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.

Top Ten Tuesday: 8 Books I Feel Differently About Now

top 10 tuesday

Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

So here it is, 8 books that I feel a little different about now than when I read them.









August Book Haul

How has August came to an end already?! o_O This month went by way too fast… WOW! So, once again, welcome back to my August Book Haul.


This month I bought very few books. I was amazed at myself really! But I ended up hauling a lot of them, mostly e-books, given that this was my first month in NetGalley and Edelweiss… So, without further ado, I present the physical books I got this month.


Funny haul, ah? I bought 3 traveling books for my upcoming trip to Seoul and Japan in October. The first two are for my mom’s collection – we always buy these and in truth, we just open them on the plane… Then I got A Geek in Japan, because I so fell in love with the concept of this book, and I’m a geek and I’ll be in Japan!

Then I got the amazing The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh and after reading Shatter Me, I couldn’t resist and bought the novellas, Unite Me by Tahereh Mafi, and I already read Destroy Me.

I also got the amazing audiobook of You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day.

Now the longer part… eBooks! I got my kindle on the first week of August, but I bought a few books even before I got it. The firsts (and so far only) books that I bought for my Kindle were: The Outlander Series 7-Book Bundle – Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes and An Echo in the Bone. I want to get to this series eventually, but honestly I bought it because the price was too good to pass up… a little over 2$ for 7 HUGE books! It was a true steal, and I’m super happy about this buy.

Then I accumulated a few books from NetGalley, Blogging for Books and Edelweiss:


And that’s it for my August Book Haul! I’ll be doing my wrap-up tomorrow (probably) and my September TBR on Tuesday 😉 .

The Heartbreakers (Ali Novak)

“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”

Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.

Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?

Ali Novak wrote her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boys when she was just 15 years old, and has since penned her next book, The Heartbreakers. First a hit on the online community Wattpad, her second novel has over 38 million reads and is loved by readers around the world.

Pub Date: August 4th 2015 by Sourcebooks Fire

I received an eArc from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book kind of surprised me. I had seen it around some blogs here on WordPress, and when I saw that it was available for request at Netgalley, I requested it and then it was approved! (it still kind of amazes me, this whole process of requesting and getting approved for books on Netgalley)

I started reading a couple of nights ago and I really enjoyed it. Actually, I stayed up reading until 3:30 in the morning on Friday, which is unusual – mostly because I know that next day I have to get up early.

On to some important stuff… The writing is quite nice, it flows mostly well and is easy and fast to read. I enjoyed it quite a bit. My only problem with it was how sometimes, in the middle of a dialogue, Stella would go into her own thoughts, and she sometimes stayed there quite a long time. Sometimes it was nice, because it showed her state of mind about something, but sometimes it didn’t need to be so lengthy. I understand that the Cancer was a big important part of this book, but I don’t think that some of the most technical terms actually needed to be explained in detail.

On to the characters!

I could somehow relate to Stella, which is always nice while reading a book, her fear of facing life and finding excuses not to live it is familiar. I liked that she got over it – eventually – though I could have slapped her a couple of times. I really liked the triplets thing, it’s so unusual to read about, but I found that each of them had a different relationship with the other, and while Cara was great to read, my favorite relationship within the siblings was Stella and Drew’s relationship – mainly because I really liked Drew and could have read more about him.

Now The Heartbreakers, which by the way sounded a bit like 5 Seconds of Summer meets One Direction kind of thing, but that was (surprisingly) OK – I like 5SoS… I liked the overall plot that they wanted to do their own thing. Oliver was great, I liked that the acted all flirty and stuff but in reality he was just a scared little kid, with really understandable fears. The rest of the band was awesome, and I really liked that the book didn’t focused mainly on Oliver, instead we get to meet all of the guys and I just really liked their relationship with Stella. I liked all of the 4, but maybe because of the name, Alec was my favorite. I really want to read the next books because I want more of the guys.

The plot. Ok, so the plot was a bit cliché, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I actually thought it was somewhat plausible how Stella got hired to be their photographer, given the parameters of her “job” – she was suppose to run a blog with photos within a family/friend environment, that is something only a friend, really, could do. So I was ok with the whole Boy Band Star falls in love with a random girl kind of thing. It was cute and sweet.

Overall, I really liked it! And I really want to read the rest, I’m assuming that each book will focus on one different guy, and I so want JJ and Xander and Alec to find someone and be happy! 😀 (Also, Alec somehow reminds me so much of Alec from The Mortal Instruments, that right now, in my head, the guy is gay, and I want him to have his own Magnus Bane!)

Rating: 3.4 Stars