October/November Book Favorites

I knew I had been TERRIBLY behind on my blogging but not until I went to do November Book Favorites did I realize I never even did an OCTOBER one! Egads! So…since I can’t really say I loved a book I read in November (isn’t that horrible?) I decided to pool the 2 months together (October held some better reads) and I have 3 books that I offering up to you, yes, perhaps this is a form of bribery.

18593175Title: Finding Cinderella

Author: Colleen Hoover

Summary: This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone.

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it. – GoodReads

This is not the first time I have mentioned my love for Colleen Hoover’s work. In my June Book Favorites I had mentioned her books Hopeless and Slammed and here are some more to add!

You do not need to read Hopeless or Losing Hope to read this one, but it did make me love Daniel a bit more and understand Six a bit better. Six barely makes an appearance in Hopeless but I still liked knowing what I knew before I read Finding Cinderella.

What I loved about this book and others by Hoover is that nothing is rushed. So often I feel that with NA books the plot is meh and it is all about the physical side. Hoover is so good at balancing those hormones and writing a storyline that is moving and progressing; you cannot help but become invested in the journey of the characters. I am all about the journey and Hoover never disappoints.

Six is a wonderful written character. Similar in some ways to Sky but yet she is in no way a carbon copy. I was intrigued from the moment she showed up in the previous books and this book completely delivered. It gave me just what I wanted and Daniel is such a loveable character.

Like I said, you wouldn’t need to have read the previous books to do this one but I do recommend it. If for no other reason than getting more of an idea of who these secondary characters are before they meet.

17340050Title: Losing Hope

Author: Colleen Hoover

Summary: 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. – GoodReads

You may be able to sense a theme, if not I am at a loss for words. I was not really sure what to expect when reading this. Would knowing how it ends make the book less gripping? Would I be forcing myself to read? Not the case, at all! I was completely enthralled and pulled in just as much, if not more, then when I read Hopeless. I do not know how Hoover managed to write the same story from another perspective and still kept you hooked. The heartbreak that Holder has gone through and felt is palpable and reading through his thoughts and pain and worry and fears was just…ugh page turning is not the right word but you know what I mean.

Again, I think you could read Losing Hope first and then Hopeless or the other way around, just depends which perspective you want to start with.

15283043Title: The Distance Between Us

Authors: Kasie West

Summary: Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she’s beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about. – GoodReads

I had picked up this book at my library knowing I had seen the cover somewhere but could not remember if I had wanted to read or not. I guess what I am trying to say it was a bit of an impulse borrow and in this case it paid off! I loved this book.

The journey that Caymen goes through in this book is fantastic and since it does not have adult content I think it’d be a great book for YA to read. I love that Caymen is willing to second guess what her Mom has taught her, cause in this case her Mom’s view was so skewed and backwards and completely hypocritical. Reading the journey and mistakes and missteps that Caymen takes on her journey with Xander was such a delight to read.

My worry that this would be a juvenile book about self discovery with cheesy lines was WAY off. When I thought West would zig she zagged and I loved that. Yes, there were points where I knew what was coming but it was still unpredictable enough that it kept me hooked and found it refreshing to read.

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