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aka another one of these?!

 


Yes, I know that it’s Monday and that I usually do these types of posts on a Friday, but…well, here we are.

 

 

As I type this, I’ve just finished Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which continues to prove one of my favorites in the series. Now I am about to re-enter another world that I love:

 

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I can’t wait to fall in love with Simon and Baz all over again.

 


What are you currently reading?

 

Dee ^_^

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My dreams are coming true!

Aka I can’t eveeeeen!


 

 

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Coming 2020

 

I don’t know if you know this about me (if you’ve been on my blog any time before this you’d know) but I absolutely loved Carry On. I even said that I wished there was a sequel. And then…THIS happened?! OMG!!!

I need this in my hands right now…but I hope that tagline doesn’t mean that SnoBaz is over.

 

 

 

 

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Untitled Six of Crows #3

 

Coming 2019

 

I was satisfied with the ending. I had convinced myself that Kaz and Inej would eventually find their way back to each other and live happily ever after. I had told myself that King of Scars would be enough for me. And then Leigh answered my innermost desires. Gah!

 


Are you looking forward to these two new books? Any of your faves announce a continuation to a story you really wanted more of? Let me know.

Dee ^_^

Review: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

aka I think I’m in love


 

 

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Leah Burke—girl-band drummer, master of deadpan, and Simon Spier’s best friend from the award-winning Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—takes center stage in this novel of first love and senior-year angst.

When it comes to drumming, Leah Burke is usually on beat—but real life isn’t always so rhythmic. An anomaly in her friend group, she’s the only child of a young, single mom, and her life is decidedly less privileged. She loves to draw but is too self-conscious to show it. And even though her mom knows she’s bisexual, she hasn’t mustered the courage to tell her friends—not even her openly gay BFF, Simon.

So Leah really doesn’t know what to do when her rock-solid friend group starts to fracture in unexpected ways. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high. It’s hard for Leah to strike the right note while the people she loves are fighting—especially when she realizes she might love one of them more than she ever intended.

Released: April 24, 2018.


 

There shall be no Blue spoilers in this one…

 

 

The characters

 

“I hate when assholes have talent.”

 

(The) Leah Catherine Burke

 

Oh, my heart. I have found myself on the page!!!

 

Leah is a publicly strong individual whose internal demons sometimes gets the better of her, and you know what? That’s okay. That’s perfectly normal, because everyone has their demons, and we all deal with them in different ways. But. BUT. She’s also abrasive when she gets in her head, so you either tolerate her or you don’t, so she doesn’t have many strong friendships. So don’t expect too many epic gossip sessions with her girls, because this very imperfect, relatable character doesn’t do soft and mushy.

 

Leah trying on prom dresses breaks me, leaves me raw because I can relate. I never used to feel good trying on clothes, they need seem to fit me right, so to see her find one that she loves and have her mom shit on it, and for it to cost so much on top of that…God. I quite literally cried reading this scene.

 

How Leah shuts down/downplays what she’s feeling? I. Am. That.

 

 

“I feel knocked down . I feel demoted.

 

Simon and Blue

 

Still the greatest OTP I’ve read about in a while and I want another book of their love. Please, Becky. Please???

Simon and Blue check for Leah in a way that none of her other friends do, and it’s sweet and wonderful to witness. My unproblematic faves need protecting at all costs.

 

 

“I dare you to kiss me.”

Morgan and Anna

Remember those two from T.H.U.G (Chris and Hailey) who represented the two types of white people?  Well, here they are again. However, Morgan realized the error of her ways, unlike Hailey. so good for her, I guess. She’s still trash though because an angry tongue speaks the truth and that truth was racist as all hell.

 

Abby

I’m glad that I got to see this side of her, which we didn’t get in Simon. I didn’t expect it, but I didn’t hate it either. Go on then Abby!

 

The plot

 

‘No one ever warns the baby.’

 

There are things in this book that you just see coming from a mile away and normally I would be annoyed by this but this isn’t a mystery or a thriller or suspense so I didn’t feel robbed of anything. You saw the prom scene, you saw Leah’s reaction to having a crush coming, but you didn’t necessarily see that the crush was reciprocal.

 

Aside from Leah’s internal battle against her feelings, and the usual high school senior angst, there’s nothing else to this book. It’s not calm, but its mundanity was a welcome change. There was no scheming, no bullying, just teens trying to enjoy their last few weeks together.

 

The plot is simple and easy to follow so you don’t need to set aside too much brain power after a taxing day. You can pick it up and have a good chuckle (or cry depending) and escape reality for a little while.

 

My thoughts

 

‘She makes me want to shove my hand into my chest and rip my own heart out.’

 

This isn’t a cute story that leaves you feeling sugar cubes coursing through your veins, no dancing sugar plum fairies. This one hurts just as much as it gives you something to feel good about. Leah’s pain becomes your pain, but her triumphs? Oh, they were much more brilliant after all of her hurt. Seeing her finally happy, with herself and with her love life, was worth the moments of self-loathing and doubt.

 

Yes, the prom was cliched but that was the point. Even Leah points out how cliched it is. But that’s what made it cute, the fact that they went through with it anyway. Let them be kids one last time.

 

I also want to address the complaints about Leah’s character. Honestly, this Leah was more likable, understandable to me than the Simon ‘Leah’. I wasn’t fond of her in Simon. I found her selfish and cold and I couldn’t connect with her. But this Leah? I feel seen with this Leah. I saw this Leah’s pain and claimed her as my own.

 

But you know what else this book showed me? That I am just as much a Simon as I am a Leah. But how can I be so Leah and Simon at the same time?! OMG Becky just sees me. I feel seen.

 

I think it’s worth a try, I really do.

 

 


TL;DR: This one hurts you, but as with all things Albertalli, the sweet moments leave you flying high. Read this if you don’t mind a main character that isn’t all the way likable. Also, read Simon Vs if you haven’t already.

 

 

 

Goodreads: 4.26

BN: 4.7

Amazon: 4.6

My rating: 5 MUST HAVE MORE stars.

 

 

 

Review: They Both Die at the End

AKA I cry at the end

 

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On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

 


 

Before I go into the specifics of this book, there is just one thing that I want to say: If you don’t mind SEVERE heartbreak, then you’re fine. It is a beautiful piece of work, but it can break you down just as quickly as it builds you up.

 

Here lies Mateo, he lived for everyone

 

There’s one song that I kept hearing in my head as I read certain parts of this book: Heaven by Beyonce. That is one of the most heartwrenching songs that she’s ever sung and it’s bittersweet tone works so well with Rufus and Mateo’s stories.

 

We laughed at the darkness,

so scared that we lost it,

we stood on the ceilings,

you showed me love was all you needed

 

HOOK

But heaven couldn’t wait for you

No heaven couldn’t wait for you

Heaven couldn’t wait for you 

No heaven couldn’t wait for you

So go on, go home

 

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Books that break you…😭😭😭💔

aka These are the books that will stay with me forever.

 

 

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Before I get into my top five, let’s talk about my bonus book: Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.  This one I had to read while in Secondary School and most people try to blank out the recommended reading, but not me. Especially not with this book.

 

SYNOPSIS:

‘For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to life. He don’t put a bolt to a nut, he don’t tell you the law or give you medicine. He’s a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine.’

Willy Loman has been a salesman for 34 years. At 60, he is cast aside, his usefulness exhausted. With no future to dream about he must face the crushing disappointments of his past. He takes one final brave action, but is he heroic at last or a self-deluding fool?

 

Throughout this short play we follow Willy as he tries to feel relevant again. It must be a hard thing doing a job for more than half your life only to be cast aside as a relic of a time gone past. His hurt and confusion comes across quite clearly, and I would never forget him saying: ‘Attention, attention must be paid,‘ as he pleads for his wife, for his family, to see him. Can’t help but want to hug him.

 

 

 

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

 

After reading this one I was compelled to do a full review, that’s how much it resonated with me.

SYNOPSIS:

In 1959 Virginia, the lives of two girls on opposite sides of the battle for civil rights will be changed forever.

Sarah Dunbar is one of the first black students to attend the previously all-white Jefferson High School. An honors student at her old school, she is put into remedial classes, spit on and tormented daily.

Linda Hairston is the daughter of one of the town’s most vocal opponents of school integration. She has been taught all her life that the races should be kept separate but equal.

Forced to work together on a school project, Sarah and Linda must confront harsh truths about race, power and how they really feel about one another.

 

This one covers every angle, and yes, there are problematic things about it, but there is so much in here that deserves to be seen. Being from a country that didn’t live through these kinds of race issues (because we do have our own race issues here), this book opened my eyes to a lot that I hadn’t considered before. I knew it was bad, but in that abstract way that you know falling out of a moving vehicle would be bad: there was nothing to use as context, to make it real and relatable.

 

 

 

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

 

I’m not sure I can say why this one broke me without spoilers so…um…GO READ THE BOOK!

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A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

 

Much like LWTO, this one hurt me for its harsh realities.

 

SYNOPSIS:

Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them – in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul – they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation. With heart-wrenching power and suspense, Hosseini shows how a woman’s love for her family can move her to shocking and heroic acts of self-sacrifice, and that in the end it is love, or even the memory of love, that is often the key to survival.

 

There is domestic violence, emotional abuse, poverty and child-loss, all interwoven with the constant dangers of an at war country. So much death, and fear, and oppression. This is worth the read.

 

 

AND NOW FOR THE MAN HIMSELF, ADAM SILVERA….

 

 

 

 

More Happy Than Not

 

SYNOPSIS:

In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.

When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.

Why does happiness have to be so hard?

 

 

Who the hell needs dry eyes anyway, right? Right?!! This was such a dark and twisty read, even my stomach felt its effects. Just when you think you’ve gotten to the point where you can’t hurt anymore, Silvera adds an extra layer of pain. Beautiful right, heartwrenching premise and characters that move you. BUY EVERYTHING THAT ADAM WRITES, RIGHT NOW!

 

 

 

History is All You Left Me

 

SYNOPSIS:

When Griffin’s first love and ex-boyfriend, Theo, dies in a drowning accident, his universe implodes. Even though Theo had moved to California for college and started seeing Jackson, Griffin never doubted Theo would come back to him when the time was right. But now, the future he’s been imagining for himself has gone far off course.

To make things worse, the only person who truly understands his heartache is Jackson. But no matter how much they open up to each other, Griffin’s downward spiral continues. He’s losing himself in his obsessive compulsions and destructive choices, and the secrets he’s been keeping are tearing him apart.

If Griffin is ever to rebuild his future, he must first confront his history, every last heartbreaking piece in the puzzle of his life.

 

Oh. God. This. Book.

 

Griffin is such a broken boy and his worsening compulsions perfectly reflect that. But that’s not what hurt me in this book. What hurt me is the fact that Jackson and Griffin are hurting over someone who may or may not be worthy of that pain. He certainly wouldn’t have wanted them dwelling on him like they did. But life doesn’t work that way; we don’t get to choose who burrows their way into our hearts and leave it shredded. Read it.

 

 


Have you read any of these? Did they break you too? What books have wormed their way into your heart hole?

 

 

Dee ^_^

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 ^_^