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.