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Description (from Goodreads):
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?
Title: Bookishly Ever After
Author: Isabel Bandeira
Page Count: 350
Series: Ever After (book 1)
How I Got This Book: Bought
Hey guys! So today I am going to be reviewing a book that was featured in my Most Anticipated Releases of 2016 post! And that is Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira. I was really looking forward to this book because of the plot that surrounds a very bookish and nerdy main character. This book could have either gone in one of two ways for me. It could have fallen flat, like most books with “bookish” characters in them. Like, no. Just because you have reread the same classic 3 times over the past 6 years does not make you a book nerd. But that’s a rant for another time. OR this book could be completely accurate and wonderful. Thankfully, it landed in the second category.
But I will get to that later. Okay, so getting down to business. The first part of this review, as per usual, is going to be spoiler free. Then, following the very clear warning that I shall give you when the time comes, , is spoilers. The spoiler section is just basically going to be a small discussion about some of my favorite scenes today. But for now, I am going to stop rambling and just get straight into the review.
So the first thing that I want to discuss about this book is the books inside of the book. The main character has some favorite series that I think would be AMAZING YA books in the real world. I think that the concepts and the ideas behind her favorite books would fit into where the YA book world is at right now. And I know that I would adore her two favorite series’ as much as she does, specifically the Golden series. I have witnesses that can confirm that throughout my entire experience of reading this book every other sentence out of my mouth was “I NEED THE GOLDEN SERIES IN MY LIFE.” I do think that we got more and more as the book goes on, in terms of her favorite books, but I just want more from that world, because it sounds. EPIC.
So staying with the theme of the main character and her books, I want to talk about her bookishness. I think that we can all agree that “bookworm” characters in books are usually so annoying. Like, no. When a booknerd like me or you goes into a bookstore, we don’t browse the classics and then sit with our fancy-mug lattes rereading the same classics that we’ve been reading for 8 years. We, clad in our fanomy armor, make a B-line for the YA section. Or at least I do. And then I read the backs of two dozen paranormal books with pretty dresses on the cover, stroke the covers of a handful of fantasy books with the word “Sword” in the title, and usually end up spilling my occasional in-the-burning-starbucks-cup chai tea all down the front of me. I don’t want to talk about that. But the main character, Phoebe is just like that. She wears bookish t-shirts. She runs straight to the YA section the minute she enters a bookstore. She blurts out nerdy book recs every time she sees someone reading. If there’s a signing for her favorite author, she goes in cosplay and cries of excitement. I just felt like there was a general respect for the realistic booknerd YA community in this book, and I adored that.
And then we have the characters. I feel like the only characters that I liked were Dev and Phoebe, who are essentially the two mains. I personally felt that her friends were far too pushy and they were trying to change her. As if being a nerdy, reading, knitter is a bad thing, and something to be appreciated and embraced. personally I loved the lack of nerdy cliches in this book. And the fact that when she finally got a friend to read a YA book, they loved it. But unfortunately, that was a side friend, and not a main bestie. i didn’t like that her friends were trying to change her so much throughout the book, but I guess that’s the point.
I thought that this book was very good at pacing, and the whole feel of the book made me want to keep reading and then made me want to reread it the second I finished it a few days ago. Things kept on moving, there were hardly any moments where I felt that things could be sped up.
So the last thing I want to discuss before I dive into spoilers is something that really excites me. And that is the fact that this is going to be a series! Now, I’m not sure if this series is going to be chronicling the same characters from this book, or if we are going to be pulling a Stephanie Perkins and this is going to be a companion series, where everything is in the same world, but with different characters. There’s several ways that companion series could go. There could be “Ever After” books with different hobbies. Like, “Musically Ever After”, “Artsy Ever After” stuff like that, or we could follow different book nerds. I’m not really sure what the plans are for the rest of the series, but either way, I am super excited about us getting more than one book from this author.
So that was pretty much it for the non-spoiler-y section of this review. If you have not read/finished Bookishly Ever After don’t, obviously, read the spoilers. if you enjoyed this review, be sure to give it a like, and please leave me a comment telling me about either your excitement levels for this book, your thoughts on this book, really anything that has to do with this book! If you have a review for this book on either your blog or youtube channel, let me know in the comments and I will be sure to check it out! Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog by email (over to the right of this post and up a little bit) to get notified whenever I post anything new! See you in the comments!
*SPOILERS AHEAD. ALL WHO DO NOT WANT MAEVE TO SHOOT YOU WITH A BOW AND ARROW MADE OF SPOILERS SCROLL PAST THIS SECTION*
Alright, so I am going to try to keep this section short, so I am only going to be talking about a few of my favorite scenes. If you are also fangirling over moments in this book, let’s carry on the discussion down in the comments!
But basically my favorite scene in the entire book is when Phoebe is in full cosplay sitting there for, like, 6 hours reading and writing for her favorite author to show up to the signing and Dev texts Em and then brings her the milkshake and the pretzels. I think my heart just shriveled up and died in the good way when I read that scene. Although, i did want to momentarily murder Dev for getting a drip on her SIGNED BOOK.
And then there is another small aspect of this book that I really loved. And that is that phoebe’s older sister is a costume designer/seamstress. I thought it was so cool that her sister was willing to make Feebs these super-accurate costumes and dresses from her favorite books. Like, where do I sign up for this?!
And the last thing that I want to fangirl over that is full of spoilers, is the fact that the whole summer camp thing happened. I thought that it was just a lot of fun to pull Feebs away from her friends’ direct influences. You know? For a week Phoebe got to be Phoebe with no judgement from Em, Grace and the other people in school that push her to be anything but who she is. I thought that there were so many cute moments with Dev and Feebs that were just so natural and funny when they were at camp. The only small thing that I found a bit strange at camp was how fast their relationship escalated after they both admitted that they liked each other. But other than that, I loved the camp setting.
okay, so that was my spoilery fangirl section of this review. I hoped you enjoyed it. And I hope that you will leave a comment down below telling me YOUR favorite parts of this book. Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to get more posts like this!
*END OF SPOILERS. SPOILERS ARE ENDED. YOU CAN READ ON NOW EVEN IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS ADORABLE BOOK*
So there you have it! Those were my thoughts on Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira. If you have any information on the rest of this series, please do share in the comments!
My overall rating: 4 1/2 out of 5
I will have another review up soon, so keep an eye out for that! until next time,