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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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T5W: Favorite polarizing books

I’m incredibly tired, since last Monday (January 16th) was my birthday and I slept for about 5 hours and then had to work half of the day and had a concert during the evening and got home at 2 am. However, I’m still alive, the concert was incredible and I had an amazing day 🙂

The Top 5 Wednesday is created by gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam @Thoughts On Tomes. You can find the Goodreads group here.

–These are books that people either tend to love or hate, with no in between. Pick some of your favorites that fall into this category.

  1. Legend series by Marie Lu8f7c8bc2f2dd5effae2cf0c6ae84f30e

As far as I know, this is one that everyone just loves. The only slightly negative comments I’ve seen were about some typical YA cliches (love triangles and such), so that’s good! I absolutely loved this trilogy (I reviewed them here, here and here)

 

2. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

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Here, the opinions are more diverse. We have one part (that I’m with) that loved the series, and the other part just hated it. I can kind of understand them though, if you don’t like these kind of books, this is a no-go.

 

3. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Here, the opinions are, again, diverse. But now we have one part that loved it but though the last 3 books were unnecessary, the part that thought all 6 books were awesome, and the part that thought none of them were awesome. I personally was about to give up at the 4th book because I absolutely couldn’t get through with it, but at the end I was glad I went on. This series was quite amazing. Maybe a bit cliché at times, but hey, you can’t have everything, right?

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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This is the book that almost everyone loved… Almost. I read a lot of comments that said this book was far from the truth and that the writing was terrible, as were the characters and how this book shouldn’t even be ranked so high (I’m sure there will always be comments like that, which I don’t understand. Why so much hate? Why won’t you just let people enjoy something, even if you don’t like it??). I think those people thought this book would make them feel like they were reading about themselves (like a lot of people had), but that wasn’t what happened. Or it was something else I don’t know. However, I really liked this book. I reviewed it here.

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Now this book was kind of hard to read at the beginning because the writing style was completely different from what I was used to. But once I got through that, this book was really enjoyable and I liked it a lot…. And then came the end and I screamed because I had definitely not seen that coming. This is a book that you can either love or hate. There’s almost no “I did like it, but not that much” possible. I have a feeling the one side is like me, completely in shock and the other side is like “… I have no words for how much worse this book got after that plottwist” (at least, that’s what I heard and read). I reviewed it here.

 

Did you love these books or did you absolutely despite them? Please tell me, I’m really curious! 

-Luci


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Book review: Fangirl

Someone recommended me this book and I thought “why the hell not”

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Summary: Cath is a Simon Snow fan, just like everyone else. Yet, Cath is just a little more. She’s obsessed, and not a little bit. She is a popular fanfic writer on the internet and together with her sister, Wren, she can do everything. But then the moment comes where they go to college -and thanks to Wren end up in different dorm rooms. While Wren seems to have it all easily come to her, Cath has to make some really hard choices, on her own. Is she able to leave Simon Snow behind her to start her own life now?

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Goodreads link: Fangirl

This book is honestly so accurate for about every fangirl everywhere. I heard a lot of good things about it and people told me this book seemed like it was written spefically for or about them and I must say, I kind of had the same feeling. Not everything was the same for me but I do try to write some fanfiction while also trying to keep my life together for as long as I can.

I loved how Cath had so many problems (yeah I know how cruel that sounds), and I love more how she dealt with them because I would probably do the same. In the book, there are excerpts of the fanfic she is writing about Simon Snow. Rainbow Rowell has also written a book called “Carry On” (link), which is about the same Simon Snow, as I heard. I think I might read that book soon too 🙂

Overall: This book was lovely, perfect for an evening where you just want to curl up on the couch with a book and a cup of coffee/tea/hot chocolate. Really enjoyable!

Have you read it? Let me know what you thought in the comments!

-Luci


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July wrap-up

Soo.. atfer being away for quite some time, I have come back with my (very much too late) July wrap-up. I could combine July and August, but that’d be the same because sadly, for so far in August I haven’t read anything yet 😦 Been in a bit of a reading slump, which I hope will be over soon. Luckily, I found the motivation for something else: rewatching Once Upon A Time and finally starting the last season too!

Oh well, let’s move on to the actual post!

Note: this post doesn’t contain too huge spoilers for named books

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