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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

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!