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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. šŸ™‚

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With my first semester of college completed, I now have extra time toĀ do some reinventingĀ 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 timeā€¦.

Catcha later bookworms!

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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, Ɖtienne, Lola, and Cricket, this sweet and sexy story of true loveā€”set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris, and Barcelonaā€”is a swoonworthy conclusion to Stephanie Perkinsā€™s beloved series.

Review:Ā 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. šŸ™‚

This book was essentially everything I needed it to be.Ā It was quirky, moving, and ALL THE FEELS.Ā 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’sĀ barelyĀ 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 herĀ 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 clichĆ©s 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.

Itā€™s funny because in Anna and the French Kiss you donā€™t really evenĀ notice Isla (at least I didn’t). If you havenā€™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.Ā Even though I had my doubts about the character selection,Ā 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. šŸ™‚ 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 Islaā€™s voice of reason. He told her things she didnā€™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.” šŸ™‚

Until next timeā€¦.

Catcha later bookworms!


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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 ofĀ 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. šŸ™‚

Until next timeā€¦.

Catcha later bookworms!

 

Stalk Me. Ā (Bookwormstothemax Review)

Kiss Me (Bookwormstothemax Review)


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Rating: 5/5

Goodreads Summary: According to Annaā€™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, thereā€™s a pretty good chance Anna will find her first summer romance. Anna lightheartedly agrees to the game, but thereā€™s something she hasnā€™t told Frankieā€“sheā€™s already had her romance, and it was with Frankieā€™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,Ā 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 heartĀ ached forĀ 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,Ā is dealing with the loss of her brother and the effects that itĀ 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 AnnaĀ 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.Ā The charactersĀ were just beautiful, but I also really appreciated how authenticĀ Sarah’s dialogue was. I can’t say enough about how sheĀ 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. šŸ™‚

ā€œNothing ever really goes away–it just changes into something else. Something beautiful.ā€Ā Ā 

Until next timeā€¦.

Catcha later bookworms!


Bonjour Bookworms!

I have finally returned from my trip to Europe. It has been such a great month of traveling, but I’m so happy to come back to blogging again! Traveling Europe has opened my eyes to a new and spectacular world. It was a beautiful experience and I can’t wait to return! For the past month, I’ve been eating gelato in Italy, skiing the slopes in Switzerland, trying escargot in France, and tormenting the palace guards in England.

These next few weeks will be a bit unorganized and hectic since I will be trying to make up posts and reviews that I’ve missed, so bear with me!

I’m so excited to share a few of my pictures from my tripĀ with you all!

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On my first day in Italy, I visited the Roman Colosseum! It was great to see a big piece of Ancient Rome.

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I also had to make a wish at the Trevi Fountain. Hopefully, I will return to Rome one day!

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On my last day in Italy, I went to the city of Tivoli and fell in love with the scenery. The town, the buildings, and the people were so amazing!

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After Italy, I traveled to Wengen, Switzerland. Switzerland was definitely my favorite country to visit. It was great to take a break from the hot weather and busy streetsĀ inĀ Italy. Witnessing the snowfall, the mountains, and the waterfalls was so refreshing and peaceful!

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In Switzerland, I visited the Jungfrau Mountain and had a great snow-ski day!

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Leaving Switzerland was a bittersweet moment, but I was excited to move on to Paris! The Eiffel Tower was such a great spectacle. Paris was everything I imagined it to be. The little cafes, the effortlessly fashionable people, and of course the shopping was perfect. During my visit in Paris, I did TRY escargots (snails) and although the experience was rather peculiar, snails are actually pretty tasty! Weird right?

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I ended my Europe trip in London, England. The UK was so much fun. I enjoyed learning about England’s history and admiring its amazing architecture. I even saw Wicked the Musical in London, which was PERFECT. Wicked is my new favorite musical and I currently have all the songs on repeat!

Thank you all so much for being amazing followers and following me through this journey! I am beyond grateful to have you guys!

Until next timeā€¦.

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 schoolā€”although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is differentā€¦

This summer sheā€™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. Heā€™s the first guy she ever kissed, and heā€™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 isnā€™t that easyā€¦

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 isĀ dedicated Christian,Ā goes to work as a counselor in aĀ religious summerĀ 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.Ā  ForĀ most of the book,Ā 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.Ā Parker, Will, and MattĀ 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,Ā 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! šŸ™‚

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. šŸ™‚

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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. šŸ˜€

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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, theĀ image,Ā 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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