BOOK REVIEW: THIS GIRL: A Novel (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover

THIS GIRL: A NOVEL (SLAMMED #3)

AUTHOR: COLLEEN HOOVER

AGE GROUP: NEW ADULT

GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: APRIL 30th, 2013

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION:

There are two sides to every love story. Now hear Will’s.

Colleen Hoover’s New York Times bestselling Slammed series has brought countless readers to their knees with a whirlwind of love, passion, and heartache. Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own from the time when they first met.

In This Girl, Will tells the story of their complicated relationship from his point of view. Their future rests on how well they deal with the past in this final installment of the beloved Slammed series.

 

 

AUTHOR BIO:

Colleen Hoover is the author of New York Times bestsellers, SLAMMED, POINT OF RETREAT, THIS GIRL, HOPELESS and LOSING HOPE. Her next standalone, MAYBE SOMEDAY, will be released in March, 2014.

Colleen enjoys blogging, writing, creating pointless Instagram videos and placing random words where they don’t belong.

 

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JUST MY OPINION’S REVIEW: Rating: ★★★★½

“Ms. Hoover just SLAMMED us all with how to write a POV novel!”

I was provided with a copy of this novel by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Colleen Hoover’s debut novel “Slammed” was referred to me by several authors I have come to know through my reviews.  I decided to give it a try and was incredibly surprised!  If any of you know how I feel about Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park (my all-time favorite and most inspirational book I’ve read to date), you will be shocked to know that “Slammed” CLOSELY rivals FOL in my opinion.

When an author can grab my attention in the first few lines of their novel, I am intrigued.  When they can continue to keep me vested in not only the plot line but also the characters and their development, I am shocked.  When they can put it all together to create a book that inspires me, I am head-over-heels in love with the author!  Colleen Hoover….I adore you!!!

The Slammed Series is a story about fate-plain and simple.  If you ever doubted whether or not fate exists, read this book.  After facing incredible personal tragedies, both main characters (Will and Layken) find their lives fatefully entwined in ways they cannot deny nor ignore.  I was immediately shocked with the ethical dilemma they are faced with and even more so when it turns into a very intricate moral dilemma.  The main characters are so well defined and have such incredible back stories, it shouldn’t seem believable…yet it does.  So much so, you just lose yourself in the story and forget everything around you.

With “This Girl”, Ms. Hoover manages to tell the same story from Will’s perspective with out even one time making me feel like I was reading the same story again!  It was incredible.  While it’s written from Will’s POV, it’s set in the present.  You are with Will and Layken as together they explore all the trials and tribulations they went through in Slammed, but with emotions and experiences you never knew about when reading from Layken’s POV.

Once again, the supporting characters have their own back stories which make them equally intriguing and help add to the plot line and its’ development.  As the book progresses, every character is faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges; yet they all continue on their road of development and their experiences contribute to the story in such amazing ways.  Again though, from Will’s perspective, even these supporting characters have new life breathed into them by Ms. Hoover.

You will feel each and every emotion the characters are feeling.  You will cry, laugh, furrow your brow in worry and sometimes just smile shyly to yourself at the sweetness.  Don’t get me wrong…this is NOT all romance here.  While the underlying story is a romance, there is so much more to the story I really hesitate to even label it a romance.  This is a drama through and through with a romance thrown in to balance out the emotional impact it makes on you.  Reading it from Will’s POV was one of the most refreshing experiences I’ve ever had in a POV story.  I even watched as Layken’s emotions and reactions changed based on Will’s side of things which she is experiencing for the first time.  It never once felt forced or compromised Will’s masculinity which is an incredibly difficult accomplishment.  Well done Ms. Hoover!!

This book is fantastic-like the whole Slammed Series.  From the first page to the last page, the story is utter perfection and instilled so many emotions and inspiration in me.  I will carry this story with me forever.  I’ve never said this before on a POV novel, but THANK YOU Ms. Hoover for giving us Will’s story!!

+  Watching Will tell Layken his story was incredibly touching

+  I was very emotional listening to Will’s feelings

+  So much angst and upheaval you never get comfortable or bored with this relationship

+  Incredible way to tell a different POV – truly ingenious Ms. Hoover

–  Honestly, it was just over too fast

???  Will we ever get to read about the boys once they grow up  ???

 

 

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Thank you to Colleen Hoover and Atria Books for providing me with a copy of THIS GIRL and for the memorable opportunity to review this novel.

 

BOOK REVIEW VS. BOOK REPORT

BOOK REVIEW VS. BOOK REPORT??

Are you writing a book report when you mean to write a book review?  Do you know for certain which is which?  Hopefully, these tips will help you decide.

So when I was in the fourth grade and my teacher, Mrs. Krabappel, assigned us a book report on “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory”, it came along with a sheet telling me what to write.  Was it daunting?  Absolutely!  Who liked book reports?  They were scary and detail oriented.  Sometimes, you even had to perform the dreaded oral report!

We won’t go there for now though.  If you look back on it with adult eyes though, it was actually pretty easy….assuming you read the book that is.  🙂

While book reports and book reviews are comparable, there are distinct differences.  Book reports are more descriptive; tell what the book is about in detail, and a book review is more influential; trying to convince a reader WHY they should or shouldn’t read the book.  However, both offer a combination of summary and observation.

While most teachers have their own requirements and expectations for book reports, for the most part, in school, you could expect to be assigned something like this:

Not so daunting, right?  I want you to specifically notice the main section which TELLS YOU to summarize the book; tell the beginning, the middle and the end.  This is a RED FLAG that this is a book report and NOT a book review.  You actually give the details of the book back to the teacher in a book report.

In many ways, you will retell the story and then explain it’s effect on you.  This is a book report.

A book review, in contrast, should NEVER re-tell the story.  While many of the above objectives should be met, you need to be certain you are not giving ANYTHING away.  Something as simple as telling how the events in the prologue play out can spoil a book for future readers.  Your objective here is to convey your feelings about the book in a constructive manner.  Length is not important here; content is what counts.

Having a reviewer re-tell their novel, give out spoilers, write in quotes from the book, give away secrets or twists and turns is an author’s nightmare.

It’s wonderful that you’re excited about a book and want to share it with others, but remember to reign it in.  Don’t be specific.  Don’t tell WHAT the characters have done….speak about their development.  Explain the story arc but don’t reiterate scenes from the story.  Do NOT give out spoilers no matter how much you’d like to.  Just, never.

As with a book report, having actually READ the book is critical.  If you started it, put it down and didn’t finish it-for WHATEVER reason-you should NOT be reviewing it.  If you don’t know the full story arc as well as character development from beginning to end , you shouldn’t review the book.  How can you form a constructive opinion about the book if you don’t know the entire story and it’s details.

Always include both the book title and the author’s name as many times as possible through your review.  Try NOT to use the term “the book” or “the author” as this will not help the novel or author’s name stick with the person reading your review.  Remember, you want to sell your review; whether it’s positive or negative.  Having said that, it is imperative to remain professional at all times.  Even if you despise a book you’ve read, you should be able to find some positive aspects to point out.

I know of many authors who read the reviews of their novels and actually make changes to their manuscripts based on feedback.  It’s so important that you give constructive criticism and feedback at all times.

Using the book summary as part of your review is a cop out.  If you want to include it in a blog post, that’s fine, but know that it is NOT part of your review.  When posting on retail sites, readers can get the book synopsis simply by looking up the book.  The blurb is NOT your review or even part of it.

If there is a topic the book relates to; such as abuse, politics, religion etc., please discuss your thoughts and opinions of the topic.  This helps readers of your review get a true “feel” for the book.

Whether you like the book or not; do not make your review personal to the author. Under any circumstances. This is NEVER acceptable.  The author wrote the book, the book is it’s own entity.  Review outlets are never a place for you to voice your personal opinions of the author.  You are reviewing the book, not the author.  Always be fair and professional.

Make sure to consider the genre the book is placed in when writing your review.  You shouldn’t expect the same story arc from a paranormal novel as you would from a horror novel and you should review accordingly.  Set your expectations realistically so you can review in a constructive manner.

I also suggest taking notes while you read when you come across events in the book which make an impact on you so you don’t forget your feelings by the time you write your review.  If you can wait two to three days after finishing the book before writing your review, you also allow the story to “marinate” within you and full feelings to emerge.

The most important section in a review is your conclusion.  Please make sure to give an overall summary of how you felt about the book and it’s content.  Would you recommend the book?  Is there another author or book you would compare it to?  Is there a different age group or genre you feel it may fit into as well?  Sometimes a die hard fantasy reader may pick up a romance or horror based on your feedback.  You just never know.

Most importantly, always know that the length of your review is not relevant.  A one paragraph review, if done properly, is so much more influential and helpful than a three page review that is not constructive or educated.  In the end, know that you are helping authors tremendously when you post a review.  Whether you liked the book or not, the author WANTS to hear your feedback.  I’ve never known an author or publishing house that didn’t appreciate it when a reader posted a review and helped others learn more about their novel.  Ever.

Please make sure you are never writing a book REPORT when you should be writing a book REVIEW.  They are very different entities and if you’re uncertain of the differences, please ask someone for help before you post it online.  There are many of us who have been doing this for years and we are always here to help individuals new to reviewing.  If you’re following these guidelines, you can be assured that you’re helping the author and your review will be a success!

RELEASE EVENT: RECKLESSLY by A.J. Sand

Just My Opinion Book Blog is thrilled to bring you a Release Event for RECKLESSLY by A.J. Sand. Thank you to AToMR Book Tours and A.J. Sand for including us in this opportunity!

 

RECKLESSLY

AUTHOR: A.J. SAND

AGE GROUP: MATURE NEW ADULT / ADULT

GENRE: CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

RELEASE DATE: AUGUST 28TH , 2013

 

 

BOOK SUMMARY:

Wes Elliott just met his match…and she might actually burn his entire world down.

Surfing and sex. This is Wes Elliott’s life. And it’s just the way he likes it.   `
After seeing his parents stay in a loveless marriage his entire life, and burying away a heartbreak from his past, he knows where romance is best left: crappy chick movies. He’d rather lust and eventually leave, and that’s exactly what the plan was when he met Lana Langston.

Except…turns out she’s only in it for the thrills, too. She’s always only in it for the thrills: life in the literal fast lane on her motorcycle, and the hot nights in forbidden places without the awkward talks in the mornings after. She’s Wes Elliott in way tighter jeans. 

 So, this should be perfect, right? 

But the more time Wes spends with her, the more he wants the nights to turn into mornings. And maybe even longer. Suddenly, it isn’t so perfect for him anymore.
And the things he thought were buried are digging themselves up.

Now Wes is in a lot of trouble. 

He’s falling in love with the one girl who might be a bigger risk than even a guy who gets barreled by the most dangerous waves in the world is willing to take on.

Can Wes and Lana figure out a way to make it work? Or is he headed for something far more reckless?

Due to the sexual content, language and violence, this work is not recommended for readers under 18.

 

EXCERPT:

He pointed to the image of a topless Jessica Rabbit with a mermaid tail matching her signature red dress etched on his hand; the top half of her body, bare breasts and all, was displayed just below his fingers.

Lana was clutching his hand in both of hers now, staring down at the intricacies of the tattoo design—the coiffed red hair and exaggerated curvatures of her body—and tracing a soft outline with her thumbs. She drew her fingertips across the top of his hand with such slow, gentle strokes that the touch triggered the heightening of his arousal. Okay, he was wrong; maybe her touching him was a bad idea. Now, it felt too sensual for what he was thinking. Wes flicked his eyes over to her chest and down her legs again. Lana, too, had the kind of body that should’ve been immortalized in ink.

“What is the fascination with her?” Lana asked with an eye roll. “No one would actually look like that in real life, you know.”

Wes shrugged and grinned. “It’s the idea of her I like. Any chick who is that hot—not-even-on-the-scale hot, like you—and who marries a guy who’s a soft three, is really endearing.”

 

guest post:

What inspired you to write Recklessly?

I started chatting with the manager and the good friend of a pro surfer a few years ago thanks to Twitter, and as a result, I became a fan of the surfer. I had the opportunity to attend his movie premiere sometime after that, and I was introduced to a world that isn’t followed by the mainstream but has a pretty dedicated fan base. It was almost like stepping into a secret society. And it didn’t hurt that there were all these gorgeous male surfers walking around, either.

And as I watched the movie, I was awestruck by all the amazing locales where this guy “works”—Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, Indonesia. He gets paid to go to beautiful places to seek out the best waves in the world. It was really cool to me that there were people out there who got to do this for a living. It’s sort of a lifestyle, really. So Wes, the main character in Recklessly, was born out of that.

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AUTHOR BIO:

A.J. Sand grew up an only child whose parents bought her many, many books to keep her busy, so it was only natural that she would start writing her own stories. She is the author of “Documentary,” “Remake” and “Recklessly.” She lives just outside of Washington, D.C.

 

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