Saturday, October 12, 2013

Finding Cinderella (A Hopeless Novella) by Colleen Hoover


A chance encounter in the dark leads eighteen-year-old Daniel and the girl who stumbles across him to profess their love for each other. But this love comes with conditions: they agree it will only last one hour and it will only be make-believe.
When their hour is up and the girl rushes off like Cinderella, Daniel tries to convince himself that what happened between them only seemed perfect because they were pretending it was perfect. Moments like that with girls like her don’t happen outside of fairytales.

One year and one bad relationship later, his disbelief in insta-love is stripped away the day he meets Six: a girl with a strange name and an even stranger personality. Daniel soon realizes the way he pretended to feel about Cinderella and the way he really feels about Six may not be so different after all. Especially when the two loves of his life end up being one in the same.

Unfortunately for Daniel, finding Cinderella doesn’t guarantee their happily ever after…it only further threatens it.


I don't even know where to start...this story was everything I was hoping for & more!  If you haven't read Hopeless & Losing Hope, you can still read and follow this story.  You just won't already know the characters & their back stories.  This is Daniel & Six's story.  You also get to see a glimpse of Sky, Holder & Breckin.  All of these characters were introduced in either Hopeless, or Losing Hope.  Since this was a thank you gift from Colleen Hoover to her fans, she doesn't waste time explaining who the characters are.  She just dives right in letting Daniel tell us the story that he hinted at in the last chapter of Losing Hope.

Daniel has spent the last year thinking about...or trying not to think about a girl he met in a dark closet over a year ago.  He refers to her as his Cinderella because she stumbled into his life & left just as mysteriously.  He has no idea who she is or if he'll ever see her again.  All he knows is that he felt the closest he ever has to love during that one hour of make-believe.

When he meets Six one night at Sky's house, he feels an immediate & unexplainable connection.   This is where the story really takes off.  Daniel & Six are both delightful characters.  I always thought Six got a little cheated in Hopeless because she is introduced at the beginning of the book & then disappears, only to be referred to by text periodically.  I never really felt closure with her story, but this novella gave me exactly that.  We got to see Daniel throughout Losing Hope, but every scene he was in made me want more of him.  He is un-apologetically inappropriate...never calls people by the right name...and charming enough to get away with it.  When Colleen announced that she was writing a novella about the two of them, I was thrilled & she didn't disappoint.  They may be my favorite of her couples so far....(though I do really love Lake & Will!...and Holder & Sky are great too...and we can't forget Eddie & Gavin...)

At 121 pages, Finding Cinderella is longer than I would have expected for a novella, but still not long enough!  You can't help wanting it to not end!  If you haven't ever read Colleen's work before then this may be the perfect way to start.  It's short & free!  You have nothing to lose!  If you have read her other books, then I have no doubt that you'll want to grab this ASAP.  It isn't officially released until Monday.  So, if you happen to read this in the next day & half...go to to find out how to get it today!

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