Hopeless by Colleen Hoover // Review

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Title: Hopeless (Hopeless #1)

Author: Colleen Hoover

Published: May 7th 2013 by Atria Books

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Overall Goodreads Rating: 4.34 stars

Synopsis: 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.

 

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I’ve been afraid to read this book for a long time, I guess it was because it dealt with a different topic and that topic scared me a bit. My godmother gave me the Hopeless duology (Hopeless and Finding Hope) as a graduation present and a week ago, I decided to forget the fear of being devastated by this book and I read it.

I am not going to say that it was the best book and because of that everyone should read it, but it was a good and unique book and I believe everyone should read it.

I’m going to tell a bit of the story for the people who have not read this book and then I’ll tell you my thoughts in every single sentence in this book.

We are introduced to a character named Sky as she prepares to go to school for the first time, she’s a 17 year old, but her life is a bit different from other teenagers’. Sky was home schooled, she is not allowed to have a phone, to watch tv or interact with any form of technology due to the fact that her mum doesn’t believe in technology.

Sky wants to go to college but she understands that she need some credits that are only given to her in high school, the plan is to go to school for only a couple of months, get the credits and get out. But, even though she doesn’t want to admit it, going to school becomes a difficult task now that her best friend is studying abroad in Italy during that semester.

Alone, in a school that is full of rumours and mean girls, our main character has to work hard not to let her emotions show, not to let them know how she really feels, I mean, how she doesn’t.

But Sky’s life turns completly upside down as soon as she is “chased” by a guy named Dean Holder in the supermarket, a hopeless boy with a temperamental personallity, that hides a secret that will break her.

It was really nice to see the relationship between Holder and Sky evolve and become that strong and adorable romance full of twists and turns. Overall, it was a really nice emotional roller coaster.

I must admit that the writing is not the best, the environment surronding the plot is not something we have never seen, but the two main characters are both really intense and so are their problems, the plot is really unique and so is the fact that the author took a taboo topic and made it the main story in this book.

I almost forgot to say this, but even though Hopeless is a very intense and heavy book, the characters are really funny, especially Holder and Sky, so don’t be scared by that.

Something I really enjoyed was something that not many contemporary authors are able to do, and that is the fact that I already new the secret that Sky kept from herself, but for the life of me, I would never expect Holder’s secret to be the one it turned out to be and the second half of the book will throw so many surprises at you, you’ll end up on the ground.

 

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If you have not read Hopeless yet, I recommend that you leave this post as soon as you can, unless you would like to be spoiled (yes, there are people who like to get spoiled and I was once one of them).

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I had many problems with this book, atcually, I pushed myself to read it and I’m glad I did, because that second half of the book was a freaking emotional roller coaster and all the surprises that happened in it were what made me like this book.

Firstly, I want to start by saying that the way Colleen Hoover wrote this book was not the best, I used to read fanfiction on wattpad and in the beginning the writing style looked similar to the one I found on that website. As the book went on, I don’t know if it changed or I got used to it, but the writing got better.

Something I really struggled with was the main character, when I was first introduced to her I thought “This character is really pissing me off and I don’t like her”, but again as I aproached the middle of the book, she became more relatable and I realised that she was really unique as a character.

But there were really good points in this book, Hopeless was based around Sky’s story of an abusive father and I think that abuse is something that we don’t see that much on literature, it’s kind of a taboo topic on contemporary.

Almost everyday, we hear about monsters like Sky’s father on Tv, hurting their children or even strangers and I guess we need more awereness about this topic, thousands of kids are living the same things as this book’s main character and that is a monstrous thing. There are many things you can use to protect yourself from monsters like him and if someone is abusing you, physically or psichologically, tell someone, even if you don’t trust the people around you, you can tell nurses or doctors around you, they’ll help and that person will suffer for the rest of his life and you’ll be safe again.

Besides the unique topic this author talked about, I really apreciated, again, the fact that she surprised me so many times, I had no idea of many things surrounding Sky’s life since her mum died.

The thing that really surprised me was, of course, the fact that Karen kidnapped Sky and even though she lied to her daughter for 13 years, I really understand Karen’s motives, she was abused by her brother and she didn’t want him to keep doing that to her niece. Besides, I really enjoyed when Holder told Sky that he only blamed her mother for not taking Less too, I think that was another important thing I really liked about Holder.

The fact that Sky didn’t remember who she was until she was addopted by Karen was a really nice thing and it added so much mistery to the book, you are learning about Sky’s past as she remembers and I guess that is what really sucks you into the story.

There was another thing I didn’t like that much in this book, but it gave a realistic vibe to it, it was the fact that Sky’s father died instead of going to jail and pay from his crimes. Jail is full of criminals but even they can see how horrible child abuse is so rapist don’t blend in very well, when rapists go to prison they suffer until the end of their days. That is what that man deserved, to suffer like Sky suffered, and Less, and Holder and Karen. Death is too good for monsters like him.

The last thing I’ll talk about is Holder and Sky’s romance. Their story is filled with adorable and cheesy stuff that I really liked, even though I am not a huge romance fan, this couple’s moments gave me butterflies. Holder is the temperamental guy that everyone loves because actually he is an adorable cinnamon roll, and who doesn’t like to read a story with that guy in it?

Overall this was a good book with some flaws and a story that felt very real.

 

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“The sky is always beautiful. Even when it’s dark or rainy or cloudy,it’s still beautiful to look at….it’ll be there no matter what…and I know it’ll always be beautiful.”

 

“I want you to keep them open…because I need you to watch me give you the very last piece of my heart.”

 

“It’s real, Six. You can’t get mad at a real ending. Some of them are ugly. It’s the fake happily ever afters that should piss you off.”

 

“Sometimes you have to choose between a bunch of wrong choices and no right ones. You just have to choose which wrong choices feels the least wrong.”

 

“What do you do when you’re bored? You don’t have
internet or TV. Do you just sit around all day and think about how hot I am?”

 

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I found this poster and I thought about sharing it here, I think this is going to be on my wall soon.

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I’m almost sure, no one will make it to the end and read the 1300 words I wrote. Why do I need to make gigantic posts?

If you read this book, let me know what you thought about it and if you didn’t let me know if you’re thinking about reading it.

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Sea Of Monsters by Rick Riordan : Review

Hello fellow booklovers, today I’ll be reviewing the last book I read, that is, in case you haven’t read the title, Sea Of Monsters, the second book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series.

First, I recommend that you close this post now, for your own good, if you haven’t read The Lightning Thief because major spoilers will hit you in the face and leave bleeding on the ground. 😱

Now, I hope that if you’re reading this you have read the first book, because I believe we all hate spoilers. This part of the review doesn’t include spoilers for Sea Of Monsters.

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(Currently listening 🎧 : Love Wins playlist)

We all saw how everything rolled in the first book, there’s a profecy about Percy that no one wants do tell him about, Luke stole the Lightning from Zeus so that a battle could start in Olympus, destroying everything. Hermes’ son was a servant of Cronos, the titan that ruled before the God’s era, and he believes that he can get Percy to join him on his mission to ascension.

I’ve always been a greek mitology nerd, mostly because of my adoration for the Percy Jackson movies, they were what introduced me to this amazing world built around this Gods that rule above all things and I’m forever greatful for that, but now that I’m finally reading the books, I feel like the movies are kinda poor, they’re good, just not when compared to the books.

We are introduced to a new sweet character, Tyson, as he tags along with Percy and Annabeth, Atena’s daughter, in this proibited mission to get the Golden Fleece, so it can cure the tree that’s keeping the barrer of Camp Half Blood up, before its destruction, and to save their  friend, Groover, that got himself into trouble.

This was a really good read for me, really fast paced and with funny and interesting characters that make me fall in love with this world even more, they even make jokes in the worst situations. Something I really enjoyed about this book is that it picked some Ulisses and Hercules’ adventures and showed how this kids dealed with them, we were able to watch once more, this Half Blood kids prove that they’re real heroes but they have flaws and insecurities like every single one of us.

I believe this is all I have to say in the non-spoiler part, overall I really liked this book and I gave 4/5 stars.


LEAVE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ SEA OF MONSTERS! 

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God, finally, I can express myself! So we start this adventure in Percy’s new school as we’re introduced to this new character, Tyson, Percy’s big, yet scared, friend. I must admit, again, that I already knew about the fact that Tyson was a ciclope and that it was the reason why annabeth didn’t like him. I loved Tyson from the beggining, because of his big heart and childish personality, but as read more and more, Tyson became one of my favourite characters from this series. His courage and the fact that he’s willing to give his life for his friends really addded up to Percy acepting him as his brother. Once more, I believed that Tyson was alive because of the movie, but the author really made me doubt that, as it took much time for Tyson to appear again, my heart was in real agony during that time.

As I said before, something that I really liked about this book was the adventures of the other heroes that were brought up, like the Island where Circe lived, the birds and the mermaids. There’s only a critic I have to add up and that’s the fact that I saw this adventures coming, I understood that Circe was in that Island as soon as the beautiful girl was described, and I had solved the birds problem before the race started (I read Ulisses for school and I have an animated version of Hercules’ adventures, that’s how I knew, I’m no genius).

In the mermaid’s Island, Annabeth asked Percy to tie her up so that she could listen to the mermaids sing, but as Percy turned around, Annabeth escaped and swam aiming to get to the Island, as Percy grabbed her he saw what was the mirage especting her on the Island: her parents together having a picnic with Luke, in a city designed from the ground by Annabeth herself, all of that was Annabeth’s most desired dream, her ambition. This was one of my favourite parts in the book, Annabeth is the most inteligent and one of the strongest persons in their group, yet she believed that Luke’s vision of the new world was very tempeting, that proved that as evil as Luke is, the fact that our world is messed up is true and the idea that they can built it up from the ground is quite acceptable.

Now, the ending. The end was mind blowing, not the part where Thalia was a person again because, once again, I saw the movie first, but the revelations and decisions that were made in the last chapters. First, the prophecy was something that I wasn’t expecting, but the plot twist in the end made it even more interesting because now there’s Percy and Thalia and we don’t know witch one is destined to destroy or save Olympus.

Tyson’s story almost made me tear up because it was so heartbreaking and I felt like he really deserved to win his fathers recognition when Poseidon invideted him to his underwater palace to work with the others from his species. Other thing about the ending was the fact that Tantalus is gone, god bless, he was the worst character, he was the equal of Donald Trump in Camp Half Blood, he was a racist and miserable piece of shit that deserved his fate.

I’ll read The Titan’s Curse any time soon, I feel like I’ll love Thalia and that she will be another female badass character to add to the other ones in this series.

That’s it for this review, give it a like if you enjoy it, and check my other post if you want to. 😉😉