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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Ahh….who doesn’t like a feel-good story.  I loved Geekerella!

geekerellaGeekerella is a modern day Cinderella tale starring Elle Wittimer, a geeky 17 year old, who feels like she doesn’t belong anywhere.  She is orphaned when her father dies and forced into virtual slave labour by her demanding stepmother and twin stepsisters.  Elle escapes her bleak reality by losing herself in the fantasy world of Starfield, an old TV show, which she used to watch with her dad.  She even writes extensively about all things Starfield on her blog, Rebelgunner.

Elle discovers that her favourite show is being remade into a film.  She is extremely disappointed to find that Darien Freeman, a soap star, will be playing Federation Prince Carmindor.

Elle hears that the producers of Starfield are hosting a CosPlay contest, which she is desperate to win as it could be her ticket to a brighter and better future for herself.  She has been scrimping and saving behind her stepmother’s back so that she can pay for her ExcelsiCon ticket and expenses.

Elle works part-time on the Magic Pumpkin food truck with Sage, her green-haired, best friend, who helps her on her quest to go to ExcelsiCon.  Sage, together with Elle’s newfound text “friend”, embolden her to open up and take charge of her life.

Meanwhile, Darien is reluctant about having to participate in this year’s ExcelsiCon as the “true” Starfield fans have written him off as just another shallow heartthrob, totally unsuitable to play Carmindor.  What they don’t know is that Darien is a closet nerd and a Starfield super fan.  Under pressure from his father, Darien is frustrated by the constant burden of having to maintain his superstar image.  He really just wants to be himself.  He wants someone in his life, who will understand and support him without judgement.  Someone like the girl he’s been texting, by accident at first, but it feels right as he can be himself with her – except he can’t reveal his identity.

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This book pays homage to the fandom culture and I highly recommend it.  I was charmed by the references to Star Trek, Lord of the Rings, amongst others.  The Cinderella retelling made me feel nostalgic and happy.

This book helps us to understand that we are all unique and deserve to be loved.  We discovered how much the characters learnt about themselves and despite being scared, they were brave enough to stand up for what they believed in and what they wanted.

The advice then is:  You have a voice, so use it to stand up for yourself.  This is your life.  Take charge and unlock your potential.  Surround yourself with people who care about you and distance yourself from those who seek to trample all over you.  You also deserve a happy ending.

This feel-good book deserves

Thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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No Filter by Orlagh Collins

Thank you so much to NetGalley, Orlagh Collins and Bloomsbury for allowing me to read and review this ARC.  This is my honest and unbiased opinion of “No Filter”.

No Filter is the story that reminds us all of that summer … the one where your life changed … the unforgettable memory of the one you still think about sometimes when you let your mind wander.

Orlagh’s debut YA novel is fresh, poignant and the characters are interesting and quirky, lending to this book’s appeal.

no filterEmerald comes from a privileged background but her family has dark secrets that threaten to change her life forever.

She comes home to find her mother unconscious on the bathroom floor.  Her father sends her mother off to rehab and Emerald is packed off to Ireland to live with her grandmother for the holidays.

Emerald feels lost and alone without her usual access to social media … until she meets Liam at the beach. Something special sparks between them and they both go on a journey of discovery to find their true selves and ignite their heart desires.

This is such an authentic, relatable, feel good story about two young people overcoming their personal and family struggles to find their own way in the world.

At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Emerald but she grew on me.  Her character is unfiltered and she follows her instincts.  She wins you over and makes you think about your own life.

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Liam is a gentle, quirky, repressed musician, who makes the perfect, very appealing YA heartthrob. He cares about other people and tries very hard to please his family, despite wanting more out of life than what they want for him.

This isn’t a predictable read.  I loved the mini plots interwoven amongst the characters featured in this book.  It was an enjoyable and interesting story that I think you will find very engaging.  It’s the perfect summer read and left me feeling happy!

Orlagh, I loved “No Filter” and look forward to your next novel.

This feel good book deserves an inspiring