Geekerella by Ashley Poston | Nerdy, Relatable, and Deep

 

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Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling

Publisher: Quirk Books

Published: April 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

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. (source)

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Note: This review is spoiler-free!

I was expecting nerdiness, and goofiness, and fluffiness from this book. And I got that.

I got more than that.

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The Role of Age in the YA Community | A Discussion

Lately around twitter, there has been some discussion about the different age demographics in the YA book community. If you’ve been online then you’ve probably seen that there is a mix of many different age groups in our community.

This is fantastic of course! I’m happy that YA touches so many people at any point in their life. However, some complications are also evident.

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Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray DEFIED MY EXPECTATIONS | ARC Review

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Title: Defy the Stars

Author: Claudia Gray

Genre: Young Adult, Sci-Fi

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Published: April 4, 2017

Star Rating: 4.5 stars

 

 

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Synopsis:

She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is a seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true. (source)

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5 Books I Didn’t Expect to Love | Spoiler Alert: I Did!

Deciding what to read next is hard.

As bookworms, we know this. As bloggers, we especially know this. Who has time to read a book that they’re just not interested in? As such, I generally don’t bother picking up books that I’m not at least 70% sure I’ll enjoy. I mean, my TBR is begging for mercy as it is, and it just cannot afford the extra weight.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | A Lot of Fangirling

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Title: The Hate U Give

Author: Angie Thomas

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Published: February 28, 2017

Star Rating: 5 stars

 

 

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, Khalil’s death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Starr’s best friend at school suggests he may have had it coming. When it becomes clear the police have little interest in investigating the incident, protesters take to the streets and Starr’s neighborhood becomes a war zone. What everyone wants to know is: What really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could destroy her community. It could also endanger her life. (source)

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Diversity Spotlight #2 | March 9th 2017

Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelves & Paperbacks that highlights the diverse literature in our world! The weekly meme consists of coming up with a book for three different categories: a diverse book that you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book that is on your TBR, and a diverse book that has not been released yet.

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And the Bookish Oscar Goes To…

I’m not really an Oscars type of person. Celebrities, Hollywood… just not what I’m interested in. But, do you know what I am interested in? BOOKS! Shocking, right?

So if any of you bibliophiles like me are out there, and decided to ditch the Oscars this year, I’ve created a bookish one for you!

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Blogger Things I Don’t Do

I’m slowly approaching my eight-month blogiversary! YAY!!

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“Jordyn. Eight months? That’s kind of a random number!” Yes it is! But you’ll only be able to find out why eight months is so symbolic in the actual blogiversary post! Get psyched for that. I know it’ll keep you up at night.

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies | Book Review

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Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Author: Louise Gornall

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publisher: Clarion Books

Published: January 3, 2017

Star Rating: 5 stars

 

 

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13 Diverse Books I’m Afraid I’ll Have to Read This Year

Haha, afraid. Because, you know… Happy Friday the 13th!

Friday the 13th has always seemed like a mini-Halloween to me. I mean, sure, you don’t dress up and go trick-or-treating, but it does have that spooky aspect to it.

In honor of today, I’m talking about 13 diverse books that I totally need to get my hands on this year. And, despite the title that was created to celebrate this “holiday”, I’m not afraid of any of these. On the contrary, I’m freaking pumped to read them. Some have already been released, some have yet to be published, but either way, I’ve got to read these books before the year is up.

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