Geekerella, Ashley Poston – Book Review

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30724132Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has ever wanted, but 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. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

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.

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Forget Me Not, Angela Parkhurst – Book Review

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“I’ve never been to a ball or followed the yellow brick road, and I sure as hell never imagined myself living in a world of fairytale characters. Most of which want me dead. So when they come, because they will, I need to be ready.”

“And you think you could kill someone?”

“I know I could.”

When the academy in Nottingham burns down, sending in a new slew of fairytale classmates, Norah Hart comes face to face with new challenges, enemies and friendships. But the longer she is in this world, the more she realizes there is no getting out, leaving her with only one option–be prepared.

FORGET ME NOT is the second book in the Forgotten Fairytale series.

 

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*ARC provided by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts are entirely my own and in no way biased.*

Okay, so let’s be honest here. After the first book, this one was a disappointment. It suffered from what my friend Kru, likes to call it, the Sequel Syndrome.

Wolf and Norah are happy together after the events of the last book. But, when the story starts, there’s new kids at school who have transferred after a fire wrecked theirs. In the bunch on transfer students is Venessa, Wolf’s ex and Jaxson, who has the hots for Norah. Yes, recipe for disaster right there.

Venessa tries her everything in her power to break Norah & Wolf up, but Norah doesn’t budge. At the same time, Norah has been assigned extra lessons with Jax by her teacher so that she can pass her class. Wolf is not impressed. There’s a series of events which occur, leading to Wolf breaking up with Norah because he believes their story cannot end happily.

Norah is heartbroken and falls in the arms of Jax, who by the way, is the perfect replica of Wolf. Everything from the way he holds himself to his interactions with Norah reminded me of Wolf from book 1. She gets together with Jax around the same time that Wolf realises he was an ass for breaking up with her and begs for forgiveness. He blames some outside forces for his mood swings to get away with it, but yeah, you get the point.

So, this book was a total bust, except for the ending. OH MY GOD! THAT ENDING!

It totally broke me! I was so not expecting that to happen, but it did and WOW! HOW COULD IT EVEN! OHMIGOSH!

I have lots of thoughts on that ending. IT RUINED MY FEELS!

It was also the only redeeming characteristic of this book for me!

If you read this book, read it only for the ending. That end will make up for all that was wrong with the book, sort of.

Now, I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE THIRD BOOK BECAUSE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED!

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A psychotic, couture-clad, shoe obsessed Princess.
A not-so-charming, alcoholic Prince.
A hot Big Bad Wolf that she absolutely cannot fall for—no matter how well he kisses.

Seventeen-year-old, Norah Hart had no clue when she walked into boarding school, she’d be surrounded by reincarnated fairy tale characters, let alone learn she was one herself. In a world where the lines between good and evil blur, Norah struggles to find her place. When her actions throw off the balance of the fairy tale world and happily ever afters, enemies surface, ready to destroy her at any cost.

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Artifacts, Pete Catalano – Book Review

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25721477 It’s funny how one little letter can change a person’s life. Jax and his friends have been planning the summer of a lifetime at Camp Runamuck. However, when one of them is facing summer at a school desk for failing English, they watch those plans crash and burn!

At the last moment they’re given a way out.

An extra credit assignment to find several fake artifacts for a fairy tale display their teacher is presenting at the local library.

Thinking they’ve hit the easiest-extra-credit-ever jackpot, they begin rummaging through any piles of junk they can find. As they start putting the clues together, they realize that what they’re really searching for is one authentic artifact that can rewrite fairy tales!

Enlisting the aid of the Lost Boys, Jax and his friends battle fairy tale villains to see who can get their hand, or their hook, on it first.

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What can I say about this book? It’s super cute and adorable and funny and witty and just so much fun to read!

This is my first middle grade read, so understandably, I was a little skeptical as to whether I’d like it or not. But, just the first chapter into the book and I knew my worries were for nothing. This book is sooooooo awesome!

It’s about a group of friends who help one of their own for an English credit so that they can all go to camp for the rest of the summer. And, the task is a treasure hunt of sorts. Yeah! Treasure hunt! I absolutely love those things. So, of course, I loved this too!

The characters are young and cute and adorable and awkward and sarcastic and funny. It is so much fun to read each one of them. I love all of them, really. They’re just toooo awesome!

The plot is amazing and the writing is fabulous. There isn’t anything that should really stop you from reading this story because it is soooooo amazing! Trust me. Go read!

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Death In Neverland, Heather C. Myers – Book Review

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24174572In the Neverland, people don’t grow up. Because they’re dead.

Remy Cutler dies, and somehow escapes certain death. She returns to the land of the living with nothing but a ripped gown and a fear of heights.

Two years later, she plans to escape her arranged marriage by stowing away onto a ship in hopes to leave her home with no one none knowing. However, she is found out, and the sailors aren’t happy. Before any damage can be done, she is yanked from her predicament back to The Neverland, a place where death resides – the very place she escaped from years ago. Souls are ferried by her savior. To her, he’s known as Nick, but to The Neverland, he’s the slippery Nicholas Grey.

The more time Remy spends with Nick and his crew, however, the more she realizes he’s shockingly misunderstood. Pirates aren’t all bad the way gentleman aren’t all good. One such gentleman goes by the name of Peter, and he has nothing but power on his mind and revenge against Grey in his heart. And then there are those that are completely indiscernible, like James Hook, a Viking and ruler of The Other World, whose sole ambition is attaining more souls to rule over, no matter what the cost.

This dark retelling of Peter Pan infuses familiar characters created by J. M. Barrie with new characters and Greek mythology. It is the first in a trilogy.

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Well, I have to be honest. This book wasn’t entirely my cup of tea. I mean, sure, it’s good, but this book isn’t really meant for me. It is too descriptive. Now, don’t get me wrong, descriptions are good, great even. But, I hate too much of description because, let’s face it, who wants to read paragraphs and paragraphs of description when you could read the plot going forward? Not me, for sure.

The characters though, are good and easy to like. Remy may come off as annoying, but you eventually learn to like her, because hey! Every character can redeem themselves within the course of the story, just the way that she does.

The plot is exciting and there’s a sense of adventure that totally encompasses the book, the way you would expect it to when you’re reading something even remotely related to Peter Pan.

I’m not entirely sure what my turn off for this was, because it is a great story, believe me, it is, but I just didn’t connect with it in a way I hoped I would. I mean, Neverland means Peter Pan and I LOVE Peter Pan, but this wasn’t for me. It maybe the perfect story for you though. So, if you love lots of action and adventure with romance thrown in, you should definitely read this!

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Love in Neverland is as hard to capture as fairy dust. Luckily, Magdalena Trainor has no need for either. Love has never been at the forefront of her mind. Her sole focus is to keep an eye on Captain Nicholas Grey while James Hook – the only person Magda trusts – has Remy Cutler in his clutches. She doesn’t expect the task to be difficult – Nicholas Grey may have brawn but doesn’t appear to have any brain – except he turns out to be more than she bargained for. And not in a bad way.

For Remy Cutler, love in Neverland is impossible and uimportant. All she wants to do is get back home, back to her parents, her easy life, and even her undesirable arranged marriage with a man she has no passion for. James Hook may be beautiful, but he’s cold, and while he does not raise a hand to her, Remy is constantly left alone, isolated from everyone save for her handmaiden. Rey still has no idea why she’s so special, and James isn’t sharing what he’s planning to do with her either. There’s a threat looming over her head, and James Hook plays two parts: captor and protector. With no one left to trust but him, she puts her life – and heart – in his hand – and hook.

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Full disclosure: I am an acquired taste. I’m a typical blonde Orange County suburbanite who says ‘like’ more than necessary, laughs loud and probably obnoxiously, and loves to dance in the rain. I’m a 23 year old college graduate with more than a few tricks up my sleeve, and I also happen to be a pretty big Ducks fan. Oh, and I’m a writer. Like, for real.

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Slumber, Christy Sloat – Book Review

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24517353Not all princesses get their happily ever after…
They tell me I killed my boyfriend Phillip in cold blood. I stabbed him twenty one times. I’m only seventeen years old, and I am serving life in Spindle Ridge Asylum for the Criminally Insane.
I don’t remember killing him, so it’s really hard to believe I’m capable of murder. In fact I don’t remember anything before I came to Spindle Ridge, not even my boyfriend.
I can only grasp onto my realistic dreams while the madness of the asylum threatens to pull me under. I dream I’m a beautiful princess and there is an evil faerie named Maleficent who is bent on my destruction. The dreams are the closest thing I have to memories of my life, except they aren’t real.
I’m crazy. I’m not a princess.
They’re the mad illusions of an irrational teenage girl, right?
They’ve assigned me a new doctor, and she says I can trust her, and that she’ll help me see the truth of who I really am.
When she arrived she brought a new patient, Sawyer, who is everything Spindle Ridge isn’t: exciting, mysterious and beautiful. He promises he’s here to rescue me. Trusting either of them frightens me.
Could it be possible that my dreams are more than just the imaginings of a delusional girl? Could they be truth?

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Okay, so I just absolutely, totally, completely, wholly, phenomenally, irrevocably love this. I heart it! It is absolutely fucking amazing. There are no words really!

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This isn’t even enough to describe it. It is the absolute best thing I’ve read in a while. Everything from the plot to the characters to the dialogue and the scenes. I love everything. It’s just phenomenally written.

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In case you didn’t realise, that’s me with stars in my eyes after reading this story. Yes, I loved it so much! This isn’t even enough to describe it.

The story picks up with the female lead, Aurora or ‘Rory’ as she is called, in the asylum. They say she’s there because she murdered her boyfriend, Phillip, in cold blood b stabbing him twenty times. The thing is, Rory doesn’t remember doing that. So, she is found mentally unstable and sentenced to a life in the Spindle Ridge Asylum where the doctors need to work on her so she can remember.

However, Spindle Ridge isn’t your average asylum and hosts a lot of secrets. Nothing is as it seems and as the new director, Dr. Malisa ‘M’, forces Rory to remember things as fast as she can, Rory can’t help but think that the doctor has something to do with why she was in the asylum in the first place.

Things change when a new doctor, Dr. Gray, is appointed to look after the patients. The stories that she tells Rory are hard to believe, especially because she claims that Rory is infact a princess. Sawyer, the new asylum inmate doesn’t help matters when he declares that they’ve been in love for as long as he can remember. Thing is, Rory doesn’t remember him or Dr. Gray, both of whom pledge that they’re friends and want to save her.

With no recollection of her past life, Rory needs to make decisions, to chose who to believe and to fight for her freedom. Can she do it in time and save everybody in the asylum from a fate worse than death?

Intense, yeah? That’s what I thought too. The characters are all amazingly written with each having a distinct voice. They have such conflicting personalities and their actions and emotions are all over the place. The way they have been described – their thoughts, emotions and actions – is all beautiful. The character development is phenomenal and each scene helps in building the character to where they get to in the end of the story.

Rory, the heroine, is brave and mighty. She stands for what she believes in. Though she is portrayed as a timid, scared inmate in the beginning of the story, as the plot progresses, the real Rory appears. Her transformation is absolutely phenomenal. She has character, strength, courage and morale. It’s a delight to read, really. Besides being determined to leave, she’s also a girl in love. And all her emotions – the butterflies, the nerves, the longing – are so aptly described in the book. I especially love all her scenes with Sawyer because they show such a range on emotion that they always leave you wanting more.

Sawyer, the hero, is just as amazing. He loves Rory more than anything in the world. So much so that he is willing to risk death just to save her. It’s because of his love for her that he’s so strong and brave. He’s there for Rory every step of the way, a constant in her ever changing life, a shoulder to cry on, a hand to support and a heart to love. The lengths at which he’s ready to go to protect her is just amazing. I love him. I absolutely, completely, totally, love him. And I need him in my life. He’s so perfect! *sighs*

All in all, an a amazingly written story. Would I recommend it to others?

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And, just one thing to say to Christy!

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Thank you for writing such an amazing story!

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“I knew why I had fallen for him, and it wasn’t because I was young and foolish. It was because he was everything I wanted in my life. He was freedom from my duties as a princess. He was fun and laughter when I was stuck inside with my studies. He was the beauty when I was in a world where evil lurked around in the shadows.” – Rory.

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AWAKEN (SLUMBER #2)

26248930“Happily ever after is hers for the taking.”
Once upon a time I found myself locked away in Spindle Ridge Asylum, punished for a murder I didn’t commit. It was all part of Maleficent’s evil plan. I didn’t remember who I was then … now I do. My name is Aurora, and I am the rightful queen of this realm. Armed with my memories, I’m ready to take charge of my kingdom once more. Happily ever after evades me, yet I long to claim it with my true love, Sawyer, beside me. That fairy tale ending seems impossible with him locked in the thralls of a sleeping curse. As much as I’d love to sit by his bedside and eagerly await a cure, I must first travel into the terrifying Dark Woods to stop Raven from stripping me of all that is rightfully mine. I am not only a queen, but a warrior who will fight for her kingdom. Some may die. Blood will be shed. But when this ending comes, I will settle for nothing less than a blissful ever after.

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5445209Christy Sloat is a SoCal born girl who resides in New Jersey currently with her husband, two daughters and Sophie her Chihuahua. Christy has embraced the love of reading and writing since her youth and was inspired by her grandmother’s loving support. Christy passes that love of reading, writing, and creativity to her daughters, family, and friends. When you do not find Christy within the pages of a book you can find her being mommy, wife, crafter, and dear friend. She loves adventurous journeys with her friends and can be known to get lost inside a bookstore. Be sure to venture into her Past Lives Series, The Visitor’s Series, and watch for many more exciting things to come.

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