Monday, August 4, 2014

Review: Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Maybe Someday
by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Age Group: New Adult
Pages: 367
Format: Finished Copy
Source: Bought
Originally Read: April 2014
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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 #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.

Maybe Someday was exactly the book I needed in my life right now*.  The entire experience that was Maybe Someday was exactly the experience I needed in my life right now*.  I say “experience” because Maybe Someday is indeed that.  It is a very, very lovely experience that will root itself in your heart and mind for a long time to come.

The Book

It has been over four months since I read Maybe Someday, and still I think about it at least three times a week.  I adored this book.  I am not sure that is a surprise, because it is a Colleen Hoover book, but Maybe Someday resonated with me to such a degree that it might as well as have been written for me.

Maybe Someday is an absolutely wonderful example of favorite genre: contemporary romance.  I honestly cannot think of anyway that I would change this book; it is simply perfect.

It is hard to write about Maybe Someday without spoiling parts of the book, so I will try my best to skirt around those.  That so, I want to tell you how much I love Ridge and Sydney, the characters that Maybe Someday revolves around, together in a relationship and together as a unit.  I love their dynamic and their wit, their passion and their friendship, their love for others and, most of all, their love for one another.

Ridge and Sydney made me swoon an unbelievable amount of times.  This book is just that romantic, in so many different ways.  These ways are ways that you think would make you swoon and ways that you would never guess would do so.  Ways that you see coming and ways that surprise you.  Ways that make you teary eyed and ways that make you laugh.  Ways that are perfect and ways that are flawed.

The plot of Maybe Someday is, to say the least, as complicated as Sydney and Ridge’s relationship is.    I won’t go into why, but I will say that this book will have you racing through the pages and then paging back and re-reading said pages because what was written is just that beautiful.  The plot will have you torn between reading on and stalling--one of the hardest things you will do in your life--because you just don’t want the book to be over.  The plot will leave you heartbroken and then giggling with joy.  The plot will tear you to pieces and then place those pieces back together again.

This book, these characters, this plot, it will all leave you thinking about Maybe Someday for days on end after finishing it.  You will not get a break from thinking about this book.  Trust me, Maybe Someday is perfect and you will love it.

The Music

Music is extremely important to the plot of Maybe Someday.  After all, music is what connects Ridge and Sydney in those early moments of their relationship and keeps them close for long after.  The music in Maybe Someday not only connects Ridge and Sydney but also connects the reader and the book together for the duration of the book--in my case for long after--creating the formerly mentioned “experience”.

Since the music is hypothetically written by Ridge and Sydney, and at very key moments in the book, I continued to relive those scenes by listening to the music for the past four months.  Whether it was at night while trying to fall asleep, or while listening in the shower to start my day, I would relive Maybe Someday over and over, and I absolutely loved that aspect.

Personally, I read Maybe Someday on my Nook and kept ear buds in at all times to which I would listen to the songs on my phone when the scenes came about.  The music is truly a beautiful creation and made the book come to a degree of life that was almost spiritual.  The music--like the story--became a part of me that I will always cherish.

"If there are two people in this world capable of finding a way to love each other, it's us."
-Maybe Someday

*This portion was written in April 2014.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Let's Get Lost (Book Blitz): Adi Alsaid's Top 5 Things to Pack and Top 5 Travel Reads

Let's Get Lost
by Adi Alsaid
Release Date: July 29, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
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Five strangers. Countless adventures. One epic way to get lost.

Four teens across the country have only one thing in common: a girl named LEILA. She crashes into their lives in her absurdly red car at the moment they need someone the most.

There's HUDSON, a small-town mechanic who is willing to throw away his dreams for true love. And BREE, a runaway who seizes every Tuesday—and a few stolen goods along the way. ELLIOT believes in happy endings…until his own life goes off-script. And SONIA worries that when she lost her boyfriend, she also lost the ability to love.

Hudson, Bree, Elliot and Sonia find a friend in Leila. And when Leila leaves them, their lives are forever changed. But it is during Leila's own 4,268-mile journey that she discovers the most important truth— sometimes, what you need most is right where you started. And maybe the only way to find what you're looking for is to get lost along the way.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting On... The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What I am Waiting On:

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer, #3)
by Michelle Hodkin
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Mara Dyer wants to believe there's more to the lies she’s been told.
There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead.
She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance.
She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. Retribution has arrived.

 ~ Why am I waiting? ~ 

I have made it no secret that I fell completely in love with The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer upon its release in 2011.  I immediately deemed it my favorite young adult novel and that still holds true today, almost three years later.  In 2012, I fell even more in love with Mara Dyer when I read The Evolution of Mara Dyer.  I have been waiting for this final installment in the Mara Dyer trilogy since I read Mara's letter at the beginning of The Unbecoming on that winter day in 2011.  I need to know ALL THE THINGS.  I need to know how her story ends.  I need more Mara, and I definitely need more Noah Shaw! 

What Are You Waiting On?
Leave a link to your WoW in the comments!  I would love to see what book(s) you chose to "Wait On."

Monday, July 14, 2014

This Magical, Bookish World: An Update

      I have been away from The Reading Enchantress since February of this year, and I have missed it and all of you immensely.  The reason behind my absence is not because I wanted to give up blogging, but because my life outside of blogging came largely into play.  I know so many of you are able to juggle life and blogging and I admire that very much.  However, I am very uncoordinated and not the best at juggling.  As hard as I try to keep the balls in the air, I always seem to drop them.

      With that said, I am now making my way back into blogging.  My third year at BookExpo America proved even more inspiring than the past two years, and I am ready to re-submerge myself into this magical, bookish world.  To get somewhat reconnected with all of you, I thought I would end this post with an update...