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Hope by Grier Cooper — A Review

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RaeleighReads rating: cup-of-coffee3cup-of-coffee3cup-of-coffee3cup-of-coffee3


Dudes! Two romantic books back-to-back! What even is my life right now?

Okay, it’s not really a romance like Hate to Want You, but the main character’s feelings do get put through the wringer when a fellow dancer seems to be interested in her. She starts to like him back, and it seems like they may be starting a relationship, but then…maybe not? And this does-he or doesn’t-he nonsense is really the last thing she needs.

Hope is about the lives of teenage dancers, ballet (obvs), and pushing yourself to be your best you, while still being a decent human being to those around you. Indigo is the main character, a teenager who struggled very hard to gain her spot at the New York School of Ballet. This school is just a stepping stone on her way to becoming a professional dancer. Following are her thoughts at the beginning of Hope.

Here’s what I’ve realized in the one hundred and fifty-one days since I first arrived at the New York School of Ballet:  Every second counts. It isn’t enough to work hard and sweat; there has to be something more. Each moment is a new chance to reach just a little further, move one step closer to perfection.

Indigo and her group of friends struggle to maintain the balance between dance classes, high school classes, friendships, and boys. Felipe is the foreign, and super sexy, boy who seems to like Indigo, and then maybe he doesn’t, and then he definitely does, and then he doesn’t again. C’mon boy! Make up your mind!!!! Pauvre Indigo. 😦 At least he’s a first-rate pas de deux partner!

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Anyways, these professional teenagers are under a huge amount of pressure. Their ultimate goal: to get a job dancing for a good company. Remarkably, most of them make it to the final performance, the workshop they’ve all been busting their buns (pun intended) to be cast in, without completely falling apart.

I really enjoyed reading Hope. It is the second book in Grier Cooper’s Indigo Dreams series. I didn’t read the first book, Wish, but I felt okay going into book two without much background information. Currently, Cooper does not have a book three. I really, really hope that she plans to write one!!!! Hope ends well enough, but I want to know what’s next for Indigo. Does she get a job? Does she tank the workshop and have to find an alternate career? I NEED TO KNOW.

I would recommend this book to those who enjoy YA fiction, stories about ballet (obvi), stories about friendship, and stories about going for your dreams. I will definitely be seeking out the rest of the series. I just cannot resist a well-told story about ballet and dancing. Who am I kidding, I can’t resist anything ballet! Pretty sure my patronus is toe-shoes. 😉

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I received a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai — A Review

Sorry for the late posting! I’ve been out of the country on a cruise (no WiFi). 😀

29422692Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

RaeleighReads rating: cup-of-coffee3cup-of-coffee3cup-of-coffee3cup-of-coffee3

One night. No one will know. Those were the rules.

Hate to Want You has a Romeo and Juliet feel, but with a very modern, exes with benefits, twist.

Two lovers — Livvy (Olivia) Kane and Nicholas (Nico) Chandler — were hot and heavy in their late teens/early twenties, but they were torn apart by their families. The Chandlers and the Kanes had been business partners before two deaths and a shady business deal turned them into enemies, effectively ending the relationship between Livvy and Nicholas. For the next ten years, the two would meet for a single night of unbridled passion. But when Livvy moves back home to care for her mother, their carefully honed pattern is ripped to shreds.

This is the first book in Alisha Rai’s Forbidden Hearts series, and I have to say, Rai has made me re-think my stance on romance novels. Her focus remains on the action of the novel, which you guys know I love, and the steamy, heat-your-cheeks scenes are like icing — they enhance the already delectable story taking place.

I CANNOT stand bodice rippers. Those stale, reusable plots? Ick. Now, this plot is not ground-breaking, or new per se, but I really enjoyed reading it (in only two days!).

I will definitely be checking out the rest of the Forbidden Hearts series, and you should too! IF you like family drama, steamy romance, a hint of chaos, and characters who grow. Probably NOT IF you are at all prudish or dislike tattoos.

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If taking part in Read Harder 2018, this checks off #10, a romance novel by or about a person of color, and it could also check off #15, a one-sitting book.

Read Harder stats: 1/24