Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Book Review: Maybe Someday By Colleen Hoover

Name: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Summary: At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbour, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

Review: Wow wow just wow!!!! I well and truly lost my heart and soul to 'Maybe Someday'. If you think of the most unconventional love story as well as imagining every single complication humanly possible, you're still not even close to Ridge and Sydney's epic love story. I found myself finding it hard to breathe whilst inhaling their story. 
As a reader I was on the edge of my seat throughout, Colleen definitely knows how to build up the tension of a story until the very last words.
Sydney is a love able girl who finds out that her best friend and her boyfriend are cheating on her on her birthday. This news would shatter anyone on any day of the week but on your birthday, that's just as rough as it gets.
Sydney's head is all over the place, but one thing that she's certain of is that she doesn't want to run home to her parents. So when Sydney is shocked by kindness and given a place to stay by her adorable neighbour Ridge, she is instantly intrigued by the guy who plays the guitar so impressively each night on the balcony. I love how Colleen has written both from Sydney and Ridge's point of view and I especially liked the different text for the emails and messages, it gave a real feel to the story and how each of the characters were really feeling throughout. 

For me a love story with a guitarist is just like a slice of heaven.....there are sooo many complications that make this story complex, intriguing and amazing. Ridge and Sydney become great friends through music he plays and occasionally writes. Yet when he meets Sydney he has the worst case of writers block, that is until she comes along and changes everything he has ever known. 
I was constantly on edge to know what would happen next....when I said complicated you would not believe quite how complicated until you start reading Colleen's breath-taking novel. I could say so much more but I do not wish to ruin the story for any of you. It's something that you have to uncover as a reader. It's quite clear that Ridge and Sydney are perfect for each other, but it's not quite that simple. Maggie has been Ridge's one and only since he was nineteen years-old and Sydney has just been betrayed by the two people she cared about most in the world, and she's not prepared to be that same woman to someone else.

'Maybe Someday' will draw you in and spit you out but my oh my what a breath-taking journey it was. The twists were huge and covered a number of real-life issues. If you choose to read this novel you'll find out what I mean. I just want to say I wasn't prepared for the book hangover 'Maybe Someday' gave me. I even ended up reading a few short stories after as my head was still swirling in Ridge and Sydney's story.

Friday, 18 April 2014

Good Friday- plus Jodi Picoult winners are finally revealed!!!

Hayley here! Happy Easter Weekend to you all.
Whatever you're doing I hope that there is some time for chocolate, reading and family :)
I have been going through an emotional rollercoaster of late and I have been meaning to get on here to chat to you guys. 
I hope that you've been enjoying the content Casey, Hannah, Stephen and myself have been giving you, feel free to give us feedback on what you'd like more of?
I am so sorry of how slack I have been with competition announcements and actually sending books I am hoping to rectify this.
I have just finished reading a few cracking books that have left me with the hugest book hangovers going.

Maybe Someday I am pretty certain this review will follow this post so keep you're eyes peeled :)

And Giovanna Fletcher's stunning second novel You're The One That I Want.

How stunning is this cover??? This is released on 22nd May so my review will be up nearer to that time.

I have a number of awesome books to get stuck into but here is a selection of what Kate from Simon and Schuster (The Hot Bed) sent me yesterday. I just love book post...:)

I am thinking I may well start Searching For Someday any day now!! I have a few shorts that I shall devour first eeek.

Finally on to what you've all been waiting for...the winners of The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult.

Sarah- Mundane Sundays
Hanna G

I shall email you both soon with regards to posting you're books out to you. Thanks to everyone who entered keep you're eyes peeled as I hope to do more Jodi Picoult giveaway's in the future. I may even re-draw through the rest of you as I may have a third book but I shall update you all later.