Geekerella by Ashley Poston

GeekerellaGeekerella by Ashley Poston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There are some things about this story that are adorable. It’s a fairytale retelling, and a formulaic romance with an HEA. Those are all in this story’s favor.

What’s not in this story’s favor is that the characters are not always true to themselves, and I found the discrepancies to be jolting. They shifted me out of the story, and I would find myself questioning who this person was after they had behaved so out of character.

Another thing that was disappointing was the actual relationship by texting situation, because there seemed to be no real spark or intrigue in the conversation. In fact, the relationship really didn’t pick itself up until they arrived at the Con. That’s okay, but I kept hoping for something that was just a little bit more, and the interactions were sparse and came up with less.

This is probably a 3.5 for me, but it had some enjoyable moments. The end was lackluster for an HEA.

If you are in it for the Cinderella retelling, there are better retellings out there, such as CINDER. If you’re in it for the geekery, there are some better tributes to fandoms out there, such as FANGIRL and SCARLETT EPSTEIN HATES IT HERE.

Pages: 320

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I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican DaughterI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a solid read, and there were some things I really loved about this story, particularly the culture clashes within Julia’s family. She was such a raw character, and it kind of hurt to like her.

I only rated this down a bit, because it tackled too many issues to handle them all thoroughly. I sometimes felt there were threads that weren’t well-addressed, and I think I would have rather those issues been left out than so underplayed.

The disputes with her mother held my attention the most, and the mystery of her sister was fun at first but ended up being a bit disappointing after I spent so much time guessing and making up more interesting back stories for the sister than what actually occurred.

I enjoyed the diversity, unique perspectives, and richness of cultures in this story. Julia is a memorable character.

There are some heavy topics tackled here, so if you’re a sensitive reader, this may not be the story for you.

Pages: 352

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If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

If There's No TomorrowIf There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is emotionally brutal, yet still hopeful. There is a lot to consider here when it comes to choices, mistakes, consequences, and forgiveness. The story breaks down a whole community of people, and you get to watch while they struggle to rebuild themselves. So that’s hard, but it’s truthful, relevant, and thoughtful. I couldn’t look away.

Pages: 384

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One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns, #2)One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a good 2nd book. It started just a bit rough for me, which may be partly because I had read book one so long ago and was struggling to remember where things stood. But it’s the kind of book that got better and better, the longer I read it.

It’s not perfection, but I enjoyed it. The concept is interesting, and the characters grew in unexpected ways, both good and bad.

Pages: 464

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