Geekerella: Non-Spoiler Review

 Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Published by  Quirk Books on April 4, 2017 

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 337

Format: Audibook

Source: Audible

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I would give this book 5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

My Thoughts:

This book was prefect! I love it so much! It has so many of my favorite things 1) awsome romance 2) hollywood life meets average life 3) fandom love 4) adorable dogs! I can’t say enough good things about his book. If you are a fandom lover any fandom read this book. It is so good and also such a fast pace read! This book made me laugh, cry and yell at my book! GO READ IT!

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I’f I am being Honest (Non-Spoiler Review)

I’f I am being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on April 23, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 370

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally Bought

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: b*tch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school–she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for her brutal honesty. But when she slips up in front of her crush, Andrew, any affection he may have had for her quickly fades. To win him over, Cameron resolves to “tame” herself, much like Shakespeare’s infamous shrew, Katherine. If she makes amends with everyone she’s ever wronged, Andrew will have to take notice. Thus, Cameron begins her apology tour with Brendan, the guy whose social life she single-handedly destroyed. At first, Brendan isn’t so quick to forgive, but slowly he warms to her when they connect over a computer game he’s developing. To Cameron’s amazement, she actually enjoys hanging out with Brendan; he appreciates her honesty in a way Andrew never did, and she’s left wondering: maybe you shouldn’t have to compromise who you are for the kind of love you deserve.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book so much. I found this book to such a joy to read. I really loved seeing the lead character and how this book transformed her. I also really loved how taming the shrew was represented in the book though her english class. I thought the self discovery of the path in this book was so strong and really focused on so many issues not only cameron behavior but also her future paths. I really loved the romance and found it is be so refreshing and I really enjoy the boy in this book. The elements of friendship I also found to be super compelling. I can’t not say enough motive things about this book. I also loved the always never yours cameo for those characters. This book was so much fun to read. I will be waiting for the third book!

Maybe this Time (Arc Non-Spoiler Review)

Maybe This Time by Kasie West

Published by  Point on July 9, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 468

Format: Arc

Source: BEA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

One year. Nine events. Nine chances to . . . fall in love?

Weddings. Funerals. Barbecues. New Year’s Eve parties. Name the occasion, and Sophie Evans will be there. Well, she has to be there. Sophie works for the local florist, so she can be found at every big event in her small hometown, arranging bouquets and managing family dramas.

Enter Andrew Hart. The son of the fancy new chef in town, Andrew is suddenly required to attend all the same events as Sophie. Entitled, arrogant, preppy Andrew. Sophie just wants to get her job done and finish up her sketches so she can apply to design school. But every time she turns around, there is Andrew, getting in her way and making her life more complicated. Until one day she wonders if maybe complicated isn’t so bad after all . . .

Told over the course of one year and following Sophie from event to event, this delightful novel from master of romantic comedy Kasie West shows how love can blossom in unexpected places.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the structure from this book was so unique and really enjoyed how it took place over the course of a year but on only certain events. I really liked how this book not only focused on the lead girl and her boy but also focused heavily on self discovery and also really focused on friendship. I would def. cat. this book as love to hate and it really captured me. I think also enjoyed how this book focused on smaller time and the drama that comes from that. The structure in this book was the highlight for me, and I really liked how this book focused on romance and friendship!

Love a la Mode (Non-Spolier Review)!!

Love a La Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Published by Disney Hyperion on November 27, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 336

Format: Hardback

Source: Personally bought

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I would give this book 3 for a review.

Summary!!!

Take two American teen chefs, add one heaping cup of Paris, toss in a pinch of romance, and stir. . . . Rosie Radeke firmly believes that happiness can be found at the bottom of a mixing bowl. But she never expected that she, a random nobody from East Liberty, Ohio, would be accepted to celebrity chef Denis Laurent’s school in Paris, the most prestigious cooking program for teens in the entire world. Life in Paris, however, isn’t all cream puffs and crepes. Faced with a challenging curriculum and a nightmare professor, Rosie begins to doubt her dishes. Henry Yi grew up in his dad’s restaurant in Chicago, and his lifelong love affair with food landed him a coveted spot in Chef Laurent’s school. He quickly connects with Rosie, but academic pressure from home and his jealousy over Rosie’s growing friendship with gorgeous bad-boy baker Bodie Tal makes Henry lash out and push his dream girl away. Desperate to prove themselves, Rosie and Henry cook like never before while sparks fly between them. But as they reach their breaking points, they wonder whether they have what it takes to become real chefs. Perfect for lovers of Chopped Teen Tournament and Kids Baking Championship, as well as anyone who dreams of a romantic trip to France, Love à la Mode follows Rosie and Henry as they fall in love with food, with Paris, and ultimately, with each other.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was a prefect summer read. I really how this was concept novel about a cooking school in paris. I wish paris was represented and used a bit more. I really loved how this book was duel POV Novel. I liked both characters. I also like how this school was not easy for both students and showed the challenges that they faced. I think this book relyed alot on lack of communication to develop their story and that was okay, but it kinda off frustrated me at points. I would def read more by this author in the future. I w0uld love a sequel book about their second semester and see how that would go, but a fun summer read for sure!

Serious Moonlight (Non-Spoiler Review)

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Published by  Simon Pulse on April 16, 2019 

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 432

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

After an awkward first encounter, Birdie and Daniel are forced to work together in a Seattle hotel where a famous author leads a mysterious and secluded life in this romantic contemporary novel from the author of Alex, Approximately.

Mystery-book aficionado Birdie Lindberg has an overactive imagination. Raised in isolation and homeschooled by strict grandparents, she’s cultivated a whimsical fantasy life in which she plays the heroic detective and every stranger is a suspect. But her solitary world expands when she takes a job the summer before college, working the graveyard shift at a historic Seattle hotel.

In her new job, Birdie hopes to blossom from introverted dreamer to brave pioneer, and gregarious Daniel Aoki volunteers to be her guide. The hotel’s charismatic young van driver shares the same nocturnal shift and patronizes the waterfront Moonlight Diner where Birdie waits for the early morning ferry after work. Daniel also shares her appetite for intrigue, and he’s stumbled upon a real-life mystery: a famous reclusive writer—never before seen in public—might be secretly meeting someone at the hotel.

To uncover the writer’s puzzling identity, Birdie must come out of her shell…discovering that the most confounding mystery of all may be her growing feelings for the elusive riddle that is Daniel.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. I normally love Jen Bennett books and this book was no exception. I really enjoyed how this book focused on the self discovery for the lead girl. I think the setting of this story the older hotel was so fun, I just wish it was featured a bit more. I found the plot to be predicable at moment but still a enjoyable plot and not too predictable. The romance was super compelling and I found myself often screaming at the book. I would have liked a clear epilogue but other then that was fun summer themed read!

That Night (Non-Spoiler Review)

That Night by Amy Giles

Published by  HarperTeen on October 23, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: Arc

Source: ALA

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

An evocative story by acclaimed author Amy Giles about tragedy, love, and learning to heal.

The year since a mass shooting shook their Queens neighborhood has played out differently for Jess and Lucas, both of whom were affected by that night in eerily similar and deeply personal ways. 

As Jess struggles to take care of her depressed mother and Lucas takes up boxing under the ever-watchful eye of his overprotective parents, their paths converge. They slowly become friends and then something more, learning to heal and move forward together.

But what does it mean to love after an unspeakable tragedy?

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was super heartbreaking read but super powerful. This book is set in new york and in queens. This book deals with the aftermath of a shooting at movie theater. I liked this book for how it focused only two people who survived the attack and lost a sibling in the attack. This book focused on these two characters and i really enjoyed this focus. The romance in this book was actually quite well done. I also thought this book tackled so many difference elements of grief and also the grief process. This book was super well crafted and i WOULD def read more by this author in the future.

The Other side of lost (Arc Review)

The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby

Published by HarperTeen on August 7, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 320

Format: ARC

Source: Publisher

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I would give this book 4 for a review.

Summary!!!

Girl Online meets Wild in this emotionally charged story of girl who takes to the wilderness to rediscover herself and escape the superficial persona she created on social media.

Mari Turner’s life is perfect. That is, at least, to her thousands of followers who have helped her become an internet starlet.

But when she breaks down and posts a video confessing she’s been living a lie—that she isn’t the happy, in love, inspirational online personality she’s been trying so hard to portray—it goes viral and she receives a major backlash.

To get away from it all, she makes an impulsive decision: to hike the entire John Muir Trail. Mari and her late cousin Bri were supposed to do it together, to celebrate their shared eighteenth birthday. But that was before Mari got so wrapped up in her online world that she shut anyone out who questioned its worth—like Bri. 

With Bri’s boots and trail diary, a heart full of regret, and a group of strangers that she meets along the way, Mari tries to navigate the difficult terrain of the hike. But the true challenge lies within, as she searches for the way back from to the girl she fears may be too lost to find: herself.

My Thoughts:

I thought this book was super well crafted. I really enjoyed the focus on self discovery and dealing with grief. I would def. pitch this book at as the YA version of Wild. I also really enjoyed the main character in this book and how her character arc progressed throughout the novel. I love the progression of the friendship that was in this novel. I thought this book def tugged at heart strings and it really was a fast pace read. I would def check out more books by this author in the future. 

The Distance Between Us (Non-Spoiler Review)

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

Published by   HarperTeen on July 2, 2013

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 325

Format: paperback

Source: personally bought

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

Money can’t buy a good first impression.

Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom’s porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he’s tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander’s loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?

My Thoughts:

I am so happy that I got around to this read. This book was such a fun read but it also tackled harder issues like class differences and money issues. I though the romance as was adorable and found it to be quite a page turner. I really loved the main character in this book and she was so fun to read from her POV. I also thought the doll shop was such a fun setting. I really liked the subtle twists and turns that happened in this book and it was such a engaging read. I really liked zander as bf and loved the ‘concept” of this novel. I thought the side characters could have been developed a bit more but it was a fun read and I am happy to finally read it! 

Always Never Yours (Non-Spoiler Review)

Always Never Yours  by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Published by Penguin Books on May 22, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 349

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

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I would give this book 4.75 for a review.

Summary!!!

Megan Harper is the girl before. All her exes find their one true love right after dating her. It’s not a curse or anything, it’s just the way things are. and Megan refuses to waste time feeling sorry for herself. Instead, she focuses on pursuing her next fling, directing theater, and fulfilling her dream school’s acting requirement in the smallest role possible. But her plans quickly crumble when she’s cast as none other than Juliet–yes, that Juliet–in her high school’s production. It’s a nightmare. Megan’s not an actress and she’s certainly not a Juliet. Then she meets Owen Okita, an aspiring playwright who agrees to help Megan catch the eye of a sexy stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script. Between rehearsals and contending with her divided family, Megan begins to notice Owen–thoughtful, unconventional, and utterly unlike her exes, and wonders: shouldn’t a girl get to star in her own love story?

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this read. I thought the backdrop of romeo and juilet production was so prefect. I also was really drawn to the character of megan. I thought she was unique character because she was not likable from page one but she grew on me throughout the read. I thought this was also a very sex positive novel and thought it was a super realistic read. I loved the complicated family dynamics off all the characters and also the connection this story had to Romeo and Juliet. I will def read more by this duo of authors in the future.

Somewhere only we know (Non-Spoiler Review)

Some Where only we know by Maurene Goo

Published by  Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) on May 7, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, contemporary

Pages: 312

Format: Hardback

Source: personally bought

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I would give this book 4.5 for a review.

Summary!!!

10:00 p.m.: Lucky is the biggest K-pop star on the scene, and she’s just performed her hit song “Heartbeat” in Hong Kong to thousands of adoring fans. She’s about to debut on The Tonight Show in America, hopefully a breakout performance for her career. But right now? She’s in her fancy hotel, trying to fall asleep but dying for a hamburger.

11:00 p.m.: Jack is sneaking into a fancy hotel, on assignment for his tabloid job that he keeps secret from his parents. On his way out of the hotel, he runs into a girl wearing slippers, a girl who is single-mindedly determined to find a hamburger. She looks kind of familiar. She’s very cute. He’s maybe curious.

12:00 a.m.: Nothing will ever be the same.

With her trademark humor and voice, Maurene Goo delivers a sparkling story of taking a chance on love—and finding yourself along the way.

My Thoughts:

I really loved this book. I thought his book had some of my favorite troups like romance with star, love to hate romance and some much self-discovery. I also really enjoyed the focus on the K pop world. I did not know much about this world but I found it super fast pace read. I really did like the duel POV and was super invested in both leads. I also liked how both main characters had some self-divsovery storylines. I enjoyed this read alot and found it to such a fast pace read that I flew though. I def need to read more by this author in the future!