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!

Dream A Little Christmas Dream

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Billy and Me
You’re The One That I Want
Christmas With Billy and Me
Dream A Little Dream

Synopsis:

Sarah’s doing great. Okay, her dreams might still be totally bananas but real life is definitely back on track. She’s got a fantastic job, amazing friends and plans to spend all Christmas wrapped up with Brett, her handsome boyfriend.

But after another night of increasingly bizarre dreams, Sarah wakes to find her housemate suddenly announcing she’s moving out. And later that day Brett begins to act strangely. He’s clearly hiding something – but what?

Soon Sarah can’t help but wonder if she’s living in a festive nightmare. Will any of her dreams come true for Christmas?

Thoughts:

Dream A Little Christmas Dream is a really cute novella. If you haven’t read Dream A Little Dream, it doesn’t matter. Giovanna gives a little recap of the story, so it can be enjoyed as a standalone story. I love this, as it makes it much more appealing to read to many!

Giovanna’s Christmas novellas really get me in the Christmas spirit. They’re cute, so festive and adorable. It also allows the readers that have read the full length book to catch up with characters! Sarah and Brett are an adorable couple.

I did think the ending was slightly predictable, but this didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story!

Would I recommend it?
Of course!

Giovanna Fletcher is a fabulous writer, especially of festive novellas!

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!

Christmas With Billy and Me

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Billy and Me
You’re The One That I Want

Synopsis:

Christmas has come to Rosefont Hill and it’s destined to be a particularly special festive season for Sophie May.

When a smitten stranger emails Sophie to ask her if he can propose to the woman he loves in her little teashop, the romantic in her finds it impossible to refuse. Even though Christmas is her busiest time of year she has her own sweetheart, Hollywood actor Billy Buskin, to lend a helping hand. How could she say no to making someone’s dream come true?

As Sophie and Billy work together to plan the perfect fairytale proposal for this couple, excitement in Rosefont Hill is mounting. Who is this mysterious man? And who is the lucky lady he’s about to get down on one knee for?

Thoughts:

Giovanna Fletcher is becoming one of my favourite writers of the women’s fiction/chick-lit/whatever you want to call it genre. I thought Christmas with Billy and Me was a super cute Christmas read. I thought I had predicted the ending, the big engagement but I hadn’t which was a lovely surprise. This book genuinely made me ‘Aww!’ out loud.

Christmas With Billy and Me is set a few months after the events of Billy and Me. I thought it was going to be a happily ever after story for one of my favourite couples in this genre. It was a happy, heart-warming story and was a happily ever after story all the same, just not the one I expected. However, I’m sure Giovanna can get a lot more out of these wonderful characters that she’s created.

Reading Giovanna’s books makes me feel like I’m listening to a friend tell their story. Giovanna’s bubbly personality (as seen on her YouTube channel) really shines through in her writing. Christmas With Billy and Me is a fantastic festive read to get you into the Christmas spirit.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This story is well written, cute and almost magical!

The Snow Queen (Novella Review)

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How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Five years ago, Cambridge Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy vanished after performing The Nutcracker. Despite extensive city and statewide searches, no traces of her, besides her ballet slippers, were ever found. Every year since, another member of the cast has gone missing after closing night: a Spanish Hot Chocolate, an Arabian Dancer, The Dew Drop Fairy, a Flower. Nieves Alba, who as a thirteen-year-old played Clara in the first ill-fated performance, is now cast as the Snow Queen. On closing night, every police officer in Boston surrounds the theater, determined to catch the perpetrator whom they’ve dubbed “The Nutcracker.” Can Nieves break the curse or will she be the next victim of America’s favorite ballet?

Thoughts:

This was an incredibly strange little read and I’m not quite sure what to make of it. The premise really intrigued me so I was excited to pick it up. However, when I started reading it, I wasn’t as gripped as I wanted to be, which shocked me. I’m a massive fan of ballet and I wanted to adore this book, but something didn’t sit right with me. It could possibly because it’s a novella, and I’m not the biggest fan of novellas. I’ll try to explain more though.

The Snow Queen is a novella about the ballet The Nutcracker. Nieves Alba is a member of the Cambridge Ballet. She has always wanted to play the Snow Queen. Strange goings on are occurring within her dancing company. Each year, a different member of the cast disappears. It seems like the disappearances are unrelated but Nieves believes they are. It surely makes sense that they would be connected in some way. When Nieves finally gets cast as the Snow Queen she worries that she will be the next one to disappear, but she’s still desperate to play the role and achieve a dream.

I didn’t realise before I started The Snow Queen that it was a New Adult novel. This of course means there’s more sexual content in the story than you’d get in a Young Adult novel. I don’t have a problem with that, I just went into it expecting something very different. Nieves has an awkward relationship with a character called Misha. Misha was a famous dancer before an injury forced him into becoming a dance critic. He is Nieve’s mentor. He came across as very creepy to me and I really couldn’t see what Nieves saw in him.

I think this novella could have been so much better if it was a full length novel. The problem for me was that it didn’t feel developed enough. It was short and predictable. It could have been incredibly exciting, but because of the length the plot was rushed through.

Would I recommend it?:
It’s not for me!- I wanted to love it because of my love of dance, but unfortunately it felt too rushed for me to fully enjoy.

The Snow Queen has a unique premise but it fell short for me!

Destroy Me

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How did I get it?:
Downloaded it for free on iBooks.

Synopsis:

In Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, Juliette escaped from The Reestablishment by seducing Warner—and then putting a bullet in his shoulder. But as she’ll learn in Destroy Me, Warner is not that easy to get rid of. . .

Back at the base and recovering from his near-fatal wound, Warner must do everything in his power to keep his soldiers in check and suppress any mention of a rebellion in the sector. Still as obsessed with Juliette as ever, his first priority is to find her, bring her back, and dispose of Adam and Kenji, the two traitors who helped her escape. But when Warner’s father, The Supreme Commander of The Reestablishment, arrives to correct his son’s mistakes, it’s clear that he has much different plans for Juliette. Plans Warner simply cannot allow.

Set after Shatter Me and before its forthcoming sequel, Unravel Me, Destroy Me is a novella told from the perspective of Warner, the ruthless leader of Sector 45

Thoughts:

I am a big fan of Shatter Me. I really enjoyed it and purchased Unravel Me pretty soon after. (I was a bit late reading Shatter Me.) I found out about Destroy Me from some book blogging friends, so I downloaded it. I hate to say this, but I kind of wish I didn’t. I still love Shatter Me and Tahereh’s writing, but I don’t think Destroy Me really added anything special to the story. I appreciate that Destroy Me is a nice bonus for those that feel strongly about this series and couldn’t wait for Unravel Me.

Destroy Me pretty much gives some background for Warner being as cold as he is. Warner’s side of the story makes him have much more redeemable qualities. It makes him seem like he has a heart and makes many readers, it seems, swoon over him. I didn’t fall in love with Warner. I didn’t like him any more or any less. I think I could’ve easily read Unravel Me without reading Destroy Me. It’s nice to have more of a back story, but it’s really not imperative to the story.

Would I recommend it?:
It wasn’t for me!- It’s not that it isn’t good, but I just don’t think it’s necessary.

Reading next-
Charlotte’s Web by E.B White for my Kid-Lit Challenge

Confessions Of A Chalet Girl

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harper Collins UK/ Harper Impulse

Synopsis:

Set in the exclusive Swiss ski resort of Verbier, the winter playground of the rich and famous, Confessions of a Chalet Girl is a fun and flirty contemporary romance novella from the fabulous Lorraine Wilson.

The slopes seriously start to heat up when chalet girl Holly is propositioned by her sexy new boss!

Thoughts:

Sometimes I just like to indulge in a book like this one! An easy, light read which is quick and enjoyable to read.

You might think that this book is about snowboarders or skiers. It’s not. There is one skiing scene, but it’s not the main focus of the book. It’s about Holly, an English girl who works in a chalet in Verbier over the winter. It’s about her relationship with her boss Scott. Confessions Of A Chalet girl isn’t all lightness though. Holly and Scott have their own personal issues that they need to deal with.

Confessions Of A Chalet Girl is written with alternate points of view, between Holly and Scott. It’s well written and having both of their perspectives helped get to know them better. I felt like I knew them quite well considering it’s a novella. I think the bad thing about this being a novella, is the fact that their problems aren’t really touched upon in much depth. I’m sure if it was a full length book then Lorraine Wilson would’ve developed the writing of their problems in much more depth. She certainly shows much promise as a writer with this book.

I loved the relationship between Holly and Scott, it was believable and I found myself rooting for them. There are some great (and smutty, for those that love smut!) scenes between them. I think Confessions Of A Chalet Girl is a decent, cute read which is well worth checking out if you enjoy reading this genre.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

Reading next:
Natural Causes- James Oswald