ARC: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella

goodreads-synopsis

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 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. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

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.

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I’d like to thank NetGalley for providing me an ARC of Geekerella by Amy Poston. All opinions are my own.

I am completely blown away by Geekerella. I went into the book with no expectations. I love my Cinderella retellings, and so I decided to check this one out. Why didn’t anyone tell me that Geekerella was going to be so good?! It was that good!  I am still shocked that I managed to finish Geekerella in the span of two days. I devoured the book, I had so much fun reading Geekerella. I might even re-read again because it was too good!

Alright, so Geekerella is a Cinderella retelling that made my fandom heart melt. If you loved reading Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, you need to pick up Geekerella. Do it now! If you’re in any fandom, you’ll appreciate Geekerella. This book made me feel really happy. (It’s been a while folks…ha ha) It follows the basic Cinderella plot. Evil step-mother, evil step-sisters, and a charming romantic love interest. What made Geekerella stand out was that the main protagonists were nerdy and oh so adorable. They were both perfect for each other, it was meant to be. I loved reading both Elle and Darien’s perspective. Both characters had such great development. I was rooting for my two precious babies. Though, I did prefer Elle a lot more. She was so innocent and deserving of happiness. Elle was passionate about her fandom, and she defended it like there was no tomorrow. She was misunderstood and quirky, and a bit stubborn, but had a heart of gold.Elle’s love for her father and her fandom was so cute. Darien was charming, but he all he wanted to be was a normal person, not just an actor. He wanted a normal life, and had to deal with a lot of hate against him. He was coping with bullies and fame. He couldn’t trust people because he was betrayed by his best friend. I have to admit that there were a couple sad moments in the book, I did cry a bit.

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It had so many positive themes, like never giving up when things are impossible. I was immediately charmed by both characters. Elle and Darien had their own conflicts that they needed to resolve. Elle and Darien felt like two unwanted people in their worlds until they found each other. I love how Elle and Darien have back and forth conversations with each other anonymously.

As for the side characters, Sage was my favorite. She is Elle’s co-worker who soon becomes her best friend. I found it really cute how Elle introduced Sage to Starfield. She always pushed Elle to stand up for herself and not give up so quickly. I loved rebellious attitude. She is Elle’s punk rock fairy Godmother. I loved how Sage was a loyal friend to Elle no matter what. I wished there could have been a bit more moments with Sage and her love interest though!

If I can nominate a book to get a live action movie, it would be Geekerella. Can you imagine a cosplay ball and how beautiful it would be? The cosplay ball was absolutely cute, one of my favorite parts in Geekerella. Overall Geekerella was a magical contemporary book that made my heart swoon. Recommend it? Heck yes!

Publication Date: April 4th 2017 by Quirk Books

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.5)

Withering Rose by Kaitlyn Davis

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Author: Kaitlyn Davis

Genre: Romance, Retellings, Fantasy, YA

Links: Amazon | Goodreads

Goodreads Synopsis: What if Beauty was cursed, and the Beast was the only one who could save her? Don’t miss WITHERING ROSE, a dystopian romance from bestselling author Kaitlyn Davis that reimagines the classic fairy tale of Beauty & The Beast.

“As the heat finally disappeared, I felt the bloom blossom in the very core of my soul, a rose just like my name–a ticking clock hidden behind a façade of beauty. From that moment on, my life would become a countdown, and all I could do was wait and watch as the petals of time slowly started to fall.”

Omorose Bouchene has a secret–magic. There’s only one problem. At the age of seven, an earthquake struck, catapulting her into a new world. A land made of skyscrapers and cell phones. Fast cars and fluorescent lights. A land where magic isn’t supposed to exist and anyone who wields it is the enemy.

But after ten years of hiding, she’s desperate to find a place where she can be free. Because all magic comes with a curse, and her curse is time–every ounce of power she uses strips days off of her life. The clock is winding down, and the only option left is to escape to the realm of the Beast. But the king of monsters isn’t what he seems. And the more Omorose opens her heart, the more she comes to realize that the only person she may need to fear is herself.

*This is the second book in Once Upon A Curse, a series of interconnected stand-alone novels all set in the same fantasy universe.

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I don’t know how to quite describe Withering Rose. Let me first start off by saying that it’s the second book in the series, but you don’t have to read the first book since the stories are standalone, but interconnected. 

Alright, so when I saw that Withering Rose was available on Netgalley, I wanted to read it so, so badly. The synopsis is what won me over. I’ve read a couple of Beauty and The Beast retellings and I was in the mood to read another one. I was hoping that Withering Rose was going to be the “one”. Oh, I was wrong.

I hated it. I’ve been going through a reading slump, and this book did not help whatsoever. I can’t believe I actually managed to finish reading it, because it felt like I was reading this book for months. So, the story begins with a huge earthquake as Omorose and her father are traveling to another kingdom. They find themselves transported to another world because of the earthquake, in a world without magic. Omorose is forced to keep her powers hidden because the people of her new world exterminate magical beings. Modern earth hates anything magical. In a way, present day earth can be viewed as a dystopian society in the eyes of Omorose and her father.

Her father has to work for the government in order for his and Omorose’s survival. As years go by, Omorose feels caged because she cannot use her powers. Her father forbids her from using her magic because he wants to protect her. He doesn’t want his daughter to be slaughter, but Omorose feels that by hiding her magic, she is hiding herself. Her classmates see her as the weird girl, and she hates living a second life of pretending to be someone she is not. She decides it is best to leave her father and pursue the beast. (It’s not like her father has been protecting her for years from their enemies.) The beast is a magical being that lives deep in the forest. The government has been trying to capture the beast and end magic, but his whereabouts are unknown.

The world building sucked. Completely sucked. There is no explanation on how two worlds ended up merging. It happens in the span of one chapter, the very first chapter may I add. There is no world building for Omorose’s home world. As the reader, you are left wondering what kind of world did she come from. I thought of a medieval setting, but that’s just me. I feel that if her world was based on the past, let’s say the 5th century, and somehow it merged to modern day earth, it would have been a better explanation. Anyways, the kingdoms of Omorose’s home world get transported onto modern day earth, and merge with cities. The government has been fighting off the magical users. There is no reason why there is discrimination. As you reader, you are left to assume that the present day earth is very advanced when it comes to the technology.

As for the characters, I didn’t love them. I had no attachments to the protagonist, love interest, nor secondary characters. Omorose was conflicting for me because she describes herself as strong, but honestly, she was weak for me. Her magical ability is cool. She is able to grow flowers, and every time she uses her magic, it takes a toll on her body. You would think that Omorose would be thankful for being able to survive on earth. Honestly, he father was protecting her life by forbidding her magic, but no. Unnecessary angst. Now moving on to the beast, he’s a shape-shifter and is a prince. He is angry and brooding, and isn’t loveable. Omorose and her relationship with the Beast happened instantly. At first, Omorose is completely terrified of the Beast, and he does nothing to prove her otherwise. And then, they instantly fall in love. I wasn’t a huge fan of their romance. 

After finishing Withering Rose, I won’t pick up the other books in the series. I liked the concept, but the execution wasn’t the best. Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this book. A frustrating Beauty and the Beast retelling is not what I needed. I can recommend picking up A Court of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J. Maas or Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Fantasy, Fairytale Retellings, Young Adult

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis: Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most…including herself.

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I’ve been dying to read Star-Touched Queen since last year. It was on my never-ending tbr pile. Also, it was one of the debut novels that I was most excited to read. Alright, many bloggers either love it or hate it. Where do I fall in this category? I felt this was an okay book, I couldn’t completely love it nor hate it.

The Star-Touched Queen had a lot of potential. First, it is loosely based on Indian mythology. It’s one of the first YA books I’ve encountered that has Indian mythology. Also, it incorporates Greek mythology like the story of Hades and Persephone. Secondly, this story involves a curse. Who doesn’t like a good story about curses? Maya’s horoscope happens to be the most deadly. She has one of the worst horoscopes possible, and it doesn’t help that her family ostracizes her. And lastly, the synopsis makes this book sound amazing.

What went wrong? One of my biggest issues was the romance. I said it. Very insta-love. I would have preferred a slow built romance, or even better executed love-hate relationship. There are no love triangles if you’re wondering. Thank God. Maya is instantly drawn to Amar. Amar rescues Maya from her home. He’s introduced as the mysterious stranger coming from an unknown kingdom. Maya doesn’t really question his motives and marries Amar. She leaves behind her old home, and lives in a mysterious kingdom. Maya constantly gets frustrated because Amar can’t reveal everything to her. Even after finding out the backstory, I was still not a fan of their romance. Sure, they had many scenes together, but I didn’t feel their chemistry. If the romance were more developed, I could have rated the book higher.

I didn’t particularly like Maya. Maya is shunned from the harem of women. Everyone sees her as bad luck. There is only one family member that loves Maya and that is her half-sister Gauri. I really felt sorry for Maya. She is a princess, and is treated unkindly. She has no mother, and absolutely no one to defend her. Most of the harem women want her dead. Maya has herself to rely on. Even her father doesn’t pay much attention to her. The only time he acknowledges her presence is to force her into a political marriage. Maya has no freedom in her own home. I’ve noticed that Maya is very trusting of people. She doesn’t immediately question a person’s intentions, and because of her trust, it becomes her undoing. I did like her character development towards the second half of the book. Sadly, I would have liked a bigger redemption arc for me to like Maya. As for Amar, I liked him much more than Maya, but I did find him boring. He has the best quotes in this whole book:

“I love you,” he murmured into my hair. “You are my night and stars, the fate I would fix myself to in any life.”

I also liked how much he was shrouded in mystery. I didn’t know what to expect from Amar.

The plot didn’t really move forwards till the second half of the book. The first portion of the book did drag out a bit. This is a story about reincarnation. I felt that there wasn’t enough focus on the whole reincarnation aspect. It was glossed over. It would have been cool to know about Maya’s previous lives. Especially how she and a certain someone grew up together…but that doesn’t happen.

What I liked was the writing style. Absolutely beautiful.

“Then what do you want form me?”

“I want to lie beside you and know the weight of your dreams,” he said, brushing his lips against my knuckles. “I want to share whole worlds with you and write your name in the stars.” He moved closer and a chorus of songbirds twittered silver melodies. “I want to measure eternity with your laughter.” Now, he stood inches from me; his rough hands encircled my waist. “Be my queen and I promise you a life where you will never be bored. I promise you more power than a hundred kings. And I promise you that we will always be equals.”

The world building was just as great. And my favorite characters from this book were the horse and Gauri. Even though Gauri is hardly in the book, I like her relationship with Maya. I would have liked to have read more about their relationship.

I know this is random, but Star-Touched Queen reminded me a lot of A Court Of Thorns and Roses. Is it just me? Both books didn’t pick up till the second half. A redemption arc for both female protagonists. Tamlin and Amar were boring. There’s a curse. The villain has a tragic backstory. (Minus the whole faerie courts, and Rhysand)

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Do I recommend this book? Not really. There are other books out there that are much better. I did like how unique it was. Also, there’s a companion novel to this book which is very unnecessary. Will I be reading it? Not sure. I felt the story ended on a good note.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

 

A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating

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Author: Kelsey Keating

Genre: Young Adult, Fairy Tale Retelling

Links: Goodreads | Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis: In her debut novel, Ms Keating takes us on an adventure journey filled with magical surprises.

A stolen kiss. An unstable curse. One big mess in the making.

Derric Harver never expected to amount to anything more than the palace stableboy, but when Princess Maria’s curse keeps her from accepting a prince’s proposal, she turns to him for help, and he doesn’t dare refuse.

With the help of a lady’s maid and a prince, Derric and Maria embark on a dangerous adventure to find the sorceress who cast the curse. Along the way they battle deadly creatures and make new friends–all the while struggling with the undeniable chemistry between them. Reaching their destination won’t be easy, but the true danger peril in the truths they’ve fought for years to keep hidden.

A Stolen Kiss is the first in the Stolen Royals Series–an adventure with magical creatures, dangerous lies, and being true to the power within.

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A Stolen Kiss is available on NetGalley. This is my honest review.

I had high expectations for this book, and the synopsis sounded amazing. I avoided reading reviews for this book. What I expected from A Stolen Kiss was an epic adventure filled with romance and action. What I got, was something else.

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A Stolen Kiss immediately starts off with instalove…there is no buildup to the relationship. Maria, the swan princess, is immediately attracted to Derric, the stableboy who happens to be the son of the “evil” sorcerous that cursed Maria several years ago. Maria has no idea that Derric is related to Gilda, the sorcerous. Maria is drawn to Derric, and Derric feels the same about her, but knows he can’t fall in love with her because of his mother’s actions. When Derric was child, he kissed Maria thinking that her curse was going to be broken. Derric doesn’t see results, and believes he has failed. What Derric doesn’t know is that because of his kiss, his stolen kiss that is, Maria’s curse became dormant. Maria has no idea that Derric kissed her since she was sleeping when the kiss happened. At eighteen years old, Maria is forced into an arranged marriage in order to break her curse. When Prince Humphrey proposes and kisses Maria, the curse activates and Maria changes into a swan. Deteremined to break the curse, Derric, Maria, Humprehy, and Sarah take an epic journey to break the spell.

Now, this book is labeled as young adult, but honestly this felt more like a middle grade than anything else. The characters are supposed to be eighteen years old, but honestly, they felt much more younger than that. The writing was very childish. Another problem I had with the book was how unprepared the characters were for the journey. Maria and Sarah were not fighters, they couldn’t really defend themselves against creatures. Maria and Sarah were damsels in distress while Derric and Humphrey had to constantly protect the group.

The most developed characters in this book were the males, while the female characters felt flat. I couldn’t really differentiate between Maria and Sarah. I wasn’t a big fan of Maria’s point of view. She focused too much on Derric. She wanted him to belong to her, and her alone. Throughout the book, she wanted to remove her curse as soon as possible in order to claim Derric as her own.

Maria in a nutshell:

She professed her love  and pined for him. For weeks she’d planned on getting the curse removed so she can claim him as her betrothed and marry him instead.

If you’re wondering if there is a love triangle, there is none. Also, there is no undeniable chemistry between Derric and Maria. Derric’s pov was much more interesting since he had to fight the darkness within him and had conflicting feelings towards Maria. The book would have been stronger if Maria was better developed. Humphrey also had a much better storyline than Maria and Sarah. He is the youngest prince forced to marry even though he is in love with someone else. Humphrey was willing to sacrifice his happiness for the good of the people.  My favorite character was Ellis, the shapeshifter since he was the most reasonable character in the story. Ellis is not good nor evil, and I loved how Ellis kept randomly showing up to annoy the others.

I wasn’t expecting so many creatures in this story. I was a bit overwhelmed when reading. There were too many fight scenes…I would have liked a much slower paced journey because it did feel rushed at times. My favorite part of this whole book was when the protagonists became allies with the centaurs. I was delighted that the female centaurs were the warriors and breadwinners, while the male centaurs were caregivers. The female centaurs were all about girl power.

Example One:

I do not understand humans. Why must you wait for a man? End your own troubles, Princess. You are the future ruler of your people – if you can’t make decisions for yourself, what makes you thinks you have the right to make decisions for them?

Example Two:

Humans. Your females are capable of so much, and yet they try to convince you that you are nothing. Without you, the human race couldn’t exist. It is about time you start realizing your own amazing talents…because no one else can give you self worth.

The book did get more exciting near the end. There were several revelations near the second half of the book. After finishing the book, I felt I read more about Derric and his destiny about being The Great One…rather than the curse. Overall, this is a light hearted retelling of The Goose Girl. There is a lot of action, but most scenes could have been shortened down. It is the first book in a series, and I don’t know how much more the author can expand on this story. I’m hoping she doesn’t milk the cow with this series because this book is better as a stand alone. There is no cliff hanger in the end of the book. 

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

 

Winter by Marissa Meyer: Book Review

“She’s our lost princess. And she’s coming home.”

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend—the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Commentary: I have been looking forward to reading Winter ever since I finished Cress last year. Winter has been on my tbr list for a very long time. When I got the book, I immediately wanted it read it, but I had other books I had to read first. It has been the longest book that I have read for this year!!! ⤴︎ ε=ε=(ง ˃̶͈̀ᗨ˂̶͈́)۶ ⤴︎

I really found the last book to be really amazing. The series got better with each book. I liked Cinder, Scarlet was better, Cress was amazing, and Winter was epic. I really can’t believe that the adventure is finally over. (⁎⁍̴̀﹃ ⁍̴́⁎)♡

As I mentioned, this book is massive and there are so many things that were happening in this book. Honestly, I felt that this book should have been a bit longer just because I felt some of the characters did not have enough screen time. For example, I felt that Winter did not have enough time as the other characters. She is one of the most complex heroines. She refuses to use her lunar gift, but she is mentally ill because of it. I really liked how Marissa Meyer handled her character. Winter was really precious. I loved her friendship with Scarlet, since at first Scarlet didn’t trust her, but eventually their friendship grows.

“Winter tilted her head in Scarlet’s direction. A spiral of black hair fell across her cheek, obstructing her scars. “What did you bring me today?” Scarlet asked. “Delusional mutterings with a side of crazy? Or is this one of your good days?”

What I loved was how all the characters are based on fairy tales. I liked how Meyer gave the Snow White story a twist. Though I wish Winter and Jacin had more of a backstory. Secondly, this book had many comedic moments! ╰(✧∇✧╰)

Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”
“Do you even know what you’re saying half the time?” asked Cinder.

Oh how I am going to miss Thorne so much.

“Thorne’s voice pitched high in imitation of the queen. “The impostor of my beloved niece is vanquished … Let us put this messiness behind us while we go forward with the coronations … I am a psychotic, power-hungry nut basket and my breath smells really bad under this veil.”

It was a good balance with the drama that was happening. I did like the bromance between Kai and Thorne.

Other than that, Levana is still evil and just as crazy. There were moments where I was feeling pity towards her, but Levana is not redeemable at all. I won’t spoil anything because you have to read this book. It’s dramatic and action packed, and it made me teary eye by the end of the book. I will really miss these characters. I will miss their adventures. I will truly miss The Lunar Chronicles. At least Stars Above is coming out next year! Can’t wait for the epilogue! ໒( ♥ ◡ ♥ )७

My favorite pairings:

  1. Cinder and Kai – Loved this couple from the beginning of the series. Of course, they would be my top pairing. Kai and Cinder sacrifice so much for each other, and I was glad that they have a happily ever after.
  2. Cress and Thorne – I would have loved it even more if they had more moments together. They have the funniest moments, and they are one of the cutest pairings.
  3. Scarlet and Wolf – I love this couple, they have many great moments in the last book. They have been through so much in this book.
  4. Winter and Jacin – They have loved each other since they were young and they are childhood friends. I would have wished for more moments between Jacin and Winter. I felt they were a bit under developed compared to the other pairings, but they did have their cute moments.

Quotes:

“A kiss from the Captain would probably melt my central processor.”
Thorne winked at her. “Oh trust me. It would.”

“Help me. Fight for me. And I will be the first ruler in the history of Luna who will also fight for you.”

“I can’t believe this is happening. I can’t fight like this, or start a revolution, or be a queen. I can’t do anything like this. I’m broken. I’m literally broken.” Iko settled a hand on Cinder’s shoulder. “Yeah, but broken isn’t the same as unfixable.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

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Shadows On The Moon by Zoë Marriott: Book Review

“People trust their eyes above all else – but most people see what they wish to see, or what they believe they should see; not what is really there”

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆Goodreads Synopsis: A powerful tale of magic, love and revenge with a strong female lead set in fairy-tale Japan; this is “Cinderella” meets “Memoirs of a Geisha”. Trained in the magical art of shadow-weaving, sixteen-year-old Suzume is able to recreate herself in any form – a fabulous gift for a girl desperate to escape her past. But who is she really? Is she a girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama, or a lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens, or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands? Whatever her true identity, Suzume is destined to capture the heart of a prince – and determined to use his power to destroy Terayama. And nothing will stop her, not even love.

Review: A fantastic reimagining of Cinderella. Suzume has gone through many hardships at such a young age. The death of her father and cousin haunt her. She is forced to live with her stepfather, Terayama, and mother, Yukiko. In this story, there are no wicked stepsisters and the Shadow Ball is not a charming escape to a better life. This story is about revenge, love, and magic.

Suzume, I loved her! She is content with being plain looking. She had to endure so much pain. Her mother was very submissive and loyal to Terayama. Suzume couldn’t talk to anyone about her feelings and resorted to cutting herself in order to cope. She has a gift of shadow weaving, she is very talented with her gift, but she was never aware of her powers. She is very determined, angsty, and stubborn. When she makes a plan, she wants to see it happen. She doesn’t believe she deserves happiness and believes that the only way to atone for her sins is to avenge her fallen family. Though Suzume has to change her identity several times, she knew how to adapt and stay strong in order to survive. ≧ω≦

Otieno, is Suzume’s love interest. From the moment he saw her, he knew that she was “the one”. He is not the prince, instead, he is close allies to the Moon Prince. He is also a talented shadow weaver. He became involved in Suzume’s life when Terayama almost tried to kill her in order to get Otieno and his family’s attention. He is Suzume’s opposite, whereas Suzume believes she does not deserve love, he does. He is optimistic about their future and may I say, he has a lot of patience with her. Though Suzume tries to avoid him, he always finds a way to be with her. Lastly, biracial couple. Yassss!!! ✧٩(•́⌄•́๑)

The magical fairy of this story would be Akira. Akira was the former Shadow Bride, who meets Suzume in jail. I really loved Akira, she was my favorite character. She was sassy and lovely. She was a legend among young children since the typical Shadow Bride isn’t a courtesan. I really loved her relationship with Suzume. I thought it was so cute how the two of them decided to stay sisters.

(☞◣д◢)☞ Lord Terayama was my least favorite character. He got what he deserved in the end. I liked how the author gave him a backstory. He wasn’t just some random background character that her mother remarries. He plays a crucial role in Suzume becoming a revenge fueled girl.  But Suzume’s mother, I was disappointed with the most. She tells her daughter that she loves her, but would rather listen to what her new husband says. She feels threaten when the attention is not on her. There were moments that showed how motherly she was, but most of the time, she wants to move on and forget all about the past. She never protects Suzume, ever. If I could describe her in one word it would be coward.

The Moon Prince isn’t the love interest, one would think since this is a Cinderella retelling. The Shadow Ball isn’t the dreamy party of the year. In fact, the Shadow Ball is an event for one girl to become the prince’s Shadow Bride. The winner of the Shadow Ball is to be with the prince, but could never marry for the rest of her life. I loved the world that the author created. It would have been cool if the author went into more detail about the moon kingdom. After reading the final chapter, I wanted more. I wanted to know the fate of Suzume and Otieno. But for now, I’ll just imagine that they got their happily ever after. ╭(♡・ㅂ・)و ̑̑

Shadows On the Moon did remind me of Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I would recommend this story to fans of the Lunar Chronicles and pretty much anyone who loves a good revenge story. It’s a standalone book too. There are no frustrating love triangles!!!

Quotes:

Better naked and alive than decent and dead, I thought.”

“You see, that is why it is so easy to fool people with our illusions, Yue. In this world, illusions are usually much kinder than the truth.”

“Real love is hard because it requires one to know and accept another person with all their faults.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.25)

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A Court Of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: Book Review

I love you,’ he whispered, and kissed my brow. ‘Thorns and all.

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

Commentary: I really felt the book was a bit overrated, it wasn’t necessarily bad nor my favorite. I kept seeing so much love for this book. I really tried to love it, but I felt it was okay.

It’s a fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Tamlin was the hot fairy who can turn into a wolf That was my problem with the book. Sure Tamlin was cursed, but he was handsome, and not a beast. (一。一;;)

The book was a bit boring during the first half. It felt more like a Cinderella story because Feyre had to do everything for her family and her sisters were very ungrateful, especially Nesta. I really felt sorry for the protagonist because without her, her family would have died. I just hated how her family didn’t appreciate Feyre risking her life in the woods. Anyways, she kills a wolf who happens to be a faerie and is forced to live with the fae due to the Treaty between faeries and humans. The action scenes were amazing.

The first half of the book, I did not like and then, when I got to the second half, that’s when everything became exciting. There was a reason why the Spring Court had masks on their face. There was a reason why Tamlin tried so hard to make Feyre fall in love with him. Feyre risked her life to save Tamlin and the Spring Court by going through three difficult trials and the ending didn’t end in a cliffhanger. It ended on a happier note.

I really hated Amarantha. What a villain. She seemed unstoppable too, and made life worse for Tamlin and Feyre. I loved that Feyre was ready to fight and prove her love was real. I really liked Tamlin and Lucien, they were great characters. I really like Tamlin and Feyre together, they had chemistry. Overall, those two are perfect together. There were some steamy scenes as well that made me blush. Tamlin did all he could to keep Feyre safe. I was satisfied with them, but I also feel that Rhysand and Feyre have chemistry as well. I didn’t like Rhysand at first, near the end I loved him. He’s sassy and manipulative, and overall awesome. I felt he was more of the beast than Tamlin. I can’t wait to see what happens in the second book. Although, I would have preferred it being a stand alone, there is still much more the author can write about. Lastly, I wonder what kind of power Feyre now has since she is a faerie. (˃̴̀ᄇॢ˂̴́ ∗)

Would I recommend this book? It’s hard to say. It was only entertaining near the ending. Would you continue reading the series? Yes.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️(3.5) ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh: Book Review

When she wound her fingers in his hair to draw her body against his, he stilled for breath, and she knew, as he knew, that they were lost. Lost forever. In this kiss. This kiss that would change everything.

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Goodreads Synopsis: Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Commentary: I’ve been in a reading slump for quite a while, I’ve been mostly playing on my 3DS since my pharmacy externship ended. I tried reading books to get rid of my slump, but most of the books I’ve read were amazing. I started reading The Wrath And The Dawn because I saw a read along on Tumblr and was excited to join it. Guess who doesn’t have a slump anymore?! This book was amazing! I was hooked from start to finish. I was not disappointed by it at all. The main character, Shahrzad is badass, sassy, cunning, and intelligent. Because of her storytelling skills, she has been the only bride that has not been executed. She was determined to find out the truth, no matter what. I loved how she had a conflicted heart when she starting falling for Khalid since he had killed her best friend. Overall, I loved the romance aspect of this book, it was well written. I loved the dynamic in her relationship with Khalid. He kept calling her ‘his queen’ and didn’t treat her like an object. I ship her Khalid, so badly. Forget Tariq. There were many cute moments in the book, my favorite one had to be when they went out to the town as regular citizens. Shazi and Khalid are perfect for each other. Khalid is very likable and he’s such a nice guy. He’s not the monster that everyone makes him out to be. You can’t always judge a book by its cover especially when it comes to Khalid. It broke my heart when Shazi discovered the letters to the parents of his dead brides. Tariq is a bit foolish. He doesn’t have Shazi’s best interest in mind, while Khalid does.  Tariq thinks he really knows Shazi and thinks that she is suffering from Stockholm syndrome since she protects Khalid. I just thought that was hilarious how he thought had to justify Shazi’s change of heart. Pobrecito. I’m so glad that Shazi wasn’t too conflicted about both boys, you know she loves Khalid more than Tariq. By the time I got to the end, I was a bit mad that Shazi left with Tariq. I’m Team Khalid all the way. (๑•̀ㅂ•́)و

The secondary characters were just as great as the protagonists. I’m really hoping that Jalal and Despina get together for the second book. I just really loved how Jalal and Despina both shipped Khalid and Shazi together. They were supportive and really great friends to the main characters. Hoping they get more developed in the next book.

‘m hoping that in the second book, The Rose And The Dagger, is more magical than this one. I really don’t like Shazi’s father. I feel that he is becoming greedy with his magical powers and I don’t trust him at all. I feel that he will cause more harm towards the protagonists. Also, I hope that Shazi’s powers get fully explained! Lastly, The Rose And The Dagger is already on my to be read list on Goodreads. Kudos for the author for including a preview for the next book and for including a glossary. (۶•̀ᴗ•́)۶

I had lots of fun reading this book. I really recommend this book. It’s diverse, magical, and it’s a fairy tale adaptation.

Quotes:

“You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.”

“Tonight is a night to turn heads. Make them remember you. Make sure they never forget. You are the Calipha of Khorasan, and you have the ear of a king.” Despina put her hand on Shahrzad’s shoulder and grinned at their shared reflection. “More important, you have his heart.” She bent forward and lowered her voice. “And most important, you are a fearsome thing to behold in your own right.”

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

“I know love is fragile. And loving someone like you is near impossible. Like holding something shattered through a raging sandstorm. If you want her to love you, shelter her from that storm…And make certain that storm isn’t you.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ✧*。٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و✧*。 ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

Beastkeeper by Cat Hellisen: Book Review

“Because you can’t go around breaking curses willy-nilly. It doesn’t work like that Curses are strict There are rules to follow and conditions to meet. That’s the beauty of them. And why they cannot be broken.” – Alan

Goodreads Synopsis: Sarah has always been on the move. Her mother hates the cold, so every few months her parents pack their bags and drag her off after the sun. She’s grown up lonely and longing for magic. She doesn’t know that it’s magic her parents are running from.

When Sarah’s mother walks out on their family, all the strange old magic they have tried to hide from comes rising into their mundane world. Her father begins to change into something wild and beastly, but before his transformation is complete, he takes Sarah to her grandparents—people she has never met, didn’t even know were still alive.

Deep in the forest, in a crumbling ruin of a castle, Sarah begins to untangle the layers of curses affecting her family bloodlines, until she discovers that the curse has carried over to her, too. The day she falls in love for the first time, Sarah will transform into a beast . . . unless she can figure out a way to break the curse forever.

Commentary: Reading fairy tale adaptations are my favorites. I picked this book up because the plot was very interesting since the girl is the beast and she’s trying to remove her curse. I thought it was going to be a young adult novel, and a bit more romantic. This novel is really bittersweet. First of all, the curse is a bit confusing for me. The males in her family become beasts while the females become birds, and Sarah becomes a beast. I thought she would have became a bird like her grandmother and mother, not a beast. Not that I have a problem with Sarah being a beast, but one would assume she would become a bird. Yes, it’s true that the protagonist develops feelings for Alan, a beastkeeper, but romance does not play a huge role in reversing the curse. I loved how true love’s kiss would break the curse. Sarah had to discover how to change back by discovering her family’s secret. I felt really sorry for Sarah, her family sucked. Her mother left her, her father left her, and her grandparents love her. I didn’t feel any emotional connection towards any of her family members. They were really selfish. Now, the curse was placed on her family because of bitterness and jealousy. Sarah was the only sane member of her family. Her grandmothers were reluctant to share any information on the curse. The curse could have been lifted if her witch grandmothers would have talked instead of being angry with each other. Sarah is the only character to mature, and I liked her journey to become human. I also liked how Alan and Sarah chose to become friends. This story is not your typical happily ever after and it was far more different than I imagined. It’s a fast read, but not as entertaining as I thought it would be. Would I recommend it? Yes, I fell in love with the author’s writing style and though the ending was bittersweet, it felt a bit more realistic than a happy ending.

Quotes:

“You can’t make someone fall in love with you…and that is where the storytellers write their own sugary versions of the truth. A pack of lies until they reach ‘The End.’ But no story ever comes to an end, at least not one so neat. There are vioices silenced, characters erased at the storyteller’s whim.”

“People fall out of love slower than they fall in, to be sure, but there’s the story no one wants to tell. It’s dull. Boring. The good ones don’t always win. Nothing lasts forever.”

“It was love that cursed, and love that saved.”

“The people who should have loved her hadn’t; her enemies wore smiles, and her family, snarls.”

“You told me yourself that curses always go in circles. I am choosing to step out of the circle. Maybe I can’t break it, but I can refuse to be a part of it, to step away from revenge and jealousy…I can do what you couldn’t. I can forgive.”

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3.5)

La belle et la bête (2014): Movie Review

*Minor Spoilers*

I love fairy tales so much! I haven’t watched many fairy tale adaptations besides the Disney movies. I loved watching Beauty and the Beast, and when I heard there was going to be a live action adaptation for it, I was beyond excited. Now, I stumbled upon this movie when searching for Beauty and the Beast. I saw the trailer and it looked amazing. Luckily, the movie was available online with subtitles. La belle et la bête was beyond beautiful. I loved the ost, the characters, and the scenery was beyond gorgeous. The ruined castle was absolutely stunning. This film has two timelines which is the present and the Beast’s past. When Belle dreams, she is able to catch glimpses of the Beast’s past life. I really liked the Beast’s backstory, it was very unfortunate what happened to him and his dead wife. The Beast wasn’t portrayed as vain prince, but he was a ruler who was obsessed with hunting. His love of the hunt eventually brought his downfall. I found Belle to be quite sassy and very curious. I felt that there should have been a bit more romantic scenes between the protagonists (minor complaint). Nonetheless, the dresses that Belle wore were gorgeous.

Look at these beautiful scenes. I cannot get over how amazing the scenery was.

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I loved how magical this film was. There was a bit of nudity, but I didn’t feel it was explicit at all. It was such an enjoyable film to watch. Lastly, the film is available to watch on YouTube! For anyone who is interested in watching it, I will post the links down below. I highly recommend this film!

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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