Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira -- ARC Review

21018154Bookishly Ever After
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Release date: 1.12.16
Format: ARC
Genre: YA Contemporary
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?
*I received this book from the publisher through Netgalley to review honestly*

My Rating:


Phoebe is a booknerd. A sit in line for hours for a book launch, read during lunch period, book boyfriend loving, endless TBR possessing, bookworm. She's also a junior in high school and just figuring out this whole dating thing and what better way to navigate love than with your favorite book characters on your side? When Phoebe's friend Em decides to try and set her up with mutual friend Dev, complete with a makeover and endless opportunities for embarrassment, Pheobe turns to her favorite female heroes for advice. And, some results may be disastrous.

I really had no doubt that I would enjoy this book. It's a light fluffy contemporary with a main character who is as obsessed with fictional characters as I am, what's not to like? Seriously, I couldn't find much, this review may verge into gushing territory...

Bookishly Ever After is the perfect book for anyone who wants something fun and fast, that will make you smile and think "oh my god, me too!" and, if you're like me, get secondhand embarrassment a few times.

I really enjoyed this one. I mean, as a book lover. you can't not connect with Pheobe. I loved her so much. She really grows a lot throughout too. The author perfectly describes being a book lover, Pheobe would be reading and it would explain how she just got sucked into a book or that tingly sensation you get when you're favorite characters are about to kiss and I would literally just be thinking "me too!". Honestly, she was kind of stupid sometimes but I understood the things she acted stupid about. I just really connected with her because she's also super shy and I've always been that girl, you know?

Secondary character wise, yes please! SO MANY amazing side characters. You have Pheobe's group of friends, Em, Grace, and Alec. You have Dev (friend and love interest), who is definitely swoon worthy (he reads YA books to impress her!). And Trixie (Phoebe's sister) and Leia (Grace's girlfriend). They're all awesome and unique. Em was my favorite but also, I felt at some points she was a bitch and I didn't understand why, almost like the author didn't even mean to write her that way, maybe? And altogether I would've liked a little more of each character.

Dev irritated me only because he (and Em and Grace) constantly acted and talked about how Pheobe read too much and she should be living and all this. I loved Pheobe though, because she just kept being herself. Readings and knitting and loving her life the way she wanted to. But it was strange because at one point it was like he got it then he was almost being mean and snobbish about it??? I don't know, maybe I'm reading too much into it.

Plot wise, I guess you could say there wasn't much of one besides Pheobe trying to "seduce" Dev? I didn't really notice it while reading though, I was enjoying it so much.

The only real downside for me really was the passages of her favorite books. They're interspaced between chapters and have little notes Pheobe left for herself and everything. They kind of just bored me. I guess it was something cool to include but I found myself skipping most of them.

OVERALL: I LOVED this book and highly recommend it!

Would I Recommend This? Yes.
To whom? Booknerds who love YA contemporary. Yes, all of you, read it!
Will I read more from this author(or series)? 100% yes.


  1. Oh, I can't wait to read this. I'm hoping I'll get it this week. Great review, Shay, it made me want to read it even more, and I'm glad you loved it. :)

    1. Yay, I'm glad you want to read it, it's so good! Hope you enjoy it, Petra! =)

  2. Can't wait to read this! I love it when characters are bookworms.

    1. Me too! Bookworms make some of the BEST characters. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on it, LeKeisha! =)

  3. I loved that line, "the hottest guy in the clarinet section" LMAO to be perfectly honest though this book sounds perfect for me. Characters that are as bookish as us? Holy cow, sign me up!

    1. I know right? That's such a good line, it made me swoon before I even started reading it. I know, bookish characters are just the best, so easy to relate too! Hope you enjoy it, Sarah. =)

  4. Great review!! When I saw this premise, I wasn't sure if it would be worth it or not. It sounds awesome though. I love reading about bookworms!

    1. Ah, it's SO worth it! Especailly if you're into fluffy contemporary books. I won't say it's perfect, I did have some issues with it, but it was so much FUN. Hope you decide to give it a chance, Cynthia! =)