Goodreads Summary: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Review: What a monumental moment. Writing my first review in over a year and on a book written by none other than my favorite author. Colleen has been an author I’ve been loyally committed to since the day I opened up Hopeless. From the moment I opened to page 1, my bookworm life was changed forever (“spare us the dramatics, Eileen!” I know, I know. But it’s true!!). Since then, I’ve read all of Colleen’s books and each time she somehow tops the previous book. I don’t know how she does it, but she is seriously some sort of romance novel wizard. Please, Colleen, teach me your ways!! Each time I read one of her books, my expectations get higher and higher which is why I was quite nervous to read November 9. Will I fall in love with the characters as much as I did in Hopeless? Will I cry my eyes out like I did in Ugly Love? Will my heart break into a million pieces like it did in Maybe Someday?
Despite my doubts, November 9 was everything I wanted it to be and then some. Whenever I read one of Colleen’s books, it doesn’t feel like I’m reading. It feels like I am on some sort of crazy adventure tagging along with all the characters. An adventure I never want to leave.
It all starts with Fallon. A girl insecure about her flaws embarking on a new adventure across the country when she meets Ben the day before she leaves. With a ridiculously funny introduction, it leads these two characters to spend her last night in town with each other. This becomes the inspiration for Ben’s first novel and for the two too met up every year on the same day.
Okay pause. I admit that looking at this plotline by itself, it does seem a bit cheesy and predictable, but trust me when I say that Colleen will blow your mind.
And OKAY we’re back… I’m literally so obsessed with Fallon and Ben. They’re both so easy to fall in love with. Fallon with her insecurities and Ben with his boyish charm will win your heart over within a few pages. Fallon is this character who is struggling to find her passion again in life, and Ben who knows what he wants to do, but needs a little guidance. I loved being able to witness their ups and downs. I loved how their struggles became our struggles. Like all the characters in Colleen’s books, we get to grow alongside Fallon and Ben as well as going through so much time with them. Fallon and Ben will make you feel every single emotion. Literally ALL THE FEELS. One page these two would have me dying laughing then I would turn it and the next I would be crying so hard I couldn’t breathe.
Overall, November 9 did not disappoint. It surpassed my exceedingly high expectations, reminded me why I started reading books in the first place, and question why I ever stopped. I absolutely recommend reading November 9 with every ounce of my being. It will be the most emotional rollercoaster you will ever be on, but a ride you will not want to get off.
“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”
Thank you guys for always supporting Bookwormstothemax and helping me make it what it is today. I’m so excited to be back and I can’t wait for my bookworms to see everything I have planned for the future. 🙂
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After over a year of growing, learning, and embarking on new adventures, I’ve decided to bring back Bookworm Eileen thus the return of my beloved, Bookwormstothemax. 🙂
With my first semester of college completed, I now have extra time to do some reinventing and show you all a different side of Bookwormstothemax. Get Excited!
Thank you to my favorite bookworms who are the reason I am returning to the Book Blogging World that I call my home. I can’t wait to show you all a different side of me as well as a new and improved version of Bookwormstothemax!
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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.
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. 🙂
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Hello, Bookworms and welcome to this week’s Feature Friday. Every Friday, you can see cool bookish videos, announcements, author interviews, and much more! So come back and see what’s new! This Friday is an author interview with the amazing, Britt Nunes! Thank you Britt for taking the time to answer these questions and joining us here on Bookwormstothemax!
Britt: First off, let me say you made this little, literary dork so ecstatic that you asked me for an interview! Thank you so very much, I’m sending you spaceships full of thanks! Okay, now I’ll get into your questions.
Eileen: Where did you get the idea for your debut novel, Etched?
Britt: The idea for Etched came from desperation. I just trashed a story I was trying to make work, and had nothing rolling around in my head; which is a very heartbreaking thing for a writer. I work in a grocery store, in the bakery mostly, and when I label my product to put out I have so many labels that I roll them up and slap them on my forearm. Yup, simple as that! It started off with a few questions: What if someone had to hide something on their forearm? Why? What would it be? Then, the prologue and first chapter popped into my head. Opening a word document, I started to write. I didn’t even know what I was writing; I just needed to write something! This nameless girl had a story for me, and I would discover all her secrets if I just kept writing.
Eileen: Why did you decide to become an author?
Britt:Because my characters will not leave me alone, and it seems to be okay to talk to all the imaginary people in your head if you say you’re an author (hahaha…writer humor). I’m a dork; I can’t help poking fun at myself. I always dabbled in writing, but it wasn’t until I was college that I started taking it seriously. It’s funny that I never took any writing courses, other than required English, but I loved words and stories. It wasn’t until I finished my first novel (it’s trashed now), that I thought of myself as a writer. Having a completed novel just makes you want to share it with everybody, hoping they get as enthralled as you did.
Eileen:If you could meet any author, who would it be? and why?
Britt: It’s a tie between two: Teri Hall & Marissa Meyers.
They are both amazing writers and storytellers. Hall’s books actually gave me a lot of inspiration when I first started writing Etched.
Eileen: What is your favorite book (or books) ?
Britt: Teri Hall: The Line Series
She has amazing prose and the plot was sweet. It was such a quick, fun read. That series has a special spot in my heart.
Marissa Meyers: The Lunar Chronicles
I love this series (can’t wait for Winter!). It has everything, action, amazing plot, and romance. Her books make me feel like a terrible writer because that’s just how awesome they are!
Eileen: What is your writing environment like?
Britt:Ideally: Starbuck’s coffee, my laptop, early in the morning (like 4 AM/6 AM), and alone in my apartment.
Normally: Starbuck’s coffee (that’s the one think I can’t skimp on…I need my coffee!), and whenever my mind is awake enough for complex thinking. I work midnights – baking breads, bagels, pies, cookies, etc. – all through the night, so when I get off my brain, most times, refuses to work. So, I take what I can get; which means my writing schedule is all over the place. I also write everywhere it’s comfortable and quiet, switching from my table, to my bed, to the floor, and sometimes even the bathroom.
Eileen: How do you balance writing with other things in your life?
Britt: I’m still learning that…hahaha. My goal is to become a full-time writer; I think that would help a lot with my balancing.
Eileen: What advice would you give an inspiring author?
Britt: It’s nothing new, but it’s oh so true…kept writing. Also, do your research, search out people who will give you honest feedback, don’t be scared to trash work that doesn’t work for your overall story (yes, even stuff you would sell your kid brother to keep), and don’t give up. All I have is my love for words, stories, and determination. Not to be all daytime talk show on you guys, but if I can do it, you so can too.
Eileen: Do you have any hobbies or interests unrelated to books?
Britt: I like to hang out with my sisters and be reminded just how much I love their weirdness.
Eileen:If you weren’t an author, what would you be?
Britt: A dinosaur tamer, alien cyborg or a star fisher (hahaha). I’m an author. I can’t seem to fight it, trust me I’ve tried, my characters always win. Anything else is just crazy talk!
Eileen: What are you working on now? a sequel? something new?
Britt: I’m in the middle of editing the next installment of The Etched Tales, Hushed (#2). I’m also, brainstorming for the 3rd book. Lastly, I’m trying to thwart off a new series that is creeping into my brain (Get back! Get back! I have the Tales to finish! Hahaha). My brain is always loud with chaos.
I write to give my literary lungs a stretch – to express and explore. I write because I’m a dork that’s addicted to rich words, suspenseful stories, flecks of romance, and massive amounts of coffee. So people can be whisked away for as long as their nose is safely tucked inside my story. For the teenager that’s trapped inside my body that clamors for more pages to read. I write out of pure insanity, weirdoness, and overall, love.
This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the Top Ten Books/Authors that got you back into reading.
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Check them out!
I actually love this particular category because each of these books/authors play a BIG part in my love for reading.
Hope you enjoy this week’s Top Ten!
1. Book: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover: This book plays a big part in my reading journey. If I did not read Hopeless, I don’t think I would be writing this post right now on my own blog. Hopeless inspired me to venture out to different books and authors. You can check out my review of Hopeless here.
2. Author: Simone Elkeles: Simone is ,definitely, my favorite author by far. She’s spunky, down-to-earth, and obviously writes the best books I’ve ever read. The Perfect Chemistry series is so special to me. It made Alex and the other Fuentes brothers have a special place in my heart.
3. Book: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green: I mean WHO DOESN’T love The Fault in Our Stars? I probably cried over 100 times throughout reading TFIOS. There are wet spots on the pages to prove this. TFIOS changed the way I thought about life, love, and loss. If you have not read this book, READ IT NOW!
4. Author: Jessica Park: Jessica Park writes the best romance books, I swear. I mean her books are the only books that makes me cry, giggle, and swoon ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Weird right? Left Drowning and Flat-Out Love = works of art.
5. Book: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: Vampire Academy is the book that made me fall in love with the Young Adult Fantasy genre. If it wasn’t for Vampire Academy, I would not have the opportunity to read so many amazing fantasy novels!
6. Book: It’s Kind Of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini: This book helped me overcome so many hardships in my life. It taught me that through my struggles, there will always be light and hope. RIP Ned Vizzini.
7. Author: Jillian Dodd: Her books are just BE-AUUU-TIFUL! If it wasn’t for Keatyn, I wouldn’t have the great fashion sense I have now. 🙂
8. Books: The Twilight Saga: I know you guys will hate me for saying this, but I really enjoyed these books as well as the movies. Twilight is what actually got my foot into the door of reading. I wouldn’t have this blog right now if I did not read the Twilight books!
9. Book: Marked by P.C. Cast: Okay, I have a reason why I have this book on my list…. I hated this book so much that it inspired me to do reviews on books and give my honest opinion. Who knew good things come out of reading such terrible books? 🙂
10. Book: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: This book taught me that you should always be there for people when they are in a rough place. You can’t ignore them when company is the most important thing they need. We have to be considerate of others and take care of those around us. Absolutely loved this book!
My last March book haul!
Some of these books I’ve read before, like Flat-Out Love and Flat-Out Matt, but I just wanted my own hard copy. Some I got for my birthday (March 24th!). I can’t wait until I share my reviews of these books with you guys!
March Book Haul
1. Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park: Something is seriously off in the Watkins home. And Julie Seagle, college freshman, small-town Ohio transplant, and the newest resident of this Boston house, is determined to get to the bottom of it. When Julie’s off-campus housing falls through, her mother’s old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in. The parents, Erin and Roger, are welcoming, but emotionally distant and academically driven to eccentric extremes. The middle child, Matt, is an MIT tech geek with a sweet side … and the social skills of a spool of USB cable. The youngest, Celeste, is a frighteningly bright but freakishly fastidious 13-year-old who hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes.
And there’s that oldest brother, Finn: funny, gorgeous, smart, sensitive, almost emotionally available. Geographically? Definitely unavailable. That’s because Finn is traveling the world and surfacing only for random Facebook chats, e-mails, and status updates. Before long, through late-night exchanges of disembodied text, he begins to stir something tender and silly and maybe even a little bit sexy in Julie’s suddenly lonesome soul. To Julie, the emotionally scrambled members of the Watkins family add up to something that … well … doesn’t quite add up. Not until she forces a buried secret to the surface, eliciting a dramatic confrontation that threatens to tear the fragile Watkins family apart, does she get her answer.
2. Flat-Out Matt by Jessica Park: Matt is a junior at MIT. He’s geeky, he’s witty, he’s brilliant. And he’s also very, very stupid.
When beautiful, cool, insightful Julie moves in with Matt’s family, why (oh why!) does he pretend to be his absent brother Finn for her alleged benefit? It seems harmless enough until her short-term stay becomes permanent. And until it snowballs into heart-squeezing insanity. And until he falls in love with Julie, and Julie falls in love with Finn.
But … Matt is the right one for her. If only he can make Julie see it. Without telling her the truth, without shattering them all. Particularly his fragile sister Celeste, who may need Julie the most. You saw Matt through Julie’s eyes in FLAT-OUT LOVE. Now go deeper into Matt’s world in this FLAT-OUT MATT novella. Live his side of the story, break when his heart breaks, and fall for the unlikely hero all over again. Take an emotional skydive for two prequel chapters and seven Flat-Out Love chapters retold from his perspective, and then land with a brand-new steamy finale chapter from Julie.
3. Every Day by David Levithan: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.
4. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle: Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.
5. Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion…she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit–more sparkly, more fun, more wild–the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.
When Cricket–a gifted inventor–steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.
6. The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa: Half Summer faery princess, half human, Meghan has never fit in anywhere. Deserted by the Winter prince she thought loved her, she is prisoner to the Winter faery queen. As war looms between Summer and Winter, Meghan knows that the real danger comes from the Iron fey—ironbound faeries that only she and her absent prince have seen. But no one believes her.
Worse, Meghan’s own fey powers have been cut off. She’s stuck in Faery with only her wits for help. Trusting anyone would be foolish. Trusting a seeming traitor could be deadly. But even as she grows a backbone of iron, Meghan can’t help but hear the whispers of longing in her all-too-human heart.
Tomorrow is Book Review Monday! This Monday’s review will be…Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park! Come back tomorrow to see the review!
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Goodreads Summary: Meghan Chase has a secret destiny; one she could never have imagined.
Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school or at home.
When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change.
But she could never have guessed the truth – that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war. Now Meghan will learn just how far she’ll go to save someone she cares about, to stop a mysterious evil, no faery creature dare face; and to find love with a young prince who might rather see her dead than let her touch his icy heart…
YEEEEESSSSS! This book was a crazy and explosive experience. One minute I’m jumping up and down and the other second I’m left breathless. After reading The Iron King, I’m exposed to a new world, which includes magical beings: fairies. When I first started reading, I was a little hesitant getting into books that include things like fairies, demons, and other magical creatures because I felt like most of them were either too boring or just plain weird. The Iron King was amazing. There’s action. There’s romance. There’s drama. I cannot wait until I read more of Julie Kagawa’s books. Props to Julie!
The protagonist in this novel is Meghan Chase, a socially-awkward country girl. She doesn’t have many friends. All she has is her longtime best friend, Robbie. She goes through high school hiding in the shadows until she discovers her little brother’s peculiar behavior. After he bites her on the leg, he disappears–without a trace. She is brought into a magical world that she never knew existed: Nevernever. She needs to save her little brother, while saving Nevernever that could fall into an inevitable doom.
I seriously LOVED The Iron King. Julie Kagawa writes in a style that is easy and refreshing to read. She doesn’t weigh you down with a whrlwind of information, rather, she slowly immerses the reader into her world, page after page. I absolutely loved Meghan. She was trong, independent, stubborn, and a total badass. This is the kind of character that you want to read about, the kind of character that you admire. Not to mention the absolutely compelling cast of supporting characters… Puck, Ash & Grimalkin. All of the characters were so relatable and complex. There aren’t many times that I find myself genuinely enjoying and being impressed by all the characters. There are usually one or two that really stand out, and the others fade in the background, that’s not the case with The Iron King. I urge you guys to read The Iron King and immerse yourself into the world of fairies.
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