May Wrap-Up

I’m almost completely caught up with these posts! Woot!

I read 9 books in total for May, and all but one of them were part of a series. This was an exciting month due to the fact that the final installment of the ACOTAR series was released!! I discovered these last year and absolutely loved them. A Court of Mist and Fury is on my list of top all-time favorites and I was so incredibly anxious to see how this story ended for my beloved characters.

Some of the highlights this month…

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After pre -ordering this 500 years in advance, I made a deal with my wife and took the entire day to savor this book. I had my kleenex ready and a tub of my favorite ice cream and I snuggled up in my comfiest clothes and got lost in it. This got such mixed reviews, but I was really happy with it. There were a lot of threads left open, but that was intentional, as Maas has decided to write 3 more books in this world. As soon as I finished these, I re-read the rest of the series again and loved them just as much as the first time. Rhysand is my book boyfriend for life.

 

 

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I’ve been meaning to read The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series for a while and was very excited to find an audio version on Overdrive. Khristine Hvam is a MAGICAL narrator! She slips effortlessly between accents and I got completely lost in the world she helped bring to life. I’ll likely do a full review for this series because I just loved it so much. Definitely check them out.

 

 

 

 

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The Tearling series is another I’ve had on my shelves for a while and have been meaning to start. I read the first two installments this month and am on a waitlist for the final one from the library. These are very creative and genre bending and unlike anything I’ve ever read. They are sort of a mash up between epic fantasy and dystopian sci-fi, which is just not a combination I’ve ever tried before. I have high hopes for the last one and recommend these for sure!

 

 

I also read Caraval this month and feel the need to call it out because of how incredibly disappointed I was. Someone in marketing thought it would be a great idea to compare this one to the Night Circus, and just… NO. This book does not even come close to the magical unicorn of a book that is the Night Circus and I HATE finished it. If you want to read it because you’ve heard this comparison, save yourself the time and disappointment.

Ok rant over.

The whole line up…

 

A Court of Thorns and Roses – 4 crowns

A Court of Mist and Fury – 5 crowns

A Court of Wings and Ruin – 5 crowns

A Million Worlds with You – 4 crowns

The Queen of the Tearling – 4 crowns

The Invasion of the Tearling – 5 crowns

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – 5 crowns

Days of Blood and Starlight – 5 crowns

Caraval – 2 crowns (Hiss! Boo!)

 

Have you guys read any of these series? What did you think? Any recommendations to add?

Geekerella – Ashley Poston

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Publisher: Quirk Books

Publication Date: April 4th, 2017

Page Count: 320 Pages (Hardcover)

From the Jacket:

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.

Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.

Oh, this book was SO MUCH FUN! It was sweet and dorky and romantic and wonderful. Full of loyal friendships and witty banter and fandoms. I have read my fair share of fairytale re-tellings, and this was by far the most relevant and inclusive. A truly awful step family, an adorable animal companion, and lots of unexpected helpers coming together to make a dream come true. With a super dreamy megastar (and secret geek) for Prince Charming, a bright orange, vegan food truck for a magical carriage and a feisty, green-haired lesbian with a heart of a gold for a fairy godmother.

I was so here for all of this.

Poston weaves a smart, funny, charming story that is a love letter to all fandoms everywhere. I felt like I knew these characters from page one. Written with authentically voiced characters, I felt their frustrations and insecurities and heart breaks and hopes. I swooned over the budding romance and relished in all of the nerdy details from the Starfield fandom. Unlike in Fangirl, where I was bored by all of the parts that incorporated the fanfic, I looked forward to the tidbits from the show episodes and movie reboot. I read this one in two sittings, and if not for lots of parenting and adulting, it would have been one.

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Final Thoughts: Everyone who has ever been a part of a fandom should read this book. And if you haven’t ever been a part of a fandom, reading this book will make you want to go out and join a whole bunch of them. Go pick up a copy and prepare to be charmed and smile until your face hurts. I love this and I cannot wait to read more of Poston’s stuff.

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Favorite Characters: Sage, Elle, Darien, Lonny

Memorable Quotes:

It’s also awkward to be so short you can see all the way up into someone’s cerebral cortex, but welcome to my life.

I’m half of my father. Half of my hero. And I am half of my mother. Half soft sighs and half sharp edges. And if they can be Carmindor and Amara–then somewhere in my blood and bones I can be too. I’m the lost princess. I’m the villain of my story, and the hero. Part of my mom and part of my dad. I am a fact of the universe. The Possible and the Impossible. I am not no one. I am my parents’ daughter, and then I realize–I realize that in this universe they’re alive too. They’re alive through me. Fashioning my hands into a pistol, I point it at the ceiling, lifting my chin, raising my eyes against the blinding stage lights, and I ignite the stars.

Did my coworker just exact vegan food-poisoning revenge on my behalf? I don’t know whether to be grateful or terrified.

April 2017 Wrap-Up

I’m slowly but surely getting caught up on these monthly wrap-ups. April was a really fantastic month of reading. I read 10 books, one which became a new all-time favorite and I finally discovered the Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi. This series was absolutely delicious and I went all in with the YA romance. I have no regrets.

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I absolutely treasured this book and it has joined the ranks of my all-time favorites. It’s a re-telling of Jane Eyre, but this Jane a totally bad-ass vigilante version. While there are several parallel plot points, it’s also entirely original. The historical details are perfect and for those who love Jane Eyre, it’s like meeting up with an old friend. I cannot recommend this one enough. Plus, it basically has my favorite cover art ever.

 

 

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The Impossible Fortress wasn’t a five crown read for me, but I find myself thinking back on it all the time. I had an absolute blast reading it. It’s full of nerdy computer details and is set in the 80s, with a quirky group of friends and a really sweet love story. If you’re looking for a fun, light read, definitely pick this one up.

 

 

 

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This. Book. Oh my sweet baby Jesus, THE FEELS. I highly recommend listening to this one on audio. The narrator has a beautiful accent and does an incredible job. I sat listening, tears streaming down my face, on more than one occasion. The Nightingale is about two sisters living in Nazi occupied France during WWII. I do not want to say too much because I think it’s one of those stories you should just experience without much prior knowledge. This is a beautifully written book and everyone should read it.

 

 

The whole line up…

 

 

Jane Steele – 5 crowns

A Murder In Time – 3 crowns

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – 3 crowns

Before I Fall – 4 crowns

Shatter Me – 4 crowns

Unravel Me – 4 crowns

Ignite Me – 5 crowns

Destroy Me – 5 crowns

The Impossible Fortress – 4 crowns

The Nightingale – 5 crowns