Sneak Peek Sunday: Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Hi guys! How is your holiday season going for you so far? I’ve been focusing on finals and then I can really get into the holiday spirit. I can’t wait to go home and be with my family and my cats 🙂 Today I’m here to talk about a cute contemporary that’s perfect for the holidays!

Title: Prince in Disguise

Prince in Disguise
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Author: Stephanie Kate Strohm

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Expected Release: December 19, 2017

My rating: 3.5/5 Goodreads stars

Someday I want to live in a place where I never hear “You’re Dusty’s sister?” ever again.
Life is real enough for Dylan—especially as the ordinary younger sister of Dusty, former Miss Mississippi and the most perfect, popular girl in Tupelo. But when Dusty wins the hand of the handsome Scottish laird-to-be Ronan on the TRC television network’s crown jewel, Prince in Disguise, Dylan has to face a different kind of reality: reality TV.

As the camera crew whisks them off to Scotland to film the lead-up to the wedding, camera-shy Dylan is front and center as Dusty’s maid of honor. The producers are full of surprises—including old family secrets, long-lost relatives, and a hostile future mother-in-law who thinks Dusty and Dylan’s family isn’t good enough for her only son. At least there’s Jamie, an adorably bookish groomsman who might just be the perfect antidote to all Dylan’s stress . . . if she just can keep TRC from turning her into the next reality show sensation.

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This book was like watching a Hallmark movie, but better because it was significantly less cheesy and still gave you the same gooey feelings. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and the plot twists within it.

Dylan is such a fun character. Her distrust of TRC affects her relationship with her sister greatly, but you see that no matter what she will stick her neck out for family. Her loyalty is something that is hard to come by, but once you have it she will defend you to the death.

I wasn’t sure what to make of Jamie until the last third of the book. I was suspicious of him the whole time, and I was ready for him to be someone he wasn’t. However, I loved his bookish nature and incessant need to reference literature. (THE WHOLE DISCUSSION ON JANE AUSTEN MADE ME LAUGH OUT LOUD!!)

The story was interesting and unique. The only book I can think of that is also about reality T. V. is Royce Rolls by Magaret Stohl, but that has a very different tone. It was smart and the literary references were sprinkled throughout which made me really happy to see. It didn’t feel forced, and everything was well placed.

I liked the plot twists in this book. They moved the story forward and weren’t too trite. I predicted something different would happen with Jamie than what actually happened, but I’m glad I was wrong. All in all, I highly recommend this one for your winter reading list!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

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Blog Tour: Not Now, Not Ever by Lily Anderson Review & Giveaway

Who is excited for the sequel of  The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You?! Here I am today celebrating the new release of Not Now, Not Ever. Stay tuned for a review and giveaway later in the post!

About the Book

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Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: November 21st 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Synopsis:
The sequel to The Only Thing Worse than Me Is You, inspired by The Importance of Being Earnest.
Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer.
1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mother’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.
What she is going to do is pack up her attitude, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and go to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College, the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program. And she’s going to start over as Ever Lawrence, on her own terms, without the shadow of all her family’s expectations. Because why do what’s expected of you when you can fight other genius nerds to the death for a shot at the dream you’re sure your family will consider a complete waste of time?
This summer’s going to be great.

About the Author

Lily Anderson is a school librarian and Melvil Dewey fangirl with an ever-growing collection of musical theater tattoos and Harry Potter ephemera. She lives in Northern California, far from her mortal enemy: the snow

review

Get ready for another phenomenal read from Lily Anderson. The hijinks that ensues after Elliot gets to camp is, to say the least, exciting. I haven’t read The Importance of Being Earnest, but her first novel follows Much Ado so well that I can only assume it was well done. (I’m reading them out of order :P) I also liked how she integrated the play within the novel through Elliot’s stepmom. It was done in a way that didn’t feel forced.

What I really liked was that the characters from the first book make an appearance in this one, and how they contribute to the new story as well. It remains Elliot’s story while also quietly following up on the first characters we know and love.

Becoming oneself is important to this novel, and I liked the presentation of it. Elliot has to live this double life, and she has to decide what to keep from her old life and what she wants to explore as this new self that has a new slate. It speaks true to what it’s like to feel as though you have a different self for different situations. The reconciliation of these are what is key to helping discover yourself.

Brandon and Leigh are such fun characters. I like how forward Leigh is when Elliot first gets to camp. (Leigh is Elliot’s roommate.) The scene when they first meet their teammates made me nervous for them!

All in all, this was a great read. Highly recommended. Reading the first book is helpful but not necessary to understanding this one.

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November 14th

November 15th

the bookdragon – Review

November 16th

YAWednesdays – Guest Post
Amanda Gernentz Hanson – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 17th

BookCrushin – Guest Post
Book Munchies – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 18th

November 19th

Staircase Wit – Interview
We Live and Breathe Books – Review + Favourite Quotes

November 20th

The Mind of a Book Dragon – Review + Playlist
The Layaway Dragon – Review

November 21st

Boricuan Bookworms – Review + Playlist
forthenovellovers – Review
giveaway

Prize : 1 copy of NOT NOW, NOT EVER by Lily Anderson (US Only)

Starts: November 14th

Ends: November 22nd

HERE IS THE LINK: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d9681b86271/

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Blog Tour: My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff Review & Giveaway

Hello there! Happy Halloween 🙂 What better way to celebrate this holiday than with a Christmas book 😛

About the Book

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by Shani Petroff
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: October 31st 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Synopsis:

This sweet, funny holiday romance from the author of Romeo And What’s Her Name features cute boys, plenty of rom-com mishaps, and a determined heroine readers are certain to fall for.

Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he’s exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is—he barely knows she exists.

But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him. Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous—the exact opposite
of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.

Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

Shani Petroff’s newest young adult comedy of errors, My New Crush Gave to Me, is the perfect read for those searching for some love and laughter along with their holiday spirit.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33158563-my-new-crush-gave-to-me

Purchase: 

About the Author

Shani Petroff is a writer living in New York City. She’s the author of the “Bedeviled” Shaniseries, which includes Daddy’s Little Angel, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Dress, Careful What You Wish For, and Love Struck, and is the co-author of the “Destined” series which includes Ash and Ultraviolet. She also writes for television news programs and several other venues. When she’s not locked in her apartment typing away, she spends a whole lot of time on books, boys, TV, daydreaming, and shopping online.
Author links:

Review

Ahh this book was so cute! I could tell what the ending would be — it was a little predictable, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this book at all. I really loved the writing style and the characters.

Charlie reminded me a little bit of myself. She’s someone who likes to have control of things, and she likes having a plan. It’s something that causes a lot of problems for her with people outside of her friend group, and even those in it. I love how her character grows throughout the novel. She learns how to compromise better and truly begins to listen to others and their opinions.

J. D. and Morgan were easily two characters that complimented Charlie’s well. They give her balance and depth that wouldn’t be there if there weren’t characters who didn’t understand her. I was so jealous of Morgan’s baking ability the whole book! She has some mad talent that I wish I had. Not only does she make things like cookies and cupcakes, she makes donuts and other cool desserts like that.

The plot, while predictable, was good. I liked the whole set up and the idea of a Secret Santa to win over your crush. I have never been this creative in an attempt to win someone over.

All in all, I highly recommend this one. It’s the perfect book to get you in the spirit of the holidays.

Follow the Tour

October 30th
Life of a Literary Nerd >> Review
Readingwithwrin >> Review
The Candid Cover >> Excerpt
Writing Pearls >> Review
Dani Reviews things >> Review

October 31st
Smokin’ Hot Reads Book Blog >> Review
Love in a time of Feminism >> Guest post
Rolling with the Moments >> Review
The Mind of a Book Dragon >> Review
The Bibliophile Confessions >> Review

November 1st
Here’s to Happy Endings >> Review
Married To Books Reviews and Blog >> Review
Rainy Days and Pajamas >> Excerpt
Katie’s Stories >> Excerpt
Buried Under Books >> Review

November 2nd
Books Direct >> Review + Excerpt
Rants and Raves of a Bibliophile >> Review
Character Madness and Musings >> Interview
I Read Indie >> Excerpt
Chocolate and Chapters >> Review

November 3rd
Creating-Serenity >> Review
The Heart of a Book Blogger >> Review
Supercalireader >> Review
Lisa Loves Literature >> Interview
The Genre Minx Book Reviews >> Playlist

Giveaway

Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
  • Print copy of My New Crush Gave to Me
  • Ends November 9th

HERE IS THE LINK — https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/d04251232117/

Happy reading!

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maureen Goo

Hi! If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend you do 🙂 This book is something that I look to as an excellent example of great representation done well.

Title: I Believe in a Thing Called Love

I Believe in a Thing Called Love

Author: Maureen Goo

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux Inc

Release date: May 30, 2017

My rating: 5/5 stars

Desi Lee believes anything is possible if you have a plan. That’s how she became student body president. Varsity soccer star. And it’s how she’ll get into Stanford. But—she’s never had a boyfriend. In fact, she’s a disaster in romance, a clumsy, stammering humiliation magnet whose botched attempts at flirting have become legendary with her friends. So when the hottest human specimen to have ever lived walks into her life one day, Desi decides to tackle her flirting failures with the same zest she’s applied to everything else in her life. She finds guidance in the Korean dramas her father has been obsessively watching for years—where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It’s a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. Armed with her “K Drama Steps to True Love,” Desi goes after the moody, elusive artist Luca Drakos—and boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes ensue. But when the fun and games turn to true feels, Desi finds out that real love is about way more than just drama.

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I absolutely loved this book. Desi was so relatable, and she reminded me of myself. This is a cute, quick read that is perfect to pull you up for a pick-me-up.

One of the best parts of this book was Desi’s resilience. She is persistent, and that is something I find admirable. While she is very much a planner (and doesn’t like surprises), she is quick to adjust her plans and reconfigure the way she approaches problems.

The way Korean culture is intertwined in this book was phenomenal. I really liked that it was part of the book, but it wasn’t the whole point of the book. It gives the book diversity that is genuine, and definitely inspired me to make my own ramen at home! After reading this I really wanted to start watching K-dramas, so if you’ve watched any before comment your suggestions!

Desi’s friends are equally as great. They are very supportive of Desi, and defend her till the end. They understand her need to have steps to follow, and I appreciate their friendship the whole way through.

Overall, this was a really enjoyable read. It was fun and light, and I recommend it to anyone looking for something that is a quirky, cute contemporary.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peek Sunday: The Gatekeepers by Jen Lancaster

Hello and happy Sunday! This has been quite the week full of surprises, tragedy, and coming together to take a stand. With that being said, I think the best way we can always participate is through educating ourselves in various ways — books being one of them!

****This book was sent to me for an honest review from the publisher!

Title: The Gatekeepers

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Author: Jen Lancaster

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Expected Release: October 10, 2017

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Anyone passing through North Shore, IL, would think this was the most picture-perfect place ever, with all the lakefront mansions and manicured hedges and iron gates. No one talks about the fact that the brilliant, talented kids in this town have a terrible history of throwing themselves in front of commuter trains, and that there’s rampant opioid abuse that often leads to heroin usage.

Meet Simone, the bohemian transfer student from London, who is thrust into the strange new reality of the American high school; Mallory, the hyper-competitive queen bee; and Stephen, the first generation genius who struggles with crippling self-doubt. Each one is shocked when lovable football player Braden takes his own life and the tragedy becomes a suicide cluster. With so many students facing their own demons, can they find a way to save each other—as well as themselves?

Inspired by the true events that happened in the author’s home town.

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The best part of this book was getting to know the different characters and their different voices. However, I felt that the author tried a little too hard with trying to get the right slang for a teen’s voice and some of it felt cinematic in that it was a bit forced and not genuine.

I liked the plot as a whole in general. The kids come together and form a strong bond through shared experiences, and Simone is a grounding voice that ties them all together. The seriousness of the subject is one that is hard to tackle, and I felt that it more or less conveyed the message that Lancaster. My major hang up on this book as a whole, however, was the different characters and how they just didn’t really represent a teenager (i.e. their slang).

Important things were highlighted throughout the book. I liked how Lancaster didn’t just focus on the pressure cooker kind of environment of the students’ lives, but also their own mental health. She showed that while environment can play a big role in one’s mental health, there are other things that factor into it. With that said, I can’t speak personally about mental health and how well this boat represents it.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Monthly Update: My Bookish Life College Edition

Hello all! I hope this month has treated you well! I’ve made it through the first month of college, and so far things are going really well. My roommate is awesome, and we have become fast friends. There are a lot of girls on my floor that I’ve become friends with too, and I’m settling in well. (Shout out to you lovely ladies if you happen to be reading this post, and my good friend Anna who I know reads these on occasion.)

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Classes have gone well, and I’m staying on top of homework thus far. I’m anxious for when things really start to dig in. My favorite class is my writing class. We get to pick our own general topics for the papers as long as they meet the prompt. For my second paper, I’m going to be doing extensive research on the different language used to women and how it affects culture as a whole. This will further go into a larger project I’m doing on the side for an Honors portion.

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This is us on our first night on the water! We rowed in a barge to get used to it.

I joined the men’s crew team! I’m a coxswain a.k.a. the person sitting in the stern (or bow if it’s a four) yelling at the rowers and motivating them. It’s going really well, and I’m making a lot of friends. This is something completely new to me, and I’m so excited to be part of such an awesome team. Our first regatta is in two weeks and I’m nervous to see how things shape up at practice. We practice every day but Sunday, and it’s quite the schedule to keep up. I don’t mind missing a lot of clubs for it because they’re a great group of people and I’ve learned a lot over the past month with them.

I’ve gone home once for family pictures, and it was nice to see everyone. I missed my cat! Leaving my parents for a second time was a lot harder and weirder than I realized it would be. The first time is always the toughest, but I had my friend Anna to help me through the first transition. No one ever talks about when you go home the first time and come back! It’s strange and still hurts in an unexpected way, but don’t worry!! I came back from it (thanks to a phone call to my sister), and now I know what to expect.

That’s all I have for now folks. I hope you have a spooky October!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

#throwbackthursday: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I loved this book so much. It was one that I bought years ago when I got my job as a bookseller to celebrate it. I finally read it at the urging of my best friend, and I can’t believe I waited so long to read it.

Title: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)

Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Release date: February 21, 2012

Source: Paperback, US

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

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Let’s take a minute to savor this book. And a moment of silence for the chance I had to read it for the first time ever.

Okay, now let’s talk about how amazing this book is.

First, the characters. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeee Dante and Ari. They are dynamic and deep and so beautiful. Ari is the narrator of the story and his thoughts and voice are strong and lyrical. I think the best part of his voice is how genuine it is. Sometimes it takes a while for authors to really get to a character on this level, but right from the start you can hear it and feel it in Ari. Dante is someone who brings light and perspective into Ari’s life, and that’s what makes this book so beautiful. Their dynamic is something I could read about for a long time. They are gentle and headstrong and they work together so well.

The setting of the book works well with the rest of the novel. It’s set in Texas during the 80s. I love how this influences the kind of life the boys live, and how their love develops around it.

Saenz’s writing in general is lush and gorgeous. It’s full of beautiful quotes that I need to have framed right now. I even Tweeted one. Ugh. So full of such amazing language that I can’t wait to read The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Sneak Peek Sunday: Invictus by Ryan Graudin

Hi guys!! I’m back with a new book being released this month. Here I am today with Invictus by Ryan Graudin, and I cannot wait for all of you to read it too!

Title: Invictus

Author: Ryan Graudin

Invictus

Publisher: Little, Brown Books For Young Reads

Expected Release: September 26, 2017

Time flies when you’re plundering history.

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in Rome in 95 AD, Far’s birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he’s ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past.

But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Armed with knowledge that will bring Far’s very existence into question, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to discover a frightening truth: History is not as steady as it seems.

In this heart-stopping adventure, Ryan Graudin has created a fast-paced world that defies time and space.

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I don’t know about you, but Ryan Graudin is one of my all-time favorite authors. She was first introduced to me through Uppercase when I received her book Wolf by Wolf in the November 2016 box. It was phenomenal. I’m a history geek and I couldn’t get over how beautiful the reimagined history was.

This book is another wild ride through history — and I fell in love. The characters, the settings, the writing, the everything — I couldn’t get enough of it. I had to spit my feelings into an initial review on Goodreads:

I may have stayed up pretty late to finish this book but it was TOTALLY WORTH IT. I absolutely love Graudin’s writing. I was first introduced to it through Wolf By Wolf, and since then she has been an auto-buy author for me. I had the amazing opportunity to read an advance copy, which I have two of and *may* do a giveaway of. (However that may be a while as I have no extraneous money laying around at the moment…)

There was a part of the novel where it took a sudden turn, and there was a big reveal that I wasn’t sure to think about. It was like peeling back a third layer to find something completely new, and in the end I really loved the depth it added to the book as a whole.

Quite an amusing trip through history that I recommend for anyone. It includes a little bit of everything that you will love! Be sure to check this title out on

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

#throwbackthursday: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno Review

Hello hello! Today I’ll be reviewing a book that was released a few years ago and felt was worth talking about again, especially since the sequel will come out some time soon!

99 Days
Goodreads

Title: 99 Days

Author: Katie Cotugno

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Source: Hardcover, US

Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.

Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn’t finished. I’m expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it’s just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. “For what it’s worth, Molly Barlow,” he says, “I’m really glad you’re back.”

Day 12: Gabe got me to come to this party, and I’m actually having fun. I think he’s about to kiss me—and that’s when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who’s supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who’s never going to forgive me.

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I read this one pretty darn fast. So fast that I didn’t even add it to my Goodreads until I had finished it. It was a quick, light read with dynamic characters that I enjoyed.

Here’s what I originally thought:

Do you like unlikable female characters? Definitely read this book if you do! I mean that in the most sincere and serious way possible. I’ve had enough of unlikable male characters still being forgiven for the bad things they do and not the female ones. It’s a double standard that I don’t want to participate in anymore. I’m not saying that what Molly does in this book is right, I’m saying that she’s flawed and more real because of it. I like the way this book ends, but more thoughts to come in a review!

Molly Barlow is quite unlikeable. She’s self-pitying, annoying at times, a bit of a player, HOWEVER (and this is a very large however) she was a character who grew and developed. I always say that if the character isn’t flawed then there is no conflict which results in no story. Since reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay, I have found myself more of an advocate for unlikeable female characters. In one of her essays, Gay points out how we are more forgiving of male characters who are unlikeable versus female ones. So long story short, I have become more aware of what kind of characters I like and dislike.

And I find that I both loved and hated Molly — but that’s what I really enjoyed most about the book — her dynamic character. Obviously, Molly makes bad choices. Obviously, she has learned a lot and still has a lot more to go. I think that we all have a lot more to learn when we look at it. There are things that we don’t know that we think we do, and there is so much room for improvement.

This one isn’t for the faint of heart, those who just don’t want to wrestle with their main character (which is totally cool!), but if you’re up for the challenge this is the one.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 

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 🙂