Book Review: Without Merit


Title: Without Merit

Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 384 pages

Plot: Not every mistake deserves a consequence. Sometimes the only thing it deserves is forgiveness.

The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.

Favorite Quote: “It annoys me when people try to convince other people that their anger or stress isn’t warranted if someone else in the world is worse off than them. It’s bullshit. Your emotions and reactions are valid, Merit. Don’t let anyone tell you any different. You’re the only one who feels them.”

Thoughts: It’s not a secret that I am a huge fan of Colleen Hoover’s work. ‘Without Merit’ won the Goodreads Readers Choice Awards 2017 in Romance category this year. She is the queen of contemporary love stories and this is the third consecutive year she has nailed this award.

This book revolves around a house, (not a home as Merit says) Dollar Voss where the Voss family resides. The family is dysfunctional in ways beyond it appears. We follow Merit Voss, through the book who is obsessed with buying trophies for every crisis she bypasses. Bigger the crises better the trophy. Her mother is a cancer patient living in the basement inspite of being divorced to her father. Her father is married to her mother’s former nurse Victoria.

Oh, did I mention Merit has an identical twin? Honor and Merit only look alike but they are starkly different in their personalities and don’t really get along anymore. She has one brother Utah and a half brother, Moby. And then comes Sagan, the only man who catches Merit’s eye from the first time they meet, which soon turns into a disaster. We also meet Luck who is Victoria’s half brother and quite a colorful character. These are the characters we encounter in the book.

Firstly for me this didn’t strike as a romance novel. It was more of a book about self discovery and family drama. A sweet romantic tale between Merit and Sagan was unfolding side by side. The book unfolds from Merit’s point of view. She is living with a lot of buried secrets and hurt within her. She is in complete denial that she is in depression to the extent that she becomes suicidal. Each character is thoughtfully carved.

I love the narration and the flow of the book. I like that the issues like depression are addressed in the book. There is always something about the authors writing that is so addictive, intruding and thoroughly entertaining. I would strongly recommend this book to everybody who likea Hoover’s book and otherwise.

Ratings: 4/5




Book review: Maybe Someday

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Title:  Maybe Someday

Author:  Colleen Hoover

 Pages: 385 pages

Plot: Contains exclusive content: songs from Griffin Peterson
Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

Favorite Quote: “Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

Thoughts:  Maybe Someday is a refreshing tale of loving, loosing and betrayals. I have become a huge Colleen Hoover fan and with each book I fall more and more in love with her writing. Her characterization is so relatable and well carved that anyone can easily empathize with the protagonists. I specially love the books where the story is being narrated from two different perspectives. I just feel it is easier to understand both the characters well.

This book’s narration switched between Sydney and Ridge’s POV. Sydney is a twenty-four year old music student, with dreams. Her character is very likeable from the beginning. She has very strong morals and I love the way she lives by what she believes in. Ridge is a guy who anyone can fall for easily. He has a big heart and is immensely loyal. I love the way they connect so easily over music and more in spite of all the backlogs they carry. My favorite parts of the book are when Sydney and Ridge are working on music together and their conversations after. Their romance is unordinary, slow build but very intense. My heart went out for both of them every time they had heartache.

The narration is compelling and the story sucked me in, right from the first word. This is one book that will make you want to devour the entire story in one go and make you regret reading it so quickly. I would also like to mention that a special album is curated by Griffin Peterson for all the songs mentioned in the book. I am soon going to download it and I am sure I am going to love them.

I would recommend this book to those looking for an unusually intense tale of love.

Ratings: 4.5/5


Book Review: Never Never Part Three


Title:  Never Never Part 3

Author: Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher

Publisher: Hoover Ink

Genre: Thriller, Romance

Length:  92 pages (Kindle Edition)

Plot: New York Times bestselling authors Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher are back with the much-anticipated final installment in the Never Never novella series.
Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

Favorite Quote: “Fate is a magnetic pull of our souls toward the people, places, and things we belong with”

Never Never part 1 & 2 had built a great hype amongst the readers. I was eagerly awaiting the third part. I rejoiced the moment when I heard the announcement of the book being published. The first two parts had built a great amount of excitement and speculation. I literally was cursing the publication house for dividing the book in three parts. Let me tell you, I had a lot of expectations from the final book and it was a disappointment in a lot of ways.

The book picks up from the exact spot where the last book ended. (The way the last book ended was really cruel on the readers :P) The book is short and seemed too rushed towards the ending. The writing style of this book is pretty similar to the previous two books which is a good thing.

I wasn’t completely convinced with the justification given by the authors for the memory loss. What about the clues found in the first two parts? The mystery trail was more interesting then the suspense itself. I was expecting a sensible, more convincing and an elaborate explanation. Apart from that, in the first two parts the moments shared between Silas and Chalrie made me go ‘awwwwww’. Personally for me, the third part lacked the same chemistry. I was looking forward for some more heartwarming moments.

The novella series seemed a bit stretched. I still don’t understand the reason for prolonging the book into three parts. One or at the most two would have sufficed the need. If you have read the first two parts and need some sort of a closure only then will I recommend this book to you.

Ratings: 2.5/5 (</3)

Confess: Book Review


Title: Confess

Author: Colleen Hoover

Publication: Atria Books

Length: 306 pages

Plot: Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

Favorite Quote: “There are people you meet that you get to know, and then there are people you meet that you already know.”

I have been reading a lot of Colleen Hoover books recently. I love the way she writes. Most of her books’ protagonists are damaged young adults who meet their love interest and eventually overcome their struggles. “Confess’ is no different.

Auburn, the female lead, has newly moved to Texas with a heavy past. She has lost a lot of things and struggled quite a lot for a 21 year old. She is a hair dresser and looking for a way to earn more money to be able to afford a lawyer. (If I tell you why she wants to hire a lawyer, it will be like revealing a big twist in the story. So I will zip it here. :p) She sees a help wanted sign outside an art gallery and bam, she has her first ever encounter with Owen.

Owen is an artist, whose paintings are inspired from the confessions people leave at his gallery. (I love the part when Owen displays his paintings and the confessions with it.) They instantly connect, but what Auburn doesn’t know is that Owen, remembers her from years back but prefers to not reveal it. Auburn has her own share of secrets that she is keeping from Owen. Inspite of this there is a balance in their love dynamics. The book unveils from both Auburn and Owen’s point of view. This makes the reading even more interesting.

I personally loved Never Never sequel (desperately awaiting the third and the final novel. It is scheduled to release in Jan, yaaaay) and Hopeless a tad bit more than this book. I still don’t get why Owen chose not to reveal the plot twist mentioned at the end to Auburn. Revealing it would not have made a drastic difference in their lives; on the contrary it would have made them believe even more strongly in fate. Haven said that, Confess rightfully deserved to win the ‘Goodreads Choice 2015’ award in the Romance category.

Ratings- 3/5



Hopeless: Book Review


Title: Hopeless

Author: Colleen Hoover

Length: 410 pages

Plot: 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.

Favorite Quote: “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.”

If you are a person who forms a correlation with the characters and feels the emotions while reading a good book, this one is for you. The book starts off as a young love story with lots of ‘awwww’ moments between ‘Sky’ and ‘Dean’. We see the book unveil from Sky’s point of view. Linden Sky Davis was adopted at the age of 5 by Karen. She is brave, witty and beautiful. But she is damaged in some way. She never has felt a think for any of the guys she has been with until she lays her eyes upon Dean. Sky tries her level best to stay away from Dean but all her efforts are in vain. Dean has a licentious reputation with the greatest dimples, damaged in some way too. Both share a love for running and we eventually come to know why.

As the story picks up you will realize Dean Holder has been keeping secrets and once revealed Sky’s life will never be the same. It is nothing like your normal love stories. The past unveils itself, questioning every aspect of Sky’s existence. Sky has a choice to either know the truth that makes her feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies. The story left me despairing many times. The characters are so well molded that I could actually step into their shoes and feel empathy for the  pain they are going through. Their relationship effortlessly depicts what happens when two people become one: they no longer only share love. They also share all of the pain, heartache, sorrow, and grief.”

Warning: The book has suicide, child abuse and a lot of things that are not for weak hearted people. The feeling will stay with you for a while after you finish reading. Even though the story is devastatingly sad, when you take away all the ugly from the book, the love story is so beautiful that it will melt your heart.

Rating: 3.5/5