Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Slammed (Slammed Series #1) Review & Giveaway

Slammed (Slammed Series) by Colleen Hoover is wonderful, amazing, fantastic, one of the best books I've read this year. 

Book description...
After the unexpected death of her father forces eighteen year old Layken and her family to move across the country, away from everyone and everything she knows, her outlook on life is anything but hopeful.
Enter Will Cooper: the attractive twenty-one year old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry. After a night together that turns out to be everything but the expected, both Layken and Will are left with feelings they never knew they could have. Unfortunately in Layken's life, things are never what they seem. Just as quickly as it develops, their relationship is derailed by a shocking revelation, sparking a tumultuous battle between their hearts and their ethics.
As if the dramatic turn of events in her life isn't enough, Layken is slammed again when her mother reveals a secret of her own. A secret so intense, all of Layken's current problems pale in comparison to her seemingly insurmountable future. Unable to confront the changes that lie ahead of her, Layken ignores her conscience as she turns to Will for solace. Struggles ensue as both Layken and Will search for a balance between that which keeps them apart and the feelings that pull them together. 

☆★☆ Last week I entered to win an autographed copy of Slammed on Colleen's website and I won... I was so excited but when I got the mail today I was absolutely THRILLED because Colleen not only sent an autographed copy of Slammed with some absolutely amazing sweet words but she also sent a copy of Point of Retreat.  EEEK!!  So as a way to say Thank You to the wonderfully talented Colleen Hoover I am going to give away 2 ebook copies of Slammed and 2 ebook copies of Point of Retreat.  To enter to win an ebook of Slammed all you have to do is comment below with what your favorite book is and why.  Want extra chances of winning?  Share this with your friends and then leave another comment with a link of where you shared it... Facebook, Twitter, where ever you want!!!!  Good Luck!!!  The winners will be announced on Monday 4/9/12... make sure you check back or leave an email address with your comment. ☆★☆ 

First of all let me start off by Thanking my sweet friends Jenny and Sam for recommending this book to me.  I was in complete awe of how amazing it was... that awe of amazement was so high that I didn't even take the time to write my review before I picked up the second book to this series.

There's so much that I'd LOVE to share with you about this book... things I'd love to just get off my chest about this book right here in this post, but I can't..... Shh, I have to keep this quiet or Jenny is going to give me a hard time for saying I can't give out any spoilers because I begged her... and I mean begged... to give me something, anything about this book because I was losing my  mind with all the heart break and most especially with the dance Will and Lake were doing.  Of course she said no and then she changed the subject on me and got my mind off it so I could go back to concentrating on this story.  At the time I was not happy but now that I've read the book and I know what happens I have to say that in this once instance I am glad she didn't give me anything... I'm glad I experienced that beauty first hand.... So even though I know you are going to give me a hard time over this... and that's okay because I'll just make sure to get you blushing at work again... Thank You Jenny ♥!!!!!

Lake and Will are both amazing.  They are both so loyal  that their sense of family and the love they both have for their brothers, who were best friends, brought tears to my eyes.  I know family is important to most everyone but it's not often that you see that close of a bond between siblings.... I know my brothers love me but if I were in that situation I don't know that either of them would have done what..... See?  Bare with me here my friends I want to give you as much as I can without taking away from the book!  Anyway, the family love that is still in tact after everything these characters have been through is special... it's absolutely beautiful.  

Then you've got the romance, this is where I have so much I want to get off my chest... no, need to get off my chest because I just wanted it to work out for Lake and Will... Their feelings were so obvious that I actually got mad at my Kindle because what I wanted wasn't happening... I wanted Lake and Will together but understood the reasons they couldn't be.... That does not mean that Will and his damn self control didn't grate on my nerves because it did to the point that I actually had to remind myself that his reasons meant something, that meaning was quite precious, and losing that control would affect more than just him and Lake.  Even understanding, I still had a number of options going through my head on how they could be together... but have to say after finishing the story and then even moving on to Point of Retreat before writing my review I was more than satisfied... I was glad my ideas didn't actually happen because their relationship is more than special, quite frankly their relationship is one of a kind.  They couldn't be together but that doesn't mean that Will was not there for Lake when she needed him most and just knowing what they went through, what Will was there for Lake for, and even what Will had gone through made their relationship.... beautiful!

"I got schooled this year
a boy that I'm seriously, deeply, madly, incredibly, and undeniably
in love with.
 And he taught me the most  important thing of all...
To put the emphasis 
On life."

Slammed (Slammed Series) by Colleen Hoover is by far one of the most beautiful books I have read this year!  There is so much heart break but all that heart break is wrapped up in so much love that you can't help but ride those waves and cheering for our amazing characters.  Every single character pulled at my heart in one way or another and I can't help but feel like I'll be missing something once I've written my review of Point of Retreat because I'll no longer be spending time with all of them.  The beauty in these books and the impressive talent of Colleen Hoover will keep me wanting more... wanting to reread these books and hoping for more awe-inspiring work from Collen!  

☆★☆ Once you've read Slammed make sure you come back and check out this Video from Colleen's website... It's beautiful, it makes one of the poems from Slammed that much more special, it seems to give it's beauty and the meaning behind the words that much more! ☆★☆ 

Check it out!  You'll love these amazing books!

Happy Reading!


  1. I'm not leaving this comment to win a book as you know!!
    I am writing to say what a fantastic review Lori!! You summed this book up so eloquently and look at you!!! You didn't give any spoilers! I am so butterflying proud of you!!
    I couldn't agree more with everything you've said here.... This is one of those special books that not only touches your heart but also manages to reach into your soul. It truly is something wonderful.
    Now..... Even though you could have easily put your hands around my neck and choked me at the time.... Aren't y'all (Colleen I said y'all!!) glad I gave nothing away.
    You sure do have a way with words my wonderful friend!! xx

    1. I absolutely <3 You Jenny!!!!!!! Thanks again for denying me in my time of need to know some information.

  2. I've been anxious to catch up on my TBR list and read this book!!! So my favorite book, or I should say books is the Fifty Shades series by E.L. James. I just can't get enough of that Christian Gray!!! It's the whole tortured bad boy thing that makes me crave more of him.

  3. Awe y'all are making me blush! Thank you for such a touching review, Lori. And thank you Jenny and Sam for keeping Lori in line with the plot twists. Seriously...so butterflying happy Slammed brought us together. <3 <3 <3 (Does this count as an entry for me?)

    1. colleen i feel like i know u already my girls jen ,sam & lori have done nothing but talk about u over the last week or so :)...all good stuff btw lol
      i am totally excited to read slammed !!! & if it is even 1/2 as good as my girls say then u are going to have another fan for life in me mate :)
      Slammed is at the top of my TBR list & im looking forward to talking with u & my girls about it :)

      keep up the good work , i luv it wen lori ,jen & sammy get thins excited !!!

    2. <3<3 You are too cute Colleen!!!!! Thank you for writing SUCH an AMAZING book!!!!! I can't wait to read more or your work.

  4. This book looks really good. Great review. My favorite book is Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. I think it's the whole bad boy thing but then again Alex is so cute around Brittany!

  5. My Favorite book is Hush Money by Susan Bischoff. I love how it's kind of like that show heroes. Those kids are kick ass!

  6. brittney zurrickApril 3, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Great Review Lori!!!! My favorite book is Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley. That Tate has a hold of my heart like no other!

  7. Great review! My favorite books are Sweet Dreams, like Brittney, 50 Shades like Becca and the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost.

  8. whoops! I didn't mean to be anonymous!

  9. My Favorite books are the Scanguard Vampire series by Tina Folsom!

  10. ooowwwww i want 1 !!! RARWWWWWWW ...im hoping that me speaking dinasour will totally help me get the free ebook lol

    ok fav book hey ...hmmm now that is a hard 1

    alright im going to claim the obvious
    KNIGHT by KA u totally know why this is my fav :) i have an emotional attatchment to this book that goes beyond any other !!

    but if i had to pick another 1 ..hmmm tricky ....thinking ....thinking.....?????.....owww ooww i know ACHERON by sherrilyn kenyon coz that book was sooo gut renchingly sad & sherri's shit it the BOMB !! oh oh oh omg & i have to say BEAUTIFUL DISARSTER by my girl Jamie !!! oohh god i luv my travis ...yes i called him my travis & im not gona appologise 4 it either lol.
    ok so ive given u 3 & u only wanted 1 so that should mean i get 3 shots at the free ebook ...right ?? :)

    just incase my theory is correct im also going to mention
    fifty shades (of course)
    at peace coz joe (thats all u need there)
    anything written by Kresley cole , Gina showalter or J.R Ward that queens of PRN.....alright alright i will wrap it up now lol

    peace out & rock on my CAM-alicious smutter

    1. LMAO Sali... you crack me up honey..... RAWR baby!

  11. My favorite book is Collision Course by SC Stephens.

  12. Great review! I just by chance came across this book and have to get it very soon!

    1. Thanks Taryn :) You'll love it, it's a beautiful story but make sure you have some tissues handy!