Monday, April 21, 2014

Finding Cinderella by @ColleenHoover - Review

This novella is a companion novel to the Hopeless series, but can be read as a standalone. 

A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.

When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.

My Take:
5+ Stars!
I pre-ordered this FREE ebook and got it, put it up on Goodreads as 'currently reading' but then stopped reading it! Why did I stop reading this book? The reason: I found out this book was going to be made into a paperback with Colleen's "own" Cinderella story included in the book! STOP! That was it! NO reading 'this' ebook! I wanted to read Colleen's Cinderella story FIRST! That was my goal! I thought I knew what it was, and I was pretty much right as I've been with her and her books since Slammed. I am extremely happy for Colleen! 
When the book finally came, I had a few others I 'had' to finish reading before I could read this one, however, I DID sneak inside and read Colleen's Cinderella story right away! Beautiful! It's amazing how life works out sometimes, isn't it! Congrats, Colleen! Also, THANK YOU, COLLEEN, for this free ebook, and THANK YOU @Atria books for making this into a print book! I can now add this to my collection of all of her printed books, and most importantly, I can pass this around to my daughter and her friends who if they don't have a print book right in front of them, they forget about it! They LOVE Colleen's writing, but being in their early 20's, out of sight is out of mind! Now it's been around and I still don't have it back, which is GREAT!
First I want to say this IS a Cinderella story. This was a FREE and quick ebook Colleen wrote just for us diehard COHO fans! I ask that everyone DO put on their rose colored glasses, and put aside your requirement that fiction needs to feel real, and just let this story flow! Let it be the fairy tale that really doesn't happen in real life and just enjoy!
I loved this part - Daniel didn't have a 5th period, so he would sleep it off in the maintenance room! (Yes, we wonder how is he going to get the credit for the class, but this, I ask you, don't think about!) He had a nice visitor in the dark a few times! LOL!
Meet Daniel and Six. Perfect characters for each other, and they do end up being so! It's kind of funny how Holder says quite seriously to Daniel NOT to date Six, don't even think about it! Daniel realizes they are using reverse psychology on him, and he goes for it! Daniel and Six even make an announcement they ARE dating each other! I loved that part!
Even in this short story, there is quite a twist in it! WOW! I never saw it coming! Never! 
Of course we know Colleen LOVES HEA stories, and this one HITS it right on!
Let's talk about Colleen's writing. She is one author who can suck you into a story and NEVER let you go! You FLY through the pages as fast as you can because you cannot stop reading her words! I LOVE the bickering! That sets apart any seriousness. We all need more of that in our own lives, too, or at least I think so! GOOD bicker! SILLY bicker! The kind of bickering I wished I had in my household as I was growing up! It sure would have lightened up the seriousness, anger and shouting matches during my teenage angst!
Okay! That was Finding Cinderella! Thanks for this free fairy tale ebook! Or, paperback, for some of us! This was a fun one!
To get right down to it, I do look forward to more of Colleen's writing, of course, but I do look forward to a little more grown-up characters, though. These have all been nice, especially this fairy tale freebie, but I'm ready for all of her characters growing up a little more. I'd like to see them all in college, or maybe even mix it up a bit with a few out of college and a few still in, struggling to make the grades. Maybe even some of these characters starting out living their own lives after college. We'll see, huh? We have Ugly Love coming this summer, which will be here right before we know it! Perhaps this book won't be a HEA? We'll find out soon enough!

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