Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Hello! Welcome to the blog! I hope you find what you’re looking for here. Today I’ll be talking about Geekerella by Ashley Poston — which I adored the whole time I read it.

Title: Geekerella

Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: Quirk Books

Release Date: April 4, 2017

Source: ARC

Anything can happen once upon a con…

When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

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This is the perfect tribute to fangirling and fandoms. I absolutely loved it the minute I picked this title up. Elle and Sage are friends I wish I had! Here’s what my first reaction was on Goodreads

I know it may seem like I dole out stars like it’s my job (well, actually it is), but this one deserves all of them. It’s Cinderella with a heaping of reality. I was wondering how Poshton would end it, especially since Elle seemed grounded the whole novel and I couldn’t have wished for anything better.

I kept thinking of A Cinderella Story the entire time and I loved how much this book reminded me of it!! I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first so I put it down, but when I picked it back up I was instantly hooked. This captures what it’s like to be part of a fandom and what it means to be part of one. I can’t wait for you guys to come join me in this one 🙂

I don’t know about you, but I love the original A Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. Seriously, they were all I could think of while reading this book. It was so amazing. For this retelling though, I’d say Poston hit the mark and made something even better. (Sorry, Chad 😉 )

This was SO FREAKIN CUTE! I got some Pride and Prejudice vibes reading this as well, if Darcy and Lizzie had modern technology and all. I think one of my favorite parts of the whole book was the cast of characters. Elle, Sage, Darien, even the step sisters! All of them came together to create such an awesome story. Elle’s blogging and her *obsession* with Starfield was something I, and I’m sure many others, could identify with. For so long, there have been geek girls without geek girls in books, movies, etc. and finally we’re starting to have the rise of the geek girl — and it’s really freaking amazing. I love Elle (and Ashley!) for that.

So with that I bid you adieu! Get reading!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: Teach Me to Forget by Erica M. Chapman

GUYS! I’M GETTING THERE, I’M GETTING THERE! And by “getting there” I mean I’ve written 3 reviews by now and still have a considerable amount of work to still get done (only 25 more to go, as of now) 🙂 NO WORRIES THOUGH, I BELIEVE IN MYSELF! And that’s what counts, right?

Title: Teach Me to Forget

Author: Erica Chapman

Publisher: SimonPulse

Release Date: December 2, 2016

This is the story of Ellery, a girl who learns how to live while waiting for the date she chose to die.

Ellery’s bought the gun, made arrangements for her funeral, and even picked the day. A Wednesday. Everything

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has fallen into place.

Now all she has to do is die.

When her plans go awry and the gun she was going to kill herself with breaks, she does the one thing she has control over–return it and get a new one. After tormenting the crusty customer service associate by trying to return the gun with the wrong receipt, Ellery gets caught by the security guard who also happens to be someone she knows–the annoyingly perfect Colter Sawyer from her English class.

Colter quickly uncovers what she’s hiding and is determined to change her mind. After confessing a closely held secret of his own, he promises not to tell hers. Ellery tries to fight her attraction to him as the shadows of her past cling tight around her, but when she’s faced with another tragedy, she must decide whether she can learn to live with what she’s done or follow through with her plan to die.

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I think what I liked best about this book was Ellery’s voice. Throughout the entire book, I felt like I could truly relate to what Ellery was saying and feeling. One of the hard things, I have come to find out, is trying to understand a person going through this kind of situation. Reading this book really helped expand my knowledge about this subject and what kind of things people are feeling when they are experiencing this.

One thing I didn’t like a lot about this was a specific scene between Ellery and Colter and then the sudden turn around of the situation. I’m not going to talk about it specifically because it would give away some major plot points, but that’s one thing that irked me. I felt like it was a bit rushed and confusing how the whole thing happened. However, this didn’t put a hamper on my enjoyment of the novel as a whole.

There’s a twist ending that I actually enjoyed and wasn’t expecting (well, duh). It was a refreshing take on the whole situation and I’m glad it left things like that. I wish I would be able to get to know Ellery more after the story ends, but I guess I’ll have to sit here waiting forever 😛

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review + Giveaway: All Things New by Lauren Miller

Hey there! I’m here to celebrate the release of Lauren Miller’s latest book – All Things New. I was sent an early copy of this book, and I cannot wait to share it with  you all 🙂

Title: All Things New

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Author: Lauren Miller

Release Date: August 1, 2017

Publisher: Three Saints Press

Synopsis: Jessa has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and visible scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumble—now she looks as shattered as she feels.

Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, where she meets Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world—a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

ALL THINGS NEW is a love story about perception and truth, physical and emotional pain, and the messy, complicated people we are behind the masks we put on for the world, perfect for fans of ALL THE BRIGHT PLACES and THE FAULT IN OUR STARS.

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REVIEW

I really enjoyed this book! I wasn’t sure what to think at first and I was a bit apprehensive. However, as I continued to read I really started to enjoy it, and I couldn’t put it down.

Overall the plot was well done. I enjoyed the small twists and turns that Miller took us on through Jessa’s journey. Jessa’s voice is clear and (I imagine) an accurate representation of anxiety. (The author writes from personal experience, and while I recognize this isn’t everyone’s experience, this is hers and it’s real, so there is truth to her story.) I really enjoyed reading her story and getting to know her quirks.

The other characters were fun to read about, too. I wish there was *a little* confrontation between Jessa and her ex-boyfriend, but I understand that probably would take away from focusing on Jessa. I liked the interaction of the group overall. Marshall is sweet and lets Jessa breathe. Hannah is a true friend to Jessa. The whole dynamic of their trio is fun and I wish I got to hang out with them!

There is an element of magical realism within the book – Jessa’s aphantasia as well as seeing scars/burns on people. Originally the doctors chalk it up to aphantasia, which is losing your mind’s eye or ability to visualize things in your head. However, as she recovers, Jessa discovers that the scars remain on others. I liked the idea of seeing visual representations of the hurt that people feel and are going through. It helped Jessa a lot in seeing that though her pain is very much visible, there are so many things that people don’t talk about that they’re experiencing.

Overall, I really liked this book. I remember the day I finished it I was late to hanging out with my friends because I *had* to finish it! 🙂 Oh, there also are some spoilers for The Picture of Dorian Gray in there, but I loved how it was intertwined with the story!

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GIVEAWAY

This giveaway will run from today until August 8 (8/8) at midnight. The rules are as follows:

-US and Canada residents only

-Must be 18 years or older or have parental permission

HERE’S THE LINK a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Hey there! I’m here with a review of this beautiful book! I didn’t know it was set in Australia when I started it so I was slightly confused when Rachel, the main character, started using slang I didn’t recognize 😉 This is one that you definitely want to pick up this summer! Massive thanks to Justine for supplying me with a copy!

Title: Words in Deep Blue

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Author: Cath Crowley

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 6, 2017

Source: Advance Reader’s Copy

Love lives between the lines.

Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moved away, she tucked a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. She waited. But Henry never came.

Now Rachel has returned to the city—and to the bookshop—to work alongside the boy she’d rather not see, if at all possible, for the rest of her life. But Rachel needs the distraction, and the escape. Her brother drowned months ago, and she can’t feel anything anymore. She can’t see her future.

Henry’s future isn’t looking too promising, either. His girlfriend dumped him. The bookstore is slipping away. And his family is breaking apart.

As Henry and Rachel work side by side—surrounded by books, watching love stories unfold, exchanging letters between the pages—they find hope in each other. Because life may be uncontrollable, even unbearable sometimes. But it’s possible that words, and love, and second chances are enough.

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So I previously spewed a lot of my thoughts initially into my Goodreads review —

THIS BOOK. I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. There is so much beauty and love in this book that I can’t wait for everyone else to read it when it’s released. It articulates my love for words and books in ways that made me so happy. It’s a story about love and loss and who you become when you lose someone you love. It’s gorgeous, and I HIGHLY recommend you get your hands on this when it comes out this June!!

Even though it’s way past June, you need to read it right now. I absolutely devoured it in a matter of a few days. I had school, homework, and work to contend with my time, but took up any remaining time I had to read it. The book was absolutely gorgeous and I can’t believe I got to read it early.

This book is like every book lover’s dream. One of the main characters, Henry, lives above a bookstore that his family owns. So he gets to work with the books every. Day. One part I LOVED about their store was the Letter Library – or the concept of a letter library. This is a section of the store where there are several copies of books where customers get to browse and leave their notes in the margins or letters to people. AND MY HEART. I’m stealing this idea for when I open up my bookstore with my best friend Ana. (THANKS CATH CROWLEY!!)

The characters of this book are so lovely. They’re well-developed up until the last page, and I love the way you can get inside their heads. (Not only because it’s first-person narration, but because of the way they feel.) I like how Crowley lets us take a peek inside their brains for a while, and I wish I could meet them IRL. (I don’t think this is the first time I want to be friends with book characters outside of their world…)

I don’t remember having any qualms about this book. It was so amazing I recommended it in Justine Magazine’s June/July edition. Seriously guys, why are you still reading this review? Go read this book 🙂

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Hi there! I read this book a while back and I *finally* figured it was time for me to actually get a move on reviewing all of the books I’ve read so far this year (almost over 50, nbd). So here is the first in a *really* long line.

Title: We Are Okay

Author: Nina LaCour

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Source: Hardcover, US

You go through life thinking there’s so much you need…

Until you leave with only your phone, your wallet, and a picture of your mother.

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Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left everything behind. No one knows the truth about those final weeks. Not even her best friend, Mabel. But even thousands of miles away from the California coast, at college in New York, Marin still feels the pull of the life and tragedy she’s tried to outrun. Now, months later, alone in an emptied dorm for winter break, Marin waits. Mabel is coming to visit, and Marin will be forced to face everything that’s been left unsaid and finally confront the loneliness that has made a home in her heart.

 

 

 

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I remember when I was finishing this book I drove early to work so I could sit in the parking lot to finish it. I needed to know what happened in the end!

First off, the character development is amazing. I loved getting to know Marin and Mabel throughout the story. The way Marin talked about her grandpa was lovely, too, and I enjoyed their relationship together. There are a few big twists that are really laid out well with the characters throughout the story. I feel like I should have seen it coming because some of the hints are so obvious after the fact. Yet, I loved finding it out when LaCour intended us to.

The story itself is haunting. I love how beautifully the story is told and how LaCour sets up little traps and turns for the reader to go down and fall into. It’s lyrical in a sense and I think that added to the work as a whole. I can’t believe I haven’t read anything by her before and I can’t wait for more.

The ending of the story was sweet and hopeful, which I think is the best way a book can end, especially with the bombs that were dropped right before that. I think the best part was the ending and the sense of closure that the characters got. I semi-hope there’s a sequel, but I’m happy with the way it is right now.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

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Book Review & Giveaway: First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy

Hi guys! I hope you’re having a lovely summer so far. Mine has been super busy, but I’m here with an awesome book and giveaway today! I’ll be reviewing First We Were IV by Alexandra Sirowy. Keep reading for a giveaway too! Huge thanks to Alexandra for reaching out to me for review and providing both copies 🙂

Title: First We Were IV

Author: Alexandra Sirowy

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Release Date: July 25th, 2017

Synopsis: It started for pranks, fun, and forever memories.

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A secret society – for the four of us. 
The rules: Never lie. Never tell. Love each other.
We made the pledge and danced under the blood moon on the meteorite in the orchard. In the spot we found the dead girl five years earlier. And discovered the ancient drawings way before that.
Nothing could break the four of us apart – I thought.
But then, others wanted in. Our seaside town had secrets. History.
We wanted revenge.
We broke the rules. We lied. We told. We loved each other too much, not enough, and in ways we weren’t supposed to.
Our invention ratcheted out of control.
What started as a secret society, ended as justice. Revenge. Death. Rebellion.

Source: ARC copy, provided by author

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MY REVIEW

Are you ready for a thriller? This book kept me hooked until the last page. I needed to know what happened at the end. More importantly — WHAT HAPPENS TO THE FOURTH CHARACTER?!

My favorite part about the book was the characters. It’s told from one of the main members’ point of view – Izzie – and it’s an interesting perspective. I think it really worked for this book in particular. Getting to know the characters as she knew them was fascinating – especially since she conceived of her Order.  Since I got attached to all of them so early, I was kind of dreading the ending because I didn’t want anything to happen to my smol cinnamon rolls. MUST PROTEC!

I found the mysteries of the whole book one of the best parts. You go into it knowing something is going to happen to one of the characters (um… the title, guys, the title tells all — okay definitely not all but some), but no matter what, Sirowy writes so well that you simultaneously want to finish it and prevent finishing it so everyone stays where you can see them. I thought some of the rebellions (the term the Order uses for the stunts they pull) were a *bit* far-fetched, but hey we forgive movies, so why not forgive the book?

This book was awesome, not to mention the secret society part. It was compiled excellently – I loved the little inserts of the video transcriptions 🙂

All in all a really compelling book – loved it!

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GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Okay, so if my review sold you on wanting to read this book, or if you’ve read one of Alexandra’s other books (The Telling or The Creeping),  Alexandra and I have teamed up to giveaway a copy of this book! All you  have to do is follow this link to the Rafflecopter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • US and Canada Only
  • Must be 18 years or older or have parental consent
  • Runs from today to the 25th

Good luck!

Happy reading,

Sophie

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Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Hi there! Can I tell you how excited I was to get this in the mail? I received an advanced copy from a publicist for review and I was so excited to read this. I saw it last fall and was immediately intrigued. I can’t wait for you guys to read it this May!

Synopsis:

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about

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two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Publisher: SimonPulse                                  Page #: 320

Expected Release: 30 May 2017                 Edition: ARC

My rating: 5/5 stars

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What a cute contemporary read! I couldn’t wait to see where these characters took me, and I loved how Menon characterized them! I am not entirely one for insta-love books, and it seemed like this one might be one, but I did appreciate all that happened within these pages.

I remember finishing it late the night before a scholarship competition and wanting to get up and dance around. Here are some of my initial thoughts (via Goodreads):

I love this book so much! Dimple and Rishi made me believe in so much.

I don’t think my sleep deprived brain had much more than this to type out. I enjoyed this book so much and have had some time to let my thoughts on it marinate.

One thing this book champions is the strength of Dimple as a female. I love it when female characters are hard on asserting themselves and there are always many obstacles that they face when this happens. I appreciated Dimple’s initial prickliness toward Rishi! Their first meeting is probably one of my favorite scenes in the book, especially seeing it from both sides of the story.

Rishi reminded me a bit of myself. I am a romantic (though not a hopeless one, and certainly not as much as Rishi), and I loved seeing him persist throughout this book. It was interesting to watch him develop as a character and more than just a boy in love. He’s sweet and kind, and I like that he doesn’t become overbearing and demanding of Dimple. He gives her room to be herself and appreciates her even more for her genuineness.

I cannot speak to how accurate this story was to Indian culture. I imagine, however, that with the author’s background that it was, at least to some extent, accurate. I like that it took the taboo idea of arranged marriages and made it something that the reader could understand in modern context. I think that people are really quick to judge arranged marriages, especially in the United States because we don’t understand it and what it means to people today. I think Menon did very well demystifying this for us, and I really loved the way she did it.

This is definitely one I’ll be rereading! I can’t wait to read it this summer again.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Blog Tour: The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari

The Best Kind of Magic

by Crystal Cestari
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Fantasy

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Synopsis:
Amber Sand isnot a witch. The Sand family Wicca gene somehow leapfrogged over her. But she did get one highly specific magical talent: she can see true love. As a matchmaker, Amber’s pretty far down the sorcery food chain (even birthday party magicians rank higher), but after five seconds of eye contact, she can envision anyone’s soul mate.

Amber works ather mother’s magic shop–Windy City Magic–in downtown Chicago, and she’s confident she’s seen every kind of happy ending there is: except for one–her own. (The Fates are tricky jerks that way.) So when Charlie Blitzman, the mayor’s son and most-desired boy in school, comes to her for help finding his father’s missing girlfriend, she’s distressed to find herself falling for him. Because while she can’t see her own match, she can see his–and it’s not Amber. How can she, an honest peddler of true love, pursue a boy she knows full well isn’t her match?

The Best Kind of Magic is set in urban Chicago and willappeal to readers who long for magic in the real world. With a sharp-witted and sassy heroine, a quirky cast of mystical beings, and a heady dose of adventure, this novel will have you laughing out loud and questioning your belief in happy endings.
 
This book was so cute! Amber is a spunky and hilarious narrator throughout the entire novel. I really enjoyed getting to know her and the other characters through her point of view.
At first we start off with Amber being really unsure of herself and while she enjoys her matchmaking skills she doesn’t want to be a matchmaker only – she wants to be a baker. I love that there were other things that Amber was interested in and that she didn’t let her magic be the only thing that defined her. She becomes a more confident young woman as the story continues and I really liked that character development.
Amani was definitely one of my favorite characters. She’s complex and different and I can see where Amber would be frustrated with her as a best friend. However, I love their friendship and how they’re always there for each other even when things get a bit hairy. They support each other in ways that you want best friends to be there.
 
Here is the playlist I selected for the book! I picked these because they reminded me a lot of Amber and the plot, especially the end! Enjoy!


With rainbows in my hair and stories in my head, I am a writer drawn to magic in the everyday world.

My debut novel, The Best Kind of Magic, arrives May 16, 2017 from Hyperion. Follow Amber Sand, a magical matchmaker who can actually see true love, as she takes off on a fun and romantic adventure toward happily ever after.

We are giving away one (1) finished copy of The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari. This is open to US and Canada only and ends on May 26th. You can follow the rest of the tour for more opportunities to win, however you may only win once! Click here to enter the giveaway!
Happy reading,
Sophie 🙂