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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. 🙂

Until next time….

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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. 🙂

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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!

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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Stalk Me.  (Bookwormstothemax Review)

Kiss Me (Bookwormstothemax Review)


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Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary: According to Anna’s best friend, Frankie, twenty days in Zanzibar Bay is the perfect opportunity to have a summer fling, and if they meet one boy every day, there’s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but there’s something she hasn’t told Frankie–she’s already had her romance, and it was with Frankie’s older brother, Matt, just before his tragic death one year ago.

TWENTY BOY SUMMER explores what it truly means to love someone, what it means to grieve, and ultimately, how to make the most of every beautiful moment life has to offer.

Review: If you follow some of my posts, you would know that I usually describe an emotional book as “ALL THE FEELS”. I couldn’t do that with Twenty Boy Summer. Why? Because it was ALL THE FEELS and MORE. It was an INFINITE amount of feels. I actually read Twenty Boy Summer the day after I watched The Fault in Our Stars. So imagine a teenage girl already weak and fragile from the most emotional movie ever, putting her emotions into even more misery. Yeah, it was a disaster, but I don’t regret reading it at all. Although I went through a couple boxes of tissue, I can say that it is my favorite summer read by a long shot.

So how can a book make me bawl my eyes out, but still be my favorite summer read? I’ll tell you.

Before Twenty Boy Summer, I was reading a lot of other romance books. All of those romance books had one thing in common: they were unrealistic. The boy and the girl fall in love, then there’s something moderately shocking to keep the reader’s interest, and in the end, love conquers all and the couple lives happily ever after. BORING. I like reading these types of books, don’t get me wrong, but I needed a book to show what really happens in a relationship. I desired a book to show that a relationship isn’t just gumdrops and rainbows. Twenty Boy Summer did just that.

I loved how Sarah Ockler didn’t force sadness and grief down my throat. Some books tend to force you to feel a certain way whether that is happiness, sorrow, or anger. Twenty Boy Summer allowed me to feel how I wanted to feel. The writing didn’t seem forced either. It flowed at a perfect pace. My heart ached for all of the characters, but especially Anna. Not only did she lose one of her best friends in the death of Matt, but she also lost her first love. I can’t imagine how hard it is for someone my age to be put into that much tragedy. In addition, Frankie, who was her best girl friend, is dealing with the loss of her brother and the effects that it had on her entire family. It was almost as if Anna lost both of her friends with Matt’s death. Everything and everyone changed in some way. And since Anna promised Matt that she will keep their love a secret, Anna has her feeling bottled up.

Like I said earlier, I fell in love with the way Sarah Ockler writes. The characters were just beautiful, but I also really appreciated how authentic Sarah’s dialogue was. I can’t say enough about how she gracefully developed the characters in this story, especially Anna. Anna, Frankie, and the rest of the characters didn’t feel like characters. They felt like real people. I felt everything they felt. Being able to follow Anna on her journey was a beautiful experience. 🙂

“Nothing ever really goes away–it just changes into something else. Something beautiful.”  

Until next time….

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May Book Haul!!!

So excited to start reading these books! I picked up a few from my local used bookstore and a few from B&N! Have you read any of these books lately? Let me know down below!

1) Fallen by Lauren Kate : There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori. Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move. Even Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce – he goes out of his way to make that very clear. But she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, Luce has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret…even if it kills her.

2) This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith : When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds. Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs?

3) Golden by Jessi Kirby : Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance. Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.

4) Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles : Nothing has been the same since Caleb Becker left a party drunk, got behind the wheel, and hit Maggie Armstrong. Even after months of painful physical therapy, Maggie walks with a limp. Her social life is nil and a scholarship to study abroad—her chance to escape everyone and their pitying stares—has been canceled. After a year in juvenile jail, Caleb’s free . . . if freedom means endless nagging from a transition coach and the prying eyes of the entire town. Coming home should feel good, but his family and ex-girlfriend seem like strangers. Caleb and Maggie are outsiders, pigeon-holed as “criminal” and “freak.” Then the truth emerges about what really happened the night of the accident and, once again, everything changes. It’s a bleak and tortuous journey for Caleb and Maggie, yet they end up finding comfort and strength from a surprising source: each other.

5) Touched by Corrine Jackson : Remy O’Malley heals people with touch—but every injury she cures becomes her own. Living in a household with an abusive stepfather, she has healed untold numbers of broken bones, burns,and bruises. And then one night her stepfather goes too far. Being sent to live with her estranged father offers a clean start and she is eager to take it. Enter Asher Blackwell. Once a Protector of Healers, Asher sacrificed his senses to become immortal. Only by killing a Healer can a Protector recover their human senses. Falling in love is against the rules between these two enemies. Because Remy has the power to make Protectors human again, and when they find out, they’ll be coming for her—if Asher doesn’t kill her first.

Until next time….

Catcha later bookworms!

 


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Goodreads Summary: Companion to Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker.

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt–with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

Rating: 5/5

Review: AHHHH! Yes. Yes. YEEESSS. As you can tell, I loved this book. After reading both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, I had very high expectations. I was surprised that this book ,in particular, did not involve sports like the two previous books. Unlike Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, Things I Can’t Forget dealt with Christianity. Being a strong believer in Christ, I appreciated this book entirely. I’m not sure if Miranda Kenneally is Christian, but she dealt with the religious aspect flawlessly. Even if you are not the religious-type, you will still enjoy Things I Can’t Forget.

Kate, who is dedicated Christian, goes to work as a counselor in a religious summer camp. She’s just lost her best friend Emily, who’s been disowned by her parents when they discovered she got an abortion. Kate helped Emily get the abortion and feels like God is ultimately ashamed of her.  For most of the book, I felt like Kate was the most annoying character ever.

She’s subjective, her vision of the world is restricted to her little community, and she’s SO UPTIGHT. Parker, Will, and Matt are likable characters, normal, reasonable, good kids, good at heart not only because they’re good Christians (in fact, if you remember Parker from the previous book, you know she messed up quite a lot). Why is Kate so STUBBORN!!

However, what made me fall in love with this book, was the depth of Kate’s spiritual growth. There are some big topics tackled in this book and I have to say, they are really well explored. Through Kate’s eyes, and with the help of some other characters – her dad’s speech, in particular – we see her questioning what she believes and striving to understand what it is that she really believes versus what’s been fed to her. Add to that the fact that Kenneally writes some amazing romance and you got yourself a great contemporary YA piece of lit.

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Overall, this book was spectacular. Everything- the characters, the setting, the writing- was perfection! Also, if you’ve read Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker, the main characters in both books ARE in Things I Can’t Forget. I practically jumped up and down screaming when Sam Henry and Jordan were in the book! 🙂

Purchase Things I Can’t Forget now!

Until next time…

Catcha later bookworms!


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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check them out!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten Book Covers I’d Frame as Art. To make things easier, I decided to pick covers of books that I already own or else I’d spend hours sifting through Goodreads and Barnes and Noble!

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi : I love how intricate the cover is and how powerful it is. I literally sit in class all day long sketching this cover!

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Alienated by Melissa Landers : Even though I did not like the books as much as I though I would, the reason I was so drawn to Alienated was because of the cover. The models look stunning and the background totally compliments the cover!

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Left Drowning by Jessica Park : Simplicity is beautiful. This cover would be something I would hang in my room. In matter of fact, maybe I might just do that. 🙂

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Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare : This cover is just WOW. It’s like something you would see in a big art museum. Hence, the reason why it’s on my Top Ten. 😀

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The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle : If you see the cover in person, you would love it as much as I do. The colors of the background and the font is just perfection!

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Perfect by Ellen Hopkins : What more can I say? PERFECT!

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Glimmerglass by Jenna Black : I love the arrangement of the cover and how chic it is!

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Fallen by Lauren Kate : I love the darkness and mystery behind this cover! It intrigued me to envelop myself within the novel.

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Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick : The gray cover, the image, and the feathers are perfect to represent Hush, Hush.

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The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting : The simple flower is an amazing representation of the novel. (And I’m just obsessed with flowers!)

Until next time…

Catcha later bookworms!



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