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review 2019-01-30 18:28
Verity
Verity - Colleen Hoover

 

I Picked Up This Book Because: I heard a lot about this book and I couldn’t pass up the chance to read it when I was it was on Kindle Unlimited. (I’m like a KU ad this month, sorry)

The Characters:

Lowen Ashleigh:
Jeremy Crawford:
Verity Crawford, Crew Crawford, Harper and Chastin Crawford

The Story:

This book messes with your mind! It messes with Lowen’s mind. We will never know the truth and I’m so here for it. Really I’ve been singing the praises of this book since chapter 2 or 3. I don’t know how to talk about it without giving away much so I’m going to ramble under a spoiler tag. (view spoiler) End shocked babble.

This book is creepy but gripping. I’m so glad I read it.


The Random Thoughts:

Looks like my spoiler tag doesn't work here so you can see the details on my Goodreads page here

The Score Card:

Normally I reserve 5 Star reviews for books I will reread but this book made such an impression I doubt I'll ever need to reread.

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5 Stars

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review 2019-01-28 09:44
Verity by Colleen Hoover -- deserves a higher rating system
Verity - Colleen Hoover

MAN OH MAN, prepare to be royally mind fucked!! Excuse my language but there really isn't a better way to explain your foreseeable future. I want to climb a ridge, a bluff or at least a very tall fire escape, a la Westside Story style, and scream until my voice gives out about just how F'ing messed up/awesome this book is. I read it in one sitting and wish I was just starting from scratch. In fact, I'm already having withdrawls mere hours after finishing the last page. I can't get it out of my head! The writing is raw and unapologetic, natural and most definitely addictive. I can't believe how ravenous I became after just a few sentences. I didn't really know what to expect going into it and I highly suggest you do the same. Once you finish the first chapter you'll undoubtedly find yourself, like I did, maniacally flipping through the pages fiending to find out what's going to happen next. It keeps you guessing at almost every turn and your guesses will take a more dark and sinister turn the further you get into the plot... it's equal parts horrific and wondrous. The world building will transport you right into the thick of things on the very first page and never let you go. It's so rich you can smell the Crazy wafting in the air.

 

There is no sure footing with this book. It feels like tightrope walking, sans safety netting, while on Xanax and a pitcher of margaritas... not that I endorse trying that at home, or anywhere else for that matter, BUT I do endorse reading this book with all of my (twisted tale loving) being. Trigger warnings for extremely horrific parenting, allegations of child abuse, a boat load of codependency, bouts of social anxiety, a possible self-abortion attempt, a smidge of adultery and of course MUUUUURDER... dum dum dum.

 

This creepy, psychological thriller will suck you into a time warp and by the time you come up for air the night will have evaporated and you will find yourself sequestered in the same reading spot you entered the book in, entirely ignoring the crowded family soiree you helped plan. It is the perfect candidate for a "One More Chapter" chant along with a few rounds of "We're here, we're readers, get used to it" (preferably followed by an emptying room and some hours of uninterrupted silence).... ahhhhh now THAT'S living the dream!

 

But I digress.

 

Know what else this book does? It grabs you in a death grip and leads you into a forest of misdirection and false leads... commanding you to splash around in the murky puddles of a few deviously wicked minds. I loved every single unscrupulous character! Not a single one was a clear cut case of "Good" or "Bad" and somehow Colleen Hoover manages to make you feel deeply for each and every cast member, even the mentally jacked up ones. Just when you think you have a character pegged (ahem, Verity I'm most definitely looking at you), Mrs. Hoover flips the script and gives you a whole new perspective on the rapidly decaying situation. Know what else I loved? The ending! Being able to say that is such a rare and treasured event! Just as there are no clear cut morally superior characters (though Jeremy is incredibly swoon worthy), so too is there no tidy, conveniently wrapped up in a neat little karmically neutral sparkly bow, ending.

 

Overall, I can't endorse this trippy read more emphatically, that is if you don't mind an extended stay in Disturbia. This is headed straight for my Favorites pile and I bet you'll chuck it into yours as well. Go ahead and squirrel away a chunk of time and pick this one up, you can thank me later.

~Enjoy

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review 2019-01-01 13:34
I believe CoHo was channeling her inner Tarryn Fisher on this one...
Verity - Colleen Hoover

๏ ๏ ๏  Book Blurb ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, the husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

 

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity's notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn't expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity's recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

 

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen's feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife's words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  My Review ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

What kind of mind-fuckery is this?  Seriously, that beginning...that middle, and of course, that freaking crazy AF ending.  If you like Colleen Hoover and you also like romantic suspense...then you'll be totally eating this story up...with a fork and a spoon.  But only, if you like your stories and your characters completely twisted.  Disclaimer:  If you like your stories to leave you feeling like they all live happily-ever-after...then this might not be for you.  A book to make you go hmmm...

 

 

๏ ๏ ๏  MY RATING ๏ ๏ ๏ 

 

☆5☆STARS - GRADE=A+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4.5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 5/5
Ending⇝ 5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really...
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Book Cover⇝ It's sketchy...
Setting⇝ Mostly Vermont
Source⇝ I own Kindle eBook 
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review 2018-12-27 11:12
All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
All Your Perfects - Colleen Hoover

Colleen Hoover is hit or miss with me, but you can always guarantee one thing, her novels make you feel, whether that be good or bad. Her plots are always approachable and tend to be fairly easy to get wrapped up in and that’s what I needed, complete distraction.

 

The story follows a married couple, Quinn and Graham. It works in alternate chapters, when they first meet (then) and in the present day (now) when their marriage is struggling due to infertility.

 

It was wrapped up very nicely, a swath of interconnecting pieces fitting together perfectly, but it dragged from the middle until that point. The only reason I kept reading was because I was invested in Quinn and Graham and wanted to see whether they’d ultimately stay together or not. It was interesting for a while, but the issue of infertility was explored in such pain-staking depth that I really wanted to stop. The chapters concerning the present day were depressing and a lot of dialogue, internal or otherwise, was repeated and repeated and repeated. We learnt the intimate details of Quinn’s mind on a loop, considering the same observations over and over again.

 

There was also the issue of their relationship, it was a little over the top and therefore slightly unrealistic to me. There was a fair bit of eye-rolling going on!

 

What I really liked about it was the way Hoover stirred up your emotions and made you feel so much. I almost felt part of the action at times and really empathised with Quinn and Grahams love and plight. I just think there should have been more of a sub-plot or something. It was too focused on just their predicament and it would have been nice if the focus hadn’t been on that occasionally.

 

I read this for the New Year door.

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text 2018-09-04 14:59
Monthly Run Down - August 2018
Too Late - Colleen Hoover
The Rehearsal Dinner - J.R. Ward
A Little Big Rock - Lauren Blakely
Creative Quest - Ahmir Questlove Thompson
The Reception - J.R. Ward
The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook - Olivia Hops
Eternal Beast - Laura Wright
Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - Charlamagne Tha God,Charlamagne Tha God,Simon & Schuster Audio
Consumed - J.R. Ward
Seriously... I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres

*Better late than never right?



Books I Read:

 

Too Late - 3.75 Stars - Super intense.

 

The Rehearsal Dinner - 4 Stars - Hot, and not just because the characters are firefighters

A Little Big Rock  - 4 Stars - I need to figure out where I can sign up for a Spencer of my own.

 

Creative Quest  - 3.5 Stars - Interesting, made me think more about creativity than I think I ever have, and that’s a good thing.  

 

The Reception   - 4 Stars - Just as hot as I thought it would be. So ready for Consumed

 

The Edible Cookie Dough Book - 5 Stars - So many fun and delicious recipes that I can’t wait to try

 

Eternal Beast - 4 Stars - So many layers of story.

 

Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - 4 Stars - Inspirational

 

Consumed - 4 Stars - Great start to a new series. I love these characters

 

Seriously… I’m Kidding - 4 Stars - lots of fun

 

Rough & Ready - 3.5 Stars - Tanner Green is swoonworthy






DNF:

 

Single and Looking Daisy - Balinda Austin - Daisy is a hot mess who needs psychiatric help.



Currently Reading:



Sexsomnia - Anya Omah - So far I dislike the “Hero”

 

Lies  - T.M. Logan - Just started so nothing much has happened




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

 

2018: 69 books

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