Book Review: After Ever Happy by Anna Todd | #Hessa Playlist + Giveaway

After Ever Happy
After #4
Author: Anna Todd
Reading Level: New Adult
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 24th 2015
Review Source: Gallery Books

Book Four of the After series—now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!

Tessa and Hardin have defied all the odds, but will their fairy tale ending be turned on its head? After Ever Happy…Life will never be the same. #HESSA

It’s never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they’ve faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin’s inpenetrable façade to the core—and then Tessa suffers a tragedy—will they stick together again, or be torn apart?

As the shocking truth about each of their families emerges, it’s clear the two lovers are not so different from each other. Tessa is no longer the sweet, simple, good girl she was when she met Hardin—any more than he is the cruel, moody boy she fell so hard for. Tessa understands all the troubling emotions brewing beneath Hardin’s exterior, and she knows she’s the only one who can calm him when he erupts. He needs her.

But the more layers of his past come to light, the darker he grows, and the harder he pushes Tessa—and everyone else in his life—away. Tessa’s not sure if she really can save him—not without sacrificing herself. She refuses to go down without a fight. But who is she fighting for—Hardin or herself?

Where does one begin when a book brings out so many different emotions? Do I begin with the good ones or the painful ones? Do I tell you how I cried or how I smiled bigger than the sun or do I tell you about the moment I needed to punch someone or when I took a moment just to exhale? Those are just a few moments I felt as I read After Ever Happy. The story and its characters had me experiencing every single one of their emotions as I read (that's writing magic). As far as something negative, not one thing can I point out that I didn't like or disagree with in the book, what one reads from the pages of the After series is something realistic, not the usual cookie-cutter fantasy only found in fairy tales. All these emotions should be part of a story, to experience sadness, anger, pain, happiness, love, forgiveness, betrayal and the list could go on and on. THAT IS WHAT MADE THIS BOOK INCREDIBLE!!! 

After Ever Happy is hands down my favorite in the series followed closely behind by After. I'm not comparing the stories when I bring up the Twilight Saga, what I'm going to compare between the After series and Twilight series is that the After series made me feel the same things I felt when I read all the Twilight books. So I'm not comparing one story to the other, no. What I expressing here is that everything I felt when I fell in love and obsessed with the Twilight books, the After series brought it all back. I didn't want it to end and the withdrawal is brutal because of how much I am invested in the After series. I want to scream from the top of the tallest building that anyone and everyone that is of age to read this series, TO DO SO! Anna finished the series STRONG and I Thank Her for that. 

I will not go into detail of what was contain inside the pages of After Ever Happy, because no matter what I say, I know I will spoil such an important scene or moment. You just have to trust us and believe that you'll will love (and hate, lol) everything that happens in the end. #Hessa for Ever!

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One thing is for sure… when I first started this series I wasn’t a major fan, but then all of a sudden I’m sitting here wanting to get back to Hardin and Tessa, and get back to their roller coaster of a relationship. And just like Hardin had his claws in Tessa, #Hessa had their in claws in me. I hated the characters, I loved the characters, I rooted for them and I cried for them. This series took me for a surprising ride and didn’t hold back on anything. The feels people, the feels are real.

After Ever Happy is definitely my favorite in the series. I would rate it a ten, but we only rate up to a five. Hardin and Tessa go through so much in this book, so much growing together and apart. They grow into the person they were destined to be. Anna doesn’t hold back on us, it’s like taking the band aid off, you ask to count to three and she rips it off right after you say one. The After series may not be for all, heck I didn’t think it was for me at first, but then I was consumed by #Hessa and couldn’t get enough of them. Now three weeks later I’m still hung up on them, thinking about them, wishing I could get more of them. Bravo Anna, Bravo. Now can we have more? Just a novella, I’m not trying to be greedy.

There are no words...I have this huge hole in my life that is from #Hessa. I am in love with how their story ends, don't get me wrong. I just miss them, I'm not sure I've completely accepted that their story is done. I need more #Hessa. After Ever Happy is the exact way I would've wanted this series to end, even if I didn't realize it until I read the book. It has all the emotions of everything that we're use to when it comes to the After books. There's push and pull between Hardin and Tessa, but now they are both growing -- and that is GREAT!

To see Tessa becoming a stronger character is brilliant, I'm sad it happened towards the end because I would've liked more strong Tessa moments. And to see Hardin continue to grow is amazing. Every cliffhanger that is left open ended in After We Fell is closed up in After Ever Happy. I may be the only one who was worried about the Landon/Hardin relationship after the bombshell that ended After We Fell, and I was thrilled with where that went. All I can say is prepare yourself for the feels. I was a mess halfway through the book, I was literally a puddle of tears. So if you're a crier when it comes to books grab your tissues.

Guys! Anna Todd is on tour right now, visiting several cities. Below you can see the remaining stops she has on her calendar. 

And don't forget tomorrow is the day!!! We will share the casual conversation podcast we recorded with Anna few weeks ago in celebration of today's release!!! So come on back tomorrow an listen to all the things we talked about regarding your favorite series and #Hessa!!!

And last but not least we created a #Hessa play list we wanted to share with you all. During the reading process, Shannon, Bri and I kept talking about #Hessa and songs that would remind us of Tessa, Hardin and the After series. So we wanted to share with you all and see if you agree these songs are perfect to go along with the series, roller-coaster moments and love-hate characters. Let us know in the comments. Enjoy!!! 

And since we are celebrating tomorrow's release of After Ever Happy, a giveaway would be perfect to include now. So one lucky reader will win the complete set of the After series written by Anna Todd. This means you get the book that started it all After, then the one that continue our obsession After We Collied  then the book that knock us off our feet After We Fell to finish it up with the book that took our breaths away but then sealed it with a kiss After Ever Happy! All 4 books to one reader! 

If your not familiar with our giveaway policy, please check it out HERE. This giveaway is open to US/CA only. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this review and our play list.


  1. Awwwwwww you guys!!! I love this and I miss them so damn much!!! Can we please re-read this and start our HESSA chat all over again! <3

    1. I think that is a great idea!!!!!! We can take it one chapter at a time and chat about it! - Yara

  2. I have heard fabulous things about this series! They are on my wish list!


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