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[Double] Mini-review: Slammed and Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover

13 Dec 2012

by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Book Depository

Layken Cohen's eighteenth year is proving to be the ultimate test of her resolve. Following the death of her father, she is forced to move across the country after the start of her senior year. Just when she thinks all hope is lost, she meets her new neighbor, Will Cooper. An intriguing twenty-one year old with a passion for Poetry Slamming. Layken and Will form an immediate connection. A connection so intense, only fate could have brought them together. But sometimes fate isn't enough. Layken and Will are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery reveals their relationship won't work. It can't work. Now Layken and Will are forced to find a balance between that which keeps them apart, and the feelings that pull them together. And that's only the beginning... Slammed intertwines heartache with humor, desires with ethics, and ultimately proves that the harsh reality of death can sometimes be overcome by the beauty of life.

I've loved almost every single New Adult book thrust my way, and Slammed was no exception. Slammed had me completely enthralled from start to finish, and even after finishing it, I still couldn't get enough of Will and Lake and the awesome slam poetry that the characters composed.

Will and Lake are no doubt one of my favourite couples ever. They're a perfect match! Lake was a character I instantly liked, and Will? He's the best boyfriend material ever. These two are actually really similar, both carrying the weight and pain of a loved one's (and in Will's case more than one) death. I can't imagine the amount of pain and responsibility Will had to endure at such a young age; it's something most of us many of us may never have to experience. But I'm so glad Will and Lake have each other :) Like I said, they're a match made in heaven!

In Slammed, we're introduced to a unique type of poetry - Slam Poetry. Poetry, is, to be honest, my weakest point and I try to stay far, far away from poetry (verse novels included) BUT I think I *may* start to like poetry a little after reading some of the spectacular compositions in Slammed. You know, maybe I'll be able to write one of my own soon :)

Point of Retreat
by Colleen Hoover
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: September 18th 2012
Format: Paperback
Purchase: Book Depository

Hardships and heartache brought them it will tear them apart. Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will's past emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop 'carving pumpkins.'

While Slammed remains my favourite of the two, Point of Retreat is an impressive sequel in this trilogy. Told from Will's point of view, drama after drama occurs in this sequel.

In Point of Retreat, you get to see just how much Will really loves Lake. And seriously, the guy REALLY loves her. There's this particular scene where he tries to win Lake back, and dear god, that's the BEST way of winning a girl back. If you plan on reading this sequel, look out for a particular bathroom scene; it's the sweetest, most heartwarming act by a guy. I've recently been a little indecisive over whether true love exists, but reading Point of Retreat gave me renewed hope that true love does exist<3 

The ending was so perfect,I couldnt have asked for anything moreI've no doubt the third book will just as brilliant as the first two! Make sure you have a box of tissues next to you while reading this, a tear-jerker this one is! :)


  1. I so need to read these Shirley!!!! I've read so many positive reviews for Slammed, and right now I'm a complete New Adult junkie so these need to go on my Kindle asap:) I love the sound of Will, I need to read about this best boyfriend material ever:) SO EXCITED!

  2. I have copies of both of these books on my kindle, yet I still haven't read them yet! I really like the sound of Will and Lake and I'm glad to hear there is a point of view change between the two books. Also, a bathroom scene?! It's like you knew that would persuade me. ;)

    Awesome reviews!

  3. Like Sam I have copies of both of these books too, and now after your gorgeous review and the number of rave reviews around I know I will have to pick these up soon. I'm devouring more and more new adult books too, so these will be perfect! Also I'm intrigued about this slam poetry! Brilliant review Shirley! :)

  4. The covers of these books don't seem to them justice... I've always overlooked them before, mistaking them for adult novels.

    But I'm so glad you adored them both and that the romance completely swept you... that's always a good thing! And I enjoy tear-jerkers, must check these out soon :)

    Thanks for the fab mini-review, Shirley <3

  5. I don't know why I keep putting this one off, honestly! Your review has definitely convinced me to pick these two books up very soon. A match-made in heaven couple? I so need to read about Will & Lake! I'm so glad you loved the characters, poetry, and romance, Shirley! Lovely reviews. :)

  6. "I've recently been a little indecisive over whether true love exists, but reading Point of Retreat gave me renewed hope that true love does exist." Aww Shirley, sometimes I have the same doubts too... I'm so happy that this series restored your faith in deep, genuine and soulful love, though. :) Beautiful mini reviews, darling! I'll have to give these books a shot for sure. :)

  7. Its amazing how people are just loving both of these books! my sister sure was in love with them as well, and like you, every other new adult book she got! Lovely reviews!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  8. Glad you enjoyed these, Shirley. :) I had more mixed feelings about the first one (although I liked it!), but I'm very curious about where the story's going to go.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  9. I'm one to ten to stay away from poetry novels as well >_< but it's really great that you've decided to give it a shot! The characters in these sound really amazing too, and if you ever do write some, I'd love to read it ^_^

    Lovely reviews, Shirley!
    Vivian @ Vivaciously, Vivian


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