Sophie

Sophie

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Lulu Publishing

Synopsis:

Sophie Banks has worked hard for what she has: top of her senior class in high school, gainfully employed, and hopelessly in love with the handsome Eric Lawrence. With graduation a mere three months away, Sophie’s life is on track until a family brawl turns her world upside-down. Between being exposed as having a less-than-ideal home life and faced with a principal who is fed up with her antics, Sophie is forced to live with a guardian, the strictest teacher from her parochial school, Ms. Brooke Jennings. Balancing her new life while hiding her old, Sophie is overwhelmed. On one lonesome drive home she’s involved in a life-changing car accident. Brooke’s loyalty through it all has Sophie seeing her guardian in a whole new light-as the mother she desperately needs. If only Sophie can get the rest of her family to feel the same. When Brooke moves in, love and loyalty will be tested, but will Sophie get the happy ending she’s fought for?

Thoughts:

I have to admit that I was immediately intrigued by the cover of this book. Its simplicity totally drew me into requesting the book. I totally went into it, not knowing much about it. I’m glad I did read this book, but I don’t think it’s a book that will stay with me for a long time. Don’t get me wrong, it is a decent read and I do think that many people will enjoy reading it! However, parts of it were completely unrealistic which did affect my enjoyment of the book.

Sophie centres around a girl who is seemingly reckless, daring and determined to break the rules/fight against authority. We learn that there is much more to Sophie than first meets the eye. For some reason, which we don’t find out immediately, Sophie’s headteacher is determined to make her graduate. Sophie has an awkward family/personal life, which slowly unravels as the story progresses. Sophie’s teacher takes her in and acts as her guardian.

This is where it all became a little muddled for me. As a teacher myself, it just seemed entirely unrealistic, especially as their relationship progressed. I just didn’t buy it at all. Sophie as a character, is intriguing and I liked reading about her relationship with Eric and his brothers (even though there were some very awkward and also unbelievable moments along the way!)

Little grips aside, this book did keep me gripped and certainly kept me turning the pages. I did enjoy the writing style, it was the plot and the characters that didn’t make this a solid 3 star read for me.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me! 2.5 stars- I did enjoy reading this book and think many more will enjoy reading it too. I just couldn’t suspend my disbelief with regard to the plot.

An unrealistic plot somewhat affected my reading experience.

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5)

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)

How did I get it?:
It was free!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Slammed
Point of Retreat
This Girl
Hopeless
Losing Hope
Maybe Someday
Ugly Love
Confess

Synopsis:

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

Thoughts

Yes, I might call myself a bit of a fan of Colleen Hoover’s writing. I’m a little bit behind as she’s releasing books SO quickly, but when I was in need of a short read between books, I remembered that I hadn’t read Finding Cinderella yet. Finding Cinderella is a novella that leads on from Hopeless and Losing Hope. It can also be enjoyed as a standalone, however I personally think it’s better to read it if you have some background information on Holder and Sky.

Finding Cinderella centres around Six, Sky’s best friend. We find out that Six is upset for some reason. She goes into a cupboard at school to escape and finds herself with a guy in there. Six builds up a quick relationship with this guy who she can’t see as it’s dark. Cue instalove and Six being a ‘slut’ which doesn’t really matter as she’s known as a ‘slut’ already! Six warns that she’s leaving soon so it can’t become a thing.

The story then jumps on a year. Six is back from her trip to Italy. She meets Sky’s boyfriend’s best friend (ooh I wonder who it could be!) It is very much insta-love like. I don’t usually get on with instalove, but for some reason when Colleen Hoover writes it, I seem to be okay with it, even if I roll my eyes.

This story may not be overly believable but it was adorable at the same time. It was the light read that I was looking for!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An enjoyable novella which doesn’t take long to read. It enhances the Hopeless experience!

Confess

Confess

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Slammed
Point of Retreat
This Girl
Hopeless
Losing Hope
Maybe Someday
Ugly Love

Synopsis:

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…

Thoughts:

I have to confess (ha!), I really enjoy Colleen Hoover’s books. I’m finding it hard to keep up with her releases though! I’m a little bit behind on her recent releases, so when I felt the need to read something I know that I’ll enjoy, I picked up Confess. I was impressed with the story, which took me no time at all to whizz through. Colleen Hoover has a way of writing characters that you really feel for. I didn’t love all of the characters in this book, goodness knows some frustrated me, but for the right reasons. I was supposed to be frustrated and irritated with some of the characters!

Confess centres around Auburn, who is in desperate need of money. The story opens with her meeting a lawyer, but it is not until later in the book that we find out why she needs the lawyer. As Auburn is on her way home, she notices a job being advertised in a local art gallery. At first, she doesn’t realise what the job is actually for, but when she meets the employer Owen, a talented artist, who owns the studio, she knows she needs the job. Owen gets members of the public to leave their confessions which he then uses as inspiration for his paintings. Auburn is immediately drawn to Owen’s work and the confessions that people leave.

Yes, it’s totally predictable that Auburn and Owen are interested in each other, but the reader really does experience them falling in love as the story progresses. They spend so much time together. This story isn’t just about the romance though, however cute it may be. It has much deeper content than you might expect. At times, this book is a little dramatic and you wonder if anything more can happen to Auburn and Owen. However, it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story.

I really rate Colleen Hoover as a writer. She’s different to other new adult writers. I always appreciate the emotional depth that her books have.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another decent book from Colleen Hoover. I always know I’m getting a good book when I pick up one of hers!

Ugly Love

Ugly Love

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Slammed
Point of Retreat
This Girl
Hopeless
Losing Hope
Maybe Someday

Synopsis:

When Tate Collins finds airline pilot Miles Archer passed out in front of her apartment door, it is definitely not love at first sight. In fact, they wouldn’t even consider themselves friends. But what they do have is an undeniable mutual attraction.

He doesn’t want love and she doesn’t have time for a relationship, but their chemistry cannot be ignored. Once their desires are out in the open, they realise they have the perfect set-up, as long as Tate can stick to two rules – never ask about the past and don’t expect a future.

Tate convinces herslelf she’s ok with it, but soon realises that it’s harder than she thought. Will she be able to say no to her sexy pilot when he lives just next door?

Thoughts:

As you can see from my previously reviewed by the same author section, I’m quite the fan of Colleen Hoover’s writing. I don’t know why it took me so long to get around to reading Ugly Love. I had it preordered, but only read it in mid September this year! Crazy times. There’s just too many good books on my TBR. I’m slowly making my way through them though and I definitely need a catch up of Colleen’s releases after Ugly Love. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make of this book as I had heard both positive and negative reviews of it, but me being me, I wanted to form my own opinion of it.

This book centres around Tate and Miles. We hear from both of their perspectives. Tate in the present day and Miles six years ago. I don’t want to say too much about the story because it’s one that should be discovered as the story progresses.

I can see why some people really don’t like this book. It is full of insta-love. It’s almost ridiculous how quickly the attraction occurs on both strands of the story. Yet somehow I could get past my dislike for insta-love, because I was intrigued enough to see how it was going to end up. I was also curious about what had happened six years ago… that certainly kept me turning the pages. I also don’t think Miles is an easy to like love interest. He is obviously a messed up character, and I wanted to find out what had affected him so much. I never guessed what it was, I have to say. However, I really didn’t like the way he treated Tate. She came across as a bit of a doormat.

Something about Colleen Hoover’s writing makes me push past these niggles I had with Ugly Love. I really enjoy her writing style and the honesty and rawness that she writes with. Love isn’t always beautiful and I appreciate that she writes about this!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Not a perfect read, but I still found it highly enjoyable!

Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love #1.5)

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Flat-Out Love
Left Drowning

Synopsis:

Matt is a junior at MIT. He’s geeky, he’s witty, he’s brilliant.

And he’s also very, very stupid.

When beautiful, cool, insightful Julie moves in with Matt’s family, why (oh why!) does he pretend to be his absent brother Finn for her alleged benefit?

It seems harmless enough until her short-term stay becomes permanent. And until it snowballs into heart-squeezing insanity. And until he falls in love with Julie, and Julie falls in love with Finn.

But … Matt is the right one for her. If only he can make Julie see it. Without telling her the truth, without shattering them all. Particularly his fragile sister Celeste, who may need Julie the most.

You saw Matt through Julie’s eyes in Flat-Out Love. Now go deeper into Matt’s world in this Flat-Out Matt novella. Live his side of the story, break when his heart breaks, and fall for the unlikely hero all over again.

Thoughts:

I really enjoyed Flat-Out Love. I remember feeling very surprised that I liked it as much as I did. New Adult isn’t my favourite genre, but I really think this series is one of the best New Adult reads I’ve read. It has got some sexual content, but it’s certainly not over the top or something that guides the story. This story is particularly emotional. Novellas aren’t usually my kind of thing, but I just had to pick up this one!

Flat-Out Matt does cover some of the same content from Flat-Out Love, so I don’t want to go into it too much. I loved Matt in Flat-Out Love, but I grew to love him even more in this story. We hear from his perspective on certain chapters from Flat-Out Love, but what I loved about this novella, was that we also gained some extra information. I loved how there was a chapter with Matt and Finn. I could feel the bond between them even in such a short chapter

I adore Celeste, Matt’s sister. I have a copy of Flat-Out Celeste ready to be devoured and I can’t wait to read more from her point of view. Jessica Park has created some great characters which I really care for, which is quite unusual for me in a New Adult book.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes! 3.5 stars

A fantastic novella which cemented my adoration of a character!

Ten Tiny Breaths (Ten Tiny Breaths #1)

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Thoughts:

I have heard SO much about this book over my blogging days, I have had a copy for such a long time, but for some reason I’m only just getting around to it. I had heard a mix of positive and negative reviews for this book, but as ever, I like to form my own opinion. I thought this book was well written, engaging but I found myself very let down by the ending.

Ten Tiny Breaths centres around Kacey and her sister Livie. Kacey’s life falls apart when a drunk driver hits into a car carrying her parents, boyfriend and best friend. Kacey is the only one that survives. She can’t help reliving it over and over in nightmares. Kacey goes off the rails. She uses drugs, alcohol and sex to numb the pain. After an incident with the family they were staying with Kacey and Livie move to Miami. Kacey has to find a job to support herself and Livie. Kacey doesn’t expect to find people that she wanted to let into her very messed up life.

I thought Ten Tiny Breaths had some really interesting characters that I really grew to love. Storm is Kacey’s new next door neighbour. I really liked her character and liked the friendship that developed between the girls. Storm is a young, single mother trying to provide for her daughter, so whilst the circumstances aren’t exactly the same, the girls have caring and providing for a dependent in common. Kacey’s sister Livvie is adorable. I loved her relationship with her sister. She was struggling to deal with losing her parents and seeing her sister go off the rails. I believed in her. Then there’s Trent, the handsome guy that Kacey is attracted to from the start. Kacey tries to keep away and not fall for him, but ultimately (and perhaps predictably?) Trent manages to win Kacey’s heart.

I did find Ten Tiny Breaths predictable. Around halfway through I guessed the twist, and whilst that didn’t ruin the story for me, the ending unfortunately did. I just did not believe in it whatsoever, which was a great shame as I was thoroughly enjoying reading it! I will still continue the series, as I’m intrigued to see where it goes. I just won’t be going in with very high expectations. If you’re into the New Adult genre, then I would definitely recommend this book!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

This book was heading for 4.5 stars, but I couldn’t stand the ending! 😦

A Court Of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1)

How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Bloomsbury

Previously reviewed by the same author:
The Assassin’s Blade
Throne Of Glass
Crown of Midnight
Heir of Fire

Synopsis:

Feyre is a huntress. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price . . .

Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows. Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.

Thoughts:

I was so excited to read A Court Of Thorns and Roses. It’s Sarah J Maas, so of course…I was expecting awesome. Now, I have to admit that I did put this book down at one point. I wasn’t in the right mood to read it. However, this is a book that I’m really glad that I went back to. It’s not perfect, and to be honest, I’m more in love with the Throne Of Glass series, but this book is definitely a promising series for Sarah’s fans to get their teeth into.

A Court Of Thorns and Roses is clearly a Beauty and The Beast retelling with an even more magical, fantastical edge and a lot steamier than Disney romance 😉 A Court Of Thorns and Roses definitely feels like it’s intended for a more mature audience leaning towards New Adult. I thought Feyre was a really interesting character. Sarah J Maas certainly writes some strong female leads. After taking the life of a magical creature, Feyre is captured and held prisoner by Tamlin, the Fae captor. She is allowed to roam the grounds, but she’s never allowed to escape. Feyre worries about her family who she cares for a lot, but she also finds herself developing feelings that she never expected.

I can’t fault Sarah’s writing. I think she’s fantastic and there’s something so compelling about her writing. I just have to keep reading. I think my initial problem with this book was that it felt incredibly slow to begin with and until nearer the end it definitely felt like more of a romance read than a fantasy read. I’m pretty sure that this book will do amazingly well, as it should, it certainly deserves to.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A little slow with the world building, but a very good reimagining of Beauty and The Beast!