It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

August 4, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways | 22 Comments

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover | Blog Tour Review + Giveaway

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover | Blog Tour Review + GiveawayIt Ends with Us
by Colleen Hoover
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: August 2nd 2016 by Atria Books
Pages: 384
Format: Paperback
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3.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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I went into It Ends with Us having read the dedication and knowing that it dealt with a very serious issue, such as abuse. Knowing what I knew, I wasn’t so surprised on a few things that happened. Unfortunately, starting off, I didn’t have any emotional connection towards the story and I felt so bad! As I kept reading, I found myself slowly starting to feel until I reached the point of having an emotional connection with Lily and the story itself. When I read the author’s note at the end, it changed everything for me. I mean, I read the dedication so I just knew. But reading the details of that dedication broke my heart and I viewed this story in a different light.

Lily is a character that goes for what she wants and she won’t stop until she gets it. She opened a flower shop that’s so very unique and if I ever find one like hers, I’m definitely making tons of purchases. Sadly, I didn’t feel any connection with her through half of the book. Although, Lily and I agreed on the male characters. When Ryle appeared for the first time, I was taken aback by him, just as Lily was. I was so intrigued by his personality and I couldn’t wait to find out more of him—I even fell for this guy’s charm. He was so easy to like and it was easy to understand why Lily felt so attracted to him. Things aren’t always what they seem and when they came to light in the story, Lily and I suffered the harshness of it all. And that’s when I felt for Lily so much.

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Lily would write in journals when she was younger and in this book, Colleen takes you inside those journals and it’s how we meet Atlas. I wasn’t sure what to expect from him, but boy did I ended up falling for him as well. He’s someone that Lily helped without a second thought when he needed it the most. From there, they became really close until they fell in love in their teens. After not having heard from each other for years, he appears in Lily’s life and that’s when things got interesting and the plot started to thicken. I wish I had more of Atlas in the present time. He used to be such a huge part of Lily’s life, that I wanted to learn more about him now.

Colleen moved the story in a direction I was not expecting. I do wish that things had been done slightly differently in the way the story was told. I felt like a lot of things happened way too fast! There wasn’t much of an element of surprise when the tip of the iceberg broke very early on. I feel if it had been done slow, with a warning here, another warning there, and later on in the story go for the full effect of things, then I would have been so emotionally invested in the story. Still, I’m glad I was able to feel something.

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This book opens your eyes to an issue that sometimes we don’t understand. Hell, many times during the book I wanted to shake Lily, even in the after of things. But when I read the author’s note and Colleen very specifically said not everything is black and white and went into details, that’s when my eyes opened and I felt a little bit of understanding towards what so many go through with abuse. Of course, I can never put myself in those shoes. All we can do is not judge a person’s thoughts or decisions and simply be there for them.

Overall, It Ends with Us is emotional, it will change the way you view all types of abuse, and it will be impacting, especially after you read the author’s note (so don’t forget to read it because you need to).

About Colleen Hoover

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.

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Don’t miss Colleen on tour for IT ENDS WITH US:

BOSTON, MA
Tuesday, August 2nd
BROOKLINE BOOKSMITH
7:00 PM
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
www.brooklinebooksmith.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1765869680321385/

MADISON, NJ
Wednesday, August 3rd
SHORT STORIES COMMUNITY BOOK HUB
7:00 PM
23 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940
www.shortstoriesnj.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1816436548588340/

NEW YORK, NY
Thursday, August 4th
STRAND BOOK STORE
7:00 PM
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003
www.strandbooks.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1266828406680888/

CINCINNATI, OH
Friday, August 5th
JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS
7:00 PM
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45208
www.josephbeth.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/277088292641430/

CHICAGO, IL
Saturday, August 6th
ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP
2:00 PM
Meiley-Swallow Hall
On the campus of North
Central College 31 S Ellsworth Street
Naperville, IL 60540
http://www.andersonsbookshop.com/
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/260878437616737/

LOS ANGELES, CA
Sunday, August 7th
CHEVALIER’S BOOKS
6:30 PM
126 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90004
www.chevaliersbooks.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/260712770964176/

PHOENIX, AZ
Monday, August 8th
CHANGING HANDS BOOKSTORE
7:00 PM
6428 S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283
www.changinghands.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1188482081195713/

HOUSTON, TX
Tuesday, August 9th
BARNES & NOBLE – Town & Country
7:00 PM
12850 Memorial Drive
Houston, TX 77024
www.barnesandnoble.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1755063464713808/

DALLAS, TX
Wednesday, August 10th
HALF PRICE BOOKS
7:00 PM
5803 E. Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75231
www.halfpricebooks.com
RSVP and details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1714556692137769/

WHICH BOOK BY COLLEEN IS YOUR FAVORITE? IF YOU’VE READ THIS ALREADY, WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS?
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  • Talina R

    I’ve only read one book from Colleen and that was Ugly Love and it was a really heartbreaking yet good read so I’m tempted to pick this one up soon. Great review as always, lovely! <3

  • I agree with things moving way too fast in this. I really loved it overall but that was my biggest issue. That author’s note broke me though. Great review!!

  • You already know how a lot about this book didn’t sit well with me. But I’m glad you liked the book and found that you learned and experienced something from the book.
    Great review!!

  • I’m glad you ended up liking this one although I have no interest in reading this. I think I’m done with her. I hated November 9 and I read the author’s note in this book and was super disappointed. I feel like she used it as emotional manipulation and I have a feeling she totally knew that. Most reviews mention more feelings over the note than the actual story. My thoughts are if the story is good, you don’t need an authors note to explain or justify it…

    • My boyfriend said the same thing about the author’s note when I told him about it haha Nick asked me if my rating would change without the author’s note. Truthfully, yes. It would go down for sure to at least 2.5 since I liked a couple of things towards the end of the story.

  • Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!! I’m really looking forward to reading this one.

  • Lily

    I have to admit that I wasn’t a fan of this one. I had a lot of issues with the story and characters and pacing and than the authors note at the end really frustrated me. I can see why people would love this one, but lately CoHo’s reads just haven’t been magical for me anymore. Truthfully I think this started after Maybe, Someday.

    • When I mentioned the author’s note to my boyfriend, he was a bit disgusted that it was there to gain sympathy. At the time I read this, I didn’t see it that way. Afterwards, I could definitely see it. I’ve liked until Ugly Love. Confess was good for me, but not amazing. November 9 was just bad.
      (Do you have a blog?)

  • Erica @ Novel Ink

    I just am so nervous about this one because I keep hearing mixed reviews…our taste is usually the same so it is making me feel a little iffy towards this one. I’ll be reading it for a read-a-thon soon, so we’ll be able to chat about it then 🙂

  • This sounds sad but interesting 😮 I just got myself a copy from Netgalley lol. If I knew the publisher had it listed, I would have requested sooner! I’m so reading it for ARC August. It doesn’t sound like it will beat Ugly Love but I’m still curious because I love Colleen’s books!! <3 <3 I wish the summary didn't make it sound like a love triangle though 😐

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  • I think it was Nick that didn’t like this book? I haven’t read a Hoover book since Hopeless and I have no plans on changing that. Nick didn’t like this one and I think I’ll avoid it! I’m glad you liked it, Genesis. =)

    Wonderful review!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Yeah, she didn’t. A lot of things she said have a point. Oh you should try Ugly Love, though! That’s my fave one of hers.

  • Eva

    Great review! I’m glad you liked this even if went in a direction that wasn’t your favorite. I’ve seen such amazing reviews of this that I’m just not sure whether it can live up to the hype!

    • Thanks, Eva! If you give it a try, then I hope you like it. I mean, everyone’s loving it. I just couldn’t see the brilliance of it.

  • I absolutely cannot wait to read this one, I just love Colleen’s work! She was recently at a local signing and I missed it because of work…oh well I’ll meet her someday! Thanks for hosting this wonderful giveaway and what an awesome review! I usually steer clear of books dealing with heavy issues like abuse (I read for fun most of the time) but with this being Colleen Hoover it’s a must read for me! 🙂