Hope you’re all having a relaxing weekend! It’s finally snowing here in London so I’ll be going out for a walk with my camera shortly – I’m working all day tomorrow and no doubt the snow won’t settle, so I have to make the most of it while I can!
Today I’ll be sharing mini reviews of 3 books I enjoyed in January. The one thing all of these books have in common is that they are all by Colleen Hoover, one of my favourite authors. While Finding Cinderella and Finding Perfect are officially connected to Hopeless and Losing Hope, All Your Perfects is a standalone novel that centres on the couple Six and Daniel meet in Finding Perfect. All 3 books are deeply moving and portray realistic themes (such as adoption, depression and infertility) in a way that will make you truly feel for the characters, even if you haven’t experienced any of these things yourself. Read on to find out my thoughts of Finding Cinderella, Finding Perfect and All Your Perfects.
- Finding Cinderella
Having absolutely loved Hopeless and Losing Hope, there was no way I’d miss out on Finding Cinderella. This book is a novella that acts as a companion to Hopeless and Losing Hope, and centres on Six and Daniel, two characters that appeared in the previous books. Finding Cinderella is told from Daniel’s perspective, and is a rollercoaster of a book. It recounts Six and Daniel’s relationship: how they initially met through a chance encounter (but didn’t see each other’s faces) and later stumble into each other, not realising that they already knew each other…
Finding Cinderella is a beautiful story that sucked me in straightaway. I thought Finding Cinderella would be lighter than the other Colleen Hoover books I’ve read – its title does make it sound like it’d be a fluffy romance – but I couldn’t have been more wrong: there’s a revelation about two thirds of the way through the book that had me on the verge of tears. However, there is some humour in Finding Cinderella, so it’s not completely doom and gloom. Daniel is an endearing character – although he can be a bit rude, giving everyone nicknames which can come across as offensive – and I really felt for Six once I found out about the heartbreak she endured in Italy. I also liked the ‘forbidden romance’ aspect of Finding Cinderella: Holder didn’t seem overly keen on the prospect of Six and Daniel dating as he thought it would make things awkward in their social group, but eventually he came round.
Finding Cinderella is such an incredible book, and I’d wholeheartedly recommend picking up a copy. It’s under 200 pages so you can easily read it over the weekend.
- Finding Perfect
When it comes to novellas, Finding Perfect is very, very short, with only 60 pages. It was originally published as a short story in the anthology book All Wrapped Up for the Holidays, and was later turned in to a novella due to popular demand from Colleen Hoover fans. Finding Perfect is a continuation of Finding Cinderella, and is a satisfying conclusion to the Hopeless series. It centres on Six and Daniel, who I first met in Hopeless, and is told from Daniel’s POV. Six is absolutely devastated after the realisation of who Daniel is brings back memories of the decision she made in Italy, and Daniel sets out to try to make her happy again.
I won’t reveal much about Finding Perfect, as due to its brevity it’s literally impossible to do so without spoiling anything, but gosh, I loved this book! Daniel is such a wonderful character, and Six is a brilliant character too. Daniel is determined to make Six happy, even if it involves something that may end up backfiring. If you enjoyed Finding Cinderella, you definitely have to read Finding Perfect.
- All Your Perfects
Whilst All Your Perfects isn’t technically considered part of the Hopeless series, it centres on Quinn and Graham, the couple who appear in Finding Perfect. As we found out in Finding Perfect, Quinn and Graham didn’t have the easiest of marriages, and this is explored in detail in All Your Perfects. The book is split into 2 timeframes: the first focuses on the initial stages of Quinn and Graham’s relationship, while the second presents the downwards spiral of their marriage and how determined Quinn and Graham are to save it.
Having read Finding Cinderella, I knew the basics of what All Your Perfects would be about, but I didn’t expect it to be so raw and gut-wrenching. The writing is beautiful and it’s impossible not to cry. My heart truly broke for Quinn, and I couldn’t begin to fathom the pain she must’ve been feeling. I really wanted Quinn and Graham to work things out, and I’m glad that they are able to resolve their issues towards the end of the book, despite two major setbacks. In All Your Perfects, Colleen Hoover explores the ups and downs of marriage, and shows that if you truly love someone, you will be able to overcome all the obstacles.
All Your Perfects is different to the other books I’ve read by Colleen Hoover, but in a good way. I’d highly recommend it to anyone who enjoyed the Hopeless series or is a fan of Nicholas Sparks.
So those are my mini book reviews for January! As you can probably tell, I am a MASSIVE fan of Colleen Hoover and I’ll be sure to read more of her books in the future! Have you read anything by Colleen Hoover?