Book Review - Paper Hearts by Ali Novak

The one person who can help Felicity find her sister is a heartbreaker...

Paper Hearts
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Genre: Teens & YA
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: eBook - 4 July 2017 | Paperback - 1 September 2017
ISBN-13: 9781492653363

"Felicity has her entire future planned. Ever since her older sister ran away, she's had the full weight of her mother's expectations on her shoulders. So she works hard to get straight As and save for college.

Except sometimes the best things in life are unplanned-like when Felicity meets a handsome, masked stranger while she is volunteering at a charity masquerade ball. She never thought he'd flirt with her. And she certainly never thought he'd turn out to be a member of the world-famous Heartbreakers band, Alec.

Then Felicity uncovers a shocking family secret. Suddenly, she, Alec, and her two best friends are off on a road trip to find Felicity's missing sister. And she's about to discover that unexpected turns have a peculiar way of landing her right where she needs to be..."


YA is one of my favourite genres so I was really looking forward to reading this book. I hadn't read the first book (this is book 2 in a 2 book series) but it didn't seem to matter because I quickly fell into the storyline.

Felicity was an easy character to like, despite her issues at home she had a good head on her shoulders and I soon felt protective of her. The early scenes with Alec were so adorable, I couldn't help but smile at her awkwardness. Felicity's friends were also entertaining and I thoroughly enjoyed their part in the story.

During the masquerade ball I definitely got a Romeo & Juliet vibe and thanks to the author's clear writing style I was able to picture the scene effortlessly. The story had a very distinctive "young" feel to it and this made it light and fun to read. The super soaker scene in particular was vividly described and made me wish I was joining in with the fun.

A major discovery changed the direction of the storyline, it added a hint of mystery and raised a lot of questions. What followed were almost all normal occurrences for a teenager (family troubles, boy troubles and big life decisions) except Felicity faced them all with a celebrity at her side!

Part of me was waiting for something a little more dramatic to come along but unfortunately it didn't, there were lots of ups and downs but nothing that I hadn't expected.

This was a lovely read, the stuff of dreams for any boy band fan.

4 Stars
4 Stars



Thank you to the publisher for approving my NetGalley request for this eBook in exchange for my honest opinion.


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