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[Review] Losing Hope

Losing Hope

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‚Losing Hope‘

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Colleen Hoover

Hopeless # 2

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Synopsis:
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
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My thoughts about the book:
I admit that I didn’t wanted to read this book at first and only the spoiler scene of the ‘best non-kiss’ from Holder’s POV (here on Hoover’s website) has convinced me to try it nevertheless. Also at the beginning I was still sceptical because I thought it would become boring, because I already knew the plot and the secrets – but I lost this feeling more and more with every page I read. It was great how Hoover has begun this book and could present it really independent, even if much was already clear for the reader of ‘Hopeless’. Nevertheless it was entertaining, very rousing again so that I simply couldn’t put it aside anymore.

First I wasn’t convinced because the plot begins some time before the meeting with Sky, but later I recognised, how important this ‚prehistory’ is to understand a lot in the later action and to fully understand Holder’s behavior and his torn feelings. He has broken my heart during reading this book (just as Sky did in the first book) – even several times and I’ve suffered every page with him, like I hoped, cried and smiled alongside Holder. Together, I think, we’ve endured almost all emotions, which a book can offer and I was grateful for every single one of them. A very touching and emotional book!

I’ve fallen for Holder/Dean in the second book even more than in the first and also had to cry again at the end several times, but also for other reasons. It was great, beautiful and sad at the same time. Moreover I’ve liked that there were scenes, which weren’t written in Skys book, like the meetings with Brekin or the letters to Les. I don’t really know for whom I felt sorrier for or with whom I’ve suffered more – Sky or Holder … but yes, I suffered more with/ for Holder. *sigh*

Also the end was also really great and it was very nice that I could read on a little longer and get to know what happened afterward – like the thing with his mother and Sky, or the college … just a little forecast on their future lives together. I like such a thing very much and here I got it! *sigh*double sigh* 😀

With this book Colleen Hoover has written herself even further in my heart by her soulful, emotional kind of telling stories and now I will read every book of her that I get in my hands. I highly recommend it to all fans of part one and to the others –> please, please – get your copy of ‘Hopeless’!

Cover:
The Cover is perfectly suitable to the story and the first book, although I see Holder a little bit different. Nevertheless it is really nice made.

All in all:
Although I already know the plot, it has gripped me nevertheless and I couldn’t get enough of it. Holders POV is nearly even better than Sky’s and I’ve fell for Holder here even more than in the first book. I’ve no idea how Hoover made and she is my new idol – but it was stunning, beautiful and incredible. I’ve no more words for it! But just please, please, READ it!

Rating:
5 of 5 points – (I LOVED it – BUY it!)

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Quotes (© Colleen Hoover):

Holder: I casually lean against the mailbox and pretend to ignore the fact that she totally just checked me out. I’ll ignore it to save her embarrassment, but I’m definitely not going to forget it. In fact, I’ll probably be thinking about the way her eyes scrolled down my body for the rest of the damn day.
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Holder: It’s only been a few days, but since the moment I met her, no matter where I am, I’m constantly wondering about her. My attention is constantly homed in on her like I’m a compass and she’s my North.
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Holder: I can’t even explain to you how perfect this girl is. And when I say perfect, I mean imperfect, because there’s just so much wrong with her. But everything wrong with her is everything that draws me in and makes her perfect.     She’s flat-out rude to me and I love it. She’s stubborn and I love it. She’s a smartass and she’s sarcastic and every witty thing that comes out of her mouth is like music to my ears because that’s exactly what I want. She’s what I need and I don’t want her to change at all. There’s not a single thing about her I would change.
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Holder: A huge internal part of me was lost when I lost Hope, and I was convinced Les took the very last contents of my chest with her when she died last year. After being with Sky these last two days, I’m not so sure about that, anymore. I don’t think my chest has been empty this whole time like I thought. Whatever is left inside me has just been asleep, and she’s somehow slowly waking it up.    With every word she speaks and every glance she sends my way, she’s unknowingly pulling me out of this thirteen-year-long nightmare I’ve been trapped in, and I want to continue to allow her to pull me.
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I lift away from her cheek and look down at her.
Holder: „Thank you.“
She smiles. „For what?“ For being alive, I think to myself.
„For being you,“ I say out loud. Her smile fades and I swear she looks right through my eyes and straight into my soul. „I’m good at being me,“ she says. „Especially when I’m with you.“

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Thanks to netgalley.com for the reviewer’s copy!

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Succession:

#1: Colleen Hoover – Hopeless »»
#2: Colleen Hoover – Losing Hope (Holder’s POV) »»
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(© goodreads)

About the author – Colleen Hoover:
She is addicted to diet pepsi and could tell you in a taste-test which restaurant it came from.
She gets stoked whenever she gets a message from goodreads saying I have a new friend request.
If you want to know when she have new books out or just want to be inundated by random, pointless blog posts, follow her at www.colleenhoover.com.
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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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‚Daughter of Smoke and Bone‘
by Laini Taylor

Daughter of Smoke and Bone # 1

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Synopsis:
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious „errands“; she speaks many languages—not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When one of the strangers—beautiful, haunted Akiva—fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself? (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
Finally again a book that after my high expectations has fulfilled and even excelled them and all I can say is, that I love this book! After many positive reviews and because I found the cover pretty amazing, I was really looking forward to read this book and honestly, I feared that I’ll be disappointed like so often, when I’ve high expectations. But exactly the opposite has happened and now I can join the whole masses before me who loved it, because the book is really wonderful and the best discovery for a long time.

I don’t want to tell much about the plot and describe here everything because I would like to give every reader the chance to discover it for yourself, to solve the riddles and to see the miracles with your own eyes. I only want to say so much that it is about Angels, which aren’t shown as usual as bighearted and kind, but who can be also deadly and unmerciful.
In the book you find yourself in a world full of wishes, filled with me chimeras which couldn’t be more differently and the plot is scattered all around the world, now it’s Prague, then Marrakech or Paris. Everything is a big scene, full of tension and emotions in whose middle the central figure Karou stands; a 17-year-old student with bright blue hairs and many unbelievable secrets, and also riddles which she must work out by herself throughout the story, together with the reader.

The book is stuffed with original ideas, new notions and thus begins already with the first pages and starts with the unique names of the protagonists, like Karou, Twiga, Assil, Kishmish or Akiva. It is also a different atmosphere in this book, stamped by the scenery in Prague, as well as by the unique characters and their own world, like for example in the magic store of Brimstone.
Moreover, Laini Taylor has a wonderful writing style which underlines this fantastic story as well, and you also notice that Taylor has a lot of know-how and has well investigated. This book has brought an absolutely new and fresh wind into the fantasy genre, like a strong gust which carries the ‘boat of the imagination’ even further out in the never-ending ocean. *wonderful*

Furthermore what I’ve liked very much was that though it’s a YA book, that it also fits well for older readers and therefore it’s written more attractively to adults.

The only deficiency which I have to criticize is that at the beginning it was difficult to get into the story because of the writing style and therefore it was also a little slow going, but which changed soon. At the start was just a big question mark but which has changed after some pages.
And also the fact that though I liked Karou as a character and she was totally a great and very strong main figure, she sometimes appeared too great and too good – she was missing a little negative side and therefore she seemed too perfect.
Moreover in the later middle section was a little too much about the past and the whole Madrigal-story, which was described too precisely and it could have been shorter in my opinion.

But otherwise, I was inspired by this book all the time and I could empathize fantastically and felt with these wonderful characters throughout the plot and now I’m really looking forward to the second part in this incredible series, which hopefully will be released soon.

German Cover:
It’s breathtaking and the nicest cover which I have in my collection so far. Special is, that under the envelope is also a printed picture on the hardcover. *awesome*

All in all:
For me an obvious Must-Read! At which I have to say that it’s rather for fantasy fans. For Jodi Picoult-readers or for fans of non-fictional books, this book will be maybe too extraordinary.

Rating:
5 of 5 points

Quotes:

Karou: „It’s not like there’s a law against flying.“
Zuzana: „Yes there is. The law of gravity.“

Madrigal: „Hope can be a powerful force. Maybe there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.“

Akiva: „Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens. I need you to remember that I love you.“

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Succession:

# 1: Laini Taylor – Daughter of Smoke and Bone »
# 2: Laini Taylor – Days of Blood and Starlight
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(© goodreads)

About the author – Laini Taylor:

Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‚Dreamdark‘ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called „Laini’s Ladies.“
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Review: Lover Unbound

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‚Lover Unbound
by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood # 5/

First Sentence:
“ ‚Just take it, Jane.‘
Jane Whitcomb grabbed the backpack. ‚You’re still coming, right?‘ „

Last Sentence:
“ Without another word he dematerialized back to the life he’d been given, the life he was leading… the life he now, and for the first time, was grateful he’d been born into.“

Synopsis:
In Caldwell, New York, war rages between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Now the cold heart of a cunning predator will be warmed against its will…
Ruthless and brilliant, Vishous, son of the Bloodletter, possesses a destructive curse and a frightening ability to see the future. As a pretrans growing up in his father’s war camp he was tormented and abused. As a member of the Brotherhood, he has no interest in love or emotion, only the battle with the Lessening Society. But when a mortal injury puts him in the care of human surgeon, Dr. Jane Whitcomb compels him to reveal his inner pain and taste true pleasure for the first time-until a destiny he didn’t choose takes him into a future that cannot include her… (Source: Goodreads.com)

My thoughts about the book:
I love this book, I love the characters in it, I love the main story, the stories beside, I love the beginning, the middle part and the great end. I love all in it, especially Vishous and Jane, but also John, Zsadist, and so on. There is only little which I would have like a bite in another way, but that are just peanuts. The fifth book in this absolutely adorable great book series is the best one so far and I can’t believe it that it was over so fast. This book has made me cry, laugh, think and the whole time I was like handcuffed 🙂 but not only to Vishous and Jane but also to the other things which happened all around.

Part 5 tells the story about the background and history of Vishous who couldn’t have had a more brutal childhood in a fighter camp of his father. Not only he has to fight against the other pretrans to get enough food to survive, but also his father, who was a sadistic vampire, used every possibility not only to abuse him but also to mutilate him. Vishous is carrying these scars not only on the outside on his skin, but also in the inside, which force him to live his preferences at sex in the violent way. But then he gets shoot and Dr. Jane Whitcomb saves his life and with her authoritative direction, she doesn’t only catch her patient but also the man inside, who feels the wish to be bond to her. But it wouldn’t be Ward’s style if she lets everything happen without any complications and they both would be happily ever after so easy. No; at first Vishous has to face his past, has to admit his mother and to go through his destiny and his responsibilities, because he has to overlook the big picture, to ensure the future of his kind.

Even if I have already thought that part 1 or part 3 are wonderful, then I have to say that it’s getting better and better and part 5 reached a new exhilarating level. Not only from the love story which stands in the focus (and which are always great) but also because off all the things which happens around, like the thing with the Lessers or with John Matthew and his friends or with the virgin of the writing. I like it so much that we get insights of the lives of the different people and always several supporting plots run side by side till they get together to one big plot – so fantastically that I’ve no words for it.
Therefore I’m really very curiously about what will become of John Matthew or what will happen to Phury and Cormia and whether they get together or whether Bella keeps her baby and survives the birth or what the Lessers will use against the vampires in their next plan? The tension rises with every book and it tickles on the skin, so urgently is the need to read on.

I have become a gigantic fan of this series and I can only thank Ward for her great work and I will read the books over and over again or declare parts of it to my personal treasure.
And now that I’ve finished this book again I’ve to admit that I’m really sad because I simply don’t want it to be over so fast again. I want more of Vishous and Jane and the other warriors who can be brutally hard, but are at the same time also intelligent and sensitive.
Therefore at this point I would like to use the quotation of Paul Sweeney, because I couldn’t express my feelings any better concerning the Black Dagger books:

„You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” (Paul Sweeney)

Cover:
The style is the same like the other book covers in this series, though here I like the picture more as well as the coloring.

All in all:
The absolutely best book in the Black Dagger series so far und I can’t get enough of it. Please more, more from the brother and from the vampires and from all of it!!!

Rating:
5 of 5 points (I loved it – Buy it!)

Quotes:

Jane:  Stop it.  Do not feel safe with him. The Stockholm Syndrome is not your friend.

Vishous: She was staying. A little longer.
V smiled to himself. So this was what winning the lottery felt like.

Buch: „Like I said, my man, it’s whatever. You and me? Same as always, no matter who you screw. Although… if you’re into sheep, that would be tough. Don’t know if I could handle that.”

Vishous and Jane: V settled back against the pillows and measured the hard line of her chin.
„Take off your coat.“       „Excuse me?“
„Take it off.“    „No.“        „I want it off.“
„Then I suggest you hold your breath. Won’t affect me in the slightest, but at least the suffocation will help pass the time for you.”

Vishous: „I love you. And I’m going to keep loving you even after you don’t know I exist“

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Succession:

# 1: J. R. Ward – Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J.R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12: J. R. Ward – The King
# 11: J.R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12: J. R. Ward – The King

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copyright: jrward.com

About the author – J. R. Ward:

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot.
(Source: jrward.com)

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Review: Lover Eternal

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‚Lover Eternal‘
by J. R. Ward

Black Dagger Brotherhood # 2

First Sentence:
“ ‚Ah, hell, V, you’re killing me.‘ Butch O’Neal mined through his sock drawer, looking for black silk, finding white cotton.“

Last Sentence:
“ And reveled in all their love.“

Synopsis:
Within the brotherhood, Rhage is the vampire with the strongest appetites. He’s the best fighter, the quickest to act on his impulses, and the most voracious lover-for inside him burns ferocious curse cast by the Scribe Virgin. Owned by this dark side, Rhage fears the time when his inner dragon is unleashed, making him a danger to everyone around him.  Mary Luce, a survivor of many hardships is unwittingly thrown into the vampire world and reliant to Rhage’s protection. With a life-threatening curse of her own, Mary is not looking for love. She lost her faith in miracles years ago. But when Rhage’s intense animal attraction turns into something more emotional, he knows that he must make Mary his alone. And while their enemies close in, Mary fights desperately to gain life eternal with the one she loves…

My thoughts about the book:
Again a book which I couldn’t lay away and which carried my away from the first pages on. The main story, which is continuously running in the background, starts almost exactly where the first book ended, just 6 weeks later. Therefore it wasn’t hard to get into the story again and the usual suspense builds up again very fast. After the love story of Beth and Wrath, this books tells the love story about Mary and Rhage, the most beautiful but also the most dangerous one of the brothers of the Black Dagger, and how they met and got to know each other. At first we were told about Rhage’s excesses with alcohol, his brutality, his fights and all above his many women, which let him appear superficial, arrogant, but also a good-looking guy which only encourage his nickname ‚Hollywood‘. But after some pages the image of him starts to change and Ward let us see behind his façade and let us know about his reasons and about the impulse behind his doings, and let us help to understand about his curse, to have sympathy with him and wish him luck for the future. The complete counterpart to him is Mary, a helpful, good-hearted human woman, who has suffered already many strokes of fate. At first her dad left her when she was just a little child, then she watched over her slowly dying mother till she was gone and in the end she become sick herself with a painful illness, which she thought she had survived. Those two characters met by accident and from the first time on, Rhage know that she’s special and that he has to know her better, no matter which adversities or stones are in their way. The story about Rhage and Mary didn’t leave me cold and I wasn’t not only carried away in a swirl of emotions, passion and joy, but I was also touched and at some parts moved to tears.
But that wasn’t all what happened in this book. Besides the story of Rhage and Mary the plot of the vampire hunters, the lesser, and the black daggers did go on and also made thrilling twists and had a great suspense till the end, when the trap closed. Furthermore we meet new characters which got involved in the storyline and one of them was John Matthew, who I like dearly because of his beaten-up life so far, his fate with muteness, but also with his power of endurance and will to help others and his kind-heartedness. The only thing I didn’t like was that there was almost nothing mentioned about Beth and Wrath in this book, but I hope and I’m almost sure that there will be more about them in the next books. Now I’m really curious about how the story will go on and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. What will happen to Butch? How will they fight against the Lessers and how the Black Dagger Brotherhood will fight back.

German Cover:
The Cover of the first part is definitely the most appealing one because I like the color and the picture.

All in all:
Another thrilling and stunning book in the ‘Black Dagger Brotherhood’ series which is great and inspiring. Please read it!

Rating:
4 of 5 points (Great, great, great)

Quotes:

Rhage: “He wanted to give her another word to say, something like luscious or whisper or strawberry. Hell, antidisestablishmentarianism would do it.“

V shook his head. “Remember what you saw in that clearing, cop? How’d you like that anywhere near a female you loved?” Butch put down the Bud without drinking from it. His eyes traveled over Rhage’s body.
Butch: “We’re going to need a shitload of steel!”

Mary: „Fine, dandy, she thought. Then lose the shirt, peel off those leather pants, and lie down on my tile. We’ll take turns being on teh bottom.“

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Succession:

# 1: J. R. Ward – Dark Lover »»
# 2: J. R. Ward – Lover Eternal »»
# 3: J. R. Ward – Lover Awakened »»
# 4: J. R. Ward – Lover Revealed »»
# 5: J. R. Ward – Lover Unbound »»
# 6: J. R. Ward – Lover Enshrined »»
# 6.5: J.R.Ward – BDB: An Insider’s Guide »»
# 7: J. R. Ward – Lover Avagened »»
# 8: J. R. Ward – Lover Mine »»
# 9: J. R. Ward – Lover Unleashed »»
# 10: J. R. Ward – Lover Reborn »»
# 11: J.R. Ward – Lover at Last »»
# 12: J. R. Ward – The King

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copyright: jrward.com

About the author – J. R. Ward:

J.R. Ward is a #1 New York Times and USAToday Best Selling author of erotic paranormal romance. She lives in the south with her incredibly supportive husband and her beloved golden retriever. After graduating from law school, she began working in healthcare in Boston and spent many years as Chief of Staff of one of the premier academic medical centers in the nation. Writing has always been her passion and her idea of heaven is a whole day of nothing but her computer, her dog and her coffee pot. (Source: jrward.com)

Visit her Website »»

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