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

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 🙂

Book Chat: Reading Slumps

Hello! Hope you’re having a great week thus far. I’ve got a short week this week at school, so I have a lot of time to read! (Well, and do other things like see Beauty and the Beast with my friend and watch more Glee.)

Today I wanted to talk to you about reading slumps. We’ve all been there. You’ve just finished a phenomenal book and you’re still living in the wonderful world that just ended (or didn’t if it’s a series unless it was the last book in that one). Alas, all good things must come to an end at some point. Yet, you want to go back in time and start reading that book for the first time again. I have felt that way with many books (The Upside of Unrequited being the latest probably).

As a book blogger, being in a reading slump is the worst. I need to read so I can review and stay up to date with all of the buzz! So what do I do to fight this? Here are a few of my tried and true tricks.

1) Read a contemporary. I love contemporaries because they’re light and fluffy. Many of them have strong underlying messages in them too, and I love them even more for that. It’s nice to take a dip into the “real” world and see someone go through something that you have (or haven’t) and sympathize with their plight. Also, I love how fast they usually go. Some of my go-to contemporaries are To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny HanThe Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, anything by Sarah Dessen, and the latest contemporary that I bought.

2) Re-read my favorites. I don’t know how you people expect me to have just one favorite book. I have some all-time favorites (To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Shug by Jenny Han, You Were Here by Cori McCarthy to name a *few*). Re-reading a favorite book is an awesome solution because it’s revisiting a world that you’ve come to love. I always find that there are details that I missed the first time around and it’s fun to find all of the new things about the book that I love.

3) Start reading multiple different books. This one isn’t for everyone! I know it’s tough to read more than one book at a time for a lot of people, but if I’m feeling a slump come on I start a bunch of different books. Chances are one is going to grab me and suck me in. After I finish that one I have all of the other ones that I started that I can come back to. I slowly make my way through my books this way. (I have so much that I have to read vs. ones that I want to read in addition to this that it’s necessary to read more than one book at a time.) If the book that you picked up isn’t working for you then you can try one that you already started and come back to it later! This is how I finish so many books around the same time. It’s pretty effective when you have a huge tbr stack.

I hope my tips have helped! Are there any tried and true ways that you use to get out of a slump? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Sophie

Bookish News:13 March 2017

Hey there! Can’t wait to see what’s coming out this week? No worries then, I’m here to tell you!

This week’s releases:

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander / Goodreads
  • Freya by Matthew Laurence / Goodreads
  • Hunted by Megan Spooner / Goodreads
  • Maid of the King’s Court by Lucy Worsley / Goodreads
  • Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp / Goodreads
  • The End of Oz by Danielle Paige / Goodreads
  • Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling / Goodreads

I’m sure there are more coming out, but alas I cannot remember or find them.

Here is some (book) news to satiate your curious mind:

  • SimonTeen is releasing a Buffy The Vampire Slayer book

This book will be released by SimonTeen October 3rd. It’s a watcher’s guide in celebration of the show’s 20 years. Here is the official description:

A special hardcover collector’s edition of the authorized Buffy the Vampire Slayer Watcher’s Guides, now with updated content from the cast and crew!

As long as there have been vampires, there has been the Slayer. One girl in all the world to find them where they gather and to stop the spread of their evil and the swell of their numbers.

From the first vampire staking to the last glimpse of Sunnydale, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a genre-busting hit, attracting millions of fans worldwide. Even now, two decades later, Buffy the Vampire Slayer still plays a role in shaping an entire generation of media.

Just in time for the show’s twentieth anniversary, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer Watcher’s Guides have been compiled into one hardcover collector’s edition for the first time! Inside, you’ll find all the best content from Volumes 1–3 of the original Watcher’s Guides, as well as exclusive new content, including never-before-seen interviews with the cast and crew.

– See more at: http://rivetedlit.com/2017/03/10/buffy-the-vampire-slayer-20-years-of-slaying-and-something-special/#sthash.u70WJlhb.dpuf

Click here to see the full story and see the cover!
  • Warcross cover reveal
This past Friday, the cover for Marie Lu’s new novel Warcross was revealed. Bloggers and bookstagrammers helped Lu and PenguinTeen with this. It’s set to come out this October on the 3rd. The book takes a starling turn from the original series that Lu has written. Here is the official description:

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all. (Goodreads)

Entertainment Weekly also revealed the cover along with an excerpt of the book.
What do you think? Looks great doesn’t it?! I haven’t read any of Lu’s books aside from Legend but I’m sure I’ll get around to reading them at some point (hopefully anyway).
Happy reading!
Sophie 🙂

General Update: My Bookish Life no. 7 vol. 2

Hi, guys! I don’t know what’s with people today but I cannot handle them. Work has brought in a special brand of stupidity and I can’t figure out why. I had someone ask me if we donate our pens. Yes, donate our pens. Time out here, if you just want our pens, take them. Don’t ask, and I probably won’t miss it. Second of all, why would we donate pens. What good do pens do for donation unless it’s specifically for schools? I totally get it if you want our nice pens, I do enjoy a good pen myself, but unless it seems like we’re selling them or donating them don’t ask about it.

Even though this week was only a four day week I felt exhausted by the end of it. I had my orchestra concert Wednesday night, and it went well, but it was extremely long. I also woke up with a cold on Wednesday and have had it through today. I can’t wait to be done with it. Thursday I had a senior class meeting where we took a class photo and got our caps and gowns. Except they messed up the gowns so we didn’t actually get them. Thankfully I have mine already because my sister graduated last year so I get the hand-me-downs. Last night I played at senior night for basketball. It made me nostalgic for time that hasn’t happened yet (I must credit this paraphrased line to We Are Okay by Nina LaCour, which I started at the games last night). On the other hand, it might have been the book that was inspiring that mood in me. I went out with some friends after the game and it was fun to see them all again.

Last night my friend stayed the night and this morning we watched Gilmore Girls because she hasn’t seen it yet. Anyway, I worked today and then went home because I’m tired and sick. 

This week’s pretty low key so that’s good. I can’t believe it’s already March! 

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

 P. S. This was written yesterday and posted today. 

Book Review: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

There are so many next-books-in-a-series coming out and this is one I’ve been looking forward to since I finish A Study in Charlotte last March. Here I’ll be discussing the sequel The Last of August which was released on Valentine’s day. THERE WILL BE MILD SPOILERS FOR A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE SO PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION IF YOU DON’T WANT TO BE SPOILED. You can find my review of A Study in Charlotte and a discussion on it here. Thank you to Justine Magazine for sending me an advance copy!

Things you might want to know about the book:

The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2)

In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.

So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release date: 14 February 2017

Page #: 336

Edition: Hardcover, US

My rating: 5/5 stars

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This novel picks up right where you get left off in A Study in Charlotte. Since it’s been almost a year since I’ve read the first book a few of the details were a bit hazy. I loved refamiliarizing myself with all the characters and getting to know the new ones too.

Charlotte Holmes is a fantastic character all around. She is prickly and calculating but that doesn’t make her less. If anything it makes her more. More human, more real. She continues to struggle with the sexual assault that she experienced, and throughout the book it remains a prominent part of her character’s troubles. (I don’t mean this in a dismissive way, sexual assault/violence is something you don’t simply “get over.”) Although this is something that continually gets in the way for her and her attraction to Jamie, it’s something I appreciate reading about. It adds dimensions to her character that I have longed to see in female characters. It speaks volumes to her overall strength as a woman.

The book is told mostly from Jamie’s perspective (of course, why wouldn’t Watson be telling the story, honestly). There are a few parts that Charlotte tells, but it’s mostly told from his point of view. I enjoy Jamie as a character. There are developments to his character that I found to be wonderful. He both knows how to be friends with and handle Charlotte, but on the flip side it seems like he’s shooting in the dark. He knows that she can handle herself, but his loyalty and caring spirit win out and he always is looking after her.

Their friendship dynamic is a weird one. It’s caught in between just friends and something more, and I don’t mind that it isn’t defined. I can’t wait to see how it plays out in the third (and final) book though. Something tells me the ambiguity will go away and something will establish itself one way or another. Or it could end ambiguously. At this point, they’re so mercurial I don’t know what to predict.

The overall plot line was interesting. I like how there were multiple parts interwoven. I didn’t know which one to keep my eye on and when you would forget one it would come back in curious ways. August Moriarty comes into play in this novel, and I grew fond of his character. Though Jamie (very much) dislikes him, I liked reading about a third character upsetting the balance of the Holmes/Watson duo.

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Hello there! I hope you’ve had a good weekend so far. I’m busy in Chicago and I’ll be getting home tonight at a decent time (hopefully). Anyway, I’ll be reviewing Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. Niven debuted in YA with All the Bright Places and I loved it soooo much. I met her twice last May when I went to BookCon and she is one of the loveliest people I know. (Shoutout to her for reviving that wonderful word.) If you haven’t read ATBP yet I definitely recommend you do.

Here’s what you need to know about the book:

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” 28686840But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Release date: 4 October 2016

Edition: Hardcover, US                                    Page #: 391                             My rating:4/5 stars

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I enjoyed this book – not as much as All the Bright Places, but I liked it in its own right. The entire time I read the book I found myself both frustrated and in love with the characters. I was invested in seeing what would happen to them, and I liked how it alternated the chapters.

I was not as emotionally wrecked after this book like I was for All the Bright Places. Instead I felt hopeful and happy with the way things ended for the characters. Jack and Libby are adorable and I definitely squealed (out loud) reading some parts of the novel. This book gave me happy, mushy feels a lot and my inner romantic was in heaven.

One of my favorite parts of the book was how it was structured. The alternating perspectives along with the small background chapters came together nicely. They portrayed each character beautifully and I could really understand them both. I loved seeing Jack and Libby’s relationship unfold from both sides! It was like being friends with the guy and gal in a flirtationship and watching them get together. I am just a big mushy romantic sometimes so this definitely made me smile a lot.

The main themes throughout the book address mental health. I personally cannot speak on the struggles of mental health, but I sympathize with people who do. I always enjoy reading different books with characters that have mental health or talk about it in a way that is accurate and different. I commend Niven for writing not one, but two great novels that deal with this sensitive subject. Getting different perspectives out there are always a great way to build empathy between people. It also gives people like me a better idea of what it’s like for people who deal with mental health issues (along with other ones about race, religion, identity, etc.).

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Book Review: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Hey there! I hope you’ve been having a lovely weekend. It started snowing again back here in Michigan and it’s quite blustery – a great day to read a book in my opinion! Today I’ll be talking about Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This is the sequel to Six of Crows and is the last book in this duology. Please note there will be a few spoilers for Six of Crows in this review. If you would like to read my thoughts on the first book click this link here.

You have been warned!!

Here’s what you probably want to know about the book:

When you can’t beat the odds, change the game.

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Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.

Release Date: 20 September 2016

Edition: US, Hardcover                                   My rating: 5/5 stars

Page #: 546

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This was a fantastic ending to a fantastic beginning. It starts you right off in the middle of the action much like Six of Crows did. I loved familiarizing myself with the characters again. I have to be honest – Inej is totally my favorite of the six. Next of course is Nina – I mean how can you not love her and her spirit?

One element that pleasantly surprised me was the multilayered plot line. With the first book it was focused solely on getting into the prison, but with this one there were multiple schemes going on at once. I loved to see how it all tied together and how the characters reacted to each other. When all hope seemed to be lost there was always something Kaz had up his sleeve to counteract them.

There is something I love so much about the world building Bardugo used. It thrusts you so completely into a whole new world that I was intoxicated with a culture that doesn’t even exist. I wish I could visit Ketterdam and the world of the Grisha. It’s thrilling to be part of this world even for a little bit.

Toward the end there was a plot twist I was not expecting. I couldn’t fathom what happened and why it happened. I was happy with the way things before this happened!

Alright, I’ll see you guys again tomorrow!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂

Bookish News: 23 January 2017

It’s Monday which means another week of fabulous titles coming your way! I can’t believe all of the great things that are coming out this month – it’s going to be a great year in books!

This week’s releases:

  • After the Fall by Kate Hart
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
  • City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
  • The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius
  • The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins

ICYMI here’s a *few* bookish happenings:

  • Before I Fall released a trailer ahead of its Sundance debut

Entertainment Weekly helped the producers drop the new trailer for Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall. The movie is set to come out March 3 in theaters and hit Sundance yesterday. It stars Zoey Deutch as the leading lady, Samantha Kingston. See the trailer and full article here.

  • E. Lockhart gave us an excerpt of her new novel Genuine Fraud

You may remember Lockhart from her stunning We Were Liars, and she’s back at it again with a new thriller. This new book is set to release on September 5th this year from Delacorte Press. In an interview with Mashable E. Lockhart also gave an excerpt. Read the full piece here.

Synopsis: From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Genuine Fraud


Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat.
Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete.
An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two.
A bad romance, or maybe three.
Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains.
A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her.
A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

  • Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda movie now has a Leah

Becky Albertelli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was a huge hit when it debuted in 2015 and the movie is moving forward already having a Simon Spier in Nick Robinson. The newest addition to the cast is Katherine Langford as Leah, Simon’s best friend. Langford is the co-star of Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why which is set to debut on Netflix. Here is a link to the full article on Deadline.

That’s all I’ve got for today folks, have a wonderful week!

Happy reading,

Sophie 🙂