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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.

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.