Tag: Realistic Fiction

Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Title: Hopeless

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publisher: Atria Books

Publication Date: December 2012

Genre: Young Adult Realistic Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.


Sky meets Dean Holder, a boy with a reputation and a lot of baggage. But don’t let that fool you. Because there’s more to Holder than Sky ever thought. And he is the only person who can unlock Sky, making her feel, making her love, making her remember things she didn’t know she had forgotten…

I can’t give away anything.

Because then you won’t be able to experience Hopeless the way it was meant to be experienced- shocked, amazed, really emotional.

I will say that it is intense. It is heartbreaking. Heart shattering. Hopeful.

It is love and warmth and evil and cruelty. It is beautifully written, well executed and brings the readers through such a mix of emotions, it’s hard to stop thinking about this book. You think you know what it’s about. You think you know what will happen. But so much happens, there are so many twists, so much you see coming and unexpected reactions and stories. The journey is overwhelming and I could not put it down.

Sky is a wonderfully strong and complex character. Holder is everything the love interest should be. Patient, kind, complicated. Their affection, relationship is organic, not perfect, and not quick. They grow together, they experience sadness, joy, love and evil.

Love. Love. Love.
Go read.

Rating: 10 One of The Best

Posted June 17, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Review: Dare You To by Katie McGarry

Posted June 10, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Title: Dare You To

Author: Katie McGarry

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: May 2013

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book Two

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.


Beth Risk’s home life is anything but perfect and everyone knows it. Her father is gone, her mother is a mess with an abusive boyfriend. After a series of bad, Beth finds herself living with the uncle and starting a new school, leaving her old friends and life behind. But all she wants to do is get back…

Ryan Stone’s home life is perfect. At least, that’s what it looks like to everyone on the outside. But in reality, it is anything but. When he meets Beth as part of a dare, he doesn’t expect her to change him in ways that he never thought possible. To challenge him. But can he convince her to stay with him before she goes back to her old life?

I really liked Pushing The Limits, McGarry’s first book and was looking forward to Dare You To. And it didn’t disappoint!

Ryan is a very sweet, and noble character. Yes, he has issues, but overall, he’s a good guy. A golden boy, with a layer of complicated underneath. I loved his knight in shining armor personality. It was wholesome without being too goody goody.
Beth is rough. She’s angry, she’s bitter, she trusts no one. She made me want to scream at her. And I love her. She’s just the right amount of spice, fierceness and edge that evens out Ryan. They balance each other nicely.

The story moves quickly, and we see Noah and Echo from book one a little bit, which I love! We enter into Ryan’s not so perfect world and experience Beth and her problems. There’s a lot going on in the story, but it’s easy to fall in love with the characters and root for them to end up together.

Yes, there’s some cheese. But I think the world could do with some more!

Overall, a page turner, well developed characters, heartbreak and some bittersweet moments that will have you sighing.

If you love realistic YA romance, then this is for you!

Rating 8 Cookie Worthy

Posted June 10, 2013 by Kimberly in Book Reviews / 2 Comments