Book Review: Geekerella

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Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genres: YA, Retelling, Romance

Expected publication: 4th April 2017

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Rating: 5/5


Synopsis: 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 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?


*I was given an eARC via NetGalley in exchange an honest review*

Geekerella describes itself as ‘part romance, part love letter to nerd culture’ and it definitely had succeeded its goal. Geekerella is a perfect blend of both. For nerd culture being at its peak in this generation, Geekerella had paid tribute to almost all fandom out there. From comic book to Disney and TV shows, it has all of them. You have this familiar feeling, this comfort when you see your fandom being mention in the book, inside joke or references you might only get in you are in the fandom like George Clooney’s Batnipple suit to Barbara Gordon in Killing Joke (and there is a part slightly remind me of Doctor Who: Doomsday but maybe it’s just me). Such things make this book feels more like a friend. It shows how cosplayers treat their cosplay and how important it is to them. It sure makes me want to cosplay or at least go to con one day.

The characters feel realistic. Unlike our typical cookie-cutter YA romance characters, Darien feels really realistic, he has anxiety about being on TV even though he is super famous, he is a huge nerd, he likes Star Wars, Batman and more. Both characters are huge fans of this show called Starfield, Starfield is this sci-fi show and it doesn’t feel like it’s copying other existing franchise out there (or maybe I am just not that familiar with sci-fi except Doctor Who and Star Wars). Yes, this book fills with fandom reference but it also touches on more ‘important topics’ in fandom: whitewashing, reboot, sexism in fandom, and ‘fake geek girl’.

Yes, this is a Cinderella retelling, so the tale is as old as time. We all know the story of Cinderella: how she lose her glass slipper and met Prince Charming. Geekerella still has elements of the classic fairy tale but Poston manages to add this modern twist into it. I would say Geekerella is a product of this generation, with nerd culture, blogging and vlogging,  cosplay and cons. I don’t know is it an important factor for you to read this book but Darien is a Person of Colour (and Starfield breaking the barrier of its era to cast a POC in the original show) and it had a secondary F/F romance, so points for diversity.

Geekerella is a love letter to geek everywhere, fangirls and fanboys, cosplayers and fan-fiction writers (a middle-finger to those who had told us to ‘get over our obsessions’) To me who had been fangirling since forever (well 7-8 years), Geekerella is perfect read for me. Compare to other YA novels about fandom, I think it does a good job representing the fan culture. Honestly, I think Geekerella could be one of my favorite reads in 2017, and I can’t wait until the day it came out so I can own a physical copy of it. So to end this,’Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite’ as at the end we are all geeks here. tumblr_m9qc9cnipn1r4ix9fo1_500.gif

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2017 Reading Resolutions

Is it too late for me to post anythings related to “New Year Resolution”? Well, it is Chinese New Year yesterday so I guess new year resolution still make sense. 200.gif

For those who follow me on GoodReads, you might probably know that my 2016 consisted of reading a ton of graphic novels and manga. For 40 books I had read last year, more than half of them are graphic novels. So I setting up some resolutions for both reading and personal. 200-1.gif

1.Read something by Marie Lu or Leigh Bardugo

mostly because I have never read anything by these amazing authors and I really want to read Six of Crows or the Young Elite this year

2.Read more classic

In 2016, I had read quite a few classic novels including The Iliad. And I am proud of myself that I have read some classic last year (even though most of them are for school). So in 2017, I really want to read some Jane Austen, finish Jane Eyre and maybe read Odyssey.

3. Finish The Hero of  Olympus series

I have been putting the series off since forever, mostly because I love it so much and I don’t really want it to end. So I just stopped after reading The House of Hades because I want to save to read The Blood of Olympus.

4. Bookshelf makeover

This one is kinda random but if you saw my bookshelf in real life, you would understand. My shelf is messy and it is full, me and my sister shared a shelf and basically she put random stuff on my shelf very often so I think I need to get a bigger shelf or to clean the shelf we have in the living so I could store my books outside.

5. Write, write, write

I always said that ‘I am going to write more this year’ but never do it. Propably I would do the same this year, but since I am going to University this year and would be doing Creative Writing (if I go Uni in Hong Kong, that would be another story) therefore I might actually get some writing done this year and maybe even finish my novel!

Books I would like to read in this Autumn

So school had started, I am applying for UCAS working my ass off for my personal statement. But Autumn is here, and I tried my first Pumpkin Spice Latte. Anyway I am trying get back to reading, therefore this is my list of books that I want to read this Autumn.

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  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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I have been dying to read this and I just got it in my mail today. So my goal would be able to read ‘The Cursed Child’ before 2016 end. And I am just so excited to get back in Harry’s world.

2. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

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To be honest, I started reading during the Summer but haven’t got time to finish it. So I just want to finish it asap, I am having a mixed feeling toward this book. I mean it has some useful stuff but overall I don’t really have the motivation to finish… But if I have time, I might do a review on it.

3. The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

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I loved the first book ‘The Deal’ and I had recently reread (by recently I mean early this year). For some reason, I really want to read some New Adult books and I happen to have ‘The Mistake’ and ‘The Score’ on my laptop so I probably would finish this two before this year

Umm… I think this is it… I was planning to do ‘5 books I would like to read in this Autumn’ instead of 3 but I have 9 or 10 books I have to read for books even it is not a lot but I am applying UCAS right now so I don’t even know it I could read 3 books in total to be honest but I will try my best to get to my goal. And I will see you next time

Book Outlet Haul

So I placed my first Book Outlet order around the end of May or something and I am so excited for my books when I come back from the airport the first I do was to unbox it. I got everything for around $20 (including shipping), however international shipping are really expensive for Book Outlet so the package was first sent to the US then to Hong Kong therefore, the shipping would be cheaper compared to the international shipping. And I only got five books cause I bought too many books this month and it’s crazy (I can’t even put all my books into my two suitcases) 

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Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

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*Is it just me or the guy on the cover looks really creepy?*

Most Likely to Succeed by Jennifer Echols

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Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven 

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fml by Shaun David Hutchinson

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Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

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Will I buy from Book Outlet again? Maybe, possibly when they have a sale so I can buy 20+ books. I already have over 15 books in my cart and I am waiting until I got paid at the end of the month, however I think I will spend my money in Book Fair, graphic novels and comic books. So maybe I will buy from Book Outlet later around Black Friday or Christmas.

My 2016 Book Fair Wishlist

So every Summer around July, there would be a book fair in Hong Kong and almost every year I lost control. I would go to the Book Fair for around 3-4 times (twice with my sister, once with my friends), anyways my point is I would buy a shitload of books and I possibly won’t read it. Just last year, I got like 27 books and only 10 that I actually finished. So I’m going to limit myself this year and maybe have a wishlist of what I’m buying this year. And just to let you know this list is pretty random and I honestly don’t know what I would buy and mostly I just have a brief concept of what I might get so…

1. The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan 26252859.jpg

I just need it so badly, Apollo is one of my favorite Olympians and Apollo is technically my ‘godly parent’ so…

2. Any YA Contemporary Romance

To be honest, I really don’t know what contemporary romance I would buy that day but I want something lovey dovey and perhaps a new fictional boyfriend (Perhaps something by Kasie West, I read a little bit of The Fill-In Boyfriend so maybe I would buy that)

3. Something by Sarah J Maas

I love Throne of Glass and I got Crown of Midnight but I still don’t have time to read it but I think I would either buy Heir of Fire or A Court of Thorns and Roses

4. Books that I need for Literature, Classical Civilisation and Film Studies next years

So usually in Book Fair, classics are really cheap compare to other YA or other novels (Last year they are around US$6 and £3 which is really cheap in Hong Kong)

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And I think this is it right now (well obviously my book fair book haul would be wayyyyy bigger than this list) but I think this would be the basis of what I would get during the book fair. Anyway it’s 3am here in London so I am going to sleep now. xoxo

 

Update: 10 May 2016

Okay this is weird, I haven’t been blogging since forever. Is anyone still here? I was going to post something on New Year Eve, I was going to post around my birthday and I just won’t have time to actually write something (there is like 20 something drafts that I just forgot about) and because of my classes I just don’t have time to actually read a novel but I have been reading a lots of comic books, so that’s a good thing. Maybe I will write something about comic books?

Anyway, my exam starts on 17 May and all my exam will end on 6 June so after my exams I will go to Foyles and Forbidden Planet to buy some late birthday gift for myself. When I go back to Hong Kong, Book Fair is coming up, so I got more time to catch with books and TV shows, and I will have time and materials to post something.

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Book Review: The Song of Achilles

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Title: The Song of Achilles

Author: Madeline Miller

Genres: Young Adult, LGBT, Retelling

ISBN: 9781408821985

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Warming: Possible Spoilers


 

Synopsis: Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.
But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.


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