geekerella by ashley poston

9781594749476Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Publication Date: 4 April 2017
Pages: 320 pages
Start Date: 6 June
Finish Date: 19 June
Rating: ★★

Geekerella is about Danielle (Elle) Wittimer, her mum and dad have both passed away and she is living with her evil step-mother and step-sisters. Before her dad passed away, he organised a fan convention called ExcelsiCon. Elle wants to go this year and enter the cosplay competition as her favourite character from her favourite tv show, Starfield. Her beloved tv show is being remade into a movie, and the main character is being played by Darien Freeman. Elle is not happy about this, because Darien is just in it for the money.. or so she thinks. Turns out Darien is just as big of a fan of the original tv series as Elle. Oh, and he’s judging the cosplay competitions she’s entering.

So if you don’t know by the title or the first sentence of the synopsis there, Geekerella is a fandom inspired retelling of the fairytale Cinderella. This is the first retelling I’ve ever read and to be honest, it didn’t really overwhelm me in any way. I don’t think this is because of the retelling parts though. I find the Cinderella inspired moments to be heavy in the storyline, they’re also very cheesy, but what else would you expect from a young-adult contemporary based off of Cinderella?

I gave this two stars. Throughout the entire novel I was just waiting for something to happen. I think because from the beginning of the novel we knew everything going on, and we were just waiting for the characters to figure it all out, I just got bored. I don’t care about the characters finding out something I already know, I want to be the one that’s surprised. The plot just didn’t interest me. I was so excited because it sounded so awesome but I WAS JUST SO BORED.

None of the characters were that amazing or developed in my opinion. The friendship between Sage and Elle was kind of cute but nothing that really made me feel much.

I don’t really have much to say about this to be honest. The writing was average, the characters were average and the plot was less than average. I was waiting for this to get good and it just never did.

So if all of that didn’t make it obvious that I didn’t enjoy this book, the fact that it took me nearly TWO WEEKS to read might let you know!! This book is only just over 300 pages and I took far too long to read a book that size. I’ve read books bigger than this in one sitting.

The only thing that boosted this to a two stars was the fact that it was a Cinderella retelling. I don’t recommend this, but I’m pretty sure this is an unpopular opinion and most people that read this really enjoyed it. So check out some other reviews and you might agree with them more!

rock by anyta sunday

23153351Title: rock
Author: Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: 1 October 2014
Pages: 251 pages
Start Date: 5 June
Finish Date: 6 June
Rating: ★★★★

rock by Anyta Sunday was about Cooper and Jace. Cooper’s parents split up at the start of the book and his dad moves in with Jace’s mum, who he had been seeing. This follows Jace and Cooper’s relationship over a 12 year period and how they deal with their feelings for each other, since they’re technically step brothers.

When I picked this up, I had no idea what I was in the mood to read. This was exactly what I wanted. I wanted an easy-to-read, m/m contemporary.

I read this in under 24 hours, I loved just how quick it was to get through. It was almost addicting. I was sitting in class reading this! I enjoyed the writing in this story and for a new-adult I think it was well done. I enjoyed the characters and the plot and it was all really good.

I have no interest in rocks or geology of any sorts. But for some reason, that aspect to this book not only made it unique but added something extra and made me feel more connected to the characters.

I enjoy reading stories that push the boundaries a little. This was obviously controversial, and I knew that going in, since the main relationship was between two step brothers. But it was stepbrothers, and that didn’t bother me. They’re not actually related, so it wasn’t a big deal. But then, later on in the story, they come to think they may actually be brothers but they are too scared to open the results of the DNA test Jace ordered.

Basically, at the end of the book you never find out if they are related or not. This is why I knocked this book off a star. I just didn’t like the ending. The entire time I read this I was thinking that they weren’t actually brothers because why would an author make me ship the characters only to reveal it as incest? But in the end the characters decide it doesn’t matter to them. It’s a shame it matters to me..

I don’t want to read about incest and it would have just been so easy for the author to just say they weren’t related rather than making me feel uneasy about wanting the two characters to be together. I think not answering the question basically says that they are related and considering the indications in the book, it is a pretty high chance. Cooper’s mum saying that Jace looked like someone but not saying who, hinted at him looking like Cooper’s dad to me. Then when Jace’s mum was sick and she got caught out in the lie, it just seems too weird to me. I just don’t understand how being related doesn’t matter to both Cooper and Jace, because personally, it would sure as hell matter to me.

I know a lot of people had issues with the family dynamic as a whole, with what Cooper’s dad did and how it was handled, I didn’t personally feel too invested in that part of the story since it was only relevant at the beginning and I didn’t particularly love or hate the guy.

Anyway, if there hadn’t been implied incest, this would have been a 5/5 stars for me. I really enjoyed the story but a star had to be taken off for the uneasy feeling I had when i finished the book and my main question hadn’t been answered.

thirteen reasons why by jay asher

thirteen-reasons-whyTitle: Thirteen Reasons Why
Author: Jay Asher
Publication Date: 18 October 2007
Pages: 352 pages
Start Date: 22 May
Finish Date: 28 May
Rating: ★★★★

Thirteen Reasons Why is about Clay Jenson, a boy who used to be friends with Hannah Baker. Hannah Baker killed herself. When Clay goes home one day there is a box of cassettes and when he listens to them he realises that Hannah has left a list of thirteen reasons why she killed herself. And Clay is one of them.

I know a lot of people see this as a revenge suicide story and think it is extremely harmful. And whilst I see where they are coming from I think that this is an important story and brings light to a lot of important issues that people may not have as much modern access to.

I think using a novel is a great way to convey a message to a large young adult audience. This book helps people to understand that every little thing you do matters. It seems like common sense but a lot of people need a reminder and this is an honest way of conveying that message.

I loved the two different perspectives between Clay’s perspective and Hannah tapes. Although I sometimes had some difficulty telling the difference just because of the italics used.

I do think from an outsiders point of view, that some of the reasons on the tapes were quite unfair on the characters involved but I suppose that a lot of little things do add up to large feelings and ultimately ended Hannah’s life.

There are better books in the world that handle depression and suicide but that isn’t to say that this story isn’t important and won’t help a lot of people.

Personally, I think this book will make you think about everything you’ve done or said to other people and how it could have affected their life. And I think a message as small as that is important and just what the author of the book would want.

The writing in this book wasn’t overly complicated but I think the story needed a simple writing style for such a hard-hitting plot.

There were only two main characters that you really get to know and that was Hannah and Clay. I really think the plot is the main focus of the book and getting to know the other characters above what they have done to Hannah would have taken away from the message of the book.

There was something missing. I don’t know what and I couldn’t come close to naming it but there was just something that kept me from really loving this book. Whatever it was, it kept me from giving this book a five-star rating. It was really enjoyable though.

I recommend this book to everyone. I think someone who has a more personal connection to suicide may find it quite difficult to read but everyone will have their own experience reading a book like this.

p.s. i like you by kasie west

psilikeyou_finalcvrTitle: P.S. I Like You
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: 26 July 2016
Pages: 330 pages
Start Date: 21 May
Finish Date: 22 May
Rating: ★★★★★

P.S. I Like You is about a girl named Lily, who writes a song lyric on her Chemistry desk when she is bored only to find out the next day that someone has carried on the lyrics, and written her a message. Lily and her pen pal start to write each other notes everyday, recommending music and telling each other secrets. Soon, Lily starts to have feelings towards her pen pal but is scared to find out who it is behind the letters.

So I have been in a bit of a reading slump recently, not a huge one because I’ve still been reading but I’ve just not been in the mood to read much. This book is something that I love to read in moods like this. I think it would suit anyone who loves an easy read or just loves contemporary in general.

I love the plot, it is so simple and yet somehow doesn’t get boring at any point. Although it was slightly predictable and I kind of knew who the secret pen pal was from the beginning, this didn’t dull my enjoyment. Although, it would have been nice to have been surprised.

This book features one of my favourite tropes, I can’t say what it is for spoilers but it is just one of my favourites. If you have read this then you’ll know what I mean. Hopefully.

Reading books over a day or two is always something that makes me feel accomplished, not only do I feel like I could read forever, but I know I have really enjoyed a book.

The characters in this book weren’t overwhelmingly memorable but when I was actually reading the book I did enjoy them. The main character wasn’t my favourite, but they never usually are when I read a story. I think that because I’m not particuarly musical I didn’t connect to any of the characters and their love for music.

I know this review hasn’t seemed exceptionally positive or anything, but to what may be your surprise, this has made its way on to my favourites shelf on goodreads. It was a simple YA contemporary with cute characters and a cute romance with one of my favourite tropes, and I will 100% be checking out all of Kasie West’s other works.