Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Missing by Kelley Armstrong || Kelley Armstrong Does It Again


Here's the thing: I don't read thrillers. I don't like them. BUT I love Missing, and also Armstrong's other YA thriller, The Masked Truth, which I guess means that they are the exception to the rule. If you are like me, and don't like thrillers, I highly suggest you try Armstrong's YA thrillers, as they are amazing and will truly blow your mind. Also they just have really great characters in general. Go read them.
I won an ARC of Missing last July at a signing she did.


- Winter Crane is a truly amazing character. She felt so real to me: she had her vices and her virtues, her quirks and habits, basically all the things that make a person. Not only that, but she was survival savvy: she can hunt, trap, track and lots of other things. I also related very much to her need to escape from her tiny home town.

- It's so fast paced and exciting I literally couldn't put it down. I love that type of book.

- The ending was insane, and the bad guy was definitely not someone I suspected. It was mind boggling.

- The romance was super cute, and I totally ship it.

- All the other characters were well fleshed out, and like Winter, felt real.

- THE VILLAIN OMG. SO CREEPY AND EVIL. 10/10 awesome villain.


I think I should explain here that Gemma is my real name. Mironiel is the elvish translation of Gemma. I'll explain this in more detail in my April Wrap Up.





- So you know how I said I thought the romance was cute and I shipped it? Well although it was cute and all, I did feel that it was very rushed. Almost to rushed to be realistic, but maybe that was also the fault of the pacing, which was very fast (which was a good thing, as mentioned earlier)

- I really didn't like Lennon. I don't know why, but ugh. I just didn't.


And those were my thoughts and opinions on Missing by Kelley Armstrong! Do you like thrillers? Have you read any of her books? (you should) Have you read Missing? Do you want to? (you do.) Tell me all in the comments!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Geekerella by Ashely Poston || Fandoms Meet Fairytales and I'm So On Board


Now here's the thing, right: I am an absolute sucker for contemporary books about fandoms and fangirls! (e.g Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, Queen of Geek by Jen Wilde, The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson) So OBVIOUSLY I had to read this Cinderella retelling, except this one has a hole ton of fandom. And conventions. And cosplaying. Basically everything I love. There will be slight(?? maybe?) spoilers.
I received Geekerella as an ARC from Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review, so thanks to Quirk for sending me a review copy !




- SAGE. OMG. I loved her. She was such a sarcastic, adorable cinnamon roll. She has green and piercings, and thinks she's a badass. Oh and did I mention that she's obsessed with Lord of the Rings and drops references to it every other line?? Me and Sage are basically 'kindred spirits' to quote Anne of Green Gables.

- It's SO geeky. I LOVE IT.

- One of the settings of the book is a convention, and it's great.

- This book doesn't make fun of or trivialize fandom life and fangirls. It's very respectful of how wonderful fandoms are, and how other people in your fandoms can be like family. I really liked that, because so often in pop culture, fandoms get made fun of, and that really makes me upset.

- It was a quick, easy read, and I read it in about three days. I had a lot going on at the time, otherwise I would probably have read it in less.

- Danielle, or Elle, our main character, is a blogger and it's great.

- I really loved how the ballroom scene played out, and also the way he found her and put the shoe on her foot. It was a 'YESSS' type moment.

- The acknowledgements. Now I know these are not part of the actual story, but I don't care. Ashely talks about how magical fandoms are, how they are like a family, and how powerful fandoms really can be. Because I believe that what she says is important, here's part of the acknowledgements for your enjoyment:

"This story would never be possible without fandom. And I would never have picked up a pen if not for fanfics. That was my community, where I grew up- in the midst of flaming reviews and shipping wars and OTPs and AU!fics and headcanons and songfics and half-baked homages to My Immortal. In high school, when I felt sad or helpless, the commenters and reviewers and friends I met in fandom helped me realize I wasn't ever as alone as I thought.
And yeah, there might not be real magic in this world, but there is the power of fandom-- the power of passionate people who, when working together, can birth movies out of canceled one season sci-fi shows, resurrect fictional towns like Stars Hollow, and create endearing fan musicals that will last far longer than its Muggle counterpart- and that kind of magic will never disappear.
So I want to thank you. You the reader. You, who cosplays and writes fanfiction and draws fanart and runs a forum and collects Funko Pops and must have hardcovers for all of your favourite book series and frames for your autographed posters. You, who boldly goes.
Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? It that OTP or children's card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy?
That is never a waste of time. Because in the end, we're all just a bunch of weirdos, standing in front of other weirdos, asking for their username."  



- The romance was SO clich√©. I mean, I know it's a retelling of Cinderella, but their entire relationship was based off of text messaging (they didn't even know what the opposite person looked like! And they also never even phoned each other, and yet they were both convinced that they loved each other. Weird, right?) However, once they met, they got together, and then when it cuts to about a year later, they are still together, so I guess things are working out for them. Which is good, because I do ship them. You know what would really have made this book stand out more than it already does?? Making the prince a girl, so that it was a f/f relationship. (That's a good idea for a story. I might write a f/f Cinderella tale one day.)

- Elle was a little...weak. Like, it took her a long time to stand up to her horrible stepmother and step sister, and when she did, it didn't really end well for her because she was kinda weak about it. BUT it's all part of the Cinderella story tropes, and I guess if you are writing a Cinderella story, those tropes are necessary.





Geekerella by Ashely Poston was pubished on April 4th, 2017 by Quirk. 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.


So, have you read Geekerella? (HINT: YOU SHOULD) Do you like contemporary books about fandoms and fangirling?? Tell me all in the comments below!

Monday, 10 April 2017

March Wrap Up || I've found a new favourite book. Help.


So I read a nice number of books this month! I also discovered a new favourite series! Let's get into this wrap up.

BOOKS I READ:

- The Dark Days Pact by Alison Goodman. LET ME SHRIEK ABOUT HOW GOOD THIS BOOK WAS. So I really liked the first book, but I was unsure of how and where it was going. The Dark Days Pact vanquished those feelings. It was wonderfully dark and stabby. 5/5 stars.

- The Young Elites by Marie Lu. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART. I finally read The Young Elites. It was SO dark and stabby. Clearly there I have a penchant for dark, stabby books. 4/5 stars.

- A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkensass. What's this? An adult fantasy? YUP! And this book, my friends, is part of a new favourite series. It's called the All Souls trilogy, and it's paranormal. It's got witches, vampires and daemons. It's got huge libraries, and the main character is a historian who reads lots of old manuscripts and books. Basically I love it. 5/5 stars

-Optimists Die First by Susin Nielson. Sadly me and this book do not like eachother very much. I didn't like it's representation of anxiety, nor the clich√© trope-ish romance. However, it was very quick and easy to read, and I did like the side characters a lot. I did a review for it HERE.

- We Are Okay by Nina de la Cour. Well um...that was simultaneously well written and deep, but boring. 3/5 stars



BOOKS I BOUGHT:
NONE! Because I'm saving my money. This is extremely hard, as there are so many books I want to buy.

FANDOMS NEWS:

-The 13 Reasons Why Netflix show premiered, and everyone so far is adoring it.
- Fall Out Boy confused all their fans recently by uploading an old video of them playing Sugar We're Going Down Swinging live from like, 2005. What does this mean?! A NEW ALBUM?? ARE THEY GOING BACK TO THEIR OLD PUNK/EMO ROOTS?? I NEED TO KNOW.
-Danisnotonfire released two videos in the space of two months. What have we done to deserve this. Also, did a robot replace him? (fyi the videos were hilarious and great)
- On the DanandPhilGAMES channel, they played a RPG game that Phil made when he was 14, and it was a work of art. Honestly. It had an amazing(phil) plot, insane plot twists, well developed characters and tbh I would totally fund a remake/sequel with original music and art this time.
- Frank Iero released a new song and it's great.
- The new DanandPhilCRAFTS video was highly entertaining and then suddenly very disturbing. #softandneat


MARCH PLAYLIST:
So this category was originally named Music Recommendations, but I though calling it *name of month* Playlist would be cooler. And here's what I've been listening too. I highly recommend you check these songs out on Spotify.  
  • Mirrors by PVRIS. I love PVRIS, they are such a great band, and Mirrors is an amazing, haunting song.
  • Some Say by Sum 41. I can't believe it's taken me this long to get into Sum 41. I kept putting off listening to them. BUT I've listened to all their albums and I now consider myself a fan.
  • Little Ways by Moonlit Kit. I found this band because the key boardist is the key boardist for Lindsey Stirling, and she was promoting their first song, Little Ways. It's a great song, and honestly I'm really excited to hear more from this band.
  • What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost by Taking by Sunday. I love Taking Back Sunday, and this song is such a jam. I love it.
  • Dirty Laundry by All Time Low. Okay, I didn't like this song at first. It was really different from their other stuff. But I gave it another chance, and now I'm obsessed.
  • Last Young Renegade by All Time Low. ANOTHER ATL SONG. Honestly this song was a lot more like their older stuff, and I really love it. I'm so excited for the album.
  • Loud (Fuck it) by Motionless In White. THIS SONG IS MY ANTHEM.
  • Outlaws by Green Day. Amazing song.
  • Getting Into Heaven Can Be Hell by frnkiero. GAH A NEW SONG IM SO EXCITED I LOVE IT. ALSO HE'S RELEASING A NEW EP SOON CALLED 'KEEP THE COFFINS COMING' AND I LITERALLY CANNOT. EVEN.
  • Liability by Lorde. I relate so much to this song and also I'm so excited for her new album.
AND THAT WAS MY MARCH WRAP UP! Have you listened to any good songs/albums this March? Any good books?? Anything exciting happening in your fandoms?? Tell me down below!