Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Finding CInderella (Hopeless #2.5) by Colleen Hoover

This novella is a gift from Colleen to her readers, thanking them (or should I say - us) for the support she was given right from the first novel she published - Slammed. Which mean it's offered for free. You can read this one as a stand alone since it doesn't contain any spoilers to the two prior books - Hopeless and Losing Hope.  

This is the story of Six - Sky's best friend and Daniel - Holder's best friend and how they come to be together. It's a sweet story, I really enjoyed it, enjoyed both Six and Daniel (especially Daniel!). I loved their interaction together, loved how they found each other and how they built their relationship from nothing to fully committed in practically a blink.
Daniel's sense of humor and how it worked amazingly with hers made this novella such a fun read! Unlike the previous two which were "heavy" in the subject they dealt with, this one is different, very easy going. I guess after these two it's nice having to read something lightweight and getting to read Holder and Sky on a regular scenario where they can just be happy together with no drama. 

Six and Daniel met about a year before the main plot happens, encountered each other in a dark place, pretending for less then an hour being in love with each other. After their time was up, they each went their separate ways - Six left to Italy and Daniel stayed. Daniel who have been looking for his Cinderella ever since then was VERY surprised but EXTREMELY happy to find out that his new love interest - Six - it his one and only Cinderella. Six went through a lot this year so finding out Daniel it the guy she slept with a year ago didn't made her really happy - the opposite, she changed and she doesn't want to be the person she was before.

But as these things go, they get their happily ever after :) and I was very pleased with how this one was concluded and how they worked it out, which reminds me again I should say this is a New Adult novella even though they are in school and only recently turned 18. I love the mature way they both handled the issue. 

Colleen will be releasing two books soon - "Maybe Someday" and "Ugly Love" - already added them to my list. I know I didn't really like the first series ("Slammed") but this one made me fall in love with her and her characters. 

Additional Details: Kindle Ebook, 105 pages, 11 February 2014 / On GoodReads
Hopeless is the second series by Colleen Hoover. While I didn't really appreciate the first series - Slammed (mostly for the main female character and for the series to be Young Adult) I did really enjoy this one!

I'm filing this one under New Adult mostly for what Sky and Holder are going through though since they are in high school you might put them under the Young Adult category. I do think that their maturity and what they are going through is enough to categorize this one under the NA genre.

Actually it's not a series in the regular sense of the word. The first book being the "main event" written from Sky's POV, the second being the first story told from Holder's POV with a little bit more than was told in the first one and the last novella was a free bonus from the author of Sky's best friend, Six, finding her HEA.

Sky has been home schooled all her life, but on her senior year of high school she convinces her step mother to allow her to go to school. High School isn't that bad, what is confusing is the cute guy she keeps running into - Holder. He seems to be 5 different people, his moods keeps changing and she can't keep up with it. What's his deal anyway? It's SO NOT what you think. 

It's quite a difficult story with a lot of things for both Sky and Holder to find out, about themselves and about each other.

Note - "The Best First Kiss" is a free scene from the first book in Holder's POV. This scene is included in the second installment in the series told from Holder's POV.  

Books (total):
1. Hopeless (published 19 December 2012) ★★★★★
1.5 The "Best First Kiss" (Free Scene) (published 26 December 2012) ★★★★★
2. Losing Hope (published 8 July 2013) ★★★★★
2.5 Finding Cinderella (published 14 October 2013) ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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