Geekerella by Ashley Poston (ARC Review)

30201136Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Fairytale Retelling
Publisher: Quirk Books
Distributor: Penguin Random House
Date published: April 4, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 320
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryCinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale. 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.

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Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round by Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa (Review)

29901447Title: Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round
Author: Crystal Watanabe and Maki Ogawa
Type: Non-Fiction
Genre: Food & Drink, Cookbook
Publisher: Quirk Books
Date published: December 27, 2016
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryFrom the depths of winter to the height of summer, a beautiful lunch can brighten any day. Japanese bento boxes are portable and pretty meals packed with healthy portions and plenty of cheer. And they re outrageously cute! With Yum-Yum Bento All Year Round, you ll fall in love with 52 tasty, in-season lunches. Spring into make-ahead action with packing tips, tutorials, side dish recipes, and more. From summer Sunshine Smiles to Christmas Gingerbread Friends, there s a bento just perfect for your lunchbox today.

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A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi (ARC Review)

29939047Title: A Crown of Wishes
Author: Roshani Chokshi
Type: Fiction
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Romance, Mythology
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Date published: March 28, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 352
Source: Publisher

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A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

SummaryGauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes—a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

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Currently Reading, Watching, Trying (#2)

ezgif-1-0cca031349I hadn’t really decided whether I would post these on specific days, or whether it’d be weekly, bi-weekly, or whenever. But so as to keep the content as fresh as possible, I might just post them when the things I’m reading, watching, and trying change up a bit, (and also when I have time), since there’s no point in making two or more posts about the same content. Right? I know that readers usually prefer that there be a schedule, or at least a regularity to how posts go live, but even though I’m quite organized as a person, that side of me seems not to apply to blogging at all. But a lot of you are still around, so I don’t feel like a total failure, haha. Thank you so much for all of your support!

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Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde (Blog Tour, ARC Review & Giveaway)

28245707Title: Queens of Geek
Author: Jen Wilde
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Date published: March 14, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 288
Source: Publisher

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Three friends. Two love stories. One convention.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

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Queens of Geek, an empowering young adult novel by Jen Wilde, is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

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February 2017 Owl Crate (Review)

owlProduct: February 2017 Owl Crate
Type: Surprise subscription book crate
What: One brand new, just released, hardcover YA book, and goodies related to each month’s specific theme (usually related to the book which is included in a specific box).
Company: Owl Crate
Made in: U.S.A., Canada, Australia, and others
Current price: 29.99 USD
Shipping: Depends on where you live. It’s 10.95 USD to my location.
Source: Personal purchase.

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Top Ten Tuesday (#19)

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I’m so glad that Top Ten Tuesday is no longer on hiatus! I didn’t realize how much I would miss this meme until it was actually gone for a good bit! Even though it just snowed here for the last few days (oh Canada), I will pretend it’s “Spring” and complete this week’s prompt with a nice big smile on my face! Haha. Here goes!

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco (ARC Review)

30095464Title: The Bone Witch
Author: Rin Chupeco
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Paranormal
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date published: March 7, 2017
Format: Digital
Page Count: 400
Source: NetGalley

A digital copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

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Rebels Like Us by Liz Reinhardt (ARC Review)

25377806Title: Rebels Like Us
Author: Liz Reinhardt
Type: Fiction
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Date published: February 28, 2017
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 496
Source: Publisher

A physical copy of the book was kindly provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  Culture shock knocks city girl Agnes “Nes” Murphy-Pujols off-kilter when she’s transplanted mid–senior year from Brooklyn to a small Southern town after her mother’s relationship with a coworker self-destructs. On top of the move, Nes is nursing a broken heart and severe homesickness, so her plan is simple: keep her head down, graduate and get out. Too bad that flies out the window on day one, when she opens her smart mouth and pits herself against the school’s reigning belle and the principal.

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WWW Wednesday (#6)

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So glad that I was able to participate in this meme again this week! I’ve been really busy, but I devoted a slot of time to putting this post together, and I’m glad that it was enough to actually finish writing and setting it up (unlike other weeks when I failed, hah). For those of you who don’t know what WWW Wednesday is, I will post a quote from the post written by the hostess (at Taking on the World of Words), because I think that she explains it better than I could:

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