Book Review: Karla J. Nellenbach’s A Sliver of Hope

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recommendedTitle: A Sliver of Hope
Author: Karla J. Nellenbach
Published: March 13, 2013
Publisher: Booktrope Editions
ASIN: B00C1JN6D6
Format: Kindle Edition
Series: N/A
Acquisition: FREE Download on Amazon (I also won a copy from a giveaway, but it’s in epub which I cannot load up into my Kindle because I don’t know how)

Purchase at: Amazon

My twin sister was the only person in the world I thought I’d known inside and out. Apparently, I was wrong.
Twin sisters share a unique bond, one that can’t be broken by miles, time, or even death. Hannah and Hope Morton are no exception. When Hope takes her own life, Hannah loses a sister and a best friend, a catastrophe she isn’t sure she’ll survive herself.
With her family in ruins, Hannah is slowly disappearing, drowning in a sea of misery. Even her wild, energetic best friend can’t pull her out of her grief. Desperate to help Hannah, her brother comes home from college, bringing his best friend Julian along, the first boy to break Hannah’s heart. None of their efforts are enough to pull Hannah off her self destructive path, though. Julian is the only one who can get through to her, working his way into her frozen soul with cocky remarks and genuine love that warms her from the inside out.
As Hannah works to find answers, she continues to uncover new secrets and people that reveal a side of Hope she had never shared with her twin. Alone now, Hannah must make a decision of her own: move on and start a new life with the people she has left, or let the weight of her grief drag her down with her sister.

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The Commencement: I won this book from Tumbling Book‘s Author Feature and Giveaway, and I was given a free epub file. This is Karla J. Nellenbach’s second novel. And I had high hopes for this because I LOVED Always and Forever. This is not an obligatory review. I write it with my own will and love for the book.

The Composition: Honestly, it was harder to connect with this book in the beginning because it started with the death of Hope, and I didn’t have any attachment to her so I cannot really feel for Hannah. I felt like an outsider looking in, but not really that affected. But as the story developed, I found myself more and more engrossed in the story – in Hannah’s accounts. This story was written as if Hannah is merely writing in her journal. It was like her means of coping for the loss of her beloved twin sister. This is not the first book to use this kind of format, but I felt that it was unique in its own way. I personally liked the format, and I could still feel Karla Nellenbach’s voice in the novel. I just really love her writing. It’s always so beautifully poetic and riveting. I don’t know how Karla does it, but she manages to make me all teary. And I’m not one to easily cry over a book. I love her, and she’s definitely an author I would follow.

I feel that her first novel was a lot better than this one, but A Sliver of Hope was still good nonetheless. This is marked as a New Adult book, but it didn’t focus so much on sex. In fact, the sex wasn’t so detailed unlike most books nowadays, and I liked that about this book. Yes, there is still sex and kissing and all that sexual tension, but Karla isn’t one to write about any graphic details. This book was more about dealing with the catastrophes that come our way. This story is about living.

The Characters:

Hannah was the invisible twin – the one who hid in the shadows of her sister, Hope. But with the loss of Hope, all eyes were now on her, and it doesn’t help that she looks exactly like her sister. Hannah displayed a lot of teenage angst and anger over the death of Hope. She lost herself, and she felt shattered. She had to deal with a lot of emotional meltdowns caused by her agony. It was quite frustrating to watch this happen, but she had every reason to feel all these things. And I admit it was hard to deal with, and I felt like I was one of the people watching over her along the way as I inwardly root for her.

Hannah’s father and brother, Doug, were such sweet support systems. They did their best to watch over Hannah or distract her. They always had her back when she was so lost in her grief. Hannah’s mother was more of the emotional one that shut down after Hannah’s death. They all had a lot to deal with, but the whole family all tried to move on together. And I think her parents were pretty cool.

Apart from her family, Hannah had her best friend, Glory, and her ex-boyfriend, Julian, who also devoted their time to making sure that she would be okay. Glory is a really great friend, who could be a little self-absorbed sometimes, but sometimes we just really have girlfriends like that. But she really knew Hannah well, and she did what she could to be there for Hannah. For Julian, I was iffy about him at first because he broke Hannah’s heart. He displayed a very unlikeable temper, but he had a lot of personality and you just have to love him. He easily imposes himself on Hannah, which of course Hannah easily rejected at first. But he wasn’t one to stop. I think my favorite scene of him would be when he played with the children at the beach. It shows a lot of his sweet and sensitive side.

The Charm: I don’t really know the feeling of losing someone so dear to me, but Karla was able to make me feel affected by what Hannah was feeling. I like books that make me think or feel profound things. And this book talks a lot about how we should learn to live our own lives and that we are responsible of our own actions. I also love the ending.

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The Conclusion: This book will make you frustrated and teary, but I definitely recommend that you read this book. It made me laugh, smile, and tear up. It made me emotional. It is simply beautiful and entertaining. Karla J. Nellenbach will enthrall you in deep emotions of grave tragedies in life.

My Favorite Quote: 

“As long as there’s that one tiny spark, that one little piece of life, there’s always hope.”

RATING:

5-star

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, but some may be subject to editing.
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