Oct 4, 2017

Author Event | Colleen Hoover - Without Merit Tour!


Last night I had the opportunity to quickly meet Colleen Hoover, author Ugly Love, November 9, It Ends With Us, and her newest YA book Without Merit. She was touring for Without Merit, which I was lucky enough to receive an eARC for. Thanks to Ariele Fredman and Atria books for giving me the opportunity to participate in another blog tour. If you haven't checked that out, I have a short review on the book yesterday and there's also a giveaway!

 

Colleen Hoover was appearing at Chevalier Books in Los Angeles and when I found out, I immediately bought my ticket. I also convinced one of my best friends to get a ticket too, so I wouldn't be on my own. With the purchase of the ticket, we also received a copy of the book, which is great because I love adding more books to my CoHo collection.

We got there right on time and it was packed. The bookstore itself is small to be holding such a large event, so people were filled up all the way in and even crowded around the front. I noticed there was already some sort of line so I asked a nearby fan if they were in line to get their book, but they were already in line for the signing even though CoHo was speaking. We got directed to the front and after making our way through the crowds, we managed to get our books. But our number in line was #133 so we realized we had a bit to go. It was a little difficult to hear Colleen even though she had a microphone, but she was answering questions for the most part. She discussed the names of her characters in Without Merit, and talked of possible upcoming movie adaptations, but she only spoke for about 10 minutes which was a little disappointing.

After her talk was over, they had people get in line by their number but since we had such a long way to go, we headed for the coffee shop next door, and then continued to browse a few more shops down the street. About 45 minutes later we made our way back and they were only in the 60's but we decided to hang around the shop instead. We browsed through books, and I really wanted to get a few, but am on a book buying ban! Finally we were standing in line, and even though we had a few restless people get ahead of us, it was overall a quick process.


When we finally met her, she signed all my books (I had 4 for her to sign) and I took some pictures. I felt sort of awkward because CoHo didn't seem to want to talk at this point (since she was probably tired from the commotion) so we got a quick picture and were off. It was a overwhelming, but I was really excited about visiting the "oldest indy bookstore in Los Angeles" and am glad I had my friend with me. I was a little disappointed with the whole experience because there were too many people in the small area, and the bookshop workers weren't coordinating the event as well as it should have been, but overall am glad I was there to meet her.

Don’t miss Colleen on tour for WITHOUT MERIT:



SEATTLE, WA
Monday, October 2nd
THIRD PLACE BOOKS
7:00 PM    
17171 Bothell Way NE
Lake Forest Park, WA  98155

LOS ANGELES, CA
Tuesday, October 3rd
CHEVALIER'S BOOKS
7:00 PM    
126 N. Larchmont Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90004

KANSAS CITY, KS
Wednesday, October 4th
WOODNEATH LIBRARY CENTER
7:00 PM    
8900 NE Flintlock Rd
Kansas City, MO  64157

CHICAGO, IL
Thursday, October 5th
ANDERSON'S BOOKSHOP – LA GRANGE
7:00 PM    
26 S La Grange Rd
La Grange, IL  60525

CINCINNATI, OH
Friday, October 6th
JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS
7:00 PM    
2692 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH  45208

POTTSTOWN, PA
Saturday, October 7th
BOOKS-A-MILLION
6:00 PM    
Coventry Mall
351 W. Schuylkill Road Ste G16
Pottstown, PA  19465

NEW YORK, NY
Sunday, October 8th
NEW YORK COMIC CON
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM   
500 West 36th Street
Hudson Mercantile
New York, NY  10018

DALLAS, TX
Tuesday, October 10
SMU BOOKSTORE
7:00 PM    
B&N College
Southern Methodist University Bookstore
3060 Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX  75205

Oct 3, 2017

\\ Blog Tour \\ Review + Giveaway! | Without Merit by Colleen Hoover


Title: Without Merit by Colleen Hoover
Series: N/A
Genre: YA - Contemporary
Publication: October 3, 2017 by Atria Books
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
Rating:  ★★★★★

Synopsis: The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect. Then, there’s Merit.

Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her—until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.

Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit is forced to deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.


Thoughts: I read this in one day. Well technically, I started it the night before, read a bit before going to be bed and woke up the next day and read the rest. I literally spent an entire day reading Without Merit and it was so worth it. Colleen Hoover is easily one of my favorite authors and I was truly surprised with this book because it was unlike her others that I have read. Without Merit is YA and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I didn't know that the focus of this one would be so much on family, I absolutely loved that. Sure, it has some romance, but we get to experience the dynamics between Merit and her family.

The characters are the best part of this book, really, because each one is so realistic and dealing with their own issues that you find you can connect with all of them as well learn to love them. It was hard to understand why everyone was the way they were, but once the secrets start to come out, it's kind of shocking (which is something CoHo always does so well) and we can't help but love these characters more.

Like so many others, I find it best to go into her books blindly because you don't really know what to expect from the synopsis. CoHo always throws a curve ball in there and when you think you know everything, BAM! You're hit with something else. This is definitely the most unique of her works that I've read, and I loved every page of it. Without Merit is odd and memorable to say the least, a little different than anything I've ever read and I definitely recommend it to everyone.


Giveaway
Win 1 of 5 signed hardcover copies of WITHOUT MERIT! Contest is open until October 30th