Saturday, 15 March 2014

Blog Tour ~ Review ~ Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover @TheHotBed

We love Colleen Hoover and so have eagerly been awaiting her latest book Maybe Someday which is due for release in just 3 days!!

As part of the blog tour, we were granted an advance review copy so check our our joint review below. 

We have included pre-order links at the bottom of the page so don't miss those! 

Book Description: 

Includes a free original soundtrack by musician Griffin Peterson.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

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 neighbor, 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…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite. 

Our Review:

Reviewed by Willow & Donna ~ 5 Stars

"I think the fact that I misjudged him pisses me off more than the fact that he cheated on me. If I can't even accurately judge the people closest to me, then I can't trust anyone. Ever. I hate them from taking that away from me. Now, no matter who comes into my life after this, I'll always be skeptical."
Donna: Well what can I say, can Colleen write a bad book? Well the answer is a big fat resounding no!! I totally and utterly adored this book. It made me happy and sad, made me cry buckets but it took me on an amazing emotional journey that I will not forget in a hurry and made my mascara run and run and run.

Willow: I will admit that this book had the ice queen melting - yes it did have me crying quite alot too. Colleen is an amazing writer, it is so effortless reading her words and she really makes you feel every single one.

Ridge has been trying to write songs for his brother and their band, but  is having writers block. Seeing Sydney from across the court yard connecting to his music and creating lyrics for them, Ridge realises he needs her help. With the betrayal Sydney has just faced, she now has no home and no job. Ridge comes up with a solution that helps Sydney and gets her helping him write the songs that he needs.

With this book you get the added bonus of the free soundtrack. I think that having the music linked to Colleen's (and Griffin's) written words adds a whole new level to the book, whilst I didn't listen to all the sound track whilst reading, I can certainly see that adds so much more of an experience to the book.

Donna: Yes music and words always go hand in hand and in the book it was the way in which Sydney and Ridge communicated the most honestly. It was during these interactions that Colleen had my heart melting. It was beautiful to read and I always felt as if I was there watching them make beautiful music together (that is literally, get your minds outta the gutter lol!)

Willow: lol! The sessions where they were writing together really felt intimate and I felt like I was intruding on these beautiful moments.The book isn't all hearts and flowers though, there is cheating in this book and a lot of heart ache too, and these were the moments that really had me crying. I could feel the pain emanating off the pages!

Donna: Ridge does have a long term girlfriend called Maggie. I wouldn't have said it was cheating between Sydney and Ridge though, they had a stolen kiss but stopped it going further. You really felt his inner turmoil surrounding his feelings regarding Maggie and what he felt for her. I couldn't help but be affected and as I said before was living through the angst with him. As much as I wanted Sydney and Ridge to be together I understood his relationship with Maggie and didn't want anything bad to happen either. I really was in a catch-22 situation. Ridge with Maggie: 

"I spend the next half an hour reminding myself how much I've missed her. I remind myself how much I love her. I remind myself how good it feels when we're together. I keep reminding myself over and over, because for the past week, it felt as if I was starting to forget."

Willow: The situation Sydney and Ridge were in was a difficult one. They obviously were developing feelings for one another and this was clearly shown through their music, but Ridge clearly loves Maggie, and that's the difficulty for the reader, Maggie is not some bitch girlfriend, she is a nice girl, that as much as you try, you cant help but like too! I did really feel for her, and wondered how would she feel if she found out what whats happening between Sydney & Ridge, no matter how much Ridge was trying to hold back and respect Maggie's feelings. I was totally torn though, wishing that Sydney would get her "Maybe Someday" with Ridge.

"I'm also thankful that she appears to have more will power than I do, because whenever I'm around her, I've never felt so weak."

Donna: I was the same, I really felt the pain, anguish, conflict and turmoil. I did feel that there was something hidden with his relationship with Maggie and was glad when we did eventually get more of the back story as that did help somewhat in trying to get my head around the situation. Maggie was an extremely strong woman, despite what life had thrown at her and was glad that when all was said and done she could be objective and see the bigger picture

Willow: The fact that Colleen wrote Maggie as a beautiful, nice, kindhearted girl packs much more of a punch in my opinion. The reader cannot find fault with her, cannot find a reason to blame her or justify why Ridge would develop feelings for someone else. As much as I would like it to be true, I personally don't believe that there is just one person, one soul mate for you. I believe that you may have more than one "love" through out your life, maybe this love will change as you grow as a person, or are faced with different situations, but that does not diminish the love you felt before or for someone else and I think that is it great that this book reflects that.

Donna: I totally agree, I believe that the love he felt for Maggie was totally different than the love he felt for Sydney. Whilst both all encompassing and he struggled, I am like you and believe that you can get that chance to "love" more than one. It just sucked that they both came along at the same time but the sweet was that it a) it was present in the first place and b) I think it all worked out perfectly in the end, despite everything.

"For her I bend, for you I break."  

I have to say that I also loved Warren, Ridge's flat mate, he deserves a book too!

Willow: Yes Warren  added a brilliant bit of humour to the book. He was looking out for Ridge, Sydney & Maggie all together trying to ensure that no one was left with too much pain.

Will Ridge & Sydney get their Maybe Someday?

"There isn't a doubt in my mind that we could be perfect for each others life, Sydney. It's that our lives aren't perfect for us"

We will leave you to find out but we cant go without mentioning that there is a twist to this story, but it is a spoiler so we cant say what, but if what we have already said isn't enough for you, this twist totally adds to the whole story.

Donna: Yes, there is a definite twist, not one that I have encountered before and it made this book so much more! I can't wait for everyone to read it and savour, live and breathe every single word. This is not a book to be skimmed. It should be read slowly, savoured and devoured! You wont be disappointed, it truly is a work of art. It is my tied number one read so far this year!

Willow: A totally beautiful book! 

"Beat, beat, pause.
Beat, beat, pause.
Beat, beat, pause.
It's absolutely beautiful.
The way it sounds is beautiful. 
The way it cares is beautiful. 
The way it loves is beautiful. 
He presses his lips to the top of my head. 
I close my eyes...and I cry." 

Don't wait for Someday! Pre-order Maybe Someday today!
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