Geekerella: My Review

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In case you didn’t know, I’m writing a paper about Cinderella retellings, and although this one is not officially included, it was one of my most anticipated releases for the year, because it got me really curious… And I wasn’t disappointed!

Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Release: April 2017
My rating: ★★★★★

The story:

Ever since her father’s death, Elle has been living with her step-mother and twin step-sisters who make her life hell both at home and at school. She’s working in a food truck and dreaming of the day she can escape. On of her only solaces is her blog, where she talks about Starfield, her favourite movies – and a passion she used to share with her dad. However disappointed she is with the new pick to play her favourite hero Prince Carmindor, she decides to attend the new ExcelsiCon – an event created by her father – and participate in the cosplay contest which might allow her to meet with Darien Freeman, the new actor.

Darien used to love attending cons when he was younger, but now that he is on the other side of the pannel, he would rather avoid them. Cast as his hero Prince Carmindor, he is afraid to disappoint the true Starfield fans, especially when a dedicated blogger starts criticizing the choices of the director. But he finds himself exchanging texts with a mysterious girl who gives him hope in himself and his future.

My opinion:

To be honest, I don’t know where to start, because this book had so many things that I love.

First, the main character is very well written and extremely relatable. She is your typical Cinderella with the mean step mother and the unsufferable sisters. But she also has her very particular qualities such as the fact that she works at a vegan food truck, and of course, the fact that she is a nerd and writes a blog on a regular basis, which I absolutely loved. It’s not always easy to write a contemporary Cinderella story because it can very quickly become a cliché, however I believe it was not the case here. The romance was quite well made and if I have to be honest, it was impossible to put the book down.

Darien is also a very interesting characters, especially in his conflicted relationship with his father. I absolutely loved the chapters from his point of view. He is this famous actor who is not sure how he ended up there, and seems to end up either doing things he dislikes or being misunderstood by the public. But he is also trying to stand for what he thinks is right and has a very interesting development through the story. To be honest, I just wanted to give him a big hug and tell him everything was going to be okay.

I really liked the retelling aspect of the story. I kept tracking down the elements directly coming from the original fairytale, and I absolutely loved how they were executed in the book. Some things were predictable, but it also has some nice twists: just the perfect amount of each. And of course, I absolutely loved that both characters, each in their own way, were absolute nerds.

Finally, I have a soft spot for this kind of romance, where the characters fall in love by exchanging letters at first, without knowing each other’s true identity – and they probably never would have gotten closer had they known it. I don’t know, it just really works for me, and it was amazingly executed here, so if this is something you enjoy reading, then I definitely recommend you to go and pick up this book.

Overall, this book was nicely written and absolutely adorable. I sometimes felt like the romance came a little too quickly but it is something I am beginning to notice in all of the books I have read recently so it is probably more due to the fact that I am bitter and disabused than something coming from the book itself (do let me know if you also think so though, I would love to not be the only one who thought so).

I know this book was not perfect but I loved it so much, and it is exactly my type of book, the kind that makes me smile and swoon when I think of it, so I couldn’t not give it five stars. If you are looking for some nice cute and easy read then I can only recommend Geekerella to you. And if you have read it, I would love to hear your opinion as well!

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P.S. I like you by Kasie West for the letter exchange aspect of the story, and Cinder by Marissa Meyer for the retelling aspect of the story of course.

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Daughter of Smoke and Bone: My Review

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I haven’t posted an article in a while, but here is a review of this fantastic book I finished at the beginning of the month!

Genre: YA, Fantasy
Author: Laini Taylor
Publication: 2011
My rating: ★★★★☆

The story:

Karou has been raised by a mysterious group of chimaera until she was old enough to live on her own and is now studying art in Prague, running mysterious errands for her strange family, and trying to get away from her ex boyfriend.

But soon, the traces of burnt black hands appear on the doorways that lead her to her beloved chimaera, and people claim to have witnessed angels – but beware, angels are not as nice as we thought.

Karou travels from Paris to Marrakesh and all around the world, but when she meets Akiva, her life is about to be transformed and soon she realises that her past hides much more than she could ever imagine.

My opinion:

I read this book as part of a readalong on Books Amino, and I’m so glad it was the pick of the month because otherwise I would probably never have read it, but oh boy, it was amazing. To be honest, I had heard a lot about this book, but I had no idea what it was about, and for some reason, I was sure that it was overrated. But my conclusion is that in facts, it is worth all the praise. I jumped in not really knowing what to expect, and in the end, it was an amazing journey.

What struck me the most is the fantastic world building. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is an incredible fantasy, which seems to be a mix of both urban and high fantasy. And it’s a really perfect blend. It just works, in the most amazing way. I never knew I wanted to read about chimaera and angels that badly, but apparently, I really did.

I loved the world that Laini Taylor built here, and I absolutely loved all the characters. I really appreciated the fact that Karou had a best friend who had nothing to do with this crazy amazing world, but who still got included in the story, and that’s what I live for. I always feel like it when perfectly “normal” human beings get mixed up in this kind of story, so this was a nice surprise.

It took some time to get to it, but I absolutely loved the back story of Akiva and Madrigal. I loved learning more about the chimaera and this fascinating world. And hopefully, this hunger will be even more satisfied in the next books.

My only regret is that the romance was really rushed in my opinion, and even though we get some explanations later on, it still bothered me from at least 50% of the book. They did seem to be wonderful together though, it’s just that I felt like some building up was lacking. I still enjoyed this book nevertheless, and I am left with so many questions that I HAVE TO pick up the sequel.

One more thing I wanted to add before concluding this article is the fact that the setting was really wonderful, both when it came to the fantasy and the earthly world. I have personally been to Paris, Prague and Marrakech but these are not setting often found in YA books and I have to say it made me really happy. I think Prague was an amazing choice of setting, and it’s also really refreshing to see something a little bit different!

Let me know your thoughts if you have read this book, and if you haven’t, then I definitely recommend it!

2 Years Blogging Anniversary!

For some reason, I always think I started my blog on the 11th of August, but as it turns out, it was actually on the 9th so this post is actually one days late, but at this point it doesn’t really matter. Anyway, I have come a long way in this two years. I have written more than 400 blog posts and have reached more than 400 followers which is something I never expected, and I am eternally grateful to you guys for being there.

At the moment I have to complete my Master’s thesis which keeps me busy, and I don’t have any coffein to keep going to be honest. I have also become addicted to the game Love Nikki Dress Up Queen on my phone which keeps me busy the rest of the time. I guess I’m in a bit of a reading slump. And I’m also on holildays. I guess that just as usual, my reading journey has its ups and downs,

I just wanted to write a quick post to say hello, I’m still here, even after two years, and thank you so much for being there.

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I have changed a lot in those two years, I built project after project, I probably lost hope thaousands of times, but hey, I’m still here, stronger than ever, and little by little, I’m starting to understand myself more and more. Thank you for being there on this journey.

Here’s to the next years of blogging!

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July Wrap Up and August TBR

June wrap up:

Berlin Tryiptich by David Wagner ★★★★✩
Flame in the Mist
 by Renee Ahdieh ★★★★✩ (review)
Bright Minds Empty Souls by Jennae Cecelia ★★★★★
Nothing in this world is free, just poetry! by Darren Hobson ★★✩✩✩
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor ★★★★✩

Currently reading:

Crooked Kindgdom by Leigh Bardugo
Arab Queen by Güner Yasemin Balci
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky

And I don’t have much else to say but thank you so much if you watched the video and I hope you have a wonderful day ♥

Let’s Talk About Feminism Some More

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article where I shared some thoughts about inequalities, feminism and bullying on Twitter among other things (here is the link). Someone answered telling me that the gender pay gap was a myth, and trying to explain me why. After turning this in my head over and over trying to figure out what to do with this, doing some quick research to make sure that yes, this was bullshit, I finally decided to come back with yet another article, because apparently this is what I do.

And in case you’re wondering, I left the comment below the article though I didn’t really know what to do with it. And yes, I know everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but sometimes people are wrong, and considering this person is using swastika to symbolize feminist, I will not bother answering them. Maybe they will read this article. In any case, I will not take time to answer them, considering the fact that – as I addressed in my previous article – the term “feminazi” is highly wrong as it refers to a historical group that exterminated thousands of people for anti-Semitic and racist reason. I will not delve further into this, but this whole thing is making me more and more uncomfortable.

Don’t. Ever. Use. The. Term. Feminazi. Ever.

It is not a word and it shouldn’t be.

Let me tell you a few things about what mattered in my previous article (and still matter to me, and should matter to everyone in my humble opinion), and some things about why his comment was inappropriate and angered me endlessly.

What I was trying to point out was the fact that feminists were often misjudged. We are in a constantly evolving society, and yes – thankfully – a lot of progress have been made for women. But oh my, we are still far from it. And yes, white straight female from wealthy/privileged countries probably don’t always see that problem. And to some extent, I am immensely happy for them. Because I am happy for successful women. But come one people, let’s not stop at that. There are still thousands of uneducated young girls, young women, and older women, because people don’t value women’s education as well as men’s. (If you want to help, or just learn, check out CARE’s website.) And that is only the beginning of the problem. There are wage inequalities between white men and white women, but these get even worse for women of colour. And lower wages are only the surface of the iceberg. Men are usually considered first for promotion (and by that I mean allocishet white males). It’s harder for women of colour and trans women to get jobs. And why should it be? Name one single reason? There is absolutely not a single reason why we as women should have less rights than men.

By the way, this person was trying to assess his point of view with some examples, if you want to get some knowledge on gender wage gap, check out this Wikipedia page, it is extremely well made in my opinion. A few numbers to remember: the gender wage gap between men and women is somewhere between 4 and 8%, and at this rate, wages would be equal by 2109 – and I am delighted to tell you that I will be very dead at that point, so that’s not very encouraging.

Some people think it’s not necessary to be angry. I’m not asking you to be angry. I’m just asking you to acknowledge that I do, in facts, have a right to be angry. And as a white cis woman from a privileged country, I also know that I am privileged compared to many others. What I was trying to point out in my previous – and want to emphasize here again – is the fact that not only there are gaps between men and women, but that these gaps increase for women of colour, or trans women, or disabled women, who face even more discrimination. Not only do they get lower wages, but it is harder for them to get jobs. And we need to fight for them, we need to fight for their rights.

The thing is, the discrimination against women is not something that can only be seen on read through facts and numbers. It is something that is deeply rooted in our society. Centuries ago, men were going out to work while women were taking care of the house. There is also the problem of children, and when women get on maternity leave, they also can get in trouble with their jobs. Husbands earning more money as their wives is seen as the normalcy because the man is usually seen is the one who brings food on the table, and earns money. Women in high positions of power are often disrespected just because they are women and it makes men uncomfortable. Women are judged for what they look like rather than what they think and can do. And that, once again, is a prejudice deeply rooted in our society.

Even if you truly believe that the gender wage gap is a myth please don’t go argue with me in the comments and get your facts straight. And for once, listen to women when they tell you the situation is not fair rather than dismissing them because they make you uncomfortable.

I also wanted to add that I was quite pissed because this gender wage gap problem is the only thing this person has taken from my article when I was trying to address so much more issues such as the fact that it is normal and revolutionary for women to fight for their rights through social media. It makes you uncomfortable? It’s probably because it’s working. Oh, I’m sorry we are taking away from your privilege. (Kidding, I’m not sorry.)

I know this article in some parts just sounds like an angry rant, but hey, I have every single right to be an angry feminist, and I will keep hoping and working for a better world.

In the meantime, I promise you some bookish content very soon, and I hope you have a wonderful day!