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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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