Review: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover [SPOILER ALERT]

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Synopsis

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends With Us and November 9 comes a moving and haunting novel of family, love, and the power of the truth.

In Colleen Hoover’s gripping novel, reminiscent of the bestselling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly-happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

 

My Review

{Attention: This review includes spoilers!}

I know that Colleen Hoover’s books are usually either a hit or miss for most people. For me though, they’ve mostly been a hit so far, so you can imagine how dissappointed I was when I realized how much I was disliking ‘Without Merit’.

This book is an absolute mess. That’s the only way I can describe it. ‘Without Merit’ deals with all kinds of different topics like anxiety, despression, suicide, sexuality, abuse, terminal illnesses, the Syrian refugee crisis and romance. But none of the topics were properly dealt with and it kind of seemed like the author didn’t even really know what she was writing about. I just felt like she simply added all these topics to the book to make sure that as many people as possible could relate to it and that she would sell as many copies as possible.

But one of the worst things about the book were the characters themselves (and not only because of their absolutely ridiculous names that almost made me throw the book out of the window). There’s literally no character that is even remotely likable. I usually think it’s important to not only create nice characters but also some the reader can dislike but in this book, all the characters were selfish idiots that kept doing horrible things and got away with it. It’s a thing that has been bothering me about some of her other books as well, but it’s just never been as bad as it is in ‘Without Merit’. I feel like her characters just never have to face the consequences of anything they do which is incredibly unrealistic and might give some of her younger readers false ideas about real life.

I could now keep writing about several scenes in this book that made me give it only 1 star like the moment in which Merit let a random stranger kiss her and thought it’s a great thing, or the moment in which she tells her step-uncle that the whole gay thing he’s experimenting with is turning him sentimental (even though she knows he’s bisexual) or the moment in which Hoover thought it would be a good idea to use the brother that forces his sister to kiss him to turn himself straight again as a plot twist but I just don’t have the energy to spend the next hours writing this review.

All in all, there’s actually only one good thing I can say about this book which is that it was once again a very quick read. But still, it wasn’t as gripping as her other books and even before all the shitty things began happening, something already felt off about this novel which is why I just can’t give this more than 1 star.

Have you already read “Without Merit” and what did you think about it? 🙂

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September & October Wrap-Up

Hello everybody,

I’m sorry about having to combine my September and my October wrap-up but I just didn’t find time to do it at the end of September. I started college in late September and from one day to the other I didn’t have any free time anymore. College is definitely a lot more stressful than I expected it to be and while I still managed to read 11 books in September, in the future my wrap-ups are probably gonna look a little more like the October part of this post (3 books). At the beginning of my time at college, I was struggling a lot with the new situation and with the fact that college is so different from school. But I’m feeling a lot better now and I’ve gotten used to college and I’m definitely more positive about everything and will hopefully be able to plan my day a little better in the next couple of weeks so that I’ll be able to post on here a little more often again!

xoxo, Nina ♥

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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Back in 2013 I read the first three books in the series (The Selection, The Elite and The One) for the first time and I absolutely loved them. But I didn’t actually buy a copy of the fourth and the fifth book in the series until July or August 2016 meaning some time had already passed since reading the first books and I had already forgotten most of the details. And so I decided to read all five books at the beginning of September and I honestly don’t regret it at all. I managed to read the entire series in only five days which means that I read one book per day and you honestly just forget time while reading these books. Suddenly you’re on the last page and it’s all over.  I’m just going to quickly tell you which of the books I liked best and which part I didn’t like that much because you can find longer reviews on my Goodreads account.

The first book in the series, The Selection, is an awesome novel and I loved it just as much as I have loved it the first time I read it. The Elite is also a very good book but I only gave it four out of five stars because the main character, America, was starting to become really, really annoying. The One is definitely my favorite out of the five books even though America was still very annoying. Before Kiera Cass wrote the fourth book in the series, this was the ending of the trilogy and I loved the ending and still love it. In my opinion she could’ve also ended the entire series after this book and if I ever should reread the books again, I’ll only reread the first three books. The fourth and the fifth book weren’t horrible but they just weren’t as good as the first books. The Heir was still a good book. I actually got used to the new main character quite quickly but she was also very annoying and literally just a spoiled little brat. But the whole story around her was still great and so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars anyway. My least favorite part of the series though was definitely the fifth book, The Crown. I just absolutely hated the ending of it and in my opinion it just didn’t make sense at all. The ending was full of what I would call insta-love and some other things that absolutely annoyed me. It was an okay book but I only gave it 3 stars.

Longer reviews:

The Selection / The Elite / The One / The Heir / The Crown

 

Too Late by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

Back when I read my first Colleen Hoover book, November 9, I immediately fell in love with her writing style and put all of her books on my TBR. In September though, I was scrolling through her Instagram and saw that she has a Wattpad account with a free story on it. And so I checked it out and it’s actually true, she has an entire book up on Wattpad. FOR FREE! I was literally in heaven and immediately began reading it. To be honest, the book is quite heavy. It has a really dark topic (sexual assault and violence) and should only be read by a mature audience. Also, you really shouldn’t have a problem with detailed sex scenes if you want to read this book. Anyway, this book was brilliant and I loved it even though it had such a dark topic. It was interesting and gripping and I’m so glad I found it!

Click here to read my long review of “Too Late”.

 

Smut by Karina Halle – 5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads is an awesome place to find new books to read and this is one of the many books I found while scrolling through my friends’ updates. I’ve never read anything by Karina Halle before but I really liked the synopsis of this novel and so I thought I’d give it a try. Even though the book is called “Smut”, it’s not one of these really smutty SM books even though there are a couple of explicit sex scenes in it. Primarily, this book is about two writers who have to write a book together and that’s what made me read it. I love writing myself and have already written a book before and I just loved reading a book about the relationship of two writers. It was well written and a lovely story. I really liked the characters and I think I’ll definitely reread it one day and have also already gotten myself another one of Karina Halle’s novels. I just had to give this beauty 5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read my entire review of “Smut”.

 

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – 3.5 out of 5 stars

I found this book at the second-hand book store and really liked the synopsis, so I thought I’d just give it a go. Perfect Chemistry was a cliché love story and quite unrealistic but it was still a cute and quick read. It wasn’t anything I’d never read before but I still enjoyed it. I really liked the author’s writing style and since the male character was Mexican, this book also showed me that I have not (yet) forgotten all the Spanish I learned in school which was quite comforting 😀 But it took me a long time to get into the book and the first 100 pages were a little boring. Also, most of the things that happened in the book were quite predictable and nothing that happened surprised me at all. That’s why I only gave it 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Click here to read my long review of “Perfect Chemistry”.

 

Girl Online On Tour by Zoe Sugg – 4 out of 5 stars

Many of you might already know that I am not too fond of the first book in the Girl Online series. It was just way too cliché and childish. But a lot of people told me that the second book is already a lot better than the first one and so I decided to still give it a go. Just like the first book, Girl Online On Tour was a very quick read but it wasn’t very gripping and it also didn’t include any surprising plot twists. The female protagonist was still very clumsy (unrealistically clumsy in my opinion) and even though she was a year older than she had been in the first book, she was still extremely childish which, once again, annoyed the heck out of me. It may sound like this book was worse than the first one but it actually wasn’t. The male protagonist was finally acting a little more like an 18 or 19-year-old guy and Zoe’s writing style has also improved (There weren’t as many OKs as there were in the first book. I literally almost leaped for joy when I saw that!!!).  All in all it was a quick and cute read which was a lot better than Girl Online and since I gave GO 3 stars, I just had to give 4 stars to this book.

Click here for my entire review of “Girl Online On Tour”.

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

I’ve already talked about my newfound obsession with Colleen Hoover’s writing and so I naturally had to read another one of her books in September. So I ordered Ugly Love (along with It Ends With Us) and I really don’t regret having spent my money on it. It was awesome. At some points it made me grin like an idiot and then it managed to break my heart a little. Ugly Love is an incredibly gripping book and I just couldn’t put it down anymore, I would’ve literally read it in one setting if I hadn’t had to take care of other things as well. I just had to give 5 out of 5 stars to Ugly Love and I can’t wait for the movie!!!

Click here for my entire review of “Ugly Love”.

 

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover – 5 out of 5 stars

It Ends With Us was the last book I read in September and it was probably the one that stunned me the most. This book hurt me so much; it broke my heart … several times.
‘It ends with us’ made me feel everything. It made me grin like an idiot and it made me cry both because I was happy and because I was sad. Colleen Hoover created such an intense book and the topic is a very important one but it also makes you feel so many things you don’t expect to feel!
I had to put this book down several times because it was just too much for me. I didn’t want things to go the way they went and it hurt me so much, I never thought I could feel such things because of the plot of a book!!

The ending of this book broke my heart over and over again because I just didn’t want it to end that way. I wanted it to go differently, I wanted Colleen to just change the plot because she could’ve easily done that, but if it had ended differently, it wouldn’t have been as realistic as it is now. I don’t know if this book hurt me so much because it was just such a sad story or because I know that the things that happened to Lily could easily happen to all of us and no one is safe from it!

Anyway, ‘it ends with us’ has such an important message and I would recommend it to everyone. Just know that it will give you all the feels and that it’s quite a heavy book. You can try to prepare for what you’re going to feel, but in the end it will hit you when you don’t expect it. This book is a little masterpiece and it definitely deserves 5 out of 5 stars!!!

 

October Wrap-Up

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love Cassandra Clare and all the novels she has written so far. I’m always looking forward to reading a little more about the shadowhunter world and so I just had to immediately get Lady Midnight when I saw it at the bookstore even though I probably paid a little more for it than I would’ve paid online. But I literally don’t regret it because this book was amazing! It took me a month to finish it but definitely not because it was boring or too slow-paced, I just didn’t have time next to college and it drove me crazy because I just wanted to find out what was gonna happen next. Lady Midnight was a very gripping read and I absolutely loved the two protagonists Emma and Julian. In my opinion Cassandra Clare is still one of the queens of plot twists and she once again showed it in this novel. I don’t even know what else to say about it except that I just had to give it 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait for the next part in the series!

 

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire – 3 out of 5 stars

This book was just what I needed to read in October. I was (and still am) extremely stressed because of college and just wanted to read something I didn’t have to think too much about. In that regard, Beautiful Disaster was the perfect book. It’s a nice and quick read and I definitely enjoyed it but I just didn’t fall in love with it. Beautiful Disaster is full of clichés and definitely nothing new I’ve never read before. It was very predictable and none of the things that happened actually surprised me. At the beginning of the book I could’ve probably already told you what would happen in the end and I would’ve been right about it. That’s why I only gave the book 3 out of 5 stars.

 

Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire – 4 out of 5 stars

Walking Disaster is the sequel of Beautiful Disaster and it’s basically just the same story from a different point of view. I was a little reluctant to start this book and if I hadn’t already bought both books together, I would’ve probably not read it at all. But Walking Disaster was actually a lot better than I’d expected it to be. Travis’ POV was honestly a lot more interesting than Abby’s and the few new scenes and the new epilogue that were included in this book were actually quite interesting. Except for some minor spelling mistakes and the fact that the story still is full of clichés, there’s actually nothing bad to say about Walking Disaster and so I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.

 

And that’s it for my September and October Wrap-Up. I had actually hoped I would have more time to read some books next to college but I guess that’s not gonna be the case. So the next months my wrap-ups will probably look a little more like the October part of this post than the September part of it :/

How many books did you manage to read in October and which one of them was your favorite?

 

Review: Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with a new heart-wrenching love story.

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

 

My review:

“When life gives you lemons, make sure you know whose eyes you need to squeeze them in.” 

Colleen Hoover did it again, she made me completely fall in love with one of her books. She now is officially one of my favorite authors ever and I just love her writing style so much! She could probably write about diarrhea and I would still read it and love it. (I know that’s the worst example ever but I just couldn’t think of anything better.)

Ugly Love was heartbreakingly beautiful. I was grinning like an idiot at so many points of this book and then there were the sad parts of the book that kinda broke my heart and almost made me cry. It was a rollercoaster of emotions. I felt so connected to the lovely protagonists Tate and Miles and even though I wanted to know how their story would end, I also didn’t want the book to end and wanted their story to go on forever.

Without creating a new world, inventing new creatures or starting World War 3, Colleen managed to write a book that was so incredibly gripping that I read it within a few hours and just couldn’t put it down anymore. Like I’ve said before. her writing style is awesome and she’s also the queen of changing POVs. I kind of hate it when authors change the POV but Colleen has done it in all three of her novels I’ve read so far and she just always makes it work so perfectly. She always manages to give you a great and interesting insight into both characters’ lives and no one else manages to change POVs as well as she does.

I actually don’t have anything else to say about this book. This review isn’t very long but I just realized that there’s usually so much more to write about a book if I have something to criticize. But there’s nothing negative to say about Ugly Love and so I don’t have anything else to add to this review. This book was perfect and I would recommend it to everyone who likes romance and contemporary.

I just have to give Ugly Love 5 out of 5 stars and I can’t wait to read another one of Collen Hoover’s books!

Have you already read ‘Ugly Love’ and did you like it? 🙂

Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

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Synopsis:

Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.

 

My review:

“He hugs me. That’s all he does. He hugs me tightly without a word, yet I can feel everything he’s saying.” 

The first one of Colleen Hoover’s books I read was November 9. I read it a few months ago and I immediately fell in love with her writing style. That’s why I just had to put all of her novels on my TBR which is how I stumbled upon “Too Late” which is available on Wattpad. And guess what you have to pay for it? Nothing.

I couldn’t even believe what I was seeing there. An entire Colleen Hoover novel for free, I had to be in heaven and so I immediately started reading it.

First off I have to say that Too Late is a book you shouldn’t read if you have a problem with detailed sex scenes or violence. It’s clearly a book for a mature audience and I want to make sure you know that before you consider reading it.

The book is dealing with sexual assault and domestic violence. I actually had goosebumps at some points of this book and even had to cry (a little) once. Thankfully I’ve never been sexually abused and have also never had a violent boyfriend. But this book showed me how easily something like this can happen to everyone and how ignorant others can be even when they know about the things you’re dealing with.

Even though the topics of this book are very sad, I think it’s great how it raises awareness for sexual assault and violence in relationships and may encourage victims of both to speak up and seek help.

Due to the topics of this novel, it was necessary to use explicit language and Colleen certainly did that. I have read books before that also dealt with violence and sexual assault but the authors didn’t use any explicit language and no swear words at all. It just wasn’t real because if things like this happen in real life, I’m completely sure explicit language and swear words are used a lot. Colleen didn’t sugarcoat anything in this book and I have to admit that even I was shocked about some of the insults and the potty mouth of some of the characters even though I tend to swear quite a lot myself.

Since I felt sorry for the female protagonist Sloan, I immediately felt connected to her. But even if she hadn’t gone through all of that, I would’ve probably still felt connected to her because she was a great character and sometimes even reminded me a little of myself. I loved her and I also loved Carter/Luke, one of the male protagonists.

Asa, the other male protagonist, was the character I probably hated the most, mainly because of all the things he did to Sloan. But even though I hated him, I have to admit that he was a perfect character. He was a complete psychopath but his background story, his actions and everything about him just fit perfectly into the story and just made him the person he was supposed to be.

The story was written from the POVs of those three main characters and Colleen changed the POV after each chapter. I usually hate it when authors do that but when she’s doing it, it’s completely different. Once again it worked perfectly with the story because you got a perfect image of all the protagonists. It was especially interesting and “entertaining” to see what Sloan thought about the things Asa did to her and then see what Asa thought about those things and her reactions and how he turned everything around so that there was no way it could ever seem as if she would think badly of him.

All in all this was a perfect book with a topic that made me think a lot and showed me that everyone could be in Sloan’s position. It’s scary but that’s how it is and it’s important that people are talking about it and don’t just ignore it. I just have to give this book 5 out of 5 stars and can’t wait to read the next one of Colleen Hoover’s books.

Have you already read this book and did you like it? 🙂

If you haven’t read it yet, you can read it herer for free! ♥

 

Review: November 9 by Colleen Hoover

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Author: Colleen Hoover

Pages: 310

Genre: Romance

Published by: Simon & Schuster

Rating: 5/5 Stars

 

Synopsis:

Beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with an unforgettable love story between a writer and his unexpected muse.

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
My review:

“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

 

This book was awesome, like really awesome. I was obsessed with this book from the beginning till the end of it. Usually I always need some time to get into a book, but with November 9, it was completely different. I just started reading it and suddenly I was on page 50, then on page 200 and suddenly I was done with it. I read it on my way to Sweden and back home and I guess I spent a total of 5 to 6 hours reading it, so it was a quick and enjoyable read.

I was really excited for November 9 before reading it. I had never read any of Colleen Hoover`s books before but I had heard lots of great things about the book and also about her as an author. But I was also a bit scared that I wouldn’t like it. A few years ago I read (or tried to read) One Day by David Nicholls which has a concept that is kind of similar to November 9. I just couldn’t get through that book and didn’t enjoy it at all, and I was scared that it would be the same with November 9. But like I’ve said before, this book was awesome and my concerns were groundless.

The difference between the two books was even explained at some point of November 9 (which actually made me laugh out loud because I thought I was the only one who had thought of One Day while reading this book). In November 9 the two protagonists, Ben and Fallon, don’t communicate throughout the year, so every time a year is over and they meet again, the reader can actually guess how their lives have changed. I loved that and always tried to guess what both of them have done throughout the year. And guess what! I was never right. What had actually happened, was always different from what I thought had happened.

There were lots of plot twists in this book (especially at the end of it) and I didn’t see any of them coming. I just didn’t even think about the possibility of some of the things happening but I loved that. The book just never got boring.

This might have been the first Colleen Hoover book I ever read, but it definitely wasn’t the last one. I did not only love the plot but I also loved her writing style. It might sound stupid, but I especially loved how she described all the “physical stuff”, if you know what I mean. It`s not like I always need a detailed description of everything that happens but I just hate books that are like: “And then he kissed me. End of the chapter. The following morning I woke up next to him and our clothes were on the floor next to the bed.”

Like, how did that small kiss suddenly lead to you guys having sex?

I think those are just things that are really important for a relationship and not only change the relationship of a real-life couple and make it more “special”, but the same applies to fictional couples.

Since Ben and Fallon didn’t see each other that often, everything that happened while they spent time together was really important for their relationship, including the physical stuff. And I was glad that Colleen Hoover described those things a little more detailed than many other authors (don’t worry it wasn’t NSFW).

I don’t know if what I just said sounds stupid, but I basically just wanted to say that these things are important parts of every real relationship, and I just prefer it when those things are also talked about in books that mainly revolve around the relationship of two people.

All in all, I recommend this book to everyone who’s looking for a great romance novel. This book is awesome and just makes you happy.

Definitely 5 out of 5 stars.

Have you already read November 9? And if you have, did you like it? 🙂