Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Book Spotlight : It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us
by Colleen Hoover

Release Date:
August 2nd, 2016

Atria Books


eARC received in exchange of honest review


Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most. 

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true. 

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place. 

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.


My Thoughts:

It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover, was a powerful, thoroughly gripping, and emotional journey of a read.  This story was gritty, raw, and filled with angst.  It truly was Colleen Hoover at her best!

One of the reasons that I loved this book so much was the mazing cast of characters.  Lily, Atlas, and Ryle were so real to me, that they came to life within the pages of this book.  The essence of all three of them shone through brilliantly, and revealed amazing qualities, as well as amazing human flaws.  Ms. Hoover did a brilliant job of showing us that people and situations are not black and white, but rather many shades of gray.  

I connected with Lily's character right away, and as she went through life's ups and downs; I was right alongside her, feeling happiness, joy, anger, pain, love, and loss.  I revered her strong spirit, endless courage, and beautiful heart.  She grew up in a dysfunctional family, with a father that abused her mother, and that anger, and bitterness shaped her in many ways.  Atlas was her first love, and as I read Lily's journal entries, I fell in love with him too.  Ryle was an ambitious, and hard-working up and coming neurosurgeon, who had a lot of baggage.  I also fell in love with him alongside Lily.

It Ends With Us doesn't contain a love triangle.  I want to make that clear.  However, both Atlas and Ryle play a significant role in the story, and were phenomenal characters.  Ryle's sister, Alyssa, was one of my favorite characters as well.  She was an excellent best friend to Lily.  Warm-hearted, supportive, and fun is how I would classify her.

It Ends With Us, is a story about breaking destructive patterns, and learning how to look at a situation from a different perspective.  We cannot judge another person, until we have walked in their shoes.  It is about life lessons, love, pain, and reaching down inside of yourself to find the strength to heal and be resilient despite life's circumstances.

There were plenty of tender moments, butterfly-inducing moments, cringe-worthy moments, as well as powerful and inspiring moments.  One thing is for certain; this book is a need-to-read!  I couldn't put it down, and had to keep reading; no matter what!  I will shamelessly admit, I kept sneaking in bits of reading at my mom's birthday dinner, as well as moments during my daughter's therapy, and every moment in-between.  This story should come with a warning label, "Do not begin reading, unless you have no other responsibilities to attend to."  

My Rating:

I give, It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover, 5 Falling in Love, Teary-Eyed, Addictive-Read Filled Stars!  Read this book as soon as possible; It's a guaranteed favorite!!!

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About Colleen Hoover:

I write because I need to. 
I review because I want to. 
I pay taxes because I have to. 

If you want to follow me, my username is @colleenhoover pretty much everywhere except my email, which is colleenhooverbooks@gmail.com 

Founder of www.thebookwormbox.com

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