Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

28245707Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 

Expected publication: March 14th 2017

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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This was such an unexpectedly great book. I’m so blown away by how much fun this book was to read.
Super adorable romance, really diverse and relatable characters, wonderful writing, this book has it all.
The plot of this book is pretty cool but the characters are what makes this book so fantastic. I really loved the positive representation that these are character provided and how relatable they were.
I loved the fandom aspects of this book and it was so awesome that it was set at Comic-Con.
I really enjoyed all of the references and how fangirly the characters were.
Overall, Queens of Geek is super fun and wonderfully diverse. It’s relatable and has so much positivity. I’d definitely recommend it.

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ARC Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

30095464The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Expected publication: March 7th 2017

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

 

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Even though I found this book to be confusing at times, I really enjoyed it. I loved the writing style and concept so much. Everything seemed very well thought out and very detailed. I really liked the alternating narratives and the world building was really cool. There is some info dumping here and there but it wasn’t terrible. I really liked all of the characters. They were all well written and developed.
Overall, I really enjoyed this this. It’s pretty original and I really loved the concept. If you’re looking a fantasy that has great world building and a great concept, I would recommend The Bone Witch.

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ARC Review: Road Signs That Say West by Sylvia Gunnery

32171679Road Signs That Say West by Sylvia Gunnery

Expected publication: May 1st 2017

It’s Hanna’s wild idea, of course: take their mom’s car, pack up the tent, and drive across the country. Just three sisters, one guitar, and the Trans Canada Highway. They can be back in Nova Scotia before their parents are home from Europe. She doesn’t say she wants to forget about what happened in Italy, and at university. Claire doesn’t say she keeps having nightmares about her friend’s recent suicide. Megan doesn’t say much, unless it’s a complaint. But maybe they all feel, somehow, that this is their one chance to do something together, something big, before time begins to scatter them. With empathy and insight, Sylvia Gunnery writes an engaging summer read about three sisters navigating the difficult roads of adolescence, trauma, secrets, shame, and fear for the future. Peopled with chance encounters and warmed with fireside heart-to-hearts, Road Signs that Say West is a compelling ride through real life.

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I really love road trip books but Road Signs That Say West just wasn’t for me.
I thought it was poorly written and I hated how it jumped from perspective to perspective. I felt like Megan was a pointless character and she was even less developed than the other two girls.
I was pretty bored through out the whole book and nothing interesting really happened.
I liked the idea of this book but the overall execution wasn’t great.

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Review: Blitzed by the Billionaire by Alice Ward

29636300Blitzed by the Billionaire by Alice Ward

Published March 27th 2016

After a lifetime of traveling the world with my uncle, I was ready for a normal, routine life. I thought I found it too. A job teaching kindergarten, good friends, and a stable man by my side. I was happy… mostly. Until I walked in on a surprise that shook my world.

Luckily, my friend Ethan McAlister was there to pick up the pieces.

“Friend.” Who was I kidding?

The star quarterback for the country’s newest football team, Ethan was charming, sexy, and the last thing I needed. His life was the opposite of normal and routine. Our passions very different.

But when he touched me… none of that mattered.

Except to the people dedicated to ripping us apart.

Would anything ever be normal again?

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I didn’t have high expectations for this book when I started it, I just felt like reading a fluffy romance, but the first 10% or so of this book was amazing. I loved it so much. I was laughing and giggling and having a grand time. But out of nowhere, this book took a massive turn for the worse.
I really liked Emily at first but she made terrible decisions. Some of the things she did made no sense.
The fact that she didn’t even care that much about the fall out with a man that she was totally ready to marry was mind blowing. She barely even cared. Within 24 hours she went from being 100% ready to marry a man to sleeping with a guy she barely knew. What the heck was she thinking?
I loved Ethan at first but his insane insta-love was so disturbing. I get that he’s an all in or all out kind of person (I am too) but after one night, he was so insanely attached to Emily in such an unhealthy manner.
I’m a huge fan of sports so the outrageous mistakes regarding football wanted me to pull my hair out. The author should have done her research before writing about a sport. There’s no way an athlete can just walk out mid-season on a team, he’s signed a contract. There was a whole slew of mistakes like that and it drove me insane.
Overall, I was not a fan of this book. The characters were poorly written and the mistakes regarding football were a complete deal breaker.

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ARC Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

28245707Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde 

Expected publication: March 14th 2017

When BFFs Charlie, Taylor and Jamie go to SupaCon, they know it’s going to be a blast. What they don’t expect is for it to change their lives forever.

Charlie likes to stand out. SupaCon is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star, Jason Ryan. When Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

While Charlie dodges questions about her personal life, Taylor starts asking questions about her own.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about the Queen Firestone SupaFan Contest, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

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This was such an unexpectedly great book. I’m so blown away by how much fun this book was to read.
Super adorable romance, really diverse and relatable characters, wonderful writing, this book has it all.
The plot of this book is pretty cool but the characters are what makes this book so fantastic. I really loved the positive representation that these are character provided and how relatable they were.
I loved the fandom aspects of this book and it was so awesome that it was set at Comic-Con.
I really enjoyed all of the references and how fangirly the characters were.
Overall, Queens of Geek is super fun and wonderfully diverse. It’s relatable and has so much positivity. I’d definitely recommend it.

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Review: Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

28220892Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter

Published September 20th 2016

In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

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I’m in love with Russian folklore so I extremely excited to read Vassa in the Night. It sounded amazing and I seen a bunch of great reviews so I had pretty high hopes.
I loved the modernization of such a classic Russian folklore and it was so bizarre and amazingly weird.
Vassa in the Night is set in America but I would have loved it if this was set in Russia.
The magic in this book is so insane and crazy, I loved it so much.
I didn’t find this book to have much of a plot. No one was really doing anything and the overall book seemed to to lean very heavily on the weirdness and magic.
I didn’t really all in love with the characters. I didn’t hate them but they just didn’t connect with me.
Overall, even though the plot and characters weren’t there, I loved the concept and everything else. If it didn’t have the Russian folklore aspect, this book would have been pretty boring.

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Review: The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

32182684The Blazing Star by Imani Josey

Published December 6th 2016

Sixteen-year-old Portia White is used to being overlooked—after all, her twin sister Alex is a literal genius.

But when Portia holds an Egyptian scarab beetle during history class, she takes center stage in a way she never expected: she faints. Upon waking, she is stronger, faster, and braver than before. And when she accidentally touches the scarab again?

She wakes up in ancient Egypt—her sister and an unwitting freshman in tow.

Great.

Mysterious and beautiful, Egypt is more than they could have ever imagined from their days in the classroom. History comes alive as the three teens realize that getting back to the present will be the most difficult thing they’ve ever done. Stalked by vicious monsters called Scorpions, every step in the right direction means a step closer to danger.

As Portia and the girls discover that they’re linked to the past by more than just chance, they have to decide what it truly means to be yourself, to love your sister, and to find your way home.

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I loved the concept of this book and I liked the main character, Portia, a lot but I did find the story to be slow at times.
I thought time travel and Ancient Egypt sounded amazing and I was super excited. I think I might have had too high expectations.
The plot was a little slow for me. The first half really wasn’t doing it for me but the last half was a lot better. The writing style is pretty descriptive so I think that’s what made the plot so slow. It felt a little over descriptive at times and it dragged the story on.
I really appreciate how diverse the characters are. I think that’s really needed in literature, especially in Young Adult. I really like how Portia is represented on the cover.

Overall, I really loved the concept and diversity but the plot was too slow for me. I’m definitely interested in other books by Imani Josey though.

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Review: The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante

23281691The Trouble with Half a Moon by Danette Vigilante

Published May 5th 2015

Ever since her brother’s death, Dellie’s life has been quiet and sad. Her mother cries all the time, and Dellie lives with the horrible guilt that the accident that killed her brother may have been all her fault.

But Dellie’s world begins to change when new neighbors move into her housing project building. Suddenly, men are fighting on the stoop and gunfire is sounding off in the night. In the middle of all that trouble is Corey, an abused five-year-old boy, who’s often left home alone and hungry. Dellie strikes up a dangerous friendship with this little boy who reminds her so much of her brother. She wonders if she can do for Corey what she couldn’t do for her brother—save him.

 

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The Trouble with Half a Moon is such a heartbreaking story and beautifully written.
Because this book is told from the perspective of such a young girl, it made it so much more emotional.
I wasn’t a big fan of the direction of Miss Shirley’s character and I wished there was more communication between Dellie and her parents.
But other than that, I really enjoyed the story. It was a pretty short book but it didn’t feel rushed. I really like the writing style and I loved Corey and Dellie’s friendship.
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Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

30065028Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling

Published November 18th 2016

When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

 

 

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Even though I was super excited about the Fantastic Beasts movie, I also was a bit hesitant. It’s not a secret that I loathed The Cursed Child and I had lost a bit of faith in the wizarding world.
However, Fantastic Beasts (both the movie and screenplay) reminded me of why I love J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world so much.

I was very excited to see the wizarding community in America and to see the differences between the two cultures. I loved being able to see the wizarding community in a way that we never got to see in the original 7 books. Harry never really got to experience the wizarding world in the 7 books and neither did the readers. I feel like we really got the chance to see the wizarding world in a new light in Fantastic Beasts.

The characters are so bomb. I loved how driven Tina is and how she didn’t let Newt sidetrack her from what she thought was the right thing to do. I really loved how her and Queenie worked together and had such a great relationship. They’re very different people but they really appreciate each other.
Newt is beyond words. He’s such a wonderful character (total cinnamon roll, y’all). He loves his creatures so much and will do anything for them, which I loved and related to as well.
Don’t even get me started on Credence Barebone. His story was so heart breaking and I’ve never wanted to hug a fictional character so much.

Overall, an absolutely wonderful movie and screenplay. It was everything I hoped for and more and I’m so excited for the next movies. I really hope they print the screenplays for the other movies as well and with matching covers because I would love to have the whole series on my Harry Potter shelf.

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Review: The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

16288155The Forgotten Ones by Laura Howard

Published April 28th 2013

Allison O’Malley’s plan is to go to grad school so she can get a good job and take care of her schizophrenic mother. She has carefully closed herself off from everything else, including a relationship with Ethan, who she’s been in love with for as long as she can remember.

What is definitely not part of the plan is the return of her long-lost father, who claims he can bring Allison’s mother back from the dark place her mind has gone. Allison doesn’t trust her father, so why would she believe his stories about a long forgotten Irish people, the Tuatha de Danaan? But truths have a way of revealing themselves. Secrets will eventually surface. And Allison must learn to set aside her plan and work with her father if there is even a small chance it could restore her mother’s sanity.

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I really liked the first half of this book but the second half seemed to drag on and on.
I thought the concept and plot was really cool. I loved the Irish folklore aspect of this book. The writing style was pretty good and it was fairly fast paced.
I wasn’t really a fan of Ethan and Allison’s relationship though. It never went anywhere, there was no development, and it was just kind of boring. For being a New Adult book, I expected a lot more.
The Forgotten Ones was a fun, short read but not quite what I was expecting.

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