by Isabel Bandeira
Series: Ever After #1
Paperback: 350 pages
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press (January 12, 2016)
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In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?
At a Glance:
I really, really, really, really, really loved Bookishly Ever After. It took about 50 pages for me to really sink into the story, but I think that this book is going to be one that fans of Fangirl are going to go ABSOLUTELY nuts over. Just like I did! If you are searching for the book that describes readers to a 't', then look no further!
This is probably the only thing I didn't care for about Bookishly. It just.... I don't know. It's too much action. I will admit that it looks a lot prettier in person than on screen, though.
Well, there isn't a bunch of action, per say, in this one, (since it's a contemporary), but it was never boring. All the witty jokes and different predicaments Pheobe got herself into kept me turning the pages just as fast as I would an action-packed thriller.
So not only does Feebs have a total list of book boyfriends (like most readers, am I right?), but she also has a budding romance with a friend. I loved watching her grow her confidence through rereading different favorite books of hers that eventually leads to her 'romance' happening. It's genuine, swoon-inducing, slow-burning, and true to heart. I have a new OTP!
Pheobe Martins is just your typical book nerd, knitting girl, who has a soft heart for any and all things fictional or wool. She is a complete introvert, but her friends help push her past her comfort zones. I loved how real she felt. It was so wonderful reading about a character that does the exact same things I do, and even thinks the same way. Pheobe is also pretty kickass at archery, which whoa! I wish I could do that!
Dev (Pheobe's) crush is so crushable. I about died when he brought food for Pheobe while she was waiting in line at the mall for a book signing. It just made me swoon. Plus when he starts reading books that she recommends....AHHH! Dev is just an all-around great guy, and I am adding him to my book boyfriend list, for sure!
Favorite Supporting Character:
Em, probably. Because she's the one responsible for pushing Dev and Pheobe together, and she just can't help herself when it comes to playing matchmaker! It's hilarious. And so is she! Gosh, some of the things that flew out of her mouth had me busting out laughing (yes, out loud)! Her friendship with Pheobe was just so genuinely realistic, and I loved it.
Something I loved:
In between chapters, there are little excerpts from Pheobe's favorite books that she has written down in her special notebook with notes to help her flirt with Dev, and those were so much fun to read! They were actually really, really interesting to me too. Way more that Simon Snow was in Fangirl (I skimmed that stuff), but I found myself actually looking forward to them while I was reading Bookishly.
AND CAMP! Pheobe goes to camp for a week (and gets paired up with someone super swoony!) for 11 year olds, and her group is adorable! I love the little girl who was reading the same books. Ah, I cannot get over the cuteness!!
Something(s) I hated:
The kinda/sorta love triangle. I just wish that would've not even been there. The guy was a total douche. Luckily it plays an extremely minor role.
Nope. But apparently this is a series (because it says Ever After: Book One? That's the only info I found though. On the cover). I'd be curious to read more though.
Would I recommend it?
Heck yeah! This is my new "it" book to book push onto people. Prepare yourselves, book friends! Or just go ahead and buy it and read it, so I can save some time on how many people I have to talk to. :P
Did my friends like it?
I think the only person I know that has read it is Kelly, and she LOVED it. She's actually the reason I wanted to read Bookishly so bad. She flailed pretty hard on facebook, and all those flails were totally right!
Will I buy/keep it/read the sequel?
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