Series Review: Is this series worth your time? Does it get better as the novels progress? Or does it get worse? Find out below:
Synopsis for The Heartbreakers (from Goodreads):
“When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. And he had no idea that I was the only girl in the world who hated his music.”
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.
Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver — dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band — when her sister could be dying of cancer?
SERIESous’ Top Picks: Favourite Netgalley Read 2015
Series: The Heartbreaker Chronicles
This series is linked with her other novel, My Life With the Walter Boys
Author: Ali Novak
# of Books: 3 (Full Reading Order Here)
Book Order: Connected
Complete?: No, Heartstrings is currently being published on Wattpad
Genre: Young Adult, Coming of Age, Romance, Music, Realistic
Heat Rating: warm
Point of View: First Person, Single
Publication Date: August 2015 – ongoing
Source & Format: Netgalley–eARC (#1); Public Library–Audiobook (#2)
**This post was originally published as a Fresh Friday review of the first book of the series. It has now been updated to include the newest publications in the series.**
Why I Picked it Up / My Expectations:
Well of course, the cover drew me in, and it was a cover that kept popping up everywhere I turned. So, I read the synopsis and knew I IMMEDIATELY had to read it. Average girl falling in love with a popstar? That’s right up my alley (Rockstar romances are my favourite trend this year). But what really captured my attention was the ill sister–this was an aspect that promised a heartwarming (possibly heartbreaking) plotline.
Needless to say, I was super excited when I was a approved to read this and couldn’t wait to dive in!
What I Liked:
– The Romance –
Boy, I was swooning within five seconds of meeting Oliver! He was charming and genuine–basically everything you want in your favourite pop-punk crush. Watching Stella and Oliver interact had me wanting more and I couldn’t put this book down! (It was torture being at work when all I wanted to do was stay in bed and read this!)
– The Family Dynamic –
Stella’s family situation was perfectly balanced with the romance. I enjoyed watching her grow as a person; learning what her fears were and how to conquer them. The situations she faces in her everyday life–a sick sister, a brother leaving home for college, herself leaving for college–really grounded this book in realism, making Stella relatable in an otherwise unorthodox situation. It added a depth to Stella’s character that I appreciated.
What I Didn’t Like:
– The required Romantic “Drama” Scene –
I was LOVING this book until this one romantic plot element that I could have done without. Now, because I don’t list spoilers, that previous statement makes it seem like some unfathomable event happened that ruined the entire book.
BUT That isn’t what happened!
I saw this particular plot device a mile away but I had really hoped that wouldn’t happen. I see why it was added but for a book that was pretty logical and flowing, it really put a not-so-great kink in things. It made my love for the characters diminish just a touch BUT, it was really just one small aspect in an otherwise great novel.
My Expectations for the Rest of the Series:
I didn’t know this was going to be a series when I picked it up so I am ecstatic! I loved the rest of the band and I can’t wait to see what is in store for the rest of the boys!
–October 31, 2021– Book #2: Paper Hearts
It’s been a while since I read the first book in the series but you really don’t need to be overly familiar with the events of that book. I struggled with the pacing of this book. I feel like we spent most of this book listening to Felicity’s life struggles more so than the romance between her and Alec. Alec takes a backseat for most of the story but he also has a lot going on too so I felt like we missed an opportunity there.
For a series that revolves around the members of a band, we really don’t spend that much time with them or focusing on their character growth — which is very different from other series that follow this premise of following a band with individual books.
Series Rating: 4/5
The Heart Breakers 4.5/5 | Paper Hearts 3/5 | Heartstrings TBP
These books are a nice blend of romance and coming of age but feature your crushes on pop-punk musicians as the heroes. I wish we got to spend more time with the band and got the boys’ POVs but if you want a sweet read, these books fill that need.
Read if You Like: coming of age stories, musicians, contemporary romance
Avoid if You: don’t like YA contemporary
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