Paper Hearts (Ali Novak)

“I’m sorry,” he said, slowly untying the ribbon that held his mask in place. “It’s just-I didn’t want you to think of me any differently.” 

Somehow I kept my mouth from falling open. I knew his face, but my mind couldn’t accept that he was the person looking down at me. 

“My real name is Alec.”

Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she’s had the full weight of her mother’s expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.

Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he’d flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he’d turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.

Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity’s missing sister. And she’s about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be…

I’ve read The Heartbreakers a long time ago – almost 2 years ago! -, but I was very excited to revisit the band, and this book didn’t disappoint 🙂 .

It didn’t take me any time at all to get into the world of the band, and I just love how the guys all fit together. This is definitly my favorite teen band in books, and the guys just truly feel like family and friends. It’s a great written dynamic.

I liked the two main characters, but I did have some issues with Felicity, especially because she so easily doubted everything and everyone and overreacted. But she went through a lot of character growth, so that was a plus. Alec was a sweetheart, and I loved his relationship with all his friends, especially Stella. I also loved Felicity’s BFFs, Boomer and Asha, and I loved their mini story.

I wasn’t 100% sold on the romance though, and I wish the action of the book has taken more time, because I needed to feel that connection between Felicity and Alec, and it wasn’t totally there. Maybe my problem was perhaps the pacing, but I still found their relationship cute, I just felt it needed a little more development.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, and I especially liked the time with the band and the road trip element. I wish the book had focused a little more on the band at times, I felt like I needed to see more of them, and more of Alec and Fel together.

I do recommend this series, and I hope the books about the remaining boys will come out faster than this one did, because I’m so curious for their stories. I love the band and their friendship, so I want more.

Kaleidoscope Hearts (Claire Contreras)

He was my older brother’s best friend.

He was never supposed to be mine.

I thought we would get it out of our system and move on.

One of us did.

One of us left.

Now he’s back, looking at me like he wants to devour me. And all those feelings I’d turned into anger are brewing into something else, something that terrifies me.

He broke my heart last time.

This time he’ll obliterate it.

I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages now, and I’m glad I finally did it. I will keep my review short, because there’s not much to say, to be honest.

I really liked the writing, and I’m kind of excited to read the remaining series. I’m also curious to see what else this author has written.

It took me a little while to actually connect with the characters. For a long time I wasn’t quite sure about Estelle, and if I’m being 100% honest, I’m still not sure about some stuff, especially regarding her ex, Wyatt. That might be because I didn’t like him at all, but I felt like Estelle couldn’t quite see his faults, and how she regarded herself in the terms of him… it was a huge no. I appreciated that as the book moved forward, we got a deeper notion of that relationship, but I still felt like more should have been said about it.

I did like Oliver, and I understood his behaviour throughout the years. Even though I wish he had been more assertive about his feelings, I got his fears and limitations.

I’m a sucker for a second chance romance, and this is the very definition of one, so I loved the plot itself. I still feel like some subjects should have been explored a little more, and the book was missing some important conversations between Oliver and Estelle, but I enjoyed it a lot either way.

So guys, have you read this series?
What are your thoughts on this book?

WWW Wednesday: June 28th 2017


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Taking On A World Of Words, where you have to answer these questions:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


I’m reading Paper Hearts by Ali Novak, and I’m almost done with it, and really enjoying, and then I started Where We Belong by J. Daniels today, and I’m listening to the audiobook… so dirty so far, I love it..


This week I finished The Two-Night One-Night Wedding by Ryan Ringbloom, Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley, which I loved, and Mister Moneybags by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward.


I have two Entangled ARCs to read next : Falling for Forever (Before Forever, #2) by Melissa Chambers and The Perfectly Imperfect Match by Julie Hammerle.

Words in Deep Blue (Cath Crowley)

Love lives between the lines. 

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came. 

Now Rachel has returned to the city — and to the bookshop — to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future. 

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side — surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages — they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

I have a new favorite! This book just went right into my favorites list, because it’s just gorgeous and amazing and beautiful and I LOVE IT!

This book is told in dual POV, Rachel and Henry’s points of view, but then it also has amazing letter and notes, dated, between several characters in the book, and ARGHHH, it’s beautiful! The writing is amazing, the letters are amazing, the voices are distinct. I’m in love with the writing on this book.

I love how all the characters are so different but they all complement each other so well. I loved Rachel, even when she was grieving so much, I felt like she was real. Actually, all the characters felt real, because they all had these imperfections, something that made me want to punch them at one point or the other, but they were amazing all the same. Henry was a beautiful soul, who just needed to see what was right in front of him, but who was a little bit blind to the idea of love, to actually see it… but he’s amazing, so I forgive him. I had a blast with George and Martin, and I’m so glad for those side stories.

But this book is as much about loss as it is about love. All characters need to learn how to deal with major losses in their lives, from people they love, to a dream or an identity. I loved the plot and how all these major things were intertwined and explored.

Overall, this book made me laugh and sob and ugly cry, but it made me happy and sad, and it made me want to buy a physical copy and write the hell out of it. It made me want to share my love for books and the written word even more. It made me want to read poetry for the first time in my life. It just made me feel a hell of a lot.

I love it. I truly madly love it. And you should DEFINITELY read it. NOW!

Tiny Pleasures #15

Hey guys!

Once again I’m here to share some of my good moments from the last few weeks, ok?! The Weekly Small Pleasures is a weekly feature created by A New Life Wandering, and the goal is to show you some cool stuff that happened in the last week or so. So, here it is…

1. Nepalese food and fun

A friend from work decided to set a dinner for a few of us, and we had an amazing dinner at a nepalese restaurant near the office, and I loved it. SO GOOD!

2. Everything, Everything with Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much

The movie opened, we thought it was a good time to go and watch it together, so we could comment on all the things the movie did and did not get right.

3. Beach time

I was able to go to the beach twice in the last couple of weeks, which was a nice reprieve from the deadly heat that could be felt in Lisbon.

4. Popcorn!

I already said I went to the movies with Cátia, where we ate a huge bucket of popcorn each, but then I ended up going to the cinema again with my mom, and guess what… MORE POPCORN!

5. Another hair color: burgundy

It was time to try a more pinkish color, and I love it. I also tried another brand this time, and while I really liked the texture and feel of the paint, it didn’t last nearly as much time as it should.

6. 33rd Birthday!

Yeah, it was my birthday! 😀 33 years, and I heard that phrase a lot more than I should have.

7. Rooftop Bars

This week I went to a couple of rooftop bars in Lisbon, with my mom and friend, and we really liked it, gorgeous views of the city and the river.

8. “Santos Populares”

We have our popular parties in Portugal during the month of June, and I went to one yesterday to see my niece’s parade. It was fun, and the food was amazing, better sardines of the year 😀 .

That’s what I’ve been up to lately, what about you?
Any small pleasures?

Bad Penny (Staci Hart)

Nothing good comes after the third date. 

Date three is the crucial point when things get real, which is exactly why I bounce out the door, twiddling my fingers at whatever poor boy I’ve left behind. Because if I stick around, one of three things will happen: he’ll profess his undying love, he’ll get weird and stalky, or I’ll go crazy. Like, Sid and Nancy crazy. Like, chase-him-through-the-streets-begging-him-to-love-me crazy. 

Seriously, it’s better for everyone this way. 

So when I meet Bodie, I figure it’ll be the same as it ever was. It doesn’t matter that he doesn’t put a single string on me. Doesn’t matter that he’s funny and smart and jacked or that he can play my body like a grand piano. Because even though I’m built for love, love has only carved me up like a Christmas ham. 

Resistance is something I can only hang on to for so long, and he has persistence in spades. But my heart isn’t as safe as I want to believe, and neither is his. And the second I ignore my cardinal rule is the second I stand to lose him forever.

This book is brilliant! No other way to put it: BRILLIANT!

This was my third book by Staci Hart, but definitly my favorite. I loved the writing, and different voices of the two man characters, the humour and sexyness. Staci Hart did an amazing job with this one, and I just want everyone to read it 😀 .

Penny is one of my favorite female characters ever. I loved how she gave zero fucks. She was unapologetic about who she was, she was loud and crazy and AMAZING. And she had purple hair!!! I understood her issues, even if I just wanted to club her in the head and scream at her to stop being afraid… but I got it, and so did Bodie. I loved how much Bodie respected Penny, how he gave her space and time, even when he was sure about his own feelings. But I also loved that he was honest about how he felt and what he could deal with.

And people… Bodie and Penny were all kinds of hot together. I think this was probably one of the sexiest books I’ve read, and I’ve read erotica. Their chemistry was off the charts, and they complemented each other amazingly well.

There was a lot of character growth on this book, especially Penny, and I thought it was super well done. The plot was amazing, and the book was paced amazingly well too.

If I could have one more thing, I would wish for more time with Penny and Bodie together, just being together and talking, they were just that great. I also loved all the secondary characters, and I’m pretty sure there will be a book about Bodie’s twin and Penny’s BFF and I’m all for it.

So guys, go read this book. It’s all kinds of amazing!

The Two-Night One-Night Wedding (Ryan Ringbloom)

A girl. A guy. And a wedding.

Matthew Daniels and Holly Martin had a one-night stand, twice, and love prevailed. Once Matthew proposes, the hard part is over. The rest is a piece of wedding cake. There’s nothing to stress over now.

However, budgets, a bitter best friend, enormous amounts of family time, and an unexpected change of address may say otherwise.

Thank God for Fireball.

Matthew is super weird and accident prone; add extreme to that mix and you’ve got Holly. These two over the top, adorkable weirdos are destined for each other, a perfect match.

But does everyone see it that way?

The true test to knowing whether you’re ready to take the plunge is surviving the engagement.

Will Holly and Matthew survive? Or will awkward cold feet have them running in opposite directions?

A few months ago I read The Two-Night One-Night Stand, and I really enjoyed it, so I was excited to read this one. Unfortunately, a lot of things that worked for me on the first book, didn’t quite steal my heart on this one. The reason I ended up rating this book so low, was because my main issue with it was the plot.

I also found the writing slightly inferior to the first book, it was still funny and the author managed to write some funny situations, but some of them were just way too cliché, or run down jokes, and it just felt a little flat for me.

Matthew and Holly were still super funny, but I was disheartened to see such a huge lack of communication between them, and I honestly didn’t quite feel that much chemistry between them. And I wanted to kill all secondary characters at some point or another in the book, because they were all meddling way too much. But what really annoyed me, was how Holly and Matthew just let them o ahead and meddle in their lives…

Now, about the plot… and the wedding… and the characters… first of all, I hated the lack of consistency surrounding Holly and the wedding. A girl that is willing to pump up her guest list just so she can book a venue she really can’t afford, annoys me to no end. I’m glad that didn’t happen, but still, it crossed her mind. I was a bit annoyed by the 8 or 80 thing going on surrounding the wedding, and the doubt on everyone’s minds about the wedding plans.

Overall, the book just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t hate it, but I felt it was a bit unnecessary. Some things could have been cut from this novel, and it would have been more enjoyable for me.

Either way, I still very much recommend book 1, which was hilarious, but maybe you can go ahead and skip this one…

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Book I’ll Read This Summer


Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Summer is here! Choose a book you want to read this Summer“. For this week I’m using None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio, which I’ve been meaning to read for awhile, but I need to do it soon, because I have a review copy on my kindle.

Original & only COver:

I actually love this cover, but I’m so surprised that it’s the only one out there… I wonder why that is.