Review: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Another Colleen Hoover and another book I couldn’t put down.  This woman really knows how to write.  Confess is another great addition to all of the Colleen Hoover books I own.  This love story between two people who have too many secrets will have you believing in fate and the ability to love more than one person.  If you love Colleen Hoover like I do you will definitely not be disappointed.  For my full review keep reading after the book blurb.

22609310Book Blurb:

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…

Review:

Auburn is new to Dallas and feels she is in a bit deep when she sees a help wanted sign at an art studio.  Once she hears about the artist, the pay and what she has to do she knows she can’t pass up this opportunity.  Owen remembers Auburn the moment she asks about the job.  Though they never talked he knew her when he heard her speak.  He had always hoped she would walk into his world.  When Auburn spends more time with Owen she realizes that he is a lot more than he seems and that he has lots of secrets.  Thats ok with her because she has her own share.  Secrets have the ability to tear you apart, but the confessions can break your heart.  Can Owen and Auburn overcome their secrets or will it destroy everything they love?

I adored Auburn and Owen.  I found myself really drawn into their intricate stories.  As the layers were peeled back you really saw the heart of their story and that you knew if they didn’t end up together you would be as heartbroken as they would be.  But, I am not one to give away an ending so you will just have to read the book to find out.  I thought the use of the confessions for the themes of Owen’s paintings very clever and really made it a unique theme throughout the book.  I don’t Auburn truly got the idea of an anonymous confession though.  Its ok I still loved her.  I will say this there are a few predictable parts of this story but just when I felt I had everything nailed down then came a twist I wasn’t fully expecting.  Overall, it is another great win for Colleen Hoover.  I never regret picking up her books but I am always sad when I finish them and have to put them down.

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Day Four of our review fest is a book I’m going to be raving about for a long time.  Colleen Hoover has easily become one of my favorite authors.  Her stories are wonderfully written and they have such deep emotion entwined you can’t read one of her books without tearing up at least once.  But, for Maybe Someday it is a complete experience.  I think I will dub it the “Colleen Hoover Experience”.  She manages to blend music and her story so seamlessly its as if you can hear the songs being written.  Though the best thing with this particular book is this can be a complete experience.  There is a soundtrack with all of the songs from the book.  Yes, I am a total fangirl and have the soundtrack but it was phenomenal listening to the song that was just mentioned in the book.  Ok, enough of my gushing.  You can read the rest of my review after the book blurb.  Believe me you won’t want to miss this one.  Oh and don’t forget about my giveaway.

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

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Review:

When we first meet Sydney she has just punched both her ex-best friend and ex-boyfriend.  She is standing in the rain waiting for a cab plotting ways on how to now hurt Ridge.  Ridge is/was Sydney’s neighbor across their courtyard who have inadvertently started writing music together.  Ridge sends down his roommate to pretty forcibly bring Sydney up to their apartment.  When the now soaked Sydney finally meets Ridge in person she finds her self  attracted to him even though she is still hurting over the horrendous betrayal of her best friend and boyfriend.

Ridge sees that Sydney is now in need of a home and he has an extra room.  He offers Sydney the extra room in exchange for helping him write songs for his band.  Sydney reluctantly agrees.  As Sydney and Ridge get closer they fight the attraction they have toward each other.  Ridge is loyal to a fault to his girlfriend and will not betray her no matter what, but his heart is pulling him toward Sydney and he knows that he will never leave his girlfriend for anything.  Sydney’s attraction to Ridge is growing exponentially but she too will not do what was done to her.  When things finally come to a boiling point choices must be made and consequences paid.  Can the mind overrule the heart or will the heart win the war on love?

I LOVED this book.  I mean to the point of when I was done I wanted to re-read it so that I could experience it all over again.  Maybe Someday really has a wonderfully poignant story that has so many levels you don’t even feel like your done when the story is done.  You face the challenges that the characters face and you become emotionally ensconced in the story.  I think most people have felt the love that has gotten away or the choice you wish you could do over.  This book does such a wonderful job taking those emotions and some how make you relive them.

Ridge and Sydney are such well-developed and evolved characters.  They grow through the story even when you think they won’t.  The story though fairly simplistic is so real.  It illustrates the real challenges in life and in relationships.  This really is a story about a boy, a girl and the beautiful music they make.  It seems that it can be innocent but when the heart is involved nothing is completely ruled out.  I think the torment they both go through fighting what could easily have been a cheating situation brings a level of morality that you don’t necessarily see in books now a days.

Overall, this is the epitome of a “Colleen Hoover Experience”.  Her love of music and writing is shown through out this story.  I was so excited for this book and I was not disappointed at all.  I couldn’t put it down.  I know it may sound cliché but I laughed and I cried among all of the other emotions Colleen Hoover wrung out of me.  I have to say this is one of her best books.  I will always have a place in my heart for Hopeless (my fave) but this has definitely wormed its way in and with the soundtrack has given the reader a chance at a unique intimacy with a book.  It makes me wish that every book that writes songs or has music in it came with a soundtrack.  But, because it doesn’t that makes it all the more rare.  Believe me when I say go out and get this book and the soundtrack.  You will never experience anything like it.

Young Adult Corner: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

For my first Young Adult Corner I chose Hopeless by Colleen Hoover.  This was a phenomenal book.  I had recently read Colleen’s Slammed and Point of Retreat and was not disappointed when I fell in love with this story and its characters.  I know this book kinda skirts the genre of Young Adult and New Adult, but I was so moved by this book I wanted to share it.  ***Warning: This book does contain very strong material.  Recommended for 17 and older***

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Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…

That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past she wishes could just stay buried.

Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.

Review:

Hopeless is a book that will affect you mind, body and soul.  The subject matter is heavy and there is a lot adult subject matter, but you have to keep in mind these are still two teenagers.  I know I forgot that at one point.  Hopeless begins with Skye and her best friend Six sneaking guys into their bedrooms. Very typical teenage girl behavior.  Skye though never went any further than kissing with all of the guys because she never truly feels anything for them.  She basically does it as something to do.  She doesn’t get any feeling doing this, in fact she lays there and counts the stars on her ceiling.  This is her same M.O until she meets a guy in the super market.  This is Holder.  Rumors swirl around Holder and Skye can’t get away from her feelings for him.  Yes, she begins to have such strong feelings for him that it drives her to distraction.  As there love story begins a history that Skye never knew about unfolds with Holder leading the way.  But, even Holder doesn’t know the worst of Skye’s past.  Holder and Skye’s past hurts begin to truly heal with the love they share as a balm.

This book truly rips your heart out only to put it back in and rip it out again.  I know this sounds horrible, but even as your sobbing uncontrollably you are turning the page for more.  The story was phenomenal.  It will leave an indelible mark on me.  Skye and Holder though still teenagers have experienced such pain and loss that some adults have never faced.  Their characters were so well written you could really see them as if you were watching a movie on T.V.  Breckin, Six and Karen also add as counter balances on what could be an incredibly lopsided story.  Colleen Hoover handled the subject matter with extreme delicacy yet truthfulness.  The aspects of molestation, suicide and teenage sex are so powerful that not just anyone can write such a moving and touching story.  I must say that this is one of the best books I have read that covers such controversial and strong subject matter.  Overall, this book is fully deserving of being 1 on any bestsellers/must read list.  If you haven’t read it yet then you must go out and read it today!  Be prepared…you will need tissues.

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