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?