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 ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

♡ Oreo Cake ♡

For days when I feel like satisfying my sweet tooth

♡ A PINCH OF ASLI ♡

This recipe is for the oreo and chocolate lovers so if you are a fan of either of these you MUST try this. This cake is chocolate heaven. It’s this delicious chocolate cake with oreos and there are chocolate chips melted inside which make it even more amazing!

I was craving chocolate so bad today and all I could think about was chocolate cake and I also had some spare oreos I didn’t know what to do with. That’s how this cake came up.

If you are craving chocolate and you want the perfect cake to settle your cravings just go ahead grab a cup of coffee and make this cake. You only need 35 minutes and you will be the happiest person.

Ingredients:

2 eggs

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup oil

2/3 cup milk

1 tbsp vanilla extract

25 grams cacao powder

1/2 cup chocolate chips

1tbsp baking powder

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I love books!!!

AKA my July TBR

JULY 2017 TBR

 

After what can only be considered a too long hiatus from readathons and challenges, I have decided to enter the fray once more. The challenge? There’s two. The first one is:

THE BOOK LOVER’S CHALLENGE”

It is hosted by one of the Goodreads groups I’m in (YA Buddy Reader’s Corner), and every month they have challenges and read-a-longs. But it’s been a while since I’ve participated in anything the group had to offer. It’s time to stop avoiding, ignore the performance anxiety, and JUST DO IT.

 

The challenges (July 1st – 31st):

COVER LOVE – Read a book with a cover that you l♡ve

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (any of the books on my TBR list really)

 

AUTHOR LOVE – Read a book by an author that you l♡ve

Will Grayson, Will  by John Green (too many to choose from!!!)

 

GENRE LOVE – Read a book from a genre that you l♡ve

With Malice by Eileen Cook (basically any YA book could fit here)

 

FREEBIE LOVE – Read a book you got for free! (can be kindle freebies, review copies etc.)

I haven’t decided on which book I’ll use for this category just yet.

 

RECOMMENDATION LOVE – Read a book that was recommended to you by a friend, or read one of your friend’s favourite books.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman

 

BIG BOOKS LOVE – Read a BIG book! (over 500 pages)

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

 

CHARACTER LOVE – Read a book with a character you l♡ve

Stars Above by Marissa Meyer, any HP book.

 

Dee Dee’s July-2017-challenge

The Winner's Curse
A Thousand Splendid Suns
Stars Above
With Malice
The Chemist
Will Grayson, Will Grayson



Dee Dee’s favorite books »

 

 

Challenge two (July 1st – 31st):

“Fairy-A-Thon”

A Classic Fairy Tale, A book that Disney dramatized, A book you read as a child –

Cinderella

 

A book that’s set in the summer – With Malice*, Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

 

A book with blue or green on the cover – Stars Above, The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Hellig

 

A book to only read outside – A Thousand Splendid Suns, The Isle of the Lost by Melissa de la Cruz

 

Fairy-a-thon-2017

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Stars Above
With Malice
Cinderella



Dee Dee’s favorite books »

 

*I’m not 100% sure about this one, but since it’s a school trip I figure a good chunk of it will be remembering what happened during that summer abroad.

Goodbye May

AKA This was long overdue…

MAy 2017

I read a lot during my ‘downtime’, which was the only good thing to come out of May. Honestly, you could tell me that May didn’t even exist and I would accept that as truth, that is how little I was aware of the month passing. Here’s a full recap of my reads for the month.

I Never (ARC)by Laura Hopper 1 star

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This book…Lord, this book. I ended up skimming the last few pages because I could take no more of the torture. I felt like I was seated in a sex-ed class, that I didn’t sign up for, while the instructor preached at me while also judging me for even being at the class in the first place. The POVs didn’t feel genuine to me and I reaaaaally didn’t like the MC.

On the positive side, it was a fast read. I really wanted to love this book but this was not what I was expecting at all. I am not the target market for this book, quite clearly.

 

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly 4 stars

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A very interesting read and I could see now why people complained about the ‘white saviour’ trope in the movie.

 

Geekerella by Ashley Poston4 stars. A full review of this will be coming soon.

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli5 stars. An author I would definitely read again.

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I’m not big on rereading books, but this book would definitely be the exception. Becky Albertalli’s writing is smooth and feels authentically teen, so much so that I added Simon VS the Homosapiens Agenda onto my TBR immediately after finishing this one. It is cute, and fluffy, and heartbreaking and gaaah! I don’t know how to be coherent about this one…

 

One of Us is Lying by Karen M McManus4 stars

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This is one of those thrillers that, if you’ve got a keen sense of observation, you should be able to figure out whodunit. But, the ride to getting there is simply enjoyable, and if you think it starts off slow and builds you are wrong. Right out of the gate we get right into it and these poor teenagers go through the most stressful moments they will EVER experience. I loved Nate, our resident misfit/outcast/scapegoat, more than any other character that we met. I also really loved the conclusion, there were warm and fuzzies.

So many shady characters, such horrible friendships. Have I mentioned that I loved Nate? I did? Okay.

TW: There’s a forced outing in this one, so please go in knowing that. It’s never okay to declare someone’s sexuality/gender without their permission.

 

Kiss of Crimson (Midnight Breed #2) by Lara Adrian4 stars

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This book is exactly what you would expect it to be: steamy paranormal romance with lots of dark violence. It would have gotten five stars if not for Eliza. Ugh.

 

Midnight Awakening (Midnight Breed #3) by Lara Adrian3.5 stars

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Tegan is the only thing that saved this book for me. Because, Eliza. Ugh.

 

 

In May I also started, but did not finish:
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel (ARC)
Midnight Rising (Midnight Breed #4) by Lara Adrian
A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

 

 

 

Dee Dee’s bookshelf: currently-reading

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anxiously-awaiting and currently-reading

 

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Dee ^_^