Jen Wilde – Queens of Geek

“You don’t need to fit yourself into what society tells us a girl should be. Girls can be whoever they want. Whether that’s an ass-kicking, sarcastic, crime-solving FBI agent or a funny, gorgeous, witty beauty queen—or both at the same time”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Swoon Reads

  • Published On: March 14 2017

  • Pages: 262

Synopsis: Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

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.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

Review: This book was recommended to me by @thebookadvocate & it was such a great & quick read! The messages to take away from this book are amazing & everyone needs to hear them. The book centres around 3 friends who are LIVVVVVVVING the geek life. This book brings to notice the troubles people dealing with autism & social anxiety face every single day & I say YOU ROCK!

“it’s that new experiences are always scary, but they aren’t always bad”

“Here’s the thing: people are going to talk about me, no matter what I do. People are going to spew their judgments and opinions on what I wear, who I’m with, what I say, all of it. And for a while, that was all I cared about. Now? Not so much.”

People will always talk, about anything & everything. It doesn’t matter what we do, it becomes a topic & people will always find an excuse to talk about someone & whatever they’ve done. Honestly, you can never please everyone so YOU DO YOU.

Jen Wilde talks fandoms so ❗️What fandoms do you belong to?!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎

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It Ends With Us – Colleen Hoover

Not going to do the usual reviewing because ya’ll already know how much I love Colleen & I absolutely laaaaaaaav It Ends With Us! This has to be such a random post but honestly, after I finished re-reading it this time I felt like I really wanted to write a post about it & share how I felt with you guys ❤️. Those of you who have not yet read it, honestly what more obvious sign do you need me to hold for you to read it?? 😂. ✨

I’m not one to highlight quotes in my books but honestly, you need to take messages from the book with you & I just wanted to be able to flip through the book maybe 4-5 years later & when I re-read it & come across those highlighted lines, I want them to stay with me forever. On my (I think) 4th re-read, I still felt the emotional feels & heartbreak & moments when I needed a couple minutes before reading on. I. Could. Not. Put it down!

Ryle felt like a dream come true & as the plot unfolded I prayed things wouldn’t turn out the way they did but ofcourse life happens. Shit happens. More than the book itself I felt the most heartbroken when I read the story behind the book. I loved it. It makes the book even more special. It makes the book way more meaningful. ✨

I’m not going to add spoilers because tbvh even if I do you won’t be prepared 😭💔. I felt the bookmark holds true to this book too 😄. Colleen, I love you. I love the books that you write & especially the ones with such a strong message & story in them 😭❤️. ✨

❗️ALSO COLLEEN CAN YOU SEE HOW MUCH I LOVE YOUUU?????? *hellooooooooooo* ✨

❗️One book that you can never get over is? Majority of Colleen’s books & Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough!

Favourite Authors Discovered In 2017

Hello everyoneeeeeeee! How’re you guysssss??? I thought I would share authors that I discovered in 2017 & have become favourites or those authors that I would pick up a book knowing I would love it. I first saw this post on @radiant.reads Instagram (I’ve linked her post so do check it out!)  & I thought it was such a great idea so I created my own list. In no particular order, here we go!

1- Christina Lauren: I’ve read a few books by this duo & I always finish them within a few hours & of course romance novels more often have a cliche story-line or ending but I don’t mind that because they’re cute. Their books have cheesy romance & sarcasm that has me laughing. Here are 2 of their books that I’ve read this year.

2- K.A. Tucker: I discovered K. A. Tucker when I first found Until It Fades on GoodReads. I really loved it & it made me super excited to read more of her books. I will definitely be picking up more of her books because I sped through these two!

3- Sarah Pinborough: When I first read Behind Her Eyes I was shook. I think it was the first thriller out of the many I’ve read that had such an ending that it became unforgettable. I don’t think any other book has ever done that to me & as you already know, it was one of my favourite thrillers of the year & I will always recommend reading it because OHMYGOD.

4- Clare Mackintosh: I ordered both of her books off of Magrudy’s when they were both recommended to me & I loved them both. Both of these books are also on my 5 best thrillers of 2017 list! Amazing books which I really recommend. I’ve seen on Twitter that she’s coming out with another book & I will most likely go out & buy it so that I can add it to my bookshelf!

Those are 4 of my newly discovered authors, there are likely to be more but they were the ones that I remembered as soon as I saw this post idea which says a little something about their books too! I hope you’ve read some of them or add them to your lists & read them very soon!

❗️Who are some of your newly discovered favourite authors?

Christina Lauren – Roomies

“She sees herself as a supporting character, even in her own life story”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Gallery Books

  • Published On: December 5 2017

  • Pages: 368

Synopsis: Marriages of convenience are so…inconvenient.

Rescued by Calvin McLoughlin from a would-be subway attacker, Holland Bakker pays the brilliant musician back by pulling some of her errand-girl strings and getting him an audition with a big-time musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until he admits his student visa has expired and he’s in the country illegally.

Holland impulsively offers to wed the Irishman to keep him in New York, her growing infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves from awkward roommates to besotted lovers, Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway. In the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting, what will it take for Holland and Calvin to realise that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Review: Why did I not pick this book up sooner?!!!!!! It’s currently 4:57am as I write this review & I’ve been unable to put the book down & go to sleep. I LOVED THIS BOOK. The story is told from Holland’s POV & I feel like it gave a lot of insight to her character. The way the story was told made me shed a few tears but it also had me laughing like crazy & also grinning at “ohmygod 😂”. Before I even read half of this book, I had already recommended it to my bestfriend. This book may seem like a cliche or cheesy novel but I LOVE THOSE & I always reading them within hours.

I loved it so much but I just wish there was a way I could kill Lulu off, she felt so toxic that half the time I’m like I need Holland to cut her off completely. I would have also loveeeeeed getting to know Calvin’s character on a more personal level in terms of maybe having chapters told in his POV although I didn’t have any problems with how the book is (just would’ve loved to know how he felt during some emotional parts of the book 😄).

Rating: 💎💎💎💎.5

J. Saman – Beautiful Potential

“History doesn’t always repeat itself, Finn. Sometimes it’s like a lightning strike. I know there’s a lot more you haven’t told me, but I won’t be another storm for you to weather. I’m the sunshine you feel when it’s all done.”

Book Details:

  • Expected Publication: February 6 2018

  • Pages: 368

Synopsis: Gia

I met Doctor Finnegan Banner on what was supposed to be one of the best days of my life. It turned out to be one of the worst. One year later, he saved my life.

And now I can’t get him out of my head. Constantly running into him at work only makes that worse.

He’s my perpetual savior. The most beautiful man I’ve ever seen.

He’s also the biggest jerk I’ve ever met.

But that doesn’t seem to stop me from wanting what he refuses to give.

Finn

The moment I laid eyes on Gia Bianchi, I knew my life was never going to be the same. That she was capable of healing every miserable, messed up piece of me.

She left me on the sidewalk only to walk back into my life one year later.

And now? Now she’s everywhere. All over my Emergency Department. Drinking in my bar. Ingrained in my every thought.

But love is cruel. Trust is an illusion. And I will not give in to either ever again.

Even though I’m crazy about her.

Review: It is currently 3:09 am, I have to be up in 4 hours for university. I started reading this book 2.5 hours ago & I just finished it. This book switches between the POVs of Finn & Gia & between chapters told in Finn’s POV from years ago. This book was a lot like Until It Fades by K. A. Tucker in terms of how I feel about it. Shed a few (okay maybe more than a few) tears, had my heart broken but also laughed at the sarcasm, laughed at the dirty jokes 😂❤️. I really love this book & I’m glad I got to read this book thanks to Nada (aka earlybookishbirds – follow her if you don’t!!). It really hit me that life can really be a piece of shit at times & whatever someone is going through can be compared to what someone else is going through. It brought the pain of loss through, the changes this harsh world might bring into this world & I genuinely loved it. I couldn’t put it down & when I tried, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Thankyou so much for giving me the chance to read this ARC & I hope you’ll get your hands on this book as soooooooon as it’s released this February 6th 2018!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

K. A. Tucker – Ten Tiny Breaths

“The topic of drunk driving and the aftermath is one that has always scared the crap out of me. Now that I have children, I can’t describe my level of fear. Lives are lost, futures destroyed, and hearts broken every single day by judgment calls when people aren’t capable of making sound judgment calls. If this book stops even one person from getting behind the wheel of a car after a few drinks, then it will have accomplished something monumental.”

Book Details:

  • Publisher: Papoti Books
  • Published On: December 11 2012
  • Pages: 262

Synopsis: Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind–all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.

Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.

But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.

Review: Picked this up as soon as I finished reading Until It Fades by K. A. Tucker! & I finished it in just a day just like I finished Until It Fades! I’m really really loving the two books I’ve read so far & I kinda feel like going on a K. A. Tucker binge-read. This book had me laughing so hard, blushing so hard & screamimg GET TOGETHER ALREADY & then a twist happened which I did guess cause something was definitely up 🤔. But I loved the book!

Rating: 💎💎💎💎.5

Colleen Hoover – November 9!

“Sigh”

“Did you just say sigh? out loud? instead of actually sighing?

“Eye roll”

GUYS IT’S NOVEMBER 9! The story of Ben & Fallon 👉🏼 Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one-day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.

Review: I don’t think anyone needs me to say it again but I will anyway cause oh well, Colleen Hoover is one of my favourite authors. One whose books I will read multiple times & not be bored. This is the second time I’m reading November 9 (will be re-reading all her books one by one) & I love it just as much as I did the first time. The story is really good, it’s funny, it’s cute, it’s sad, it’s tear-jerking & I totally recommend it! Everybody read it, in fact read every single book that Colleen has written (wow I could be Colleen’s number 1 fan). Oh Fallon & Ben, my dear heart 💕.

Rating: 💎💎💎💎💎

Waited a long few months to post this 😂. Sooo I think you can tell how much I love @colleenhoover & how much I love November 9!

❗️What’s your favourite Colleen Hoover book?