Review/Giveaway: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless
By: Colleen Hoover


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.
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Summary:
The thing about the above synopsis is that it DOES tell you the plot, yet it totally does NOT do this book justice.  Unfortunately, I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys.  So all I am going to say that this is a story of appreciation of life, in all its forms and meanings.  Sky is a girl who thinks she has it all figured out, and her best friend Six is right there next to her at all times, until she isn’t.. Sky is luckily able to find another awesomely-awesome totally witty best friend, Breckin.  As per USUAL, Hoover’s secondary characters are top notch, and I can promise you that you will be wanting some more Breckin in your life!  He’s so animated and so perfectly matched with Sky, its just great.  Anywayyy, (sorry, total Breckin obsession).. we bring Holder into the picture [the deliciously delicious specimen] and Sky is in for a rude awakening.  Everything she thinks she knows about life and love, is about to be turned UPSIDE DOWN by Holder.  And so the storyline continues.. *I’m sorry I can’t give you more, but I just.. can’t.  You need to experience this on your own, guys!*

Review:
OH MY FREAKIN GOD.  Number one, I can’t believe that it is possible for me to love characters as much as I loved in Slammed and Point of Retreat.  But honestly.. guys.  I just did.  I had to relax for a little after completing this book.  It was just so beautiful and poignant and perfect.  I can’t even think of anything that I didn’t like.  There were things that I had figured out shortly before I was told, but that always happens. And then there were the THINGS that I was like, “OH NO WAY! No, no, let me re-read that to make sure..”.  Seriously.  This book.  Just.. this book.  Sky and Holder captivate you from the first page, and they will not let you out of their grasp until you finish.  Its too good.  The thing is, Colleen Hoover knows exactly how to tie together a pretty little book just right every SINGLE time.  The woman writes like she’s written forty books before, not three.  Its mind boggling how good this book is.  Its just.. Love.  This book IS love.  I don’t live it, I love it.  [You’ll understand that part when you read the book].  AND for the amazing price of $3.99, I mean, you CAN’T pass this up, and if you do, you’ll have ME to deal with!

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Who Should Read This?:
Anyone with a pulse.  Any fan of Slammed, Pushing the Limits, or My Life Next Door.  This book has heart and soul that is sometimes hard to find in a contemporary novel.  It leaves you with so many emotions, and it will stay with you for a LONG time to come.  I finished this and OFFICIALLY named Colleen my FAVORITE author.  There’s no one that competes with her anymore.  There just isn’t.  First she gave me Will and Lake, and now she brings me Sky and  Holder.  She can’t be topped!  The woman is unstoppable.


PS.- BECAUSE I adored this book so so much, I am doing a giveaway for it!  Anyone with a Kindle or Nook can win an e-book copy of Hopeless!




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2012: End of the Year Book Survey

Its basically the end of the year, and Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner has compiled her yearly survey for all us book-lovers out there to take! So, here we go!



Best Book You Read in 2012
There’s too many.  Honestly.. I have to break this down.
Slammed by Colleen Hoover
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
…the entire Hunger Games Trilogy.

Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love More But Didn’t?

Crossed by Ally Condie.  I really enjoyed Matched but couldn’t finish Crossed.

Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012? 

Honestly? BASICALLY ALL the New Adult I read.  Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, and the Avoiding Series by K.A. Linde especially.


Book you recommended to people most in 2012? 

Hands down (THREE way tie).  Divergent by Veronica Roth, Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry and Slammed by Colleen Hoover.

Best series you discovered in 2012? 

Shatter Me Series/ Hunger Games Series.  I was late, I know!

Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you? 

Is all the YA an acceptable answer? Because I mostly read adult before this year.  And due to the Hunger Games and the Maze Runner, I became an AVID lover and reader of ALL the YA.


Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012? 

..Its technically 2013 release, but Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi.

Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I really don’t re-read.  But, maybe I will re-read Catching Fire, but only because I’ll have to catch myself back up before seeing the movie.

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?













Most memorable character in 2012? 
Mara Freakin’ Dyer. [The Unbecoming/Evolution of Mara Dyer]

Most beautifully written book read in 2012? 
Delirium Series.  Lauren Oliver can destroy anyone with a pen and paper.

Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?

Where She Went, Gayle Forman.  And yet again.  
Slammed; Colleen Hoover.

Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read? 

The Hunger Games series.  What was I THINKING!?



Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012? 
“Love: It will kill you and save you, both” 
― Lauren OliverDelirium


“I run for I don’t know how long. Hours, maybe, or days. Alex told me to run. So I run. You have to understand. I am no one special. I am just a single girl. I am five feet two inches tall and I am in-between in every way. But I have a secret. You can build walls all the way to the sky and I will find a way to fly above them. You can try to pin me down with a hundred thousand arms, but I will find a way to resist. And there are many of us out there, more than you think. People who refuse to stop believing. People who refuse to come to earth. People who love in a world without walls, people who love into hate, into refusal, against hope,and without fear. I love you. Remember. They cannot take it.” 
― Lauren OliverDelirium


Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012? 

HanaA Delirium Novella- Lauren Oliver [Shortest]
The Evolution of Mara Dyer– Michelle Hodkin [Longest]

Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers! 

ALL of Unravel Me, and The Evolution of Mara Dyer.  I can’t speak about it, STILL.

Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).

Ugh, SO MANY! Adam & Mia, If I Stay & Where She Went.  Will & Lake, Slammed.  Noah & Echo, Pushing the Limits, and Samantha & Jace, My Life Next Door

Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously?

Lola and the Boy Next Door Stephanie Perkins.  I adored Anna, and Lola was seriously amazing as well! 

Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else?
A Want So Wicked; Suzanne Young.  Loretta from Between the Pages told me about this series, and I LOVEDDDD this book!

One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2012 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2013?

The Unearthly Series by Cynthia Hand.

Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2013?

The conclusions!  Aka; Reqiuem, Lauren Oliver and Divergent #3, Veronica Roth, ALSO Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller!

One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging in 2013?

Going to a bookish event! That would be really fun and I wish I could have gone to anything this year but I was far too “new” to this world!

Final Thought:
I opted to skip the Blogging Section simply because EVERYTHING was new to me this year.  But, there was a question about the post that got the most love, and that was my Author Interview with Trish Doller.  Since I adore Trish so much, I wanted to link back to that so if you didn’t read my blog then, you can check it out!



By bookswithcass Posted in 2012, Meme

MINI Book Haul!

Since I gave up my Youtube channel; I have been dying to share some book purchases with you guys!  I was informed by a fellow blogger that I can upload directly to blogger, so here I go!

Mini Haul!




Books Mentioned:
Gone Girl– Gillian Flynn
Unwind, UnWholly– Neal Shusterman
Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares– Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
Make Me Yours– Kendall Ryan

Tell me, what did you guys get this week?