Queen of the Books

AKA the time I conquered reading.

 

 

All hail, cuz I done goooood. Well, as long as you don’t count the flop that was my attempt at the Fairy-a-Thon. If I’m being honest, I completely forgot about the challenges for this one. I read so many books, and gave out so many 5 stars! Are you jealous?


 

Username: Evie by Joe Sugg [Graphic Novel] – 2 stars. The premise was so good, and the hype was real. Unfortunately, the execution doesn’t match. On the brightside the artwork was gorgeous.

 

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – 2 stars. Ugh. Nope. I’m not sure if this is a series that I will be continuing. I dislike these characters. I really do.

 

Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined by Stephenie Meyer – 3 stars. This didn’t hit me in the feels like Twilight did, but the ending redeemed it for me. As much as I would miss Nessie, I appreciate that Edythe gave Beau the choice that Edward never would have given Bella in book 1. Jessamine and Archie are my new Twilight OTP, hands down.

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan – 3 stars. I wanted to love this one because JOHN GREEN, but it was average and I wasn’t in love with any of the characters. The story was fine, but mere curiousity kept me going and now I want to try David Levithan as a solo author.

 

 

The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer – Somewhere between 3.5 and 4 stars. This one is very Stephenie. An almost insta-love relationship, heavy on vivid descriptions and a false sense of security. I grew to love the romance and the action but it was a bit slow, hence the uncertain rating.

 
Superfail by Max Brunner [Graphic Novel] – 4 stars. Oh how cute can one book be??? I loved it. LOVED IT! We tag along as a group of defective superheroes attempt to save the world from The Man with No Name, and what ensues is a series of mishaps that are just to adorable to ignore. Release date: October 17, 2017. Get this one!

 

Caraval by Stephenie Garber – 4 stars. The ending saved this one for me, otherwise this would have been a 2.5 star read. I didn’t much care for the characters or their story, but I did like the idea of the game itself. However, the little teaser that the end left me with has me intrigued to read the next book. Hopefully it stops at book 2, otherwise this one would be equally drawn out and possibly bordering on painful.

 

With Malice by Eileen Cook – 5 stars. Now I need more Eileen Cook in my life. I loved the writing and the mystery of the whole thing and I felt so sorry for our main character. To have such extensive memory loss must be terrifying, made only worse by the fact that you’re being accused of killing your best friend. Horrifying.

 

If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch – 5 stars. OMG! I can’t wait for you all to read this one. I’ll do a full review closer to the release date (Jan. 11, 2018). Stay tuned

 

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer – 5 stars. How I missed the Lunar Chronicles and that wonderful universe. My only qualm with this book was the lack of Iko. My three favorite of the short stories were: After Sunshine Passes By (poor Cress), The Mechanic and Something Old, Something New. The little glimpses into my favorite character’s past and that one beautiful look at their future, was everything that I expected to get from this collection.

 

A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini – 5 stars. Be prepared to have your heart hurt and your blood pressure raise because this one touches some nerves. A beautiful story of two women who deserve happiness and peace, but instead get saddled with abuse while living in war torn Afghanistan. This one hurts guys, but it’s so worth it.

 

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In progress: Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index (10% complete), Mask of Shadows (9% complete).


BOOKS READ: 11

PAGES READ: 4150 plus 35 pages of Mask of Shadows and about 13 pages of Juniper Lemon = 4198

 

What have you read for the month? Tell me, tell me!

 

Dee ^_^

 

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Literally My Life (in book titles)

Heeeeeey,

 

It’s book tag time guys. This time, I’m doing a tag that’s been making the rounds on booktube (Jesse the Reader and BooksandLala etc.) and I thought I’d join in cuz it looked like fun.

 

 

The Story of Your Life – Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) because I belong to all the fandoms and fan all of the things!!!

 

Your Perfect Weekend – Beach House (James Patterson), just give me the ocean and a nice cozy place to enjoy some peace and quiet and I’m golden.

 

Adventure you’d like to go on – Around the World in Eighty Days (Jules Verne). I mean, who wouldn’t want to travel the world? Even better if it’s for free, amirite?!!

 

Your children in book titles – Queen of Hearts (Colleen Oakes) for the name Heart, it’s so unsual but I like it. Gabriel’s Inferno (Sylvain Reynard) for a boy. Idk.

 

Ideal Job – Made You Up (Francesca Zappia) in the sense that I want to write and live in the literary world. Does this even make any sense? I hope so…

 

Place You’d like to Visit – Hogwarts: An Incomplete and Unreliable Guide (J. K. Rowling). Duh.

 

Your Love Life – Club Dead (Charlaine Harris) cuz there is no bringing that back to life. Or maybe Slightly Single (Wendy Markham) because I’m confused okay.

 

Question you ask Yourself – Everything, Everything (Nicola Yoon). This might be a cop out, but I’m forever curious and questioning things so I figured this works.

 

Title a Kingdom – Persepolis: The story of a childhood (Marjane Satrapi) idk what kind of kingdom it would be but it sounds futuristic and SFF-esque. Take me there.

 

Title your Band – Tone Deaf (Olivia Rivers). I should not be in charge of musicality. Nope. Nope. Nope.

 

Current Mood – Sleeping Beauty (Elle Lothlorian) Zzzzz…

 

Favorite color – Shattered Blue (Lauren Bird Horowitz). Any shade of blue, any day of the week.

 

YouTube besties – Um…imma just skip this one…

 

2017 so far – It Lives in the Basement (Sahara Foley), my year has been horrid. Ugh. It can only get better, right?

 

Summer plans – Girl Reading (Katie Ward). #CantStopWontStop

 

2017 goals – More Than This (Patrick Ness). This year has been…a let down, at best. So, more please!


This was just a fun little tag, I hope you enjoyed it.

 

I tag YOU!

 

 

I haven’t read that one…

aka Popular series I haven’t read yet, or probably won’t.


I have a love hate relationships with series (as a concept), but I’ve been thinking about the ones that I’ve read and loved. Then that escalated to the ones that I keep hearing about, that I haven’t read…and this is what you get:

 

  1. Anything in the Mortal Instruments (including spinoff series) Universe by Cassandra Clare. At one point in my life I was interested in this series, maybe I’ll pick it up one day but this world has gotten so big now that it feels daunting.
  2. Anything by Rick Riordan – There are so many books in the Olympian series (including spinoffs) that I feel like it would take years to read them all.
  3. Anything by Sarah J Maas – No. Just. No.
  4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – Maybe? Someday? Is it much different from the movies, cuz if it’s not then meh.
  5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman – I really wanna read these, especially since the TV show is an actual thing that I am IN LOVE with.

 

 

 

Honorable mention to the Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett and The Raven Cycle* by Maggie Steifvater. There are a lot more popular series that I haven’t read but, I’m not a machine soooo…

 

*I’ll be starting this one next month, hopefully) Everyone and their mother raves about this one. I put it off due to the split views on it, because just as many people are underwhelmed. But, my curiousity is winning.

Are any of these your favorites? Which one do you think I MUST read or my life will be meaningless and empty?

ARC Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

AKA The time Cinderella was a food truck worker.

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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.

Book trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReIysb0Knzc

 


 

Hello, ah’blenas.

Here’s what you need to know:

  Modern day fairy tale retelling (CINDERELLA)

  Cosplay

  Nerd culture and

  Fanfiction praise.

 

All I needed to hear to pick this up was fairy tale retelling, the fanfiction praise was simply a bonus. Because this world could use a little more whimsy, or at least I sure could.

 

Sometimes the universe delivers.

 

Now, before we begin the actual review, let me say this. THERE WERE EMOTIONS, lots of them, and not all of them were pleasant. These are the best kinds of books, and I need more of them. Immediately. IMMEDIATELY.

Without further adieu, I give to you

◊ GEEKERELLA ◊

 

 

While reading this book I felt:

– The warm and fuzzies                                                                        – Intrigue

– Heartbreak                                                                                           – Confusion

– Exasperation                                                                                        – Longing and anticipation

– Loathing

 

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the characters (read: teenagers other than the stepsisters and their clique) were likeable. Without a doubt my favorite character was Sage. She is fiesty, loyal and creative. If she were the main character I wouldn’t complain. There was nothing about her that I didn’t like.

On the otherhand, my favorite part about Elle is the strength she gets from fandom and the show itself. It is beautiful and inspiring and I JUST LOVED IT! Darien’s lack of real world experience was adorable to witness. Such a sheltered little thing.

 

But evil rarely looks like evil should.

 

Sometimes I’m really oblivious, so the Fairy Godmother parallel went over my head for the longest, almost halfway in to be exact. Other times, I’m able to see the twists coming from a mile off, like Darien’s resident stalker. I appreciated that this book didn’t require deep thinking nor did it dwell too long on any one thing. It made for quick and easy reading (for the most part).

If you’re looking for a fluffy meet-cute this is not the book for you. There are no meet-cutes in store for any of these characters, but that’s okay too, because the relationships that we do get are more realistic without it.

Even without the meet-cutes at about 72% the warm and fuzzies were battling for frequency with the heart break. There was a point where I had to put the book down for a few days…you’ll know when you get to that point, because it’s expected but…sigh. Then in the very next moment I’m grinning so wide I look a bit manic.

 

There’s just me, stranded on the wrong side of everything that I love.

I had fun reading this book and it stayed true to Cinderella’s story. Our overworked and underloved female lead falls for the charming and charmed male lead in a twist of fate that only happens in fairy tales. Bravo.


 

TL;DR

This book, in one word, can be described as cute. I would recommend this book to lovers of fairy tales, anyone who likes YA romances, and those of us who identify as geeks/nerds or fangirls(boys).

 

 

My rating: 4 stars

Goodreads: 4.1 stars

Amazon: 4.3 stars

Barnes & Noble: 4.2 stars

 

Have you read it? What are your thoughts?

 

Dee ^_^

ARC Review: Final Girls by Riley Sager

aka The time I went aksdkfnsldjfladjfl throughout an entire book.

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Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout’s knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media’s attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancé, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. Blowing through Quincy’s life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

**This book comes out tomorrow – July 11, 2017. Declared as one of Goodreads’ best books of July (already!)


Welcome to my first review on here. It’s been a while since I’ve done this so I’m more than a little rusty (forgive me).

 

  SURVIVOR

 

When I picked this book out, I thought it would be non-stop murder, but that was not what I got. Instead, I was thrust into a story where a survivor tries to live normally after a horrific trauma. There were real moments of simple, everyday life. Until the past comes back to haunt Quincy when her former, if unwanted, mentor suddenly dies. What we are left with is a confusing series of events and the unaswerable question of who can you trust.

 

In a high-def world, flaws loom large.

 

I liked jumping between the past and the present, and the detailed retelling each of the Final Girls’ origin stories. All the vivid, gory details. I don’t know about you, but details matter, and Riley Sager delivered.

 

As if forgetting was somehow easier than remembering.

 

Quotable. Oh so quotable, and for a collecter of quotes, that’s a great thing. Funny too. I appreciated Sager’s writing style for what it was: entrancing.

 

If it hurt, she couldn’t tell. Her body already held more pain than it could handle.

 

There were a lot of stupid decisions, decisions that would usually have you yelling at the TV during a cliche horror movie scene. But those moments were tolerable mainly because even with the stupidity, you could not tell who to trust. EVERYONE was a suspect. Absolutely no predicting this one and I LOVED that, just as much as I hated it. I raged just as much as I raved.

 

She didn’t stand so much as hover, only the instinct of standing keeping her upright.

 

It was such a quick read, the words just flew by and I didn’t realize how much I’d read until I stopped to pay attention. Thriller/Mystery done right, without a doubt.

 

 


TL;DR:  I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good whodunit story, one that keeps you guessing right up to the final moments. Everyone’s a suspect, and no one is innocent. PICK THIS BOOK UP NOW!

 

My rating: 5 stars

Goodreads: 4.1 stars

Amazon: 3.7 stars

 

What Thriller/Mystery novels have you read this year? Is this one on your radar?

Last time on ‘Will Read For Food’…

For anyone who might be curious, I’ve decided to put this post with links to some of my old posts here (in order of most recent to least).

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  • READING GOALS: A Shame Filled Update – An update on my 2017 Reading Goals. It’s not as successful as I’d hoped it would have been by this point of the year. Read my flop here.
  • It’s been a minute… – My February wrap-up. It was abysmal. 
  • Wishlist: Bookish Subscription Boxes! – The post in which I tell you all my subscription dreams. See any of interest?
  • ARC Review: Don’t Tell Anyone by Eleanor Gray – This one is pretty self-explanatory. Read my review, here.
  • My Top 5: West Indian Novels that shaped me (Non-Fiction) – Interested in reading outside of the typical North American/European setting? Then try these.
  • Thanks A Lot… – Otherwise referred to as my January wrap-up.
  • My Top 5: Podcasts – Before the great LG G4 boot loop of 2017, I used to listen to a lot of podcasts. These were my top five.
  • Black Feathers; Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology – This anthology was everything, and I HAD to review it. Read my review here.
  • Movies Are Coming – Movie adaptations that I am looking forward to: are here.
  • My Top 5: West Indian Novels that shaped me (Fiction) – More West Indian novels.
  • 2016 is over – AKA Best of… – My favorite books that I read last year.
  • NaNo Update & November Wrap-up – I did NaNoWriMo last year and it was amazing. This was my update.
  • My Top 5: Favorite Ships – Because I am an eternal shipper and HEA-er. Join me in my eternal romanticism.
  • The Visitor by Christopher Chase Walker – This book was spooky and perfect, so I reviewed it.
  • My Top 5: Fanfictions – Because sometimes fanfictions are the most brilliant works of art. Join me.
  • Elements of Horror – That time that I tried being analytical while writing a novel and pretending to read. LOL.
  • Happy Halloween!!! – My October 2016 wrap-up.
  • Spookathon Wrap-Up – This readathon was fun.
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – What a beautiful piece of art. My review.
  • I’ve read thiiiiiis much! – September 2016 wrap up, please. You’re welcome!
  • Lies We Tell Ourselves. – Robin Talley broke me.
  • Albus You Dummy! – In which I got to re-enter the Wizarding World for a few moments more.
  • The End. – August 2016 wrap up, can be found: here.
  • How is it August?July 2016 wrap up.
  • Zoo: True to Form? – I watch the TV show and I decided that I needed to read the book. Bad idea.
  • June Wrap-Up – This was the moment that Sylvain Neuvel ruined me. Holy cliffhanger, Batman.
  • The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey – Apparently this is a series?
  • The Lunar Chronicles: Winter – What a series. Thank you, Marissa Meyer.

 

 

 

What a month!

It’s been a good month for reading. I managed to read a total of seven books! And I enjoyed them all, which is the biggest miracle here if I’m being honest. Without further adieu, my June reads:

 

 

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Gemina4 stars. All I can say is that I NEED book three right now! I need to know how this all ends. This series is addictive and I finally understand all the hype around it.

Heartless5 stars. Honestly, I don’t know when I drank the Kool-Aid, but I’m a happy customer as far as Marissa Meyer goes. It didn’t take much convincing for me to feel for Catherine’s story. She went through so much that her demise to the dark Queen that she becomes is almost understandable. Almost. Her signature ‘off with their heads’ was refreshing, though there were a few more heads I wanted to roll, namely her mother’s and the King’s. Overall, a wonderful story that I wouldn’t mind more of, but would be willing to accept as is.

Homegoing5 stars. I’m not normally one for character based books, needing plot drivers to sustain me. But, Gyasi knew just what to do to keep me entertained. Such rich histories all connected by a single thread. Beautiful.

Hunted3 stars. Not as amazing as I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless. I was definitely interested in hearing more from the Beast than I was to hear from our Main Character (whose name has since evaporated from my mind. Oops?). He was haunting and eerie every time we were graced with his POV.

Illuminae 4 stars. Same as I said for Gemina. As soon as I was finished with this one, I immediately began the next. Addictive.

The Girl Before3.5 stars. Well, this is what it’s like to witness Stockholm syndrome first hand. I wouldn’t mind giving Rena Olsen a second try.

Waking Gods5 stars. BOOK THREE NOW PLEASE! That is all.

 

Have you read any of these? What did you read this month? I want to know (because I am shamelessly nosey).

 

Dee ^_^