It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Published August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books
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.
Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (Hopeless #1)
Published May 7th 2013 by Atria Books (first published December 17th 2012)
Goodreads Summary: Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Review: This story was not what I was expecting at all! I was thinking it was going to be more of a simple high school romance with maybe a few small twists. But I should have known it would be so much better than that… It’s Colleen Hoover after all! Sky was such a cool character. I loved that she was so spunky and even though she was given a hard time when she started going to the public school, she took it in stride and didn’t let the negative people get her down. When she meets Dean Holder, sparks fly which is odd for Sky because while she has fooled around with guys before, she never ever feels anything. When the twists start coming in, you begin to realize just why she never feels anything. This book is so full of twists and each one I never saw coming! Lots of emotion in this one so be prepared! This wasn’t my favorite Colleen Hoover book, but it was still great!
Confess by Colleen Hoover
Published March 10th 2015 by Atria Books
Goodreads Summary: 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 Owen is keeping 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…
Review: Colleen Hoover continues to prove that she is a master at writing unique and intensely emotional romance novels. Auburn has had such a rough time of it but she keeps on going on. The beginning of her story is completely heartbreaking and continues to be until Owen helps her realize how brave she is. I loved the whole concept behind the confessions inspiring Owen’s paintings. There were so many twists involving Auburn and Owen, together and individually. And that final reveal…. Oh man! My heart. One of my favorite things about Colleen Hoover’s books is how real they feel. The characters are so easy to connect with because of that which makes it that much easier to fall in love with the story.
Too 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…
WWW Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words.
Each week we answer the following three questions:
-What have you recently finished reading?
-What are you currently reading?
-What are you reading next?
I had a great week filled with Sarah J. Maas. I finished up the last two audiobooks of the Throne of Glass series that I have (QoS is too expensive for me right now) and then started and finished A Court of Thorns and Roses in anticipation of A Court of Mist and Fury coming out in less than a month. I also started and finished Too Late by Colleen Hoover. She wrote this story on Wattpad in installments as a thank you to her readers. It was superbly intense and pretty graphic.
Currently I am reading Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. I had requested this ebook from the library based on the recommendation from Bird, author of Shattered Blue. I normally don’t go for the heavy sci-fi, space travel type books but so far it is proving to be very good. It’s rather long (over 800 pages) so it will take me awhile to get through. For that exact reason I have set Passenger by Alexandra Bracken off to the side after only getting through 30 pages. I also started doing an audiobook re-read of the Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol beginning with Inescapable.
Because I am in the middle of a very long, dense book I don’t have any books to put forth for my Up Next section. More than likely I will still be reading Seveneves by next Wednesday.
What have you been reading lately?