Review: Never, Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn FIsher

23383567 Okay, I was so excited for this book because I’ve loved all of Colleen Hoover’s other book except for one (Ugly Love). I assumed that was just a fluke and it wasn’t to my taste but then I read this book. I was incredibly disappointed from the very beginning and I’m still mad about it a week later. In fact the more I thought about the book the more I disliked it so I downgraded it a half star!

First of all the book is very short – only 140 pages. I didn’t even look when I ordered it so I was very surprised by the length. I finished it in a little over an hour. Now on the plus side it is priced at $2.99 so I should have guessed it would be short but to me it felt almost like a novella short.

It starts with 2 teenagers – Charlie and Silas – waking up in school and not having a clue who they were and not recognizing anything or anyone in their lives. They quickly realize they are boyfriend and girlfriend and start to try to figure out their lives. They come to find out that their parents each hate their significant others and that while Silas comes from a rich family, Charlie’s family is very poor to the point of not having much to eat.

My issues with the book started right there with them not saying anything to anyone about what’s going on. What teenage would experience this and not go to the nurse or tell someone else? I know suspension of disbelief is important and usually I can go with just about anything but this seemed weird to me. One of the things that I didn’t like about this was the characters. As things develop I expected to have an attachment to someone because usually that’s how it works. For me this never happened – both characters were very unlikable. Now I’ve read books with unlikable characters and didn’t have an issue like with Gone Girl but in this case I’m pretty sure the reader is supposed to *like* them.

But my biggest problem with the book is the ending. It’s a HUGE cliffhanger. I’ve read and understood cliffhangers with some other books but this seemed completely unnecessary!! I mentioned it’s only 140 pages so in my mind I don’t understand why it needed another book. I felt like I was getting only the beginning of the story, almost like a prequel. I read a post from Colleen Hoover that said they felt there was too much story to put in one book but when the book is so short I don’t get how that can be true??

I’m giving it 2.5 stars because I couldn’t get past any of these issues. Other people seem to be loving the book with a few exceptions so I feel pretty alone with this viewpoint but I can’t help how I feel about the book. I definitely will not be reading the next one that looks to be coming out in May.

2.5 Stars

~Melinda

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Giveaway: Signed copy of Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

17788401 Vi and I got to go to the Atria Falling in Love tour and I snagged a copy of Ugly Love and got it signed for one of our lucky readers! This is Colleen Hoover’s latest release which was on the New York Time’s Best Sellers list.

Synopsis:
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

To enter the giveaway just comment on this post with how much you love CoHo and if you haven’t already go like us on Facebook! The contest will stay up for a week until the 18th at 5 PM EST. You will win the signed book, a nice thin canvas bag and an Atria book boyfriend pin.

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Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

17788403 First things first – this will NOT be a spoiler-ific review. Mainly because the release is very close and I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who has made it this far waiting! I am a bone fide Colleen Hoover fan. I’ve read her previous releases, followed her blog and even got to go to a signing last year. So when she announced this book and CD combo experience I was intrigued but hesitant. Hesitant because I’m a book nerd, not so much a music nerd. But as a CoHo fan I had heard of Griffin Peterson, and liked what I heard so I was open to it.

I got my hands on an ARC of the book early last week and then the music released a little later in the week, yay! So, while I am definitely not a music critic, I am going to give my opinion of the book, the music and the experience of both together (without spoilers).

Sydney Blake is in college, living with her best friend and in love with her boyfriend, Hunter. She’s an aspiring musician so when she’s on her balcony of her apartment she catches herself listening to her neighbor, Ridge’s, beautiful guitar playing. Daily. Sydney finds herself drawn to his harmonies without knowing why. When she discovers Hunter is cheating on her with best friend and roommate, Sydney has no idea what to do or where to go. But somehow Ridge is part of that answer.

I found this book to be refreshing and unique in some ways because of the honesty there was in almost every aspect of the book. The cheating that was discovered was very early on in the book and Sydney spends the rest of the book convinced to not ever become a “Tori” – the name of her friend her ex cheated on her with. I loved how she dealt with the situations she found herself in, she never compromised herself or her beliefs. But while I loved her, I loved Ridge even more. He has impossible decisions to make and consequences to think about, yet I always respected him.

How ever, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.

The music aspect of this book was beautiful. Usually the closest a reader can get to music in a book is lyrics, which we get here of course. (And I completely love those scenes FYI). But for the first time there is also actual music too! Griffin Peterson partnered up with Colleen and released a CD to go with the book. I’m in love with all of the songs and they all go really well with the book. I also love the songs outside of the book because it reminds me of certain scenes when I’m listening. The only issue I had with the music was when I was reading I had an issue with stopping reading completely to listen to the whole song because I was so impatient to finish the book. But I got over that. My favorite song is the one with same name as the book.

Truths are written, never said
And if I can’t be yours now
I’ll wait here on this ground…

Words unfinished, like our song
Nothing good can come this way
Lines are drawn, but then they fade
For her I bend, for you I break

So combine a really great storyline that had multiple surprises that I did not see coming with really great music and excellent characters who I love. I loved the relationships – there are some hilarious dialogue and great pranks happening throughout the book. I highly recommend you read this book AND listen to the music because you really can’t do one without the other. It would be like milk without cookies or peanut butter without jelly, just not right.

5 Stars to the book
5 Stars to the music

I received the ARC of the book on behalf of the Publisher via Netgalley in return for an honest review.

~Melinda

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