Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 4th, 2017 by Quirk Books
My ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads

Cinderella 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.

My thoughts…


Geekerella is a modern-day retelling of Cinderella. Geeky seventeen-year-old Elle feels like she only belongs in the Starfield universe. Elle is busy working in the Magic Pumpkin food truck and dealing with her stepmother and stepsisters, who don’t have the same passion for Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. When her beloved TV show is announced to be made into a movie, she’s very disappointed to hear soap opera star Darien Freeman will be playing Carmindor.

Darien has been Starfield fan his entire life and it has always been his dream to be cast as Federation Prince Carmindor. But, the Starfield fans feel that he is not the right choice to play the beloved character, especially with his Hollywood good looks. When Darien begins having second thoughts on meeting the fans, he calls the number on the ExcelsiCon website to try to get out of attending ExcelsiCon. When Ellie receives a phone call from an unknown number asking about ExcelsiCon she doesn't think much of it. Unknown to Elle, the unknown number belonged to Darien. Still trying to get out of his appearance at ExcelsiCon, Darien texts Elle again and their friendship begins.

Geekerella follows the same story line as Cinderella, no surprise of a happy ending. I really enjoyed this retelling and would recommend it to anyone who loves a happily ever after.

Happy Reading -J  

Review: Hollywood Scandal by Louise Bay

Hollywood Scandal by Louise Bay
Kindle Edition, 286 pages
Published August 20th, 2017 by Louise Bay
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

HE’S A HOLLYWOOD SUPERSTAR. SHE’S LITERALLY THE GIRL NEXT DOOR.

One of Hollywood’s A-listers, I have the movie industry in the palm of my hand. But if I’m going to stay at the top, my playboy image needs an overhaul. No more tabloid headlines. No more parties. And absolutely no more one-night stands.

Filming for my latest blockbuster takes place on the coast of Maine and I’m determined to stay out of trouble. But trouble finds me when I run into Lana Kelly.

She doesn’t recognize me, she’s never heard of Matt Easton and my million-dollar smile doesn’t work on her.

Ego shredded, I know I should keep my distance, but when I realize she’s my neighbor I know I’m toast. There’s no way I can resist temptation when it’s ten yards away.

She has a mouth designed for pleasure and legs that will wrap perfectly around my waist. She’s movie star beautiful and her body is made to be mine.

Getting Lana Kelly into my bed is harder than I’m used to. She’s not interested in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but I’m determined to convince her the best place in the world is on the red carpet, holding my hand.

I could have any woman in the world, but all I want is the girl next door.

A sexy, standalone romance.

My thoughts…


Hollywood heartthrob and movie star Matt Easton is on location filming his next movie. He has spent the last several years repairing his image and doesn’t need any kind of scandal. While Matt is filming he has rented a cottage away from the city to enjoy the solitude and quiet of being in a small town.

Lana Kelly, a talented jewelry designer with her own shop, has sworn off men after an incident in college sent her rushing back home to her small town. Lana and her best friend co-own the cottage next door to hers which they rent out to tourists for an additional income.

Lana admits that her new renter is beyond gorgeous. However, she's not interested in any kind of involvement. Lana has no idea that Matt's famous. She thinks he's just another tourist visiting and has no idea that he's there to film his latest blockbuster. Matt loves the idea of Lana not knowing that he is famous, she thinks of him as just a regular guy. Lana and Matt became friends and begin to open up with one another.

Matt reveals his full name and what he does for a living, Lana still doesn't realize just how famous he really is or that he is Hollywood’s heartthrob. Matt loves that Lana sees beyond his Hollywood image. Unfortunately, Lana thinks there's an expiration date for their relationship, but Matt wants something more. Because of Lana’s horrible public embarrassment in New York, she is not sure she can handle being in spotlight with Matt.

The chemistry between Matt and Lana is completely off the charts. Neither of them has experienced anything like it before. The story had great pace with just the right amount of push and pull between the characters. They wanted to make each other’s lives better and they encouraged one another to go after what they wanted in their careers. I just loved how Matt and Lana supported each other unconditionally. They are fantastic together and the conclusion left me with a big smile.

Happy Reading -J 

Review: Children of the Storm: The True Story of the Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy by Ariana Harner & Clark Secrest

Children of the Storm: The True Story of the Pleasant Hill School Bus Tragedy
by Ariana Harner & Clark Secrest
Paperback, 160 pages
Published March 19th, 2001 by Fulcrum Publishing
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Goodreads

A story of 33 fateful hours, in which 20 children faced nature's toughest tests. 

My thoughts… 


March 26, 1931, On the remote plains of southeastern Colorado it was uncommonly warm, and residents were relieved that the troubles of winter were gone for another year, or so they thought. As the children rode the bus to Pleasant Hill School dark clouds began to form and by 9:00 the snow was blowing and coming down heavily. A decision was made to bus the children to a nearby home rather than keeping them at the one room schoolhouse that was low on supplies.

By the time the bus reached the main road, the children could not see the school behind them and the bus driver, Carl Miller, could not see beyond the windshield. He was lost. The children would spend 33 hours trapped in the school bus. Carl tried desperately to help the children stay warm, he ultimately made the decision to leave the children and try to find help. Carl and five children would die in this tragedy.

This was a sad heartbreaking story of what the children had to endure, watching their classmates freeze to death and then becoming the political and media stories. What these children went through was horrific. I did like that the author added an update on the surviving children and adults of this tragedy.

-J 

Review: A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite

A Beautiful, Terrible Thing: A Memoir of Marriage and Betrayal by Jen Waite
Jen Waite (Narrator)
Audiobook: Duration: 06:41:33
Published July 11th, 2017 by Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
My rating: ⭐⭐

What do you do when you discover that the person you've built your life around never existed? When "it could never happen to me" does happen to you?

These are the questions facing Jen Waite when she begins to realize that her loving husband--the father of her infant daughter, her best friend, the love of her life--fits the textbook definition of psychopath. In a raw, first-person account, Waite recounts each heartbreaking discovery, every life-destroying lie, and reveals what happens once the dust finally settles on her demolished marriage.

After a disturbing email sparks Waite's suspicion that her husband is having an affair, she tries to uncover the truth and rebuild trust in her marriage. Instead, she finds more lies, infidelity, and betrayal than she could have imagined. Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment from the last five years that isn't part of the long-con of lies and manipulation. With a dual-timeline narrative structure, we see Waite's romance bud, bloom, and wither simultaneously, making the heartbreak and disbelief even more affecting.

My thoughts…


This book was not what I expected, and it kept my attention, but not in a good way. From the synopsis I was waiting for something shocking and unbelievable to happen, especially since Jen’s husband “fits the textbook definition of psychopath”.

Jen tells her story in alternating chapters of before and after, before her marriage and after discovering her husbands’ betrayal. It was heartbreaking to hear about the end of her relationship and while I sympathize with Jen, many women go through this kind of betrayal that leads to divorce. But, to describe her former spouse and the father of her child as a narcissist and sociopath, diagnosing him from the internet, did not sit well with me. I’m just wondering how this memoir will affect her daughters’ relationship with her father in the future.  

I wish Jen and her daughter the best and hopefully she can open herself up to trust again. -J 

Review: I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France #1) by Sarah Mlynowski

I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski
(I See London, I See France #1)
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published July 11th, 2017 by HarperTeen
My rating:

I see London, I see France, I see Sydney’s underpants.

Nineteen-year-old Sydney has the perfect summer mapped out. She’s spending the next four and half weeks traveling through Europe with her childhood best friend, Leela. Their plans include Eiffel-Tower selfies, eating cocco gelato, and making out with très hot strangers. Her plans do not include Leela’s cheating ex-boyfriend showing up on the flight to London, falling for the cheating ex-boyfriend’s très hot friend, monitoring her mother’s spiraling mental health via texts, or feeling like the rope in a friendship tug-of-war.

As Sydney zigzags through Amsterdam, Switzerland, Italy, and France, she must learn when to hold on, when to keep moving, and when to jump into the Riviera…wearing only her polka-dot underpants.

 My thoughts…


Sydney has just finished her freshman year of college in Maryland and her best friend, Leela, has spent her first year of college in Montreal. The two have always dreamed of going to Europe together, unfortunately Sidney’s mom suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia. Sydney lives at home, along with her younger sister and spends most of her time taking care of her mom. When Leela's boyfriend Matt cheats on her, Leela's plans to go to Europe are ruined, unless she can convince Sydney to go with her in place of Matt. Imagine their surprise when Matt shows up on the same flight, bringing along with his hot player friend Jackson.

I don't know what to say about this book, it just wasn’t for me, maybe I’m too old for this. None of the characters were interesting and after a while I didn’t really care for Sydney, Leela, Matt or Jackson. The friendship between Sydney and Leela was toxic, Sydney spends most of the book trying to please Leela, who treats her badly and complains constantly.

Basically, it’s about two girls traveling around Europe, and after a while that became boring and I found myself skipping. There isn’t really a romance between Sydney and Jackson, just sex. This is listed as Young Adult, but I would not let my young teenager read it, there is drug use, drinking, and sex, a very descriptive sex show scene that takes place in Amsterdam.

Overall, I was disappointed in this book and I will not be reading book two in this series.  -J

Stacking the Shelves #27

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added to my shelves this week. My son gave me a Target coupon for $5 off any $15 purchase, my plan was to go in, get Renegades by Marissa Meyer and that was it. As you all know and understand, it never works out that way…  

I’m not going to add a synopsis for each book, but all book links will take you to Goodreads.


Renegades (Renegades #1) by Marissa Meyer

The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman
(Historical Fiction)

I, Eliza Hamilton by Susan Holloway Scott
(Historical Fiction)

Currently reading. First time reading Marie Lu and it’s great.


These are the books I added to my Kindle this week: 



Endgame by Chloe Walsh

Tainted Kiss (Tainted Knights #1) by Terri Anne Browning

(Freebie on Amazon)

How to Love by Katie Cotugno
Audiobook borrowed from the library. Currently reading and enjoying it.


I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them. Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting. Happy Reading -J

Review: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown
Grover Gardner (Narrator)
Audiobook: Duration: 14:21:08
Published October 20th, 2009
by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1970)
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's eloquent, fully documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold almost four million copies and has been translated into seventeen languages.

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows the great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them demoralized and defeated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was really won.

My thoughts… 


Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee should be required reading for all American young adults, it is a comprehensive history of the Native Americans. This was a heartbreaking and depressing book that shows repeatedly that there was literally nothing the Indians could have done to protect themselves from the greedy European settlers and the American Government.

The government would make a treaty with the Indian Chiefs promising land to them if they agreed to give up certain portion of their lands. These treaties would then be broken by white men, settlers or miners. The government would do nothing to remove white men from Indian territories, despite the treaty obligations. The government would tell Indians to either move further west or south and to abandon their lands.

When the Indians tried to uphold the treaties, the government would send soldiers to seize the land. There would be a battle, involving slaughtering and mutilation of Indian women and children by the soldiers, which would then force the Indians to retaliate. The Indians that survived, were captured and moved to land that wasn’t useful to them, no buffalo for hunting or good soil for growing, reservations. They would go hungry, and some starved to death by the government, the same government which had promised to protect them and supply them with provisions.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is a very heavy read, it contained many names, events and dates and it was a bit difficult for me to keep track of it all. It was truly heartbreaking how the Indians were treated.  -J

“Treat all men alike.... give them all the same law. Give them all an even chance to live and grow. You might as well expect the rivers to run backward as that any man who is born a free man should be contented when penned up and denied liberty to go where he pleases. We only ask an even chance to live as other men live. We ask to be recognized as men. Let me be a free man...free to travel... free to stop...free to work...free to choose my own teachers...free to follow the religion of my Fathers...free to think and talk and act for myself.”
Dee Brown, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West 

Stacking the Shelves #26


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added to my shelves this week, I also added a couple of stuffed furry friends. I’ve wanted a Barnes & Noble bear for a while now and I couldn’t pass up purchasing Barnsie & Noble, the doggie, this week while they were on sale. I found the perfect spot on my desk for them, surrounded by books.

I’m not going to add a synopsis for each book, but all book links will take you to Goodreads. 



Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett


When It's Real by Erin Watt
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I loved this so much when I listened to it in audiobook format, I had to add the physical book to my shelf. When It’s Real is one of my favorite reads for 2017.

Read: ⭐⭐⭐
I hate to admit that I purchased this book because of the cute little puppy on the cover. It was a cute, quick and sweet second chance romance. 



Rock Solid (Book Boyfriend #4) by Carly Phillips, Erika Wilde


Spider by Ilsa Madden-Mills






Damaged by Willow Winters

Dear Everly: a romance novel by London Casey, Jaxson Kidman

Love on the Edge of Time by Julie A. Richman



I’m currently listening to this series on audio and surprisingly I like it. I own book one, The Selection, on Kindle and when I read it five years ago I didn’t particularly care for it and never continued with the other books. I’m happy that I picked it up again, listening to it in audiobook format has made it more enjoyable. This series has mixed reviews, you either love it or hate it…



I’m a slacker with my blog lately. But, that’s okay, I blog just for fun and to help me keep track of the books I’ve read. I don’t have many followers and I don’t have any kind of pressure to review books from authors or publishers, so it’s okay to slack every so often. I’ve been spending more time reading, I’m currently binge reading the Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs. Today I’m starting book #6, River Marked, so far, I’m enjoying this series immensely.

My son is trying to talk me into vlogging about books, he seems to think people would like me because of my personality, he’s so sweet to say that. Maybe in the new year I will video a bookshelf tour, those are some of my favorite book videos to watch. I personally don’t think I would be good at vlogging, I would say “this book sucks, don’t waste your money” and I can only imagine all the hate comments I would get…lol  

I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them.

Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving, thank you for visiting. Happy Reading -J

Stacking the Shelves #25


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added this week to Kindle. Each book link will take you to Goodreads. 


Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Currently Reading




Complicated by Kristen Ashley
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Hooking Up by Helena Hunting

The Silver Music Box by Mina Baites




Mercedes is a Volkswagen mechanic living in the Tri-Cities area of Washington. Her Native American heritage has gifted her with the ability to take the form of a coyote at will. She's surrounded by far more powerful supernatural beings, including werewolves, vampires and an assortment of fae. - Urban fantasy.

Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



  
I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting. Happy Reading -J

Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published May 30th, 2017 by Simon Pulse
My rating: ⭐⭐

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

My thoughts…


I had high expectations for When Dimple Met Rishi and thought for sure I was going to love this book, especially after seeing it hyped up all over You Tube. I'm disappointed, to say the least, it didn't live up to my expectations.

Dimple's parents agree to pay for her to attend a summer coding program because Rishi will be attending the same program. Their parents believe that Dimple and Rishi are compatible and have decided for them to meet. Dimple's parents have never mentioned him, and Rishi is fully aware of the arrangement, but Dimple is not.

Rishi has embraced his Indian culture and their traditions. He is excited to go to the summer program with the intent to meet his future wife. After meeting Rishi, Dimple makes it clear she is not about to get married anytime soon and is against the arranged marriage.

They end up as partners for a competition and fall in love as they start spending more time together. To be honest, I’m not sure what Rishi saw in Dimple, she was mean, rude and very disrespectful to her parents and her Indian traditions. Dimple becomes angry with Rishi because they didn’t win the competition and she blames him for them losing. Dimple breaks off the relationship and doesn’t want to have anything to do with Rishi.  

The story is very predictable and basically a very cliché young adult romance. The only reason why I gave this book two stars was because of Rishi, he was loveable and charming and a hopeless romantic. I was expecting to read more about their Indian culture and arranged marriages. Sadly, I didn’t enjoy it as everybody else seemed to.

Happy Reading -J

Stacking the Shelves #24


Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves; may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in a store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course eBooks.

These are the books I added to my shelves during the month of October. I’m not going to add a synopsis for each book, but all book links will take you to Goodreads. 




Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain





Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trust by Kylie Scott



From This Moment by Melanie Harlow

Shade by Shey Stahl
Read: ⭐⭐⭐

Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



A Thousand Letters by Staci Hart

If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow




Feed (Newsflesh #1) by Mira Grant
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Velvet (Velvet #1) by Temple West
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐




The Unremembered Girl by Eliza Maxwell

It's You (It's You #2) by Katy Regnery
Read: ⭐⭐⭐

The Pawn (Endgame #1) by Skye Warren




The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Elite (The Selection #2) by Kiera Cass
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐



Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐



A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Read: ⭐⭐⭐

The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I went to my very first library book sale with my niece. We had a great time going through the many tables and shelves of books. It was a crazy kind of fun. There were gentlemen who brought along 12 large plastic bins (I happen to recognize them from our local used book store), and many others with large totes. Next time I’ll remember to bring a huge book bag to carry my loot, hardcovers are heavy. Yes, yes, I know, I already own a few editions of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, but this cover was so pretty. I also own Intensity by Dean Koontz, it's one of my favorites, I will be giving this one away. 


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

Intensity by Dean Koontz
Read: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

Eligible (The Austen Project #4) by Curtis Sittenfeld

Sorry for the long post, I may return to doing weekly STS, monthly posts are very time consuming. I'm looking forward to seeing what everyone has added to their shelves and if you’ve read any of the books I have listed, please let me know what you thought of them.

Have a wonderful week and thank you for visiting. Happy Reading -J