Mini Reviews: Geekerella by Ashley Poston & Awakening by by Lindsay Smith


I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

30201136Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Release date: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
Genre: Young adult, contemporary
Format: eBook


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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?

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”

*squeals* I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS STORY!!!!!!! The plot, the characters, the romance, the fandom….oh! It was perfect and I’m so glad that I picked it up. It was everything I adore about a story and more. My heart exploded and I had a permanent smile from start to finish. 

Reasons Why I Loved It:

  • It’s a modern retelling of Cinderella. Retellings are so much fun!
  • It features a POC lead character who was all kinds of swoon worthy and adorable.
  • I could totally identify with Elle, the main character. I’m obsessed with shows such as Firefly and Battlestar Galactica. Yes they are made up and perhaps I take them a little bit too seriously but they make me happy. They get me through tough times. Elle also used her love of a sci-fi show Starfield to help her deal with some difficult circumstances.
  • Talking about Elle, she was one of my favourite parts of this book. She’s brave, honest and willing to take risks. My heart was fully invested in her journey. I was emotionally all over the place. I was smiley like crazy when she was happy and outraged when a certain character tries to upstage her. I want more characters like Elle!
  • Fandoms are interesting things. The message of the book was perfect. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a fan for ages or are new to the TV show or movie or whatever. Fandoms are for celebrating our love of a particular show or character. Nobody should judge you on how “into” the fandom you are. THANK YOU!
  • It also touched on how sci-fi is very male dominated. Gender doesn’t dictate your love of a particular genre or how much knowledge you have about a show. I always felt strange letting people know I was so nerdy or into certain shows. But guess what? I don’t care anymore. I’m a sci-fi nerd and proud of it! I wish I would have had this book when I was a teen.
  • Sage, Elle’s friend, was simply kickass and amazing! She’s simply the best!

This book was so much fun to read! It brought be tons of joy, smiles, laughs. It had it all and I can’t recommend it enough.

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

33360275Awakening by Lindsay Smith
Release date: February 8th, 2017
Publisher: Serial Box Publishing
Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction
Format: eBook


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The spies and sorcerers of Prague face hard questions and increased oversight in the wake of last season’s explosive events. On the Vltava, a Flame op goes up in literal flames when a mysterious interloper joins the fray.

Welcome to Prague, 1970: the epicenter in a Cold War of spies and sorcerers. The streets are a deadly chessboard on which the CIA and KGB make their moves, little dreaming that a deeper game is being played between the Consortium of Ice and the Acolytes of Flame, ancient factions of sorcery.

The Witch Who Came In From The Cold has quickly become one of my favourite series. The stories are super short (two or three chapters long) and take place during the Cold War. So forget about the whole CIA vs. KGB spy game, the real story here is a secret battle between the Consortium of Ice and the Acolytes of Flame, two magical factions. It’s hard to completely explain everything without giving so much away! You just really need to read “season one”.

Awakening, the first story in season two, was just as good or even better than its predecessors. So much happened near the end of the previous season and this story certainly started with a bang. It featured all of the things that I loved about the first set of stories and added in a couple of new items to keep me interested in finding out what will happen next. With such short stories, I’m always wanting more and more. It’s just this time around I’ll have to wait for the next part to be released. With season one I was able to read them all at the same time. Oh, the patience I’m going to need!

One thing I want to point out is that while the story does a good job of summarizing the main plot points of season one, it’s not for people who haven’t read the first set of stories. You’ll be very lost and unaware of minor plot details that pop up now and again. That said, I’m always amazed by how a series written by multiple authors can be so cohesive! Anyway, you really, really need to read this amazing series! You won’t regret a second of it. 🙂

Mini Reviews | Bad Blood & The Witch Who Came In From The Cold


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30334509The Witch Who Came in From the Cold: Season One Volume One by Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Ian Tregillis, Cassandra Rose Clarke and Michael Swanwick 
Release date: May 25th, 2016
Publisher: Serial Box
Genre: Fantasy, historical fiction
Format: eBook

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Through a haze of cigarettes and vodka there lies a version of Prague in the heart of the Cold War where spies practice sorcery in their games of intrigue. While the political lines may be as clear as the Iron Curtain, the battles of magic seldom stay clean, and the combating forces of Ice and Flame dance across borders and loyalties. Tanya Morozova is a KGB officer and the latest in a long of Ice sorceresses; Gabe Pritchard is a CIA officer and reluctant Ice recruit. Enemies at one turn, but forced into alliances at the next, their relationship is as explosive as the Cold War itself.

I find the whole serial concept very interesting. I actually purchased the first instalment of The Witch Who Came in From the Cold a while back and then for some reason I can’t remember never picked up the second in the series. That was definitely my loss because these stories are excellent!

The stories take place in the real world but feature major magical elements. They take place in 1970s Cold War era Prague and are about about a few KGB, CIA and MI6 intelligence agents. These agents may be representing a particular nation, but they are actually fighting a secretive war between two magical factions, the Ice and the Fire. These two groups are fighting each other to gain control of Hosts, regular people who suddenly become aware of the magical world and possess special items or abilities.

The premise is so different. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it before! Cold War and magic?! YES! It works so well and the fact that the characters are technically fighting two wars makes it even more intriguing because which side are they actually on? There are a lot of tough situations that the characters have to face.

I loved how each story was written by a different author but all still managed to tell a well planned out and cohesive story. I also appreciated how each instalment was fulfilling and complete. I’ve read serial type stories in the past where I was given only one tiny chapter. These stories offer a complete story but leave you hanging on wanting more and more.

By the end of the 7th story I was hooked. At the start the characters were quite vague but now I care so much for them. It’s amazing and a credit to the story telling just how much the characters changed and developed as I read. I can’t wait to start the next bunch of stories because I need to know what’s going to happen!

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Bad Blood by Demitria Lunetta
Release date: March 14th, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, historical fiction
Format: eBook

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A girl discovers a family secret and a past full of magic that could both save her and put her in mortal danger in this suspenseful novel that’s perfect for fans of Katie Alender and Natasha Preston.

All sixteen-year-old Heather MacNair wants is to feel normal, to shed the intense paranoia she’s worn all year like a scratchy sweater. After her compulsion to self-harm came to light, Heather was kept under her doctor’s watchful eye. Her family thinks she’s better—and there’s nothing she wants more than for that to be true. She still can’t believe she’s allowed to spend her summer vacation as she always does: at her aunt’s home in Scotland, where she has lots of happy memories. Far away from all her problems save one: she can’t stop carving the Celtic knot that haunts her dreams into her skin.

Good friends and boys with Scottish accents can cure almost anything…except nightmares. Heather can’t stop dreaming about two sisters from centuries ago, twins Prudence and Primrose, who somehow seem tied to her own life. Their presence lurks just beneath the surface of her consciousness, sending ripples through what should be a peaceful summer. The twins might hold the key to putting Heather’s soul at rest…or they could slice her future deeper than any knife.

Oooh this book! I honestly devoured it in one night, a feat so staggering I still can’t believe it. One night makes it sound even longer than it took. It was actually just a few hours. I needed a book to take my mind off of a few things that were bothering me and I couldn’t have made a better choice. From the opening chapter I was completely hooked!

The story follows the main character Heather on her annual trip to Edinburgh to visit her aunt and grandmother. However, things aren’t as they used to be. Heather has just checked out of medical centre for self harm. She’s been plagued by reoccurring nightmares and has had a difficult time coping with them. She keeps on reliving the witch trials that took place in Edinburgh in the 1600s. I don’t want to give away anything but…while in Scotland Heather learns a lot about her family history and is forced to confront those haunting her in her dreams.

What I really loved about the book were the historical flashbacks to 1600s Scotland. They were written in a way that kept me wanting more and more. These flashbacks were short and sweet but left me with a ton of questions each time one appeared. There was so much suspense and tension! That’s part of what made this novel so enjoyable to read. The author kept the reader on their toes. Scotland itself is a huge character in the story and it made me long to go back. I lived in Edinburgh for a year and I miss it a lot. Every description of a street, monument or area just made my heart leap. *sigh* Oh Scotland, I love you so much!

I did become a bit frustrated at the end. The panic inducing pace of the novel slowed down a lot. It started to drag and that slightly took away from the tense feeling that I felt throughout. That said, Bad Blood is still a book that I highly recommend. This is a standalone that you don’t want to miss out on!