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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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. 🙂
Until next time….
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I am so excited to share this cover with you all! This book is not only a book, but a symbol of courage. If you are not aware, this month is Lupus Awareness Month. Lupus is a terribly cruel disease that effects countless people around the globe every day. I am honored to host this cover reveal and join the fight against Lupus!
Title: “Empower: Fight Like A Girl”
Genre: Anthology of short stories ranging from crime mysteries to paranormal thrillers
Publisher: Words Empower Media
Release date: May 1, 2014
“Women of TV have united against lupus! Presenting “Empower: Fight Like A Girl”, a special collection of short stories by top women writers from some of your favorite shows, including: Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Family Guy, Person of Interest, Grimm, Battlestar Galactica, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Law & Order: SVU, Star Trek: Voyager, Eureka, Twisted, The 100, Malcolm in the Middle, Millennium, Being Human, The Shield, Castle, Chuck, Gilmore Girls, and Game of Thrones. In this anthology, you’ll discover supernatural thrillers, crime mysteries, horror, comedies, and more.
Authors contributing stories to this volume include..
Shalisha Francis & Nadine Knight
Praise for Empower: Fight Like A Girl
“Even non-girls will feel empowered by these stories about ordinary, flawed characters finding their own strengths. Highly entertaining and original.” – Lee Goldberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Chase and King City, whose mother lost her hearing to lupus.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22026558-empower
**All proceeds will be donated to the non-profit (http://www.lupus.org) Lupus Foundation of America to help solve the cruel mystery of lupus.
Purchase Empower now!
Until next time….
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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!
Yay! So excited for this book haul! I got some awesome recommendations from the Lauren Oliver book signing last weekend and I can’t wait to share them with you!
Iron King by Julie Kagawa
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.
2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.
The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
4. Splintered by A.G. Howard
This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.
When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.
5. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland–known as The Death Shop–are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild–a savage–and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile–everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria’s help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.
I’d love to hear what you guys think of these books! Also, don’t forget to enter in the Lauren Oliver giveaway. Giveaway ends 3/29/14!
Until next time…
Catcha later bookworms!
Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. In this meme, we share our Top Ten novels/bookish things in a certain category. This Tuesday, I will be naming my Top Ten Science Fiction Novels!
For the past 2 months, the majority of the books I’ve read is Science Fiction. I have been reading some really fantastic dystopian novels that I can’t wait to talk about!
1) Delirium by Lauren Oliver: This series is just spectacular! The Delirium Trilogy is probably the most unique series I’ve read. It is a mixture of romance, action, faith, and self-discovery! Although the book is fictional, Love can be considered as a disease to an extent because it affects us in ways we never thought possible. Anyways, this is DEFINITELY a must-read!
2) Legend by Marie Lu: I love this series so much!! I felt the biggest connection towards June and Day. They don’t even feel like characters. They feel like actual people. I love how descriptive Legend is written as well. Legend has similarities with the Hunger Games and Divergent, although Legend is distinct. So if you love dystopian books, go and read Legend!
3) The Maze Runner by James Dashner: This book was SO WEIRD, but in a good way. My brain was blown into freaking little bits. I kept thinking about it after I was done. From the start the readers have NO idea what is happening. All Thomas, the main character, can remember is his name. No one in the Glades fully knows what is going on. As the book continues, characters develop and secrets are unfolded.
4) Matched by Ally Condie: AHH! I am so obsessed with this book! It’s so different than other Science Fiction books. I was surprised to find such mixed reviews on Goodreads. Maybe it depends if you are really into Science Fiction Novels because I thought Matched is beautifully written.
5) Significance by Shelly Crane: Significance is so cute! It has such a great storyline and wonderful characters! From the beginning, I fell in love with the characters. The novel is such an emotional and perfect novel. You guys will love it!
6) Divergent by Veronica Roth: Tris fueled the novel and made me obsessed with the Divergent Trilogy. Tris is such a badass! I saw her grew so much in the three novels. She changed from being a sheltered nobody into being a brave and strong leader. Also, the movie comes out this month! I can’t wait!
7) Panic by Lauren Oliver: This book definitely surprised me. Normally I don’t like stand-alones because most leave me half full and wanting more. This particular stand-alone blew me away! It was so moving and just….wow. I’m still speechless of how amazing it was!
8) The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I started reading The Hunger Games WAY before the movie came out. Let me tell you, it gets better and better every time I read it. I just love the story and how unique Panem and the districts are. The movie franchise does so well because its books were flawlessly written!
9) Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan: This series is probably my favorite science fiction/fantasy novel ever because I’m such a mythology nerd. I love learning about the gods and goddesses. I was so intrigued by Percy and his perilous quests! LOVE LOVE this series.
10) The Host by Stephanie Meyer: I read this book so long ago, but I still remember how explosive it was. I got hooked after the first 100 pages or so. I loved possession and mind control aspect of the novel. I thought The Host was a much better story than the Twilight Saga. The story was so exciting, and it addressed some interesting ideas about what makes us human.
I hope you guys love these books as much as I do!
Until next time,
Catcha later bookworms!
Who is ready for another awesome giveaway?!
I will be giving away a SIGNED copy of Panic by Lauren Oliver! (:
Goodreads Summary: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.
Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.
Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.
For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
How To Enter:
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- Comment on this post and answer this question: “If you could meet any author today, who would it be? and why?”
- I will choose one lucky winner! The giveaway will end Saturday March 29th, 2014! (US Residents only!)
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