aka I read more than I thought I would.
The world is burning and there’s no stopping it.
So, today, we’re going to have a few moments for books that make you feel good. It was really hard to narrow this down to five. Should I have done ten?
The Selection by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
This isn’t some great work of literary fiction. You won’t walk away having learned something about yourself or the world.It’s not a diverse slice of YA. What you get, is a warm feeling in the center of your stomach and a lightened heart.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Predictable? Possible? Lighthearted coming into your own story? Definitely. Problematic? Yes. But we have a black main character, who is experiencing that mushy first love and everything about this makes me happy.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
(Fangirl by extension)
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Honestly, if all this book had was a shit chosen one storyline, it’d still be adorable. Because Rainbow does adorable pretty well and Simon is the most adorable chosen one that’s ever been. But then there’s the hate-to-love trope that all fluff pieces must have, and it’s done so well. Simon and Baz, when they finally give in, are just too cute!
All things Becky Albertalli
No explanation needed really, because if I were to get into it we’d all have mouths full of cavities.
Superfail by Max Brunner
Laser vision isn’t so hot when you’re cross-eyed, and supersonic flight’s a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded.
Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall’s stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can’t turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone’s thoughts out loud.
Defectives like Marshall aren’t exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you’re defective doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.
Another one of those shit chosen one storylines. There’s action, yes, but more than anything this book leaves you wanting nothing more than to hug our ‘superheroes’.
Rec me your favorite fluffy reads?
AKA The time Cinderella was a food truck worker.
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
Here’s what you need to know:
→ Modern day fairy tale retelling (CINDERELLA)
→ 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
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.
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?