'It Ends With Us' Review

Book Review: It Ends With Us

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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.

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Review

I wanted to love this novel. Everyone told me I would love this novel. I was sure I would love this novel. I did not love this novel. That being said I think Colleen Hoover handled the subject matter really well and I could tell this was a very personal novel for her. Still, this is my second least favorite book I’ve read by her, followed closely by November 9.

The truth is my issues with this novel really comes from the fact that there was too much of Ryle (who hated) and not enough of Atlas (who loved). However, I don’t think Hoover could’ve written this book any other way to get her point across so I feel bad faulting her for this but it’s truly how I feel. I wanted to see way more of Atlas than what was given and that drove me crazy. I was not satisfied at all with how this book ended and I desperately wanted more than what I was given. Moreover, I really liked Lily but I didn’t really love her or any of the other characters in this book. I can’t even remember the name of Ryle’s sister (I checked, it’s Allysa) and her husband (Marshall) right now because they left no impression on me.

I’m not sure what I was expecting going into this novel. I guess I was expecting to cry like so many people said they did and that didn’t happen until I finished the book and read the note from Colleen, where she talked about how her mom inspired this novel. That brought me to tears but this novel did not. Again, I really wanted to love this book but for me this is definitely not a book I’ll be reading again. If you disagree feel free to tell me in the comments. I’d love to discuss this one.

Also, please note if you plan on reading this book it deals heavily with physical abuse so if that’s triggering for you please read this book with caution.

Stars:

3 stars

Favorite Line:

“In the future…if by some miracle you ever find yourself in the position to fall in love again…fall in love with me.”

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"Slammed" Book Review

Book Review: Slammed

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Synopsis:

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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Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indigo

Review

This is Colleen Hoover’s first novel and I loved it just as much as her other ones. I’d still say Maybe Someday is my all time favorite but Slammed was still really good. I didn’t plan on reading this book this month (it was not on my TBR) but I couldn’t bring a book with me when I was going out the other night so I decided to bring my Kindle and I ended up diving into Slammed. Unlike all the other CoHo books I’ve read (except Maybe Not, but that’s a novella) this book is told in one point of view: Layken’s.

I really liked Layken and sympathized with her, and Will, a lot. They both have pretty tragic lives but somehow are able to push past that and find happiness with each other anyway. Until things get complicated of course. Their complicated relationship is one of my favorite tropes and I was excited when I realized that’s where CoHo was going with this. CoHo wrote this plot very well and I couldn’t help but root for Layken and Will to find a way to be with each other. And the tension between these two was absolutely amazing. I just wanted to shove them together and say, “Just kiss already!” So good!

Overall, I wouldn’t say this is the best CoHo book ever but it’s definitely a great debut novel and I already requested the sequel from the library. Although the ending of this book was pretty solid and you definitely don’t need to read the next two books, I for one definitely want to know what happens next. I can’t wait!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

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

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Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Book Review: Too Late

Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Synopsis from Wattpad:

Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves. And she does, every single day. After finding herself stuck in a relationship with the dangerous and morally corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to get by until she’s able to get out. Nothing will get in her way. Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the best thing to ever happen to Asa. And if you ask Asa, he’d say he’s the best thing that’s ever happened to Sloan. And he has no plans of letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his sinister lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to keep what he wants, and he’ll do it. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top, and he does it. Nothing will get in his way. Nothing except Carter.

As some of you know I’ve recently taken a swan dive into Colleen Hoover’s books. Recently she uploaded a story to Wattpad, a website that offers free books, and thankfully by the time I caught wind of it she was almost done writing it because I don’t think I could’ve waited while she posted chapter by chapter.

Too Late is a bit different than Queen CoHo’s other novels. For one thing it’s told in three alternating POVs instead of her usual two. Additionally, this story is way more explicit and comes with a “Mature Audiences Only” warning. As soon as the novel begins you can see why it’s explicit. There’s sex and a lot of violence, and CoHo just goes full steam ahead with this story.

Right from the beginning I was pulled into the drama that is Sloan’s life. Her boyfriend, Asa, is a hot mess in every sense. He’s abusive,  crazy, and a drug dealer. Carter on the other hand, is everything you would expect from a CoHo love interest. He’s protective, caring, and kind of funny. If you’ve read Confess I’d say Too Late is kind of similar but with the volume turned all the way up.

Sloan’s situation is much more dire than Auburn’s in Confess, and what’s cool about Too Late is we do get Asa’s POV, which is enlightening but not enough for me to feel sympathetic towards him. He’s still a total and complete jerk but at least as the novel goes on we kind of understand why. Asa’s actions are still inexcusable but at least they’re explanatory. Honestly, I’m not sure which character I dislike more: Asa or Trey from Confess.

As with most of CoHo’s novels, the love story completely pulled me in. Sloan and Carter have instant chemistry and their conversations and playful manner with each other made me swoon.

Too Late was the perfect combination of suspense, drama, and romance that made me hooked. I think I read this book in about a day and I’m so glad it was my first Wattpad book. Obviously, CoHo is a bestselling author so I know not every Wattpad story will be like this, but at least this has opened me up to giving Wattpad books a chance.

Definitely give Too Late a read if you want to try out some of CoHo’s writing before reading her published work. It’s totally free (Edit: This book is no longer on Wattpad. You can now purchase it on Amazon) and although it’s not exactly like her published works I think it’ll be enough to help you decide if CoHo’s writing is for you. Although, really you should just read her books. They’re amazing!

Borrow or Buy: Since this is a Wattpad book this question actually doesn’t apply. But if you could buy Too Late I would highly recommend doing so. (Edit: Definitely a borrow.)

Stars:

4 stars

Favorite Line:

“My mouth finds hers again and I kiss her the way she deserves to be kissed. With conviction. With respect. With feeling.”

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Book Review: Maybe Someday

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Synopsis from Amazon:

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Maybe Someday is now my favorite Collen Hoover book, but Confess is a very close second.

This novel follows Sydney, who’s boyfriend Hunter is the jerk to end all jerks, and sleeps with Sydney’s best friend and roommate, Tori. With nowhere to live after this epic betrayal Sydney is taken in by her mysterious (and hot!) neighbor Ridge.

Ridge is now in my top 10 list of book boyfriends. He is cute, sweet, and just such a great listener in a really interesting way. He’s loyal to a fault and loves deeply, which is why it’s super unfortunate for Sydney that Ridge has a girlfriend he’s completely and totally in love with. And Sydney refuses to allow herself to be a “Tori”.

So both Sydney and Ridge try to ignore the strong attraction they have for each other and instead work together to make incredible music. And as with any Colleen Hoover, this comes with a lot of complications and there’s more to the story than there first seems to be. This isn’t your average or typical love triangle. It’s way more complicated than that and it made my heart race and my stomach flip flop all over the place just reading it.

I really loved Ridge and Sydney. I loved how they communicate and how honest they are with each other. Their chemistry was undeniable and there were so many times I laughed and probably looked liked a crazy person on the train. But I couldn’t help but smile while reading this book. And cry. There was also some crying.

More than that I also really liked the side characters. Warren was hilarious and such a great friend. And Bridgette, although we don’t see a lot of her, she really added to the story. There’s a novella about Warren and Brdigette that I really want to read now because I need more of these characters. They’re just so well written and I loved how everything came together in this book.

I was so sad to return this book to the library today and I already plan on doing a Colleen Hoover book buy soon because I need to reread this book. So good!

Borrow or Buy: Buy!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“My heart made it’s choice, and it chose you.”

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Book Review: Confess

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Synopsis from Amazon:

At age twenty-one, Auburn Reed has already lost everything important to her. In her fight to rebuild her shattered life, she has her goals in sight and there is 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 chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is keeping a major secret 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.

To save their relationship, all Owen needs to do is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin.

Even though I’ve only read two books by her so far, I feel confident in saying Confess is my favorite Colleen Hoover novel. It’s just so incredibly complex, filled with twists and turns that kept me on my toes the whole time.

The novel is told in alternating point of views between Auburn and Owen. Auburn’s first love, Adam, died when she was only 15 and Auburn hasn’t had the best life since then. Meanwhile, Owen has his own struggles. His relationship with his father is strained at best as they’re both still reeling from the car accident that killed Owen’s mother and brother years ago.

Whether you believe in fate or not this book will at least make you question the idea. Auburn and Owen are brought together when Owen needs help running his art gallery for the night and that spurs a chain reaction of events that ultimately change Auburn and Owen’s lives forever.

Honestly, I highly recommend this book. I cried, laughed, and I just really need this book on my shelf so I can read it again and again. If Auburn and Owen’s story doesn’t tug at your heart strings I don’t know what will. Seriously, this is a must read.

Borrow or Buy: Buy!!

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“I’ll love you forever. Even when I can’t.”

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Book Review: November 9

Hey friends! Once again this obviously isn’t a Woman Crush Wednesday post. It’s a bonus book review! Yay! I’m switching up the schedule right now (hence why there was no WCW last week either). Please bear with me during this time of change. 🙂


 

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Synopsis from Amazon:

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.

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

Honestly, I’d never even heard of Colleen Hoover until I joined #bookstagram. But literally almost every person I follow on Instagram was reading one of her books so I got curious and requested a bunch of her books from the library.

Well now I get the hype. I instantly fell in love with Ben, kind of like Fallon does. Ben is cute, funny, honest, and so genuine. He’s pretty unbelievable but in the best possible way. I also really like that he’s a writer and Fallon loves romance novels because they constantly talk about fiction and typical cliches that occur in romance novels.

It was interesting reading a novel about a guy who was trying to write a novel about what was happening in his life. It was very meta and also funny. The story is told in Fallon and Ben’s point of views, which is perfect because they not only keep things from each other but also from the reader, making the novel pretty surprising. I was definitely shocked by some twists although there were some things I suspected.

Still, this book kept me on my toes and Fallon and Ben’s chemistry and wit made me laugh and swoon. They’re so incredibly cute together and the use of November 9 as the focal point for this book was really interesting. The date has different meanings to both Ben and Fallon and the way Hoover uses that to drive the plot is fantastic.

I am now fully on board the CoHo train and have no intention of getting off anytime soon. Now I get to dive in and read all her books and I can’t wait. If you haven’t read any of her books yet definitely give her a try. She’s a phenomenal writer.

Borrow or Buy: Buy it and reread it multiple times. I need this on my shelf permanently.

Stars:

5 stars

Favorite Line:

“I thought I was tougher than a word. But I just discovered that having to say goodbye to you is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.”

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