe that’s a great lyric to a song, but in a novel, it’s just irksome.

I thought it was only Poppy who was doing it because I first noticed the repetition on her chapters and it would have been okay if that was the case because it would have her character stand out from the rest, but NO. Wink, Midnight, and some side characters were doing it. It gave me a headache!

The plot twist near the end did surprise me, but it also confused me a lot. It just made everything more chaotic than ever.

So yeah, I didn’t enjoy this book but I dunno, maybe some people would appreciate this. It was just not for me at all.