Monday, July 1, 2013

Losing Hope (Hopeless #2) by Colleen Hoover Review:

Goodreads Book Blurb:
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.


Genre - YA/Contemporary Romance

I received this eARC in exchange for an honest review by Atria Books through NetGalley.

5++++ Luminous, Alluring, Poignant Stars!

Colleen Hoover Weaves Her Magical Quill and Pens Another Masterpiece To Add To Our Collection!

The Rundown:

Read it and relive the journey anew!

This is book two in the Hopeless Series and is solely told from Dean Holder’s POV. In this book, we get to see his life, his thoughts, his emotions, all from his eyes. This isn’t just a compilation book, its the rest of the story. Its all those bits we wondered about and wanted to know about and dreamed about (because lets face it, we were so totally daydreaming about Holder between each chapter and in the car on the way to work, and in the boring meetings while at work and having the besties of the best dreams at night when we closed our eyes and again when we woke up the next morning and in the shower and... I digress). Though Colleen Hoover does such a phenomenal job writing Losing Hope and you could totally get away with reading it as a stand alone, I do suggest reading Hopeless first so you’re not spoiled. Believe me, this story is NOT to be spoiled, it would ruin all the fun!

The Review:
In Hopeless, I spent two days pawing through that book, holding dear each and every word, crying my eyes out and pounding my fist on my reading chair arm, much to the detriment of my fat lazy cat, Ms. Kitty, who I scared off more than once with my emotional fits and hysterical laughing. And then for days, weeks and even months later, I basked in the memories of my time with Holder and Sky through cherished recounts with friends and reading group members. And then we were told we were getting a book two... from Holder’s POV! I know it wasn’t my imagination when we heard a collective OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG! (INSERT FANGIRL SCREAM HERE) around the world. Then the wait started and then countdown and then the moment we were informed you could get it on Netgalley.... EARLY!! Ms. Kitty did a double take when she saw my evil grin and ran for her life because I frantically shut and locked my bedroom door upon acceptance of my eARC, forbidding anyone to enter under grounds of a violent death.

What? I needed my “me” time! Don’t judge. Normally, I love time spent with my hubs and kid, but they were NOT invited to my Holder love fest!


With all that, you might think that all my emotions were spent on that one reading, that I had to be drained and tired of this storyline and these characters.


This book took me back to my time with Hopeless but in true Colleen Hoover fashion, it gave me an all new story, a journey filled with laughter and pain in equal measures as she spells out every witty moment and every intense, gut-wrenching emotion these characters have. And she does it so intelligently, so uniquely, so thought provokingly, through the use of.... HA! I'm not telling you. Just know that she marks this book with her unmatched style and truly gives us a read worthy of infinite stars!!!

Holder, Holder, Holder, Holder, Holder... I can’t say it enough. That young man stole my heart in Hopeless and totally pulverized it in this book. Where was his type when I was young? He has depth, he has personality, he has finesse, he has charm and he has wit! And I WANT. HIM! Yes, I said it. I want him.. Please don't go look at my age on my Goodreads, Facebook or Twitter profile because you might question the ethics for which that statement is made. But I just have to say it again. I. WANT. HIM!

My hubby is NOT pleased by this proclamation!

The way Dean Holder handles himself in this book is mature beyond his eighteen years and the compassion, loyalty and love he has for Sky is something all men should aspire to and all women should hope to have.

Since this was told in Holder’s POV, we get his friends playing backup this time around. He and Daniel go on a couple of mandates and Daniel always has his back, going so far as to get himself in trouble just to heighten the bromance. He was a wonderful addition to the cast and we should all be so lucky as to have a friend who would stand on a table and howl at an audience of high school students in our honor! And HIGH-FIVE for Bracken who I simply adored from the first book!

Emotions vs. Ovaries...
One would think I was experiencing a rampaging case of Flo as I went from laughing to crying to exploding ovaries in matter of chapters. Lets just say, Holder is Deep and Holder is HOT! And when I finished that last page, I sucked down a pint of my favorite choco-choco ice-cream and decimated a box of tissues. Yeah, that about sums it up.

The Wrap Up: Total Colleen Hoover Gush-Fest!
How is it that Colleen Hoover is Goddess? How is it that the Gods looked down upon the Earth and said, its missing something vitally important. They must have thought long and hard about what the perfect addition needed to be, how it needed to reach the masses and how the masses needed that addition to be spectacular, give hope when there seems to be little hope these days and most of all, how do I thank them for guiding her to my eReader?!?

I could wax poetic about Colleen Hoover all day and still never fully explain how fantastic, this wonderful, creative, exceptional author is and how absolutely essential she is now that I’ve found her. She is a breath of fresh air in a market flooded with meaningless drivel. She’s a prime example of “waste not, want not” because every page, every paragraph, every sentence and every word in her works has significant, thought provoking meaning. Every one of her books have captivated me, enchanted me and pulled emotions from me that few other books are capable of doing. I literally get transported back to my young adult years and live the stories right along with the characters in all their happiness, sadness, excitement, pain and intensity.

Yes, I could literally go on for days and days about how great Colleen Hoover is but don't take my word for it. Go... go out and pick up one of her books, any of her books... ALL of her books, and just start with the first page. You won't ever look at a book the same way again!



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