Without Merit- Colleen Hoover

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Summary:

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines, when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Poignant and powerful, Without Merit explores the layers of lies that tie a family together and the power of love and truth.

Thoughts:

I’ve had the biggest reading rut for awhile now.

It doesn’t help that  I’ve been swamped with stuff for grad school and work (work starting back in August was a whole other mess in and of itself to be honest). So, reading hasn’t been a huge priority at all.

With that said, I knew the new Colleen Hoover book would still be on that I zoomed through. I’m serious though, it was the first book I finished in awhile.

I went into Without Merit without knowing much at all about it. I didn’t even really read the synopsis before preordering it. That’s just how much I usually enjoy Colleen’s books.

This one was a little different for me than her others as it focused more on a family rather than mostly romance. I think I would like more from the Voss family even though I know it is not likely to happen. However, it would be good to see what happens after this book and how the family learns and grows.

Again, this is quite different from Colleen’s other books, but it is still highly recommended just the same.

-M

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Never Never pt 3…out now!

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Summary:

New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?


Note from Melanie:

I absolutely loved the first two parts to this novella series. The first part came out around this time last year and then we only had to wait until May for part 2, but this wait for part 3 has been KILLER!

If you’re in the mood for a quick mystery then definitely pick these up. You can get all 3 parts for under $8 on kindle. Part 1 may even still be free right now, so that’d make it even cheaper to buy all of them!

Part 3 dropped yesterday and I can’t wait to find out how the whole thing ends!

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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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?


My Thoughts:

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of Colleen Hoover’s writing. In fact, I don’t read a lot of New Adult, but she is still an auto-buy for me. So much so- that I pre-ordered November 9 back in March when it was first put up for sale. Once Colleen began releasing teaser quotes, I was done. I was excited about the idea and I needed to know how all of the different pieces fit together.

When it arrived on my Kindle Tuesday I immediately started reading. Normally Colleen’s books are one-sitting reads for me. That’s actually difficult because I have a short attention span and am all over the place when I read. However, this time I couldn’t read in one sitting because- well- I was at work. I can’t do two things at once.

I finished on Wednesday (I tried really hard to stay up all night with it Tuesday, but fell asleep trying.) and went through every emotion possible. At one point, I had my usual CoHo reaction of “WHAT” and dropped my kindle to my lap and had to just stare at the page thinking “did that really just happen??” I have that moment with all of her books, but this one seemed to hit especially hard.

One fun thing in November 9 was different book and writing references. I think this actually made the couple more fun and relatable. Maybe I’m just a book nerd and that made it hit hard- either way, it was a fun addition that made me like the couple even more.

All in all- I’ve read and enjoyed everything Colleen has released up to this point. For the longest time, Hopeless, was my favorite book from her.  That’s the first I read from Colleen, yet I think I may finally have a new favorite in Fallon and Ben’s story.

There were parts that made me smile, made me angry, and made me speechless, but overall, this may have easily won as being my favorite….at least until her next book!

Monday Musing: Countdown to November 9!

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Oh, you thought I meant the actual DAY?

Oops.

I always think that I can’t possibly be any more excited for an upcoming book until Colleen Hoover goes and announces a new book. I’m not gonna lie- she’s probably my favorite author. She’s also incredibly nice and generous!

Seriously though- as much as I love to read, my attention span struggles to just sit and read a book straight through. I have to be up doing something or moving from one thing to another….except when it comes to Colleen’s books. I normally sit, lose track of time, and read cover to cover.

The catch is that November 9 actually comes out on November 10.

I know. Why not change the date in the story or just go ahead and release it on Monday instead of the traditional Tuesday, right?

Who knows. All I know is that next Tuesday can’t get here fast enough. I always want her books in paperback, but always end up getting them on kindle just so that I can have it ASAP!

But really…check out how awesome this sounds and go ahead and preorder it:

November 9 summary:

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

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?

Book Review: This Girl by Colleen Hoover

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Book Info:

 April 30, 2013
There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

My Thoughts:

Back when I read Slammed, I instantly fell in love with Lakyn and Will’s story. Actually, that’s pretty much the case with all of Colleen’s characters. Her books are insta-buys for me and I love them. That said, I drug my feet on getting this one….majorly.

I think part was that I didn’t want the story to be over. Also, same story, different point of view, tends to get repetitive…that’s never the case with her books! I always want more! With that said, This Girl is a necessity if you have read Slammed and Point of Retreat. It was refreshing to hear Will’s side of things and know what was going on in his head during the book.

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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So I’ve been MIA. Honestly, I read two other books between the last post, but I’m just not feeling posting about one of them. In fact, I finished one of them en route to Atlanta last weekend to go see THE AVETT BROTHERS. Fun fact: Colleen Hoover also went to the show last Friday night, so she knows what a blessing of a set list we received. It was insane. So so good! But, that’s not why I’m here obviously.

On to Ugly Love!

I get excited every time a new Colleen Hoover book is announced. I will admit that I don’t read a lot of adult books, but I was just as excited for this one. Honestly, I don’t think Colleen can write a book that I won’t love. I’ve been sad before when I read her previous books and I’ve been shocked, however I wasn’t prepared for the emotions I was going to get from Miles.

The thing is, Colleen basically tells two stories at once in order to also share about Miles’ past. So we know what is going on before the other characters know. It doesn’t soften the blow at all.  In fact, I think it hardens it because you think “you poor girl… you just don’t know!”

I’m trying to remain spoiler free, so I’ll live summary reactions at that. 🙂

Now….content.

The whole concept is that the couple tries to do the whole friends-with benefits things. Obviously this means we’re going to have some adult content. Again, I don’t typically read that sort of thing, but I was so invested in the story that all of those scenes really didn’t bother me at all. So, if you’re at all sensitive to adult content in your books, do keep in mind that they ARE there, but it IS part of the story and it isn’t nearly as explicit as  some other things. Furthermore, those scenes weren’t as strong as I’d expected in number (those they WERE great in quality 😉 ), and for that I was glad. Yeah, I’m an adult, but I don’t necessarily want tons of sex scenes in my books….because I want an actual story. Colleen does that though—she still gives us a STORY. And it’s a beautiful heartbreaking story at that.

Ugly Love drops on Tuesday and, as with all of Colleen’s books, I highly suggest it!

Currently Reading: Colleen Hoover’s Maybe Someday

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Summary:

ublication Date: March 18, 2014
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

At twenty-two years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter’s cheating on her–and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

 
Original music created for Maybe Someday by musician Griffin Peterson can be accessed through the website listed in the ebook and paperback.  

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing HopeMaybe Someday is destined to be another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

 

My Thoughts:

It isn’t a secret that I’m a big fan of Colleen Hoover. In fact, MS was released on Tuesday and I purposely waited until the weekend to buy it because I basically shut myself out of the world when I read her books. I’ve been in a reading rut lately, so I NEEDED this book in my life.

MAN.

The summary doesn’t do this book justice.

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Ridge is deaf. He’s a killer musician, but he’s deaf. That said, the dynamic of the relationship in this book is certainly different since the characters have to write to eat other. It wasn’t interesting seeing them interact and learn about his background even more.

Like all of Hoover’s books, these characters are relatable and the reader begins to need to know what happens next.

Another spoiler…not really, sorta? I’m not even DONE. I’m about 80% in and my kindle died, so there’s that. Regardless, I’m writing now because of that. My battery died and I seriously said, “ugh…NOOOOOOO” because I was so immersed in the ending that was coming up for these characters. Do I know how it ends? No. Will it be heartbreaking? Yes. 

I’m ready. 

This book is so different from her other books and I love it. 

Another plus of the e-version is that each song in the book includes a link to the website to listen to the song. The idea of the book having an actual soundtrack is so different. I’m thankful for Colleen’s creativity and for Griffin’s talent and drive to work with her on this project.

Great collaboration—check out both the book and the soundtrack!