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Dramatically Ever After

(Ever After #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Senior year is not shaping up to be the picture perfect movie Em Katsaros had imagined. Her super hot leading man is five thousand miles away. Her dad just got laid off. And Em can kiss her first-pick university goodbye if she doesn't snag a scholarship.

To turn this Shakespearean tragedy into the Academy Award-winning dream Em has written for herself, she enters a speech c
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 20th 2017 by Spencer Hill Press (first published June 6th 2017)
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Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, romance, contemporary
ARC from Netgalley for a fair review.

"I became a character, bur the character was actually me. I'd been so busy pigeonholding myself into characters everyone else believed I was this week that I almost let go of full, three-dimensional Em who had dreams and potential. The Em who could be pretty amazing, in her own way."

The kids from PCHS are back, and this time we are following Em, one of Phoebe from Bookishly Ever After's friends. Super confident and flirty Em has her chance at a scholarship
Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)
Dramatically Ever After was a very cute book! There were plenty of swoons and adorable banter to keep my romantic heart interested in this story. Parts of this book dragged, but it was pretty entertaining as a whole.

One thing that I didn't like as much as I was hoping I would, was the main character. The main character, Em, was just a little too dramatic for my tastes. I know that she was into theater and the title literally has the word "dramatic" in it, but her dramatic antics were a little m
{Tracy Thai}
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
THIS. BOOK. SOUNDS. AMAZZZIINNNGG. Can't wait to get me hand on it!
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this! Actually more than Bookishly to be honest :) I loved Em so much more than I did Phoebe and found her to be a way more interesting main character.

Although I admit it took me a couple of pages before I realised we'd switched narrators from book one... it's been a while in between, okay?!

I loved the narrator-switch, it makes the story feel fresher as now it's not just a sequel, it's a completely different story and it wouldn't matter if you hadn't read the first book.

I lov
Charity Yoder
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-feels, lol-d
Book one? I adored it. So, going in I knew I'd probably have a delightful time. Besides, two people who hate each other and end up falling in love just happens to be my favorite trope. I can't say no. With some of the best top-notch banter I've ever read, this book blew me away. These two characters experiencing each other outside of their normal social circles was hilarious, while realizing they knew more about one another than they could have ever dreamed.

My delightful rambling could probably
Kristy Mauna
"Everything we do is an act - a part of this carefully constructed story we have about who we are and what we want the world to see about us."

I loved the first book in this series, Bookishly Ever After, and I was super excited to receive a copy of Dramatically Ever After that follows Em's story this time! Unfortunately, I didn't fall in love with this book like I did the last and it had a lot to do with the fact that I just didn't connect with Em. She's the definition of dramatic (it is in the
Dec 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, 3stars, cute, netgalley, ya
Book kindly provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!

This series is just the cutest! I admit that Em annoyed the hell out of me with her pushiness in Bookishly Ever After, but after reading her story I like her as much as I liked Phoebe :) We don't exactly see character growth, because by the end of the book Em is basically the same crazy Em everyone loves, but we get to know why she acts the way she acts and who she is. I loved to see how her insecurities and nerves played
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporaries, ya
Damn this book is so cute!!! I was a bit worried because it didn't sound as much like my thing as the first book. But. This has hate to love done in the best way? I couldn't put it down.
Em is amazing. She is so smart and confident. I loved seeing her with her family but also interacting with her friends. She is also a history buff which was delightful to see. I learn a lot of history trivia in this book. I wasn't expecting it but I didn't mind. It made some of the flirting excellent to be hon
moon lit
Aug 31, 2017 rated it did not like it
I received this book in a goodreads give away in exchange for an honest review.

I am the kind of reader who prefers to start a series at the beginning so I read the first in the series before starting this one. I thought it would give me a better understanding of the author's writing style and give me a better feel for the series.

In the past I have enjoyed romance series books that started in highschool and progressed and matured with the characters, however this series started out feeling like
Erin Wolak
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally contemporary novels are not my thing. I don't like reading about characters spending time in a realistic world dealing with realistic problems. I prefer my books in either the terrible sci-fi genre or the homicidal maniac killing spree genre. That being said I genuinely did like this book. Not so much for the characters since none of them really left an impression but more for the fact that it made me realize that everyone has a separate persona for people they may not be completely com ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Grade: B-
An e-galley was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for review consideration.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: As much as you might think I'd relate to Isabel Bandeira's prior heroine, Phoebe Martins, I actually liked Em Katsaros more.
The synopsis for Dramatically Ever After actually had me expecting money and poverty to play a bigger role in the story, and I was kind of disappointed they didn't. I did like how Em had a plan and a goal that drove this book; it isn't just
Kathy MacMillan
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another winner from Isabel Bandeira. I really enjoyed Bookishly Ever aAfter, which focused on the dreamy and bookish Phoebe, and now, the opportunity to read a story from the point of view of her theatrical friend Em was a treat.  Readers won't doubt for a second that the sparks flying between Em and her speech competition rival Kris are going to result in romance, even if Em is absolutely certain that's impossible throughout most of the book. But that's beside the point. Watching the two of the ...more
Yvonne Olson
May 28, 2017 rated it it was ok

I was super excited to read this, because I loved book one! Bookishly Ever After was one of my favorite contemporary romances that I received through Netgalley, but book two completely ruined everything for me. I could not get over how self-centered and pompous and... annoying the main character was.
I'm still very upset about this, please pray for me.
Charlotte Elise
Apr 03, 2017 rated it liked it
*PLEASE NOTE* I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. This in no way affects my thoughts and feelings about the book.


Dramatically Ever After was one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. To be honest, I was slightly disappointed with this book. It dragged on, and I found the main character, Em, quite annoying. Sure, there were a few cute scenes, but not enough to satisfy me. Em is excessively dramatic, and is not very logical. It was very cliche and lacked the cute,
Kristy ▪ The Reader Dragon
DNF @ 37%

I think it's high time I give up on this one because I am just done. I've been reading this on and off for over two months now (getting scarily close to three), and no matter how hard I try, I just struggle to want to keep reading every time I pick it up.

I loved Bookishly Ever After, and I really wanted to love this one too, but I'm just not feeling it. I mean, it is only a companion sequel and doesn't even follow the same main character, so that could be part of the reason why. But it'
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it

I really, really, really liked this.

I didn't expect this! The first book (Bookishly Ever After) is mediocre at best. I didn't expect too much on this book when I first read it, but judging from my previous statements...I did really like it.

So, where do we start?

I'll first go on to the bad stuff. Sounds preposterous to start, but in my philosophy, I always go to the flaws first, then to the good stuff.
The bad stuff starts with the cliched word itself: cliche. This is not the best literary work
I barely remember Bookishly Ever After (though I know I liked it!), but I loved loved loved this one. There were a lot of reasons for this, and I'm feeling lazy, so I'm just going to list them like a loser.
1. Em is a lot like me. I'm pretty competitive. I really like performing/public speaking (though I don't really do drama but whatever). It's hard for me to accept constructive criticism. I'm smart and ambitious. I'm biracial. She is also all of those things, and trying to figure out what tha
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the first book in 2016 and the gap between the two is quite large that I wasn't sure I still remembered enough. Luckily, though it is a series with some of the same characters present, it can be read very well as a standalone.

If you have read Bookishly Ever After (sorry, but Phoebe was too weird for me) it's fun to meet the other characters again, though since the book is set in a different city entirely, they don't play a big role in this book.

Em is an actress and has dreams of not just
Alia Therese Lazo
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary

First expressions don’t always last long but Memories do

Em has loved acting ever since she was young. Now that she’s a senior, she would like to continue her dreams but her father seems to have other plans.

The only way for her to be able to continue her dreams is for her to find a scholarship. Lucky for her, she got accepted into the national round of the US Youth Change council competition. Everything was great until she learned that Kris, a boy she seems to hate, would be joining to.


Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This companion novel to Bookishly Ever After brought me back to a cast of characters I fell in love with and, this time, put the spotlight on theatre and the world of competitive speeches. There were so many movie and theatre references, along with some of Anne of Green Gables and Emily of New Moon(those were definitely my favourite). This book was really cute, had great character growth, and I had a lot of fun going back into the Ever After universe. I can't wait to see who will be staring in t ...more
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
So far, I'm finding this series rather adorable.

While it's solidly YA contemporary romance and packed full of fun cliches, there's something about each of these books that has felt new, in its own way.

In this book, Em is entering into a speech competition for a scholarship she desperately needs to prove to her parents that the arts are what she wants to study--not getting a safety job in accounting or business or whatever other idea they come up with. She's dramatic and confident on stage. But o
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book in any way.

Actual rating: 3.5/5

I read the first book in the series, Bookishly Ever After , when it first came out, and fell completely in love with the characters. I was really happy to get a chance to get to know Em's character a little better and I enjoyed this book just as much as the first one.

Dramatically Ever After delivers exactly what it promises: a fluffy c
Melena Torretta
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, netgalley-arcs
I really wish I had read this sooner!

I loved Phoebe and Dev from the first book, but Em wasn't my favorite and I wasn't sure what to make of Kris from his limited appearances.

Getting to see things from Em's point of view as she prepares for college and the speech competition was a lot more enjoyable then I thought it would be. She is definitely over dramatic and a little selfish at times, but no more than any teenage girl who is still growing up. The author did a fabulous job of making her relat
Priscilla Garcia
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I would of giving this book a five star if it wasn't too detailed, when a book is too detailed I just feel like skipping those parts. When an author describes even how sprinkles look in a coffee makes me want to skip that book. I call those fill ins to make the book longer but what kept me reading was the change of heart of our lead girl. Loved that the author changed the course of the romance. It make me appreciate the uniqueness of this book. Other authors would of probably taken the unrealist ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't remember how much I enjoyed Bookishly, but... this book wasn't very much to my expectation. I did like the hating relationship they had before they started falling for each other though. It's the kind of cliches I like to read about. Somehow, though, I just didn't feel that attached to the characters. I took so long to finish this because I didn't feel compelled to read it, which is why I gave this 3 stars (I won't read it again), but it wasn't that bad that I'd give it 1 or 2 stars. The ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really enjoyed reading Bookishly Ever After. I identified with Phoebe, the heroine of the story and felt more attuned to her feelings. Here Em is, like the title implies, dramatic, and overly so. She enjoys theater and performing- that love of performing and overdramatizing extends into how she interacts with people, something I found quite annoying. She was very up and down in her emotions, sometimes with no reason behind it. She comes off as very immature and self-involved. And while her and ...more
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This second book in the trilogy follows Em, a friend of Phoebe who was the main character in the first book. Em is in theater and has entered a speech contest in order to win a college scholarship. Her parents want her to go to the college where her mother works, and since her father just got laid off from his job, that is her only current option. She, however wants to go to a college with a good theater department, and will only be able to do that with a scholarship. She wins the contest and ge ...more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Dramatically Ever After” by Isabel Bandeira is the second book in the series. Here we see Em, super confident and flirty, up against Kris, gorgeous, talented, smart and who Em proclaims her arch enemy, in a speech/essay contest. As Em blows everything out of proportion and plots to throw Kris off his game – she starts to see the real Kris – who might not be so bad after all – or is he playing her at her own game.

All your favorites from the first book are back so you can expect the typical advi
Jamie Coudeville
I think I overall liked this book better than Bookishly Ever After. For some reason, Em was a lot easier to relate to than Phoebe. I kind of wanted to hate Kris at first but quickly realized that would be impossible. I really liked the speech contest setting.

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I hope there will be a third book in this series. I'd really like to read from
Michele Cisneros
This review is based on an ARC I received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts on this book are my own.

I enjoyed this book and overall it was very cute, but I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first book in this series, Bookishly Ever After. Em wasn’t my favorite character for reasons I can’t fully articulate but I did like how her and Kris’s relationship was slowly built up and how they started as rivals. I’m a sucker for the back and forth banter between c
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Isabel Bandeira grew up surrounded by trees and lakes in Southern New Jersey, right on the edge of the Pine Barrens. Her summers were always spent in Portugal, where the cathedrals, castles, and ancient tombs only fed her fairy tale obsession. Between all those influences and her serious glitter addiction, it wasn’t a surprise when she started writing stories of her own.

In her free time between wr

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