Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Goodreads Summary:

Contains exclusive content: songs from Griffin Peterson

Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…


My Review

I had heard nothing but amazing things about Maybe Someday and knew I had to get my hands on it as my next CoHo read. Thankfully one of my lovely Bookstagram friends gifted me a copy, so the time to read it came sooner than expected! And true to Colleen Hoover’s nature, this romance was unlike any I’ve read before! I’m going to give you guys a spoil free review but it absolutely has twists that you won’t see coming!

This story alternates between the POVs of Sydney and Ridge who form an unexpected bond while writing music together. And naturally, they form a blossoming romance despite trying everything in their power to resist it. One of the most incredible aspects about this book is that Colleen Hoover worked with a musician to actually create the songs they wrote so that you can listen to the songs as they appear in the story! Like how freaking cool is that?!

The only reason I didn’t give this book five stars is because of the certain aspects of the love triangle that I feel could be really triggering for some people. And though I understand why things went down the way they did, it was still sad to see who gets hurt. Regardless, Maybe Someday was heartbreakingly beautiful, brought me to tears (also typical of CoHo) and I highly recommend it!

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Book Review: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Goodreads Summary:

One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.


My Review

Believe it or not, but this was my first Christmas themed book I think I’ve ever read. I just don’t usually purposely read them. I have read books where the main character is repeating the same day so I definitely had my own preset notions about how things would play out. So I will say that this one was definitely different than I expected. 

The story follows the life of Maelyn, a girl who is entirely unhappy with the way her life is going. After having a not so merry holiday with her family and childhood friends, she makes a wish to the universe to find what will make her happy and finds herself stuck in a loop repeating the holiday til she finds it. 

Unfortunately, when I found out the plot was about being stuck on repeat, I expected the story to repeat more times than it actually did. It felt almost anticlimactic. That was quite honestly my main beef with the story. Otherwise the characters were lovely and the concept of chasing after what you genuinely desire in order to prioritize personal joy was super sweet. I just felt that a plot line whose main motif is stuck in a loop, it sure didn’t feel like being all that “stuck.” Regardless, it was still a quick happy read that I’d recommend to get you into the spirit! 

Anyone feel the same as I did? Let me know your thoughts below.

Review: The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

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Goodreads Summary:

The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book.

When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They’re all—or mostly all—excited to meet her! She’ll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It’s a disaster! And as if that wasn’t enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn’t he realize what a terrible idea that is?

Nina considers her options.

1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.)
2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee).
3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.)

It’s time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn’t convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It’s going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.


3 Star


My Review

The Bookish Life Nina Hill was one I listened to on audiobook. It was certainly cute and quirky, but the romance was just not as stellar as I thought it was going to be. Granted, I didn’t know what I was fully getting myself into when I picked it up, but I guess I thought that the romance would be a bit bigger component.

This story centers around Nina and her very organized, put together life in which she is content to be alone with her books until what seems to be the end of her days. That is until her not so spontaneous life gets flipped upside down when she discovers who her absentee Father is and finds out she has a ton of family she never even knew about.

I related to Nina’s life hardcore, like it was almost kind of scary. I make my daily schedule in my head basically every day. I set daily/weekly workout and meal goals, and I’m not big on being spontaneous, especially when I do have plans to go home and do nothing, which is exactly how she is lol! I love books and am content to be home with said books.

Overall, the story was sweet, but the romance just wasn’t there for me and the plot had an overall slow pace. It was a good one for listening to on audio and is fun for readers to experience and relate to for sure though!

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Review: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez

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Goodreads Summary:

Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.

Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen—especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.

The Friend Zone will have you laughing one moment and grabbing for tissues the next as it tackles the realities of infertility and loss with wit, heart, and a lot of sass.


4 star


My Review

The Friend Zone was seriously adorable and heartbreakingly beautiful at the same time. I listened to this one on audiobook, and though the female narrator had the WORST way of enunciating, it was still so enjoyable!

The story centers around the POVs of Josh and Kristen as they both clearly fall in love with each other but continue to have a reason not to be together. It was incredibly frustrating. Josh is the best man for his best friend who happens to be marrying Kristen’s best friend (and is the maid of honor). Soon Josh becomes an even bigger part of Kristen’s life when he unexpectedly becomes her new carpenter for her small business as well. Unfortunately, Kristen is about to undergo a surgery that will make her unable to have children, but she has no way of breaking the news to Josh.

Experiencing both their POVs honestly made the story. I hadn’t read a contemporary like that in a while where you get to hear how the guy feels about the girl from the very beginning. It’s alway so sweet, and oh boy, was Josh sweet. Also fun fact, my boyfriend’s name is Josh, and I’ve never read a book where my boyfriend’s name is the same as the main guy, so that was fun! The romance was honestly quite the ride. I found myself getting so mad and having such strong feelings throughout, that I remember yelling out loud at the audiobook while driving.

The Friend Zone brings with it the harsh realities that come with love and life, and blends them all together into one beautiful story. If you’re looking for a book like that to take you on a journey that is devastating, but wonderful at the same time, then I highly recommend!

Buy The Friend Zone now! 

Book Review: Beach Read by Emily Henry

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Goodreads Summary:

A romance writer who no longer believes in love and a literary writer stuck in a rut engage in a summer-long challenge that may just upend everything they believe about happily ever afters.

Augustus Everett is an acclaimed author of literary fiction. January Andrews writes bestselling romance. When she pens a happily ever after, he kills off his entire cast.

They’re polar opposites.

In fact, the only thing they have in common is that for the next three months, they’re living in neighboring beach houses, broke, and bogged down with writer’s block.

Until, one hazy evening, one thing leads to another and they strike a deal designed to force them out of their creative ruts: Augustus will spend the summer writing something happy, and January will pen the next Great American Novel. She’ll take him on field trips worthy of any rom-com montage, and he’ll take her to interview surviving members of a backwoods death cult (obviously). Everyone will finish a book and no one will fall in love. Really.


4 star


My Review

“Falling’s the part that takes your breath away. It’s the part when you can’t believe the person standing in front of you both exists and happened to wander into your path. It’s supposed to make you feel lucky to be alive, exactly when and where you are.”

I had been seeing Beach Read all over bookstagram this Summer and saw that everyone was ranting about it! So when I read the plot, I knew I had to have it! And let me tell ya folks, it is THE definition of a Summer read! I enjoyed this little gem a whole lot!

Beach Read centers around the POV of writer January, a girl who just lost her Father only to discover that he bequeathed her a lake house she had no idea about. When she arrives she finds that her next door neighbor is none other than her arch nemesis from college: Augustus Everett. Cue cheesy romantic love story that’s quite the cliche yet sucks you completely in anyway!

Beach Read was everything I was looking for. I’ve been reading so much fantasy lately that it was so nice to have the perfect contemporary to set the balance back. This book had so many lines that took my breath away. I literally had to reread them a few times to just take it all in. Emily Henry’s writing is nothing short of beautiful. So naturally, I was emotional by the ending. Which was really quite unexpected based on what I thought the book was like.

This story is so much more than a romance, it’s a lot about life too. It opens up the very real wounds that just existing brings. It shows that there are no guarantees, so you might as well take a leap of faith and dive on in. Of course it still has a lovely finish that made me all kinds of happy. And that’s just what Beach Read is, it’s a happy read! So if that is something you’re in need of right about now, and honestly, with 2020 being the way it is, we all could use some happy… I highly recommend it!

Buy on Amazon now!

 

 

Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Goodreads Summary:

A story about friendship, survival, and finding your voice.

Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day. 

It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.


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Favorite Quotes: 

“And it was knowing that I could still be…still be afraid of everything, but not letting that fear stop me from living.”

“Forever was something we all took for granted, but the problem with forever was that it really didn’t exist.”


My Review

This is one of only a handful of stand alones by JLA. My history with her stand alone novels has always been great so I’ve been super excited to dive into this one! I’ve had it on my Kindle for a few years now and finally was able to read it. And once again, I was not disappointed!

The story follows Mallory as she navigates public school for the first time. She’s had a morbid past involving abusive foster parents and after being adopted and going through the necessary steps, is finally ready to face the great unknown that is her senior year in high school. The last thing she expects is to run into someone from her past on day one: her only friend and great protector Rider.

I have to say, this story’s lead female character was unlike any JLA has ever written about before. Usually her books consist of strong-willed badass girls with a great sense of humor. Mallory is definitely not any of these. Honestly, it wouldn’t have fit the story nearly as well if she was. And it was totally realistic for someone with her particular past to not come out unscathed.

This book was a breath of fresh air in that it depicted the very real ways anxiety can affect your day to day life. It also showed how you never quite know what someone is going through. Most importantly, it demonstrates that your past can be let go and you can move forward from it stronger. Overall, it spoke to me, and I couldn’t help but share a few of the lines that gave me chills while reading (see above).

The Problem with Forever was a quick read with a sweet romance, difficult social concepts, and a teary eyed beautiful finish. I 100% recommend you read it, especially if you’re a JLA fan.

Buy on Amazon. 

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Goodreads Summary:

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse


My Review

I listened to Novemeber 9 on audio back in March, and OH MY GOODNESS what a ride!!! Colleen Hoover is on a whole other level when it comes to writing. She literally knows how to take you on the most wild emotional ride in a way that no other author ever has (my review of Verity to come *hint hint*).

November 9 is written from the perspectives of Ben and Fallon, two people who come from very different worlds but find themselves totally intertwined in one another’s lives in the most unexpected way. Unfortunately, these two meet the night before Fallon is about to fly off to New York to pursue an acting career. However, they are both so enthralled by one another from the very beginning, that they make a promise to each other to meet on the same date every year from then on. Ben even plans to use Fallon’s life as the focus of his novel. As the years pass, their lives and their love get more and more complicated, and Fallon becomes not entirely sure that Ben’s motives behind his novel are genuine.

This book was unlike anything I’d ever read before. Colleen Hoover used time jumps so creatively in a way that didn’t make you feel like you were missing content because of the gaps. When I first started it, I remember thinking “how the hell is this going to be a good romance if they only see each other one day a year??” Well, it most definitely was! This book was heartbreakingly beautiful. No other way to describe it. It was awesome to see the characters grow and evolve over time in a way that didn’t feel too slow or too rushed.  There was just enough information given on the days they met and on the time in between to make the story flow smoothly. To top it off, November 9 had an incredible mind blowing ending that I absolutely did not see coming!

If you are looking for a great stand alone contemporary romance, I highly recommend November 9. It reads quick and will captivate your heart.

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Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Goodreads Summary:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.


My Review

Believe it or not but this is actually the first ever Colleen Hoover book that I’ve read!! That is practically blasphemous I know! And boy oh boy do I see what I was missing out on now!! Holy crap this book was good!! Hoover has a way with romance novels, or so I had been told, and that is definitely no exaggeration. I’m actually going to her book signing event in two weeks in Phoenix and I am so so excited for it!

Ugly Love was entirely unique in that its two perspectives took place in two different timelines. One focused on the life of Tate, an RN who has just temporarily moved in with her brother while she gets her Masters and attempts to find an apartment of her own. The other perspective follows Miles (the boy in the apartment across the hall), only his perspective is one from 6 years in the past! Wild right?! Miles also happens to be one of Tate’s brother’s coworkers. He has always been aloof from love for reasons that very few are privy to. However, right from the start there is an attraction between Miles and Tate, and before they know it, they’re falling in to an intense yet tumultuous friends with benefits situation. Miles has two rules though, don’t ask about his past, and don’t expect a future.

The title of this book could not possibly be any more accurate! It was so very clear that the feelings between Miles and Tate were so much more than physical. Unfortunately for Tate, every time she tried to break through Miles walls, she was forcibly cast out. It was heartbreaking, and as time went on, I kept finding myself thinking, girl you deserve better, drop his ass, but then he would play mind games with her and she would go right back. It made sense really. And as events played out, and the truth was revealed, my heart utterly broke for Miles. He had every right to feel the way he did. He had every right to create a love that was so ugly with Tate.

This book brought forth all the feels at all the right times, and the ending absolutely brought me to tears. I could not have been more pleased. I had a wonderful first experience with a Colleen Hoover novel, and I can’t wait to get my hands on more!! I most definitely recommend you read this book!

Buy it on Amazon now!

Review: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

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Goodreads Summary:

Can’t buy me love…

Maddie’s not impulsive. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment—

She wins!

In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun…until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?


My Review

I didn’t have super high expectations for Lucky in Love, but I had hoped that I would at least enjoy it a little more. Unfortunately, it was about as mediocre as a high school romance can possibly get. I was definitely hesitant when I read the description. An 18 year old girl wins the lottery and her whole life changes, but during all of the money madness, she still finds herself falling in love with the cute boy she works with. Cheesy right? Well yup, it sure was.

There was nothing wholly exciting about this book. Everything that happened was just so  completely predictable. I really wanted events to play out differently. I thought, maybe they will make this story ablout more than a teenager winning a bunch of money, getting in over her head, and ruining the relationships around her. But nope, that just about happens. SPOILER ALERT. Not that you weren’t thinking it already right?

I had heard fairly good things about Kasie West’s P.S. I Like You, so I thought I would give this one a try after receiving it as a gift. Unfortunately, this makes me super reluctant to give that book a try now. Any thoughts on this author and her other work? I wish I could recommend Lucky in Love to readers, but all I can really give it, is that it was a quick read. It’s a good in-between book, but otherwise it’s not much to be excited about.

Buy it on Amazon here, if you are so inclined lol.

Review: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Goodreads Summary:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.

And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

 


My Review

We Were Liars was an intriguing story from the get-go. There were just so many questions and things to learn about each character. Each one seemed like they were keeping secrets. I feel like that kind of comes with the territory when dealing with rich families. Nevertheless, I 100% did not see it coming when I learned the truth.

This story follows the life of Cadence Sinclair, the first grandchild of the Sinclair family, blessed beyond belief with the privilege of getting to spend summers on her grandfather’s private island. Cadence only sees her cousins and her surrogate family member: Gat during these summers. Although, her time on the island isn’t without it’s hiccups. And as with every family, comes dysfunction. Events reach a peak when Cadence is found in the night at the shore after suffering from an accident. However, she has no memory of what happened to her.

We Were Liars was told in such an interesting way, the style was captivating and alluring, almost haunting at times. It was like the writing wove a web of mysteries in the reader’s head. It most definitely succeeded in keeping my attention throughout. I had to know what happened to Cadence, and I had to know why? I have no other way of expressing my feelings about the truth other then that I was completely SHOOK. Damn, was I shook!

If you are looking for a dramatic contemporary work of fiction that packs a resounding punch, then you have got to read We Were Liars.

Buy it on Amazon here!