Monday, July 1, 2013

Hopeless & Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

GOD I am in a book-gasm, book hangover ecstasy and I need a cigarette for my emotions... 

I just finished Losing Hope and I need to explain to you guys how effing amazing Hopeless and Losing Hope is because I am fan girling all over this shit and I want to have Colleen Hoover's children and make her write for me every night.. 

No really she is kick ass and I am going to share just how much:

First lets start with Hopeless and how incredible this book is:
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.

My Thoughts

This book is probably every other incredible word in the dictionary besides Hopeless.. 

I loved this book..

Sky was an amazing character that was well-rounded, witty, sarcastic, funny, and sweet. She knew when to give advice and when to accept, she was open in her heart and her mind. She was also forgiving without being a pushover and a hardass without being jaded. She was everything a great character should be and more. 

Dean Holder was just as amazing. 
He was intense without being cruel, sweet without being gag-worthy, protective without being controlling and trustworthy but never to a fault. 

Hell, even the secondary characters of this book  added to the amazeballness (yes I am inventing words bc I am just that cool) of this book instead of being repellant. Every character had their place and every place was perfected to pure delight. There wasn't a thing to complain about these characters because they were just pure greatness.

I read this book the day it came out and I couldn't tear my eyes away from it to eat, shower, pee, feed my child, hug my husband..
I was one big smelly, starving, hot mess by the end of it and honestly I'd do it all over again just to have that feeling, that feeling you get when you are reading a book and realize that WOW this book is going to rock your world..

Well consider:

The characters pulled me in but the PLOT, the PLOT is what kept me guessing. 
I like to call myself a little bit of a detective because I can seriously guess a book almost from page one and then be disappointed when I am proven right because I needed the oh WOW I was wrong I didn't guess that at all and that is exactly what happened in Hopeless.
The final reveal totally 
I knew something happened to Sky, I knew it was horrible but when I finally got down to what really happened I was blown away, straight out of my shoes, and totally knocked on my ass. 
While I was down there I curled up in the fetal position and kissed my dignity goodbye while I cried, rocked myself back and forth and tried to find the strength to finish. 

Eventually I pulled myself up, put my big girl panties on and finished.

“And while I could sit here and feel sorry for myself, wondering why all of this happened to me..I'm not going to do it. I'm not going to wish for a perfect life. The things that knock you down in life are tests, forcing you to make a choice between giving in and remaining on the ground or wiping the dirt off and standing up even taller than you did before you were knocked down. I'm choosing to stand taller. I'll probably get kicked down a few more times before this life is through with me, but I can guarantee you I'll never stay on the ground.”

But what really made this book so drop dead holy was the love between Sky and Dean. She pushed him away, unsure of what she was feeling for him. She wanted to lick his dimple and then run screaming from him at the same time. She never felt the kind of power and electricity towards another being that she felt towards Dean and it had her shaking to her core. 
Also, the love between Karen and Sky was unbreakable, they shared a similar past and it took a lot of courage to do what Karen did for Sky and that is what a true mother would do for her child. 
I know I sure as hell would have without a second thought about my life. 

 The subject matter is so dark but the LOVE is what gave this book light and life..

Just amazing writing

The ending was well-rounded for me, I didn't feel like it lacked anything and even if I wanted to kick and scream because the book ended at all I was happy where the characters were.
 I could picture them in my head having 2.5 kids and living in the burbs with a dog, cat, and maybe a pet monkey (hey its my dream don't make fun dammit, I do what I want with my imaginary friends and they like it). 

So then I hear Mrs. Colleen Hoover is writing Hopeless in Dean Holder's POV and I literally screamed out loud while jumping up and down with joy. 
I may or may not have peed a lil 

Im so excited and I just can't hide it (sing it with me).

I knew as soon as it came out I was going to get my grubby lil hands on it and suck it down like it is my lifeline and that is exactly what I did. 

Which leads me to the next part of this review

My review for Losing Hope

In the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.
In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.
Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…
Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.

My Thoughts

So I thought at first that I wasn't going to be as invested in Losing Hope as I was Hopeless because it is the same book just told differently, but damn if I wasn't a dumbass for even considering this book would not hold up to the god-worthy book that was Hopeless. It was just as holy if not more.
 I can't decide which I loved more, its like picking a favorite twin, each one is the same in their own ways but they are just as incredible separately as well.

The characters were the same ones we all loved in Hopeless but Daniel was added and I don't remember him being in Hopeless that much but then again he was Dean's friend so why would he be? He is funny and I really loved his character, especially the nicknames ;).. It was also nice to see Breckin more in Dean's life as well. 

Oh the Plot, the Plot was also the same as Hopeless but it wasn't. We got to experience the heartbreak that Dean faced with losing his sister, we got extra shit thrown at us that we didn't get to experience in Hopeless and we got to feel the love he has/had for Sky. 
He had me swooning, crying, and smacking my husband asking why he couldn't be as amazing as Holder, while he looks like I've lost my mother effing mind (maybe I have, Colleen stole that shit and is now in total control)..

The love between Dean and Sky was still there and it was still just as fulfilling and all encompassing as it was in Hopeless but we get to see the never ending love that Dean shared with Hope from the very beginning. Big brother/protector turned to protector/lover. We experienced the guilt and remorse that Dean felt while trying to stay away from Sky and Oh My GOD it just breaks your heart and then fills it all at the same time. 

“Fuck all the firsts, Sky. The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers.” 

Just incredible.. 

“When I touch you, I’m touching you because I want to make you happy. When I kiss you, I’m kissing you because you have the most incredible mouth I’ve ever seen and you know I can’t not kiss it. And when I make love to you—I’m doing exactly that. I’m making love to you because I’m in love with you.” 

Hold on I need a "chapter break"....

Just like with Hopeless while reading Losing Hope, I didn't eat, drink, pee, shower, let my husband near me and I believe at one point I may or may not have told my daughter that she was ruining my life because she made me put the book down and make her dinner. I mean really, I am sure her four year old self could have managed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich just fine right??
 ok maybe not..
 but I still managed to read a few more pages while I slaved away making hotdogs and mac and cheese ;)..

This book wasn't the exact same as Hopeless, it was different and just as amazing but there was so much more added that made it unique and made it completely Dean's story and we are left feeling an overwhelming sense of love, heartbreak, and contentment for these characters. 
We get to experience more with Lesslie and Dean's relationship and GOD I was broken for Dean, it still gives me goosebumps thinking about it.
 It will break your heart but at the same time it will help you feel peace for him and what happened.

I still felt like I wanted more but I was again happy where the book was left, we know where the characters are and I will literally lose my shit if there is another Dean and Sky book but I will be happy if they are left where they are now, as well. 

Seriously, if you guys haven't figured this out yet these books are effing incredible and you need to read them ASAP!! 

Hopeless is already out and if you are one of the very few who have not experienced this amazing book then you need to stick your head out of your ass and read it already!! 

Seriously GO NOW

When Losing Hope comes out next week, July 8th!! 
You need to read that one as well.. 

While I pray to the holy book Queen Colleen Hoover for another Dean and Sky book, I am happy where they were left but I am selfish book trollop and I want more MORE MORE!!

 But thats the downside to any good book, you never want it to end and this series is no exception!

5/5***** for this incredible series

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