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Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Summary: Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris. And after a chance encounter in Manhattan over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined. But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures, and the very real possibility of being apart.

Featuring cameos from fan-favorites Anna, Étienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true love—set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelona—is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkins’s beloved series.

Review: I’m BACK. It’s been 2 months since I’ve done a review. Part of the reason why is I’m still super busy with school and college applications. The other part is I’ve been having major blogger’s block. (Is that even a thing?) Either way, I’m glad to be back. 🙂

This book was essentially everything I needed it to be. It was quirky, moving, and ALL THE FEELS. I don’t think anything can beat Anna and the French Kiss, however this one was pretty close to amazing.

Isla has been enamored with Josh since she could remember, yet she’s barely talked with him, and is almost certain he doesn’t even know she exists. Isla runs into Josh while high on Vicodin (she had her wisdom teeth surgery), and therefore begins her romance with him.

It was a very enchanting read, and I loved that their relationship was a more private one, in a very sweet way that isn’t easy to explain. The clichés were the good kind which made the book even more enjoyable and as I reached the end of the book I couldn’t really comprehend my thoughts anymore.

It’s funny because in Anna and the French Kiss you don’t really even notice Isla (at least I didn’t). If you haven’t read the book as many times as I have you may not even notice her. And Josh, he was a great secondary character and side kick to St. Clair, but not someone you really thought about. Even though I had my doubts about the character selection, I was super excited when I learned these were our two leads in Isla and the Happily Ever After. There was something that fascinated me about what I did know about them and it peaked my curiosity.

I can’t believe that I doubted Isla and Josh in the beginning. I found myself a lot in Isla. Isla and I are both shy, somewhat awkward, but passionate individuals. I even swooned over Josh. As I learned more about his character and his story, I understood why Stephanie chose him as the male lead character. 🙂 Another thing that Perkins does well is the secondary characters. Isla had some great people in her life that taught her things that made her grow as a person separate from her connection with Josh. Kurt was a fascinating addition that was able to be Isla’s voice of reason. He told her things she didn’t want to hear about herself but needed to hear.

Finishing Isla was bittersweet because this trilogy, all of these characters, mean something to me. It sounds weird but reading Isla and the Happily Ever After was the end of an era. It was like graduating and leaving everything behind. I almost felt like Josh did, all alone after losing my friends. Even though Anna, Lola, and Isla’s stories have reached an end, I’m glad they each got their own “happily ever after.” 🙂

Until next time….

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WOW.

That is all I have to say about The Keatyn Chronicles.

I’ve followed Keatyn on her journey for so long and I’m unbelievably proud of all she’s done.

Jillian Dodd did an amazing job with the series which makes it so hard to say goodbye..

The drama, the characters, and everything else in between was divine chaos.

Perfect. Divine. Chaos.

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Aiden, Dawson, Riley, Maggie, Katie, Dallas, and even Whitney grew on me and I found myself fall in love with their drama, their relationships, and their hearts.

I don’t want to give too much away because I highly HIGHLY recommend you read the series. But I will tell you that you will be on a never-ending rollercoaster of emotions.

Goodbye Keatyn and see you the next time I re-read the entire series. 🙂

Until next time….

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Kiss Me (Bookwormstothemax Review)


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Hello Bookworms and welcome to another Feature Friday! For those of you who don’t know about Feature Friday or if it is your first time on Bookwormstothemax, every Friday you can see posts about new bookish videos, announcements, authors, and etc. If you have any suggestions for a Feature Friday, let me know by leaving a comment below or emailing me at bookworm_tothemax@yahoo.com !

This Friday, I’m excited to share with you my interview with Johanna Parkhurst. I first found out about her books a few months ago and I’m happy I did. If you haven’t read any of Johanna’s books before, I highly recommend that you do! Check out her website here.

Eileen: Thank you Johanna for joining all of us here on Bookwormstothemax! We are so happy to have you! First off, What made you decide to become an author?

 Johanna: I’m not sure I ever decided to be a writer—I’ve just always loved making up stories in my head and putting them on paper. I wrote my first “book” when I was eight: The Story of Jackie, the Killer Whale. My mom said it was awesome, so I figured I’d keep up the whole writing thing.

 

Eileen: Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it and why?

Johanna: I can’t imagine writing horror because I can’t read a horror book without having to close it every five seconds (I scare really easily). Other than that, everything’s on the table. The best part of writing is that it allows you to be a part of so many different worlds.

 

Eileen: Harmony Ink Press publishes LGBT-related Young Adult Books. What inspired you to write YA LGBT novels?

Johanna: I didn’t initially set out to write Dusty Porter (in Here’s to You, Zeb Pike) as a gay character. Over many, many drafts Dusty just happened to end up falling in love with Emmitt…and thus I had written a novel about a gay teenager (I sometimes joke that my own character came out to me).

 Then, at the same time that I was looking to get Here’s to You, Zeb Pike published, I was also bringing more and more literature with LGBTQ characters into my middle school classroom. A principal I was working with made the following plea to me: “Please don’t just bring in stories where the gay kids get beat up and bullied and commit suicide all the time. I feel like that’s all kids see these days. I want them to know that not everyone’s story is like that.” I’m not saying those types of stories shouldn’t be out there, and neither was my principal. Those stories are vitally important to teens who need to see the worst possible consequence of bullying behavior. They are also vitally important to those teenagers who have had such an experience and need to know they are not alone. But when I was writing Every Inferno, I decided I wanted to write another story featuring LGBTQ characters, and that this time I wanted to create a high school which leans towards acceptance and inclusion. So I created the character of McKinley, a gay 16-year-old who enjoys huge popularity in his high school.

 

Eileen: What advice would you give LGBT teens who are struggling with themselves and their identity?

Johanna: What a great question. Almost every teen I’ve ever known is struggling with defining who they are in what way or another, and the advice I often give to them is this: surround yourself with the right people. People who appreciate every aspect of your identity, even if that identity is changing in some way. People who will support you in the process of defining yourself. People who will stand by you. That’s not always easy to do. Not everyone has people like that readily available. So seek them out. Actively look for them. They’re out there somewhere.

 

Eileen: Here’s to You, Zeb Pike was your first novel. Can you tell the readers a little bit about it?

Johanna: Here’s to You, Zeb Pike is about Dusty Porter, a fourteen-year-old boy who is left to take care of his brother and sister by himself…and what happens when someone finally figures out what’s going on and Dusty’s life is turned upside down. It’s sad, and funny, and the characters in it were great fun to write.

 

Eileen: Your newest book, Every Inferno, was recently released. How is it different from Here’s to You, Zeb Pike?

Johanna: Every Inferno is a lot darker. While the topics addressed in Here’s to You, Zeb Pike aren’t lighthearted, that book has a decent amount of humor laced into it. Every Inferno is about an alcoholic teenager trying to solve the mystery of his parents’ murder, so the tone of that book is much more serious. Although, if you like sarcasm, you’ll still probably find it funny. JJ is pretty acerbic.

 

Eileen: What books are you currently reading?

Johanna: I’m just about to start Golden Boy by Abigail Tarttelin. It’s a YA novel about a character who’s born intersex, and it’s getting wonderful reviews.

 

Eileen: What is your strategy to get rid of writer’s block?

Johanna: It’s AWFUL. Most writers would say you should never do this!! Basically…I work on 2-3 projects at all times, and I jump back and forth whenever one stalls. While I would say that this strategy works for me, it also means that it takes forever for me to finish a draft of anything.

 

Eileen: How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?

Johanna: I’m all over the place with names. Dusty’s name represents the fact that his life is in constant change—dust that hasn’t settled anywhere yet. But JJ’s name has no meaning whatsoever. I just liked the initials and started calling him that as I drafted the book. I didn’t even figure out what JJ stood for until the third chapter!

 

Eileen: What are you working on now? A new book? Project?

Johanna: Naturally, I’m working on two projects right now. One is my first attempt at a picture book! That’s taking some time, because I’ve never written one before. The other is a novel featuring a teenage girl who’s a history geek…and spends a lot of time with toilet seats. That’s all I’m going to say about that for now.

Thank you again, Johanna, for joining us on Bookwormstothemax!

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Johanna Parkhurst grew up on a small dairy farm in northern Vermont before relocating to the rocky mountains of Colorado. She spends her days helping teenagers learn to read and write and her evenings writing things she hopes they’ll like to read. She strives to share stories of young adults who are as determined, passionate, and complex as the ones she shares classrooms with.

Johanna holds degrees from Albertus Magnus College and Teachers College, Columbia University. She loves traveling, hiking, skiing, watching football, and spending time with her incredibly supportive husband.

Until next time….

Catcha later bookworms!


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I’m so sorry I haven’t posted anything in a while! It’s been crazy on vacation during the summer, starting my senior year in high school, and getting ready to apply to colleges! But no worries because I’m back and have a lot of fun stuff planned for you all!

Tomorrow will be Feature Friday and I have something awesome to share!

New reviews will be posted this weekend as well.

Next Friday will be an Author Interview with the amazing, Johanna Parkhurst!

Lastly, I will be hosting a new giveaway next week so stay tuned!!

Until next time….

Catcha later bookworms!


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Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary: Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

Review: This particular book is the reason why I LOVE dystopian-type books so much! The Program is so different from any book I’ve read. It’s new, refreshing, and addicting. Seriously, I’m hooked on The Program. So thank you, Suzanne Young, for being the reason of my obsession. 🙂

The world is not the same world you once knew. What once was a sudden spike in teen suicides has turned into an international epidemic. The Program has been established to put an end to the epidemic — as well as their memories.. The person keeping Sloane out of the Program is her boyfriend, James. Little does Sloane know that James has some problems himself. Sloane and James do everything they can to keep the handlers at a distance, but they can’t avoid their issues forever..

I absolutely have to point out the book cover. You see both Sloane and James, holding hands and getting ready to face the Program. When I first saw this book at the bookstore, the cover immediately caught my attention. In the book, it is obvious that Sloane is fighting against the Program, but she is also fighting herself. Like all teenagers, Sloane has some inner demons as well. She has to figure out how to outsmart the Program while saving herself.

Teenagers tackles some pretty deep issues in The Program with everything from teenage love to depression. To some extent, The Program can be considered as true because although teen suicide isn’t an epidemic in the real world, it is an issue. Many teens face bullying, depression, and etc. Suicide is something we should all be aware of and help those who need our help most.

Overall, The Program was an amazing read. I found myself dying to find out what will happen next. There wasn’t a single moment in this book where I felt bored or unsure of where things were going. It was perfection by far. I loved the experience of getting to read this one and I can see myself re-reading it over and over.

Until next time….

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Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary: Whether you were charmed by Celeste in Flat-Out Love or are meeting her for the first time, this book is a joyous celebration of differences, about battling private wars that rage in our heads and in our hearts, and—very much so— this is a story about first love.

For high-school senior Celeste Watkins, every day is a brutal test of bravery. And Celeste is scared. Alienated because she’s too smart, her speech too affected, her social skills too far outside the norm, she seems to have no choice but to retreat into isolation.

But college could set her free, right? If she can make it through this grueling senior year, then maybe. If she can just find that one person to throw her a lifeline, then maybe, just maybe.

Justin Milano, a college sophomore with his own set of quirks, could be that person to pull her from a world of solitude. To rescue her—that is, if she’ll let him.

Together, they may work. Together, they may save each other. And together they may also save another couple—two people Celeste knows are absolutely, positively flat-out in love.

Review: OH MY SWEET BABY JESUS. That was my reaction after reading Flat-Out Celeste. Why? Besides my uncontrollable swooning tendencies, FOC completely surpassed my expectations. Celeste has always been my favorite character of all time. I loved her in Flat-Out Love. I loved her in Flat-Out Matt. And I LOVE her now.

I see myself so much in Celeste. I may not have the wide range of vocabulary that she does, but we both share one thing in common: isolation. A few years ago, I was in that awkward stage where I didn’t know where I belonged or who I truly was. Making friends was hard because I never knew what to say. I was always “the girl with her nose in a book.” Luckily as I grew older, I found my voice in the world and I discovered who I REALLY was. So thank you to Celeste for showing me what it’s like to rediscover yourself.

Flat-Out Celeste begins with Celeste getting ready to go off to college. While other students are trying to get into any college, Celeste gets to pick from the majority of the Ivy Leagues. Harvard? Yale? All of the top prestigious universities want her to study at their school. Celeste should be happy right? But she isn’t. She feels like she has something missing. She’s been so busy worrying about her education, that she hasn’t had the opportunity to have normal high school experiences.

“I refuse to be left behind in this world, so I need to catch up.”  

In comes Justin Milano. Justin reminded me so much of Matt. They are both quirky, awkward, but oh so gorgeous. Justin is a college sophomore at Barton College who emails prospective students in hopes to get them to attend the college. What should be a few emails turns into numerous heartfelt emails. Just as Celeste begins falling in love with Justin, I found myself falling in love with him as well. Whether it was Celeste experiencing her first kiss or Justin bringing the best out Celeste, their relationship was just perfect.

“And you have me. Sometimes you need someone else to believe in you, to carry you, until you can do that yourself. Let me carry you. You’re almost there. Damn it, Celeste, you’re almost there. God, please, you have me, and I want you.” He stopped walking back and forth and put both of his hands over his heart. “I want you so much.”  

Watching Celeste grow from being a shy and awkward girl into a strong and independent woman was the greatest reading experience ever. She showed me how to overcome hardships and how to stay true to yourself. I am so proud of Celeste and her journey. She has come a long way. Goodbye to the girl holding on to Flat Finn. Hello to the new and improved Celeste!

“I am choosing a love that defies boundaries and a life that defies boundaries. That is the power of Celeste.”  

The last thing I will mention is Matt and Julie’s MOMENT. If you’ve read FOC, you will know what I’m talking about. During this part in the book, I was in total shock that I broke down crying. Is that weird? 😀 This was a very big moment and Jessica wrote it perfectly! I mean I was ugly-crying! I almost never ugly-cry reading books. Obviously it was a happy kind of crying because it was just beautiful.

Jessica Park. Thank you so much for bring life to all of the characters. Celeste, Julie, Justin, and Matt will always hold a place in my heart. I know I’m not alone when I say: You are a true artist. Thank you for being you. Thank you for writing some of my favorite books ever. Thank you for being one of the reasons why I am the die-hard bookworm I am today. You are beyond amazing!

Until next time….

Catcha later bookworms!


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So excited for my next giveaway! I was honored to meet Britt Nunes at a book signing earlier this week. She was so amazing and sweet! Since I loved Etched so much, I wanted to host a Etched giveaway! Britt is a new, yet talented author with so much ahead of her. Her next book, Hushed, is the sequel to Etched!

Here’s a picture of Me with Britt Nunes! (I’m on the left.)

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Follow Britt on Twitter: @Britt_Nunes

Goodreads Summary

She was found abandoned. Her name forgotten. Her memory taken. In a decaying world ravaged by an untamable forest, seventeen-year-old Basil had a comfortably secluded life. She lived by a few unspoken rules, NEVER cross into the forbidden wing of the Manor, don’t trust any OUTSIDERS, and to ALWAYS keep her etching covered. Ever since she had been discovered, she always followed these rules…until, Basil’s etching begins to burn, memories start rushing back, and a silver-eyed boy, an outsider, appears. Basil soon uncovers why these whispered regulations were put into effect, not only to protect her but everyone around her.

Check out my review of Etched here.

Check out my Author Interview with Britt Nunes here.

For this giveaway, 1 lucky winner will win a SIGNED copy of Etched!

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HOW TO ENTER

You must be following this blog via email/wordpress in order to qualify!

  1. All  you have to do is Comment on this post and answer this question: “What is your favorite summer read?” !!
  2. I will choose one lucky winner! The giveaway will end Friday May 30th, 2014! (US Residents only!)
  3. For an EXTRA entry, Tweet about this giveaway on Twitter (Follow me on Twitter @thebookwormblog) and add the link to THIS post in the tweet. When completed, comment your Tweet URL here.
  4. I will announce the winner after the deadline with further instructions.

 

Good Luck!

Until next time….

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