Monday, October 5, 2015

Mini-Reviews // Confess & Archer's Voice


(Since this is my first time posting Mini-Reviews to Girl Writes Reviews, I am going to go on a mini-rant to explain why I decided to add this feature.  Please, bear with me.)  

So, here's the deal -- I have fallen way too far behind on my book reviews.  It's not even funny anymore.  It's just downright stressful.  Of course, with blogging, I make my own deadlines.  I'm not getting paid for this.  I do it for fun.  But, I strive to be the best blogger that I can be.  

Here's where my problem comes in:  I'm a perfectionist.  But, I'm also a procrastinator.  Big time.  (We're talking about a girl who waited until the day before to write a 14-page final paper for English class when her professor had already given her an extension.  Oops.)  So, those two characteristics are always clashing;  I want my blog content to be great, but sometimes I'm too lazy to even start writing that great content.  OR, I hit a writer's block because my writing isn't translating onto the page the way I want it to, so I just put if for forever and a day.  

But, back to my original point -- I've fallen behind, so now I need to play catch-up.

That's where these Mini-Reviews come in!  

In general, the reviews on my blog are pretty in-depth, detailing the aspects I liked and didn't like about a certain book.  However, those reviews are time-consuming, usually taking hours to write and post.  So, Mini-Reviews will allow me to post those book reviews that have been sitting in my drafts for months.  

I have yet to determine whether this will be a weekly feature or just posted sporadically.  I'm trying to get back on a blogging schedule and I'm still sorting things out.  But, hopefully, I will be consistent with this series.

I will try to post like books together.  For example, this week's Mini-Reviews are both New Adult novels that I absolutely loved!  Take a look:  



"It's amazing how much distance one truth can put between two people. ”

Confess by Colleen Hoover

Published by Atria Books
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Pages: 306
Date Read: May 13-18, 2015 (Yeah, I'm that far behind)

My Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis:  Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight and there’s no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

For once, Auburn takes a risk and puts her heart in control, only to discover Owen is keeping major secrets from coming out. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything important to Auburn, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it.

The last thing Owen wants is to lose Auburn, but he can’t seem to convince her that truth is sometimes as subjective as art. All he would have to do to save their relationship is confess. But in this case, the confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…

I am a huge fan of Colleen Hoover.  Having read and loved nearly all of her books (I haven't gotten to all of the companion novels), I knew that Confess would be a must read for me.  I have to say that Colleen's writing gets better and better with each of her works.  Because Confess is by far my favorite of them all!

I was immediately sucked into Auburn and Owen's romance.  Their love has depth and feels real.  And, that's what I love about Colleen's books -- they show that love isn't all rainbows and sunshine. In reality, you don't get to ride off into the sunset with your prince on a white horse.  (It sucks.  I know.)  Auburn and Owen each have their own demons, and rough pasts, and secrets (as all of Colleen's characters do). And yet, they are able to accept each other's hardships, helping one another to find some light in the darkness.  

But, the love story isn't even the best part of this book; the concept is what makes Confess so amazing.  Owen's gorgeous artwork (created by Danny O'Connor) is featured throughout the book.  I thought that the addition of the art gave the book a unique edge.  Also, Owen's artwork is based on anonymous confessions that people leave in a box outside of his studio.  I love the idea that he gathers his inspiration from other people's stories.  (Side note: The fact that these confessions are real, submitted by Colleen's readers, is equally astounding!)  Confess is beautifully told through words and images.  It's a stunning tale of love and pain and how you can create something beautiful out of both.


"...The loudest words are the ones we live.”

Archer's Voice by Mia Sheridan

Published by CreateSpace Publishing
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: January 25, 2014
Pages: 345
Date Read: June 25, 2015

My Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis:  A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling book. Archer's Voice is a full-length, standalone romance.
When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

Archer's Voice is the story of a woman chained to the memory of one horrifying night and the man whose love is the key to her freedom. It is the story of a silent man who lives with an excruciating wound and the woman who helps him find his voice. It is the story of suffering, fate, and the transformative power of love.

THIS IS A STANDALONE SIGN OF LOVE NOVEL, INSPIRED BY SAGITTARIUS. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
Oh, my goodness gracious!  THIS. BOOK!!!! 

While Colleen Hoover is my favorite New Adult author, I have to admit that Mia Sheridan's Archer's Voice is by far my favorite novel in the genre. What I love most about the New Adult genre is the fact that the books always manage to surprise me--the authors in this genre excel when it comes to packing a ton of emotion into one story  These stories will take your breath away with their depth, their reality, and their raw emotion  All of these characteristics are exemplified in Archer's Voice.  

This book killed me and brought me back to life again, just like Bree breathed life back into Archer.  Their love story spoke to my inner hopeless romantic, telling the cynic in me to go have a seat.  It's impossible not to believe in love when you read this story.

While I really loved Bree's character (she is so sincere and caring and I strive to be like her), I loved Archer more.  He is this beautiful, tortured soul who has been voiceless nearly all his life. Witnessing his journey of learning how to find his voice again, with Bree's love and support, is such a treasure.  Just thinking about this book has me dying to read it again.  A beautifully written story with a powerful message on love, healing, and acceptance. Highly recommend!  One of my Top 5 favorite books of all time.


Have you read either of these books?  Hope to read them?  Tell me your thoughts!

Thanks and talk to you soon,


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