Friday, February 28

BookWhisperer Review: Lost & Found by Nicole Williams

Lost & Found (Lost & Found, #1)Lost & Found by Nicole Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.

Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.

Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.

When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.

What a powerful story about healing and learning to love one-self. Nicole Williams really knows how to create a story from the heart and about the reality of life. Love can help lead the way to a brighter future and assist in the growing process. Rowan thought a summer at a middle of nowhere ranch was her ticket to her future, but what she didn't know was that this one trip would change her life forever. Finding herself in a new environment she will quickly learn about the assumptions she has made about life and people. This journey will take surprise her in ways she never anticipated and change the trajectory of her future. I am overwhelmed with the emotional rollercoaster that accompanied this story. Feelings of anger for the selfish and neglective attitude of Rowan's mother to the abundance of love that Rowan must have felt for Jesse's family is was so tangible. I can not wait to read the next in the series, as well as, the addition of Garth's story.

~BookWhisperer Jax~

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Thursday, February 13

BookWhisperer Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)Hopeless by Colleen Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

I am a huge Colleen Hoover fan! Hopeless has been sitting on my next reads file for a while, and I finally just jumped in. I always remember Hoover for her ability to create such an incredible love story. She is able to pull readers in so deep that it feels as though it is their very own story. The experience is so real and genuine that it overwhelms the senses at times. Hopeless was all that and more. This story was such an unexpected journey and took turns that I never would have anticipated. Sky is a unique girl with an unusual past that it is easy to see that her story will not be like any other. Only the reader never anticipates the true uniqueness of this story. The continuation of surprises just keep coming with this story, but the absolute splendor of the story is Hoover's ability to cause readers to question the clear reflection of right and wrong. In a world where things are not clearly black and white the question because if values truly determine what is right or wrong. In a world of darkness, there are times that this line will become so completely blurred that sometimes the right is hiding within the dark. This is not only a story of complicated reflection, but it is also a story of survival and second chances. In one book Hoover manages to take her readers through so many levels of emotion and contemplation. This experience was beyond exhilarating and insightful I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

~The BookWhisperer Jax~

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