Why Hopeless by Colleen Hoover Didn’t Work for Me

Hopeless coverHopeless by Colleen Hoover
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Release Date: December 19th 2012
Publisher: Atria
Series: Hopeless #1

Goodreads description: 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 read this book because someone I respect recommended it to me. I’m going to try to constructively break down why this book didn’t work for me, but I’m guessing there will be some ranting involved. There will be spoilers, so if you haven’t read it and might want to, turn back. I’m not judging anyone for liking this book, everyone likes different things. The majority of people seem to really love it. It has a 4.55 average rating on Goodreads. I’m just trying to honestly express my opinions.

Also, this discussion requires trigger warnings. tw: abuse, tw: sexual abuse, tw: rape,tw: suicide, tw: gore. I think that’s all, but just be warned, a lot of unpleasant things are talked about. If I did miss a warning, please let me know and I’ll add it.

I kind of feel ill-equipped to discuss everything I find wrong with this book. Part of me wants to ask someone I know could handle it better, but I don’t want to subject them to this book.

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Book Review: City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

City of a Thousand Dolls coverCity of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
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Release Date: February 5th 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Series: Bhinian Empire #1
Rating: 1 star rating

Goodreads description: An exotic treat set in an entirely original, fantastical world brimming with deadly mystery, forbidden romance, and heart-stopping adventure.

Nisha was abandoned at the gates of the City of a Thousand Dolls when she was just a child. Now sixteen, she lives on the grounds of the isolated estate, where orphan girls apprentice as musicians, healers, courtesans, and, if the rumors are true, assassins. Nisha makes her way as Matron’s assistant, her closest companions the mysterious cats that trail her shadow. Only when she begins a forbidden flirtation with the city’s handsome young courier does she let herself imagine a life outside the walls. Until one by one, girls around her start to die.

Before she becomes the next victim, Nisha decides to uncover the secrets that surround the girls’ deaths. But by getting involved, Nisha jeopardizes not only her own future in the City of a Thousand Dolls—but her own life

The summary sounds exciting but the book was disappointing. The entirely original, fantastical world doesn’t seem very original. There is an extreme class system, magic that used to be, mistreated women, and talking animals.

Possible spoilers ahead

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