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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REVIEW: One Good Hustle

One Good Hustle 
by: Billie Livingston
Received: From the author 
The child of 2 con artists, 16-year-old Sammie Bell always prided herself on knowing the score. But now she finds herself backed into a corner. After a hustle gone dangerously wrong, her mother, Marlene, is sliding into an abyss of alcoholic depression, spending her days fantasizing aloud about death–a goal Sammie is tempted to help her accomplish. Horrified by the appeal of this, Sammie packs a bag and leaves her mother to her own devices.

With her father missing in action, she has nowhere else to go but the home of a friend with 2 parents who seem to actually love their daughter and each other–and who awkwardly try to extend some semblance of family to Sammie. Throughout a long summer of crisis among the normals, Sammie is torn between her longing for the approval of the con-man father she was named for and her desire for the “weird, spearmint-fresh feeling” of life in the straight world. Sammie wants to be normal but fears that where she comes from makes that beyond the realm of possibility.
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This review is relatively short for the sole purpose of not giving away spoilers.  If i speak too much, I will.  And no one likes a spoiler-y review.  That will be all.  A supremely HUGE thanks to Billie for giving me the pleasure of reading this novel! 

Summary:
So, as someone who has a huge liking for stories of an underdog, I had to read this.  I love stories where the girl/guy has it rough, and has to rise above the BS that surrounds them.  This literally, described Sammie’s life to a T.  
Sammie is raised by a hustler father and an alcoholic mother.  Cool life, right? Uh, no.  Poor Sammie just wants nothing more than to leave the shadows of her parents behind, but with a co-dependent mother.. this is way harder than it seems.  The life Sammie has been accustomed to, also seems to make her more closed off to real friendships, and even to love.  She has never really experienced what LOVE is, even from her parents.  This story chronicles her journey to what she hopes to be a normal life, and we get to see everything she encounters along the way.

Review:
I loved this.  Not because it was sent to me by Billie Livingston herself, not because Billie is WAY awesome, but just BECAUSE.  This is a book that I didn’t want to end, because I just wanted to keep following Sammie’s story.  I literally would LOVE a story of Sammie later in life, and may have to try my hardest to convince Billie to write that book!  [hehe].  But Sammie is just one of those characters.  You become attached to her, and feel for her.  And even at times want to shake her and be like “girl, snap back to reality!”.  But, the story ended where it did and… yeah.  I can’t say more because that would be giving things away, and I’m simply not going to do that!  This book was a five star read for me.  I adored it, and that was mostly because of the writing and the main character.  The hustles were pretty freakin’ great too!  I loved reading about cons and schemes and everything in that world, it was new to me, and I happen to know that Billie got one of the ideas from a real life NY hustler.  [way cool!].  

Who Should Read This?:
So, I reccommend this book to anyone who likes to watch someone who had it rough, grow up, and try to make it on their own.  And also to anyone who likes to fall in love with the main character.  ‘Cause, its an awesome read, and I can’t wait for more by Billie!
If you can get your hands on this, please do.  Its one of those that you 
won’t regret reading and will be uber happy you did.


MINI REVIEW: Tell the Wolves I’m Home; Carol Rifka Brunt

Tell the Wolves I’m Home


In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life—someone who will help her to heal, and to question what she thinks she knows about Finn, her family, and even her own heart.

At Finn’s funeral, June notices a strange man lingering just beyond the crowd. A few days later, she receives a package in the mail. Inside is a beautiful teapot she recognizes from Finn’s apartment, and a note from Toby, the stranger, asking for an opportunity to meet. As the two begin to spend time together, June realizes she’s not the only one who misses Finn, and if she can bring herself to trust this unexpected friend, he just might be the one she needs the most.

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Sell it In Sixty Seconds:
This is Brunt’s debut novel, and needless to say it leaves you yearning for more from June and her story. This whole book is told through the eyes of a shattered young girl, whom is wise beyond her years.  Tell the Wolves I’m Home is a story that will stay with you long after finishing the last page, because the characters truly become your friends.  Brunt delivers angst, pain, love, loss, and tragedy all in one beautifully packaged book.  This is a do not miss.  One worth reading, and definitely worth owning as well. 
Recommend for: Adult fiction fans, contemporary fans, YA contemporary lovers who can stand some tough subject matter 
Rating:  5/5