Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts


Title: Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance

Author: Shellee Roberts

Series: Creative HeArts #3, Mariely & Cabot #1

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Pages: 166 pages, Kindle edition

Publication Date: April 18th 2016

My Rating: ★★★½

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a kickass heroine, a boy so hot he’ll make you shiver, and a falling-in-love story fit for the big screen. You’ll want to settle in and have the popcorn ready.

After Mariely Hinojosa and Cabot Wheeler both break up with their significant others at the same party, Mariely sees a way to get even with both of their exes. Everyone knows that the best way to get over a breakup is a hookup—a fake hookup, that is. Three weeks, all fun, no strings, and definitely no heartbreak at the end.

But somewhere between the sweet hand-holding and melt-your-mind kisses, their fake relationship starts to feel less like an act and more like the real thing…but Mariely’s a free-spirited girl from the other side of the tracks, and Cabot’s the hot trust-fund guy from the Hills.

They’d never work for real…

I was given an e-ARC of this book to review via the publisher.

Thank you so much Entangled Teen for an advance copy of this book!

Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance by Shellee Roberts is the third book in the Creative Hearts trilogy and also the first book in the Mariely and Cabot trilogy. If you don’t yet know, all three books in the former series are being made into its own trilogies. Each couple gets three books, but that’s a story for another day. Just know that this book can be read as a standalone but it is much recommended that you read the previous books first.

This book is told in both Mariely and Cabot’s POVs. 1st person for Mariely and 3rd person for Cabot. Much like the previous book, How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay.

If you’ve read HWGHGB, you’d probably have had suspicions as to Mariely’s boyfriend (now ex), Jacen’s infidelity. Hell, you probably already know who he’s cheating with. NO SURPRISE THERE GUYS- just confirmation. But, for the sake of those of you haven’t read HWGHGB, I will refrain from mentioning said person’s name. I will, however, say that this couple deserves a book- if not trilogy- of their own. (FYI I DO NOT ENDORSE CHEATING)

I have to say right off the bat  I adore fauxmance to real romance stories. Like best friends to lovers stories, it’s a classic that I cannot resist.

You have Mariely, who just found out that her boyfriend- whom she had built her dreams and aspirations with- has been cheating on her with a guy. She took it as well as you can expect any girl who has been cheated on by her boyfriend of 3 years to take it. Some moping, alone time and ultimately, a faux-hookup.

I cannot say that I could relate to Mariely- not entirely anyway. I can, however, say that I admired her strength and determination to move on. From her style to her manner, she marched to her own beat. Even though at times it was more fake it till you make it than anything, it WORKED. I loved how she used her clothes to give her confidence and express her inner quirkiness. Her choice of clothing was more out of necessity than preference, but it suited her personality so well that it is impossible to picture her wearing anything but vintage. Coming from a struggling American-Mexican family, she was sometimes insecure about where she was financially. Which I found understandable and realistic. My favorite part about Mariely, though, has to be her humor. I mean, she uses the names of actors in place of cuss words! Sense of humor comes naturally to her. What I did not like though, is how she sort of trivialized Cabot’s problems because he was rich and she thought that meant life was easy for him. But that’s what character development is for right?

On the surface, Cabot came off as your typical rich kid with the perfect car, perfect house and supposed perfect life. But one thing reading has thought me is that there is no “perfect life”. Which rang very true for Cabot. His parents are divorced and he made it very clear whose side he is on. There weren’t many interactions between him and his parents, but from what we got, he and his father have a lot of unsolved issues. Family troubles aside, he was sweet and a gentleman (most of the time). What stood out about him was his directness. He was very to the point about his feelings for Mariely and where he wanted to go with it. Oooh and there was also the makings of a bromance between him and Finn. I am ALL for more of that in the future books.

As a couple, Mariely and Cabot had chemistry and the opposites attract thing really worked for them. But for some reason I just felt like there was something lacking. I can’t for the life of me pin point what was missing. It could be that there weren’t enough of Cabot’s chapters or the book could have done with a bit more length. Or it could be both. Now that’s not to say that I didn’t root for them as a couple, because I did. It just didn’t bring out as much emotion in me as Willa and Finn did. Also, what do you know? Mariely ships them too. #Willa&Finn4Ever

While we’re on the topic of Willa and Finn, I was so excited every time they made an appearance in the book.


It was just what I needed to tide me over until the next Willa and Finn book is released. I am going to hop on that ARC as soon as it gets out. I don’t care if I have college work or the sky is freaking falling.


I’ll end this review soon and spare you the details of my anticipation for the second Willa and Finn book. Back to Crazy, Stupid, Fauxmance, if you’ve read the previous Creative HeArts books, definitely get this too. Not just to complete your collection, but because this is a truly enjoyable read. If you’re a fan of the fake dating trope, you might want to invest in this. But be warned that you’ll be compelled to get the rest of the series.

Let’s be awesome.

I know I’ve been absent for quite some time- a month to be exact- but I just started college and I’ve been busy with that. I’ve been trying to squeeze in as much reading time as possible in between classes, but it’s much easier said than done. And sometimes when I actually have time to read, I’m just so worn out that all I want to do is kick back and watch TV. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this review, leave a comment and hopefully I’ll be back with a post soon. Hugs! ❤

Meeting Sarah J. Maas!!


Oh my Gods, guys! So I just got back about an hour ago from Sarah J. Maas’ book signing here in Borders, The Curve, Malaysia, and I am still reeling from the entire thing!! I can’t guarantee how coherent this post will be, but really, can you blame me?

I left home around 4 p.m. and reached Borders around 4.40 p.m. where I met up with Carmen, a fellow book blogger and friend I had previously only conversed with online. That in itself was great because we were supposed to meet up last year at a book sale but it didn’t work out. We were both filled with nervous/excited energy, so we went for a walk around the mall. The whole time talking about books, catching up and fangirling (really loudly, too) without any particular destination in mind. When we were done with that we made our way back to Borders and ran into another book blogger friend, Jasmine, whom I had only recently got acquainted with on Twitter.

The three of us set up camp outside the event area at 5.10 p.m.. Not long after, Jean, walked up and asked to sit with us. Of course we said yes, and not long after, we were like friends who had known each other for years instead of minutes. Crazy fangirling ensued, to which passersby looked at us like we were indeed crazy. That was when I realized that my introvert self is actually not so shy when around book lovers. With more than an hour to kill, we went on and on about books, often squealing and making other incoherent noises.

Then, we were each handed a small piece of paper to write our names on. Which we put on the page we wanted Sarah to sign. By then, there were already groups of people camping out alongside us. Sometime before 7 p.m. we were told to register at the registration table, which due to strategic planning we were sitting right next to, before we were ushered into the signing area. My friends and I were the first four to register so we got front row seats (our very own bench!). The staff were busy arranging the seating and which row would go out first for the signing, while we eagerly anticipated Sarah’s arrival. At first we were told that we could only get her to sign 2 books per person and I was like, “noooo, I brought six of them.” But then, to our pleasant surprise, they informed us that we could now each get 3 books signed. Eureka!

Not long after that, Sarah was spotted, and even if you didn’t see her, the screams from fans were enough to “hint” at it. She walked from the back to the front and stood towards the left, still not in the event space but pretty damn close. I took a video of her entrance, but since WordPress won’t let me upload videos, I’ve captured a few frameshots.


She was fully visible at first, but then she was mostly hidden behind the bookcase. The fourth photo above is actually her peeking out from the bookshelf. Not long after, she walked into the area, and I, along with every other fan present with a healthy pair of lungs, screamed (you know those screams of excitement).

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Soon after taking a seat, her husband, Josh walked in and on the way to his seat he gave Sarah a couple of pats on the shoulder. Which got a huge response from the crowd.


Sarah was just like “#papamaas”. She talked about how Josh sat behind her at the event in Manila and, “the Philippines, they really liked the look of him. His signing line was as long as mine. They wanted him to sign their books. So he’s available tonight.” From what I know of the pair of them, they are #GOALS.

It started off with a Q&A session. The MC asked a question (for the life of me I can’t remember what it was) and after that the fans took the reins. I can’t recall exactly what questions were asked but I do remember most of the answers.

  • Some of Sarah’s favorite TV shows are The 100, Teen Wolf, Black Sails and The Great British Bake-Off.
  • Josh is a master baker.
  • If Sarah were stranded on an island and had to pick one of her male characters to save her, she would pick Rhysand. Because he has wings and could fly her away from there. Secondly, if she had to die on an island, doing so with an attractive guy would be the way to go. Also, this is a spoiler for A Court of Mist and Fury, highlight to read : Rhysand can teleport.
  • If Celaena were to be in a reality show, it would The Real Desperate Housewives. Because there’s politics and the whole frenemies thing which Celaena would love.
  • She faced many struggles as an aspiring author, internally, and externally from friends, family, teachers. They said nobody reads fantasy and to write something different. Even as a published author she faces these struggles and there are times when she doubts herself. But she always lives by, “it’s not how many times you fall, it’s how many times you get back up.” She told us to follow our dreams and not to limit ourselves. It was all very inspirational and I found myself tearing up at some parts. Trust me, if you were there to experience it, what with the atmosphere and all, you would too.
  • Someone made a request for her to promise not to kill Rhysand (I think) and while she couldn’t make it, she did promise not to kill Fleetfoot. Saying that she wouldn’t put us through the emotional trauma of losing a pet, like in Harry Potter and all. So, we can rest assured Fleetfoot is safe from the hands of death. I repeat, FLEETFOOT IS SAFE.
  • In order for her to write about a character, they have to have a name first. It helps her get into their psyche and story.
  • Sarah does not come up with her character names by smashing her keyboard (reference to a Tumblr post). She does however look up baby names online and joked that she searched for “sexy Irish warrior” names.
  • There may or may not be a character with the name Bellarke in Empire of Storms or ACoMaF (sorry, I’m not forgot which!), named after her favorite ship from the TV show, The 100.
  • Sarah can’t get enough of Bellamy from The 100!
  • She loves binge watching TV shows, as you know, “research”.
  • In terms of the ToG TV show news, she does not have any actors in mind to play the characters. Appearance matters the least to her, what’s important is that the actors are able to convey the characters’ emotions on screen. The only thing important about appearance to her is that people of color in the books remain people of color on screen. She is not a fan of Holloywood’s white washing.
  • In terms of ACoTaR film news, she would like for there to be more females on board the project.
  • The maps in the ACoTaR books will change according to Feyre’s knowledge of the world.
  • She does not agree that book to movie adaptations have to always be terrible. Sometimes, an adaptation is ruined due to it sticking to close to the book and not exploring and becoming its own.
  • Sarah has watched the latest Star Wars film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, four times now.

The Q&A session was not only such fun, but also serious at times. Perfectly balanced. Once it ended, we proceeded to the book signing part of the event and just like in Manila, Josh signed our books too. Since it started from the left to the right, as opposed to us sitting from the right to the left, I was the third to get to Sarah, with Carmen going first, Jean, second and Jasmine, fourth.

While Jean got her books signed, Sarah talked about how when she was on the way from Sunway Pyramid (she had a signing there) she saw the sky and hoped it wouldn’t rain.

Before I knew it it was my turn. I handed her my books (ToG, The Assassin’s Blade & ACoTaR) across the table and she opened it saw my name and asked, “Hi, Tasha. How are you?” I was like, “great!” Yes, it even sounded like it had a exclamation mark. I wasn’t nervous per se, but clearly I was something. I told her how she is the first author I have ever met in person and how I “don’t even know what to say.” She was so gracious about it and said something along the lines of, “you saw how weird I was out there. It’s okay, you’re not the only one.” To which I answered with a chuckle, “I’m weirder.” She just laughed. Sarah, the amazing person that she is, talked to me and believe it or not I was completely at ease. All I can say about that is Sarah has a talent of putting people at ease and making them feel comfortable around her. While she signed the rest of my books, I asked her about her thoughts on Malaysia and she told me that she had only been here for about 24 hours but she already loves it. I was so comfortable that I started talking about food and how she should try the local food here. When I asked whether she would visit Malaysia again, she said “yeah!” I thanked her profusely for writing her phenomenal books and for coming to Malaysia. She replied with a, “no, thank you for coming out tonight!”

I got Josh to sign my “Meet-the-Author” pass and Throne of Glass. I was so grateful for that and went all “Oh my Gods. Thank you so much!” Then, in what seemed like an all too short encounter, my turn was over. (In between all of that conversation was some gushing, which Sarah handled really well.)

On the way out I was given a swag pack of 6 Throne of Glass badges. Carmen was right there waiting for me and there was a lot of “Oh my Gods!!” and “that just happened!!!” going around. We were both just hopping around, squealing and living in the moment.

The following passages are written one week after the ones above, because I was away and there was no WiFi.

Okay, so, me being me, I went back for seconds. The first time around I was the third in line; this time I was the second last. What all does being second last entail? One hour of waiting in line. I wasn’t complaining then and I’m not complaining now, because let’s be real, I would have queued half a day to meet them again.

Somehow, I ended up chatting with the girl behind me and her little brother. She hadn’t read any of Sarah’s books, so she was really nervous about meeting her. Surprisingly, I wasn’t. Nervous, I mean. So I talked to her about how sweet and totally unintimidating Sarah is. Then we talked about our favorite books, and even though we were stuck in the same spot for a good 20 minutes, time just flew by. In a very exaggerated blink of an eye, it was my turn again and guess what? Sarah recognized me! She was like “Hi!”, then she got a good look at my face and went, “hey, you again!” YES ME AGAIN BECAUSE I CANNOT GET ENOUGH AND I AM DESPERATE. Of course, I didn’t say that, instead I said, “hi! Yeah, this is the last time, I promise.”

I passed her my books and then we got talking. Mostly general stuff, until…

Me: I LOVE your hair. It’s just GOALS.

Sarah: Thank you! I love your hair. The curls are so beautiful. Are they natural?

Me: Aww thank you. Yep, all natural.

Sarah: There, I have to spend hours rolling mine to get it looking like this and yours is just…  some hand movements

Me: But yours is still so pretty and like, always perfect.

So there we were just smiling at each other and chatting about hair. God only knows how I didn’t completely lose my cool right there and then. Praise the lord, I was able to function like a normal person and have an actual conversation.

After a bit more talking while she signed my books, we wished each other goodnight and there was a lot of thank yous and I hope you come again. With a “Have fun in Malaysia!”, it was over.

My mom and I stayed till the very end, because we still had to wait for my aunt to pick us up and what better place to wait than there? Sarah and Josh took photos with the staff and organizers before leaving and as much as I wanted to ask to take one with them, I didn’t, because they were rushing to get to KLCC and I was already more than happy with what I had gotten. So, they left with an entourage and I left with a smile on my face, 6 signed books and an unforgettable experience.

It was only then that I lost all sense of the word “chill” and started freaking out. Like, major fangirling. I MET SARAH J. MAAS. SARAH LOVES MY HAIR. BRB, FANGIRLING. I kept going on and on about how amazing and inspiring it all was. Since that wasn’t my mom’s first day being my mother or her first time seeing me fangirl, she took it all in stride.

Meeting Sarah J. Maas was a surreal experience that I will remember and treasure for the rest of my life. Not only was it completely unbelievable, it was also incredibly inspiring. She will make you want to go home and get back to your writing projects that you had cast aside. She will make you believe again. Like she told us,

It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, what matters is how many times you get back up.

I achieved at least 5 of my goals that day. I mean, I met one of my favorite authors! I also got to meet tons of bookworms offline, as opposed to connecting on social media. AND I MET SARAH J. MAAS! In this week, I have looked at the photos taken at least once a day and it never gets old.

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Here’s hoping we get another visit from the lovely, Sarah J. Maas soon. ❤

P.S. I know this was a really long post, but I wanted to include every little detail of that fantastic day.

P.P.S. Special thanks to Sarah J. Maas and Josh for coming to Malaysia; Borders for holding the event and my mom for being our photographer.

A Penny For Your Thoughts #1: Misconceptions About Bookworms

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Hello loves. Today I bring to you my very first discussion post. I’ve been wanting to post one for a very long time, but I always find a reason not to. (Excuses mostly.)

Before we get started, here’s an intro to this feature:

A Penny For Your Thoughts is a new feature on my blog where I discuss different subjects every week. Basically, it’s a discussion feature with a fancy name. 😉 I intend on having a discussion at least once a week, more if I have the time.

I want you to know that I am very open-minded and I appreciate honesty above all else, so please be comfortable when letting me know your opinion on a matter.You don’t have to worry about offending me if our opinions vary, I like seeing things from other people’s perspective and it would be a boring world if we all had the same opinions on everything. 🙂

Also, if you have any suggestions for discussion topics please comment below or shoot me an email at

As you can tell by the title, today I’ll be discussing a few misconceptions I’ve noticed people have about us, readers, and who we are.

1. Books, 24/7 books

While it cannot be denied, the significance of books in readers’ lives, it also isn’t the only thing we have going on. Some of us might enjoy gaming alongside reading, or maybe catching up with the latest TV shows. Who knows?

The problem is when people think ALL we know is BOOKS and ALL we do is READ, and question us when we are seen without a book or having some other hobby. Or even better when they give you an accusatory stare, like you’ve just been caught cheating! Because clearly, to be a bookworm is to have a book plastered to your hand(s) at all times with your nose buried in it and only speak of literature, otherwise your bookworm status is open to questioning.


Let’s just say this person likes to eat. Do you expect said person to just eat, eat and EAT?

I guess my point is it’s perfectly fine for someone who loves to read to have other choices of entertainment. All while not having to explain ourselves like a bunch of outlaws. You can be a book lover and love other things without feeling guilty about it.

2. Speckies here; speckies there; speckies everywhere.

This is what some people think we look like:

This is such an inaccurate assumption. There is no rule saying, if you read, you have to wear glasses. Just the same, doesn’t mean if someone wears glasses, by default he/she is a reader. That is simply not how things work!


3. Straight-A students

Let me make it clear, there’s a huge difference between reading works of fiction and textbooks. Reading fiction- non fiction, even- isn’t automatically going to make us top students. So, people can stop saying things like, “I thought you read a lot of books!” and “you read, isn’t that supposed to make you really smart?” when we don’t turn out to be the first place in class.


Like everyone else, we could be straight A students, average students or even bad students. Unless the exam is Zombie Survival 101, book related or seeing the world in multiple POVs, I wouldn’t be so quick to bet on all of us getting an A.

4. Antisocial, the lot of us

Yes, some of us may be antisocial, but not all of us. It isn’t right to put all of us in a box and label it “antisocial”. The rest of us could just be more selective about who we spend time with. Personally, I’m not opposed to hanging out with my close friends every once in a while. I usually find myself having more fun than anticipated. For me it’s all about the people I spend time with. With the right people I can be very sociable.

Not to mention, some readers are also social butterflies and happen to enjoy the company of people as much as they do reading.

All that said, there are antisocial bookworms.

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One thing I think we can all agree on:



To summarize, we are seriously misunderstood beings.


So, there you have it, my very first discussion post. Keep in mind that was just my opinion on the topic. What are some misconceptions society has had about you? 

Remember to leave a comment and be completely honest, so we can discuss- debate too.

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Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey || Interview & Giveaway


Hi everyone! I got to interview Alyxandra Harvey as part of the Love Me, Love Me Not blog tour run by Chapter by Chapter.

Q: Hi! It is such an honor to be able to interview you. I am a huge fan of your work. For those new to you and your books, can you give a description of yourself and the kind of books you write?

A: Thank you! I like to think I write fantastical adventures with kick-ass girls, a little snark, and lots of kissing.

Q: It’s not every day you get characters that turn into swans, or foxes, for that matter. Is there a reason you chose those particular animals?

A: I love shapeshifting stories. There’s something so folklore-y about them. And I think most of us have wondered what animals might be thinking at one point of another—especially when you’re watching your dog chase his tail or lick the couch. I have a corgi who once got totally freaked out over the smell of cooking chicken. My little weirdo. 

I chose foxes because I was working with swan maidens and foxes are one of a swan’s few natural predators. Magic rules should make sense after all!

Q: From Love Me, Love Me Not, which characters would you be, room, cliff? (Any three from the book and feel free to elaborate.)

A: Be: Ana. She has magic powers and is refreshingly un-dramatic.

Room: Roommates with Pierce or Mei Lin. Pierce and I could talk about books. Mei Lin would make me laugh.

Cliff: Can’t say…spoilers!

Q: The Drake Chronicles is one of my favorite series ever and I just have to ask, are there any plans to revisit it? A novella, maybe?

A: Thank you! I miss Lucy and my Drake boys. I always have plans in the back of my head for just one more novella. So it’s definitely possible!

Q: I saw on your Goodreads page that you’ve been accused of being born in the wrong century. Is there a particular century/era that you would have liked to be born in? And if you could bring just one element/tradition from said period to ours, what would it be?

A: Regency, Medieval, Iron Age, Victorian… Too many… brain exploding…. 

I do love the Regency era though which is why I used it as the setting for my Lovegrove Legacy series. The 1800s are like a cozy room in my house where I can curl up with a cup of tea. I finally had a chance to visit Hyde Park last two years ago and I was giddy with joy. I’ve read about it and written about it so much it was wonderful to finally be there in person. 

And I have great empathy for Tasha Tudor…she believed she had been alive in the 1840s and spent much of her life recreating it. She made her own clothes, right down to the weaving. She was a fascinating woman! 

I’d keep my bathroom though. And the electricity, as much as I love candles!

And I would want to go for a carriage ride down Bond Street, live in a grand old house, wear muslin dresses and curtsy at everyone.

As to what I’d bring back….I guess the manners and the frock coats. And the love of poetry. Not the weird jellied foods, or the atrocious treatment of women or servants, or the gossipiness. But that’s the beauty of selective creative history— toothpaste and equality and frock coats for all!

Q: Thank you so much for doing this with me! It really means a lot to me that you’ve taken time out of schedule to answer my questions. 🙂 Before you go, what can fans look forward to from you in the near future?

A: Thanks so much for your questions! I am thinking a lot about Mei Lin’s story next…she’s one of Ana’s cousins and she’d be fun to hang out with.


Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream. Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with her husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay || ARC Review

28109100Title: How Willa Got Her Groove Back

Author: Emily McKay

Series: Willa and Finn #1, Creative HeArts #2

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Entangled: Crush

Pages: 258 pages, Kindle edition

Publication Date: February 22nd 2016

My Rating: ★★★★½

When your life feels like a bad movie, rewrite the script.

When Willa Schofer’s father comes home from a business trip with an über-famous new fiancée, Willa’s senior year blows up in paparazzi-fueled flames. Overnight, she has a new house, a new car, and a new soon-to-be stepbrother—the unbelievably hot, unbelievably arrogant, Finn McCain. Thank god he’s constantly pushing her buttons, or she might do something irresponsible. Like fall for the jerk.

Just when Willa’s decided to avoid him for, oh, ever, Finn lands in the center of her senior project team. Seriously—how hard is it to shake a guy? At least her work on the project snagged the attention of the (second) hottest guy in school. He might only be into her because of her famous stepmom, and he’s not quite as exciting as a certain annoying housemate, but at least she’s allowed to crush on the guy.

Because crushing on your annoying stepbrother? So not cool.

This Entangled Teen Crush book contains an unbelievably hot bad boy, an unbelievably famous actress, and all the drama that comes with adding both to your family. Oh, and a forbidden flirtation with a soon-to-be stepbrother.

Thank you Entangled for this ARC

My immediate reaction finishing this book:

  • Stare at the last page in disbelief. Reread said page because THERE MUST BE SOMETHING I’M MISSING
  • Look up the author on Twitter and fail at it. Look up the author on Facebook for any clues on her Twitter handle. Handle found. Follow the author on Twitter and send her a desperate tweet:

  • Grab slices of guava then proceed to pace around the house because clearly by stuffing my face and circling the ground floor of my house the sequel is going to manifest on my Kindle app.
  • Go on Goodreads to see if anyone else had NO CHILL about it like me.
  • A lot of “WHY??” and banging my fists on the coffee table like a petulant kid.

How Willa Got Her Groove Back is the first book in the Willa and Finn series, so, no, it is not a standalone. It is also the second book in the Creative HeArts series. Its predecessor being Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru by Tera Lynn Childs. You can find my review of it here. You can read HWGHGB without reading the first, but I highly recommend you do because there are recurring characters.

I went into this book expecting a light, fun read with a predictable but satisfying ending, because it’s an Entangled Crush book and I know Entangled Crush books. I know they aren’t supposed to be quite this frustrating or have endings that make you want the sequel the instant you finish the first book because of its lack of closure. There definitely shouldn’t be a CLIFFHANGER. I think I may have counted on its predictability a tad bit too much and now I’m paying the price. My fault, really.


This book is told in Willa’s POV (first person) and Finn’s POV (third person). This is the first book I’ve read written in such a style and I say it really worked out. The transition between narratives was smooth and easy to follow.

First, you have Willa, who ever since her mother’s passing, has been a team with her father. It was basically them against the world until her father dropped one bomb after another, changing everything in her life. Suddenly, she has a stepmother and stepbrother to-be, a new house which she is reluctant to move into and paparazzi after her.

I really connected with Willa (she was witty and a reader) and could relate to her feelings of indignation and helplessness toward her father’s sudden decision to remarry. Her father was a mess after her mom died, leaving her to pick up the pieces and now she has to sit by and watch him get his heart broken again. I could see why she wasn’t on board with the idea but there were times when I didn’t agree with the choices she made or the things she said. (I thought some of the things Finn said about her were extremely accurate.) Still, I could get where she was coming from. I mean, the life she knew was gone and all of sudden it seemed like it wasn’t her and her father against the world anymore. Not to mention, the guy she’s had a crush on for years suddenly notices her. Is it because of her connection to her famous stepmom-to-be or is he really interested in her?

Finn actually reminded me of Young Do from The Heirs (K-Drama), maybe not as mean but they had similar characteristics.

Really, he had a bike and all.

K-Drama aside, I think Finn is a seriously misunderstood character. If not for the dual POVs, I might have misunderstood him too. Hidden behind his bad boy/surfer charm, there’s a broken soul who never really let anyone in, who grew up without real friends or anyone to trust.

Mia has been in your life your whole life. If you don’t trust anyone who wasn’t in your life before her, then who do you trust?

Just like Willa he had to grow up fast and wasn’t on board with his mom’s upcoming nuptials. When he was 11 he had to find a divorce lawyer for his mom and find them a place to stay. All that because of a marriage gone wrong. Can you see why he has his reservations?

So you have 2 broken teenagers who want their parents to be happy, but at the same time don’t want to be the ones to pick up the pieces in the aftermath.

One thing I would’ve liked was more romance. Please! I need more kissing and tension! I need more Finn & Willa in the next books!


Oooh and it was such a treat to see Tru and Sloane from Ten Things Sloane Hates About Tru again. Recurring characters in books are the best.

I’m not sure how relevant this is to the review but I’m going to say it anyway. I was about 90% into the book and I had a mini panic attack, because it was too close to the end and it didn’t look like it was going where I WANTED IT TO GO. So, now I have to wait for the sequel which comes out in November. NOVEMBER.


To sum it up, How Willa Got Her Groove Back is a fantastic sequel to the Creative HeArts series and a promising start to the Willa and Finn series. I devoured it in one sitting and was invested in all the characters, even Willa’s friends. One of which is getting her own book, Crazy, Stupid Fauxmance, in April. Can’t wait! 😀

I’m really so impatient for November to come! From now on I am going to approach Entangled: Crush books with caution a.k.a. not expect a predictable ending.

If you’re interested, How Willa Got Her Groove Back will be released on the 22nd of February (tomorrow), be sure to catch it! If you’ve read it and need to gush about it (and Finn) I’m right here! Bye for now! ❤


1 Year Blogiversary!

Hi everyone! Today morning I woke up and got a notification on WordPress informing me that I’ve been blogging on Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books for one whole year!


I can’t believe it’s already been a year since I created this blog. A year well spent with you amazing, diverse people.

I could cite stats and follower count and stuff like that, but those seem trivial in comparison to the memories I created with you lovelies. So instead of attempting to one up that, I just want to say thank you for an entire year of your companionship. Thank you for the comments. To be honest, 365 days of this blogging thing hasn’t dampened the excitement I feel reading your comments. (The fact that I write anything worthy of getting comments is surprising, says the self-deprecating voice in my head. ) Thank you for the fangirling. Because, really, who else can I freak out with over fictional worlds and equally fictional men?

Looking back at my blog and its posts, I realise that it isn’t very personal. All you really see is this teen fangirl who is crazy in love with books and fictional characters. I assure you there is much more to me than that. So for this second year and the many years to come (hopefully), I strive to be more personal on my blog.

To start, here’s a little about me:

• I try my best to be honest with everyone and appreciate it when they are honest with me. It has mostly worked, except for when I get asked about my feelings. At that, I have grown skilled at lying or at least, sidestepping the truth. Because, what I’ve learned- the hard way- is that everyone will ask you how you feel about this and that, but only some actually care about what you have to say. The rest just ask for the sake of asking. Even worse are the ones who judge you for it. I know I sound bitter, but that’s really not my intention. For me it’s just facts that I have come to terms with. Which is why those that truly care and can find it in them not to be judgemental, are some of the rarest, most beautiful souls to walk the earth. For them, I am grateful everyday.

• I’ve liked baking since I was little, when my mom and I used to bake together and she’d do the ‘grown up’ stuff and I’d handle the kiddie parts, like adding in chocolate chips and eating the cookie dough- something I haven’t grown out of. I was convinced that we should bypass the actual baking part and get right to eating the cookie dough. Actually, I’m still convinced.

• One of my all time favourite movies is Love, Rosie. I re-watch it all the time and I cry every single time. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend you do.

That’s all for today. Once again, thank you so much for 1 year of blogging! I hope to interact more with you, fellow bloggers, in the years to come. Giant hugs to everyone! ❤

OTPs Are Everywhere


Hello bookworms! It’s Valentine’s Day! In conjunction with that, I have decided to post a Valentine’s Day/love related list. This post is going to be a list of my bookish OTPs. It isn’t going to be easy, picking out fourteen out of possibly hundreds (I exaggerate), but I’ll try my best.

Follow the hearts…

❤ ❤ ❤

Derek ❤︎ Chloe


The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstong

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“So,” I said. “Seems you’re going to be stuck with me for a while.”
He smiled. A real smile that lit up his whole face.
“Good,” he said.

“You’re crying?” he said.
“No, I- ” I tore my gaze away. “Just dust. From the path. Simon’s that way.”
I tried to pass him, but he stooped, trying to get a loom of my face. When I wouldn’t let him, he caught my chin. I jerked back, flinching at his touch, heart thudding at it, too.
I told myself Simon was wrong. I’d never be dumb enough to fall for Derek. But I had. With him so close, my stomach kept doing weird flips. It wasn’t fear. It hadn’t been fear for awhile.
“You have been crying,” he said, voice softer.”

I ship these two so much!! It took so long for them to get together, which was understandable but no less frustrating. I even got my mom to read this series and you know what? She ships them too. I reread this series all the time- even now when I have so many books unread- and I always look forward to the parts with them. Okay, okay, I even skip pages to get to them.

Yelena ❤︎ Valek


The Study series by Maria V. Snyder

“You’re right. And so was my snake.”
He pulled my arm out to expose my bracelet. “When I carved this my thoughts were on you, love. Your life is like this snake’s coils. No matter how many turns it makes, you’ll end up back where you belong. With me.”

“Yelena, you’ve driven me crazy. You’ve caused me considerable trouble and I’ve contemplated ending your life twice since I’ve known you…but you slipped under my skin, invaded my blood and seized my heart.”

“When you warned me that you would test me from time to time, I thought you meant spiking my food. But it seems there is more than one way to poison a person’s heart, and it doesn’t even require a meal.”

These two are so intense! Together they make a power couple and are equals in every way. I can’t begin to explain how happy I am that Maria V. Snyder is continuing on with this series because it’s one of my favorites (and OTP, remember?). If you’re one for Fantasy, give this series a go and fall in love!

Clary ❤︎ Jace (Clace)


The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.”

“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.”

“I stabbed you. With a massive sword. You caught on fire.”
His lips twitched, almost imperceptibly. “Okay, so maybe our problems aren’t like other couples.”

Am I the only one who pictures Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower as Jace and Clary when reading the books? Because I seriously cannot envision any other actors as them (Jace & Clary).

Magnus Bane ❤︎ Alec (Malec)


The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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“I’m—sorry about being a lousy date,” Alec muttered.

“What are you talking about?” Magnus asked. “You’re a fantastic date. You’ve only been here ten minutes, and I already got half of your clothes off.”

“I think of myself as a freewheeling bisexual,” added Magnus.
“Please never say those words in front of my parents,” said Alec. “Especially my father.”

“So I’m your first ever Shadowhunter, huh?” Alec said when they separated at last.
“You’re my first so many things, Alec Lightwood.”

Ahh, I cannot even with this couple! MALEC FOREVER!

Isabelle ❤︎ Simon (Sizzy)


The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Simon hid the fact that he was inordinately pleased by this. “Are we officially boyfriend and girlfriend? Is there a Shadowhunter ritual? Should I change my Facebook status from ‘it’s complicated’ to ‘in a relationship’?”
Isabelle screwed up her nose adorably. “You have a book that’s also a face?”

“I am here to determine my relationship.”
Simon goggled. She couldn’t be talking about him. Could she?
“Do you see that man?” Isabelle asked, pointing at Simon. Apparently she was talking about him. “That’s Simon Lewis, and he is my boyfriend. So if any of you think about trying to hurt him because he’s a mundie or–may the Angel have mercy on your soul–pursuing him romantically, I will come after you, I will hunt you down and I will crush you to powder.”

“Oh, Lord Montgomery, what do you mean to do with me in this bedroom when you have me all alone? An innocent maiden, and unprotected? Is my virtue safe?

‘I, ah- what?’

‘I know you are a dangerous man. Some call you a rake. Everybody knows you are a devil with the ladies with your poetically puffed shirt and irresistible pants. I pray you will consider my innocence. And my poor, vulnerable heart.’

Simon decided this was a lot like role-playing in D&D, but potentially more fun.”

As you can already tell, these two are dorkishly adorable!

Jem ❤︎ Tessa (Jessa)


The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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“You speak of sacrifice, but it is not my sacrifice I offer. It is yours I ask of you,” he went on. “I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain. But I love you enough to hope that you wil not care that I am being selfish in trying to make the rest of my life – whatever length – happy, by spending it with you. I want to be married to you, Tessa. I want it more than I have ever wanted anything else in my life.” He looked up at her through the veil of silvery hair that fell over his eyes. “That is,” he said shyly, “if you love me, too.”

“Wo wei ni xie de,” he said, as he raised the violin to his left shoulder, tucking it under his chin. He had told her many violinists used a shoulder rest, but he did not: there was a slight mark on the side of his throat, like a permanent bruise, where the violin rested.

“You — made something for me?” Tessa asked.

“I wrote something for you,” he corrected, with a smile, and began to play.”

“I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain.”


Will ❤︎ Tessa (Wessa)


The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

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He seemed to realize she was staring at him, because the cursing stopped. “You cut me,” he said. His voice was pleasant. British. Very ordinary. He looked at his hand with critcal interest. “It might be fatal.”
Tessa looked at him with wide eyes. “Are you the Magister?”
He tilted his hand to the side. Blood ran down it, spattering the floor. “Dear me, massive blood loss. Death could be imminent.”

He bent to put his cheek against hers. His breath against her ear made her shudder with each deliberately spoken word. “I have wanted to do this,” he said, “every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you.”

“I thought perhaps that when you told me you did not love me that my own feelings would fall away and atrophy, but they have not. They have grown every day. I love you now more desperately, this moment, than I have ever loved you before, and in an hour I will love you more than that”

I know, I know. Jessa and Wessa? le sigh Can you blame me though?

Magnus ❤︎ Cleo


The Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

Magnus had come to a horrible realization. One that he knew would cause him nothing but pain and suffering from that day forward.
But there was no changing the truth of it.
He had fallen in love with her.

“In the shadow my father has cast over my entire life, you are the only light I can see anymore. And, whatever the cost, I refuse to let that light be extinguished”

She was his princess. No. She was his goddess. With her golden skin and golden hair. She was his light. His life. His everything.
He loved her more than anything else in this world.

I hardcore ship these two people. HARDCORE.

Maybe it’s because the thought of waiting for the next book in the series, Crystal Storm, is agonizing, but I haven’t finished Frozen Tides. I really need to though, because more Cleo+Magnus= happy shipper.

Shahrzad ❤︎ Khalid


The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renee Ahdieh

“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

“Her conviction wavered further. “I told you; don’t try to own me.”
“I don’t want to own you.”

She swiveled her neck to meet his gaze. “Then never speak of sending me away again. I am not yours to do with as you will.”

Khalid’s features smoothed knowingly. “How right you are. You are not mine.” He dropped his palm from the door. “I am yours.”

“You are ridiculous, Khalid Ibn al-Rashid. I am just one girl. You are the Caliph of Khorasan, and you have a responsibility to a kingdom.”
“If you are just one girl, I am just one boy.”

I just cannot even with this couple. Words cannot describe the beauty of this pair and book. Not to mention that letter at the end. Do you remember? Do you? If you do, you understand my pain.

May cannot come soon enough.

Eleanor ❤︎ Park


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell


Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.

He made her feel like more than the sum of her parts.

“Nothing before you counts,” he said. “And I can’t even imagine an after.”

She shook her head. “Don’t.”


“Don’t talk about after.”

“I just meant that… I want to be the last person who ever kisses you, too…. That sounds bad, like a death threat or something. What I’m trying to say is, you’re it. This is it for me.”

To speak of this couple would be to speak of the ending and we don’t speak of the ending. Ever. Therefore, we shall not speak of this couple.

So, there you have it, 10 of my OTPs to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Single or not, I hope that added some looove to your day. Do we share any OTPs? Do you find them as swoon worthy as I do? LET’S FANGIRL TOGETHER! 😀 Happy Valentine’s Day and chat with you soon! ❤