Book Review: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Title: It Ends with Us

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher:  Atria Books (August 2, 2016)

Format: Paperback

Pages: 384

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

First things first..It is good to go into this book without knowing anything about it at all aside from the fact that Colleen Hoover wrote it. Damn. That was what happened to me. When it comes to Colleen Hoover books, they become an automatic buy for me because her books are frigging fabulous.This book totally made me stop and think about life.

Proceed with caution. Spoilers ahead. 🙂

Alright, here we go. It Ends with Us starts off with a meeting between Lily Bloom and Ryle Kincaid on an apartment rooftop where they shared naked truths about them. Sparks fly. Then, stuff happen over the years until they meet again. Yes, they were brought together but another man in Lily’s life from the past comes back and that is Atlas Corrigan. Things get messy since then.

This book has broken me into pieces. I went into reading this book expecting the usual-Colleen Hoover-wow-happy-happy-novel but no this is totally different from her other novels.Everything unexpected happened and by that, what I mean is that what I wanted to happen did not happen. Although, I can totally understand the purpose of what she decided to do to the plot. Like Lily, I fell in love with Ryle and hoped that changes between their relationship will occur for the better. Too bad, I hoped for that because my heart just got totally broken for what they could have been. However, their relationship became toxic and nobody wants that.

With regards to Atlas, yeah..Lily’s background story with him was beautiful. I admired their strong friendship when they were just kids.I want to cry with them during their obstacles in childhood.

When the mayhem in Lily and Ryle’s relationship was happening, I was so torn up. I kept praying that Ryle would change and that Lily will give him another chance but on the other side, I want Lily to make his life hell for hurting her. It was cool that Atlas was there for Lily but damn I did not like this love triangle. I just wish that there was no love triangle in this book. I’m so pissed off for Lily choosing Atlas at the end. I mean she should have been strong on her own. I dunno. This is why love triangles in books are becoming irritating.

Don’t get me wrong. I still love Colleen Hoover’s amazing work and I still worship the queen but I guess the characters just did not connect with me unlike her characters in her previous books. Although that’s the case, I still appreciate this novel. I think it sends a very powerful message to everyone about abusive relationships. It’s an eye opener to everyone and I think it’s still worth the read.

4-rating

Best Reads in 2015

Another year has passed! Sure it is that all those months flew away so fast. In terms of how my reading went this year, I kind of slacked off and read less than I did last year. Nevertheless, I am still proud of myself for still  reading books even though I’ve got a busy schedule. So, here are my Top 10 reads in 2015.

  1. Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas

Oh gods above, everytime I think about this book, I get all sorts of feelings. I want to cry and laugh at the same time. This practically drove me crazy since I finished reading it. I will not tell much about this book but I swear you should read it. There are at least 2 more books to go for this series.

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2. A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses #1) by Sarah J. Maas

Isn’t it too obvious yet that I love Sarah J. Maas? Lol. She’s really incredible in creating amazing stories and characters that you will surely fall in love with. I can’t wait to read more from this series. A Court of Mist and Fury I am waiting for ya!

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3. Six of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo

Another Fantasy novel in my list is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. This is an action-packed story about outcasts but with special talents. Warning: Characters too much adorable to the nth level!

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4. Hero of Ages (Mistborn ##3) by Brandon Sanderson

Thank goodness for booktube! It’s because of it that I got to discover the fantastic Mistborn series. It’s unlike anything that I have ever read before. It may take some time and dedication to fully get on the excitement on the story but the effort will be so worth it.

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5. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

With any Rainbow Rowell book, you can never go wrong. In the beginning, I had my doubts about it but later on, I felt so much love for this story. It’s heartwarming and touching.

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6. November 9 by Colleen Hoover

This book made me drown in feels. With each turn of the page, I wanted to grab the characters from it and give them a hug. Whether it is a happy or sad scene, I just really want to protect them and keep them safe. Fallon and Ben ILY!

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7. Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare

I know. I know. I am late in the bandwagon. At least, it’s never too late right? After finishing the three books in TID, I am very curious to get started with The Mortal Instruments.

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8. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover never fails me as a reader. As soon as I get into her books, I am having a hard time making myself stop and rest. It’s just so addicting just like Will and Layken’s slam poetry.

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9. Warrior Heir (The Heir Chronicles #1) by Cinda Williams Chima

A wizard story always fascinates me. Reading this is such a fun experience for me. Too bad, I haven’t read the other books in the series but I will surely get back to them.

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10. Obsidian (Lux #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I’m super glad that I got to read this series! Reading Obsidian gave me  a strong sense of Deja Vu. It’s like reading Twilight all over again! I enjoyed my time diving into Kat and Daemon’s epic love story.

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That’s it! I am looking forward to another year filled with fangirliness and books! Happy New Year everyone!

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Book Review: Never. Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Title: Never, Never (Never, Never #1)

Author: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Publisher:  Hoover Ink (January 7, 2015)

Format: Kindle Edition

Pages: 140

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

Never, never is probably one of the most anticipated books of 2015. It’s got so much buzz and I want to jump into the bandwagon. Lol. I have pretty much mixed feelings with regards to reading this novel. I love Colleen Hoover..so so much..However, I was a bit hesitant because this novel was co-written by Tarryn Fisher (not that I don’t like her writing style). I’m afraid because I remember all too well what I felt after reading her novel, Mud Vein. As I can recall, it evoked depressing feels. Okay? So, I was a bit worried that Never, Never might be a depressing book. And I know , I shouldn’t have judged the book like that.

Anyway, I got into reading this novel with caution. I prepared myself for character deaths and depressing themes. When I started reading it, I realized how the book was totally different from what I expected. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that they were “literally” strangers to each other. I got sucked after reading only a few chapters. All the time I was reading it, I kept thinking..”How can their situation be possibly true?”. I mean there’s got to be a logical explanation to this thing happening to both of them.

I love the characters! Silas is this rich, kind, and thoughtful guy who’s very much in love with Charlie. Then, Charlie seems like a bitch but she’s got a soft spot for Silas. I appreciate how honest they were to each other and how cute most of their banters were. I was also really intrigued about their relationship and the background story about their families.

As I get to the middle of the book, I kept looking desperately for my answers..for any clue that might give me an idea what the whole deal between these characters really is. To my dismay, the book was ended with such a frustrating cliffie. I just want to eat ice cream and chocolates just to comfort myself about the fact that I have to wait till the next book in the series comes out.

I’m giving this book a 4 out of 5 stars. The novel was short and I kind of wished that Colleen and Tarryn could have written more chapters and gave us more hints before they released it. Overall, I’m very thrilled to have read Never, Never. I have loads of theories right now. It might be a psychological thriller novel or a supernatural/paranormal one? I dunno. I just really really want to find out.

4-rating

Best Reads in 2014

What a year it has been! 😀 Time flies by so fast. I’m pretty surprised at myself at how involved I became in reading. One day, I met some cool book friends and voila, I get to come to book signings and read loads of books!!! I am pretty proud of myself. So, 2014 has been an awesome year for me. I’ve been taken to lots of worlds and I can say that I lived a thousand lives (or maybe just hundreds, lol)  this year through books. Anyway, these are my Top 14 reads this 2014!!

 

1. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J. Maas

I am such a huge fan of this series. I am still spreading word about how awesome and badass this series is. My friends are probably annoyed by how enthusiastic I am when talking about Sarah J. Maas and Celaena Sardothien. I can’t believe I still have another year to wait for the next book in the series. In the meantime, I am still pining for Prince Dorian Havillard.

 

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This is one of my all-time faves because I can relate to almost everything there is in Fangirl. I’ve had such a great time reading Cath’s journey as a die-hard fan of Simon and Baz. I can relate very much to this book. Levi is also one of the best book boyfriends ever. Thank you Rainbow for the amazingness of this novel!

 

3. The Edge of Never (The Edge of Never #1) by JA Redmerski

Everytime I think about this book, I can’t help but recall the emotional rollercoaster ride that I have been on while reading it. it’s such a beautiful novel about falling in love and finding meaning in life.

 

4. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Sydney and Ridge’s story is like no other. Colleen Hoover drowned me with so much feels. I had a great time reading this book together while listening to its soundtrack. The song Maybe Someday by Griffin Peterson put me in a bad case of book hangover. This is one of the few times that I’ve said to myself that it is awesome to read while listening to music. Mostly, I just prefer reading in silence but this book changed my mind.

 

5. The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3)

This conclusion to the Mara Dyer series got my heart racing. I can’t still get over from the Romeo-Juliet-ish part of the book. I am so satisfied with everything that is in this book. Oh and I’m so stoked for Michelle Hodkin’s book tour in Manila next year!! Yay for me!!!!

6. Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Aaron Warner, I love you. Why are you even fictional?

Compared to the previous novels in the series, I definitely enjoyed Ignite Me. It has loads of thrills and squeal-worthy moments. I also appreciated Juliette here more because well at least she’s stronger and less irritating here. The ending of the series could have been written better but I’m still satisfied with the action-filled closing chapters to the series.

7. Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

If only Allegiant didn’t break my heart, it would have been the one on this list..but no. I think Divergent is the best book in the series. I enjoyed the idea of factions and all the very memorable moments when Tris met Four. ❤

8. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass

The Selection series might have the most annoying and indecisive main character (aka America Singer), however, it’s one of my most beloved series. Why? Because it made me swoon and laugh. It was a fantastic news to hear that Kiera Cass will be publishing more set in America and Maxon’s world.

 

 

8. To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

This is another light read that I really really enjoyed. It has some drama but I love the plot. I loved how this book not only focused on romance but also on family and friendship. It also has a gorgeous cover right?

Yes, yes..I have two books for the 8th spot..It’s hard to pick!! 😀

 

9. Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #2) by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City made an amazing impression on me after reading it. I felt like I did some time travelling with Jacob and Emma and the rest of the gang. I am so looking forward to the next book in the series as well as the movie for Miss P book!!

 

10. Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins

This is one of my recent reads that I loved so much. I was really into because it was funny and adorable. It’s just what I needed to brighten up my mood this Holiday season.

 

11. The Oracle (The Arcadian Series #2) by TL Coulter

As a reader who enjoys fantasy, I think The Oracle, the second book in The Arcadian series made me fall in love to magical kingdoms and realms again. I read it in June or July. So after the cliffie, I craved for more magical kingdom-themed fantasy novels. It was really worth it.

12. Unravel by Callia Read

Unravel is another emotional read that I had this year. It’s filled with wtf plot twists that made me go crazy. It’s a pretty awesome read..more like a mind-fvck but in a good way.

 

13. Where She Went by (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman

The If I Stay novel was a bit meh for me but this one made me feel so much emotions. Gosh..I hope there will be a movie for it.

14. Bang by EK Blair

Gods, this is the most controversial and traumatizing read for me. I wonder if there will ever be a HEA for this. I like how crazy and dark this book is.

 

 

So, that’s it for me this 2014. Next year is going to be more thrilling for sure!!! For the meantime, I am leaving y’all with my greetings:

 

Book Review: Maybe Not by Colleen Hoover

Title:Maybe Not (Maybe #1.5)

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books (November 24, 2014)

Format: Kindle

Pages:129

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

When I saw CoHo’s post on Facebook that she will release a novella about Warren and Bridgette, I was so stoked..Like really really really stoked. Maybe Someday is one of my favorite reads this year and I know that this will be another great story. It focuses on how Warren and Bridgette’s relationship developed. Take note, their relationship is not like the usual that we read on other novels. They’re the funniest, weirdest, and cutest fictional couple out there.

I love how CoHo told the story in Warren’s POV. Throughout the whole story, I felt like I could cry from all the hilarity of Warren’s thoughts. When he first laid his eyes on Bridgette, he was so sure that he was going to get her. I love his cockiness and naughtiness (What? Hahaha!). Then, there’s Bridgette. Gosh, when I read about her in Maybe Someday in the beginning, she’s like the most annoying character in the story. She’s so bitchy and cold. In Maybe Not, we get to know why she acts like that. Oh and the fact that only Warren gets her, makes me drown in feels. I’m fangirling too much right now. 😉

My favorite part of the novella is when they visited Warren’s sister. Bridgette dealing with kids is EPIC. I cannot help but laugh and at the same time feel happy for her. Warren admiring her and proposing for a date with her is so much fun to read. It’s like they are both weirded out by the awkwardness of their “relationship”. I love every part of this story!!!

5-rating

More Book Signings in Philippines! Yay!

If you are a book nerd living in the Philippines, you still probably have hangovers from the most recent book signing events of authors, Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins. Lucky you, if you were able to attend. Meanwhile, me is still a mourning a bit for not being able to see them but at least my friend got my books signed.

Anyway, in case you missed the news, more and more authors are coming to visit the Philippines. It’s so thrilling  that the other authors that we all absolutely adore know of our existence. Lol. Anyway, here are the authors who are confirmed/rumored to do book signings in PH:

 

1. Alex London

Alex London is the author of the dystopian novels entitled, Proxy and Guardian. National Book Store will be organizing the event. It will be on August 30, 2014 (2 PM) at SM Aura. Registration for the said event will start at 10 AM. Few more days to go!

 

2. Jennifer Smith and Lissa Price

September will be indeed the month of the book nerds in the Philippines. Aside from the Manila International Book Fair, two authors, Jennifer Smith and Lissa Price will come visit us. Personally, Jennifer Smith is my one of my favorite authors. I can’t wait to meet her in person. Her famous novels are The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, This is What Happy Looks Like, and The Geography of You and Me. On the other hand, I haven’t read Lissa Price’s novels yet but I’ll try! Her well-known novels are Starters and Enders. Their book signing event will occur on September 19 (SM Cebu, at 6 PM), September 20 (SM Aura, at 2 PM), and September 21 (MIBF SMX Convention Center, at 4 PM). If you are going to attend on the 21st, make sure you come early since only 200 people will be accommodated.

 

3. Madeleine Roux

There are also rumors going around that Madeleine Roux, the author of Asylum, will also come sometime in October. There are no official announcements yet though!

 

4. Marie Lu

Another beloved author by many Filipinos is Marie Lu. She is the best-selling author of the dystopian series, Legend. She’ll be coming this fall..probably on November if ever? I’m guessing her event will be held by National Book Store.

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5. Colleen Hoover, Tina Reber and Tarryn Fisher

Are you an avid New Adult reader? I think you are also looking forward to meet these three great authors. Earlier this July, Colleen Hoover posted a status on Facebook about a possible visit to Philippines in 2015. Plus, it looks like Tarryn Fisher (Love me with lies series & Mud Vein) and Tina Reber (Love Unscripted) will come too! Oh pretty please, I hope the Atria Indie authors will have a tour here!

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6. E. Lockhart

And the latest addition to the long list of authors who’ll visit Philippines is E. Lockhart. She wrote We Were Liars which really got a lot of hype from the YA readers. She’s coming to visit us on March 2015. I’m so stoked!!!

 

See? It’s a long long list after all. It’s really nice to have authors coming and visiting us here. I hope more and more of them will come. 🙂 Thank you so much book gods and goddesses!

 

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Book Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Title:Maybe Someday

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books (March 18, 2014)

Format: Paperback

Pages:367

Synopsis from Goodreads:

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

 

Yay! Another Colleen Hoover book that I’ve read and I must say that it was freaking awesome!

The story is about Sydney who thought almost everything in her life is in order. She’s got her boyfriend, Hunter, and her bestfriend/roommate, Tori. Aside from her parents’ disapproval of her pursuing a music career, she was happy and contented. Then, there’s a guy across her apartment whom she can’t stop thinking about ever since she saw and heard him playing his guitar. She might be beginning to have a crush on him. One day, things get ugly when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her with her bestfriend. Brokenhearted, she leaves the apartment she shared with her bestfriend and figures things out after. That’s when Ridge (aka The Hot Neighbor she can’t stop thinking about) comes into her life, offering his help. From there, friendship begins to bloom between them and maybe turns to even more..

From the title of the novel, it pretty much caught my attention.  Maybe Someday? It sounds like the characters are going to breakup and have their “Maybe Someday” in the future  or maybe the title refers to the characters falling in love with the right person at the wrong time…then Maybe Someday, they’re love for each other will be right. I know, I know..I’m guessing the plot with the title. Who doesn’t want love stories with this kind of plot? If you thought the same like me, then, you’ll probably be interested in discovering whether you figured the story out just by title or if there is more to it. Sure, there’s more to it if you see that the story is written by Colleen Hoover.

I can’t even express how much I love this novel. I enjoyed it so much. It’s not like Hopeless (a novel, also by Colleen Hoover). It’s a lighter romance novel which surely gave me lots of feels. There’s drama but not the heavy kind of drama. I loved the flow of the story. It was not boring plus the happenings got me turning page after page.

As I read it, I realized there was more depth to the characters. They had such interesting back stories about their past which made them who they were. They were also really enjoyable to read. Most of them got good sense of humor. I can’t help but laugh with most of their dialogues. I love how honest and frank the characters were, especially Sydney and Ridge. Then, there’s Warren, Bridgette, and Maggie. They are pretty much the kind of characters that you want to hate but can’t really hate.

There are also lots of surprising plot twists in this novel. I was trying to guess what happens next after those plot twists but no, they were always not what I was expecting. Also, there were some parts in the novel which made me annoyed. For example, there were times in the story in which some of the characters need to act like a jerk. I was so frustrated for the things they did but it was good to know later in the story why they had to be like that.

I drowned in my feels especially at the last chapters of the book. I cried and laughed and swooned. I adored Sydney for waiting for things to settle..to wait for the right time. Ridge is also good at waiting though most of the times, it took much of his effort. I will not mention here anymore what’s the deal with these two towards the end of the book. Just figure it out. 😉

All in all, Maybe Someday is one of the novels that gave me a good but bittersweet feeling when I finished it. I wanted more but I think the story just ended right. It’s a romance story that made me feel the emotions of the characters. The story and characters were easy to relate to. Plus, there’s a novel soundtrack. How cool is that? Yeah, I also swooned with Griffin Peterson’s voice. I listened to the soundtrack as I went along with the book. The songs  fit the story. It took me days to get over the book and the songs.

I recommend this book to everyone out there who loves romance novels with light drama and lots of plot twists and music. I swear you will really love this book!

5-rating

Book Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Title: Hopeless (Hopeless #1)

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books (December 17, 2012)

Format: Paperback

Pages:406

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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.

This is the first Colleen Hoover book that I’ve ever read. I’ve been hearing lots of great things about her.  So, here I am..and I just finished Hopeless.

The main character is a girl named Sky. She gets to school for her senior year to experience what it’s like after years of being home-schooled. Her adoptive mother restricts her from using any kind of technology like TV, phone, and internet. It’s as if her whole life, she has been kept away from other people. She has her best friend Six though. Both of them change guys they make out with as often as they change their ice cream flavor preferences.

After her first day of school, she encounters this hot and intense guy named Dean Holder. There is something about him that terrifies her but there is also something about him that draws her in. As Sky falls harder for Holder, she gets to discover his secrets that may wreck her.

Whew! That was long but don’t worry, it’s spoiler-free. Here are my thoughts on the book:

Hopeless is a pretty intense book. Yes! It is intense! There’s so much drama and emotions going on here. I really tried my best to keep up with them and fortunately, I was able to survive the obstacles and issues that Sky and Holder had. The events were unpredictable at some points in the book. I feel myself feeling distraught and hopeful for these two.

Luckily, there were some light parts in the novel. There were like my favorite parts of the story. The parts with Six and Breckin are one of my faves. They are absolutely the best friends that anyone would love to have for himself/herself. Also, there were moments that Sky and Holder are just so swoon-worthy.

I love how the story didn’t just focus on love and sex. It also covered friendship and family. I appreciate the fact that the main characters, Sky and Holder try to be strong for each other..that they were able to get through everything..together.

After reading the book, I really felt emotionally spent. It was such a beautiful novel though. There was this part where Sky did this psychotherapy stuff with herself..and my tears fell. All in all, it is a captivating novel but I think it was really hard going through Sky and Holder’s journey. I find it inspiring at the end.

I recommend this book to everyone who’s craving for an intense and drama-filled story. It’s one of those books that will make you feel lots of emotions. So, when you read it, make sure you have a box of tissues beside you. 😉

4-rating