It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

 

27276318It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Published August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books

373 Pages

Goodreads Summary: Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

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.

Review: I read this book back in August a few days after it was released.  It took me less than two days to read because I could not put it down.  I’ve waited this long to post the review on my blog because I was left speechless.  I didn’t quite know how to write about what this book made me feel.  Before reading this, I had never cried so much from a book in my life.  Colleen Hoover is definitely well known for her drama filled romances but this book is on a whole other level.  After reading the Author’s Note at the end and seeing just how personal this story was for her to write, I’m even more amazed.  I can only imagine how difficult this must have been for her to write.  I don’t want to say too much about the story itself because I think it definitely helps going in somewhat blind but I will say that I think everyone needs to read this book regardless of your gender or background.  This is a raw, emotional story with an important message that I hope will have a big impact on those who need to hear this message the most.  Bravo Colleen Hoover for having the courage to write this book and providing a new perspective for this difficult subject.

5 Stars

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Mini Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

29610595Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Published April 8th 2016 by Wattpad

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: This is a free Wattpad story that Colleen Hoover wrote as a thank you to her fans.

Wow. This book was just wow! Explosive and intense! I can barely form cohesive sentences when it comes to this story. Definitely a new shade of CoHo, a much darker shade. Each chapter is written from one of the three main characters’ POV – Sloan, Carter and Asa. Asa was such a scarily intense character.  I couldn’t believe that Sloan was willing to keep herself in that situation even if it was for the sake of her brother.  (Total twist on that part BTW).  And Carter… his internal struggle to do his job vs. do the right thing is so heart wrenching.  Oh man… I really hope that Colleen Hoover decides to put this in print because I want this book on my shelf.
Word of warning to sensitive readers, this is probably not a book for you. It is very graphic and mature with violence, drugs and sex.
Read it for free on Wattpad:https://www.wattpad.com/story/5461625…

5 Stars

Top Ten Recent 5 Star Reads

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads.

For this post, I opened up my Goodreads to My Books and sorted my Read shelf by date read.  Then I looked and pulled the first 10 books to come up that I rated 5 stars.  My 10 come from December through March.  I did not include any of my audiobook rereads though.  These are all books that I read physical copies of for the first time.

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  • Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz – If you pay any attention to my blog at all, you will know how much I love this book!  I’m currently re-reading it for the 3rd time and loving it all over again.
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – This book  was so cute!  I loved Isla and Josh and their story.  Plus I also loved having the characters from the other two books included in the story.
  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon – My love for the Outlander series knows no bounds.  The 5th book in the series was so good and filled with so many of the things that I love about this series.  Plus you just can’t go wrong with James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.
  • I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga – This book was awesome!  I was in the mood for an exciting thriller and this book totally delivered!
  • November 9 by Colleen Hoover – My first full length CoHo book made me an instant fan of her writing.  This was so much more than just a romance.

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  • Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – After reading November 9, I hoped that any of her books I read after that wouldn’t let me down… and she pulled through.  Ugly Love was even better than November 9!
  • Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – This book totally blew me away.  I finally posted my review of it yesterday and immediately wanted to start reading it again.  SO GOOD!
  • Game by Barry Lyga – Sometimes it is hard to find a sequel that is as good or better than the first book.  But Game was exactly that.  So much better than the first book, I Hunt Killers!  This took the thrill from the first book and amplified it x10!
  • The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – This book was fantastic.  The characters and the writing were so real!  This book broke my heart and put it back together again.
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – I had read an advance excerpt of this awhile ago but finally got around to reading the full book earlier this month.  It was so good!  I couldn’t put it down.  I loved the two main characters and the entire world that the author built.  I can’t wait to read more in this series in the future.

 

What are some of your most recent 5 star reads?

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

18143950Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Published March 18th 2014 by Atria Books

367 Pages

Goodreads Summary: At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying 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 that Hunter is cheating on her—and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be.

Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. 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. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.

A passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance, Maybe Someday will immerse readers in Sydney’s tumultuous world from the very first page.

Review: I finished this book over a month ago but have waited to review it for several reasons.  First of all, this book completely blew me away and I wasn’t sure how to write a review without sounding like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons (thanks to Professor McGonagall for that one).  Second of all, I really haven’t been in the mood to write reviews this year so I’ve been putting them off.  Third, there are so many twists in this story I find it hard to write a review without spoiling anything!  But do not worry!  I have a passionate hatred for spoilers so you will not find any spoilers in this review… just vague gushing about the mastery of Colleen Hoover’s story telling abilities.

I loved November 9 and then I loved Ugly Love… but this one just blows those two out of the water.  The amount of feels (and intensity of the feels) are enough to knock you on your back clutching a box of kleenex.  The characters are so well thought out and described.  They each have their own strong personalities.   The twists that CoHo weaves into this story are incredible.  I totally didn’t see any of them coming and they added such dimension to a book you may go into thinking is just another NA romance novel.  The struggle these characters go through feels real and heartbreaking.  Oh man, even just thinking about the book now has me wanting to re-read it.  Also, to add yet another dimension…. there is a SOUNDTRACK that goes along with the book!  Griffin Peterson worked with Colleen Hoover to create the soundtrack featuring the music that Sydney and Ridge write together throughout the novel.  Check it out here!  I highly recommend this book.

5 Stars

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Published August 5th 2014 by Atria Books

322 Pages

Goodreads Summary: When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Review: This was my second full length novel written by Colleen Hoover and I wasn’t sure that it would be able to top the first one I had read, November 9, but it did.  Ugly Love is my new favorite CoHo book.  From page one, I really liked Tate.  She seemed like a relatable character and someone I could be friends with.  I also loved Miles immediately even though he is emotionally unavailable.  He has that dark, broody thing going on that is hard to resist.  You can tell that something from his past is holding him back but when you find out what that is… whoa.  Tear jerker!  Have some tissues prepared.  I think the thing I love best about Colleen Hoover books is that while they can be a bit predictable, as all romance novels are, there is always at least one big twist that knocks your socks off.  The amount of heartache that both Miles and Tate go through in this book is enough to make you want to curl up in a ball and never want to uncurl again.  I think besides the romance part of the book, my favorite part was Tate’s relationship with Cap, the 80 year old elevator attendant.  It was just so cute that they became best friends.  This book was such an emotional roller coaster.  It made me laugh, cry, get angry, and even swoon.  If you are looking for a great romance with a big twist, I suggest giving Ugly Love, or any other Colleen Hoover book a try!

5 stars