Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends with Us

It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: August 2, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
My Rating:

5 stars new

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Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

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“All humans make mistakes. What determines a person’s character aren’t the mistakes we make. It’s how we take those mistakes and turn them into lessons rather than excuses.”

(I buddyread this book together with my sissy Bea. Click her name to read her beautiful review!)

It Ends with Us proved to be a big surprise in the best sense possible. I’m telling you guys, this book is Colleen Hoover at her very best!

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I have read Colleen Hoover books in the past and they really have such a huge impact to me, but nothing compares to this novel. It’s a different take on sensitive issues. And somewhat personal. Colleen Hoover did an amazing job in giving us a glimpse of what it is to have a different outlook in life, family, and relationship. To live in constant struggle. To hate someone dear to your heart and to even feel an ounce of compassion to that person despite your remorse. It very much pucks an emotional punch.

“I fell like everyone fakes who they really are, when deep down we’re all equal amounts of screwed up. Some of us are just better at hiding than others.”

Lily’s character amazed me the most here. What she’s been through in her childhood… it was awful. But I can say that she grew up as a strong person despite it all. I was awed by her determination to live a life far away from her mom where there are so many painful memories that correspond. She didn’t want to experience a life similar to her mom’s so she kept reminding herself never to become like her in the future.

This book delivered such a deep and sensible message that particularly targets women. I thought this is a very important book and everyone should read it because it has a say on something so personal. I fell into the story so easily and at times, I found myself taking a break in the middle of some chapters to reflect and… sob. There were just so many different kinds of emotions emanating from the pages which is of course, typical Colleen Hoover’s magic.

“You make me want to be a different person, but what if I don’t know how to be what you need?”

And when I learned in Colleen Hoover’s note that this story is inspired from her mom’s experience, I fell harder and I wept. I haven’t read as good and as personal as this book and this is really remarkable for me. It’s something special.

“Not everyone is homeless because they chhoose to be. They’re homeless because there isn’t enough to help to go around.”

Atlas’s character was also unforgettable here. I loved him. Every time I think about him my heart squeezes up so bad I feel like crying. And Ryle… I thought he’s also a character that felt real to me. I especially loved his naked truths. I also thought Lily’s write-ups in her journal are one hell of an emotional ride.

“No one is exclusively bad, nor is anyone exclusively good. Some are just forced to work harder at suppressing the bad.”

There are so many things that I wish to say in this review but I’m afraid they will serve as spoilers so to wrap it all up,I’m in love with this book. It’s everything and then some. The plot was fairly unpredictable and there were so many lessons entwined that will shake you emotionally and ruin you and turn you into a mess. Another spectacular job, Colleen. Thank you for sharing to us this wonderful piece of journey!

“And when I whisper, ‘I love you, too,’ it’s the most naked truth I’ve ever spoken to him.”

 

Rating:

5 stars new

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Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Too Late
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Wattpad
Published: 2016
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Dark
My Rating:

3 Stars

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Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.

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“And that’s where love finds you… in the tragedies.”

Whoa, Colleen Hoover just showed us her dark side! Too Late was so different compared to her previous works because this book contains some graphic sex scenes, use of drugs, and domestic abuse. Once again I was awed by Colleen’s writing and I’m happy that she was able to come up with something new, but I honestly can’t say that I loved everything in this book. Although there were parts that blew me away, there were things that unfortunately didn’t hit the mark for me.

The book is told from three POVs. It’s a story about college girl Sloan who has been enduring an abusive relationship with her boyfriend Asa. Now let me tell you that Asa is a sick fuck. He’s a selfish asshole and a drug dealer who treats Sloan like she’s a possession and cheats on her and fucks around with other girls behind her back. Sloan is well-aware of Asa’s drug involvements but she cannot get away from him because she owes him a lot financially. When she met Carter though, she felt an instant connection with him. But how can she be attracted to him when he is, after all, one of Asa’s constituents?

First, I love dark books so it was so easy for me to get sucked into this story. Plus, CoHo’s beautiful writing is a bonus! I especially loved that she offered intensity in every chapter. There was also an angst which is my weakness in a New Adult book.

The romance, by the way, was definitely there, but it wasn’t as overwhelming as I expected it to be. The thing that made it kind of off, I guess, was the insta-love. After Carter and Sloan met for the first time, they already decided that they’re in love.

Right. And it didn’t sit well with me.

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I also didn’t see the chemistry between Sloan and Carter. There was certainly none.

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Aaaand don’t even get me started on Sloan!

Ughhh…

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Given her freedom to freely get in and out of Asa’s house, she could easily leave him behind, report him to the cops or whatever but why did she has to need Carter to save her? She can do it herself. I don’t understand why for once, she can’t stand on her own and just let somebody save her ass. What also irked me most was how she can never say NO to Asa whenever he needs a quick f*ck. I get it that she’s helpless and compromised but like I said, she had all the chances to get out of the abusive relationship.

Wish she did this to Asa.

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The action scenes in the last few chapters were badass though and I have to give it to CoHo. It was so intense my level of adrenaline was on top! All in all, it was an enjoyable dark read but I wasn’t totally charmed. Still, it’s a must if you’re an avid CoHo fan.

“You’re all I see, Sloan. Beyond the job, beyond the right and wrong. You’re all I see.”

NOTE : This book may not be suitable for minor readers.

Rating:

3 Stars

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Review: Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Three (Never Never, #3)

Never Never: Part Three
(Never Never #3)
Author: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Publisher: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Published: January 19, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Fantasy, Paranormal
My Rating:

3 stars new

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New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

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“I could spend every day getting to know you all over again, Charlie, and I don’t think I’d get sick of it.”

When I started reading this finale of Never Never series, I’ve already decided to rate it either 4 or 5 stars. That moment when you’re confident enough that the final book will give you the grandest, most surreal surprise. (Guess we all deserve that after those series of cliffhanger endings..) I must say my expectations were too high on this because I’ve enjoyed the first and the second book real hard! (Part 1 – 4/5 stars; Part 2 – 5/5 stars).

The first half of the book hooked me big time! The thrill of getting closer to finding out the mystery behind Silas and Charlie’s amnesia was overwhelming and so were the series of events which were getting edgier as the chapters went by. I swear I got a lot going on on my mind and I was forming way too many theories, trying to figure out the dreaded truth! And BAAAM! The anticipated plot twist. Wait, is that even a plot twist?

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In my opinion, it’s just an explanation. Nothing really exciting and I couldn’t bring myself to consider it a twist. It’s painful to say this but I was significantly less impressed with the revelation I’ve been freaking out over the months. There was this huge revelation about Charlie’s dad though, but… Is that it? After all? Ugh.

I guess the only thing that does not make this book a total let-down was of course, the beautiful and powerful writing of Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher. The story was a quick, fast-paced read and there were no boring parts all throughout the book. The romance also got me on my feels on a lot of levels. I guess those were the factors that held me together.

(Some beautiful quotes I’ve highlighted, by the way. 🙂

“I don’t see anything ever happening in this life that could make me not want you all over my skin.”

 

“I love you. Enough to camouflage you into my skin.”

 

“Fate is the magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with.”

 

“We can’t take back who we’ve been in the past, Charlie. But we can control who we are in the present.”

Overall, Never Never: Part Three was good, but I wasn’t really wowed. It could be an epic finale if there was a better twist. It really lacked the freak-me-out factor. But well… it wasn’t really that bad at all since the ending and the epilogue were great and the questions were answered in the end.

“Never stop. Never forget.”

Rating:

3 stars new

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Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9 by Colleen Hoover

November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Published: November 10, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, Drama
My Rating:

5 stars new

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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.

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November 9 by Colleen Hoover

“You left with my soul in your fists and my heart in your teeth, and I don’t want either of them back.”

Colleen Hoover, what did you just do to my heart? You just turned me into a crying mess! Now I’m in a full on sob fest.

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I don’t think this review of mine can give justice to this amazing novel but let me just tell you that November 9 is simply beautiful! And beautiful does not even begin to describe it. It’s BOOK-WORTHY. The kind of book that will hook you, consume you, and OWN you from the very beginning up to end.

November 9 begins when Fallon O’Neil and Ben Kessler met at a restaurant in Los Angeles on the 9th of November. Despite having an instant connection with each other, Fallon thought that she’s not yet ready to fall in love and commit herself into a relationship, thus she told Ben that she’ll start dating him only when she reach the age of 23– which will be five years after their first meeting. Before she moved to New York, they both decided to meet once a year– same place, same date– November 9.

So I thought that was just all about it. And I was wrong. Because there were too many things that happened in this book and the PLOT was done in an outrageous and intricate manner. That’s how I know that Colleen Hoover once again did a great job– when she was able to make me pause and contemplate about the series of events in the story.

“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.

What especially made me love the book were the main characters. Ben and Fallon are well fleshed-out characters. Ben especially. This man. I appreciate Ben’s character because it’s so easy to connect with him. He has a way words that can melt one’s heart. Not to mention what a damn hot writer he is. And Fallon– although I had some issues with her inconsistency, I grew to love her as I began to see how she became a fairly strong and well-developed character from being weak. And well, she’s a book lover and that makes her still a likeable character.

“One of the things I always try to remind myself is that everyone has scars. A lot of them even worse than mine. The only difference is that mine are visible and most people’s aren’t.”

The romance is one of the book’s greatest strengths. Ben and Fallon’s story was poignant and heart-wrenching. All throughout the story I found myself getting scared as to what was going to happen. I got so into the book and I became really nervous because anything could happen. And wow, just when you think it can’t get anymore emotional or heartbreaking, the greatest PLOT TWIST OF ALL PLOT TWISTS happened and then that’s it. I was destroyed. My heart was shattered into a million different pieces. You did it all over again, Colleen Hoover!

It took four years for me to fall in love with him. It only took four pages to stop.

Colleen Hoover’s writing style once again dumbfounded me. It never really gets old to be honest. But I guess I appreciate her more in this book. Her writing here separates November 9 from all the contemporary books I’ve read and even from her previous books, because the concept is unique and amazing. The whole premise and the story itself completely stole my heart, made me smile, fall in love, drown in tears, and reflect the messages behind. I LOVE NOVEMBER 9!Simply one of a kind. It’s now a new favorite of mine– one I will never forget for a very long time!

She’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.

P.S. Listen to “High Hopes” by Kodaline when you read this book. The feels!

Rating:

5 stars new

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Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)

Hopeless
(Hopeless #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK
Publication: October 8, 2013
Genre: Romance, Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary, Drama
My Rating:

3 stars new

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Sky Davis is starting sixth form having always been home-schooled, and wants to keep a low profile. But then she runs into Dean Holder – messy brown hair, smouldering blue eyes, and a temper straight out of Fight Club, someone who Sky is determined to avoid.

There is something about Holder that sparks memories of Sky’s troubled past, those which she would rather stay buried. Little does she know that the mysterious Dean Holder is harbouring secrets of his own . . .

When the truth unravels, Sky must piece her life back together and learn to trust again. Only by facing the revelations together can the two of them begin to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live without boundaries.

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Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Another gut-puncher novel written by the one and only Colleen Hoover.

This was a very difficult book to rate for me. I enjoyed Colleen Hoover’s books– mainly Confess which until these days, remains my favorite. After reading Hopeless, I was torn whether I should rate it 3 or 4 stars. In the end though, I chose the former because I have more issues with this book than I’ve ever thought.

But first, let me give you the good traits about this book. I found this book outstanding because:

* Colleen Hoover writes beautifully. She always has a way with words that will leave you feeling awed. And just when you think it can’t get anymore emotional and heartbreaking, her writing goes and outdoes itself.

* The ending is heartbreakingly spectacular. So much that it can either make you smile or cry or both, like Confess’ ending. And only Colleen Hoover can make such a brilliant conclusion like that.

However, this book, for me, has some flaws which include:

*The slow pacing. Almost half of the book, in my opinion, was a waste since nothing really happened. It picked up during the second half when finally, some revelation came and that was the time when I felt so relieved and was able to breathe because… the book was really slow-paced. It dragged on and on and on.

*The predictable plot. At some point, I felt a bit frustrated because I already had an idea what’s about to come. I already visualized what happened to Sky because the idea was instantly introduced during her earlier flashback nightmare. And because of this, I found the book quite lacking when it comes to the plot twist. There were actually lots of twists in this book. Unfortunately, I already saw them coming.

*The romance seemed off. Maybe it’s just me or something, but I could not find myself fully invested with the characters’ romantic involvement. It was a little too instant. I couldn’t even understand why their relationship progressed into a whole new level after their first meeting. There was instant attraction and the way they immediately connected was kind of unbelievable.

It’s my first time rating CoHo’s books 3 stars and it seriously breaks my heart. I badly wanted to rate it at least 4 but I’ve got issues with this book that I can’t overlook. But despite these issues, I can assure that this one is a beautiful novel. CoHo’s way of writing is gripping and extraordinary. No surprise there.

Overall, I would describe Hopeless as one heavy, intense, and emotionally-driven book with an extraordinary level of angst. It’s a bit painful to read but it’s remarkable in a way because it tackles sensitive subject matters that actually happen in a real, non-fictional world. This book may not be my personal favorite among CoHo’s books, but I enjoyed the emotional aspect of it.

Rating:

3 stars new

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My Favorite New Adult Contemporary Books Thus Far

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I’m a sucker for contemporary books, especially New Adult. This genre is so irresisible because it’s simply a guilty-pleasure one. I have read several NA books and there were a lot that pulled at my heartstrings. Some, however, were not for me. Reading a New Adult book is like taking a risk because in my case, usually these books are either a hit or a miss. Luckily though, I have found some books that I happily shelved as favorites, and here they are:

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

Fallen Too Far (Too Far, #1)

I’ve read this last year, but until now, I still can remember the “I had fallen too far. I was in love with Rush Finlay” quote that gave me all the feels! This book is my kinda book. Rich, hot guy falling for simple, uptown girl. And oh my goodness, I love the setting. Love the Rosemary Beach! What also made this book a winner for me was that it’s basically not just about romance. It also has family drama that really makes you cry.

The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski

The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never, #1)

The main reason why I love this book is the sizzling hot chemistry between Camryn and Andrew. The travel + romance combo was also something that makes the whole story swoony and a lot more interesting. And well, who doesn’t want a stranger-to-friendship-turned-into-relationship kind of story? And… who doesn’t want a hot damn guy who loves to sing and play guitar? 😀

Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven

Bad Romeo (Starcrossed, #1)

Just hearing the title makes me swoon all over again. Because… ETHAN HOLT. Apart from the fact that Ethan Holt is definitely the man of all the men in NA, Bad Romeo is a book that has all the elements to make every reader fall in love. It’s about two stage actors reunited once again, a second chance kind of romance. I fell completely in love with this book and its sequel Broken Juliet and for me, it’s a rare gem.

Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy Cherry

Loving Mr. Daniels

This book was so unexpected. This was recommended to me by a friend and I actually didn’t have any expectations prior to reading this. Well, color me surprise! This was definitely a HIT. I love the romance, the angst, the character-driven story, the setting… everything! I did have a serious book hangover after reading this because of how it basically made me cry in a very good way. I have read books that are all about forbidden love and this is one of the best so far.

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorensen

The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden (The Coincidence, #1)

I always fancy stories that are with broken characters and this fortunately made me appreciate these kinds of books even more. I love the main characters Callie and Kayden. They’re one of the couples that basically made me feel awed and teary-eyed. So much feels! What I especially love about this book was the instant connection I felt the moment I started reading it. Just simply a great, emotional read!

Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Addicted to You (Addicted, #1)

This book is actually my recent favorite. I’m currently reading its sequal Addicted for Now. It’s so good! The moment I started reading it I knew it’s going to be my new favorite. Loren Hale and Lily Calloway are seriously RELATIONSHIP GOALS! *sigh. The thing about this book is that it’s not just your ordinary NA romance book. The premise is unique. Ever met characters that both share the same insanity? Yes, they’re both addicted. One is addicted to booze and one is addicted to sex. What happens when they collide? If you haven’t read it, find out. 🙂

Confess by Collen Hoover

Confess

I confess that this book is one of the best NA books in the history of books. I consider myself a fan of CoHo and all of her works that I’ve read so far are really excellently done. For me, Confess tops it all. I love the characters, especially OWEN “OMG” MASON GENTRY. The premise of this book is so intense but what made me feel drawn to it was the humor that CoHo did not fail to bring. I did cry at the last chapters of this book– especially when I’ve read this quote: “That could be fate, you know.”

When it Rains by Lisa De Jong

When It Rains (Rains, #1)

When it rains, it pours. That explains my emotions while reading this book. All throughout the book, I experienced an emotional roller coaster, because the author’s writing style is absolutely good– so good that every word Lisa De Jong puts into the story can pierce through your heart. I had a hard time moving on from a hangover few days after reading this. It’s a story that is so hard to forget.

Manwhore by Katy Evans

Manwhore (Manwhore, #1)

This book is a typical guilty-pleasure read. Rich men with oozing sex appeal? Give it to me! I love Manwhore. It’s not a perfect, emotionally-driven book but the scenes and the sexual tension that the main characters shared in this book are the exact reasons why you just want to keep reading it. It has Fifty Shades of Grey feels (minus the BDSM), but who cares? I love Fifty Shades of Grey!

So you’ve met my favorite NA books so far. What are your favorite NA books? Anything you can recommend? Feel free to comment below. 🙂

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