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(ARC) Book review: Geekerella

Hey all! I’m back with a book review this time, and I’m really excited to share this one with you! I heard about Geekerella a while ago, and I immediately felt the need to read this book. When I got approved for an ARC I was really honored wanted to start reading right away. Sadly, I was really busy, but I read it anyway! Just over a longer period of time haha 🙂

Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Goodreads link: Geekerella

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Summary: Elle is a geeky girl who belongs to a fandom from a show called Starfield. Her dad used to be a huge fan too, before he died. He set up ExcelsiCon, a con for all Starfield lovers, with cosplay contests and more. Sadly for her, she now lives with her stepmom and sisters, who think very less of her. She wants to enter the contest, but the only money she can get is from the tips she gets from her work at The Magic Pumkpin, a fast food truck. The main character in Starfield, Federation Prince Carmindor is played by Darien Freeman. He is not so thrilled with it, since for him, everything is mostly just smiling for hours and hours and awkward meet-and-greets. He does not want to go to ExcelsiCon. That is, until he meets a girl who convinces him through a whole different way to go. Both of them find their way to get trough days and some interesting friendships are made.

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Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Ashley Poston for this opportunity!

Gosh, I loved everything about this book. From the way everything planned out to the tiny details.

First of all, Elle is amazing. I was hesitant at first because there are already so many retellings of Cinderella, but this geek version was just everything my heart was hoping for. She tries her hardest, but nothing is ever good enough for her stepmom, and to top it off, her stepsisters aren’t exactly her best friends either. The fandom she’s in shows her the love and respect she wants, and it portrays really well what fandoms can do to you.

Darien Freeman is kind of the typical young, arrogant actor you find in books. The only thing that really bothered me is that he doesn’t seem “real”. I’ve heard so many stories from people meeting actors in real life, and also actors themselves sharing some things about the fandom of their show. They care a lot about their fans, and sure, sometimes it is hard to be an actor and to be famous, but I’ve never heard about someone who was as bad as Darien Freeman.

The Magic Pumpkin is another great thing, because it doesn’t seem to fit in the story, yet it’s one of the best things in the entire story. The fact that Elle works in a greasy food truck with someone she doesn’t even know that well, just kind of finishes it for me. Might just be me, though.

The ending is a little bit of what I expected, but at some points I was also just really pleasantly surprised. If you have read the book, please drop me a comment because I need to talk about it!!!

I loved this book a lot, and it reminded me a bit of Fangirl (review here). I like books where fangirls aren’t portrayed as “weird” or “out of place”. I mean, maybe we are a little weird sometimes, but to me, it’s the same as going to a football (or soccer) game. I couldn’t care less about the entire thing, but to some people, it’s the world. Well, for us, that’s fandom. Things such as cons are places where all of us are the same and nothing is too weird or strange. For some people, the fandoms are the only places they can truly be themselves, and I think that’s a beautiful thing.

Overall, apart for Darien’s moody side, this book was so good and I’d recommend it to anyone. It’s really cute and it definitely belongs to one of my favorite books now!

Have you read this book? What did you think? Please let me know because I’m dying to talk about how good it was!!

-Luci


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(ARC) book review: Rose Petal Graves

It’s been a long time, but I’m back on track (kinda)! I managed to (finally) finish Rose Petal Graves, and not finally because the book was so horrible (it absolutely wasn’t), but because I only had the e-book version. And I can honestly admit that I do not like reading from a screen. However, I do have a review for you! 🙂

(This is also the first book of the very ARC-ish readathon! Little late into the readathon but hurray! Details on this readathon here )

Title: Rose Petal Graves

Author: Olivia Wildenstein

Goodreads link: Rose Petal Graves

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Summary: Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.

Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.

As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken.

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Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley and Olivia Wildenstein for this opportunity!

First of all, would you just look at that cover! It makes me want to have it on my shelf even more than usual, just because it’s so pretty. I might have a thing for pretty covers.

This book was fast, something was happening at all times, and yet this book managed to have everything happening within a relative short time! I was never bored, and always seeking answers throughout reading.

Catori is everything and nothing you’d expect. She makes quite some impulse decisions, and not always the right ones too. However, when it comes to handling things like the death of her mother, she is pretty mature. She and her dad have a very close relationship, which I adore. Her dad really cares for her and it’s the same the other way around. Her relationship with the other characters, however, had me thinking a few times.

Cruz is not who he said he was when she first met him -which is quite obvious, but he’s lied a lot throughout this book. And he and Catori had some “moments”, but they didn’t really evolve in anything. Which, to be fair, didn’t bother me. I was actually happy this wouldn’t be some “love is the main story and all the others are just side stories” book. I just thought they’d get on to something sometime, but when later in the book, it got explained, it did clear that part up.

The other characters are all really different from each other, and by that, I mean really different. I didn’t think I’ve read a lot of books where so many characters of one story were as much different from each other, as from other characters from other books. It was truly amazing to have an entirely new personage to read about.

The only thing that slightly bothered me about this book is how some certain deaths were handled, and acted about,  but that might just be me. Everyone handles death different, and I’m actually quite sure that it’s just the way it is in this series.

While reading this book, most “plot twists” were revealed and solved quickly, and that’s what really kept the pace going. I didn’t think it was going to be the first book of a trilogy, until the last chapters, when I realized this story was far from over. I am looking forward to the next book in this series (which will be published December 2017)!

Overall this book was really awesome, and I definitely recommend it if you like magical books with faes and evil.

Did any of you read the book? What did you think?

-Luci


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A very ARC-ish readathon TBR

Heya! It’s Friday, hurray! Tomorrow I have a free day and Sunday I’m working again, but that doesn’t keep me from reading! (Actually, it does, but I don’t want to admit it)

Now, a while ago I found this post over at Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews, and I immediately thought it was a great idea. The readathon comes from Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks  . I requested quite some ARC’s in January and February, and then I suddenly got my own apartment (that I share with my sister), and I was really busy moving, and just about everything got thrown off schedule. My blogging schedule is going well again, but reading… not so much.

I also requested all my ARC’s via NetGalley and while I’m not really liking reading on devices, I don’t have another choice. However, I haven’t really found the one good reader that I like, so I’ll keep searching for that too.

Why is this readathon so amazing? Because there is no specific goal, no pressure, no anything. Just read as much ARC’s as possible!

When is this readathon? From April 1st (whoops I’m really late) to April 30th!

Social media? You can use the hashtag #AVAreadathon on social media, and of course share the readathon as much as possible!

And if that’s already not amazing enough, she’s hosting a giveaway for everyone who entered! If you need any more posts, you can look them up in her own post here!

And now, my TBR

These are the books I’ve already started reading, so I’ll finish those first.

I’m one of those few people who haven’t yet read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, but I did really like the blurb of The Upside of Unrequited, so I’m excited to read it! True Blue is the first one of a trilogy, and I hope it’ll be amazing because then I can read the other two books as well!

Would you just look at that beautiful cover of Ashes To Ashes! The cover itself makes me want to have it on my bookshelf already haha

Look, more first books in bookseries! 😀

34332260 And, last but not least, this one with also a quite pretty cover!

I hope I’ll get to read all of these books, but I’m not sure I can do that. 3 of my colleagues left work, so we’re left with a team of 9 people over 2 shops, and that means a lot of hours for me. That is a good thing, because, more work means more money, means more new books, but it also means I’ll be working a lot and reading a little 😦

However, I will keep you all updated on my ARC’s and I told myself not to start another book this month until I’ve read at least half of these!

Do you have any ARC’s you’re dying to read? Or would you recommend me some (for next month haha)? Let me know!

-Luci


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April TBR

Heya all! It’s a new month again, which means it’s time to have a more specific TBR. Let’s hope I stick to it this time 🙂

ARC’s TBR – I requested a lot of ARC’s in February, and then suddenly I got my own apartment, which means I had a lot less time to read in March. Hurray, daily chores 😦 However, this means I’m behind on my ARC’s, but I heard about an ARC challenge in April (gotta search it up!) to catch up on them, so I’ll probably be joining that one!

Rose Petal Graves

b5409-rpg2bfrontI’ve heard both good and bad things about this book, so I’m curious. So far, I’m a quarter through and I do like it!

 

 

 

 

A Life Without You

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Geekarella

geekerella-coverI’m really excited to read this one, once I read what the book was about I immediately requested it!

 

 

 

 

 

Definitions of Indefinable Things

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The Upside of Unrequited

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Other books – I ordered a lot of books online, but I forgot which ones. They’ve started delivering to my house, so every time I get a book it’s like opening a present! 🙂

  • The Lunar Chronicles. I’ve started this series, but since my library only has book 1 and 2, I ordered the complete series online. Really excited to finally read the 3rd book
  • Bloodlines. I have them on my phone, but I’d rather read actual books than ebooks, so I think once they deliver, I’ll finish the series, which is amazing and saddening at the same time… I don’t want this series to end!
  • The Sun Is Also A Star. This book came in last month, and I peeked inside and accidentally read the first three chapters and now I want to read it so badly! But I told myself I need to read the books from my currently reading-pile first before I can start another

And that’s it so far! There are probably more books for my April TBR but as I mentioned, I literally do not remember what books I ordered, so it’ll be a surprise!

I am also back to working 6 days a week in April, so let’s see how well my reading will go 🙂

What does your TBR look like at the moment? 

-Luci


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