Book Review

Hopeless By Colleen Hoover|Book Review


HopelessPages: 410

Published: December 19th 2012 (first published December 17th 2012)
Original Title:Hopeless
ISBN 1301949825 (ISBN13: 9781301949823)

Synopsis: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 that 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.(Goodreads)


Reviewstarsstars/5

I originally read this because I was trying to get out of a reading slump. Colleen Hoover has always been one of those authors that has always pulled me out of reading slumps. Her writing is addicting and her storyline make a reader invested in the story.

However, I didn’t find this to be the case with Hopeless. At times it was enjoyable, because it had a lot of different themes in it. I liked that there was a mystery plot that developed along with a romance contemporary that Colleen Hoover is known for.

I really liked the relationship development that occurred between Sky and Holder. I thought that their romance wasn’t as instalove as romances can tend to be. I enjoyed that they shared a strong friendship. I also like that at a one point in the story, there was a scene were the main characters were about to have sex and the female protagonist said she wasn’t ready, I felt like the male character did not pressure her to continue and supported her throughout her trying to piece together her past.

Holder wasn’t one of those book crushes that I usually get all the feels for from reading Colleen Hoover books. However, I did like how intense he was portrayed and his whole bad boy persona really made the book more interesting as he was a very big part of the novel. Sky, at parts was a really interesting character to watch because you can see her go through so many emotions. As a reader you can see her fall in love, and figuring out her place in Holder’s secret. Looking back on my reading, and thinking about Holder’s character. I feel like he was written to be to simple, as he is a character that was dealing with holding on too a lot of information and it didn’t seem like he was a very grieving character.

I didn’t like that the resolution of this story was so anticlimactic. The entire book build up the storyline and I felt like it resolved just too easily.  The story also had a lot of triggers, such a rape and suicide. I think that one of the main things that really made me give this book  2 stars is that it wasn’t very memorable. After I finished reading it I only really remembered some main points but not anything that made the story super enjoyable to sit through and read. Also, this isn’t a book I plain on rereading anytime soon.

Overall, this story just fell flat for me. I just didn’t find it to be memorable at all.  The entire book was just okay for me. I hope to enjoy “Losing Hope”, a little bit more.

Until Next Time With Warms Cups of Tea and Just a Few More Chapters,

Rina

 

Book Review

Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wydle Review

Reaper's Property (Reapers MC, #1)Title: Reaper’s Property

Author: Joanna Wylde

Pages: 247

Synopsis: Marie doesn’t need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother’s house one afternoon doesn’t agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now.

But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she’s not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse—she doesn’t know his real name or where he lives, she’s ninety percent certain he’s a criminal and that the “business” he talks with her brother isn’t website design. She needs him out of her life, which would be a snap if he’d just stop giving her mind-blowing orgasms.

Horse is part of the Reapers Motorcycle Club, and when he wants something, he takes it. What he wants is Marie, but she’s not interested in becoming “property of”.

Then her brother steals from the club. Marie can save him by giving Horse what he wants—at home, in public, on his bike… If she’s a very, very good girl, she’ll get lots more of those orgasms only he can offer, and he’ll let her brother live.
Maybe.

Review: This book was just one big roller coaster for me. However, I thought it was absolutely addicting. I gave this book a 4/5 stars because I didn’t like that they used the word “babe” so much. I know that is such a little thing to take a star down for but I felt like there were times in the book that “babe,” was mentioned literally every other word. The novel itself was like I said addicting. I couldn’t help myself from wanting to know what will happen between Horse’s and Marie’s relationship. It was at times confusing to me because I felt like they might have had some sort of relationship in the past which threw me off a little because I was trying to distinguish the past from the present. Overall, I loved this book, I enjoyed the fact that the main characters had so much chemistry between each other. I also enjoyed that Marie was always taking care of her brother and the bikers that came to visit him. That little detail just made the story so much more relatable.

It was very interesting to me to read about the motorcycle clubs, because this was something that I have never been exposed too. I was very fascinated by the loyalty this book portrayed between the members of the club. The club that our main character Horse belonged to was called “The Reapers”. The Reaper’s I honestly had a hard time imagining that they were this tough group of men. I saw them all like “Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs”, but in leather. I felt that they were all soft loving guys under all that leather. I couldn’t help feel compassion and fascination reading about them because it showed such a different way of life.

I also really liked the relationship between our main characters, it gave me all the feels. I liked that even though they knew that all odds were against them they fought tooth and nail to make it work. That put them defiantly high on my list of favorite couples. Also, I enjoyed that there was so much doubt if it will work out between them because they were from such different ways of life, But, they were able to conquer the odds and come out stronger than ever.

Overall, if you want a fun, quick,book filled with leading men in leather, tough females and a story with little more than a hint of love I highly recommend you to check this book out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

xoxo,

Rina

Book Review

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins Review

Synopsis:

Sparks are igniting.
Flames are spreading.
And the Capitol wants revenge.

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Ka6148028tniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

Review:  (May Contain Spoilers)

When I first read the first book in this series called “The Hunger Games”. I didn’t own the rest of the series so I didn’t continue on right away. Let’s say a couple of years later I finally picked up the second and third book in the series. “Catching Fire,” as most people know is the second book in the series. It continues on where the first book ended. As Katniss, is enjoying her life in the Victory village, she gets a surprise from the government, by having to participate in the “Quarter Quell.” This is another hunger games competition accept is involves the two victors from each district of the all the prior Hunger Games.  As you may have guessed Katniss and Peeta go back for a second round.

I gave this book a 4/5 stars. This book gave me so much feels. I absolutely loved the friendship that was growing between Peeta and Katniss. I also enjoyed the complexity of Katniss’s situation as you saw the way Katniss was torn with her relationship with Gale and Peeta. I really like Peeta more in this book, mainly because he was very protective of Katniss and that was a nice side to see of him. Also, I really enjoyed how Katniss and Peeta worked a lot like a team to get through the struggles that they faced in this book. Once again Katniss was a really strong character, but in this book you also see a lot of growth within Peeta’s character as well. He was constantly thinking of Katniss and he was trying to do anything in his power to keep them both safe. This was a nice change from constantly seeing Katniss protecting them in the games.

If you are wondering if you should pick up this book after you read “Hunger Games”. The answer is absolutely yes. The story and writing was just as amazing as the first book. This book didn’t have the sequel burn out as many sequels have. Another thing that I liked was that it was a really fast read and you get sucked into the story to the point that you feel that you are actually in the story yourself. This book still had all the thrills, the twists and turns that the first book had, with a lot more chemistry between the characters. I didn’t want the book to end and I felt that it ended on a complete cliff-hanger. I can not wait to pick up the next book to find out the conclusion to this amazing series.


Book Review

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis:  The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruHunger Gamesction and the creation of an annual televised event known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The ‘tributes’ are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory.
When 16-year-old Katniss’s young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature. (Goodreads.com)

Review:

This is a dystopian novel, and revolves around 12 districts, once a year each districts has a boy and a girl tribute chosen from them to fight in the hunger games. The hunger games are staged in a huge arena, where game makers can control the living conditions.

This was a re-read for me. “Hunger Games,” was on the first young adult books that I ever read. I remember the first time I read it I was absolutely head-over heals in love with Peeta. But, having reread the book at a older age I have come to find that I wasn’t as excited about reading about Peeta, as I was when I was younger. This time around Katnis, really stood out to me. She was just an absolutely strong and independent female character. I enjoyed seeing how she took on the duty as a “guardian”, to not only her little sister Prim, but to Rue in the arena, with Peeta and even at times with Haymitch. I noticed that she really spoke her mind and didn’t sensor her feelings and emotions.

Even though, Peeta didn’t move me as much as he did the first time I read the book. I still very much respected him for looking out for Katniss and making decisions that would protect her and I thought that it was a very powerful point through out the book.

And wait we can’t forget the handsome best friend Gale. I loved Gale, he would always make me feel that no matter what happens that everything will be okay. It broke my heart when promises to look after Katniss little sister Prim, because it is truly rare that a person/ character is willing to look after someone other than themselves. The other thing that made me really enjoy Gale, is his relatable best friend dynamic with Katniss. He is defiantly the boy that every girl wants for a best friend. But, is it just friendship that is between Katniss and Gale or can other deeper feelings develop?

I think that if you are just getting into YA, this is definitely a book you will want to check out. It is so raw with emotion and adventure, that when you start reading it seems that this is actually happening to you. There were quite a few times that I couldn’t put the book down and would make an excuse as to why I need to read yet another chapter. I gave this book a 4/5  stars and I will highly recommend this to people that like adventure or dystopian worlds.

Book Review

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Syn8755776opsis: The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon.

What price is too high to pay, even for love? When Jace and Clary meet again, Clary is horrified to discover that the demon Lilith’s magic has bound her beloved Jace together with her evil brother Sebastian, and that Jace has become a servant of evil. The Clave is out to destroy Sebastian, but there is no way to harm one boy without destroying the other. As Alec, Magnus, Simon, and Isabelle wheedle and bargain with Seelies, demons, and the merciless Iron Sisters to try to save Jace, Clary plays a dangerous game of her own. The price of losing is not just her own life, but Jace’s soul. She’s willing to do anything for Jace, but can she still trust him? Or is he truly lost?

Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series. (Goodreads)

Review:

I started this series a couple of years back and I have been slowly making my way through it. I had a really difficult time reading the first three books but the books to follow really got me into this series. This book was no exception. I loved it.

Lets first talk about the character development in this book, I was extremely impressed. The characters have grown so much and they were extremely vulnerable in this book. But, I think that is what made me love this book even more because you got to get to know them from a completely different point of view. In this book the characters were raw, they were vulnerable and they should that they can feel love, pain, hatred and acceptance. This book offered so many feels. I felt the love that Clary had for Jace, while she fought to get him back from the possession that Lilith put on him in the previous book. Clary, never gave up on him and she always mentioned that even through the possession their was always a glimpse of the real Jace. Jonathan, also showed a loving vulnerable side as his connection grew with Jace and he took Clary into his life. Even though he is the villain in the book he showed a lot of emotion. It seemed that if circumstances of his childhood were different he would have turned out to be a completely different person. Clary’s, best friend Simon also grew as a character. He showed his adaptation to being a vampire and having to deal with opening up to his family and dealing with the repercussions. His relationship with Isabel also grew and it was very interesting to see the progression of the connection between each other. Alex and Magnus as always were very intriguing. I loved Magnus, from the very beginning but this book made me love him even more, because of how helpful he was towards the shadow hunters. However, their relationship also tore at my heart because it was beautiful and tragic all at the same time.

The majority of the time took place in Valentine’s traveling apartment. It was extremely amazing to see the way the apartment worked. It also provided a very good source to learn more about the Morgensten family history and about Jonathan’s , Jace’s, Clary’s and Valentine’s past.

I gave this book a 5/5 stars. It kept me on the edge of my seat. The writing was witty and intriguing. I couldn’t put this book down. I wanted to know what would happen next and I worried about the characters and the situations they were put in. You get to learn a lot about the character’s and it bring on the FEELS! The character relationships were a lot deeper and Clary was just a badass female character and I love that about the book. You can see her growing into her shadow hunter heritage.Cassandra Clare painted a picture with this book, and I couldn’t have asked for a more satisfying read.