ARC Review + Giveaway: Rivals

Author: Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur
Series: The Ivy #3
Pages: 365
Format: ARC
Source: Greenwillow
Rating: 2.5/5

Decisions, decisions . . .

You’ve survived your first semester and captured the interest of not one but two of the hottest guys on campus.

Now who are you going to choose?

Callie Andrews returns for her second semester at Harvard determined to do better than the previous fall, where those Bs on her report card seemed pretty good compared to the state of her extracurriculars (F, as in if at first you don’t succeed, you should probably stop trying), friendships (C-minus, since she and former BFF Vanessa are still on thin ice), and love life (D, as in don’t even go there). But various campus rivalries soon threaten to thwart Callie’s resolve. Will Callie ever be a match for—

Grace Lee
the take-no-prisoners managing editor

the gorgeous transfer student

the guy who might just be too perfect

and Gregory
the guy who may never be perfect enough.

Callie will face some of the toughest choices imaginable: in friendships, in loyalties, and in love. The pressure to pick a side—and a suitor—has never been higher. But will she and her friends choose well?

I will admit, I don't like books like this.  I didn't even ask for an ARC of it, Greenwillow just sent me one (THANKS!!).  I haven't read the first two books, I didn't understand what was going on.  I didn't like it enough to give it 3 stars, I was going to give it 2, but then I read the ending.  And you know what I always say about the endings. :)

It was a good idea, don't get me wrong.  But I just didn't like it.  It's totally no one's fault but mine because I just don't like these kinds of books in general.  The plot was good, the idea was good, it had a lot of things going on and a complex plot (which Kunze and Onur still made understandable, and I totally give them credit for that), but the writing was okay.  Again, I just don't like these kinds of books.  It's no one's fault but mine.  I did laugh at a couple things and there were parts that I thought were really imaginative and funny.  The handcuffs I though were a really good idea (I won't tell you any more, you have to read the book :P).

A strong female character is always crucial for me, and I don't feel like Callie fits that description.  I can totally understand her being with Clint, but the things she did before that, I just don't understand, and I don't think a REAL strong female would have done them.
In the beginning, I adored Clint.  He was totally swoon-worthy.  Then came the end.  And let's just say, I hate him now. (Read the book :P)
Gregory was okay for me, not especially hot or swoon-worthy.
I really, really liked Mimi and Vanessa, though.  They were funny, strong, and, to be honest, I liked them more than I liked Callie.

All in all, not my favorite book, but I'm sure that if I liked chic-lit I would love this book.

Huge thanks to Greenwillow for sending me an ARC of this book when I didn't even ask for it. :)

And another huge thanks to Isabella on Goodreads for telling me what the rest of the series was about because, to be honest, I didn't have a clue what was going on.  Thanks dalin' :P


Today I'm going to giveaway ONE ARC COPY of Rivals, by Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur.  I have read the edition I am giving away and it is in perfect condition.  Please read all the rules below very carefully.  Thanks so much for stopping by and reading my review, and I hope you enter my giveaway.  Feel free to comment below!! :)

Rivals, by Lauren Kunze & Rina Onur


The Rules:
  1. There will be one winner. 
  2. Giveaway ends on February 29, 2012 @ 11:59 p.m.
  3. Must be a GFC follower
  4. Must be 13 or older.
  5. US resident.  If you're not, no entry (sorry).
  6. The winner WILL have to pay for shipping via PayPal.
  7. Fill out the form.



  1. Thanks for creating this giveaway. I have been waiting for this book for a long time! I understand why you wouldn't find it the best book. I read the first two books, so through that i learned to love the characters and writing style.
    Can't wait to talk about books with you. It is really nice to meet you.
    a link to show you what i thought about the previous book Secrets.

  2. Hi Rachel!! :)
    Thanks so mch for commenting!! :)
    I can't wait to talk books with you too. Do you have a blog???

  3. Hey Emily! We talked about the Gemma Halliday series on goodreads together. My blog address is


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