May 31, 2013

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

Title: The Testing (The Testing #1)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Release date: June 4th 2013
Source: Netgalley
Format: egalley

Rating: 4/ 5

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Reat the prequel The Testing Guide (The Testing 0.5) and the excerpt - here
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same?

The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.

Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one.

But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Usually I do not like to compare one book to another and it bothers me when they put on the cover "if you like x book you can not miss this book", so I try to treat each book independently although sometimes in the dystopian genre many books are very similar. But with The Testing it is impossible not to compare it and find many similarities with The Hunger Games, especially the second part of book. But once I got past the similarities or deja vu, I coudn´t put it down, this book is actually very entertaining, it has a lot of action, suspense and got me hooked and wanting to know what was going to happen next.

The Testing tells the story of Cia a 16-year-old girl living in a post-apocalyptic / dystopian world, where the society is organized and what was once the United States is now United Commonwealth with Tosu City as its capital. And because the world is polluted and dying, the government needs that their future leaders and scientists are the best of the best, so candidates are selected each year from each community to take "The Testing" in order to continue their studies and attend the only university of the commonwealth, which is located in Tosu City. More than 100 candidates are presented for tests every year, but only 20 are accepted, after passing the various tests to which they are subjected. And once they have attended university, they´ll work for the government helping to revitalize the destruction caused by the wars.

"The Test" is divided into four parts: written, practical, group work and physical. And something that I really liked  about this book is that all candidates are very intelligent and are brilliant in a specific area, for example: Cia, is very good fixing things and working with electrical things.

The story is told from Cia´s POV, she lives in the Five Lakes community, one of the smaller communities and more distant from Tosu city. Cia's dream is to go to the university like her father did and despite having the hope of being selected, she isn´t very confident about been selected. So she´s kind of surprised when she´s selected as a candidate for "the testing" along with others classmates. Before leaving her father tells her to not trust anyone since there are candidates capable of anything just to eliminate the competition. Among his peers is Tomas, a guy who's very smart and they support each other for the duration of "the testing" and he´s the romantic interest of Cia

Overall, I really enjoy this book, it´s well structured, I liked the world-building, it´s very well explained the background of why there was an apocalypse and how the Commonwealth was formed, it has many action scenes (some are violent), it has suspense, it´s fast-paced, there aren´t dull moments. I recommended book for fans of dystopian novels.

I can not wait to read Independent Study and see what will happen with Cia and Tomas.

Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Books for Children for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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May 30, 2013

Book Cover Battle #45: Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

This section or meme is call Book Cover Battle, the first time I saw it was at Books Passion for Life as UK vs US  and  Bookaholics book club as UK vs The World but because I don´t live in the UK, I can´t name it that way, so for now is Book Cover Battle .

This week book cover battle is

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
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US                                                      UK
Russian                                               Spanish
Bulgarian                                                    French
Indonesian                                                    Italian
Polish                                               Portuguese
Swedish                                         Turkish

German                                               Chinese
Japanese Vol. 1 of 2                                   Japanese Vol. 2 of 2

I like all the covers, they´re really pretty maybe my least favorite is the Russian cover.

What do you think? Which is your favorite? 

May 29, 2013

WOW (78): Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

Just Like Fate by Cat Patrick & Suzanne Young
Release date: August 27th 2013
Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending...

Why I'm Waiting?
Even though the synopsis is kind of weird, I can´t wait to read it because this book sounds like the movie Sliding doors even the cover looks like cover of the DVD.

What book are you waiting this week?
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May 28, 2013

Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer

Title: Spirit (Elemental #3)
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: K Teen
Release date: May 28th 2013
Source: Netgalley
Format: egalley

Rating: 4.5/5

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You can read my review of  Elemental - here, Storm - here, Spark - here & Breathless - here
With power comes enemies. Lots of them.

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He’s learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can’t seem to afford any allies.

He’s up to his neck in hostiles. His grandfather, spoiling for a fight. The Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out. Calla, the scheming psycho who wants to use him as bait.

Then there’s Kate Sullivan, the new girl at school. She’s not hostile. She’s bold. Funny. Hot. But she’s got an agenda, too.

With supposedly secret powers rippling to the surface everywhere around him, Hunter knows something ugly is about to go down. But finding out what means he’ll have to find someone he can trust...

After what happened in the previous book, Hunter Garrity is among the most undesirable people in school and the Merrick brothers and Becca don´t trust him at all. Then there is Calla, she wants to force him to contact the guides, if he doesn´t do that she will continue to cause more damage and killing people in the process. And besides the fact that no one want to be around him, he´s having problems at home with his grandparents and his mother, so Hunter is close to lose control of his life and his powers.

But among so many bad things happening in his life, he meets Kate Sullivan, the new girl in school, she's funny, beautiful, very bold and the only person that talks to him, so he finds peace and something else in her, and his attraction to her is something that he never felt before, but the question is can he trust her?

In this book all my favorites characters make an appearance: Chris, Nick, Gabriel and Michael Merrick and Becca, and none of them trust Hunter for what he did in Spark and Gabriel is really hostile to him (I can understand why he is upset). But this book allowed me to see Hunter´s side of the story, the way he was educated and trained to not trust anyone and especially the pure Elementals (aka Merrick brothers), because they´re highly dangerous and the enemy, but Hunter is at a point in his life where he doesn´t know what is right or what is wrong anymore and he has an terrible internal battle. There were times I didn´t like some of the decisions he took, but all was part of his self-discovery.

I love the Elemental series and of course I loved Spirit! and this book is a little different from Storm and Spark. This book has a mayor twist that left me with my mouth hanging open and now I know that no one is safe in this series. If you have not started reading this amazing series, then you need to read Storm, the first book in the series. And I can´t wait to read the next book: Secret, which will be Nick's book! The Elemental series books are highly addictive!

Thanks to K Teen for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Top Ten Tuesday (10):Top Ten Favorite New Adult Books I've Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

¿What is your favorite New Adult Book? 
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May 27, 2013

Twerp by Mark Goldblatt

Title: Twerp
Author: Mark Goldblatt
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 28th 2013
Source: Netgalley
Format: egalley

Rating: 4/5

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"A vivid, absorbing story about one boy’s misadventure, heartache, and hope for himself." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery Award-winning author of When You Reach Me

It's not like I meant for Danley to get hurt. . . .

Julian Twerski isn't a bully. He's just made a big mistake. So when he returns to school after a weeklong suspension, his English teacher offers him a deal: if he keeps a journal and writes about the terrible incident that got him and his friends suspended, he can get out of writing a report on Shakespeare. Julian jumps at the chance. And so begins his account of life in sixth grade--blowing up homemade fireworks, writing a love letter for his best friend (with disastrous results), and worrying whether he's still the fastest kid in school. Lurking in the background, though, is the one story he can't bring himself to tell, the one story his teacher most wants to hear.

Inspired by Mark Goldblatt's own childhood growing up in 1960s Queens, Twerp shines with humor and heart. This remarkably powerful story will have readers laughing and crying right along with these flawed but unforgettable characters.

This book reminded me of the movie Stand by me in the sense of friendship between boys in this case they´ve 12 years-old, they make many pranks and have adventures, that is until they do something to Danley a boy that is a little slow, something that Julian doesn´t want to talk about it. And this story is set in 1969.

Julian´s english teacher Mr. Selkirk asked him to writte a report about what happen with Danley, but Julian is not ready to talk about it, so he presents a report to his teacher about another event that he considers worse than what happened to Danley, that is so well written that impresses his teacher, so his teacher proposes him to continue writing and he can be excused from writing a report about Shakespeare,  so Julian is more than happy because he hates Shakespeare.

Twerp takes place from January to June in the life of a 12 years-old boy, where he writes about his day and also about his pranks with his friends from the block.

I liked how this book is told as a diary but it also has a dialogue between Julian and his friends, where we see him talking about everything except the case of bullying for which he was suspended. We see a good boy who rarely gets angry, but that is influenced by his best friend Lonnie, who is the mastermind of most of the pranks. I loved how Julian, he´s in sixth grade, he's very good runner and the fastest of the school, feels like a grown up that is not like the babies of fifth grade and he would never think to has a friendship/rivalry with one of fifth grade, that is until he meets Eduardo a fifth grader that is really fast runner and that he could take his title as "the fastest".

Overall, I really liked this book it´s very entertaining, I laughed a lot and the time when Julian finally reveals what really happened with Danley is really sad.

Thanks to Random House Books for Young Readers for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Cover Reveal: Into the Deep by Samantha Young

Into the Deep by Samantha Young
Release date:  August 20th 2013(in ebook & paperback)
New Adult contemporay romance novel
Live young. Live hard. Love deep.

Charley Redford was just an ordinary girl until Jake Caplin moved to her small town in Indiana and convinced her she was extraordinary. Almost from day one Jake pulled Charley into the deep and promised he was right there with her. But when a tragic incident darkened Jake’s life he waded out into the shallows and left Charley behind.

Almost four years later Charley thinks she’s moved on. That is until she takes a study year abroad in Edinburgh and bumps into none other than Jake Caplin at a party with his new girlfriend. The bad-boy-turned-good attempts to convince Charley to forgive him, and as her best friend starts spending time with Jake’s, Charley calls a truce, only to find herself tumbling back into a friendship with him.

As they grow closer, the spark between them flares and begins playing havoc with their lives and relationships. When jealousy and longing rear their destructive heads, Charley and Jake struggle to come to grips with what they mean to one another.

And even if they work it out, there is no guarantee Charley will ever trust Jake to lead her back into the deep…

Samantha Young is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET. For more info on Samantha's adult fiction visit

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey.
Each week we spotlight the books we are reading, planning on reading or just finished reading.

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Finished reading

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What I´m going to read next? 

What are you reading today? 
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May 26, 2013

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Title: Dare You To (Pushing the Limits #2)
Author: Katie McGarry
Publisher: Mira Ink
Release date: June 7th 2013
Source: Netgalley
Format: egalley

Rating: 4.5/5

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You can read my review of Pushing the Limits - here
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and seventeen-year-old Beth who knows where. So she protects her mom at all costs. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. At all. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her, but does....

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock-with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him.

But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams-and his life-for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all...

I have been waiting impatiently for a year to read Dare You To, which is the story of Beth and she was introduced in the first book as Noah´s sort of adoptive sister and Isaiah's romantic interest, so when I read the synopsis for the first time I almost had a fit because I realized it was not going to be the story of Beth and Isaiah, but her story with a certain Ryan ......... and I was ready to not like Ryan because in my head ...... Isaiah was indicated for her but I was wrong.

Ryan is a really good guy, he´s sweet, with good feelings, is a baseball player with aspirations of playing professional, he doesn´t do drugs, rarely drink alcohol....he´s swoon worthy  .... is impossible not to love him ...... the only detail that I found is that he takes the dares too seriously. It is precisely by a dare that he meets Beth, because she's not the type of girl that he´s usually like, she is a  tough girl, very blunt and very intimidating. So Dare You To is the story of the "bad" girl meets good boy ... the opposite of Pushing the Limits and most contemporary books that I've read so far.

To be honest, in Pushing the Limits did not like Beth much, but thanks to this book we see why she the way she is, the problems she has with her alcoholic mother, what happened when she was little, why she has trust issues and the reasons for his father's abandonment. And meanwhile Ryan is also having problems at home, because he has very strict parents who have planned all his life and Ryan begins to doubt whether his dream of being a professional baseball player are really his dream or his father´s dreams. So Ryan is at a turning point where he must decide what he wants to do with his future.

Overall, Dare You To is amazing! This book is beautifully written, is a sweet, poignant, and heartbreaking  love story. Something that I really liked is that Echo and Noah from Pushing the Limits appear in some scenes, as well as Isaiah.

I highly recommend this book if you love poignant contemporary novels. And I can not wait to read the last book of the trilogy, Crash Into You, which will be the story of Isaiah.

Thanks to Mira Ink for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Favorites Quotes
Beth feels like this storm. Constant and persistent as a whole, but the more I get close and try to clutch the individuals drops of rain, the more the water falls out of my hands.
You're a lot like that bird in the barn. You're so scared that you're going to be caged in forever you can't see the way out. You smack yourself against the wall again and again and again. The door is open, Beth. Stop running in circles and walk out.

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May 25, 2013

This Girl by Colleen Hoover

Title: This Girl (Slammed #3)
Author: Colleen Hoover 
Publisher: Atria Books
Release date: April 30th 2013 (ebook)
                     August 13th 2013 (paperback)
Source: Netgalley
Format: egalley
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Rating: / 5

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You can read my review of Slammed - here & Point of Retreat - here
There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache.

Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

This Girl starts off exactly right where Point of Retreat left off, Will and Layken have overcome the drama, misunderstandings and doubts, so now they are finally together, Layken wants to reminiscent their firsts, the first time they meet, their first date, their first kiss and part of the drama that happened in the first few months after they learned that they could not be together because of Will´s work. Most of the book is about what happened in Slammed told from Will´s POV, So that the plot alternates between past and present.

I read Slammed in September last year and I didn´t remember all the details, I really like to relive the key moments of the first book in this trilogy and also find out some things that happened at that time and Layken didn´t know... There were also sad times in which Will remembers his parents (I don´t remember if this was on Slammed).
The only thing that can break the unbreakable is the unthinkable.
And hilarious moments involving Kel and Caulder (Layken´s and Will´s little brothers respectively), especially Kel, this boy is so funny... and also there is a particularly funny moment with Kiersten, this girl is just so blunt. My only problem is that I wanted to read more about this lovable characters.

This Girl is a book that I really loved, It isn´t as repetitive as I though it would be, because there were many new moments, that I didn´t  read on Slammed and that allowed me to see what Will was thinking and felt since the first moment he meet Layken and also there are new slam poems. And what I loved the most is the epilogue, is a perfect ending to this wonderful trilogy; that is among my favorites.

I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange of an honest review.

May 24, 2013

Cover Reveal: Darker Days by Jus Accardo

Darker Days (Darker Agency #1) by Jus Accardo
Release date: August 2013
Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course...

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they're recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing...

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything. 

“So not your biggest fan at the moment,” I said, closing the office door behind me. The runofffrom my jeans had soaked my sneakers pretty good. With each step, I gave a slight squishing noise accompanied by an annoying squeak against the old tile floor.

From across the room, Mom stared. “What happened to you?”
            “It attacked me.” Tossing my bag on the couch, I sank into her chair and made sure to grind my butt into the cushion. Got it nice and wet. I was all about sharing the love—and right now, the love was soggy.
            She laughed, waving a folder in my direction. “Surely you’re overreacting. It was one little zombie. They don’t attack people.”
            “I’m serious, Ma. It tried to drown me. And the client assaulted me with ugly footwear. As far as punishments go, I’d say we’re probably square. I’ve learned my lesson.”
            “You’re serious?” Amused expression now replaced by concern, she crossed the room and leaned over her desk to get a better look at me.
            “As a coronary.” Once I was sure the chair had sponged up all it could, I stood and huffed past her. Pulling at my favorite T-shirt—the word Fate inside a blood red heart, is a four letter word on the back—I said, “Child welfare would not be happy to hear you tried to feed your only child to a walking corpse…”
“But why would it attack? Did you provoke it?” Folding her arms, she frowned. “Insult it, perhaps?”
            I winked at her. “Provoke it? Sure. I went and wiggled my ass in front of it yelling lunch just to see what’d happen.” I’d called it Stinky, but that didn’t count as an insult. Something couldn’t be considered an insult if it was true, right?
            Right eyebrow twitching, she fought against a smile. “But you’re okay, right? No bites, broken bones, head injuries, possessions…?”
I smiled and did a little twirl. “All in one piece and still me.”
Mom had a checklist she went through at the end of each job. I was known for taking almost as much damage as I inflicted.
“Oh, and you’re probably going to get a call from the client. I sorta smashed her fence in the process.”
            Mom groaned. “I told you to be more careful.”
            “It’s not like I tried to break anything.”
            “Something tells me you didn’t try hard enough not to break anything, either.”
            “In my defense, it wasn’t a simple trap and slap…”
            “We can’t afford this.” She reached down and pulled a white envelope out from under a stack of papers. “This is the bill for that Mercedes you smashed.”
            “Oh! So not my fault. How was I supposed to know that Spring Heel was gonna land on the car? If it makes you feel any better, I think he was aiming for my head…”
            “If you keep this up, we won’t even be able to afford the rent.”
            She was right, of course, and it made me feel horrible. “I’m sorry. I guess I’m a wrecking ball wrapped in blue jeans. Take my cut of this job and put it toward the repairs. Keep my paycheck for the next month, too.” A good start, but it didn’t feel like enough. Sure, it would cover the damages—I hoped—but I felt guilty about upsetting her. The bills that were piling up kept her awake at night. This was only going to make things worse. We got a fair amount of business, but the overhead in our line of work was sky high.
As much as I hated the idea, I knew what would cheer her up. “I’ll even throw in pet possessions for the next month.”

About Jus Accardo
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

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May 22, 2013

WOW (77): These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

The book I´m waiting this week is

These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
Release date: December 10th 2013
It's a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

Why I'm Waiting?
This book sounds really good and I love the book cover.

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May 21, 2013

Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Title: Hopeless (Hopeless #1)
Author: Colleen Hoover 
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: December 19th 2012
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Rating: 5/5

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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.

After reading SlammedPoint of Retreat and now Hopeless, which are among my favorites NA novels. I've become a big fan of Colleen Hoover, she´s an excellent writer and I love her books. And the title of this book is perfect.

Hopeless is a wonderful, extraordinary, beautiful, sad, intense, it broke my heart more than once, it left me stunned at other times, this book is an emotional rollercoaster. After reading the synopsis you can have an idea about where the story goes and to some extent predict it, but I was completely wrong in several of my predictions and on more of one occasion I could not believe what I was reading and I was in shock. With this book I laugh, cry and it literally left me speechless.

This story is told entirely from the point of view of Sky, a girl who is about to turn 18 year-old and is for the first time attending public school because she used to be homeschooled. And she has never been attracted to guys or girls (the check both just in case), that is until she meets Holder, he makes her feel lust and desire for the first time, something she had never felt with any of the guys she has kissed (which have been many). But Holder not just make her feel desire he also make her feel afraid, so at the beginning she doesn´t know how to react to him, but Holder is a very persistent guy, so something do happen between them. Holder is weird  sometimes and sometimes he is just to lovable and occasionally he drifts off, this because he has a secret that affects them both.

Both as Sky and Holder are very lovable characters, I liked them very much, although there was a time I did not know what was happening in Holder´s mind, but after the big reveal, I LOVE him!

I highly recommend this book for adults, since some of the topics are unsuitable for younger readers. I'm dying to read Losing Hope, which will be told from the point of view of Holder.