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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Review | Geekerella

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Publication: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
Source: Received a finished copy from the publisher for review - Thank you Quirk!!
Series: No

Rating: 3.5 out 5 stars

 | Amazon

Synopsis |   Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale. 

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad's old costume), Elle's determined to win...unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons - before he was famous. Not they're nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he's ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake - until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

-From Goodreads


*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my feelings on the book. All opinions are my own.


Review |   When I heard about Geekerella, I was stoked. A re-telling of Cinderella centered around a con that is about a sci-fi show!? Yes, Please! There has been so much good hype around this book. So many people are loving it, and I see why. I didn’t love it as much as others, but that could have been partly because I’m cursed as a mood reader. 

This is a huge character driven story. And I really enjoyed reading about the characters. Ella is a fairly classic Cinderella character; working hard and overrun by her stepmother and stepsisters. But she also had this element of confidence about her that she knew she could do better even if she didn’t believe it all the time. A trait that’s really relatable to just about everyone. I really enjoyed Ella as a main character. There’s another character we follow through alternating view points, and that’s Darien. I wasn’t sure about Darien at first, but as I got to know him, he grew on me. This is an aspect that’s meant to happen, I don’t think you’re supposed to like what you first hear about Darien. What you see is often not what’s actually there. I loved that there were some side character story lines as well. Although they were small and sometimes I was wishing they would have been developed more, I was still happy to see the tidbits that we did get to see. It’s always great to see a diverse group of characters, I loved seeing that here. 

I liked the overall story; especially the plot. It was cool to see the story played out the way that it did and the way that the con and the sci-fi show, Starfield. I love the quotes that came from Starfield - “Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite”. I loved the nick-names that came from the show. It was so well done and put together that I was wishing the show was real and I could watch it. 

I also loved the bits of references of fandoms throughout the book. There are a ton referenced, I’m sure there’s plenty that I didn't catch. One of my favorites was this moment when Sage comes to pick up Ella and she says, “Get in loser we’re going…” A tribute to Mean Girls, and a quote that made me laugh out loud, literally, as it was placed perfectly. This is truly a book for fandoms and those that love to be a part of a fandom. 


The small qualms I had with the book were mostly in the telling of the story. I felt that the story was a little bit long. It felt like it was dragging along at points. There were parts that felt there was so much detail in what the characters were doing that I found myself falling out of the story. I also felt there were points that we were being told what characters are instead of being shown. 




Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What was your favorite fandom mentioned in the story? If you haven't read this, what is your favorite book featuring a fandom you love?




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Book Review | Wintersong

Title: Wintersong
Author: S. Jae-Jones
Publication: February 7th, 2017
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Source: Received an E-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review -- Thank you!!
Series: No

Rating: 3.5-4 out 5 stars



Synopsis | Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.
All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family's inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go - for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister's freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her - musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl's life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King's bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.

-From Goodreads


*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my feelings on the book. All opinions are my own.

Review: There's an atmosphere to this novel that completely took me in from the very beginning. There's something about the writing and the world that completely immersed me into the story. Jae-Jones did such an amazing job creating a world, with the rich descriptions and integration of the very culture that Liesl is a part of. Not only Liesl's world, but the Underground was also so rich in detail and livelihood that it felt real. This beautiful writing and elaborate descriptions were one of my favorite parts of Wintersong. 

Another aspect so well done was the characterization of each and every character in the book. Jae-Jones did such an incredible job with the characters. Every single character, even side characters were so well developed and alive in a way that I haven't encountered in a book for awhile. Even the side characters had their own arcs through the story as well done as the main characters. It gave an elevated realness to the story that made the characters feel real. This wonderful characterization was another element that made it easy to be transported into the story.

Speaking of the characters, I can't do this review without talking about the romance. The romance was so steamy and swoony. Which I wasn't really expecting, but was a part that I was definitely happy to see. I can't resist a good swoony romance. Just a note, that there are some details during some romance scenes that make this an older YA novel.

While the romance had some great aspects, there's also a part of it that felt a bit disjointed to me. It felt choppy at some parts. To explain, there would be some parts that felt like they were progressing in their relationship but then it would seem to jump back to square one with nothing in the plot implying that should have happened. I'm not sure if there were some parts I was missing or not connecting with but while I think the romance was swoony, I couldn't get completely past this disjointed feeling I had when reading it.

The story itself took me away every time I picked up the book. There were some slow parts, the middle of the book was a bit slow as it focused more on character development than plot. This slow feeling could have been me, since I'm a big mood reader. Although it felt a bit slow, it didn't keep me from reading or even thinking about putting the book down. The writing and richness and character development kept me going. And I loved the addition of music into the story. Music brings things alive, and this was yet another part of the book that really brought it to life for me.

Overall I highly recommend this if you like dark fantasy, swoony romance, wonderful world-building and writing full of richness.



Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What was a favorite aspect of the book for you? Did you enjoy the musical aspect of the story?




Friday, January 6, 2017

Book Review | Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Publication: January 3rd, 2017
Publisher: Clarion Books
Source: Netgalley - Thank you Clarion for the chance to review!
Series: No

Rating: 4 out 5 stars

 | Amazon

Synopsis |   

At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn't see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees. 

Their friendship turns deeper, but Norah knows Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can walk beneath the open sky. One who is unafraid of kissing. One who isn't so screwed up. Can she let him go for his own good - or can Norah learn to see herself through Luke's eyes?

-From Goodreads


*Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not influence my feelings on the book. All opinions are my own.


Review |   This is my first book reading about mental health in YA and it left a lasting impression. It has made me want to venture more with novels about mental health and characters dealing with mental health. 

I really enjoyed seeing Norah's perspective and the way that she dealt with her mental health. I'm not completely own voices, I did relate to some of what Norah was dealing with. I appreciated and felt that the author delivered in a way that was realistic. There's was also a very heartfelt element to the story that just made me care so much about Norah and even Luke. 

The story between Norah and Luke was sweet. It was refreshing to see a more realistic perspective in the way that Norah didn't lose any part of herself in Luke. It was realistic to see Norah deal with both her mental health and developing a relationship with Luke and seeing where those two parts of herself could or could not fit together. 

I really loved Louise Gornall's writing. Norah was snarky and multi-dimensional. All that characters were written so well. I loved the general flow and pacing of the story. I completely devoured every word and loved every minute of it. I wanted to take the story slow and enjoy every minute, yet I also wanted to find out what happens. 

Overall, I really loved this story and writing. I feel so lucky to have gotten to read from Norah's story and so thankful to Louise Gornall for writing a character that I related to when it felt like no one could understand what goes on in my head. 



Have you read this one and if so, what did you think of it? What was your favorite part of the story? If you haven't read this (or you have), what your recommendation for a great book talking about mental health?




Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Recently Read. Currently Reading.

The past few books I've read have been outside of my normal reading genre. The past few months, I've been reading quite a few adult thrillers. I'm on a thriller kick. and surprisingly really enjoying it. Do you ever get on reading kicks were you only want to read one genre and devour all it has to offer? 


Recently Read



I plan to make a post about the thrillers that I read during my kick, so I'll just mention the last one I read here, and look out for that post to see the others. One of the latest books read is this thriller:



The Girl on the Train


This book has been hyped up so much, so I admit that I had some higher expectations going into it. It follows an unreliable narrator, which I kind of like in a thriller as it brings a bigger mystery to the story. The story took awhile to get going but it did deliver some interesting twists as it's been praised to do. 
I ended up giving this one 4 out of 5 stars. 
Also, I can't wait to see the movie! Have you seen it?



This next book I started back in October and had set aside for my thriller kick. But I picked it back up after I finished The Girl on the Train and finished it. 

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)


I have found a new favorite here. This book is just SO much more than a book. The writing is beautiful, it's so atmospheric. It seems that everything comes alive when you're reading it. I loved the characters, especially Sorcha. I'm hoping to do a full review of this one to talk about all my feelings because there's so much I loved. Such a beautiful, beautiful book. 
No surprise that I gave this one a 5 out of 5 stars!


Currently Reading

I've technically started two other books that I haven't finished yet. One is Empire of Storms and I thought I was ready to read it, but I think I'm still a bit mad about the last book. I'll finish this one sometime, I'm in no rush. 
And the other is The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno. I got distracted while reading this one and then I had to return it back to the library so I never got to finish it. But! I recently got it back out of the library so I hope to finish it soon! (The never-ending tale of the books we don't finish but have to return back to the library only to check out again later on, haha!) 

Since I had just finished Daughter of the Forest, I was looking for something lighter. Something that would be a fast read. I had seen this one recommended all over the place and wanted to give it a shot. I don't usually read NA but I'm willing to give it a shot and decided to try this book out: 


Paper Princess (The Royals, #1)


I'm about 100 pages in and enjoying it okay. I haven't quite connected into the story yet but there's enough going on that I haven't dnf'd it. It's a fast read which is nice change of pace as I've felt like a slow reader lately. If you've read this one, did you like it? I'm hoping that I'll like it more as it continues on. 



What have you recently read or are currently reading? 


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review | Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


Book Info

Title: Nevernight
Author: Jay Kristoff
Pub Date: August 9th, 2016
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Source: ARC from the publisher -- Thank you!!
Series: Yes, this is the 1st book.



What it's about

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvette is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic - The Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and subtle arts, she'll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church's halls, the bloody secrets of Mia's past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge? 

-From Goodreads

My Thoughts

Quick note: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Nevernight has some fantastic things to offer to the mind of the reader. It's rich in a fantastical world, with characters filled with depth, and has an edge that you just can't stop looking over. I found myself, during the last half of the book especially, wanting to keep turning the page to see what happens next.

Starting out, I did have a bit of a rough time. The beginning of the book (about the first 100 pages or so) is filled with background of Mia, our main character, and the world that she has grown up in and currently resides in. It is necessary to the story and not just put in there to fill pages though. And part of me really enjoyed seeing this unique world. There are quite a few footnotes in the beginning of the book that dive deeper into the world. I often lose my place with footnotes, so I chose to forgo them and go back and read them later. Doing this I didn't feel like I missed any parts of the story. I feel like the footnotes are more of a bonus to the story and the world. A bonus I much appreciated.

Then we have Mia. The more I think about Mia, the more I like her. She develops so well throughout the story. She comes from being in this vengeful dark place to seeing more outside and around herself. There's a strong depth from Mia that suggests that there is so much more to see with her and I can't wait to find out in the next book.

Though there has been suggestion that there's some smutty bits in this book, I almost started to think that it was a main point of the book. It's not. BUT I wasn't disappointed. It was a part of the story, and it was swoony, but it wasn't a main point. It didn't consume the story, or Mia's life.

The world was so rich and unique, I loved it. I loved the magic. There was a unique language to this world, such as night being called nevernight that puts you right into the world. It feels like since you are speaking, or rather reading, the language that you're are a part of it. It was a cool experience, and one of my favorite parts.

If you're looking for a darker fantasy. One with some gore, but BA characters. One with rich detail. One with everything, a murder mystery, a romance, a school of assassins, I think this book has something for everyone.


My Rating

I don't think it will come as a surprise after this gushing review that I rated this one 
4 out of 5 stars

Have you read this one, if so what did you think of it? Do you think you could succeed in a school of assassins? 



Tuesday, August 9, 2016

TTT | Books I Loved but Didn't Write a Review For

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely ladies over at The Broke and The Bookish

This week the topic is a rewind week! I love rewind weeks because there's so many topics to choose from (its hard to narrow it down). Also, because everyone's lists are usually so different with the range of topics to choose from.

The topic I chose is

Books I Loved but Didn't Write a Review For


One.

The Winner's Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

This is one of my favorite series of all time. I LOVE this series. so. much. I wanted to review it and share it so you, my friends, would see it and decide to pick it up. However, I couldn't form coherent thoughts on it. I loved it too much that I couldn't even express how much I loved it. I also knew that even if I somehow got the words out it would just be gushing over and over again about how great this book and series is.

Two.

The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This is one that I thought I reviewed but turns out that I never did. I love this book and remember having a lot to say about it - mostly all the things I loved about it - but I never actually reviewed it on the blog. I found this out after I recently read The Rose & The Dagger and wanted to review it but couldn't find my TWATD review. lol 
So since I didn't review it, here's a quick rundown of all the things I loved about it. Shazi. Khalid. the two of them together. the world. the richness of descriptions. the writing. everything.

Three.

The Lumetere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta
Books: 
Finnikin of the Rock
Froi of the Exiles
Quintana of Charyn

This is pretty much in the same boat as The Winner's Kiss. I just couldn't form coherent thoughts after I finished reading this series. This series is so full of feels that it really packs a punch and left me gutted in the best way ever. I want to recommend this series to anyone and everyone. It's an all time favorite.

Four.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
Books:
The Raven Boys
The Dream Thieves
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven King

I reviewed The Raven Boys years ago, when I first started blogging and I re-read it and loved it a lot more the second time. After re-reading I marathoned the rest of the series. And I loved it. I find these books so incredibly hard to review. It's hard to talk about anything without revealing any spoilers since I think this is one of those series to go into blindly. All you have to know is this: just give it a try and go for the ride it will take you on.

Five.

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab

I meant to review this and then never got around to it and by that time it had been a few months since I read it. This was such a great second book. I'm such a sucker for Schwab's books. She writes so wonderfully and has a way of completely sucking me into her stories. I have a few ships in this series that I'm dying to see sail away in the final book.

Six.

The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce
Books:
Alanna: The First Adventure
In the Hand of the Goddess
The Woman Who Rides Like a Man
Lioness Rampant

When I read this one late last year, I really wanted to review it. I wanted to talk about why I took so long to read it, how good it was and how much I loved it. But I felt that since it was an older series that everything that I had wanted to say would have been said in better ways by people that have already reviewed it. I can truly see why this series is a classic. It's so fantastic and I can't recommend it enough.

Seven.

Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Let's see if I can even get some thoughts together on how much I loved this book. Taylor Jenkins Reid has completely taken me by surprise. I have fallen in love with each of her books that I have read, this one the most. This (and all her other books as well) is such a brilliant read. They are realistic in a way and really make you think about your own life and with this books, your choices as well. 

Eight.


The Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews
(it's still going, the ninth book comes out next month)
I've currently read the first four: 
Magic Bites
Magic Burns
Magic Strikes
Magic Bleeds

I've always been a little hesitant to pick up an urban fantasy. I didn't feel like I would like it. But this one came highly recommended by InkBonesBooks whose book taste I trust, so I checked it out. And I became completely addicted. I love this series. As far as why I didn't review...  this sounds so silly but I wasn't sure how to. I'm always hesitant to review series books because of spoilers so I usually do a mash up review. I thought about doing three at a time but now it's too late to do that. I'm not sure what I'm going to do but I hope to talk about this series on the blog at some point! 


Nine.

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

I devoured and absolutely loved this book. The romance, the world, the story, all of it. Right after I finished it, I even got a friend to read it right away. I read this one at a busy time of year, right around Christmas. I fully intended to review it, but I never got around to it. BUT, I still really love this book and highly recommend it!


Ten.

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill

This book is different than the others on the list because I didn't completely love it. Though I didn't love it, I really appreciated it and the message it was delivering. I wanted to review it and talk about the themes and how everyone should read it but when it came down to it, but I never got around to it. So here I am telling you now that you should read this book. ;) 

Are there any books that you loved but never reviewed? Or any books you loved and wanted to talk about but never got to?





















Sunday, August 7, 2016

ARC August | First Week Update

I think I'm still in denial that it's August. but. I've been enjoying ARC August so far even if I'm behind where I think I should be. I like to think that there's always time to make up lost ground. 

Currently Reading


Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

Page Count
About 250

Finished
None yet 

Okay, okay. I know I haven't finished anything yet.. but I'm very close to finishing Furthermore. 

Up Next
I'm going to be finishing these two hopefully in the next two days. After that I will probably read Results May Vary by Bethany Chase.