I read, and loved, Hopeless. It was the first book that I'd had the pleasure of reading and reviewing from Netgalley. So, when I saw a flutter of excitement on Twitter over Losing Hope, I quickly requested a copy and was thrilled when my request was approved.
I liked Losing Hope, but not quite as much as Hopeless. I think it's because it's the same story as Hopeless, but just told from Holder's point of view. Hopeless was such a great story because of all of the twists and turns that I just didn't see coming, whereas this book was almost like reading the same story a second time. I like re-reads, but I always find that I don't love the story as much the second time around. I suppose it's because there's a certain type of magic in discovering a story for the first time, and the second read through just lacks a little of that magic.
With that being said, Losing Hope is still really, really good. In Hopeless, I found that I was a bit worried about the beginning of the book, because I felt like Sky and Holder were developing a dysfunctional Edward-Bella type relationship, where he treats her like crap but she still worships him. In Losing Hope, we really get into Holder's mind and, although I still find Holder to be a little over the top in his emotional and physical reactions to the events around him, I liked him better now that I've seen the world through his eyes.
If Holder is one of those bad boys that you hate to love, you'll definitely want to check out this companion novel. It's a quick, easy read that I polished off in just two days. Perfect for the beach!