Confess by Colleen Hoover

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Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


I am very surprised by how much I disliked this, considering everything else I have read by Colleen Hoover I have given 5 stars. Confess is told in two points of views, Auburn, who lost the love of her life when she was only 15 and now at the age of 20 she desperately needs a job, which leads her to Owen, a young artist who is looking for an assistant.

The writing in this novel wasn’t the problem. In fact the writing was the only thing I liked. Colleen Hoover knows how to construct beautiful sentences and because of that I was blinded for the first half of the book into believing I loved it. Once I was able to see past the beautiful writing I was able to see all the problems.

The characters in the book were awful. Auburn was so passive I couldn’t take it. She had no backbone and refused to stand up for herself. It seemed like she was just waiting for someone to swoop in and save her rather than fight to fix her own problems which irritated me so much.

For as much as I disliked Auburn, Owen was worse. Firstly, he went on and on about how all of his previous relationships failed because he couldn’t stand his ex-girlfriends. But then he says that he’s always the one that gets dumped so I think we know what the real problem is here.

It annoyed me so much how he constantly told Auburn he is the only person in the world that deserved her. He told her that so much I wanted to puke. In the scene where they finally have sex he says the word “deserve” 7 times. Like dude. It’s not romantic, it’s just creepy.

“And I need you to remember that anyone can make love. But I’m the only one who deserves to make love to you.”

We learn early on in the book that Owen knows Auburn and about her past, but she doesn’t know him. And we don’t find out how he knows her until the last few pages of the book. But what really frustrated me was that he kept this big secret from her the entire book and it’s never resolved! And I really feel like not wrapping that up was just a cop out.

The romance in the book really didn’t work for me. I felt like we were told they were in love but I never saw it. It was like I blinked and missed it happening. I don’t know what they saw in each other. They really didn’t have any chemistry.

Other than the writing I did really love the artwork that was in this book. It was beautiful and added a lot more to the story. Something I love about Colleen Hoovers books is that she always takes that extra step to add something special to her books. While I didn’t like this book I do still love her writing but this book just fell short for me.

2.5 Stars

You by Caroline Kepnes

20821614When a beautiful, aspiring writer strides into the East Village bookstore where Joe Goldberg works, he does what anyone would do: he Googles the name on her credit card.

There is only one Guinevere Beck in New York City. She has a public Facebook account and Tweets incessantly, telling Joe everything he needs to know: she is simply Beck to her friends, she went to Brown University, she lives on Bank Street, and she’ll be at a bar in Brooklyn tonight—the perfect place for a “chance” meeting.

As Joe invisibly and obsessively takes control of Beck’s life, he orchestrates a series of events to ensure Beck finds herself in his waiting arms. Moving from stalker to boyfriend, Joe transforms himself into Beck’s perfect man, all while quietly removing the obstacles that stand in their way—even if it means murder.


This book will not be for everyone. You will either love it or hate it. Obviously I loved it. This book messed with my mind so much and made me see things in a whole new light. We live in an age where our whole lives are one click away on the internet. Anyone can find out anything about you. We have no privacy. Our lives are documented on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, ect. Joe, the main character, uses the internet and social media to his advantage, not only to learn everything he can about a girl he met, but to also insert himself so far into her life that she cannot escape him. This book really made me take a closer look at how much of myself I leave on the internet and how easy it would be for someone like Joe to worm his way into my life.

The characters in this book are what really made it fascinating to me. Every single character is vile. Let’s start with Joe. I kind of want to hate Caroline Kepnes for making me love Joe. Yes he is revolting and sick. But I found myself sympathizing with him. And there were entire chunks of the book where I would forget who he really is and find myself thinking he is great. Then BAM! He would break into Beck’s house and sniff her underwear. And I think that is was creeps me out most about this book. To everyone around him, Joe is a normal decent guy. But being in his head we get to see every depraved thought he has. In theory Joe could be anyone around you and you would never know.

Beck was a basket-case. And I hated her. I never really understood her motives or her way of thinking. And that’s possibly due to the fact that, although Joe thought he knew her extremely well, he really didn’t know her at all. And since the book is told from his POV we only see Beck through Joe’s eyes. And it’s terrible but I hated the way she treated Joe. WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME. I know I know. But I found myself thinking he deserved better. Which is insane.

The writing in this book is amazing. It’s written in second person, which I have never been a fan of. But I can’t imagine this story being told any other way. It is also in present tense, so it feels less like I am being told a story and more like I am actually experiencing it. The genre of this novel is hard to place. It is not a contemporary and not quite a thriller, but something entirely new and amazing.

This story was captivating and something I think will only come around once. HIGHLY recommend.

5 stars

What’s New? #1

Hey guys! So I wanted to start a bi-weekly? monthly? series where I discuss all of the upcoming projects in movies, tv, and books. Let me know if you like this! I am considering bringing it to my YouTube channel as well.

Book News

23492288You by Caroline Kepnes, a terrifying exploration of how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation, is getting a sequel. I just finished this book so I am thrilled to learn about the sequel. Hidden Bodies is set to release in February 2016, and once again follows Joe on his quest for love.

Comic News

JWTwist-698x1024Joss Whedon is once again teaming up with Dark Horse Comics to bring us a brand new comic, Twist. Whedon teased that it’s ““a Victorian thriller about a meek chambermaid who is fed to a dark horror– but instead of dying, she returns, with knowledge, power, and rage she can neither deny nor control”. He described the lead as a VICTORIAN FEMALE BATMAN. If that doesn’t sell you on this comic, than I don’t know what will. Twist is set to be a six issue mini series and no release date has currently been set.

Movie News

chris-pratt-and-jennifer-lawrence-s-sci-fi-romance-passengers-greenlit-by-sonyChris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are set to star in a new sci-fi romance movie Passengers. The movie is about a spacecraft traveling to a distant colony planet and transporting thousands of people, has malfunctions in one of its sleep chambers. As a result, a single passenger is awakened 60 years early. Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone, he eventually decides to wake up a second passenger. Not only does this movie sound great, but with these two stellar leads I can’t even imagine how awesome this will be!

The trailer for DC’s upcoming movie Suicide Squad was released and I can’t be more excited! The movie is about a secret government agency who recruits imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency. With an amazing cast including, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto, this movie looks like a hit.

TV News

Syfy is adapting Lev Grossman’s book, The Magicians, and will premiere in 2016. The series follows Quentin Coldwater, a young man who discovers and attends a college of magic in New York.

MTV is adapting the Shannara Chronicles by Terry Brooks, a high fantasy series that blends magic and primitive technology set in the Four Lands, which is identified as Earth long after civilization was destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. The first season will actually be an adaptation of the second book, The Elfstones of Shannara, and stars Austin Butler and the amazing John Rhys-Davies. The trailer shows breathtaking scenery and action packed scenes. I am extremely excited for this one.

What are you guys most excited for? I think I am most looking forward to Suicide Squad. I am very interested to see Jared Leto’s portrayal of my favorite character of all time, The Joker.

ARC August!

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ARC August is dedicated to catching up on your backlog of ARCs. It is created by Read. Sleep. Repeat. and you can find all the details here

RULES:

The rules are very simple.

  • It may be a physical ARC or and eARC but it MUST be an ARC
  • Yes it can be an ARC that has released as long as it’s an ARC
  • HAVE FUN WITH THIS! Feeling like you are being “forced” to read is the best way turn a fun event into a yucky obligation.
  • Update post! You can update once a week, every other week or once for the whole darn event. This update can be in the form of a blog or tumblr post, vlog, link to your “ARC August 2015″ shelf or even an instagram pic!

I was super excited when I found out about this because I have a TON of ARCs I need to read. After BEA I had more ARCs then I could handle and this is the perfect way to catch up!

TBR

Already Released

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 Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Bocker

A Whole New World by Liz Brazwell

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery

September Releases

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Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

October Releases

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Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

When the month is over I will post a wrap-up on my channel as well as updates on Instagram throughout the month!

Let me know in the comments if you are participating and what you plan on reading!

Soundless by Richelle Mead

24751478From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.

But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon. Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever.


Soundless is about a village on the top of a mountain where for as long as anyone can remember there has been no sound. No one can leave the mountain because the climb down is too dangerous and there is no other way out. The village must rely on a zipline that carries food up the mountain in exchange for the metals that they mine. Villagers are starting to lose their sight and food from the zipline starts to decrease. One day Fei wakes up with a strange new sensation. She can hear. It is up to her to save her village from starvation and slipping into complete darkness.

I will start off by saying that I was EXTREMELY excited for this book. It was everything I wanted. Fantasy. Standalone. Diverse main character. Chinese influence. It sounded amazing. And I did end up enjoying the book. With that being said the first 100 pages were brutal to get through. If I had not been planning on reviewing this I would have given up. I was just so bored, didn’t feel a connection to the characters and had to force myself to keep reading. Luckily around the 100 page mark things started to pick up in the story.

As for Fei as a main character. I liked her for the most part. She is very brave and willing to do whatever it takes to save her people. But for some reason I didn’t feel any connection towards her. I really didn’t care much about her at all. I felt like there was a wall up in between me and this story and I just never really connected to anything.

Some of the problems I had with it came from Fei’s relationship with her sister Zhang Jing. Something about their relationship just felt off to me. Her sister is older but Fei takes responsibility for her and protects her as if she is the older of the two. Zhang Jing just acts like the younger of the two and seems immature to me at times. I guess that is just their dynamic, but it really annoyed me. It is this relationship that made it so tough for me to get through the first half of the book.

Another problem I had was when Fei first discovered she could hear. She went to read a book about hearing and sound and just from reading that one book she understood tons of vocabulary words related to sound. It just seemed too easy and quick. Sound is a concept that has been lost to her people for so long, I found it hard to believe she took to it so quickly, especially without the help of anyone else.

Like I said the story did pick up and I found the second half interesting enough. Honestly the only thing that kept me reading this book was the fact that I needed to review it. Because nothing really stood out to me plot-wise. Nothing shocked me. Nothing made me feel anything. This is by no means a bad book. It just didn’t wow me in the slightest. I am very confused by it. I feel like the world Richelle created is much bigger then this small story and that there is more to be told. I want more. This feels like the start of something, but as a story on its own it fell flat.

I would still recommend this book if you are a fan of Richelle Mead. Or if it sounds interesting to you.

3 stars

This book will be released in November 2015

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book

Favorite Books of 2015…So Far

So for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday the topic was your favorite books of 2015 so far. I have read so many amazing books this year but I was able to narrow it down to five.

5. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (audiobook)

4. Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

3. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

2. Written in Red by Anne Bishop

1. The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

18692431My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


I was completely blown away by this book. Everything, Everything is the story of a girl named Madeline who has spent her life living in a bubble. When she was a baby it was discovered that she has SKID, a rare allergy to practically everything. Because of this Maddy is not able to leave the sanctity of her home. In order for people to come see her they have to go through rigorous medical examinations and a decontamination upon entering the house. Maddy lives with her mother, who just so happens to be her doctor, and a nurse named Carla. Maddy is content with her life of books and game nights with her mom, until the day that a new family moves in next door and a boy catches her eye.

The execution of this book was flawless. I loved the integration of pictures and graphs. It really added charm and character to the novel. The chapters were really short so I just flew through this book so fast, I never wanted to put it down. Because of the nature of the story I was always holding my breath waiting for something bad to happen but I loved that it took a unique turn I wasn’t expecting. The writing itself felt like I was reading Maddy’s diary. It was very personal and thought provoking. I felt as if Maddy was telling this story to me.

I loved Maddy! She is such a wise character and I kept finding myself blown away by her strength. Maddy really surprised me because for someone who has literally and metaphorically lived in a bubble her whole life, she is so wise. She wants not just to live, but to live a life worth remembering. Also something I loved was that Maddy is not the “typical” YA protagonist. If you are looking for a book with a diverse main character then look no further because Maddy is Japanese/African American.

“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”

Olly was such a cutie. His need to protect Maddy warmed my heart especially when you learn his backstory and why he is so protective of the people he loves. One of my favorite parts of the novel were the messages between Olly and Maddy. I found myself giggling like a little girl while reading them! I loved seeing Maddy experience the world with Olly. He really opened her up to the possibility of more. I loved the relationship that was formed between them because it felt so natural and organic.

“It’s a hard concept to hold on to–the idea that there was a time before us. A time before time. In the beginning there was nothing. And then there was everything.”

I also got the chance to meet Nicola at BEA and she is one of the sweetest most gracious people I have ever met. I seriously recommend this book to everyone! It is just such a refreshing story of love and life.

4.5 Stars

This book will be released on September 1st, 2015

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from the author at BEA