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Review | NOVEMBER 9

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November 9

AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover

EDITION: Paperback, 310 pages | Published By: Atria Books

ACQUISITION: Own

RATING: 5.00/5.00

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

MY THOUGHTS: Having a 2 year old and being six months pregnant doesn’t leave me much time for reading these days… HOWEVER, that DID NOT stop me from binge reading this book in a matter of a weekend. It was THAT good. Not that I expect anything less from a Colleen Hoover novel, considering that I did the same thing with Maybe Someday.

The second I opened this book and began reading I was hooked on Fallon’s story. She begins the story as this horribly insecure person because of scars left on her body after she was stuck in a house fire. She blames her father, since he has taken responsibility for the blaze, and therefore her already struggling relationship with him is in even more turmoil. Upon the eve of her move to NYC to try her hand at acting on Broadway – since her film acting career was cut short by the deformities left by the fire – Fallon finds herself at breakfast with her father, breaking the news that she is moving. He isn’t thrilled at the news, and all but tells her that her career is over due to the scars on her face and body, and to try something else, like college.

Overhearing all of this is Ben Kessler. Unable to sit and listen to this conversation, Ben jumps in and pretends to be Fallon’s boyfriend, which renders her father speechless, and leads to one of the most intense, incredible romances I’ve ever read about.

Unable to end their short relationship, Fallon invites Ben back to her apartment to help her pack. They get to know each other a little bit, and decide to meet up once a year, every November 9th. Not only will this give them time to get to know each other slowly, but it gives Ben a story line for his novel.

Over the course of the book, we follow Fallon and Ben each November 9th. We see how each has grown and changed, and how the effects of only talking and seeing each other once a year has on a relationship. I fell in love with this book so hard, and maybe reading it while pregnant wasn’t the best idea, since my emotions are already so messed up, but this book definitely gave me some wicked emotional whiplash. There is just so much love, hate, sadness and sorrow, life and death, heartache, heartbreak… you name it.

I did think I had the book slightly figured out at one point – assuming that Fallon and Ben would not end up together after a line about how a book can have a happy ending without the main characters being together, as long as they’re happy apart. But I won’t spoil it for you – you’ll have to read and find out if they win in the end.

If you’re a fan of other Colleen Hoover books, new adult, or are looking for somewhere to start in the contemporary romance genre then November 9 is a GREAT place to start.

Happy Reading!

Laura

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REVIEW | MAYBE SOMEDAY by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday

BY: Colleen Hoover

SERIES: Maybe #1 | Maybe Not #1.5

RATING: 5.00/5.00 Stars | GOODREADS RATING: 4.24/5.00

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

FIRST IMPRESSION: There is something so seriously sexy and delicious about a guitar player! Sydney is such a wonderfully likeable character, and I want this book to go on forever because I adore everything and everyone in it!

CHARACTERS: The characters in this book were some of the most loveable characters that I’ve had the pleasure of reading about. Even Bridgette got my curiosity piqued – making me know for sure that I will be reading Maybe Not, which is about her relationship with Warren. I loved how quickly Sydney felt at home with Warren, they have an awesome friendship! I also love how great the chemistry was between Ridge and Sydney, and even Ridge and Maggie. Every pain, heartache, and happiness was so easily felt like I was experiencing everything with them. I really cannot tell you in words just how much I truly loved these characters.

PLOT/STORYLINE: One thing that I am never really a fan of, is the prologue that is part of the actual story later on (Think all of the Twilight books.) Colleen makes it work in her novels, but I could do without. Anyway – that really doesn’t have much to do with things because I freaking loved everything about the plot in this book. Well, maybe not everything. I would have loved a little more with Ridge and Maggie. I don’t know exactly what, but I felt like it was too quick when it was all said and done. Like yes, they realized things about their relationship, but I don’t feel like after five years it would be that easy to part ways. Especially with how Maggie’s health is. It’s hard to write and not spoil anything here!

The development of relationships was done magnificently here as well! While feelings were developed early on, it wasn’t Insta-love AT ALL! They took their time in really starting anything, and I loved that. If you don’t like slowly developing love stories, this one might not be for you – but it was so damn good that I would tell you to read it anyway!

I loved how easy and seamless the whole story felt. There were really no slow parts that dragged for me. I felt like everything moved fluidly, and all parts were necessary to really connect with the characters. From beginning to end, I was hooked on this book.

MY THOUGHTS: The thing about me is that I’m a sucker for a guitarist or musician in any love story, because my husband used to play guitar in a band. He was in a band for most of our relationship, having only stopped about two years ago. All of his guitar equipment is still in the house, and when he picks his guitar up, I’m easily transported back to my eighteen-year-old self, when we used to sit in his bedroom and he’d strum out a song on his Washburn Acoustic.

When I read the summary for this one, I knew I’d love it. I also MUST say that this is my 2nd Colleen Hoover book, and it was AMAZING. I am even going to go so far as to say it is my FAVORITE Contemporary Romance & New Adult of 2015. Yes. This book was THAT good. There weren’t many parts that I wasn’t fully engaged in the story, and I definitely stayed up way past my bedtime to continue reading – even on vacation with my one-year-old asleep next to me with a 5:00am wake up time to catch our flight home.

Colleen has a wonderful writing style that is both easy yet good at really conveying the characters thoughts, feelings, and emotions.I am adding her to my Auto-Buy Authors list for sure!

Happy Reading!

Laura

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REVIEW | Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless

AUTHOR: Colleen Hoover

SERIES: Hopeless #1 | OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES: Losing Hope #2 Finding Cinderella #2.5

RATING: 3.50/5.00 | GOODREADS RATING: 4.40/5.00

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WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

INITIAL THOUGHTS: So I’ve been reading a lot of fantasy lately – heavier things that I needed to take a little break from. I thought Hopeless would be a light, quick, contemporary romance for me (which was NOT the case at all. Read on…); especially since I have been thinking about making my way into the New Adult arena, plus – anyone who’s everyone knows that CoHo is blowing up the bookish interwebs.

WHAT I THOUGHT: Holy Lord of all that is holy. This was NOT just any old fluffy contemporary romance by any means. I must say it was more than I bargained for. This book took a really dark turn, and dealt with some pretty hardcore issues. ***Trigger Warning: this book takes on the topics of sexual abuse/rape. While it doesn’t go too far into detail, I thought it was worth a mention just in case you cannot read any books dealing with this topic.***

Hopeless follows seventeen-year-old Sky Davis. Sky lives with her anti-technology/electronics, strict adoptive mother, Karen. She doesn’t have a TV, computer, cell phone, etc. luckily her BFF Six – yes, I totally had issues with picturing Six from the TV show, Blossom here… And yes, that just showed my age haha – lives right next door, and the two have movie nights often. Sky is also home schooled but is able to convince Karen to allow her to attend public school for her senior year. Of course this would be the time for Six to announce that she will be studying abroad in Italy for six months and so Sky will be on her own.

Unfortunately, Six has a reputation for being promiscuous and therefore people think the same of Sky, which makes for some uncomfy moments on her first day of school – including post its on her locker with nasty names. But of course Sky takes this all in stride because she’s just that kick ass awesome!

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I did not expect it to take the dark turns that it did, but that’s okay. It’s not necessarily a bad thing when you think a book is going to be light and fluffy and then it totally blows you out of the water with a darkness and depth that you didn’t know existed.

THINGS I DISLIKED:

  • How contradictory Sky was with relationships. She would describe Karen as this strict, overbearing parent who allows no electronics, and they eat vegan (Even though Sky doesn’t when she isn’t at home.) yet she loves Karen a lot, and is almost defending her at times. It just seemed a little weird to me.
  • How contradictory Sky is with her feelings for Holder. At first she is creeped out by him; and even when they start hanging out she will still make comments about his creepiness and how uneasy she feels around him. Then we are suddenly seeing her gushing over how attracted to him she is, and cannot stop thinking about him. This resolves, in my opinion, but it was weird at first. Holder is just a very Intense and Passionate person.
  • We never got closure – or an ending – with Breckin, or Six. Those are two story lines I can think of off the top of my head; but there were things left unresolved at the end of the book and that annoys me the most – and is the reason I decided to bump the rating down from a 4 Star to a 3.5 Star review. If there will be  sequel I can overlook this! I see there is a 2nd book, but I don’t know if it’s just Hopeless told from Holder’s POV or if it’s truly a continuation of this story.
  • Holder keeping secrets from Sky about herself. If he truly loved her I feel he would’ve done more to get them out in the open. I feel as though if they were true ‘soulmates’ she would’ve felt the same way he did; even if she didn’t remember things.

THINGS I LIKED:

  • I thought I had the book figured out early on. Ha ha, joke was on me! I didn’t have it figured out in the least, Not even a little bit.
  • The intensity and passion of Holder – ONCE secrets are out, and we can like him without him coming off as creepy.
  • How completely different this book was than I thought or expected it to be. When an author can wow me like that, it’s a really good thing!
  • Sky is a pretty incredible chick! She went through A LOT and still came out on top. She is an admirable character.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK? Yes. If you are looking to break into the New Adult genre, or just looking for a good book with heavier topics, then this would be a good one for you. It definitely is an 18+ book, and again deals with sexual abuse.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This was a twisting, winding tale through a teenager’s eyes as she finds herself and comes to terms with a past that she couldn’t remember. A good read for anyone who likes a darker, heavier themed contemporary romance with first love and finding ones self intermingled.

Happy Reading,

Laura

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