Thursday, July 25, 2013

*ARC* Losing Hope - Review

Losing Hope (Hopeless #2)

By: Colleen Hoover

Published: July 8, 2013 by Atria Books

Kindle, 336 pages

Source: ARC from Netgalley, given by publisher for review

(Goodreads /Amazon)

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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.
I have a hard time when reviewing a book from the male's POV not wanting to go back to the first book to reread my review for that one.  And since I don't want the reviews to sound the same I avoid looking back until after I've written something.  Having said that, my mind is jumbled because my review for Hopeless is one of my favorite reviews I've written.

Reading the story from Holder's POV was enlightening, as it usually is to see the story from someone else's eyes.  His memories of his sister and Hope, his feelings over what happens to them are painful to read at times as the reader feels his loss and his sadness.  The letters he writes to his sister are a glimpse into what he is really feeling and thinking and add an extra layer of depth to a guy who is way intense already.

This isn't just a complete retelling of Hopeless though.  We are introduced to his best friend, Daniel, someone whom we don't meet in the first book.  The scenes that are a retelling from book one are just as heartbreaking.  I also enjoyed reading about his feelings for Sky: "I can see clearly that she's irritating and irrational and stubborn and gorgeous..."

Slight letdown - the "best first kiss without even kissing" scene was way hotter in Hopeless.

Favorite Quotes:
"My attention is constantly homed in on her like I'm a compass and she's my North."

"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."

"Every kiss, every movement, every moan, every touch of her hand against my skin.  She's my saving grace.  My Hope."

"The only thing that matters to me with you are the forevers." (No surprise that this is the one quote that was a favorite for me out of both books)

"I knew that no matter what happened with my life, you were my home."

Honestly how could I give this any less than what I gave Hopeless?!  If you loved Hopeless, you'll love seeing into the mind and feelings of Holder!

Final Rating - 5 stars

This post is part of a new feature on Words Fueled by Love, called ARC Thursday.


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