BOOK REVIEW: NEVER NEVER BY COLLEEN HOOVER AND TARRYN FISHER

24378015Title: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
Published: January 7th 2015 by Hoover Ink
159 pages
Source: Purchased
Genre: New Adult Romance Mystery
Click here to find it on Goodreads

If you’re looking for a quick read, look no further. As you know, Colleen Hoover has made quite the impression on me with Maybe Someday and Ugly Love. Let me tell you – Never Never was just as good!

Charlie wakes up in high school with no memory of who she is. She struggles to get through the day. All of her friends notice that she’s acting strange and she finds out that she has a boyfriend. A boyfriend whom she can’t remember… She can’t even remember what happened the night before. Things just get stranger and stranger. As Charlie gets to know Silas, her so called boyfriend, she learns that something is off about him too. Silas has lost his memory, and it happened at the very same time as it had to her. Together, they try to figure out what is happening to them and they fall for each other all over again… But something is wrong about it. As they learn more about their past, they learn that they were not in a healthy relationship. They were actually on the brink of breaking up, for many reasons.

I LOVED THE CHARACTERS, I LOVED THE MYSTERY, I LOVED THE DRAMA AND I LOVED THE ROMANCE. I don’t even know how to review this book because I don’t want to give anything away. It’s really short and definitely worth the read. I can’t wait to get my hands on the second book.

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BOOK REVIEW: UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

17788401Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover Published: Published August 5th 2014 by Atria Books 337 pages
Source: Purchased
Click here to find it on GoodreadsValentines day is coming up ladies – I recommend you pick this one up!

Maria’s thoughts: Beware, rambling ahead. The story is told in alternating chapters. One being Tates point of view in the present and the other being Miles point of view in the past, six years earlier. As the story progresses, we learn why Miles behaves the way he does and what happened to him that caused him so much hurt. I appreciated seeing the past through Miles eyes as it helped me connect more to his character and fill in the blanks. It was refreshing to read about him when he was so young and so in love, but also painful.

I loved each and every one of the characters in Ugly Love.

I loved Tate. She was a responsable twenty three year old with a great future ahead of her. She respected her brother, even though his overprotectiveness could become a bit overwhelming at times. Her feelings were so relatable and very real. All she wanted was to be loved. And she ended up falling very hard for her neighbour across the hall…

I loved her brother Colin. I really liked that he was the protective older brother type and that he was so close to his sister. It’s nice to read about a good relationship between siblings every once in a while. The more the relationship between Tate and Miles became serious, the more scared I was of what Colin would do when he would finally find out about them. No guy was ever good enough for Tate in his eyes and the fact that they were doing it behind his back… Not good. Plus, every time she snuck into miles apartment, it described how loud she was being and I was like shut up shut up shut up YOUR BROTHER IS GOING TO HEAR YOU WOMAN.

I LOVED Miles.
I fell in love with this character SO EARLY ON. He had my attention from the very beginning of the story. I could totally relate with Tate because I don’t see how you could not fall in love with this guy. His career is important to him, he values relationships so much that he refuses to love again (6 YEARS with no sex guys. WHAT even is he), he is a good friend to Colin… I loved the way Colleen Hoover describes his appearance (his scar, his smile). I loved the way he was slowly falling head over heals in love with Tate and would always be trying to sneak her away from her brother. Miles was nice and caring towards her, despite his effort not to become attached to her. He his share of issues and flaws, but I couldn’t help but love him anyway. I’m sure tate felt the same way. I FELT FOR HIM SO MUCH.

I loved CAP. Oh my, this old man brought so much to the story. He was such a good friend to Tate. She could open up to him and trust him with her secrets. He understood her and could always cheer her up. He never failed at making her laugh with the jokes he’s learned over the years.

I am in love with the writing style. The characters are so real. The descriptions are so fitting. Every thought and detail that went into the work of this brilliant new adult romance was well worth it. EVERY KISS was written PERFECTLY. Nothing felt repetitive, or “too much”. I wish I could write like Colleen Hoover.

“A kiss is so much easier than what we’re doing. When you kiss, you can close your eyes. You can kiss away the thoughts. You can kiss away the pain, the doubt, the shame. When you close your eyes and kiss, you protect yourself from the vulnerability.”

This book was exactly what I needed. I’ve been waiting for a NA novel to WOW me. This was a true love story, even if it was an ugly one. I really am beginning to worship the ground that Colleen Hoover walks on. I now feel the need to go out and purchase everything she has ever written.

Because of the connection I felt with the characters, I loved this book even more than Maybe Someday. Her novels just keep getting better. Seriously. Pick this one up! I think it’s pretty obvious that I rated this 5 out of 5 stars on GoodReads.

I read this book along with Mallory, Marissa and Mackenzie.
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BOOK DISCUSSION: UGLY LOVE BY COLLEEN HOOVER

17788401Title: Ugly Love
Author: Colleen Hoover
Published: 2014 by Atria Books
337 pages
Click here to find it on Goodreads

“Love isn’t always pretty. Sometimes you spend all your time hoping it’ll eventually be something different. Something better. Then, before you know it, you’re back to square one, and you lost your heart somewhere along the way.”

First question is going to be the same as always, what were your thoughts before starting the book?
Mackenzie: I didn’t know what to expect since I’ve never read a Colleen Hoover book before, I wanted to go in not knowing too much.
Mallory: I had high expectations because I read Maybe Someday before and freaking loved it so I hoped I would love this one just as much. It was also so hyped up that I was scared I would be let down by that.
Maria: This was my second Colleen Hoover book, so I’ve already had a taste of her writing style. I heard nothing but amazing things about Ugly Love and had a good feeling that I was going to like it.
Marissa: I didn’t read into it at all, so I went in blindly. I saw some brief opinions on Goodreads but that was it.

Cover art. Like or dislike?
Mackenzie: I like it a lot! I like how simple it is but to me it’s intriguing.
Mallory: Yeah it’s simple but I really love the design of it.
Maria: I really like it. I find that as much as it comes off as simple, it also stands out because of the color and texture. It’s very pretty.
Marissa: I also liked that it was simple. I was trying to figure out what it had to do with the story for the longest time.

Did you like the way the chapters alternated between past and present?
Mackenzie: Yes, I liked it because you really got to see his back story and in more detail then if there weren’t any chapters from the past.
Mallory: I liked the way it alternated by damn I wanted to see into present day Miles’s head SO BAD.
Maria: I really liked learning about Miles’s past. I wanted to learn more about why he acted the way he did and what caused him so much hurt.
Marissa: I loved the alternating but I agree with Mallory, it was killing me not knowing what present day Miles was thinking.

What did you think of the relationship between Tate and Miles?
Mackenzie: I loved it because it was so real, especially when she knows it’s wrong and he won’t love her but she can’t stop being around him. I absolutely loved when they got together!
Mallory: Always a bad choice for the girl. Of course you always develop feelings. It was pretty obvious she would from the beginning. I really liked her and didn’t want to see her get hurt. I loved the two of them together ❤
Maria: Oh I loved it. I fell for Miles very early on. How could Tate not falling in love with that guy? I liked that the relationship wasn’t perfect. I also really appreciate the build up to it. Miles didn’t fall for her right away, but he slowly did because he just couldn’t help himself. *swoon*
Marissa: I liked their relationship a lot. They both knew they weren’t going to stick to their rules and it was flawed but I loved every second of it.

What did you think of Miles?
Mackenzie: I love him so much! He’s probably my favorite male character!
Mallory: I loooove him. I kept swooning in his chapters.
Maria: He was by far my favorite character. I liked the way he took his career seriously, he valued relationships, and he was a good friend to Corbin. And the way Colleen Hoover described him just made me melt. He had so many issues and I could feel his pain. But loved him anyway.
Marissa: I couldn’t get enough of him! The way he spoke about Rachel had me swooning. Definitely one of my new top characters. I highlighted so many Miles quotes.

Did you like Tate as a main character?
Mackenzie: Yes, she wasn’t one of my top main characters but she really fit perfectly in the story and I liked that she wasn’t annoying and she would stand up for herself!
Mallory: I actually really liked her. And I loved how sassy she was. It was awesome to have a female protagonist not get walked all over by everyone in the book.
Maria: I did! She was a relatable 23 year old woman. I liked that she was getting her life figured out. I feel like she had a good future ahead of her! And yes, she was so kind, I really liked that she went out of her way to befriend an old man.
Marissa: I loved Tate. She was a very relatable main character. And I liked that she was very into school and her job and genuine to everyone, especially Cap.

What were your thoughts on Cap and his relationship with Tate?
Mackenzie: It was probably my favorite part of the book even though I love Miles and Tate, I just adored the parts with Cap! I loved that her best friend wasn’t a girl her age and that Cap gave her good advice and was funny!
Mallory: It was such an unexpected friendship, the 60 year age difference just as well as the way they met, it was the cutest thing. He was just adorable and it made my heart melt when Tate thought about him and made him a sandwich.
Maria: So nice! It was an incredible friendship between the two of them, despite the age difference. Cap was such a funny character and had so much wisdom to offer to Tate. I loved that she was able to trust him and tell him what was going on in her life.
Marissa: Their friendship was perfect. Obviously not the normal best friend character but he was funny and their relationship really showed a lot of who Tate was that she befriended him and would make him food when people like Dillon would scoff at him.

What are your thoughts on Tate’s brother Corbin?
Mackenzie: I liked him and I also liked that he wanted the best for her and didn’t want anyone to hurt her. But sometimes I thought ht was a little bit too over protective.
Mallory: I thought he was exactly like a big brother should be, although maybe he went a little bit overboard at times. But I loved his genuine concern for Tate.
Maria: It was nice to read about a brother/sister relationship. It was cool that they were living together and I liked how protective he was over her, he always wanted the best for his sister.
Marissa: Corbin was an awesome big brother to Tate. He only wanted what was best for her and it was cute how protective he was, to an extent. One of my favorite parts was when Corbin told Miles that he was happy it was him who ended up with Tate because he was the only one who could have met his standards for her ❤

Did you think the story was a good pace?
Mackenzie: I didn’t want it to end.
Mallory: Definitely was for me, I kept flipping pages like it was my job trying to figure out what was going to happen next. So sad when it ended.
Maria: I think it was! I was completely invested in the story. The entire time I was at work I wanted to be reading it because I just couldn’t get enough of their story. I was obsessed with finding out more about Miles and I wanted him and Tate together SO bad.It was perfect pacing for me.
Marissa: I flew through it so quickly, so the pace was perfect for me. I had to keep reading during class because I was so curious about Miles.

Your thoughts on writing style?
Mackenzie: I loved it! Especially Miles’s chapters from the past. It was beautiful.
Mallory: I think Colleen Hoover just uses the perfect words. Especially Miles’s chapters that were written in prose. So beautiful.
Maria: Her writing is simply perfection in my eyes. Every word was amazing in this book.
Marissa: LOVED that it was written like poetry in Miles’s chapters. Colleen Hoover knows exactly what to say and when to say it thats for sure.

Will you read more of Colleen Hoovers work?
Mackenzie: Absolutely! I want to read all her books now!
Mallory: A big yes for me. Definitely reading everything she ever writes.
Maria: Obviously! I can’t wait to read more of her work.
Marissa: Of course! As soon as I finished I went and added her other books to my TBR on Goodreads.

Goodreads rating?
Mackenzie: ★★★★★
Mallory: ★★★★★
Maria: ★★★★★
Marissa: ★★★★★

MARIA’S NOVEMBER WRAP UP AND DECEMBER TBR

NOVEMBER WRAP UP

1. This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko ★★★★

2. Frozen (Heart of Dread 1) by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston ★★★★

3. Storm Siren by Mary Weber ★★★★

4. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles 1) by Mary E. Pearson ★★★★★

5. Since Forever Ago by Olivia Besse ★★★

6. Ivresse by Catherine McKenzie ★★★★

7. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover ★★★★★

8. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken ★★★★★

9. Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout ★★★★

I am actually quite proud with what I have read, considering that I read absolutely nothing during 2 weeks of November due to a crazy amount of school work. This week is my last week of uni classes and then i’ll be jumping into the exam period. I always tell myself that at least during the two week exam period I am mostly home and reading breaks can totally be necessary when it comes to getting away from all of that studying. Did I mention that I am pumped for christmas break and plan on spending quality time relaxing with my books? It’s so exciting!

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DECEMBER TBR

I’m not making a huge TBR this month. I do want to read a ton, but I think i’m going to spend the last month of 2014 reading whatever I feel like.

1. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories by various authors. (Discussion book of the month!)

2. The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (Finally came in the mail. This was on last months TBR too!)

3. Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

4. Captivated by You by Sylvia Day

5. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer (Reading and Reviewing with Mallory)

I would love to hear what you plan on reading this DECEMBER 🙂 

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THE TAYLOR SWIFT BOOK TAG

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1. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together:
Pick a book (or book series) that you were pretty sure you were in love with, but then wanted to break up with.

Maria: The house of night series by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. In high school I really got into this book series, but I grew really tired of it and will probably never pick up the rest of the books.

Mallory: The House of Night series by P.C Cast and Kristin Cast. I can’t believe I got seven books into this series.

2. Red: Pick a book with a RED cover.
Maria: Allegiant! I was trying to be more creative and pick something different but I just can’t. This series is amazing.

Mallory: Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. My favorite ❤

3. The Best Day: Pick a book that makes you feel nostalgic.
 Maria : Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. This book series got me into reading and i loved it. Thinking about the good old Twilight days always makes me happy 🙂

Mallory: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson. My mom used to read this to me and my sister at Christmastime before we went to bed.

4. Love Story: Pick a book with forbidden love.
Maria: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover. This might not count as forbidden love, but if you have read this book then you know that dating Corbin’s sister was definitely always off limits. I am so in love with this story.

Mallory: Matched by Ally Condie.

5. I Knew You Were Trouble: Pick a book with a bad character you couldn’t help but love.
Maria: Daemon from the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout. He isn’t necessarily a bad character, but he is kind of an asshole sometimes.

Mallory: Dexter from the Dexter series by Jeff Lindsay.

6. Innocent: Pick a book that someone ruined the ending for.
Maria: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. I can’t remember how, or by who…

Mallory: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Damn clients.

7. Everything has Changed: Pick a character from a book who goes through extensive character development.
Maria : Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

Mallory: Arya Stark from the Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin.

8. You Belong With Me: Pick your most anticipated book release.
Maria: The Heart of Betrayal (#2 The Remnant Chronicles) by Mary E. Pearson.

Mallory: The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson. Ugh is it out yet?

9. Forever and Always: Pick your favourite book couple.
Maria: My new favorite: Mara and Noah from the Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin!

Mallory: Probably Katy and Daemon from the Lux series. But I just want to throw in that I’ll never stop loving Bella and Edward.

10. Come Back, Be Here: Pick the book you would least like to lend out, for fear of missing it too much.
Maria: Well, I already lost my Hunger Games book because of lending it out so much, so if I ever get a new copy – it will not be leaving my sight.

Mallory: I don’t like lending my books out, I have lending issues!

FRIDAY READS (#10)

Well I have switched jobs and now unfortunately I work Friday, Saturday and Sundays. So probably not much reading for me, but come Monday I will be getting lots done!

Right now I am almost finished with Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (click here to find it on Goodreads), and I am adoring it! Maria and I will be discussing this one with Marissa and Mackenzie! This is my second Colleen Hoover novel and now I can’t wait to read the rest of her books!

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I’m torn on what I should read next so maybe you guys should help me decide. I’m torn between Outlander by Diana Gabaldon or A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. Vote in the comments to let me know which one I should read!

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Happy weekend reading!
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WWW WEDNESDAY (#2)

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Should be Reading

To play along just answer the following three questions
What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next?
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I’m finally getting ready to start Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (click here to find it on Goodreads). We will be posting a discussion on this book in just over a week. I just finished This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko (click here to find it on Goodreads). Maria and I will be posting our reviews for this one tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that! And I will be reading I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (click here to find it on Goodreads). This is my book club pick this month so I have to get that done as well.
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