A Review: Geekerella By Ashley Poston

Hello all!

I hope you are all fine and well! This is my review for Geekerella by Ashley Poston. This will be out on the 4th April 2017. img_2400

Synopsis (As is on Amazon):

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad s old costume), Elle s determined to win unless her stepsisters get there first. Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons before he was famous. Now they re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he s ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again? Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

4/5 Stars 

Review: I was sent this for review by the publishing company, so thank you to them.

If you have been following this blog for a while you will know how much I love fairy tale retellings. This is a Cinderella retelling, this is not my favourite of the fairy tales but I thought I would see if I liked it.

This book did not disappoint! It fulfilled all my geeky fantasies whilst being funny and current. I loved that the pumpkin was a vegan food truck! I really like the dual point of view it took. Elle and Darien were so meant for each other and it was nice to see both aspects of their life. I do not think you see the male point of view in most (not all) fairy tales.  The only thing I would say the book lacked was a continuation. Imagine if this became a trilogy? I would read them in a heartbeat!

The writing was great too, although it was heavily based on fantasy/sci-fi, it was accessible. Someone who is not into all things ‘geeky’ would be able to read it and enjoy it just the same.

This book is definitely a love letter to all fandoms and their people, I love this. I do feel we are underappreciated and misunderstood sometimes. There is nothing wrong with being a huge fan of something! Poston did this perfectly. As I have said before, can we please have a sequel to this book? All in all I loved it!!!!!

 

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My Pre-order List:

Hello Lovelies!! Hope you are all well and are reading! Today’s post is about my Amazon pre-order list and what books I have on there.

The first one is, A Court Of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. I am sure you know, how huge a fan I am of this trilogy. I have spoken about this on my blogs tonnes of times. The release date is getting closer and closer! I am beyond excited. The date is the 2nd May. I am more excited for this date than my actual birthday which is a week after! This is the conclusion to the Courts Of Thorns and Roses and Mist and Fury. If rumours are to be believed, there is to be an explosive ending!

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The second is The Romeo Catchers by Alys Arden. This is the sequel to The Casquette Girls Series. This is to follow on from the first book. We see how Adele is fairing in New Orleans after all the hustle and bustle of the first book. This series has everything I could ever ask for. New Orleans, Vampires, Witches, Magic and more! This is out on the 23rd May. Again, more excited for this than my birthday! Haha

Romeo Catchers

The third and final one (for now) is Our Dark Duet from Victoria Schwab. I feel like there is a pattern emerging on my pre-order list, sequels! This is the second and last book of the Monsters Of Verity Duology. The first book, This Savage Song was amazing! It took a while to get into but now I am hooked. The fact that the covers for the books are beautiful as well, does not help! This book is on the 5th July. I do not know if I can wait this long!! I am so impatient, it is unreal!

Our dark duet

I usually have a lot more pre-ordered books on my list but I am trying to be better. My logic on this is, if I still want to read it by the time it comes out I can buy it on the day. As I have Amazon Prime, I wont have to wait long.

Whats on your list?

Beauty And The Beast Appreciation Post.  

Hello everyone, hope you’re well. This post is going to be a Beauty And The Beast Appreciation post! 

Does anyone know the original story? Well I do! It’s still to this day, one of my favourite fairytales that isn’t from Hans Christian Andersen. 

This was a fairytale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740. It was a short story published in a French magazine. The short synopsis is that the Beast was cursed by an evil fairy because when he became of age, he refused her advances. The only way to break the curse was for someone to fall in love with him in his beastly form. Now Beauty was a merchant’s daughter who became poor. The merchant lost his riches when some of his ships were seized. As time passes, the merchant is advised that one of his ships were brought back and he could go and he would be rich again. He asks Beauty what she would like for him to bring back, she only requests for a rose that isn’t grown in their part of the world. Beauty was part of six siblings. Who were spoiled and bullied Beauty. They all asked for materialistic things. When it didn’t work out for the merchant. He was upset. Whilst on his way home, he stumbles upon a palace that opens the door to him. He is given food and shelter for the night. The next morning when he’s about to leave. He spots a beautiful rose garden. He picks one for Beauty, at least she’d get her present he thought. Then he meets the beast who is so angry that he wants him dead. The merchant bargains with him. In order to have the rose, he needs to return it with one of his children. Namely Beauty. He didn’t want to, but in the end Beauty found out the bargain and offered to go. When she did, the beast said that now she was in charge of his house and he would be her servant. He fulfilled anything she had desired. Food, books and conversation. He asked her to marry him quite regularly. She always turned him down. She thought of him dearly but only as a friend. After a few months she missed her family so she asked to go back, the beast said it would be fine. So long as she was back within the week. So off she went with the magic looking glass that could show her the beast and a ring that could return her. She goes home and sees her family. Her siblings convince her to stay an additional day. She is overwhelmed with the love she receives from her siblings that she agrees. On the eighth day, she checked up on the beast only to find him dying of a broken heart. Quick as a heartbeat she returns to him apologising and saying she loves him. And as for the rest, well you know how it ends. So the synopsis was quite a long one…haha. 

This may not be the exact story everyone knows and loves but its a beautiful story. There is a lot more to it than I have written. But it is a story that gets retold countless times. The most recent one being the live action film with Emma Watson as Belle. There is also a series called Once Upon A Time where Belle is in love with her version of the beast – I won’t say anymore in case you want to watch it. 
I’ve been reading a loose retelling of the fairytale. The A Court Of Thorns And Roses Trilogy by Sarah J Maas. Whilst I am waiting on the tied book to come out. I have come across a couple of retellings that I’ll read in between. One is The Beast Within by Serena Valentino and the second is A Tale As Old As Time by Liz Braswell. I also bought a colouring book of the same theme. So for at least the next couple of weeks I’ll be fully immersed in the world of Beauty And The Beast! Also, I would hope to actually go and see the film too! I can’t wait! 

What’s your favourite fairytale? 

Fictional Bookish Bucket List:

Hello everyone! Hope you are having a fun Saturday! I am at work but I thought of this great idea to write about. This is my fictional bookish bucket list. This is a silly and fun list of things I would like to do!

Lets start, so I would like to have dinner Feyre and Rhysand from A Court Of Thorns ad Roses. This would be because, I would love to get under their skin – imagine having dinner with these two? The sexual tension would be palpable!

I would love to become friends with Cecelia Ahern, I could see us getting along really well as we are both hopeless romantics! If she asked me to move to Ireland so we could be closer, I would not say no.

If I could live anywhere in a fictional world, it would be Velaris (Again, A Court Of Thorns and Roses). It sounds like such a beautiful city with jasmine scented nights.

I would love to go to Paris and scale the Eiffel Tower in the time that Anna from Anna and the French Kiss was in school. We could have all night conversations about Etienne *swoons* and scale the tower together.

I would write a book, I feel that would be amazing.

There are two book stores I would go to and those are Strand in New York and the Shakespeare bookstore in Paris.

I would go to New Orleans and meet up with Alys Arden of the Casquette Girls fame. I would visit, even if there were witches and vampires running around. Haha.

I would also love to finally turn this nook that I have at home into a floating bookshelf. The idea is in my head and it so beautiful. Now to get building….

I would like to Meet Edgar Allan Poe. I know this is not realistic (I am stating the obvious) but I would love to go to a bar and just talk to him about his stories and the poems. Especially, Annabel Lee.

This is probably more realistic, I would love to go to book fairs. Book fairs that are more accessible for us book lovers that are not necessarily in the business of books and publishing.

Finally but not the least of all,

I would love a job in books, where it is for a publishing house or a bookstore. I would love to do something I love.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, you can tell me what your bucket list is like. Bookish or otherwise.

 

 

 

Book Series. How I feel about them.

Happy Tuesday everyone, hope you’re all well. The weather yesterday was absolutely lovely. Shame I cannot say the same about today.

Today I thought I would talk about how I feel about book series. My first venture into the world of series was The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This brought a thirst for these kinds of books for me.  So from then on, all I seemed to read was trilogies. I devoured the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth and the Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver. They are Young Adult novels I know. However, they both have strong female protagonists. I feel like this is more of a common theme amongst Young Adult. It is great for women empowerment everywhere.

However, I feel like I had my fill of them after years and years of reading these types of books so I yearned for single books. This is what I concentrated on last year. I wanted an ending within 400 – 500 pages; I didn’t want to have to wait for ages before a new part of a series came out. As I don’t re read the books, this can be hard to get back into a year after reading the first book. This happened to me with a couple of series. The Crossfire Series by Sylvia day, originally a trilogy – was made into a five book series. I stopped after the third one. I did not want to wait for 5 years to finish a series!  This also happened with the Waterfall series by Lauren Kate; I bought it as soon as it came out, and then had to wait over a year for the next one! I loved her Fallen series. This may be because by the time I was reading them, all four books were already out.

So after a year of reading books that were stand alone, I got bored. As one could imagine, reading as much as I do. This year I made a new year’s resolution to read more books. More series again, so I have started with Victoria Schwab’s This Savage Song, the second book comes out this year. The same is for Alys Arden’s The Casquette Girls (My favourite!). The Romeo Catchers is out in May this year.  I am currently reading and falling in love with the A Court of Thorns And Roses series by Sarah J Maas. I seem to dip in and out with series. I have currently dipped in head first to quite a few series! Haha

I guess what I am saying is that I have phases where I could read one type of book until I have had my fill of them. How do you feel about book series and trilogies? This post is a bit random but I felt like writing about my feelings for these types of books since I have started reading them again.

Books that changed my life. 

Hello! Happy Saturday to you guys, hope you’re having a good day. Today I thought I would talk about books that changed my life. Whether it was a small change or a significant one. I have books that I can attribute that change to. 

So the first one I would mention is of course, Catcher In The Rye by JD Salinger. I was 15 when I read this book. It made me think more deeply and to read between the lines. It made me read differently. This also helped me sort through some feelings I was going through during that time. I totally related to Holden Caulfield. 

The second book is 1984 By George Orwell. I wanted to read this book since I read Animal Farm in school, I managed to read it a few years ago. It is now one of my favourite books! It is where I discovered what a dystopian world is and  my love for dystopian novels. This is where it all began. 

The third book is Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. This book was an eye opener for me. I felt like I was reading about Sylvia herself and I just felt so sad for her. To this day, if things get difficult for me I repeat “I am, I am, I am” in rememberence of this book. It helps in all sorts of ways. It reminds me to take a breath. A pause. Then carry on. This book was also bought for me by my uncle in Greece. He introduced me to Sylvia.  

The fourth book might not be a great book but it changed me so significantly. It is Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. This is about a quadriplegic  man who is faced with the choice of living a life with minimal movement or have assistance in moving on. When it came to assisted dying. I was against it. I was brought up to believe that only God can make that kind of choice. This book, made me look at it so differently. I actually emphasised with the character. I understood his plight. So my opinion is now completely different because of this book. 

The fifth book that I would say that changed my reading life would be Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern. Cheesy I know, but I loved this book. It came free with a magazine and I devoured it. I discovered what magical realism in books could be. It is also the reason Cecelia Ahern is one of my favourite authors. I read everything she comes out with. The woman can do no wrong. Haha. 

The final book is more of a series. It’s Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I bought this trilogy when it was on sale on Amazon. It was £6 for all three because the outer cover that came with them was missing. I had them a while before I read them, they didn’t interest me initially. I had not read a series before this book. This is how I discovered that cliffhangers existed in books. They were also the first books that I was completely satisfied with the ending. It ended as I had wanted it to. Also, this is the reason I have so much love for trilogies and fantasy books. Also my unashamed love for Young Adult fiction. 

Hope you enjoyed my list! Tell me yours! 

A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas Review

Hello guys, how is your week going? I am well aware it is still only Tuesday. However some of us have days off in the week (me) so today is my Saturday!

I am going to attempt to review this book for you as impartially and as fairly as possible. I am not sure I can…..I have totally and irrevocably fallen in love with this book! Apparently its not even the best one out of this trilogy! I have already purchased the sequel A Court of Mist and Fury. 

Here is a short synopsis: This is a vague retelling of Beauty and The Beast. This woman called Faery (Pronounced Fay-Ruh) who lives at home with her two sisters and her father. She is the sole bread winner for her household. She goes out hunting in order to snare animals they can eat in the week. One fateful day, she kills a wolf… She does not realise the implications of killing said wolf. She is then visited by a High Fae (wolf) who takes her into his manor as she had to give her life for killing the wolf. All sorts of things ensue.

Review 4.5/5 stars.

As you can tell, I loved this book, it was been ages since I fell head straight into a book like I have done with this one. I have been steering clear from reading series’ for a while as I didn’t have the commitment.

The truth is, as much as I love the story of Beauty and the Beast, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this retelling, especially since it has low fantasy and magical realism elements which is completely different to the original story. 

I was also weary, as there were so many people that have hyped up the series. I always worry that books may fall short because I had such high hopes for them. A lot of people also advised me that this first book is a lot slower than the second book.

I started reading this book and almost couldn’t put it down (unfortunately life and work got in the way). The way it was written was amazing. I like its simplistic style but at the same time, it is so intricate and so descriptive. It was easy to follow. I immediately fell in love Faery and then subsequently, Tamlin. I would go as far as to say that he is my ‘book boyfriend’ – to the dismay of my actual real life boyfriend. (Hi Chris! *waves*) Haha.

Even characters such as Rhysand and Lucien caught my attention – the description of them had my head swirling in all sorts of colours. (This may make more sense if you read the books.) Also, I think Lucien and I could truly be friends. His long luscious red hair alone could bring about a great friendship!

So Sarah J Maas, you have my heart fully and unabashedly… I cannot wait to start ACOMAF 


After that, I will wait for the gargantuan book (Over 700 pages!!), that will be the last in the trilogy (weeps) A Court Of Wings and Ruin.

How do you feel about Sarah J Maas Books? Please feel free to like and comment.

 

5 Least Favourite Books:

Hello people!! Hope you are having a lovely Saturday!

I thought I would write about something that is quite controversial today, in the world of books. As a book lover, I should love all books right? Wrong! The great thing about reading is that you read to expand your mind and not always in a good way. So there are five books I do not like. These are my own opinions and I obviously do not mean offence, so if you like any of these books please feel free to comment and tell me why.

Here we go:

  1. The Next Together by Lauren James – My preferred genres for books are usually sci-fi, fantasy or magical realism. This book was sci-fi, it was about a couple who are meant to be together as they make scientific discoveries that could change the world. They are constantly reincarnated and always meet and fall in love. They have different chapters, which tell of their reincarnations of the characters, in different time periods. This is as confusing as it sounds and is also the first part of a series. I didn’t like the book because the characters weren’t likable. The different time periods, to me seemed irrelevant and this was heavily plot based with not much character development.
  2. The Girl Who Saved The King Of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson – This book is from the writer of The 100 year old man who climbed out of the window and disappeared. The premise of the book is about a girl who lives in Africa, she is impoverished and its about her journey from Africa to Sweden. The adventures that she goes and the people she meets. I absolutely loved Jonasson’s first book so I assumed this wouldn’t be any different. Alas, it was, the story line was more or less the same as the first one. They both have fantastical elements to it and stories that are just too crazy, they could be true. As it was too similar to the first one, I decided to DNF (Did not finish) the book. It was a hard decision but i just couldn’t do it any longer!
  3. The Shock Of The Fall by Nathan Filer – This is about man that is dealing with the death of his mentally ill brother and all the implications after his death. I read it a while ago because it had critical acclaim, I was in the mood to read all sorts of books back then. Especially ones that were recommended by the Man Booker Prize. I didn’t feel the sympathy or empathy I should have felt for this book, again the protagonist wasn’t likable and when I finished the book I couldn’t remember anything about it.
  4. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – I love reading Young Adult novels, I am not ashamed of it. Although again, most is fantasy, sci-fi or magical realism based. However, once in a while I like a good contemporary. A good contemporary, this was not. Its about a girl who is dealing with the death of her older sister. In the process, she gets involved with her sisters fiancee and another boy who shares her love of music. It is as angst-y and as whiny as it sounds. I didn’t like the portrayal of the characters and didn’t like the story line. However, the other book she wrote I’ll Give You The Sun was an amazing book. An amazing portrayal of these twins that were dealing with the aftermath of their mother’s death.
  5. First Last Kiss by Ali Harris – This story is about a woman who is in a relationship with a man. They are struck with tragedy when he gets sick. I picked up this book thinking it would be similar to Me before you by JoJo Moyes. This was recommended by Amazon. Again, I didn’t like the protagonist. She was annoying and selfish and a little two dimensional. I don’t think the characters were portrayed as well as they could have been.

These are not all of my least favourite books of all time but I thought I would give you a snippet of what and why I disliked the books. Otherwise we would be here for days…..

Please do feel free to comment and let me know what you think and what your least favourites are!