RELEASE DAY REVIEW – All Your Perfect by Colleen Hoover

Title: All Your Perfects
Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: July 17, 2018

Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.

All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?

Colleen Hoover is a master of her craft and I somehow find myself more enamored with her writing with each subsequent release. However, All Your Perfects is unlike anything that I have previously encountered from her. It’s a woman’s heartbreaking journey of the “happily ever after” we’re told that life delivers after marriage. It’s a couple’s fight not to stay in love, but rather to stay in like with each other after devastation hits them. All Your Perfects is a beautifully poignant story that is sure to touch the hearts of all readers, no matter their circumstances in life.

“No marriage is perfect. There were times when she gave up on us. There were even more times when I gave up on us. The secret to our longevity is that we never gave up at the same time.”

I’m not going to give anything away with this review because as with most Colleen Hoover books, it simply needs to be experienced firsthand. I can tell you that Quinn and Graham come together in an unconventional manner, but it made for a pretty unique meet cute in my opinion. Furthermore, the novel alternates chapters between the beginning stages of their relationship, as well as from the trenches after years of marriage. This allows readers to forge such a special connection to both of these characters because your eyes are truly open to the love and desire they have for each other. You see their happiest moments in love as well as the heart-stopping, jarring moments that leave you utterly broken. It brings Quinn and Graham alive in a very authentic way because the emotions and what they have gone through are so devastatingly real. When I got married, someone said to me that a marriage would not always be 50/50 like we are often told. There are times that it will be 20/80 or even 90/10 but it’s about allowing each person in the relationship his/her time to fall while the other holds it together. To me, Graham and Quinn were the very epitome of this piece of advice, so they really resonated with me in a very strong way.

“I probably didn’t notice because sadness is like a spiderweb. You don’t see it until you’re caught up in it, and then you have to claw at yourself to try to break free.”

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t know what to expect given that the synopsis of the novel was so vague. I wanted to read it purely because it was Colleen Hoover’s name on the book. She has never disappointed me with her stories and she certainly did not again. All Your Perfects is Women’s Fiction at its finest; it’s real and honest and delivers on all different sorts of emotions. The writing is gripping, shining a light on an issue that is often spoken about in hushed tones, if at all. All Your Perfects is a read that stopped me in my tracks, ripped my heart wide open, while simultaneously forcing it to beat. This author’s words never cease to amaze me, but this book was something else. It is an absolute must-read for any lover of the written word!


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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Title – Without Merit
Author – Colleen Hoover
Publication Date – October 3, 2017

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.”

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

Colleen Hoover delivers a story unlike any she’s written before with her intriguing new novel, Without Merit. As expected, I was captivated from the very first page, however, what followed can only be described as entirely unexpected. Colleen Hoover blindsided me with this completely surprising storyline and I quickly found myself caught up in Merit’s totally twisted family dynamic. Without Merit isn’t steamy nor is it really even a romance. This book lacked the heart-wrenching angst and ugly cry inducing emotions I generally attribute to a Colleen Hoover novel. Instead, Without Merit is something new, raw, and strangely satisfying. Fans of this author will be shocked for sure, but if you dive into this story with an open mind you won’t be disappointed.

“Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing a mistake deserves is forgiveness.”

Merit’s voice was quirky, unsure and totally different from any of Colleen’s previous heroines. She was strange and emotionally removed, spurring a need to get to know her that pushed me to keep reading. I desperately wanted to understand Merit and unravel her secrets. Over the course of the story, Colleen Hoover cultivated the character in a way that allowed the reader to excuse Merit’s somewhat disconcerting attitude and gave her the chance to tell her story on her own terms. Personally, I felt a little too much distance between the heroine and myself for the majority of the book. I prefer to connect to characters much more quickly in order to really appreciate the emotional aspect of their journey. It took a little too long for me to achieve that with Merit and this distance ultimately kept me from losing myself completely in this novel.

“You don’t get to decide what your life means to anyone else.”

As always with a Colleen Hoover novel, Without Merit touches upon some seriously tough subjects. The author isn’t afraid to dissect the traditional family, poke and prod at society’s ailments, and challenge what we know about love. The heady lessons to be learned throughout the pages of this book snuck up on me under the guise of Merit and Sagan’s developing relationship. I adored the subtle chemistry between the two characters and found hope in the strength they drew from one another. This duo kept me on my toes with their unusual connection, while the secondary characters helped contribute to my overall state of confusion and intrigue. Colleen Hoover’s unpredictable storyline ensured that I sat up and paid attention to everything this book had to say.

“Your emotion and reactions are valid, Merit. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You’re the only one who feels them.”

While the plot, pacing, and voice may have been totally out of character for Colleen Hoover, the writing was certainly on point. Carefully constructed and decidedly imaginative, Without Merit captured Colleen Hoover’s mature and confident writing style. There was much to be explored beneath the surface of each sentence and I absolutely enjoyed the overall reading experience. Ripe with Colleen Hoover’s signature symbolism and poignant prose, Without Merit is therapeutic in an unexpected way. Through Merit’s eyes, the reader is able to identify their own emotional baggage, finding acceptance and an understated sort of healing in Merit’s unconventional personal journey.


Whoa. Let me start off by saying that w=Without Merit is so different from any of Colleen Hoover’s previously released books. Yet, it also has a very signature Hoover style in its poignancy and issue awareness. I can’t say I knew what to expect, and though I found the beginning chapters to be quite odd and eccentric, the story captivated me and absolutely blew me away.

“So many people dream of living in a house with a white picket fence. Little do they know, there’s no such thing as a perfect family, no matter how white the picket fence is.”

Merit is a teenage girl dealing with family situations that left her feeling vulnerable and alone. I loved the way Colleen Hoover didn’t blatantly point out signs; she subtly hinted at things going awry one by one. It wasn’t until Merit had to confront her life experiences and jolt her beliefs that she came out of her own self-centered (for lack of a better word) bubble. Once she did, the reader was able to see Hoover’s intention and I found it to be done absolutely beautifully. At the heart of this novel, it’s about this girl finding her way, finding her family, and discovering that nobody in this world is perfect. We all have our flaws and it felt good for me to personally be reminded of my own, particularly in the ways that I could relate to this character.

“Maybe that’s the root of a lot of family issues. It isn’t actually the issues people are hung up about for so long. It’s that no one has the courage to take the first step in talking about the issues.”

I’ve tried to keep my review vague because, like most of her novels, Colleen creates a riveting story that needs to just be experienced. Without Merit was so relevant to today’s society and warmed my heart on more than one occasion. It served as an excellent reminder for those of us struggling, while also delivering on some warm fuzzies. No matter what, this incredible lady has earned a faithful reader in me, but there was something definitely special about Without Merit. With a message so loud and personal, I’m sure I won’t be letting go of this book any time soon.


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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

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Title: It Ends With Us
Author: Colleen Hoover
Release Date: August 2, 2016

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Synopsis

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.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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Colleen Hoover has once again left me speechless. It Ends With Us is an unparalleled story of love, loss, forgiveness, and strength. Exquisitely written and overflowing with raw and gritty emotion, Lily’s story will bend you, break you, and leave your heart irreparably altered. Colleen Hoover’s writing is bold, her message powerful, and her insight into the human condition unmatched. My heart is heavy and light, ripped apart and pieced back together with the kind of courage that awes and inspires. While Colleen Hoover often leaves me feeling emotionally devastated with her novels, this one was something altogether different. It Ends With Us is bigger, more significant, than any story that has come before it from Colleen Hoover and it’s impact is heartbreakingly beautiful. While it’s difficult to say much about this novel without giving it away, I must say that It Ends With Us is a reading experience unlike any other. While the true weight of this story cannot be fully appreciate until the final page has been turned, each chapter, each sentence, each word carried with it the promise of something epic.

“I think about how sometimes, no matter how convinced you are that your life will turn out a certain way, all that certainty can be washed away with a simple change in tide.”

When it comes to character development no one captures the trials and triumphs of life quite like Colleen Hoover. She breaks through even the most complex of souls to deliver characters that are flawed, vulnerable, and incredibly genuine. As far as heroines go, Lily was unforgettable. She was a dreamer, making plans and looking forward no matter what life threw at her. Her insecurities, imperfections, and propensity to second-guess herself made Lily that much more relatable and I found connecting with this character effortless. Her story was harrowing and hopeful – a confluence of events that forced me to rethink the world around me and encouraged me to feel deeply and unexpectedly. I loved the honesty with which Colleen Hoover told Lily’s tale. Her point of view really resonated with me and caused me to question so many of my own assumptions about Lily’s situation. As each piece of this character fell into place, my respect for her grew exponentially. Colleen Hoover has written a truly inimitable character with Lily and I have no doubt the impression she has left will be long lasting.

“You’re right. I’m hurting you, but I’m hurting, too. And until tonight . . . I didn’t know why.”

The true genius of It Ends With Us lies in the two men who owned Lily’s heart. I loved how Colleen Hoover contrasted these two men, introducing us to a young Atlas through Lily’s journal entries while we got to know Ryle in the present day. By the time their worlds converged I felt as if I knew them both intimately, allowing me to relate to Lily’s situation and lose myself completely in her journey. Atlas and Ryle were utterly enchanting in their own ways, both stealing pieces of me as I read this novel. Their vastly different personalities, opposite upbringings, and conflicting roles in Lily’s life kept my heart all sorts of confused. They served as bright beacons of hope and represented the darkest part of man. They made me swoon, broke my heart, and left me feeling dizzy. Just when I thought I knew how I felt about them, Colleen Hoover let me know just how wrong I was. Atlas and Ryle embodied Lily’s emotional upheaval, giving her battling emotions a name and a face, and allowing readers to experience her conflict for themselves. Lily, Ryle, and Atlas share a journey that scars, heals, and is guaranteed to leave your heart reeling.

“Just because we didn’t end up on the same wave, doesn’t mean we aren’t still a part of the same ocean.”

Without giving away the plot, I must applaud Colleen Hoover for her masterful story building. She has crafted a world so mesmerizing that I had no choice but to devour her words. She handles sensitive subjects with respect and grace, unafraid to expose the painful emotions of even the most haunting situations. Every part of this story was thoughtfully planned. Even the pacing perfectly captured the dichotomy of Atlas and Ryle. Part one moved gradually, delivering the slow burn and deep ache of young love followed by the world-altering whirlwind of part two and the incredible intensity of instant and all-consuming passion. Although Lily navigated her upended world with quiet strength, this story does not whisper. It is loud in its shattering of misconceptions, yelling with poignancy. It Ends With Us roars its ugly truths and harsh realities, demanding this story be felt in the deepest recesses of your soul. Colleen Hoover has truly outdone herself. It Ends With Us is a masterpiece and an absolute must read.

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How do you even start writing a review for a book that has left an indelible scar on your heart and soul? There are simply no words that I could string together to deliver you anything as poignant and touching as the message that Colleen Hoover has conveyed with It Ends With Us. There were times I literally had to force myself to put the book down just to absorb the all the emotions that were given.

“Maybe love isn’t something that comes full circle. It just ebbs and flows, in and out, just like the people in our lives.”

Colleen Hoover has a magical quality to her writing that I don’t know how to explain, but continue to fall in love with time and time again. She really understands the multi-dimensional aspects to a person and conveys them beautifully. She forces readers to feel sympathy for characters you should dislike, while also despising actions that they may take. At the same time, she is able to make me empathize with characters and find pieces of myself in all her major heroines, Lily included. Honestly, it’s fascinating for me to see where she will take the different personalities in her stories. Lily and Ryle’s story is a rollercoaster ride that is genuine, tumultuous, and beyond personal.

“Fifteen seconds. That’s all it takes to completely change everything about a person.”

It Ends With Us is a novel that made me smile, made me hurt, and certainly made me reflect. When an author can take a situation and make her readers feel like they’re being spoken to on a soul-deep level, I think it’s safe to say that it’s a phenomenal read. The subject matter wasn’t always easy to get through, but I felt like Hoover had to break my heart in order to put it back together. As odd as it may sound, she even filled in cracks I had known were there, but couldn’t figure out how to mend. Her words were just that powerful.

“I feel 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 it than others.”

This isn’t a long review, and it is definitely vague, but I want every reader to just experience It Ends With Us. I want people to close their eyes, go for the ride, and trust the journey that they go on. Colleen Hoover is by far my favorite writer, but I’m never sure how she’ll top her previous release. She continues to grow, continues to pour her heart and soul into the pages of her novels, and I can say with utmost certainty that it shows. It Ends With Us is so different to any of her previous books, yet filled with the signature Colleen Hoover style. I have the utmost faith that readers everywhere will fall in love with these characters and everything they’ve been through; there is no doubt that it’s her best work yet!

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REVIEW – Never Never: Part Three by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

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Title – Never Never: Part Three
Author – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
Publication Date – January 19, 2016
Series – Never Never Series

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Synopsis

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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After an agonizing cliffhanger, Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher finally delivered the exciting conclusion to the Never Never serial with this novella. Never Never: Part Three was full of sweet surprises and intriguing revelations that made me fall even deeper in love with Charlie and Silas. Complete with an epilogue that had me swooning, Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher served up one last dose of the thrilling mystery, fated love, and delightful mischief I’d come to love from this serial. Filled with poignant prose and magical imagery, this novella was beautifully written, effortlessly pulling me right back into Colleen and Tarryn’s wonderfully unique world. Never Never: Part Three was fast paced and had my heart racing as Charlie and Silas tried to unearth the truth about what was happening to them. Their story was over all too soon and I was definitely sad to see it end.

“Who would have thought that our lives that fit so perfectly together would – almost overnight – become unrecognizable?”

One of the great things about this series has been uncovering which pieces of the two main characters were inherent to them and which were learned or circumstantial. As Charlie and Silas were forced to repeatedly start from scratch, it became clear which aspects of their personalities were genuine to the characters. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher did a great job unraveling these two, making them not only lovable, but also relatable, despite the unbelievable circumstances of their story. As they scoured through old letters, read journal entries, and questioned their siblings, we really got to know them on a much deeper level in this novella. It gave their relationship a strong sense of history, not only providing a solid foundation for them to build on, but also giving their quest for answers a whole new dimensionality.

“I don’t want him to hate me. I just don’t want him to love me anymore.”

I did feel like the story was lacking in regards to other issues going on in Silas and Charlie’s world that deserved explanation. The trouble with their fathers was resolved rather abruptly as if the authors were quickly trying to close that storyline without providing any understanding of motivation or feelings. After the rather large role both of their siblings played in this novella, and the story as a whole, I found myself invested in them only to be left wondering: what did the future hold for Landon and Janette? What happened with Charlie’s mom? Why was Silas’ mother never around? Silas and Charlie’s world and the secondary characters that filled it didn’t get the attention I felt they deserved and I had definitely hoped for a more extensive conclusion for this series.

“Charlize, it’s really sexy when you get deep and say stuff like that. So unless you want to play another round of Silas says, you might want to lay off the deep thinking.”

As far as our couple goes, I really did enjoy the resolution of Silas and Charlie’s relationship. The reason for their memory loss, while not at all what I expected, seemed to fit them so perfectly. It also held up well with the fact that they had to get to know themselves and each other all over again every 48 hours until they were able to finally put the pieces of the puzzle together. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher didn’t disappoint when it came to Charlie and Silas and even though I wanted more from the rest of the story, I loved the way their storyline wrapped up. Overall, Never Never: Part Three was a captivating, thrilling, and surprisingly sweet end to what has been an incredible series.

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Finally! The conclusion and answers to Charlie and Silas’ story! I feel like I’ve been waiting for the end of the Never, Never journey for so long now. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are phenomenal writers who collaborated on this project about two characters who needed to figure out where they wanted to go in life. Through issues bigger than their own, they were forced to reexamine everything they thought they knew in order to figure out where they would go. It took the coming of age, young to new adult transition, storyline and gave it a unique and refreshing twist.

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

In terms of what happened to Charlie and Silas and why they continued to lose their memories, I was very satisfied with how the authors chose to explain it. Their story felt cute and one hundred percent complete by the end. However, there were other loose ends that I felt utterly in the dark about. For example, neither sibling is mentioned in the Epilogue, Shrimp isn’t brought up and given a satisfactory ending, despite her role in the first two novellas, and Charlie’s mother is left in the dust, never to be seen again. Further, while we briefly get an idea of what happened with their fathers, I would have certainly liked that drawn out a little further in order to understand motivations behind some of his actions.

“Maybe it has nothing to do with anyone else and everything to do with us.”

The idea behind their memory loss was one I actually loved very, very much, and to see it appear marginally in the epilogue actually made me giddy. Without going into spoilers or giving anything away, it certainly is a fair idea to play around with in the world of romance novels. I’m always impressed with both Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher individually, but it was an awesome treat to have them come together and deliver something that was exciting and mysterious, yet uniquely their own voices.

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Title – November 9
Author – Colleen Hoover
Publication Date – November 10, 2015
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Synopsis

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of 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.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

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How is it that an author can continue to grow in her writing, yet still deliver the same signature style? If there is one thing that Colleen Hoover excels at, it is this. Whenever I purchase a novel by this particular artist, I know that I’ll feel a myriad of emotions and be taken on a fantastic ride. November 9 is an absolute masterpiece that I have no doubt readers will get lost in, wishing for their own November 9 date.

“I think she expected me to let her go without a fight, but she’s not the kind of girl you choose your battles for. She’s the kind of girl you fight to the death for.”

The journey that Ben and Fallon went through over the years made them feel so realistic and endeared them to my heart. I got to see how much one meeting, one instant, could change a life and it sucked me so far into this storyline. Fallon went from a timid girl who was lacking any sort of confidence or conviction, to this beautiful woman who wasn’t afraid to use her voice. That transformation, and the message behind the words, hit so close to home for me. As silly as it may sound, I didn’t just “listen” to the words, I actually heard them. We didn’t get to see too much of Ben before he was cool, calm, and collected. However, the way he was introduced was nothing but swoonworthy perfection. I loved that he was a novelist and that it started to feel like a story within a book – Inception style. He may not have been your average alpha hero, but he’s that book boyfriend everyone can’t help but fall in love with.

“Why didn’t you tell me that the foundation you taught me to stand on is made from quicksand?”

These two have remarkable stories individually, but an unforgettable story together as well. I couldn’t help but root for them because of the way they pushed each other to do more, want more, and help each other grow. No matter the reasons for their actions, there was always a greater purpose being served. Colleen Hoover has proven time and time again that she has an uncanny ability to write real, raw, beautiful characters, but readers won’t know what hit them with Ben and Fallon. There’s even a surprise cameo that had me squealing to myself!

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

November 9 is a little different from Colleen Hoover’s previous standalone novels. There’s no third party experience to tie into the novel, it’s just the power of her words; yet, it still felt like an experience in and of itself. This novel is one with tremendous growth, a fascinating idea in the plot, and a journey you won’t soon forget. It’s no question that I’m an insanely huge Colleen Hoover fan. The way she consistently delivers a story with authentic characters, genuine emotions, and memorable journeys is a natural gift, and as a reader, I feel lucky to be a part of it. She wove a masterpiece with the words within November 9, and I can’t recommend it enough!

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REVIEW – Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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Title – Slammed
Author – Colleen Hoover
Series – Slammed, #1

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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 Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.

Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, they are slammed to the core when a shocking 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.

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Slammed is one of those feel-good books that always make me feel like I’m coming home. Colleen Hoover is a mastermind and this was the first book that made me fall in love with her writing. She weaves an intricate tale of how life gets all up in the way and love may not always be as easy as people dream it to be.

“Question everything. You love, your religion, your passions. If you don’t have questions, you’ll never find answers.”

The story may be spectacular, but the characters are what stole the show for me in Slammed. Lake was your average teenager, upset about having to leave everything she has known her senior year of high school. She doesn’t think her new town will have anything of interest, until she meets her neighbor, Will. The circumstances he was put in are similar to ones that I’ve experienced so the story Hoover told hit me in all the important places. I could relate to these characters, and they opened my eyes to feelings and emotions and points of views that I had never previously considered. I understand that my review is being incredibly vague, but Slammed is a story that must be experienced.

“Push your boundaries, that’s what they’re there for.”

There were so many twists and turns that I didn’t see coming when I initially read this novel. However, even when I read it the second time, and knew what was going to come, there was something so exciting and heart-racing about it. The incorporation of Slam Poetry made the story come even further to life. In any big scene or where there needed to be a push of emotion, Hoover did it through the use of a performance or a poem. By doing this, I think that readers really understood the characters on a much deeper level because it packed an extra punch. It put the emphasis on certain scenes and almost made the whole book seem like a slam.

“But we can’t carve pumpkins every night, Lake. One of these nights we’ll eventually have to stop carving pumpkins.”

Slammed is a work that I’ve read more than once and I know I will return to again. Colleen Hoover’s writing is an unforgettable experience that will hook you and leave you wanting more and more. If you are looking for a mesmerizing tale to get lost in, look no further. Slammed is a one of a kind book with characters that feel like friends and a unique story with fresh twists that causes readers to fall in absolute love.

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REVIEW – Never Never: Part Two by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

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Title – Never Never: Part Two
Author – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
Publication Date – May 17, 2015
Series – Never Never Series

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Synopsis

“Never forget that I was your first real kiss. Never forget that you’ll be my last.
And never stop loving me between all of them.
Never stop, Charlie.
Never forget.”

Silas races against time as more truths unravel, while others twist tighter together. And now, the stakes are higher as Silas’ control slips and others begin to point fingers. Charlie is in trouble and he must be the one to bridge the chasm between their past and their present. Because somewhere between I love yous and Never Nevers and Never Agains, a truth they can’t imagine, beckons to be found.

“Where are you, Charlie?”

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Ahhhhhh!!! I don’t even know what to say about this book. My head is still reeling from everything that happened. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are either absolute geniuses or pure evil. I’ve yet to decide which. Their ability to construct a story that is so vague and mysterious yet entirely emotionally accessible is unmatched. As I read, I felt every second of Never Never until it had completely consumed me. The events that unfold and the emotions that are exposed lit a fire within me, making me utterly desperate to see Charlie and Silas get their happily ever after. Connections start being made with new and existing characters that had me questioning everything and trusting nothing. Never Never has once again proven itself to be unquestionably one-of-a-kind with its fascinating and twisted plot and the beautifully broken and vulnerable characters that tell this story.

“So despite that kiss, I promise nothing has changed between us. It’s just become something more. Something so much better.”

I absolutely adore the fact that we got to know Silas so much more in this installment. As he was the main storyteller, we got a glimpse inside his head at the kind of man he really is. His inherently good heart and genuine flaws endeared him to me in an unexpected way. I think it’s safe to say that this is one BBF that has definitely stolen away my heart. We see much less of Charlie this time around, but Colleen and Tarryn make one thing very clear… this girl is a fighter. Her strength and courage stand strong even in situations that would make others crumble. Honestly, the best part of Never Never: Part Two is seeing Silas and Charlie together. Their connection radiates boldly and vibrantly off of each and every page until you can’t help but find every inch of yourself being filled with their warmth and love.

“I love you way too much. More than anyone deserves to be loved. But I can’t help it. You make normal love hard.”

Once Charlie and Silas got a better grasp on who they are and what was happening in the first book and documented it for themselves, they were able to focus on the why in this installment. I was fascinated by the small clues and intricate details that Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher have concealed throughout Silas and Charlie’s story. Their ability to lead a reader on a journey, while building suspense and deeply rooting the hidden truth throughout the story is beyond impressive. Colleen and Tarryn also gave us an intimate look at Charlie and Silas’ history and relationship in this book, allowing the reader to fully comprehend the intensity and authenticity of their connection. I fell in love with their love story, swooning with every love letter (or anti-love letter) and sweet gesture they had shared. I can’t wait to see how Colleen and Tarryn will wrap up this story. I can’t even begin to imagine the surprises and shocking truths they have waiting for us in the final installment of Never Never.

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Son of a pepsi-loving monkey’s uncle! Never Never 2 pulls readers deeper into the trenches of a mystery I find myself wanting all the answers to. Books like these are always incredibly difficult to review because of not wanting to spoil anything, yet here I am attempting to convince readers to buy it without actually saying those words.

“I wonder what people do when they have no place to go and no place to be.”

The second volume picks up exactly where Part One ends so there is no time gap to contend with. Instead, readers are thrown right back in to the thick of the suspense and drama. Charlie and Silas are still losing their memories and can’t figure out why. Time has reset once again and they’re attempting to piece together anything and everything that they can. They do spend a majority of this one apart though, so the dynamic is very different from the first one, and while this novella does deliver some answers, it still raises numerous questions. I will say that Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are an epic writing duo. They have completely different styles, yet complement each other so well. Because I am familiar with each of their writing individually, I’m most definitely intrigued as to where they will take these two characters and how they will be wrapping up the story.

“I’d rather love you at the bottom than despise you at the top.”

Never Never 2 does end in a cliffhanger, but it was one that surprised me. I found myself remembering what that enjoyment of anticipation felt like; that feeling in the pit of my stomach of wanting to know what would happen and having time to dwell and think of all the possible scenarios. Simply put, I found myself falling in love with this cliffhanger, and those are not words I thought I would ever hear coming out of my mouth. I’m anxious to see where the third installment takes us, but knowing that Hoover and Fisher are steering the wheel, I have no doubt that I am in for the ride of a lifetime!

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BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY – Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Title – Confess
Author – Colleen Hoover
Publication Date – March 10, 2015
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Synopsis

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a new novel about risking everything for love—and finding your heart somewhere between the truth and lies.

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s 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 that Owen is keeping some 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…

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Whenever I pick up a Colleen Hoover book, I’m never quite sure what to expect. Each one is so different from the previous, but one that I could easily pick out as a Hoover novel. She doesn’t just put words onto a page; she delivers an experience to immerse yourself in. Confess is one of those books that you may pick up because of a piqued interest or a pretty cover, but it’s a tale that will keep you hooked, leave you breathless, and maybe even wanting to confess your own secrets so they can be turned into art.

“My mother says there are people you meet and get to know, and then there are people you meet and already know.”

Confess introduces us to two characters who stem from different worlds, but are inexplicably linked. As we got to know each of these characters on a deeper level, I could feel myself falling further down the rabbit hole. Auburn was a fierce soul to be reckoned with. I almost think that it took more guts to live the life she was choosing to, rather than the alternative of what could have been. She knew the meaning of sacrifice and that to me meant she was a survivor. I also really appreciated the mystery that surrounded Owen. The way that he loved those he cared about, and sacrificed in much the same way that Auburn was giving things up, really endeared me to him. He was willing to give up his dreams in order to protect the only people he had left, and no matter how horrible it was, he never really thought twice about it. Furthermore, the chemistry between Auburn and Owen could be felt through every single page of Confess. The constant tug of selflessness versus the desire to be selfish was so delicately handled. I loved the way that they so effortlessly clicked and they each provided something for the other nobody else could. It was like their souls knew each other and the reader couldn’t help but begin to root for them.

“Sometimes we don’t get second chances, Owen. Sometimes things just end.”

While they each harbor their own secrets, they initially bond over the discovery of others’ confessions. When I say that Colleen Hoover creates an immersion experience, she does this by involving her readers. She happened to do this with reader submitted secrets and then creating some of them into art pieces. The whole idea surrounding this is incredibly ingenious and probably one of my favorite parts of the book. Some of these confessions were sweet, others were funny, while some were downright heartbreaking. The artwork that Colleen commissioned to go with the pieces was absolutely incredible. I was in awe of how accurate the confessions were portrayed, yet how unique they became. They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I couldn’t look at those without seeing something incredibly breathtaking.

“Some secrets should never turn into confessions. I know that better than anyone.”

There is something about a Colleen Hoover book that leaves you breathless and raw, yet fulfilled at the same time. It’s a special experience to open one of her books and I’m not sure how anyone could not fall in love with her words. The weaving of fate and questioning what we control is something that everyone thinks about at least once in their lives. It honestly felt nice to see my thoughts in someone else’s manifestation. Confess is bound to take readers on a journey and make you feel a whole lot of different emotions. It will grip your heart and squeeze, but let you exhale in those moments of triumph. Colleen Hoover’s writing continues to grow and Confess is definitely her best (and my favorite) work to date!

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REVIEW – Never Never: Part One by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

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Title – Never Never
Author – Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
Publication Date – January 7, 2014
Series – Never Never Series

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Synopsis

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.

Complete strangers since this morning.

He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

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Never Never is like nothing I could have imagined yet unquestionably everything I have come to expect from these two incredible authors. This story is one-of-a-kind and overflowing with emotion. When I met Charlie and Silas and began the journey into their world, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. The mystery and intrigue of their story is gripping, while the undercurrent of old love reawakened makes this book absolutely spark. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, both incredibly talented authors on their own, seem to be a magical combination. This book blew me away and took me on a ride that I just can’t shake.

“Her eyes are like two open books and I suddenly want to devour every page.”

This book doesn’t cover a huge timespan, but it packs more excitement and emotion into 2 days than some stories pack into years. Without even knowing a lot about Charlie and Silas, I already care for them. Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher have so perfectly nurtured the feelings surrounding this couple that I don’t even need facts to relate to them. I was consumed by their confusion and awakened by the connection between them that feels so completely inevitable. I loved watching them discover the people they used to be and seeing the stark contrast to the people they seem to be now. Colleen and Tarryn have craftily decided that we would get to know this couple just as Charlie and Silas are getting to know themselves and it is incredibly thrilling.

“There had to be something there, something deeper than attraction or a simple childhood bond, that made me fight to keep her. I was to feel that again. I want to remember what it feels like to love someone like that. And not just anyone. I want to know what it feels like to love Charlie.”

The unknown is what makes this story so fantastic. I really don’t know what to expect from one page to the next and I couldn’t even begin to guess where this story is headed. This story has zero predictability at this point and I love Never Never’s inimitability. Colleen and Tarryn continue to outshine themselves with each new release and this joint project is no exception. Their lovable and lost characters, the unique storyline, and the onslaught of emotions this book stirs up make this one an irrefutable five-star read. Trying to put together the pieces of this mystery in my head leaves me just as far from the truth as I was when I started and somehow even more addicted to this book. I’m desperate to know how this story will end and my impatience is already getting the best of me. I need Never Never: part two!

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I honestly don’t know where to even begin with this review. Tarryn Fisher and Colleen Hoover can craft a story unlike most authors I come across, so put them together and the bar is raised incredibly high. They create worlds that grip you, characters you can’t forget, and a story that is bound to leave a mark. Never Never is an exemplary example of the talents these two women possess. They definitely enhance each other’s writing styles and deliver a truly unforgettable book.

“She may not feel familiar. I may not feel familiar. But our actions – our demeanor – they’re exactly the same.”

Silas and Charlie “wake up” and have no recollection of who they are. These two characters must somehow piece together their lives and I love the journey that they end up going on. Charlie is one of those girls that I just immediately resonated with. She’s strong and protective and fierce, yet deep down there is a weakness she tries to hide from the world. There’s no stopping her independence, despite what everyone around her is doing. Silas on the other hand is still a mystery to me. He’s protective and hell bent on blazing his own path. Every time I sit down and think about it, I’m just amazed more and more that two different authors created this one book where their voices blend so beautifully.

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”

The plot line was incredibly intriguing and compelled you from the very first chapter until the end. It left you wanting more and needing every single answer. However, these two authors are teaching some serious patience because no questions were really answered in this first part. I actually was satisfied with that though. It dropped morsels and kept me satisfied, but still yearning for the next piece. Never Never can best be described as a puzzle that needs putting back together, and the audience will have fun doing just that.

“I get no reaction from her. Nothing. Which means I get everything.”

Never Never is a suspenseful thrilling ride that will leave you searching for clues in every scene set. I can honestly say that I’ve never come across a book like this one. It’s so incredibly unique and will leave you guessing every step of the way. It’s kind of hard to review with any coherent thoughts because, well, it’s something that just needs to be experienced for one’s self! If you’re looking for something unlike anything you’ve read, something that blends two authors’ styles seamlessly, look no further because Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher should definitely be your next book!

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REVIEW – Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

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Title – Maybe Not
Author – Colleen Hoover
Publication Date – November 24, 2014
**Companion Novella to Maybe Someday; Can be Read as Standalone***

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Synopsis

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.

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I promised myself that I wouldn’t read or buy any more books until I made some hedge way into my never ending TBA list and books that are sitting on my Kindle. Then Colleen Hoover surprises readers with a brand new novella and naturally, I felt the need to go against my rule, move it to the top of the list, and devour it. Maybe Not is the much desired back story of Warren and Bridgette, two characters we meet in what is possibly my favorite Coho novel, Maybe Someday.

“She’s nothing I’ve ever wanted in a girl. And absolutely everything I need.”

The initial meeting and relationship progression that we receive from these characters is absolutely priceless. Warren is Ridge’s best friend and we often got to see him joking around or being guarded and rigid in Maybe Someday. However, Maybe Not is told solely in his voice so we get this whole other side of him. Above anything else, we see a softer, more vulnerable side; the one that is deeper down, particularly when it comes to Bridgette.

“I think she just wants someone she can call family, which is why I’m helping her out with all this. I feel bad for her.”

Normally I’m a fan of dual point of view, but there was something so special about hearing Bridgette’s story through Warren’s eyes alone that really touched me. I loved seeing his interpretation of her words and her actions so that he could somehow break through her walls. There was just something that struck me as special. The dynamic between them was full of angst and argumentative in nature, but you could still see they were developing feelings toward each other. It reminded me of being a kid and adults telling you that the boy that’s picking on you really likes you. That aspect just brought a sense of youthfulness to their story, which was incredibly appropriate given Warren’s character, and the prankster we have known him to be.

“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.”

These two were just perfect for each other, despite what it may have looked like to outsiders, and I love the little treat of seeing how they came together. It was a complete bonus to get this, but I’m so grateful that Colleen delivered. Granted, authors give us slivers like this which in turn lead me to feeling guilty, because I’m always left drooling for more and this was no exception!

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