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Magan: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (web | tweet) Publication Date: December 19, 2012 Pages: 391 Audience: Mature Young Adult / New Adult Keywords: adopted MC, attraction, secrecy and lies Format read: E-book purchased for my kindle. Summary: Sky’s never fallen for anyone before. When she randomly meets Holder at the grocery store, a whirlwind relationship begins […]

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March 22, 2014 - 8:37 am

Nino` - I download this book few days ago and I am on that chapter when Sky admits her attraction to Holder and OMG Holder is sooo amazing,boys like just do not exist in real world! I can’t wait to have it finished because I’m pretty curious about what is coming on

February 28, 2013 - 6:15 pm

Amy @ bookgoonie - It was beyond not put downable. They way she crafted all the details to fall in place in the end was mind blowing.

February 27, 2013 - 3:51 pm

Magan - Alexa, Hopeless is definitely worth the $3.99 price tag! Buy it for your e-reader! 🙂

February 27, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Alexa Y. - I am so, so extremely curious about Holder and Sky. Their relationship does sound like it would be extremely fun to read about, but your mention of the twist in the story has me even more curious! I may just have to get a copy of this one for myself soon.

February 23, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Lily - I love Colleen Hoover and I really loved her Smashed series. I have this one on my nook but I haven’t started reading it yet, I don’t know whats been keeping me it seems like such a good read!

February 22, 2013 - 5:09 pm

elena - ugh every time everyone mentions a twist, I am like I WANT TO KNOWWW even though I may not even have a desire to read the book. I am just a v curious person. I was all head tilt-y over meeting someone at the grocery store but I remembered going to the grocery store yesterday and everyone was so cute. Too bad I looked awful, no love story for me there.

February 22, 2013 - 5:54 am

Lori - Ooo! I’ve heard really great things about this one, but you’re review has convinced me. Adding it to my TBR right now.

February 21, 2013 - 11:34 pm

Jess - This sounds like an exciting read. I’ve seen some Hoover’s books around.This one sounds the most promising.

February 21, 2013 - 7:51 pm

Karen - I skimmed over your review because I just downloaded this book a few weeks ago. I’m happy to see another positive review!

February 21, 2013 - 7:23 pm

Magan - Quinn! The end does get to be a big high-drama, but it’s very interesting. So not what I was expecting and it kept me flipping the pages. Usually drama can be a bit too much if it’s just .. crazy, and while this was a lot, I couldn’t figure out where Hoover was taking the story so I remained interested! I hope you do check it out! The writing is great and Sky and Holder are awesome!

February 21, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Magan - Jamie, I completely agree that sometimes high-drama books are necessary. If they can pull me in and make me forget about everything else I need to get done or allow me to sit and focus on nothing else but reading, I’m all about it. I really, really did love Sky and Holder’s relationship, so I hope you’ll give Hopeless a chance. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 7:10 pm

Magan - Ginger, we’ve talked about this one a ton and I do agree that the part you had the hang up about was … weird. I think I just liked the whole relationship aspect so, so much that it made the $3.99 completely worth it for me. I didn’t expect any of those twists at the end and at the time, this high-drama book was so nice for me to read. Sometimes it’s necessary to read something that’s SO “whoa” that it’s harder to compare it with reality, ya know? I will most definitely check out Slammed! xo

February 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

Magan - Cassie, I definitely should have put a disclaimer that said, “Received a Stamp of Approval from Cassie.” Thank you so much for the recommendation! xoxo

February 21, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - I can’t decide if I want to read this or not. I am not sure if there will be too man twists and turns. Like Ginger, I’m afraid it might be too crazy for me. But I do kind of want to check it out. I’ve been seeing Colleen Hoover around a lot lately.

February 21, 2013 - 7:04 pm

Jamie - I’ve heard so many mixed things about this one that I’m unsure if I’ll like it. Maybe I’ll save it for a time when I need something super drama filled! Because let’s be honest..sometimes we need that!

February 21, 2013 - 4:45 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - This one went a little TOO crazy for me. I enjoyed the first half or so & then it just went completely off the deep end. Sometimes that’s what I want out of a book though, so I try not to judge it. I was a fan of Hoover’s previous novel Slammed. I definitely recommend you checking that one out, Magan.

February 21, 2013 - 1:06 pm

Cassie - I’m soooo glad you loved this! [now make Estelle read it!] and I ALSO love Breckin! I want coffee everyday, too!

The intensity of the book was so crazy, but I also didn’t expect anything that happened in the part we dont discuss!

Sky and Holder will always remain with us <3333

February 21, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Magan - April – banter is like a ballpark hit for me. I love snark and when two characters start off on the wrong foot, I love figuring out how they have to get back on track. Twists and drama — it’s full of that so I really hope you love this! I guarantee this will be such a fast read for you because IT WILL SUCK YOU IN! Enjoy!

February 21, 2013 - 12:03 pm

April Books & Wine - WHY DO I SUCK SO MUCH? I have this on my Kindle and of course I haven’t read it yet, but then you mention a twist and insanity and omg I cannot wait.

ALSO! I love banter to the nth degree. Seriously, LOVE IT.

February 21, 2013 - 11:47 am

Magan - Anna — hahaha — yes to this. I just couldn’t pull myself away. I was a little thrown by the twist, but Holder kept me locked in to the story. Ugh, I loved Holder. 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 11:44 am

Magan - Stormy – I agree! I think Colleen did a great job of writing Hopeless too. The whole end part? Totally sad. Pieces of it just made me sick, but I did enjoy that I couldn’t predict what would happen next. That’s huge for me!

February 21, 2013 - 11:43 am

Magan - Asheley, I admire how much you love Colleen’s work! This was the first of her books for me and I’m so excited to read more. I have Slammed on my kindle. I wish so badly I could have a whole weekend to just read and read and read. Maybe I’d feel like I was making a dent in my TBR pile if I had that chance. And yes! What you said about Holder — I was a little wary of him too. He’s seemed a bit wacko, but GOSH did I grow to love him! He was so kind and protective and just… SWOON. Thanks so much for your comment, A! 🙂

February 21, 2013 - 10:33 am

Asheley Tart (@BookwormAsheley) - Ummm, yes. I love this book so hard, but then again I love Colleen Hoover so hard from the Avett Brothers down to her first two books, so I felt like I would love this one. The thing is that I read this one MUCH QUICKER than I would normally read a book like this, so I cannot formulate any thoughts until I read it again. And I totally plan to. In the beginning, like the very very beginning (grocery store) I was a little afraid of Holder, but then again I JUST LOVED HIM. Because, of course, right? He’s the best. I want to say things that I can’t say in this comment because they’re spoilers! But he’s sincerely one of my favorite male characters ever because of his layers and the things that he does and just, wow. Hoover brought it with this one. On the turnaround, this one is TOUGH and I think it could be tough for some people if they don’t know what to expect in certain places in the book. SO, there’s that. But, yeah, I need to re-read this one soon so I can get my thoughts down because where I normally jot my thoughts on paper while I read, I was CLUTCHING my Kindle like crazy and click, click, clicking way faster than my norm. LOVED THIS ONE. Great, great thoughts Magan. As always. So glad you read and liked this one. And that romance! Smoking!

February 21, 2013 - 9:30 am

Stormy - This book was one of those books I had to sit and process after reading for a while. It took awhile for me to really get into the book, but I was really intrigued by Sky’s story. The very sad turn was, well, sad, for lack of a better word, but I thought it was very well-written. Sometimes it’s hard to write about that kind of thing with all the emotional complexity that difficult situations often entail, and I thought Colleen Hoover did a really awesome job with it.

February 21, 2013 - 8:26 am

Anna - This book cray! So much drama and so many twists packed into one book that it threw me…but at the same time, I enjoyed it in the same way I have enjoyed soap operas in the past.

Magan: Easy by Tammara Webber

Easy by Tammara Webber Publication Date: May 24, 2012 Pages: 304 Target audience: Mature Young Adult or New Adult Keywords: rape, self-defense, break-ups, college, music major Format read: Purchased for my Kindle. Summary: After an unexpected break-up with her boyfriend, Jacqueline attends a frat party where her ex-boyfriend’s friend tried to rape her. She’s saved by […]

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December 1, 2012 - 2:00 am

Kristen Evey - Once again, this is why I love your reviews. I can always count on both of you to temper the flailing and OHMYGOSH THIS BOOK IS PERFECT found in other reviews (btw, neither of those things are bad). I did buy this book for my Nook based on the recommendation of a couple other blogger friends and I’m planning on reading it soon. I’m really glad I read this review first though because now I think I won’t be as disappointed. Biggest disappointed would have been Lucas (LOL at your description of him btw). I absolutely can’t stand perfect boys in books, particularly YA (or NA in this case, I guess). It’s the same problem I had with Adam in Shatter Me. He was so effing perfect it was irritating. But then, I’m also a sucker for the dark and tortured soul character, so I’m a little biased against the perfect ones. 😉

November 19, 2012 - 5:59 pm

Karen - I enjoyed Easy but I did like The Between the Lines series more.

I don’t want to spoil anything in my comments but it was the twist that I didn’t really like. I saw it coming a mile away and would have preferred a more straight forward approach to things. Does that make sense even though I’m being cryptic?

I also never entirely clicked with Jacqueline even though I liked her.

November 18, 2012 - 3:28 am

Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life - I, surprisingly, haven’t seen too many reviews of this book at all, but I do recall reading some really excited and positive reviews of this book. But I’m sorry that you didn’t enjoy this one as much as you expected to, Magan! I hate when hype gets to your head, and it prevents you from enjoying the book. It’s happened to me a lot before, and it’s never fun. :/

However, the main character really does seem flat to me. And it makes me sad that the author kind of shifted the focus of the book from the major issue at hand and instead focuses on the relationship instead. I feel like that’s kind of a missed opportunity. And I seriously dislike when characters are perfect- like Jack seems to be. I like my characters realistic and flawed, thank you very much.

I’m sorry that this one disappointed you, Magan! I think I’ll look out for a few more reviews of this one, but for now, I think I’m going to pass on this one.

November 18, 2012 - 12:57 am

kailia @ Reading the Best of the Best - I love your review and I agree but to even more degree: Lucas was too perfect and I didn’t fall head over heels for him. Jacqueline was a MC I didn’t feel anything for, even though I really, really wanted to. Maybe it’s because I’m only 17 but I felt like all of the feminist talk was being shoved down my throat and not really part of the story, if that makes sense! Yet another aspect was: how did Jacqueline and Lucas get together. I can understand that he saved her…but what? I just felt like the sexual tension skipped the getting to know each other aspect.

November 17, 2012 - 10:18 am

Leah - I’m among the teensy handful of people who haven’t read this book yet, but I can totally relate with being in the minority when it comes to reviewing a book. I’ve given in to hype more times than I’d care to admit and more often than not it ultimately leads to a huge disappointment. Unfortunately I expect the world of these books and the tiniest flaw can lead to a letdown.

Hoo boy. Lucas must have organizational skills down to an art. Or, you know, maybe he owns a time-turner. 😀 Really though, I’ve read enough YA to expect the love interest to be incredible at everything (& we can’t forget about his looks!), but this is a little extreme.

I’m still deciding whether or not I want to read Easy. I’m NOT a fan of issue novels, so it already has one strike against it, but perhaps I’ll eventually pick it up one day.

November 17, 2012 - 6:01 am

Lori - I really enjoyed Easy, but I can completely see why some people didn’t. My one complaint with it was that Jacqueline kept putting herself in situations with the attacker, knowingly. Who does that? And I definitely agree that she wasn’t fleshed out. But, my goodness, did I enjoy the sexual tension! 🙂 I love the point you make about the author preaching. I didn’t notice that but now that you mention it I totally see it.

Fabulous review, Magan!

November 16, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - Though I felt differently about this book, like Alexa said.. I do appreciate your honest review! And it has made me look at things from a different perspective as well. I know for me, I went into this book not having a clue what it was about. I had never even heard of the author before. I sometimes wonder what my reaction would have been if I read it after all the hype? Who knows. I do think Tammara Webber is an excellent writer and want to read more by her.

November 16, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - Funny enough, even though I felt the extreme opposite and really loved Easy, I also love your review. It’s not just the honesty or the intelligence with which your feelings are expressed, but rather that you allowed me to take a step back from my opinion of the book and go, “Huh, you know what, you might be right!”

It is true, now that I think about it, that we don’t really get the opportunity to learn much about Jacqueline or get invested in her story. And a lot of the stuff is a little too ideal or perfect, especially in terms of characters like Lucas.

BUT I do like the way it was written. And I like the message Tammara was attempting to share with her readers. And maybe I just read it at a time when I wanted something that would entertain me 🙂

November 16, 2012 - 12:39 pm

elena - We’ve already discussed this but I agree with your review! After all the raving reviews, I was expecting it to be more but it came off sort of heavy handed to me. I was sending out WTF? e-mails to my friend in the beginning while I was reading it. I felt like everyone else defined who Jacqueline was as a main character, but I didn’t have a good grasp on the things she proclaimed to love. SO TRUE. She & Lucas seemed more like a list of traits to have in a character to me than an actual character. I don’t know how Lucas manages to do EVERYTHING and still be a student? He must be superhuman.

Anyway! Thanks for your insightful & honest review.

Magan: One Pink Line by Dina Silver

One Pink Line by Dina Silver Publication Date: October 20, 2012 Publisher: CreateSpace Pages: 260 Target audience: Young adult/Adult Fiction (both!) Keywords: college pregnancy, single parent, step-parents Format read: ARC from NetGalley (Thanks!) Summary: In 1991, shortly before her college finals and graduation, Sydney finds out she is eight weeks pregnant. After she tells the father, he […]

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February 7, 2013 - 12:01 am

YA Book Review: Me, Him, Them and It by Caela Carter - […] reigns even the smallest bit. The pacing is fantastic, and the writing incredibly relatable. While One Pink Line, a book I read at the end of 2012, looked at the long-term journey of a girl’s decision to […]

October 21, 2012 - 4:57 pm

Rather Be Reading Blog: Magan + Estelle Shelve It (10/21/2012) - […] A review of One Pink Line by Dina Silver […]

October 21, 2012 - 4:48 am

Kristen Evey - Wow. This had me tearing up and gave me goosebumps. Thank you for sharing such a personal experience! I absolutely LOVE that you were able to connect with this book like this. It’s a beautiful thing. I will definitely be adding this to my TBR list!

October 19, 2012 - 7:16 am

April Books & Wine - Being a total fan of the 90s and college, but not really a fan of pregnancy or babies, I am on the fence about reading this, but your review is pretty darn convincing.

Great review Magan!

October 18, 2012 - 11:24 pm

Mary @ My Sisters Bookshelf - What a wonderful personal piece! Your review brought me tears as well!

October 18, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Cynthia - This sounds like a very emotional book, I got teary eyed just reading your review probably because I can relate too. I love stories like that even though they bring you to tears, you feel much more passionate about them. Great review, I’ll definitely be looking for this one. =)

October 18, 2012 - 8:43 pm

elena - aw m, this is such a touching review and i really can tell how much this book has affected you. this really sounds like a wonderful story and i love that it impacted you so much.

October 18, 2012 - 2:09 pm

jen - Well, dang. This sounds like a seriously awesome book. And only $3.99 on Amazon? I may have to make it mine, indeed.

October 18, 2012 - 12:39 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I know now that I really want to read this book. It sounds like the author does an AMAZING job bringing these multiple stories and binding them into one, and I really think I’m going to like this book.

October 18, 2012 - 11:39 am

Magan - Thank you Tina! I’m so glad I was able to read it. It was such a lovely book! 🙂 Thank you for your comment and sweet compliments!

October 18, 2012 - 11:38 am

Magan - Lisa, I can see how it would feel like a lot of pieces, but it all worked and flowed really well. The two characters (points of view) were balanced and they each fed the other’s story. It was definitely unlike anything I’d read and hope you’ll pick it up. 🙂

October 18, 2012 - 11:20 am

Tinab - What a lovely review, I loved this book when I read it last year and so happy to see it reaching a bigger audience. Love your blog btw…:)

October 18, 2012 - 9:56 am

Lisa - This sounds unlike anything I’ve ever read!

It almost feels like too many pieces, but the author somehow finds a balance between all of the stories.

I am very intrigued.