The month started out pretty good reading wise for me, I read 6 books in 9 days. But then I apparently got over that because I haven't been able to finish a book since. The struggle is real! So here's my reasonable (but short for me) wrap up. All of my reviews are linked so just click the title if you want more of my thoughts :)
1. The Siren by Kiera Cass (4/5)
2. You Against Me by Jenny Downham (4/5)
3. This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (4.5/5)
4. No More Confessions by Louise Rozette (3/5)
5. Re Designed by Denise Grover Swank (4/5)
6. Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover (4.75/5)
1. The Jewel by Amy Ewing 42%
2. Turn My Head by Patricia Holden (Pretty sure I'm going to give up on this one though) - 37%
Number of books read: 6
Physical Copies: 2
Review Books: 1
Average Rating: 4.04 / 5
Favourite Book: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover
Least Favourite Book: No More Confessions by Louise Rozette
When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change. Or maybe not.
Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.
Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?
Maybe. Maybe not.
I have been putting off reading this book for a while now, purely because of the fact that this was the only CoHo book that I had not read, so now that I've read it I don't know what to do with myself. The struggle is real!
I don't know what to say. This book was fantastic, as are all of CoHo's books. Colleen Hoover writes damn good romances and somehow seems to make each and every one of them so unique and thoroughly entertaining. How she manages to get so much goodness crrammed into one tiny 120 paged novella, is beyond me.
About the actual book. I loved it (if you couldn't tell). Warren is such a lovable character, he's very comparable (in my eyes) to Emmett from the Twilight series. In the way that he is just so easy going, funny and has such a good heart. You can tell all of this from the little bit of him you do see in Maybe Someday, but his character honestly shines in Maybe Not. I really wish he had his own book because I would love to read more about him.
I also really liked Bridgette. You don't learn much about her in Maybe Someday, apart from the fact that she's a complete bitch. But you see so much more in this book, and yes she is a complete bitch still, but once you find out why it makes so much sense. Also, I loved how we got to see her develop and how Warren got through to her until her walls finally came down. I would have liked more about their relationship just because I feel like this whole novella was about her being pissy and Warren trying to make her happy, but I think if it were a whole book, you'd be able to see them when they are both happy. Cha feel?
Anyway, not much else I can say about this. But if you haven't read a Colleen Hoover book, what are you doing with your life? If you don't like romance fair enough, but I highly recommend at least giving one of them a try. And her novellas are a good place to start since they're so short. Honestly, read one and try and tell me it's not good. Just try. I dare you.
Would I recommend? Hell YES!
For fans of: Colleen Hoover, romance, books in general
Overall Rating: 4.75 (only because I would have liked to have seen more of their relationship development)
While fashion design major Caroline Hunter may have been born economically unlucky, in college, she’s been lucky in love. Until her senior year at Southern University. She’s gone from a serious long term boyfriend to a string of crappy dates.
Then she meets mathematics grad student Reed Pendergraft.
Reed is everything she’s not looking for. Serious. Headed for a low paying university job. Boring. Caroline spent the first eighteen years of her life wondering where her next meal was coming from. She sure wasn’t getting trapped in that life again with a man living on a professor’s salary.
Just when she thinks she has everything figured out, she finds that her entire life has been redesigned, thanks to Reed Pendergraft.
I read the first book in this series After Math, a couple of years ago and I remembered really enjoying it. When I first read the blurb for this book, I didn't think it was something I would like based on the main character being a design students. I don't know why I do this, but I'm always turned off of books based on what the character studies or what their job is, but then when I do end up reading them I end up really enjoying it so I don't know. Anyway, I read the book and I surprisingly enjoyed it, although there were a few things that I was disappointed with but I'll get to those.
First of all, I really liked the romance in this book. I liked that it started off as one of those 'love to hate' sort of relationships which developed into something more. I feel like when they're done right, they can be the best sorts of relationships. I also liked that there was no love triangle (or none that was worth mentioning anyway).
My issues with this book are limited, but they are also pretty major to the plot line. Firstly, I think that this book focused way too much on Reed's sister Lexi. I understand her issues are part of Reed's character development, but I also think that it was a little unnecessary at times, especially that I now know that Lexi gets her own book. I don't think it did much to this particular story, to have that as a main plot point to be honest. I also didn't understand why it was such a big deal. I'm not going to say what it is, but the big plot twist was so predictable, and while it was shocking, I didn't understand what the big deal was and why it was such a secret.
I also found Reed to be very over protective. You later understand the reasons behind this which I found to be valid, but nonetheless I think that their relationship was slightly unhealthy. I did really like Reed though. He was a very normal character.
Caroline on the other hand, really got on my nerves at times. Some of the things she would say were just unbelievable. For example, "I strike him off as potential date material. For one, he's in the math department so we would have nothing in common, but most importantly, I can't imagine a college professor makes much money." OMG who even says that? Where are her morals? And yes, her whole reasoning behind this is explained in the book, but I would think she would be the complete opposite because of what happened to her. I don't know, it just didn't make sense to me. Apart from that major character flaw, I did really like her
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. If it weren't for the main plot being slightly unrelated to the story line, and for my issues with the main character, this book would have been damn near perfect.
Would I recommend? Yes
For fans of: New Adult romance e.g. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover
Overall rating: 4/5
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