Tea & Book Chat: Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han

Personal Thoughts:  This is hands down my favorite Jenny Han book ever written (I can say that now that I’ve read all of her YA books!).  I am just over the moon about this conclusion to Lara Jean’s story.  The fact that this book even exists at all is something I’m so thankful for since the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series was planned as a duology.  I know I was definitely not ready to let go of Lara Jean and Peter K (and Kitty and Margot and Stormy) so I’m so grateful for these precious extra 326 pages with them.  This book had everything I wanted and more.  There were definitely a ton of moments when I couldn’t hold back tears.  It really made me feel all the things.

Plot Summary:  Lara Jean and Peter K are finishing up their senior year of high school and they’re more in love than ever.  They have a plan for college but when they don’t both get into the college of their choice, things start getting tested.  In addition, Lara Jean’s Dad is getting ready to remarry (his girlfriend from the second book, P.S. I Still Love You) but not all of the Song sisters are on board.  There’s a ton of change happening in Lara Jean’s life and Always and Forever, Lara Jean explores that critical time in a person’s life when they determine what they want to hold on to and what’s best to let go of.

Critique:  As I stated above, I loved this book dearly.  Always and Forever Lara Jean had by far the best character development of any book in the series and it strengthened my emotional connection to everyone.  I didn’t think it would be possible to fall even harder for Peter K and yet I totally and completely did.  The way Peter interacts with Lara Jean’s family, the effort he puts into watching films Lara Jean enjoys and trying to learn how to braid her hair, and the way he is so unaffected by his peers who expect him to act like the typical jock are all reasons why he’s so very close to perfect.  The college factor put a major strain on their relationship and I’ve never wanted something to work out so badly.  This book was just packed with things I love.  There was Lara Jean’s quest to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe, her vision for her Dad’s wedding that she worked so hard on, the way Lara Jean always teases Peter and how gullible he is to it, and of course, her interactions and the love she had for the sassiest of Songs, her younger sister Kitty.  Kitty is eleven years old in this book and she is just bursting with personality.  She’s self confident, intelligent and no nonsense about her opinions no matter who she’s telling them to.  I also really love Kitty and Peter’s dynamic.  I feel like I could go on and on about how much I love this book but I would hate to ruin anything for anyone.

Do I Recommend?:  This is pretty obvious yes.  If you enjoyed the first two books in the series (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You), I guarantee you will LOVE this conclusion<3

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Tea & Book Chat: Mini Reviews – Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle & That Summer by Sarah Dessen

This is my first installment of mini-reviews! Sometimes I’ll read a book and I don’t have enough feelings (or time) to write a full review for it but I don’t want to not talk about them at all, and so mini-reviews were born.  

Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle

I decided to pick Famous in Love up because I wanted to read the book before watching the television show of the same name which debuted on Freeform in early April and in full on Hulu after the premiere of the first episode. I really didn’t have strong feelings about this book either way.  It was cute, quick and fun but I didn’t feel attached to any of the characters or the storyline.  Once I shut the book, I found the story to be very forgettable and if it weren’t for the show, I don’t think I would even still remember the character names.  The story centers around Paige Townsen, a normal teenage girls with the dream of becoming an actress who gets discovered at an audition to play the lead role in an upcoming film adaptation of a popular book series called Locke.  Locke has a ton of parallels to Twilight, but as the story focuses on the behind the scenes love triangle between Paige and her co-stars, Rainer and Jordan, it reads as if someone wrote Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner fanfiction.

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

I decided to start way back at the very beginning of Sarah Dessen’s backlist and read everything she’s written in publication order for two reasons.  The first one being I’ve heard there are cameos in each book from past characters and the second one being that the consensus is that most people seem to love Along for the Ride and Just Listen.  I didn’t want to start with either of those and then feel disappointed in her other books so I started with low expectations and I’m continuing to assume that they’ll get better.  That being said, I was not a fan of That Summer.  It was… fine.  I didn’t feel like very much happened and I found myself to be very bored while I was reading.  I kept wondering how the story was going to wrap up and what the big conflict would be because I kept getting closer to the end and nothing was happening and then it just kind of never came.  I also didn’t feel any connection to any of the characters so it just wasn’t my cup of tea.  But I will be continuing on and I’m not going to judge her works by this one mishap!

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Tea & Book Chat: I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

Personal Thoughts:  Thank you so much to Alexa of Alexa Loves Books for letting me borrow a copy of her ARC for I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo.  I had been wanting to read this story ever since I heard the premise – a girl who searches for love using the rules from K dramas – and saw the gorgeous cover! I usually don’t love covers with models on them but apparently the exceptions are I Believe in a Thing Called Love and the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series.  I had very high hopes for this book when I went into it and while it didn’t completely live up to my expectations, I did think it was a really fun and quick read.

Plot Summary:  Desi is your typical A+ overachieving student with more extracurricular activities under her belt than most of your high school combined.  She’s dreamed of becoming a doctor for her entire like, just like her mother who passed away when she was a child.  Desi lives at home with her father who is addicted to K dramas.  After a weekend of binge-watching several series, Desi decides to take the “rules” she’s learned and apply them to her own non-existent love life in order to secure her first boyfriend.  She has her sights set on the new guy, the rebellious and artsy Luca, and once she starts implementing her plan, chaos ensues.

Critique:  I Believe in a Thing Called Love is a really adorable but outlandish YA contemporary romance.  Desi manages to be an awkward and lovable main character, despite the crazy tactics she employs in her quest to start dating Luca.  I love the relationship between Desi and her father, a native Korean who speaks broken English.  I found Desi’s dad to be hilarious and I love how supportive he is of his daughter, even when she doesn’t make the best choices.  They have such a wonderful relationship with just the right amount of codependency and it’s super adorable.  I also adored Luca, the artistic misunderstood love interest.  He certainly put up with a lot of chaos from Desi and I often found myself just wanting to give him a hug or explain things so he would be less confused.  Since the romance cues Desi takes are based on K dramas, you can expect unrealistic situations such as pants falling off while trying to flirt, staging accidents to get closer to her crush and some head flicking but all with a lot of innocence.  I also enjoyed Desi’s best friends, Wes and Fiona, but I do think they should’ve been a little less supportive of Desi’s craziness.  Overall, I Believe in a Thing Called Love is a really cute read.  It’s not a new favorite of mine, but I did enjoy my time with the characters.

Do I Recommend?:  If you’re into K dramas, I would definitely recommend checking this one out.  If you prefer very realistic or serious romances, I would have to say to skip this one because I don’t think it’ll be everyone’s cup of tea.

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Reading Challenge Wrap Up: April 2017

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2017!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well! If you’re interested in learning more about any of the challenges below, you can view my sign-up post!

Goal: 100

Read so far: 44 (I upped my Goodreads goal from 75 to 100 & I’m still ahead!)

Books Read: That Summer by Sarah Dessen, The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan, Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones, The Long Game (The Fixer #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Fireworks by Katie Cotugno, Princess Jellyfish Volume 3, The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher, Famous in Love by Rebecca Serle, Geekerella by Ashley Poston, I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo, The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli, Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches Volume 8, A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Favorite read of the month:

It’s a tie between The Upside of Unrequited and Geekerella!

Goal: 40

Read so far: 11

Favorite Read of the month: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 13

Favorite read of the month: TIE: The Upside of Unrequited and Geekerella!

Goal: 1-30

Read so far: 12

Favorite read of the month: TIE: The Upside of Unrequited and Geekerella!

Goal: 20

Read so far: 9

Favorite read of the month: TIE: The Upside of Unrequited and Geekerella!

Goal: 30

Read so far: 31 (ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED)

Favorite Read of the month: The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Goal: 51-75 points

Points so far: 46 points

Favorite read of the monthThe Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan – Woo! I’ll smash this goal next month the extra 10 points I’ll acquire for finishing the ACOTAR and To All the Boys series!

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Everything, Everything Giveaway

I partnered with Warner Bros. to bring you this adorable giveaway in honor of the Everything Everything film which debuts in theaters on May 19th!  Last year I read the book of the same name by Nicola Yoon and I totally loved it (you can read my full review here) so I’m quite excited to see it adapted as a film so soon after its release.  I’m also loving the emoji trailer which you can see below:

About the Film

On May 19, risk everything…for love. #EverythingEverything

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures comes the romantic drama “Everything, Everything,” directed by Stella Meghie and based on the bestselling book of the same name by Nicola Yoon.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face…or kiss the boy next door? Everything, Everything tells the unlikely love story of Maddy, a smart, curious and imaginative 18-year-old who due to an illness cannot leave the protection of the hermetically sealed environment within her house, and Olly, the boy next door who won’t let that stop them.

Maddy is desperate to experience the much more stimulating outside world, and the promise of her first romance. Gazing through windows and talking only through texts, she and Olly form a deep bond that leads them to risk everything to be together…even if it means losing everything.

“Everything, Everything” stars Amandla Stenberg (“The Hunger Games”) as Maddy and Nick Robinson (“Jurassic World”) as Olly. The film also stars Ana de la Reguera (“Sun Belt Express”) and Anika Noni Rose (“Dreamgirls”).

Giveaway

One (1) winner receives:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters on May 19
  • Copy of the book (movie tie-in cover)
  • Everything, Everything tank top & backpack

Open to US mailing addresses only

Prizing and samples courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

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 Official Links

Visit the Official Website

Like ‘Everything, Everything’ on Facebook

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Hashtag #EverythingEverything

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Super Space Chick’s Weekly Round Up (#4)

Super Space Chick’s weekly round up is a blog series in which I’ll be chatting to you about what’s going on in my life, what I’ve been posting on YouTube and my blog, some favorite instagram photos of the week, and such.  So basically just general life happenings and feelings!  I looooooove writing book reviews but I also love reading more personal blog posts so I want to make an effort to share more of my full life here and not just my reading life.

Hello friends! Las Sunday after waking up late and trying to adjust to the life of a person with short hair, Cassie and I hung out over Google+ chat, first and foremost for our The Upside of Unrequited book club and then to hang out before Cassie went off to finish her early copy of ACOWAR.  As I had mentioned in my last weekly recap, I was besides myself awaiting my own copy of ACOWAR.  Monday was a blur until a second ago when I just realized that my day / night was spent eagerly awaiting for the release.  Cassie is the best friend ever and she sent me some photos of the book pages early (up to page 100! serious dedication)- so I spent Monday night reading those pages and trying my best to stay up until midnight so I could buy a kindle copy to start reading before my physical copy came in the mail.  I didn’t make it (#old) but I did set an alarm and wake up at 4AM on Tuesday morning so I could pick up where I left off.  I spent so many hours reading and reading on Tuesday (I was really proud that I ended the night over the halfway mark, on page 400!).  Andrew’s went out to dinner with his friend NIck so when they came back to our apartment after their dinner I didn’t want to be rude and I put my beloved book down.  We ended up playing a game of Smallworlds (it’s a tabletop board game where each person gets a race of creatures and a power- I was Forest Elves- and the goal is to conquer as many territories as possible and earn coins for each and then have the most at the end).  I won!  It was only my second time playing but I’ve really enjoyed it both times we’ve played.  When Nick left after midnight, I couldn’t possibly read another page so I went to sleep and attempted to get up early the next morning to get back into ACOWAR.

But alas, I was too tired.  I spent my commute and breaks reading furiously and by the time I got home I had finished reading the story.  It was every bit as epic as I dreamed.  I cried so many times while reading and I thought ACOWAR really tied things up very nicely.  There are some loose ends bothering me and some things I want more of but I’m expecting they’ll be addressed in the next book.  Cassie and I are going to be doing a Spines with Wines Book Club episode for ACOWAR on Saturday May 13th at 5PM (and Melissa is expected to rejoin us!) so you’ll hear my full review there.  After I finished, I didn’t feel ready to pick up anything new so I gave it a day before jumping into Always and Forever, Lara Jean (another trilogy ender by Jenny Han!).  Andrew and I finished watching Sailor Moon R and I had this idea a little while back that we should watch all of the Star Wars things in canonical order and with May the Fourth happening, we decided it was the perfect time to start.  Andrew and I are planning on collabing on some videos for our thoughts on the rewatch and we’re going to be tweeting under the hashtag #SilverSpaceSW.  I made us some blue milk milkshakes and we started with a painful viewing of Phantom Menace.  I have to say, it’s actually worse than I even remembered until the ending.  I’m most excited to finally see The Clone Wars series, catch up on Star Wars Rebels and go from watching Rogue One immediately into A New Hope.

Then on Friday, I met Monica at DŌ, which is a place I’ve been dying to try! I had the Dunkaroo cookie dough that came in a pink cone and I was so excited that I forgot to ask for frosted animal crackers atop it! While we were there, these girls were trying to instagram their dough with Monica’s bright pink hair in their photo and it was so adorable.  Even better is that Monica had no clue.  Then we went to McNally Jackson and saw the books hanging from the ceiling above the cafe.  I had been there before but never noticed because I always walk straight downstairs for the event / YA book section.  On Saturday morning, Andrew and I got dressed and ready for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2!  I bought a bag of Sour Patch Kids so large that Andrew said it makes him sick just to look at them.  I just have to say that I didn’t think I could possibly love baby Groot anymore than I already did and yet I do<3

Reading: I finished reading A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas wand now the internet feels like a safe place again (at least from ACOWAR spoilers).  I started reading Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han which is adorable and making me crave chocolate chip cookies, and I finished volumes 9 and 10 of the Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches manga.

Watching: Pretty Little Liars– remember how I said that the second episode was HELLA problematic? Well, the third episode was just flat out ridiculously awful.  It was so bad that I almost want to give up on this show despite making it this far.  As I mentioned above, Andrew and I finished watching Sailor Moon R and it was perfectly perfect.  I’m excited to start Sailor Moon S at some point in the future.  Also mentioned above, we started our Star Wars viewing marathon of all the things with Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones but I’m really in this for The Clone Wars.  And we finally found out who killed Jason Blossom on Riverdale! It was NOT who I was expecting. (Also, LOOK AT ALL THOSE MOVIES! As I said in my May Small Goals post, I am the worst at seeing movies so I’m pretty proud of this week’s viewings!)

I’m even better than on schedule this week- I posted three videos PLUS our book club livestream!

  • None! My week was devoted to ACOWAR and Star Wars<3
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May Small Goals

I’ve seen a bunch of people post small monthly goals and I really like the idea of re-centering and re-evaluating everything more frequently.  It’s awesome to make yearly goals but it’s also easy to lose focus or forget about them entirely over the 365 day period we’re aiming to accomplish them in.  Having small monthly goals to help get to those bigger picture yearly ones is something I’m eager to try out!

APRIL CHECK-IN

1) Read at least 10 books – I have another exciting TBR set aside and I’m hoping to get through a bunch of backlist books before May, the month of a million new releases, is upon us! 

DONE – Read 13 books!!!

2) Complete the #BookishPotter17 Instagram Challenge  – I usually try to commit to 3-4 instagram challenges per month so if I don’t like a specific prompt for a day I can chose to take a photo of something in one of the other challenges but I’m pretty confident that I want to stick to the #BookishPotter17 challenge because HARRY POTTER<3.

FAIL – My mom ended up in the hospital for the majority of April so I had zero time to sleep at my apartment, let alone set up bookstagram photos there.

3) Order & send out Wedding Thank You Notes  – Andrew and I are coming upon our first wedding anniversary and the time has come to order and send out our thank you notes! This one has been on my goals list for months at this point but we just haven’t ordered them yet.  This year, there’s no excuse!

HALF PASS – So again, we spent most of April visiting my mom in the hospital, but once she returned home, we were able to at least ORDER our wedding Thank Yous!  They should be arriving in the latter half of the week and I can’t wait to share them here!

MAY GOALS

1) Start our really ambitious Star Wars marathon – I decided that it would be fun to watch all of Star Wars in canonical order (yes, including the prequels >.<).  I’m most excited to 1) see The Clone Wars for the first time ever(!) and 2) go from watching Rogue One straight into A New Hope! We’re thinking we’ll be starting this on May the Fourth because obviously.

2) See Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2  – You might be thinking, what the heck kind of goal is this? (Actually both of my listed goals so far are more fun than anything!) But for some reason, I went from AVID moviegoer to the worst at seeing anything ever.  Seriously, I’ve seen more Broadway plays than films this year and that includes films I’ve watched at home.  So sad!

3) Send out Wedding Thank You Notes  – The order has been placed! We finalized our design about a week and a half ago and now we just have to write them out once received.

4) Spend as little as possible  – I’ve been doing a good job of putting money into savings each month, but I would love to pay off my credit card and be able to save even more.  We’ve had a ton of things come up lately and it’ll be a nice feeling once we’re all paid off!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Wrap-up Post + Giveaway

Welcome to the second and final wrap up post which is part of the A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury re-read organized by Alexa of Alexa Loves Books, Cristina of Girl in the Pages and myself!

Alexa’s Question:  Of all seven courts, which is the one you think you would be most suited to live in?

Without a doubt, I see myself living in the Autumn Court.  Autumn is my favorite time of year and it would mean my wardrobe would consist of jeans, boots, cute sweaters, scarves and leather jackets.  All of my favorite limited edition pumpkin spice foods wouldn’t be so limited anymore.  I would spend weekends walking around and enjoying the ever present fall foliage and going apple picking!  I would bake all the fall pies and drink all the apple cider and I would enjoy sipping hot tea and pumpkin spice lattes all year round!  And this might be cheating but my second favorite court would be summer and I have a hunch that’s where Alexa would dwell, so I would definitely visit her plenty!

Kristin’s Question:  Do you have any ACOWAR theories / what are dying to see more of in the final book?

Okay so, there is one theory I heard online that is not my own but I’m REALLY hoping it’ll be the case.  Since Tamlin is a shifter and he was able to turn Andras into a wolf, shouldn’t Feyre be able to fix Cassian’s wings?  I have really high hopes for that one! I also know that Sarah J Maas has already warned us all that one of the Night Court’s inner circle won’t make it but obviously I’m praying that that’s not the case.  I just want everyone to get their happily ever after (except for Tamlin obvs).  I’m also looking forward to seeing more Lucien and hoping that he’ll be redeemed in A Court of Wings and Ruin since he was one of my favorite characters in ACOTAR.  I think the most exciting moment that I know is coming is for when Feyre and Rhysand reveal that they’re married<3

Cristina’s Question:  Which secondary character’s story in ACOTAR and/or ACOMAF are you most compelled by? Who do you think the companion series will focus on?

Lucien, Lucien, Lucien! I just want all the Lucien.  I want his backstory, I want all the time in the Autumn Court, I want him to realize that Tamlin is terrible (hopefully that’s coming in ACOWAR) and I want his happily ever after with Feyre’s sister! I would also be interested in seeing more of the inner circle.  Each character in the Night Court is fascinating and I’m sure I would love anything that Sarah decides to write about them<3.

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Super Space Chick’s Weekly Round Up (#3)

Super Space Chick’s weekly round up is a blog series in which I’ll be chatting to you about what’s going on in my life, what I’ve been posting on YouTube and my blog, some favorite instagram photos of the week, and such.  So basically just general life happenings and feelings!  I looooooove writing book reviews but I also love reading more personal blog posts so I want to make an effort to share more of my full life here and not just my reading life.

We had a really quiet week and it was glorious! On Tuesday I got copies of the Sailor Moon R movie and the second season of Snow White with the Red Hair.  And I did some shopping (at Her Universe, Hot Topic & Loungefly) so I’m eagerly anticipating those packages which should be arriving soon! I also received The Melting Library’s Villains sampler for April and I love it so much more than I was expecting to (mainly because I’ve just been dying for the fictional confections sampler so I haven’t even thought about anything else).  My favorite candle in it is Amarantha who is one of the villains I love most.  Photos to come!  This week, my bosses also got me the most beautiful flowers and brought in Doughnut Plant which was a lovely surprise.  Other than that, I read some great books, watched A LOT of Sailor Moon R and OH YEAH WE GOT NYCC TICKETS NBD.  And I cut off more than half my hair.  Actually, storytime below!

On Thursday morning, I got a really exciting email re: NYCC.  It’s not a confirmed thing that I can share yet, but it will basically be a dream come true if it happens.  We had been hemming and hawing over whether to attend NYCC this year because of how overcrowded its gotten but after this email we had to buy at least one set of passes and once I fell into that waiting queue, the adrenaline was pumping and it felt like the race was on.  I was driving myself crazy reading the tweets of those who bought tickets within, 5, 10 and 15 minutes while I slowly watched the minutes tick by and the passes start popping up on eBay.  Some people were saying that Saturday tickets were already sold out so my stress level just amped up even further but an hour later when our time finally came, all four days had tickets available and we got them with no issue.  Speaking of stressful things we do for fandoms, I spent Friday going to not one, not two but THREE Target’s looking for an early copy of A Court of Wings and Ruin since everyone in the world seems to have already received theirs while I’m just waiting over and here and slowly dying.  At the third and final Target, I HAD A COPY OF A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN IN MY HANDS… and then it was taken away because they’re not allowed to sell it until May 2nd… even though they clearly are because I’ve seen so many other people with them (including my bff Cassie!).  So after that horrible, horrible night, I went home and drowned my sorrows in Ben & Jerry’s PB & Cookies non-dairy ice cream and more Sailor Moon.  I know it’s silly since at this point, I will have the book in two days but I just want it now, ya know?

Reading: I finished reading The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli which is just as amazing as her first book.  Cassie and I are getting ready to host our book club in about an hour for the book and I can’t wait to talk about it in depth with her!  I also finished reading I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo which is outlandish and adorable and the 8th volume of Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches which is a manga series I’ve really come to love. And lastly, I started my A Court of Mist and Fury re-read in anticipation of ACOWAR!

Watching: Pretty Little Liars– the second episode was HELLA problematic.  I did not appreciate the writers including a storyline where a girl falsely accuses someone of sexual harassment.  It was just done in such poor taste, especially with how uncomfortable victims already feel about reporting their cases.  Famous in Love continues to be adorable and I still think Nina is by far the worst and most manipulative character on the show and I’ve just loved every single minute of Sailor Moon R <3 <3 <3

I am back on schedule this week with three videos posted!!! WOOO!

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Tea & Book Chat: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Personal Thoughts:  I’m going to be totally honest here- I was very skeptical of Geekerella before I started reading it.  In theory, I love the idea of books about fandom but they can be SO hit or miss for me.  And *usually* they’re misses.  Plus, it has the word geek in the title so that was also going against it. But after seeing a couple of friends read and enjoy the story, I decided to give it a shot.  Actually, the main point that sold me is that the main character, Elle, works at a vegan food truck called the Magic Pumpkin.  I’m so happy that I didn’t allow my initial hesitation to keep me from reading this book because I ended up giving it 5 stars!

Plot Summary:  Geekerella is a modern day Cinderella retelling following a girl named Elle who finds out that Starfield (aka her lifeblood) is being rebooted as a film franchise.  But they’ve cast a good looking actor known for his work in a soap opera and his constant presence in the tabloids as Carmindor, the lead role.  When he misses a simple Starfield trivia question on a morning show, Starfield fan everywhere are outraged and questioning whether Darien is a real fan fit for his role.  Everything culminates in a cosplay competition at ExcelsiCon where the winner gets a meet and greet at a masquerade ball with Darien himself.

Critique:  This tale is just as charming as the plot summary sounds.  Danielle, or Elle, has been living with her stepmonster and evil stepsisters since her father passed away.  All she has left of him are memories which are strongly tied to her love of Starfield so she has really high hopes that come crashing down when she finds out that Darien is cast as her beloved Carmindor.  All plot points aside, my love of Geekerella comes from the fact that Ashley Poston is able to perfectly capture the feelings of how much a fandom can mean to one person.  Elle’s love of Starfield = my love of Star Wars.  Despite Starfield being more closely akin to Star Trek, I felt completely connected to this fictional fandom.  From the believable catchphrases that fans quote from the series, the personal investment in the characters, the way Starfield fans pour over the old episodes and speculate hopefully about the prospect of something new and exciting, and most importantly, the amount of heart the characters display for their fandom, I felt like I was reading about my life with Star Wars.  I also love the portrayal of the different types of fans that you’ll meet at conventions.  From the accusatory “you’re not a real fan” fan to the welcoming “let me help you with your last minute cosplay” fans, Poston nailed it.  And the fact that Elle runs a Starfield blog that gains popularity as the movie gets cast is so relatable for those of us who’ve loved and blogged about geeky things before they were in the mainstream.  The one thing I wasn’t completely sold on was the romance, but I was completely here for all of the characters separately (Elle, Darien, Sage, etc) and for the fandom feels.

Do I Recommend?:  If you’ve ever been a diehard fan of anything, I think you’ll be able to relate to Geekerella.  I love this book so much more than I had anticipated and I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading my blog, you’re also the target audience!

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Kristin
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