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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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(ARC) Book review: Don’t Stop Me Now

Heya all! I’m feeling slightly better now, let’s just see how I’ll survive work today.. However, I signed up for NetGalley a while ago, requested a lot of books, got quite some denials (sadly), but also some approvals! One of which I’ll be reviewing here today.

Title: Don’t Stop Me Now

Author: Colleen Coleman

Goodreads link: Don’t Stop Me Now

Pub. Date: 22 March 2017

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Summary: Poppy Bloom has her whole life planned out: a PhD in psychology, research job at her university, and a further life with her current boyfriend Gregory. But when she finished her PhD, she has no job offer, and as it turns out, no longer a boyfriend, and on top of that, no place to live. So, she ends up in her vampire-themed bedroom at her mom’s house. Being all miserable and searching for a job, Poppy runs into Leanne, an old childhood friend. Who might have a gorgeous brother Tom, whom Poppy used to crush on. Things get better from then on, and suddenly Poppy gets an internship at a radio station, a boyfriend, and, thanks to Leanne, a complete netball team of wonderful friends. But when life seems to go perfectly, Poppy suddenly has to choose where her priorities lie. Will she manage to keep everyone happy with her new career, new romance and new friends?

Note: I was provided a digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Colleen Coleman for this opportunity!

Don’t Stop Me Now is an absolute feel-good book, and I loved it for that reason! Poppy is a really strong main character, not giving up even when everything and everyone seems to be against her. She just keeps pushing, and eventually has everything under control. And when things go bad again, she still doesn’t give up, she pushes on and eventually makes everything happen alright.

Leanne is one of those friends that everyone just wants to have. She seems great, pushing Poppy into something she know she’ll enjoy. She and Poppy hadn’t spoken for years, and yet, she’s there for Poppy right when she needs it.

The friendship between Poppy and the other girls from the netball team was also really precious, everyone had another kind of friendship, but they were all together as one.

This book showed really well that when life seems to go down, to the point where it can’t get down any further, that it means that better times will come, and there’s always an opportunity to jump at for better chances. I think a lot of people will relate or have related a lot to Poppy, because it’s almost impossible to find a job right after graduation these days.

Overall, I laughed a lot during this book, and I absolutely loved how it was written. The characters were amazing, and there were even some twists that I wasn’t expecting. I’d recommend this to everyone who wants a light read, but also one that sends a message!

Do you think you’d enjoy this book? Do you feel or have you felt like Poppy once?

-Luci


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