Review: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

OMG! OMFG! Colleen Hoover has a way of writing stories that will rip you to shreds, devastate you (according to Holder I can’t use the word devastate, but I AM!), and give you hope all at the same time.  Hopeless complete ripped me apart. While it ripped me apart and left me reeling, it also filled me with hope. Filled me with hope that no matter what, someone, somewhere cared.
Then I read Losing Hope. Once again, my faith in humanity was restored, while at the same time, I was ripped apart.
Holder’s story begins before Hopeless. It begins with him losing Les. Holder’s nightmare began many years earlier when he lost Hope. Now, he’s lost Less and his nightmare just got worse. He’s in pain. He’s losing it. He has no control and he doesn’t know what to do.
Losing Hope is the perfect conclusion to Hopeless. While Hopeless was complete in itself, Losing Hope brings closure to all those things that we need to know. Why did Les kill her self? How did Holder deal with it? What did Holder go through as he discovered Sky was Hope? Why did he wait to tell her?  All of it. All of it gets answered.
I loved getting Holder’s story. I loved the way Colleen Hoover did it too. She didn’t just tell retell Hopeless from Holder’s POV. She gave us Holder’s story. She gave it to us in a way that made the whole book that much better. We got it from Holder as he railed at Les for taking her own life. We got it as he discovered Sky. Both as Sky and as Hope. We got it all.

I absolutely LOVED this story! You MUST read this story if you read Hopeless! If you haven’t read Hopeless, go get it. Then get Losing Hope and read it!
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Review: This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Every once in a while you come across a book that makes you sit up, take notice, and take stock of what you have in your life. The book that did for me was Slammed by Colleen Hoover. Pieces of that story hit so close to home for me and it made me realize how lucky I am. Reading This Girl did it to me all over again. I guess in some ways it should. It’s the same story, only told from Will’s perspective.
What I LOVE about This Girl is the WAY Colleen told the story. It’s not a simple re-telling of Slammed. It’s more than that. I learned some things I didn’t know and it has changed the way I look at some of the events that happened in Slammed. They mean more to me.
This Girl is told in flashbacks. Will and Lake are on their honeymoon. While they’re enjoying said honeymoon, Lake asks Will questions about their shared history. This is how we get Will’s side of Slammed. Not only does it affect me and how I felt about things, it affects Lake, sometimes in good ways and sometimes in bad. But through it all Will and Lake love each other and work it out.
This was a wonderful conclusion to the series. The epilogue is fabulous! I can only hope to be as wonderful a mother as Lake’s mom. She’s truly an inspiration. This was the perfect book to read on Mother’s Day Weekend!
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Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Choices.
Lies.
Secrets.
Our lives are made up of choices. The choices we make. The choices others make. Then come the lies and the secrets about those choices. All of these things conspire to shape our lives whether we want them to or not.
The choices made by Sky, Holder and her mom change Sky’s life forever. The lies and the secrets they keep about those choices will shatter her.
Sky is 17 years old and she’s been homeschooled her entire life. She finally talks her mom into letting her go to public school for her senior year. It’s that decision that changes her life forever. She meets Dean Holder. Resident bad boy. Only he’s not the bad boy everyone makes him out to be. He’s just…..misunderstood.
Dean Holder is feels he’s hopeless. He’s let two people down in his life and he’s scared to death he’s going to let someone else down. So, he holds himself back. Only he can’t hold himself back from Sky. She speaks to him in a way no one else has. He’s connected to her. She’s connected to him.
Sky and Holder’s relationship took me back to high school. With all the horrors and joys that only adolescence can bring. The horrors of the cruelty of high school kids. The joys of that first kiss, first touch, first date. It took me back to sneaking off to find a place to make-out, and finally ending up making out in the front seat of a car. And then there’s the emotional angst of boyfriends. Men are so moody when they’re teenagers, all those hormones!
I made the mistake of starting this book in the late afternoon. I say this was a mistake because I couldn’t stop reading until I finished it…at 3:00 AM!!!! I was riveted. I had to know what lies and secrets Holder was keeping from Sky. When I finally found them ALL out, I was shocked! But the biggest shock wasn’t Holder’s lie and secret. It was another one. One that left me speechless. And the person who held that lie and that secret made it all that much worse.
I felt the rage and despair that Sky felt. Then when all the lies and secrets were out there, I felt Holder’s as well. What doesn’t kill us will only make us stronger. So they say.
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Review: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

Point of Retreat is a wonderful continuation of Slammed. It picks up a few short months after Slammed ends and continues the beautiful story of Will and Lake. The difference this time is that it’s told from Will’s POV. I found this to be refreshing and welcome, as I loved getting into Will’s head this time around.

Will and Lake are dealing with the aftermath of Julia’s death. Lake has taken on responsibility for Kel and Will is still raising Caulder. The one obstacle that was keeping Will and Lake apart is no longer an issue, so they’ve been able to BE a couple.

Enter Vaughn, Will’s ex-girlfriend. I found myself yelling at Will for doing what all men do, decide it doesn’t matter and not tell Lake. He KNEW it mattered. He just chose to believe it didn’t, so he kept it quiet.

While it created problems between Will and Lake, I think it actually turned out for the best. Lake’s mom told her to question everything. That’s what Lake did. That questioning made Will realize that while he did love Lake for so many reasons, he had never TOLD her the reasons why he loved her. He had to show it was more than their circumstances. I believe this caused their relationship to become stronger than it was.

One of the things I liked about both of Colleen’s books (Slammed and Point of Retreat) was the discussion of sex. Sex was not ignored. The book discussed the attraction and how they dealt with it. This is a natural extension of any relationship and not ignoring that aspect gave the relationship in the book so much more depth. I like that she discussed the feelings, heavy petting, and attraction.

The addition of Kierston to the story provided some much needed comedic relief. Kierston’s mother provided Will and Lake with maternal advice and guidance. They were both a fabulous addition to the story.

I’m very excited about this series and I’m looking forward to the next book, which is due to be released in 2013.

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Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I AM OVERWHELMED! I can’t begin to tell you how OVERWHELMED I am. I have just been on an unbelievable emotional roller coaster. In fact, I think I’m still on it! This one is going to take me a few days to get over.

Slammed hit me in such an unexpected way. It hit so close to home that I’m still reeling from it. Stories speak to each person differently. We all have different life experiences that shape who we are. So, when we read a book, it speaks to each of us differently.

Normally in a review I keep my personal life out of it. I can’t do that in this review.

When I started reading the book I figured it was a typical romance. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl can’t be together. Boy and girl work it out. Slammed is that and so much more!

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When I got to the part with Lake’s Mother’s cancer, the story shifted for me. It was still about Lake and Will but it had more to it than that. It became about embracing life and how much of that life you had left to live. To take each moment and make it count as it may be your last. This book just made me re-live remembering to live each moment to it’s fullest and embrace it. I got that lesson two years ago when my dad died from cancer and again last year when I was diagnosed. I have three small children and that’s when I realized life is so much more than work and bills, etc. Live it! Reading about it Slammed just kept reaffirming that fact for me. OK. Enough of the personal!

At the point of the cancer reveal is when the story changed for me. The focus was not on Lake and Will as much anymore it was on living life to it’s fullest!

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I loved every character in this book. They each brought something different to the story and every one of them enhanced the story and the lives of the characters. We should only be so lucky as to have that many wonderful people in our lives.

The story that Colleen Hoover weaves is unbelievable! I cried. I laughed. I even read parts of it outloud to my husband. We’ve even begun to contemplate who can pull a Duckie Revenge on!

This is an amazing story and I have nothing negative to say about it. Well….just that I have to wait to read the next one!

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Saturday Reads- Slammed

Saturday reads is a Meme hosted here on Scorching Book Reviews. Here we tell readers the book we have read this week that has captured our hearts the most. It could be a new read, an old read or one not out just yet. 
My Saturday reads is from an an indie author who (now published) quickly soared to the top with her heart felt and awe-inspiring books, SLAMMED and POINT of RETREAT. I remember when her books came out and how quick they gained notoriety, and now I know why. I feel like punching myself for waiting so long to read these books! They are simply amazing. I don’t think there is a book that has moved me so deeply, so profoundly then Colleen Hoovers. Here is a review I wrote this week for it. It’s a slam, something I’ve never done before, which is what brings the characters in the book together. Enjoy!
I am going to SLAM my review. Not really sure if I SLAMMED it correctly, to be honest. Before I do, I need say this- this book deserves an endless number of stars!


I fell in love with a book by an author
Who wrote the most beautifully compelling story
I think I have ever read
For real
A story of two people struggling to climb a mountain of quicksand
With nothing to grab onto but each others hand
A story of a heart shattering love
And life’s winding roads
But instead of balling up and crying
They’re fighting it with a vengeance
I read a remarkable story
That evoked so many different emotions from me
Some that were felt at the same time
Which wasn’t fun
I was lost in the lives of these fictional characters
That I so desperately wanted to be real

I read a story about a girl
A beautiful girl with a big heart
A girl who was forced to move to a new town
And bare the beating of stones life threw at her
Some stones left gashes and scars
And others that just faded away
But there was one stone that left a mark
By a boy
Who she fell madly and deeply in love with

A boy who had the world on top of his shoulders
With responsibilities most could not fathom to comprehend
A jerk of a boy
A hot boy
Who also fell madly and deeply in love with a girl
Who he refused to make time for
A girl he loved from the moment he laid eyes on
But painfully was forbidden to be with

Emotions are laid bare
For all to see
A new life
A big change
And a life that will soon sadly be free
Knowing they would be there to wipe away each others’ tears
But the pain felt inside could only be repaired
By a boy
And a girl
Who fell madly deeply in love with each other
But could never be

How do you fight the attraction
The intense chemistry that you feel
When so much is at stake
Of a love that was slammed
Before it could even took place

Colleen Hoover you rocked my socks
And made me cry
And made me feel
Too many different
Things inside
There are things I have ignored
For long periods of time
And things I chose to
Face one quick step at a time
Why it is that reading can make us see
The things we chose not to
When faced with reality
It’s just words on paper that
Should mean nothing
But in fact they mean everything
Hundreds of paper bound by glue
Of a story that flew me over the moon
This is a book that I will never forget
Or ever find the proper words
To say how much it means to me
But
THANK YOU 

THANK YOU 
THANK YOU

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Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover

I am going to SLAM my review. Before I do, I need say this- this book deserves an endless number of stars!

I fell in love with an author
Who wrote the most beautifully compelling story
I think I have ever read
For real
A story of two people struggling to climb a mountain of quicksand
With nothing to grab onto but each other hand
A story of a heart shattering love
And life’s winding roads
But instead of balling up and crying
They’re fighting it with a vengeance
I read a remarkable story
That evoked so many different emotions from me
Some that were felt at the same time
Which wasn’t fun
I was lost in the lives of these fictional characters
That I so desperately wanted to be real

I read a story about a girl
A beautiful girl with a big heart
A girl who was forced to move to a new town
And bare the beating of stones life threw at her
Some stones left gashes and scars
And others that just faded away
But there was one stone that left a mark
By a boy
Who she fell madly and deeply in love with

A boy who had the world on top of his shoulders
With responsibilities most could not fathom to comprehend
A jerk of a boy
A hot boy
Who also fell madly and deeply in love with a girl
Who he refused to make time for
A girl he loved from the moment he laid eyes on
But painfully was forbidden to be with

Emotions are laid bare
For all to see
A new life
A big change
And a life that will soon sadly be free
Knowing they would be there to wipe away each others’ tears
But the pain felt inside could only be repaired
By a boy
And a girl
Who fell madly deeply in love with each other
But could never be

How do you fight the attraction
The intense chemistry that you feel
When so much is at stake
Of a love that was slammed
before it could even took place

Colleen Hoover you rocked my socks
And made me cry
And made me feel
Too many different
Things inside
Things I ignored
For long periods of time
And things I chose to
Face one quick step at a time
Why it is that reading can make us see
The things we chose not to
When faced with reality
It’s just words on paper that
Should mean nothing
But in fact they mean everything
Hundreds of paper bound by glue
Of a story that flew me over the moon
This is a book that I will never forget
Or ever find the words
To say much it means to me
But
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

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Giveaway & Interview with Colleen Hoover!


Today we have Colleen Hoover on My Secret Romance!! Recently Lee Anne read both of Colleen’s books SLAMMED AND POINT OF RETREAT. After reading them, she emailed me almost immediately gushing like crazy about how great her books are and asked if she could interview Colleen. I hadn’t read them yet but Lee Anne was this passionate over them who am I to say no?

Well, it took me a few weeks to finally pick up the books to read. All I can say is that I.AM.AMAZED. I can see why Lee Anne was the way she was after reading them. I get it because I am too.  If you haven’t read the books please please read them! Here is the interview between Lee Anne Colleen. Enjoy!



Thank you so much for agreeing to the interview! I’ve read both Slammed and Point of Retreat. I loved them both. I really liked that each book is from a different POV.

Of the two books, which one was your favorite?
There are things I love about both books, but I really loved writing Point of Retreat.  I loved writing from Will’s point of view.  Also, in SLAMMED, Lake and Will didn’t get to spend a lot of time together, so it was fun writing scenes between them in Point of Retreat.

Young Adult books are not my typical genre. I like things a bit more steamy in my books than most YA books get. I liked how you didn’t avoid the whole sex issue with these two books. The kissing, petting, etc. was very realistic in both books and got quite steamy even though they didn’t have sex. What made you go that route with these books?
When I first started SLAMMED, I wanted to have an age range in mind when writing the books.  I wanted them to be enjoyed by more than just adults, which is why I didn’t push it.  I have a child in junior high and wanted their age group to be able to enjoy the books.  Once I got to Point of Retreat, the subject of sex came up a lot more, but I wanted the same people who read SLAMMED to be able to read the sequel, which is why I kept it clean.  I’m not opposed to writing about sex and am actually looking forward to the book I’m working on now.  It will be considered more of a New Adult novel.

In the books Will is involved in poetry slam. Is this something you’ve done in the past? How did this become part of the story?

This is actually what started the story.  I wanted to read a book about SLAM POETRY, because I always enjoyed watching it on youtube.  I couldn’t find a book with a character who slams, so I started making notes about it.

Do you have a sneak peak of Will’s Story you can share with us?
Other than what is on my blog, I can’t really share any more.  I’m offering that book to the publisher who took the first two, so they probably want me to quit spilling teasers. 😉

Describe your writing in four words.
Fast.  Simple.  Emotional.  HEA’s.

Is there any truth in your books?
The books are all fiction, but I love writing about things that could actually happen.  So while there is no truth for me in the stories, I know there are a lot of people who have been in similar situations throughout the books that can find truth in them.
Being an author, I’m sure you’ve read tons of books. What bores you as a reader? What do you stay away from?
Descriptive writing with a large vocabulary.  I’m one that skims a lot, so I try to keep the reader engaged with a lot of dialogue and very little use of excessive description.  I also am not a fan of detailed character physical descriptions.  What’s attractive to some people may not be what is attractive to others, so I like the reader to be able to form the characters to how they would imagine them, not how I imagine them.  

Where can we find out more about you and your work?
My blog is pretty much where I lay it all out.  www.colleenhoover.com

What is something readers wouldn’t know about you?
I started dating my husband when I was 16.  I’m 32 now, so last month marked us being together for half of my life.  It’s CRAZY!


Lightening speed round
!
Beach or snow?
Beach
Shorts or dresses?
Shorts
City Girl or Country Girl?
Country.  (I actually grew up on a farm and milked cows throughout high school.)
Book or ereader?
ereader
Vampire, Demon or Shifter
Vampire



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Reviewed: Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover


If you have not read Slammed yet, stop reading this review! No matter how hard I try not to give spoilers away, unfortunately, in this review there possibly will be some.

Point of Retreat picks up a year after Lake’s life changed when she moved to Michigan with her mother and her brother. She is now the Guardian to her younger brother after her mom died and the relationship between her and Will is going strong.

Will and Lake help each other out with raising their younger brothers. They love each other very much and are getting ready to go to the next level; pretty much perfect, right? Well, perfect until someone from Will’s past stirs up trouble and causes Lake to wonder why Will is really with her in the first place. Will knows that he loves Lake and when she walked away it made him get creative in getting Lake to spend time with him. Lake believes Will loves her, but she thinks it is due to their common circumstance. She is stubborn too and poor Will, when he thinks everything is okay, she shoots him down again.

Will made me fall in love with him with the way he shows Lake how much she means to him. It was, in my opinion, perfect. Just when you think everything is going to work out and be happily ever after again, BAM, something else happens; this time it is extremely serious.

I loved this book for totally different reasons than I loved Slammed. While there is still some poetry in this book, it is not like in Slammed. It is Will’s perspective that we are shown, not Lake’s, so you get to feel what he is feeling. The antics of their nontraditional family still make you laugh and cry. It shows it’s not always the girls that are the most lovey dovey, emotional ones in relationships; guys can be that way too, but shhhh… I know most guys don’t want that secret to be made public. Overall Point of Retreat is butterflying great (read the book and you will know what butterflying means )

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Review: Slammed by Colleen Hoover


Layken “Lake” isn’t your typical 18 year old girl. She lost her father due to a heart attack, and while his death caused a massive blow to her, she knew she needed to be there for her mom and younger brother so she pulled herself together. 
Lake is definitely more mature than other girls her age. Her mom moves her and her little brother away from their home in Texas to Ypsilanti, Michigan at the beginning of her senior year of high school. She just knows she is going to hate it there. Well, that is until she meets her neighbor across the street, Will. 
Lake and Will hit it off instantly, and go out on a date that sets off a spark to the electrifying connection that is between them. Then, circumstances that were unknown to them when they met, means they can’t be together. Lake and Will still must interact with each other every day, and these interactions just tear at them emotionally and confuse them both along the way.
Will has had to step in and take responsibility for his younger brother and will do what he has to to make sure that his brother is taken care of; including sacrificing his happiness. Will performs Slam poetry and introduces Lake to it. They use it to heal their own wounds and express their feelings. He tries so hard to do the right thing and stay away from Lake, but you can see how hard it is for him. He is there for her when she needs him the most, and for me that just showed how great of a guy he really is.
Throughout this book I laughed, I cried and had my heart broken. I laughed at both Lake’s and Will’s younger brother’s antics, I cried for their shared histories and events that are beyond their control, and my heart broke when Lake found out devastating news about her mother.
If you are not a fan of poetry, you will be after reading Slammed. I never knew the definition of “slam poetry” until this book. I love poetry in all forms, but now I want to see a Slam performance in person. It is really moving when you can feel the poet’s emotions through their words. While this is a Young Adult book, it deals with real life tragedy and real feelings. This is not a happy go lucky book, but it does open your heart and emotions, and in the end it leaves a smile on your face even when you want to cry.  I am from Michigan and went to Eastern Michigan University, which is in Ypsilanti, this book really reminded me and make me miss being back home.

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