Blog Tour and Giveaway: It Ends With Us: Colleen Hoover

It Ends With Us
Colleen Hoover
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Expected August 2, 2016

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.

“All you had to do was ask me for a naked truth. But you didn’t. You chose to not ask for my help and now we’ll both have to suffer the consequences of your actions for the rest of our lives.”

Colleen Hoover, with her poignant and thought provoking words, has written her best book yet. In a whirlwind of a nasty book funk, I found myself falling in love with every perfectly, imperfect detail of It Ends With Us! This little piece of treasure, with its emotionally stunning and multifaceted characters, impacted me in ways I never even saw coming. 

There is definitely no sweeter feeling than finding a book that grants me the opportunity to step out of my preconceived beliefs and reconsider my outlook on a delicate subject matter I normally see as very black and white, as actually having a myriad of gray areas. Between these pages, the old adage, “nothing is ever as it seems” has never been truer. When you observe this dynamic beyond the surface level, you'll quickly notice that when it comes to Ryle, Lily, and Atlas’ journey, the solutions aren’t as simple as one may think. With so many shades of gray, there is no concrete, right answer. 

In true Colleen fashion, no baby steps were taken in ripping off the band aid and wreaking havoc; she wasted no time leaving me a complete and utter chaos of logic and emotions. Ryle, Lily, and Atlas with their intricate and palpable histories wrecked and shredded me a few times over. Each scene spent with them either left me aching, broken, or breathless, sometimes all three spanning in a matter of seconds. Then there were the plethora of heart stopping moments where Hoover made me sigh with love and happiness, mending my heart—well, for a few seconds anyway. I was never sure what was coming up next on the crazy train of feels. All I knew without a shadow of a doubt was these three moved into my soul, taking over every inch of it. Their discovery, their pain, their happiness, their love, and their deception was all consuming!

I loved each one of these flawed and broken souls but Atlas, without a shadow of a doubt, stole my heart. I won't sugar coat it, Ryle had nothing on Atlas. He was my favorite from start to finish. Kim described him best when she said, "Atlas could say a lot in one sentence." This man broke me in two while showing such compassion and dedication to Lily, even with his damaged past. Not to mention, his perseverance, demeanor, and the way he loved had me falling so head over heels for him; I couldn't help but root for his HEA.  If anyone deserved a world filled with peace and happiness it was definitely him.

It Ends With Us is an in depth exploration of strength and weakness, good and evil, trust and dishonesty, sacrifice and selfishness, love and hate, as well as self-discovery and  empowerment. It’s the raw, gritty reality of so many. Its message is powerful and affecting, going bone deep and staying with you weeks after you’ve closed the covers of the book. I won't promise you'll fall completely in love with this book, but what I can promise is Lily, Atlas, and Ryle will make you feel. There will be occurrences where you'll want to shake the hell out of both Lily and Ryle, while bitch slapping them back into reality. Then there will be the ones where your heart fills up with so much love for both of them. There will also be a variety of situations where you won't understand the behavior of the characters and then moments later they'll have earned your compassion and understanding (to a certain extent). Love them or hate them, you soon won’t forget these three beings and that my friends is the true indicator of an amazing story.

Thank you, Atria, for the complimentary copy of It Ends With Us. 

There is no such thing as bad people. 
We're all just people who sometimes do bad things.

This is a book to just go into blind and follow along where it takes you. It weaves in two love stories present and past. It is told in Lily's point of view in the present and the past via journal entries.

This is Lily's journey of survival, growth, love, and resilience. Her first love, Atlas had personal issues, but they had a strong bond that made a huge impact on each other's lives. They protected and understood each other. Her new love, Ryle is charming, successful, fun, but being in a relationship is new for him. I found myself falling for both of these men along with Lily in various times in her life. There was so much good in both of them even though like in real life, neither was perfect nor were the circumstances.

There are challenges, growing pains, issues, and decisions along the way. Emotions run high. Mistakes are made. There are missed opportunities and changes in life courses. Lily has to decide what she really wants and what she can handle. Her choices are hard with no perfectly right answer.

This is a story with highs and lows, tragedies and triumphs, love and hate, and joy and anger. But it is very real, raw, intimate, and current.

It explores the theme of there being good and bad in all of us. It is at times funny, sweet, and romantic, and at other times heartbreaking, frustrating, maddening, and tragic. I felt like I lived these events with Lily. I had a hard time deciding what the right choices were along with her.

Lily was a wonderful, tenacious heroine. She showed so much growth, maturity, and self awareness during the book. Even at times when she made questionable choices, she was doing it on her own terms. But she had inner strength and determination and could realize when she needed to reassess. She had to deal with hard truths, pain, and disappointments, but she managed to push through with the help of her support system. I fell for the side characters of Alyssa and Marshall as well.

This was a unique, powerful story of choices, compromise, sacrifice, self worth, strength, and true love. The characters had depth and felt like real people with flaws, personal struggles, and broken or changing plans. This is Colleen Hoover at her best and it will be a top read for 2016. It has her trademark humor, emotion, and layered plot, but it was also such a compelling, unpredictable journey. It had me full of so many conflicting feelings. There are naked truths and harsh realities. But the topics are so important and she dug deep into them in a deep and compassionate way. I am still in a book hangover. The characters are all burned into my heart and I am really not ready to let them go.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review. 

It Ends With Us is so much more than I was expecting, and I have a pretty high bar set when it comes to Colleen Hoover. She has said this is her most personal work yet, and that’s pretty much the extent of what I knew before I started reading. I would recommend people go into this book with as little prior knowledge as possible. It really does mean more that way. I would go so far as to say this is Colleen Hoover’s most powerful book yet.

The journal entries from high school set up Lily’s first love. It is unexpected, sweet, everything young love entails. It also set the stage for Lily’s disenfranchisement with her parents. While Lily is reminiscing about her first love, she is also at the start of a new relationship, and this new one is equally as sweet.

When her first love and her new love collide, Lily has some decisions to make. Serious, life-altering choices.

I spent much of the book wanting to shake Lily. But that’s the natural, outsider’s reaction to parts of her situation. But listening to her narration, her reasoning, I found myself wavering just like she was. For the first time, I understood.

This was at times hard to read, and so emotional I had to pause to collect myself, but I did not want to put it down. It is full of hard truths, honest, beautiful, and harsh. I wish there was more to the ending, as it felt rushed. I wanted to see the happy at the end, but I also realize that this is as much Lily’s story as it is a love story, if not more so. Reading this as one woman’s journey, even the ending is perfect. It is less important where she ends up than it is that she gets there and how.

This was heartbreaking and poignant, uplifting and hopeful. I love how the circle closes, but love that not everything about the story is pretty.
When I grow up, I want to be you.

I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Colleen Hoover
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Colleen Hoover is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Slammed, This Girl, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Finding Cinderella, Maybe Someday, Ugly Love, Maybe Not, and Confess. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys.  
Please visit ColleenHoover.com.

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Tuesday, August 2nd
7:00 PM
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Wednesday, August 3rd
7:00 PM
23 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940

Thursday, August 4th
7:00 PM
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003

Friday, August 5th
7:00 PM
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Cincinnati, OH 45208

Saturday, August 6th
2:00 PM
Meiley-Swallow Hall
On the campus of North
Central College 31 S Ellsworth Street
Naperville, IL  60540

Sunday, August 7th
6:30 PM
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Los Angeles, CA 90004

Monday, August 8th
7:00 PM
6428 S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283

Tuesday, August 9th
BARNES & NOBLE – Town & Country
7:00 PM
12850 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024

Wednesday, August 10th 
7:00 PM
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Dallas, TX 75231 


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