Bookishly Ever After

Bookishly Ever AfterBookishly Ever After (Ever After, #1) by Isabel Bandeira
Published by Spencer Hill Contemporary on January 19th 2016
Pages: 378
ISBN: 1633920585
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three-stars

Sixteen year old Phoebe loves books! She loves reading books! She loves dressing up to go to book events. Books are her life so it only makes sense that when she learns that a fellow student, Dev, might have a crush on her, she turns to books to seek advice and guidance.

Both main characters (and the supporting characters – Grace especially) are likable but sometimes they were a little ridiculous. Of course they are teenagers and they are awkward and new to romance. At times I wanted to shake those two knuckleheads. Communication was an issue. Again, this is understandable as both characters are teenagers and learning how to relate and communicate with other. Phoebe is shy and quiet but makes attempts to change to be exciting and daring like the characters in the books she loves. Phoebe could use some self confidence as she tends to be immature and at times holds Dev at arms length when he shows some interest in her. They flirt with each other for what seems like forever. There is a lot of going back and forth between the two characters – too much back and forth for me.

The flirting for forever just did not work for me. I kept putting this book down initially to read other books because I had a hard time getting into this story. This story seemed to drag a little for me. I wanted this book to hurry along and for something to happen already.

What worked in this book was the diversity. Characters come from different ethnicity and sexual orientations. This was a nice touch. I liked that the characters had varied interests and weren’t stereotypical. I also liked that the two were not your typical “love interest” type characters. Phoebe is a bookworm, musician who knitted. Dev plays the clarinet – definitely not the star football player or jock (or vampire/werewolf/shapeshifter) as most male leads in YA romances.

I feel this is a book that readers will either love or just feel MEH about. I would have liked this book to move a little faster.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

three-stars