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Sunday, November 27, 2016

On The Fence ~Review

"We can't let boys define how we feel 
about ourselves. You have to know who 
you are before you should let an 
boy worth anything in." 




Back of Book:
For sixteen-year-old Charlotte Reynolds, aka Charlie, being raised by a single dad and three older brothers has its perks. She can outrun, outscore, and outwit every boy she knows- including her longtime neighbor and honorary fourth brother, Braden. But when it comes to being a girl, Charlie doesn't know the first hing about anything. So when she starts working at chichi boutique to pay off a speeding ticket, she finds herself in a strange new world of makeup, lacy skirts, and BeDazzelers. Even stranger, she's spending time with a boy who has never seen her tear it up in a pickup game. To cope with the stress of faking her way through this new reality, Charlie seeks late-night refuge in her backyard, talking out her problems with Braden by the fence that separates them. But their Fence Chats can't solve Charlie's biggest problem: she's falling for Braden. Hard. She knows that it means to go for the win, but if spilling her secret means losing him for good, the stakes just got too high. 



   I honestly didn't know what I was getting into when I started this book. It seemed sweet enough and the summery made me smile. So of course, I picked it up. I am so glad I did! I actually listened to it on audbile.com. Shannon McManus did an incredible job reading this. She was consistent with each character's voice (which is hard sometimes), and she made it flow so naturally. If I haven't said it before, I really enjoy audio books. Being able to listen to a book while also doing other things, like cleaning or cooking, or grocery shopping, is perfect! Cause honestly, all I want to do is read. 

   On to the actual book itself. Charlie was such a sweet character. I loved her relationship with her brothers and her father. I loved how she was surrounded for all these boys and could easily "be one of the guys" but still have a feminine side she hadn't discovered yet. I know I've said how much I like family in a book and I'll say it again. Having families actively involved in books just makes it all the better. We all know how families are, and each family has it's own quirk and traditions. A family in a book shouldn't be any different. Incorporating a family into a novel only enhances the experience and relation you have while reading. It's as much about what happens around the character as it is the character. At least, that's how it should be. 

   Charlie's brother's where hilarious and everything a brother should be. They were protective, teasing, loving, hard on her, but still loved her more than anything. Then you have Braden, the brother's best friend that of course is volun-told (not volunteered, but volun-told) into becoming her fourth brother. But as we have seen before in so many other contemporary romance novels..... this never ends well. Feeling development is inevitable and only a matter of time. One of the best things about her brother's is that they make a list of all the qualities of guys she isn't allowed to date. It's hilarious! Some of the best moments in the book for sure!

    However, this book wasn't completely focussed on the romance. Romance was a big part of it, but it was mostly a self discovery book. It was done so well that the self discovery wasn't shoved down your throat like caught syrup that you don't want to take. It was presented to us slowly and build up in importance. It was extremely well done. Thank you Kasie West!  In On The Fence we got to see this journey that Charlie goes on. We were able to experience her finding out the truth about who she is and what happened in her past. 

This was a fantastic book and one I highly recommend! 



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My Life Next Door ~Review

"Feel sorry for anyone who 
thinks what they think 
is right should be 
some universal law." 



Back of book:
"One think my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garrets. All the time." The Garrett's are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy  affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them... until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase's family embraces Samantha- even as she keeps him a secret from her own.  Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha's world. She's suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself? A transporting debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick was so sweet. There was the "Boy Next Door" feel, where there is this guy that can potentially be a love interest. But then you have the strict, unrealistic parents that makes it so much harder to be yourself and do what is best for you.

While reading this book, I knew what my heart wanted and I knew how I wanted the story to end, but there was so much going on in this book. Everything about it was great! Well.... almost everything, but I don't want to give the whammy away.

There is something about having such a strong family presence in books that just makes me smile. I love my family and in my life, family is a big deal. To have that same family importance in a books is always a welcomed element in a story. It's also one that I don't find often. Usually a novel will focus solely on the two protagonists and maybe a very selected few outside characters. But when I do find a book that incorporates that family element, it awes me. In My Life Next Door, the Garrett family was a family. Not just a family but a force. Each Garrett had a strong personality and they all brought something new to the story.

As exciting as the family element in a story, having children also involved is something that just makes me smile. The children in this story were extremely present in Samantha's story. As much as children can bring good things into a story, it can also kill the story. But Fitzpatrick wrote the children in a way that wasn't ridiculous and too in your face. Although they were there, they were subtle. Well as subtle as children in real life can be. Regardless, she incorporated them nice.

I really enjoyed this book. As much as it was about first love and family, it was also about finding yourself. But that finding yourself element wasn't suffocating. You know how some "finding yourself" books can almost choke you? I mean, you are reading a book to escape the pressures of real life. You don't want to be stressed out while reading a book. Sometimes the "finding yourself" books do this. My Life Next Door, wasn't like that. Although the element was there, it wasn't overbearing.

What may have gotten me to like this book as much as I did was the broken characters, both physically and figuratively. This book wasn't all sunshine and rainbows and I appreciated that. I liked that Samantha's friend and her family hall had broken things about them, whether their thoughts or their actions, they each had something about them that needed fixing or reflecting.

The whammy of this book had my heart racing and near tears. "How could this happen," I kept asking myself. You'll know what I'm talking about when you get there. My only advice is to KEEP READING!

Five stars for this book! Loved it and I listened to it on audio. The narrator was perfect! You could really feel how Amy Ruminate stepped into Samantha's head and howe she was able to relate to Sam. The audio was incredible and if you don't have time to read, the audio is definitely worth it!

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Finding Cinderella ~Review


""You talk to him about the fact that we haven't had sex?" Six asks completely embarrassed. 


My father shakes his head. "No, he doesn't have to. I know because every night he comes home he goes straight to his bedroom and takes a thirty-minute shower. I was eighteen once."

Six covers her face with her hands. "Oh, my God." She peeks through her hands at my dad. "I guess I know who Daniel gets his personality from."

My father nods. "Tell me about it. His mother is terribly inappropriate.""






Back of book:
A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don't happen outside of fairytales. 

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be too different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same. 

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding cinderella doesn't guarantee their happily ever after... it only further threatens it. 


    I listened to this book on audible, so I'm going to do an audio book review and a book review. 

     First up, audio: Finding Cinderella  was read by, Jason Carpenter who also read Maybe Not, also by Colleen Hoover. His voice..... incredible! I love the sound of his voice, it's smooth but mysterious. Can a voice even be mysterious? His can. I loved the way he brought Daniel (Finding Cinderella) and Warren (Maybe Not) to life. 
    
      There have been many situations where I imagine a character one way and then a movie adaptation comes out and I'm completely devastated at how they are portrayed in the movie. The same thing applies to audio books. I can imagine a character sounding one way and then the audio book call shatter my expectations. This was not the case. 
    
      When Daniel appeared in Hopeless and Losing Hope I had most definitely imagined him a certain way. Jason Carpenter was exactly what I imagined for the characters. He read at just the right pace to keep my attention but not be too fast that I miss half of what he said. He did an incredible job of preforming the book. 
     
      I loved this and I highly recommend that if you don't have time to sit down and read this book, you pick up the audio version. It was super short, just over four hours. I listened to the entire thing in one sitting. It was a great audio book and definitely worth listening to. 

     Actual book review: THIS WAS THE FUNNIEST COLLEEN HOOVER BOOK I'VE EVER READ AND I'VE READ THEM ALL! Almost all of Hoover's novels have a tragic moment, one that just makes you pause and take a breath, and thank your loved ones for loving you so much, and you tell them how much you love them too. This one was absolutely hilarious. I could not stop cracking up as I listened to it. Daniel had me smiling and actually laughing out loud. Then you have his parents that are almost exactly like mine are. They are teasing, funny, embarrassing, inappropriate, and amazing all at the same time. You should be able to tell that from the quote I chose to share above the picture. 
    
     The story was light, fluffy, funny, and adorable. I loved the scandalous part, well, for how long it lasted I did. I loved how inappropriate Daniel was and how his parents were even more so! I loved Cinderella and I loved Six. They were all incredible characters and I'll say it again.... Colleen Hoover has incredible character development!

     Whenever Daniel appeared in Hopeless and Losing Hope (more so in Losing Hope), I loved how funny he was. His nicknames for everyone were so crude but so funny! It was refreshing to get to see him as a main character. Getting to know Daniel was one of the best book experiences I've had

     I highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a great laugh! I can be read after the first book in the series, or it could even be a stand alone really. It was a very sweet book and worth the read!

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Losing Hope ~Review

"I wonder if it's possible for people to
 fall in love with a person one characteristic 
at a time, or if you fall for the entire person at once"

"But I'm not falling in love with her p
iece by piece anymore. I'm in love with the whole girl. 
Every single piece of her." 


Back of book:
In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder's past remained a mystery. 

Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing built he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him...

Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder's head during all those hopeless moments- and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs. 



  As much as I love Colleen Hoover, the Hopeless series wasn't my favorite. Don't get me wrong, I love the books, the plots, the characters! I love them so much! I just really enjoy her newer books with the dual perspective in the same book. I loved Hopeless from Sky's perspective and I loved Losing Hope from Holder's, I just wish that they were put together in one book. My favorite thing about dual perspective is that I get to know what's going in the minds of both characters at the SAME TIME. Something I struggle with in full books that are told from a different perspective, is that I already know the story. I know how it ends and there is a ton of the same dialog. Reading the same dialogue and having the same events just loses my interest a little bit. Whereas in a dual perspective book, it has both character's stories individually and then their interaction with each other from one or the other. It's just a lot easier to read with the dual perspective in one book.  I loved Hopeless and I loved Losing Hope. I really did! I loved the story and I especially loved how different the individual stories of Sky and Holder were. 

   My favorite part about Losing Hope was the letters Holder was writing to Les. They made me want to cry. I loved each individual letter and how much Holder loves his sister. It was such a bummer that I didn't get to see Les's life more. Although she wasn't a physical entity in the book, her character was a strong supporting character. The letters breathed life into the story. It was fantastic! I also enjoyed Holder's struggle with wanting Sky to be Hope and not wanting Sky to be Hope. It was a very visible line that he was walking on. Hoover did a great job of showing it. 

   As much as I loved this story and,of course, Colleen Hoover..... I felt like the Hopeless series were better as stand alones. I like both Hopeless and Losing Hope as individual novels. If I hadn't read  Hopeless I would have just read Losing Hope and gotten the same effect. I know the point was for them to be the same story because it was the same story just from different perspectives. But it was just too much of the exact same thing for me. 

  At the end of the day, my only problem with the Hopeless series was the lack of dual perspective on a singular book. I still loved the book and I loved Holder's relationship with Les, and I of course will still recommend this. I know most people don't have the same problem that I did with this book duo. Really it just comes down to preference. Still a fantastic novel and the writing is superb. Definitely look into the Hopeless series regardless and worth reading.  




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Saturday, July 23, 2016

First Love ~Review

"Regret is a waste
of time."





Oddly enough, there is no desperation of this book anywhere in the book. The only thing on the back is a picture from their road trip. 

So because of this, I'm going to give a quick synopsis of this. 

Axi, on a quest to prove there is more to life than when life writes for you, runs away from home with her partner in crime, Robinson. As their journey to find more of life plays out, they discover that the one they are meant for, may just be your best friend. 


I loved this book. A lot. It tugged on my heart and made me laugh and cry and giggle and sniffle. One of my favorite things about this novel, were the pictures. James Patterson and Emily Raymond incorporated photographs from the road trip into the pages. It was very fun and entertaining to read through this book and see the same things the characters were.

I do have to warn you, this book has a lot of emotionally parts towards the end. You've learned to love these characters and it's heart wrenching when things don't turn out well. 

Despite the sad ending, I highly recommend this book. The story of discovering who they are and what life is really about, is worth the tears shed at the end. 

It reminds me of how limited life is. How it was end and you can miss it if you aren't careful. 

James Patterson is one of my favorite authors. I really do love his writing.  For a stand alone novel, it was pretty cute and a quick read. If you have the time, this is what I would suggest for you.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016

Hopeless ~Review

"Fuck all the firsts, sky.
The only thing that matters to me
with you are the forevers."




Back of Book:
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies...

That's what seventee-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feeling 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 like will change forever. 


    When I first saw this book, I was skeptical to read it. Hopeless? Who wants to read a book called Hopeless? That just sounds like I'm looking for a book to make me sad. Regardless, I picked it up because, you know..... it's a Colleen Hoover book and she's my favorite author. With book in hand, I walked up to the register at Barnes and Noble to purchase the book. There was this girl behind the counter and I give her the book to scan. The way her face lit up and how excited she was to tell me that this was her favorite book only solidified for me the idea of reading it. I mean..... how bad could it possible be? It was written by Colleen Hoover!

    I am pleased to say that I am hopelessly in love with yet another book of Hoover's.

    At this point, you are probably thinking, "Ugh. Another Colleen Hoover book review about how great her character development is. Does this girl say anything else about Colleen Hoover?" The answer: Yes!

    Hopeless wasn't what I had expected it to be. I was thinking it would be a gut wrenching, three box of tissue kind of book. Although the big KABOOM! towards the end was a serious matter and had me a bit disturbed..... I wasn't upset. No..... upset/crying Carissa is while reading November 9th. Anyway, I started reading Hopeless and I kinda had a feeling I knew what was going on and BAM! I was right.

   The story was so intriguing and made me curious as to what was going one, who was this Holder kid and what was he so worked up about? As the story progressed, things made sense and I was hooked! Another great batch of characters by Hoover. The dynamic between Sky and Holder was one of my favorites! But honestly, the star of this show was the plot. I was on the edge of my seat every second. This was a tiny bit larger than her usual books, which was welcomed! Bring on the drama!

    I definitely recommend this book to all. It was an edge of the seat book, a page turning book, and an exciting one! For anyone who loves Hoover as much as I do, this was different that her more recent books. It was a welcomed difference.







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Saturday, June 18, 2016

A Little Something Different ~Review



“What’s the point of becoming
mind-numbingly drunk
if it doesn't even give
you the balls to talk
to the girl you like?”  




Back of book:
The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are meant to be together....



The title says it all. This book was a little something different. Told for fourteen different view points, one love story unfolds. It was definitely creative, that's for sure! It was cute and girly and fun.

I enjoyed being able to see this love story between Gabe and Lea unfold, but I wish it was also from their perspectives.

As I read more and more, I'm finding that this multiple perspectives it's as uncommon as I thought. Many authors; Katie McGarry, Katie Van Arc, Colleen Hoover, James Patterson and many more use multiple perspectives through out their book. Although they do keep to a more manageable two characters, they did switch between each chapter.

Fourteen, may have been too many, or maybe not enough. I'm kind of drawn. I liked the characters we did get to see through, but I dunno. I wish there was Gabe and Lea's view points too. I mean, there is only so much you can convey about a person through someone else's eyes.

While I was reading, I just kinda felt on the outside of the loop. I couldn't tell what was going on in Gabe and Lea's head and I wanted to so bad! I wanted to get in their brains and know what they were thinking, what they saw in the other person.

I think it is absolutely worth picking up. It was short and a quick read, and it was overall a well constructed and well written book. But it left me wanting more and I'm not sure it was a good thing. I felt kinda discouraged, like I missed something that wasn't even there to miss.

Worth reading, but don't expect a typical romance story. Because this wasn't at all usual. It was A Little Something Different. At the end of the day, it was a breath of fresh air.


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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Maybe Not ~Review


Back of book: 
When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change. 

Or maybe not. 

Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory. 

Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?

Maybe.

Maybe Not.

    THIS BOOK! Maybe Someday is my favorite Colleen Hoover book. I loved the characters, their relationship with each other, the way they interacted. One of my favorite characters was Warren. He was hilarious! Definitely the comic relief in this book. Everytime he emerged, I was cracking up. Getting to have a book from his perspective was refreshing.

   I loved getting to see his reasoning as to why he's addicted to a certain thing ;). After learning why it all made sense and I wasn't as uncomfortable with his obsession.

   Bridgett terrified me in Maybe Someday, I didn't understand why she was so awful. But as I read through Maybe Not, I thought, maybe she's not as terrible as I thought she was. Her life story isn't the happiest one. I enjoyed reading about her and getting to know her through Warren.

    This wasn't at all a long book, it was a super short snippet of a book. It could have been more, but honestly where it ended, I'm okay with. It was a cute story and really fast to read. I think I read this in one sitting. I can't remember if it was one or two, depending on how busy I was.

     The story was fantastic and if you don't want to actually read it, you can pick it up in audio book format on Audible. Jason Carpenter is the voice of Warren and he is perfect! Everything you want Warren to be, came through thanks to Jason Carpenter.

      Flirty, short, fun, funny, adorable and sexy, Maybe Not was a perfect addition to the Maybe Someday series. It's definitely worth checking out! Just to prove to you how funny it is, here is a mashup of quotes.

Mash up of some of the best quotes!
"The only difference between falling in love and being in love is that your heart already knows how you feel, but your mind is too stubborn to admit it."

""It's hard to fall in love with assholes, Warren""Maybe you just haven't found the right asshole yet""

"I think it takes being loved in order to know how to love." 

"She's nothing I've ever wanted in girl. And absolutely everything I need."

"You did smile, Bridgette, and you need to own it, because it was fucking beautiful."

"I can't believe I'm falling in love with such a stupid, stupid asshole."

"Stop telling yourself that you aren't lovable because it's pissing me off. I don;t care if you aren't ready to admit how you really feel about me yet, but don't you dare dismiss how I feel about you. Because I love you."

"I know. A bitch who finally met the right asshole."

"My roommate's a fruit loop dingus."

"If you have sex with me, Bridgette, you're the one in danger of becoming too clingy. You'll want so much more of me, I won't be able to tell the difference between you and Saran Wrap."

"I can be pleasant to people who deserve it."

"Bridgette instinctivly holds out her hands and my sister shoves Conner at her. Bridgett's arms are outstretches, as far from her body as she can get them. She'd holding Conner under his armpits, staring at me wide-eyed. "What do I do with it?" She whispers. Her eyes are filled with terror."

""You probably fuck like a limp noodle." "I fuck like I'm Thor.""




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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Point of Retreat ~Review


"Sometimes things happen
in life that you didn't
plan for. All you can
do is suck it up and start
mapping out a new plan."

(Just because I think this one is so funny, here is another)

"Okay. Would you rather I looked like Hugh Jackman or George Clooney?"

"Johnny Depp," she says.

She answers a little too fast for my comfort. "What the hell, Lake? You're supposed to say Will! You're supposed to say you want me to look like me!"

"But you weren't one of the options," she says.

"Neither was Johnny Depp!"'


    When Slammed, by Colleen Hoover ended, I wasn't ready for it to. I fell in love with the characters, just like I do with all of Hoover's books. Hoover granted me my wish and I got to read another novel with the same characters and it was wonderful!



Back of book:
In the second book in the Slammed series by New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, Layken and Will's relationship has endured through hardship, heartache, and a cruel twist of fate, further solidifying the fact that they belong together. But the two lovers could not have expected that the things that brought them together may ultimately be the things that tear them apart. Their connection is on the brink of being destroyed forever and it will take an extraordinary amount of wallpower to keep their love afloat. 

Layken is left questioning the very foundation on which her relationship with Will was built. Will is left questioning how he can prove his love for a girl who can't seem to stop "carving pumpkins." Upon finding the answers that may bring peace back into their relationship, the couple comes across an even greater challenge- one that could change not only their lives but the lives of everyone who depend on them. 

    Point Of Retreat takes place right after the first book, but this time from Will Cooper's perspective. Can I just sat that I absolutely adore Will! He is one of my favorite characters of all time. I love his humor, his sensitivity, how much he loves Lake. And honestly, I absolutely love that their relationship is not all rainbows and butterflies. But instead, there are moments where Lake carves pumpkins (a lot of them), and fights break out and it gets nasty and raw, but that only shows how real their relationship is. 


      Honestly, Hoover's character building mystifies me. I relate to the characters so well in her novels, even the damaged ones that are so broken thy can barley stand, I relate to! She just writes about them in a way that makes me feel like I already know the,, like I have known them my whole life. It's gotten to the point where I can even predict what a character is going to say before they even say it. I know, CRAZY! I feel like in every Colleen Hoover review, I talk about the character building. But I just can't stop. It baffles me that I can feel like I know the characters. Fe authors are able to do that for me. But Hoover... Every single one of them I relate to in one way or another. 

    In Point Of Retreat, I adored Kirsten and her butterfly analogy, it was butterflying hilarious and I use it in every day conversation now. The stars in this novel though, are the starts themselves. (Pun definitely intended) The ones that Lake's mother wrote for them.  I loved reading every star along with Lake and Will, I loved what they meant to the characters. I loved the advise on them. I loved Lake's stubborness and Will's disciplne when it came to them. Some of my favotite senses were when Lake was trying to get ahold of the stars but Will wouldn't let her. It was butterflying adorable. 
   
   There were so many things in this book that had me emotions, good and bad emotional. I find that Colleen Hoover always has a heart wrenching event up her sleeve. Perhaps..... no probably, I am just an emotional sap and cry at the heart wrenching events, but I still love them. No that doesn't make me  a bad person for loving bad things in books, I don't love the events themselves. Instead I love the way Hoover has her chartered react to the situations, how they grow and develop further. Everyone in real life has those kinds of events, so why not bring them into books and make the books more realistic? Hoover does just this. Again, she makes her character and events real. 

   I loved this book, it was definitly one of the happier books of her's, (aside from one event.....if you've read it, you know what I'm taking about.) I highly recommend you guys pick this book up. Hoover is an incredible author, I love her and will always recommend her. 


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Friday, May 13, 2016

My Life With The Walter Boys ~Review

"You couldn't  control everything,
because it wasn't all meant 
to be perfect.
Sometimes things needed
 to be messy."



I originally read this story when it was on Wattpad. For those of you who don't know, Wattpad is this awesome website where aspiring writers can share their stories. Ali Novak, the author of My Life With The Walter Boys originally started this book on Wattpad before getting it published. I loved this story then and I love it even more now. You all should definitely check out Wattpad.com

Back of Book:
Jackie Howard does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades- the perfect daughter. And then...

Surprise #1
Jackie's family dies in a freak car accident.

Surprise #2
Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters- her new guardians. 

Surprise #3
The Walters have twelve sons. (Well, eleven, but Parker acts like a boy anyways.)

Jackie is now surrounded by the enemy. Loud, dirty, annoying boys- who have no concept of personal space. Okay, several of the oldest guys are flat-out gorgeous. But still annoying. She's not stuck-up or boring- no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fir it and move on when she needs to keep her parents' memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect ?



When I read this, a couple years ago, I loved it. It was an incredible read with an interesting plot and I was inthralled in the life of the Walter's. Not to mention Novak had me in love with all eleven Walter boys. Some of it, I wish I was in this book and could date them, and others, I wish you were my little brother, kind of love. 

Although this started out as an online story that could be read by millions, I felt like it was meant for me. It takes place in Colorado, and as you know by the name of my blog, I live in Colorado. It hit close to home for me and as Novak describes the beauty of Colorado, I knew exactly what she was talking about. So I felt like this book was written to tug on MY heart strings. 

And tug it did. The way Novak wrote about the dynamic between each character had me feeling like this was a real family that I was a part of. The fighting between the brothers was so realistic and nothing I haven't witnessed before. It felt real. 

There was no instant romance in this book either, there was slow build ups and I loved that almost as much as I loved the quirkiness of the characters. Each character had their own personality and the personalities never blended with each other. Everyone was different and it was so much fun getting to know every character. I feel like a lot of authors lose sight of that and their characters begin to blend. Not the Walter children. 

Aside from the impeccable writing style that Novak has, this novel was a serious page turner for me. I couldn't put it down, each moment was leading up to something else and I desperately wanted to know what it was leading up to, so I kept reading. 

I give this book five stars for sure. I loved it on Wattpad and I loved it as an actual physical book. Now I can add it to my shelf and notice it time and time again sitting there and it will make me smile. Because the entire book had me smiling. From the first page to the last. I loved this book!

I'm in a contemporary phase at the moment. I just can't seem to get into any fantasy right now. If you have any suggestions, please comment and let me know what you'd like me to read next!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Slammed ~Review


"So you keep


your ocean, 

I'll take the Lake."






Back of Book:
Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Laymen form an intense emotional connection, leaving Laymen with a renewed sense of hope. Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a choking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart. 

The back of the book is deceiving. It makes it sound like this book is sad. In reality, it's an absolutely incredible story. This is one of Colleen Hoover's first books. What I've learned is that her first few novels are from one person's view point, instead of multiple people. Although I really enjoy multiple view points, I still really enjoyed Slammed. 

Probably my favorite part of this novel was the poverty. It was fantastic. I loved reading Will's slams, he just had a way of expressing his feelings that made my heart beat quicken. I love how passionate Will is about his brother, and how selfless he truly is. 

I'm still astonished by how relatable Hoover's character are. I know that I haven't been anywhere near the same situation as most of her characters, but I can't help but feel connected to them. I know what they are going through and I understand why they react the way that they do. I'm chalking that up to just being an incredible author. If you haven't learned by now, Colleen Hoover is my favorite author. If you haven't read one of her books yet, I highly recommend that you start with this one. Her characters are funny, entertaining, relatable, charismatic, and once the book is over, you want to open it and start it again. 

I love the sense of humor that Lake and Will have. I love Lake's mom and I love the little brothers. They  make me smile and quite literally, laugh our loud. 

This novel was gripping. As soon as I read the first chapter, I was hooked. I absorbed as much information as I could with each page. As I've come to realize with Hoover's novels, they end too soon. I want to know more. I want to read more about that characters I've fallen in love with. But in no way am I unsatisfied with how it ends. I love each ending she creates. I just wish it wasn't finished. I'm sad to see the characters I love so much, go.

But over all, incredible read. I highly recommend Slammed to anyone who will listen. 

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Maybe Someday ~Review

"For her I bend, 
for you I break"




Back of Book:

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 rings 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 take of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney's tumultuous world from the very first page.


This book..... is now my favorite book in the entire universe. I loved it. It was such an incredible read, and it had my pulse racing from the very beginning. 

Colleen Hoover's characters are just so relatable. You can't help but find something about each character that you relate to. 

The story development between Sydney and Ridge was incredible. I could feel the tension between the two and I could feel the guilt, the longing, the lust, and the excitement between them. 

The lyrics that they both wrote throughout the novel was amazing. Since reading this book, I have failed in love with Griffin Peterson, who signs the songs that were written in the book. You can check them out on youtube. I highly recommend that you listen to these as they appear in the novel. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK_iTk3J0gM&list=PLBl6IucUi_CL3K2xshC-7DDQVV9fQYMgT


I don't know how Hoover did it, but I adored every character, expect Hunter and Tori. But I loved Maggie and I loved her relationship with Ridge, and I loved Warren and Bridgett. This was an incredible read and I love it. 

I honestly did not expect the plot twist that showed up within the first few pages. But it made me love Ridge even more and the passion he had for music.

One of the most incredible things in this book was how Ridge and Sydney were still able to communicate and develop their relationship despite the small road block. 

I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. It was definitely one of the happier books. No sad moments in this book. The entire time I was smiling and devouring it page after page. 

Everyone should read a Colleen Hoover book. This one is a great introduction to Hoover and who she is as an author. Fantastic read, please read it. 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Confess ~Review


"I'll love you forever.
Even when I can't."


Back of book:
Auburn Reed has lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.
The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin… 



Colleen Hoover has easily become one of my favorite authors. I love her, I love her writing style, how she can flawlessly insert plot twist, and have so much heart breaking and heart tugging but still make the story an incredibly happy one. 

This is definitely not one of her saddest books, it still has it's moments. Unlike Ugly love and November 9, this one didn't have me in a flood of tears. I loved this book, so much. I enjoyed the story line and the confessions and the stolen moments. 

There were so many questions I had while reading this, and they were all eventually answered, and answered at a pace where it gave me something to think about.

It's hard to write about a career if you aren't actually in that career. A lot of research goes into characters and how to make them realistic. As I was reading I saw no flaw in the character's development. Each character had the knowledge belonging to their career and Owen especially, truly felt like an artist to me.

Hoover's characters are relatable. You may not be in the same situation as the character but you find something to relate about them. I love how much I relate to them and how I can feel all that they feel. Her characters all make me smile, one way or another.

Another thing Colleen Hoover know how to do right, are these little romantic scenes. She makes the heart flutter and you smile and giggle while you're reading. Her characters are so tender and loving and the have unbreakable connections. 

This book was incredible and I highly recommend this to anyone, everyone, the whole world. LOVED THIS BOOK. 

The character development throughout this novel was incredible, as is her development through all her novels. 

I think what I like most about Hoover's novels, is she spends half the novel, making you fall in love with the characters, and the story and then at about three fourths of the way through, she has some extreme plot twist, one that makes you look away from the books, just so you can digest what just happened. Then it's a struggle for the characters to decide how they want to react to their new situation. I love it, her books are ones that you simply can't put down. They are page turners and so much happens in such a short book. You don't even notice how small it is because of all the huge content in it. 

Please read this book! It was incredible and I loved it so much! 








Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Ugly Love ~Review

“When life gives you lemons,
make sure you know
whose eyes you need
to squeeze them in.”




Back of Book:
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.
Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


I got a glimpse of Colleen Hoover as a writer and now I can't stop reading her books! Hoover has an incredible way of making her 300ish page books feel like six chapters. They are fast paced, no dull moments, and extremely entertaining.

I really enjoy how she has one chapter be from one character's view point and the next chapter is from the other character's view point. What I enjoyed most about these chapters, was that Miles chapters take place six years earlier.

Just by reading the back of the book, everyone knows something must have happened in Miles's past that has made him the way he is. Being able to read these events as they unfold, while still knowing what's going on in the present is great!

While Tate spends her chapters in the dark, the readers are in a small circle of light. We know what's going on with Miles, slowly but surely we are getting the entire story.

There was a lot of sex in this book. And these moments where steamy. Like fog up the windows steamy. So it is definitely for a more mature audience. However, as much sex as there was. The story itself was so overwhelming that it out did the mature content. There was so much to the actual story line that looking back on it, there seemed to be so much less sex than there actually was. The mature content just doesn't stick with you as much as the story itself does.

The character development in this book was outstanding. I loved Cap and Corbin. Corbin's relationship with his sister, Tate was protective. He loved his sister and would do anything for her, and you could see that in the way he treated her and the guys in her life. Cap was hilarious. Having an older character in the book to give these younger ones advice was a great idea. I loved him, he felt like my own grandfather.

As I read their stories, I could feel the tearing and ripping of my heart as I went on the journey with the characters. My heart ached for Miles's pain and I wished nothing more than to take it away from him.

This novel had it's sad parts, and when they were sad they were the saddest thing I could imagine, but then there were these beautiful moments where the world seemed perfect. This was an incredible read. I find myself loving Colleen Hoover more and more as I continue to read her books.

I highly recommend this book to those of you who want to have love, drama, sorrow, and excitement tied into one book. It is definitely for a mature audience though, it's a New Adult book for a reason.


Comment below and let me know what you thought of this book!