Finding Cinderella (Hopeless #2.5)

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5)

How did I get it?:
It was free!

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


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.


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?:

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


Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week’s list is a back to school theme with Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table. I’ve had to really think about this topic as there are so many characters in books that I LOVE but I’m not sure I’d actually want to sit with them at lunch. You know the sorts…evil characters in literature that you love to hate, but you’d hate to actually know.

So in no particular order here are my choices:



Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter- I know she might irritate some, but I really think I’d get on with her!

Sirius Black- Harry Potter– We’re pretending that I’d sit with a wide range of ages during lunch and that this was before the third book! 😉 I think Sirius would be fascinating to talk to!


Dean Holder- Losing Hope/Hopeless– I absolutely adored Dean. He’s such a thoughtful and considerate character.

Atticus Finch To Kill A Mockingbird– Again, I’m forgetting about age of the characters here, and instead thinking what a fascinating conversation I could have with Atticus Finch!


Rue- The Hunger Games– Aw, she’s just adorable!

Anna- Anna And The French Kiss– I think Anna is a great character, because she’s not perfect. She’s the kind of friend you’d want!



Reagan and Lilah- Open Road Summer- I absolutely loved the friendship between Reagan and Lilah and wouldn’t mind being one of their gang!

Micah- The Art Of Lainey– Micah is an easy to adore character, confident within himself but in a funny way.


Parker- Golden– Parker makes mistakes, but is an incredibly relatable character.

So who would you have on your lunch table? Feel free to leave your links to your Top Ten posts and I’ll stop by. Good luck for the school year if you’re back at school (whether working or attending) or have started back this week!

Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is Top Ten Characters I Would Want With Me On A Deserted Island (pick based on however you want…skills they would bring, their company…or pure hotness factor :P)

So here are mine in no particular order!  My deserted island would certainly be an interesting one with these characters. Would they clash? Would they get on? Who knows!


Katniss EverdeenThe Hunger Games– For obvious reasons. I’m pretty sure she’s going to be on a LOT of people’s lists this week.

CinderThe Lunar Chronicles- Purely for her strength and general awesomeness!

Juliette Shatter Me– I think it would be pretty interested to see how she interacted with Katniss and Cinder.


Dean HolderHopeless/Losing Hope– I connected with his character so much through Hopeless and Losing Hope, so he just needs to be with me really.

Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter– I bet Hermione would know some amazing spells to help us through. I think Luna is an amazing character and I’d find her fascinating.


Poppy Sinclair and her boyfriend MichaelDead Jealous/Dead Silent- I think I’d get on really well with Poppy and her boyfriend, so they’re welcome to join me!

Nimira and Erris- Magic Under Glass– Both adorable characters. I’d love to know more about them.

What characters would you want on a deserted island with you? Have we got any the same this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your Top Ten post and I’ll stop by!



How did I get it?
I bought it


Sky, a senior in high school, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a promiscuous reputation that rivals her own. From their very first encounter, he terrifies  and captivates her. Something about him sparks memories of her deeply troubled past, a time she’s tried so hard to bury. Though Sky is determined to stay far away from him, his unwavering pursuit and enigmatic smile break down her defenses and the intensity of the bond between them grows. But the mysterious Holder has been keeping secrets of his own, and once they are revealed, Sky is changed forever and her ability to trust may be a casualty of the truth.

Only by courageously facing the stark revelations can Sky and Holder hope to heal their emotional scars and find a way to live and love without boundaries. Hopeless is a novel that will leave you breathless,
entranced, and remembering your own first love.


I’ve heard so much about this book from various bloggers and it appearing on many ‘Top Ten’ lists. I thought it was about time that I got to reading it. I had a nice break between reading review books so I decided to try out Hopeless. It didn’t take me long to read at all, once I was stuck in. It’s a touching, but at times funny read. My overall emotion when finishing it though was sadness.  Some of the issues it deals with are incredibly tough to read. Yet, Colleen Hoover writes them very well.

Sky is a great character. She doesn’t realise how broken she is until she meets Holder. I just knew when I started reading that I would really feel for her at several points in the book and I wasn’t wrong. I loved how strong Sky was, despite everything that had happened to her. I loved her interactions with Holder. Holder is also a fabulous character. I was just waiting for him to mess up, and I won’t spoil it and tell you whether he did or not, if you haven’t already read it. His relationship with Sky was beautiful, he was very compassionate towards her. It was incredibly touching. He knew her better than she knew herself which you’ll understand when you read it.

The plot itself was heart-breaking and at the same time heart-warming. I really didn’t expect the twist and I also didn’t expect to feel as emotional as I did about it. I’d highly recommend Hopeless to those that enjoy the New Adult genre and a touching, emotional read.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Clockwork Angel- Cassandra Clare