Bookishly Ever After (Ever After Series #1)

Bookishly Ever After (Ever After Series #1)

by Isabel Bandeira


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ISBN-13: 9781633920583
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 01/12/2016
Series: Isabel Bandeira's Ever After Series , #1
Pages: 350
Sales rank: 739,404
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Growing up, Isabel Bandeira split her time between summers surrounded by cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs in Portugal and the rest of the year hanging around the lakes and trees of Southern New Jersey, which only fed her fairy-tale and nature obsessions. In her day job, she’s a Mechanical Engineer and tones down her love of all things glittery while designing medical devices, but it all comes out in her writing. The rest of the time, you’ll find her reading, at the dance studio, or working on her jumps and spins at the ice rink. Isabel is the author of the four-book Ever After series, including Bookishly Ever After, Dramatically Ever After, and the soon to be released Practically Ever After.

Isabel lives in South Jersey with her little black cat, too much yarn, and a closetful of vintage hats. She is represented by Carrie Howland of Empire Literary.

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Bookishly Ever After 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful YA romance for the bookish people
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins is a major book lover. She lives for and in her books. The boy she likes from school is as hot as her latest book-boyfriend, and she wishes for her daydreams to become reality. But she is quiet Phoebe, the girl always either stuck in a book or knitting in school. Not really book-heroine worthy. Then Dev, another attractive boy at school, starts pursuing her. Can she put down her bookish dreams long enough to see the man standing right in front of her? This girl, Phoebe, is basically someone I know. I've been her, and I know a few other girls like her. The author did a really good job capturing the life of a serious bookworm, or excuse me, a book dragon. I'm guessing Isabel Bandeira is one herself. Phoebe's book-influenced hobbies, the arts and crafts at school, the can't-talk-about-anything-else-but-no-one-wants-to-hear-it, the attending book signings and events in costume, and of course, the too distracted reading all the time. She is spot on. Then there's the story. It it definitely interesting. Phoebe lives her life, first and foremost. The purely high school events come slowly (timewise, not plotwise), as in real life. Phoebe struggles through her attraction to two different boys, her mistakes, and the awkward situations she walks into. Phoebe is Phoebe, a teen with her head in the clouds. Dev is pretty longsuffering, though he has his own set of flaws and mistakes. There isn't much else to say. The book is as it sounds - the story of a girl looking for her happily ever after in books rather than real life but finding it in the latter. I enjoyed it, and I think that anyone who enjoys books as much as Phoebe (and I) do, will appreciate this take. I received a complementary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
BlessedX5 More than 1 year ago
I am so happy to have been able to relate to Phoebe and her love for books. I got so excited when she talked about her tbr pile and her love of bookstores. The romance was cute and it was good that Phoebe and Dev were friends. I think my favorite part was the way that Phoebe treated her campers as people and respected them. I would recommend this book for book lovers and anyone who enjoys fast, light reads. *I received a digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Phoebe Martins is an avid reader who always has a book nearby. She loves YA books and is content to escape her mundane high school reality in the fantasies of her books--especially a swoony paranormal romance. She has a small, close-knit group of friends, band, archery, and knitting. Phoebe doesn't necessarily want more than that either. When her best friend Em tries to play matchmaker between Phoebe and dreamy fellow band geek and drama nerd Dev. Phoebe isn't sure how to feel about Dev potentially liking her or how to navigate her own maybe-crush on him. So she turns to the heroines in all of her favorite books, of course, for advice on how to overhaul her wardrobe, flirt and generally be awesome. But it turns out fictional romances don't always translate well to reality. If Phoebe wants her own happy ending, she might have to figure out the answer herself in Bookishly Ever After (2016) by Isabel Bandeira. Bookishly Ever After is the first book in Bandeira's contemporary Ever After trilogy. Bookishly Ever After is narrated by Phoebe and includes her "notes" on passages from her favorite novels complete with excerpts and Phoebe's own underlining and commentary. Phoebe is a realistic sixteen-year-old who is refreshingly content with her life, friends, and family at the start of the novel. Although Phoebe spends a lot of the story figuring out how to deal with Dev, she remains self-actualized and very aware that her own happiness and fulfillment comes first. She is bookish and fun without being overly precocious--in other words Phoebe sounds and acts her age which isn't always as common as it should be. Set over the course of several months in the school year, Phoebe and Dev have a slow courtship as they circle each other and as Phoebe tries to make sense of her own conflicted feelings. Fictional crushes were always enough for her before so the prospect of a real crush--not to mention actual dating--initially feels overwhelming. Phoebe's friends are all supportive and memorable with distinct personalities that Bandeira conveys expertly through brief descriptions and asides. Em initially comes across as overbearing but through Phoebe's eyes readers soon understand the strength and importance of their friendship. It's also great to see all of the characters have a variety of interests and refuse to be classified as any one thing. Bookishly Ever After is a fun romance with authentic characters and delightful dialogue. This sweet story is sure to leave readers smiling. Recommended for bookish readers looking for a bubbly new contemporary. Possible Pairings: The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre, A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody, Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum, Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg, To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han, Crow Mountain by Lucy Inglis, The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder, Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella, Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan, Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roate, Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: A very cute story about a bookish knitter and a handsome one-day Bollywood star as they navigate high school, love, and the impossibly high standards of book boyfriends. A tale utterly relatable to any girl who reads fantasy fiction as well as amusingly charming to even those who don’t. BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER is a story that speaks to its readers on more than one level spinning together a fairytale romance that is sweet, awkward, and real. Read my FULL review here:
BookWorm221 More than 1 year ago
This is like every bookworm lover story out there in the sense that we as book lovers can really relate with the main character, she loves books she sometimes draws parallels between books and real life and wants to act the same way the heroes of her books act (I doesn’t always work out for her). The book is fun with lovable characters, the plot is cute and very young adult. The only thing that bothered me a little was that the book is really long or it felt really long, the main characters don’t get together right away so must if not all of the book is this dance between them and sometimes it felt like things could have been left out, she never got to see them have long conversations or really get to know each other well because there was always something else going on or mixed signals happening. In the end I really enjoyed it and I might want to read the next one in the series, it sounds like it’s going to be a love/hate relationship kinda book and I really enjoy them.
KathyMacMillan More than 1 year ago
Phoebe is the kind of girl who gets wrapped up in books – often to the point where she prefers them to reality. (And what book lover can’t relate to that?) She crushes on the hot guy who looks like the hero of one of her favorite paranormal romances, and, if not for the encouragement of her best friend, would completely miss the other hot guy who clearly digs her as she is, no makeovers required. But Phoebe can’t get over the notion that she is bland and uncrushworthy, so she turns to passages from her favorite YA novels for help. (The passages from the fake novels are some of my favorite parts of the book, by the way – I want to read every one of them and obsess about them along with Phoebe.) It’s no secret that I love a book with a female heroine who displays her strength in smart, bookish ways, so of course I fell in love with Phoebe right away. But let’s talk about what a perfectly imperfect book boyfriend Dev turns out to be. He reads the books Phoebe recommends and even quotes them at her in romantic moments. This is a delicious sigh of a book, and I can’t wait to see what’s next in the Ever After series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, this was such a fun, sweet book! I loved the perfectly *normal* teenage drama... the characters in this book are generally all good, supportive friends to each other, who simply make the kinds of mistakes you make when you're, well, human! And all the knitting terms sprinkled all the way through just made me giggle. Basically, this book has reading, knitting, music, friendship, a hot (and kind) love interest, and a good plot. What more do you need?
MilwaukeeWriter More than 1 year ago
This is adorable! I loved the integration of imaginary books and quotes from books throughout BOOKISHLY EVER AFTER. Phoebe swoons over characters, gets passionately involved in the stories, and has a hard time setting aside a novel. She fangirls, she dresses up as characters, and she carries a book with her at all times. And of course, we need a love interest. Enter Dev. Readers will swoon over Dev! So sweet how these two finally come together. I'm looking forward to book 2! Readaholics, unite! My favorite quotes from this book were: "I wasn't the kind of girl who fell for musicians, but it wasn't fair that Dev had a beautiful singing voice that did things to the surface of my skin. I opened my eyes, and there was Lexie again, in the wings, staring at Dev like he was an advanced reader copy of the last book in a series." "I'm supposed to push a loose strand of hair out of your face, then let my hand linger on your cheek, or isn't that how, like, every other kissing scene in those books you read goes?"
Goldenfurproductions More than 1 year ago
MY THOUGHTS When I first heard about this book, of course I wanted to read it. It's a contemporary romance for the POV of a booknerd! I thought this book was adorable, though, sadly, it felt like your average contemporary. Just with a few more booknerdiness added. Phoebe lives for books, and she's perfectly fine with it. But her best friends thinks that Phoebe needs a boyfriend and when it's pointed out to her that her friend Dev might like her, that's all she can think about. Using her books as reference, she tries to win Dev's heart. I thought this book was pretty cute. I overall enjoyed the book and I was flipping the pages in hope that the two would get together. Of course there were a lot of bookish things in the book! The idea of Phoebe using books as dating advice is interesting and I liked the other bookish things as well (such as the bookish event Phoebe went to). The book also has excerpts from Phoebe's favorite books, which was interesting as well. The pacing in the book, though, was a bit slow. I felt like this book concurred a long period of time within the book and it took awhile for things to speed up. It didn't really pick up until the end, and I actually liked many parts in the last few portions of the book. I liked Phoebe. She was sweet, shy, and relatable. I had a few issues with her as a character at times though because she felt like an impossible booknerd. She was able to remember complete paragraphs from books! And I'm not referring to the excerpts featured in the book, I mean there are times where she would start thinking about a kissing scene in her favorite book and then relate it word-for-word to us. Seriously. I love to read and I can barely even remember the names of the main characters, let alone entire paragraphs! As for other characters, they were nice too. Though her best friend upset me at times. She was always bugging Phoebe to pick up her book and date guys. I myself would hate it if someone did that to me, even if they're my best friend, because I don't want to date, I'm fine being single. I know that she has the best intentions, but I didn't like how she was forcing this onto Phoebe. As for romance, it was cute. I liked Dev. I enjoyed how Dev and Phoebe started out as friends. I think the best relationships are when there is friendship involved. Dev wasn't your typical love interest, mainly since he was a normal guy. He wasn't the hottest thing that lived, with sparking eyes and a long line of ex-girlfriends. He was normal and I liked that about him. He was also really sweet to Phoebe and understanding of her booknerdiness. IN CONCLUSION Overall, this book wasn't as awesome as I expected. This is kind of your typical YA contemporary, just with more booknerdiness. It was cute, with a great love interest, but still a bit predictable at times and just your average contemporary. This might be part of a series, and I'm curious if there will be another book following a different couple. If that does happen, I will be interested.
Cody-Literary-lyObsessed More than 1 year ago
FACT: Bookish people are the best. So when I came across a book about a fellow bookworm who lives vicariously through her books-like many of us do-, I knew I had to read it. Phoebe would much rather live in her fictional fantasy worlds but unfortunately her best friend is determined to reintroduce Phoebe to reality and keep her nose out of books. When Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in band likes her she can only take advice from her most loved heroines and try to integrate their actions into her reality. This is possibly the cutest book on the planet; seriously I just adored all the characters. I felt instantly connected to Phoebe, she shows all the telltale signs of a book addict: staying up until the early hours reading, counting down the days till your most anticipated release, the nervous and excitement that comes with meeting your favorite author and obviously, completely and utterly crushing on those swoon-worthy book boyfriends. Phoebe has no idea how to flirt, dress the part or come across as the alluring, beautiful, funny characters she reads about, she’s only interested in her books and knitting. So cute! “Too bad real boyfriends aren't as awesome as book boyfriends.” Is this not the quote of the year? Fellow fangirls around the world are all mourning how very true this is! Bookishly Ever After basically follows Phoebe’s journey to become the ultimate heroine, to who looks good, says the right thing and ultimately gets her man. Dev our love interest is a pretty outgoing clarinet player that dreams of becoming a Bollywood star, can I just say how awesome it was read about a bi-racial relationship? It was totally refreshing and I hope to see more of this in future books. The relationship between Phoebe and Dev was so sweet and endearing, sometimes I felt so sorry for Phoebe because it was the type of relationship where you don’t notice how attractive a person is until someone points it out? So you’ve always been their friend and then you tend to question everything you say or do from that point onwards. When Phoebe finally realizes that Dev has just stepped out of one of her fantasy books and he could be her real life book boyfriend, she’s terrified, nervous and completely out of her element. My only problem with this book was not the romance but the direction of the relationship between Phoebe and Dev, it was never going anywhere. There was a lot of back and forth between the two and the plot just seemed to be stuck in a state of limbo. Outside of this I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I would definitely recommend it to fellow readers as the writing was fantastic and I loved how we were given snippets from Phoebes books and saw how she would try to recreate a special moment; not all were successful but it was so much fun to read about. I will definitely be continuing with the Ever After series and I can’t wait to see what Isabel comes up with next! Also those snippets were so good that I now want Isabel to write her own YA fantasy, I would buy it in a heartbeat. For more reviews visit:
xorubituesdays More than 1 year ago
**I was sent this ARC from Spencer Hill Contemporary through NetGalley in return of an honest review.** Bookishly Ever After might just be the most relatable book ever! It's the story of a 16 year old lover of fantasy and all things YA who uses books to try and land her dream guy. This book was filled with "omg that is soooo me" moments! I felt so understood! Lol There were book signings, fangirling, tbr piles, dressing up like her favorite characters, pulling all nighters because the book is just so good, and most importantly ignoring the world because reading was so much better. Phoebe's character was simply the best! One of my two problems with this book is that it seemed to be quite a bit longer than was really necessary so at times it really dragged. My other problem were the breaks with inserted scenes from her favorite books. If you've read Fangirl you know what I mean. And just like with Fangirl I didn't really have any interest in those side stories. After a while I would just skip those segments all together to avoid getting bored and putting the book down. Overall, this was a super cute story that any fellow bookworm will connect to!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK! It is not just for people who read books or who love books - it is for people who live books. For those of us who connect to characters so deeply, they feel like real, live friends. BOOKISLY EVER AFTER was a delightful read. First of all, Phoebe is super funny and SO relatable. There were whole chapters that gave me flashbacks to my own incredibly awkward history. And I loved how she was taking her cues from her favourite book heroines - sections of those books are interwoven with the story, along with Phoebe's hand-written notes. (A very cool touch.)I was totally swept up by the story (another trait shared with Phoebe)- analyzing every look, swooning over every smile, and shouting over every missed opportunity. This was one HEA I became deeply invested in. A great cast of supporting characters rounds the story out nicely. I can't wait to dive deeper into their stories in the next installment! Come on, Book Two! (I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
If this wasn't the most accurate contemporary book I've ever read, I'm not sure what is! lol I say this because of how much I related to it, even as a grown adult. And I'm not talking about just the books, I mean the awkwardness and building myself up with quotes as well lol This book definitely described my life and it was very cute to read about something that hit so close to home! Phoebe is quite the introvert. She reads and she knits at the mere age of 16. She loves her world of fiction (just like the rest of us) but once she gets a taste of reality she doesn't know how to handle it. How can she go back to just her books now that she sees what real life swooning is like? I really liked this book because it really went in-depth about us booknerds. There's so many quotes that I found hilarious or fell in love with because I could relate to it so much. Like the one about the "staring like he was an advanced reader copy" I literally laughed out loud at that one. Any book that I can relate to as much as I did with this one deserves at least 4 stars. Phoebe's awkwardness and failed attempts at flirting and bookish nature definitely hit close to home and I was aable to sympathize more with her because I could tell how she felt. I also liked that there was some surprise diversity in this one! The love interest is a POC! There are some nudges to his culture that I loved getting a glimpse of. I did a Google search and learned more about a different type of music that I now find awesome. I love when books can help you learn a little about other cultures. As for the romance, it was definitely a slow burn, but I chalk that up it being a series starter. But when they finally got it together, it was definitely worth it. In the span of 95%-98% that was all the romance, but I found myself swooning the entire time. There's book quoting, face caresses like in books, and last but not least, admission that he's ok with her reading. Of course I fell head over heels for him! lol The only reason I didn't give this five stars was because I was a little upset that it seemed that Phoebe never realized she didn't need to be those fictional characters(...wait.... lolol) , she just needed to be herself and that's what he liked most. Sure it was mentioned, but she skimmed over it. I just wanted her to realize she WAS good enough for him and that the fiction she idolizes isn't always better than reality. Even if "normalcy is overrated," I for some reason just needed her to realize that's not ALWAYS true! This book was super cute and such a quick read. I can't wait to see what Bandeira does with book two. I'm hoping for a companion novel that tells about one of their other friends from the group. I'm also hoping for some more excerpts from the books that Phoebe reads becauseeeee Im sorry but the leprechaun actually sounds good lol Bandeira your debut was a definite success for me and I can't wait to see what Phoebe and friends (and her BOOKS!) do next!