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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Goodreads Summary: The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”
With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.
The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.
Review: Yes! YES. YEEESSS. I don’t know how to express my love for this book other than 1) screaming, 2) squealing, 3) dancing, and of course 4) bawling my eyes out. Honestly, I feel like this review will be so messy and unorganized so bear with me! Everything about Ignite Me was intense. Good Intense. Scary Intense. And Crawling-Into-A-Corner-And-Cry Intense. I am convinced that Tahereh Mafi is a Master Writer God because it was so deep and powerful. Tahereh’s writing is perfect in every way and uses symbolism exquisitely. I’m kind of sad that my favorite series has officially ended! It’s like losing a piece of me.. Maybe Tahereh will love her fans enough to write a spin-off? (Kenji Spin-off?!) Okay, beware: I’m going to begin rambling..
Ignite Me is my favorite book in the series, not because it is the finale, but because it was the most powerful. Looking back at Shatter Me, I’ve noticed how much Juliette has changed. She is no longer the weak, innocent, and timid girl. She finally realizes her infinite power and OWNS IT. She’s tired. So tired of being afraid. So tired of hiding and waiting for something to happen. She wants to be proactive. Juliette is finally ready to make a change and destroy the Reestablishment – once and for all.
I don’t think I can continue my review without giving things away so if you have already read Ignite Me, continue reading. If you haven’t, do not continue! Spoilers coming right now.
Don’t Do It..
OH MY SWEET BABY JESUS. Warner. I think I fell in love with him in 500 different ways (if that makes any sense). I had my doubts and I did not expect me to fall in love with him either. In Unravel Me, I didn’t fully trust Warner. I was afraid for Juliette’s safety and frankly, afraid to get my heartbroken. I had such a deep connection with Juliette and wanted to be there for her at all costs. But Warner totally proved me wrong. He was so misunderstood and vulnerable. He cared about Juliette more than she knew. I’m glad Juliette ended up with Warner instead of Adam. Adam loved the old Juliette. Juliette was no longer that girl Adam once knew. She was stronger and didn’t need a man to always be there to protect her because ummm, hello? SHE’S INVINCIBLE! Good for Juliette, Warner saw Juliette’s potential and power. Juliette didn’t need protection. She needed someone who did not hold her back from being the person she is now.
I did not expect Juliette and Warner to jump into SEX like that! Holy cow, it was intense I must say! 😀 Once Juliette declares her love for him, he does not waste any time. He practically attacks her…with his mouth. Warner is the epitome of every girl’s fantasy. He’s strong. manly, and tough, but he’s still gentle, caring, and unbelievably charming. I get goosebumps just thinking about him because HE’S THAT SEXY. He was everything Juliette needed. I hopelessly fell in love with him..
Adam. You insensitive cow. Adam made me so frustrated! Adam, SHE BROKE UP WITH YOU. Why are you so bitter?! She has every right to move on and be with who she wants. Obviously, Juliette put Adam in a tough spot. How would you feel if the love of your life fell in love with your brother? But it’s not like Juliette could help it. Our hearts work in crazy and impulsive ways. Our hearts do what they want. I think I was hyperventilating during Adam and Juliette’s fight at Adam’s house on unregulated territory. HOW CAN YOU BE SO HEARTLESS, ADAM! I don’t remember if Adam and Juliette fully made up in the end, but I would have liked Adam and Juliette to rebuild their relationship and become friends.
I LOVED KENJI. Can Kenji please be my best friend? I don’t think I’ve ever been THIS passionate about a character before. Kenji is witty, a little inappropriate, but protective of Juliette. I loved his funny comments to Juliette! And he can be invisible, how cool is that?! I was kind of disappointed that Kenji never found love, but I VOLUNTEER AS TRIBUTE!!
The ending was…okay. Part of me felt like the ending was a bit rushed. In about 5 pages, Anderson is dead and Juliette is the leader of the people. I wished Tahereh took her time in the ending, but I still loved it!
Until next time..
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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!
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!
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!
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. 🙂
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. 😀
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!
Perfect by Ellen Hopkins : What more can I say? PERFECT!
Glimmerglass by Jenna Black : I love the arrangement of the cover and how chic it is!
Fallen by Lauren Kate : I love the darkness and mystery behind this cover! It intrigued me to envelop myself within the novel.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick : The gray cover, the image, and the feathers are perfect to represent Hush, Hush.
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…
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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is the Top Ten Books/Authors that got you back into reading.
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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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Hello, bookworms! What have you guys been up to? Any good books lately?
So, I have decided to organize my upcoming posts according to the day of the week. You can come back every day to Bookwormstothemax knowing that there will be a new post!
Monday: Book Review
Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday
Wednesday: Waiting On Wednesday
Thursday: Swoon Thursday/Book Review
Friday: Book Review
Saturday: Book News/Book Review/Announcements
If you have any comments or suggestions, comment below!
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