[504]: Confess by Colleen Hoover

Atria | Paperback, 320 pages
Publication Date: March 10th, 2015
Adult Fiction | Romance
Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars

I didn’t think it would be possible to feel a little underwhelmed with a CoHo book, but there you have it. Don’t get me wrong, I would buy anything she’d sell, but that doesn’t mean I’ll always enjoy it. Such is the case for Confess.

While I wouldn’t be so quick to say that my problem with this one was the instant-love most have griped about, my disenchantment is rooted to the fact that it was lacking in romance, which she’s famously known for. Colleen also introduced some pretty convincing antagonists that I’ve rarely encountered in her previous works. I think my annoyance with these characters contributed to my not liking this book so much. On the other hand, it’s great to see Colleen exploring the kind of characters that add variety and depth to a novel. It shows her willingness to break the mould.

Auburn was a pushover character, but one that incites empathy instead of apathy. Without giving too much, readers would most likely find it in them to forgive her seemingly weak trait. Colleen has an arsenal of charismatic love interests, and Owen was no chopped liver. I have a deep love for artists in novels, and though Owen was not my preferred tortured soul, he’s still a good 7.

I’m always good for a tear or two when I read her novels, but this one fell short on the ‘feels’ scale, sadly. That’s not to say I wasn’t vested in the story. It’s one of those inexplicable things, when you know it’s a subpar version of what you’ve always expected from the author yet you’re still absolutely hooked. Thus is the power of her storytelling.

Colleen included another form of media in her last book to enhance her readers’ experience, and I’m happy to say the art work here are nothing short of perfection. I love the artist’s interpretation of the featured confessions – mostly vague, but somehow very fitting.

Overall, I think ardent fans of CoHo would love this. I guess I just expected more.

  • So I was already hesitant to read this one because of my experience with Hopeless. I was debating giving it a chance but now? Granted my expectations aren’t very high but, meh.

  • It is a shame you didn’t like this one. I read it too, and I thought it fell a little short to. Auburn really needed to pull up her big girl panties. I liked OMG and was keen to see how far back their connection went.

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  • Hm, I haven’t read anything by this author yet but I have been meaning to. And will do in time. But I doubt I will start with this one especially as the characters weren’t too likeable and those are usually what I look for in a book.

  • I’ve yet to read a Colleen Hoover book but I was actually interested with this one when I read the blurb…hmmmm…maybe I’ll like this more since I’m a first time reader? I’m sorry this wasn’t a favorite Joy! Hopefully her next book will be better for you. Btw, how’s your vacation going? πŸ™‚ I hope you’re having fun!

  • I already know there is just no way this will surpass Slammed (which is my forever favorite CoHo book, and the best she wrote, in my opinion), but I’m kinda intrigued by Confess (plus wanna see the artwork… πŸ˜‰

  • I’ve heard about this and how it wasn’t amazing compared to her other books! I’m sad to see it didn’t meet your expectations. (She writes a ton of books a year doesn’t she. Wow impressive). I have YET to read a CoHo book. I wonder if I would like this one better if I read it first…

    Awesome review Joy!

  • Aw, I’m sorry this didn’t live up to the CoHo standards! I still want to read it, largely because of the idea of the confessions and the art, but I guess I’ll keep lower expectations.

  • I’ve been hesitant to pick this up for the same reason Joy, I love the sound of having art infused throughout (much like the soundtrack that went along with Maybe Someday), but her last few releases have really let me down sadly. The romance in the last couple have been lacking. That deep connection that most of her characters share, seemed to be replaced with lusty sex really. I prefer when she was releasing mature YA, there was much more depth to her storylines. Now she’s just another NA author looking to cash in it seems. Fabulous review Joy, going to tread carefully with this one <3

  • Yes, someone I can relate to! The romance was a miss for me, although I did like the concept of the confessions turned into art. Thanks for the honest review πŸ™‚

  • Joy, you’re not the only one to think like that. My co-blogger who is also her fan had mixed feelings and rated it 3 stars. The only book I read by her so far is the 1st one in the Slammed series. I liked it, but somehow I didn’t continue with the series, don’t know why. I think I’m gonna read this one too, mostly because of the art work you mentioned, so we’ll see.

  • I haven’t read any of her books yet, but I’ve seen this one floating around a lot. I take it that I shouldn’t start with this book then when I read her books. I really do not like insta love, it is so unrealistic! Great review Joy! :]

  • Eh, it does nothing for me

  • Christy

    Oh, c’mon, Joy … you didn’t shed ONE tear during the prologue? Well, glad you still liked it though. I think I really connected and felt for Auburn since I’ve been in her shoes when I was younger. Not to that extent, but you know what I’m talking about. And why she’d put up with so much. Holy crap did I ever want to smash those two certain characters.

  • I’ve been cringing whenever I see reviewers mention that Confess consists of insta-love. You know I hate that kind of aspect — I even DNF’d Slammed because of it, but I’m looking forward to seeing what experience I’ll have with it. You know what’s funny, I’m the same with Colleen. She’s an auto-buy author for me, and I can DNF a book from her, and still break my neck to purchase anything with her name on it lol.

  • I am so sorry this didn’t quite live up to your expectations from this author. I did love this but then again, I haven’t read all of her earlier work yet either. πŸ˜‰

  • Aw, hugs. I’m sorry you had some issues with this book Joy :\ but glad you didn’t hate it at least πŸ™‚ You are awesome for reading so many books by this author. <3 Fingers crossed the next one you read by her is much better πŸ™‚

  • Sorry the romance isn’t up to par as her usual works. I have yet to read any Colleen Hoover, but my buddies Blessie and Tika always rave about her and they recommended I pick up Ugly Love before reading Confess so that is my plan. I’ve heard the rating for this book are lower than usual for CoHo. Sucks :/ but glad you could still enjoy it.

  • Are you back Joy?! I’m so happy to see a post from you!!
    Anyways, I have to completely agree with you. This wasn’t CoHo’s best book. It could have been so much stronger had I felt an intense emotional connection that I have come to expect from Colleen’s books, like you said. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the romance either, mostly because it felt a lot like insta-love. I did enjoy her characterization though.
    Great review, Joy!

  • I haven’t read many CoHo books but the few that I’ve had have left me underwhelmed. I got this one from the Library but I frankly don’t even know what it’s about. Sorry to hear it wasn’t your favorite, hope your next read is better ❀

  • I’m pretty sure I still have one of her earlier books on Kindle which I haven’t tried yet.. Sorry that this fell flat for you, hon

  • I felt exactly the same about this one! It was just too flat for me and I usually love CoHo’s books.

  • Oh I’m sorry about the romance part. I haven’t read this one I confess but I keep hearing great things about this author and I know I need to try!!!