February & March Book Haul // the free time I have is inversely proportional to the amount of books I buy, apparently

Today I’m sharing a book haul for February and March together because I didn’t have time in March to do a February one and at some point I couldn’t keep track of what I bought in March and what in February, so I decided to merge the two.

I got a little…carried away with how many physical books I bought, I suppose. True, most of them were used (and very cheap) and I was so lucky to find them, but I kind of hate that I had to shop books to feel better about not being able to read a lot because of university. That’s not a healthy coping mechanism, Silvia!!!! Also not how you stay on top of your TBR.

I decided to also include ebooks and audiobooks in this post, as well as e-ARCs I got, because why not! Here’s a useful key for the post:

Key:

📚 currently reading
✅ read
🇩🇪 in German

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Physical – used:

📕 Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – ✅ – it was cheap and I wanted a physical copy since I reread it this summer so I got it
📕 A Darker Shade of Magic – Collector’s Edition by V.E. Schwab –  – this is probably my best and luckiest purchase in this post. The book is new, it doesn’t even look like it was ever opened (some of the pages were still a little bit stuck together at the edges? like not really stuck but I think you all know what I mean) but because it was technically “used” I got it for cheaper. And thus I am one book closer to getting all my favorite books/series in physical copy…
📕 The complete Shatter Me series (minus Defy Me) by Tahereh Mafi – ✅ – I don’t know what happened? I saw them all there for around 3€ each and the next thing I knew they were in my cart
📕 Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – it was cheap like all of these used books, I don’t know much about it but it’s supposedly gay
📕 Tschick by Wolfgang Herrndorf – 🇩🇪 – it got recommended to me as having queer rep but I’m not sure if that’s true or if the queer rep is the MC or someone else, but I wanted to give it a go anyway since it’s so hard for me to find German recs and I need to read more in German
📕 Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – ✅ – “I need to spend a couple more € to reach free shipping and this is one of my favorite books ever and it’s currently available”
📕 Die Mitte der Welt by Andreas Steinhöfel – 🇩🇪 – this is supposedly one of the best known queer books in German, I don’t know anything about it but I’m scared because it’s a big book and I’m slow (slower than when I read in English at least)
📕 Lesbisch für Anfängerinnen: Willkommen in der WG! by Celia Martin – 🇩🇪 – this sounds like a silly lesbian romcom and was recommended to me by a twitter mutual who also speaks German so I’m curious to read it

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Physical – new:

📗 Der Mann meines Bruders #1 by Gengoroh Tagame ✅🇩🇪 – I had heard about it on GR and when I saw it in a German bookstore it was an instant purchase. I’ve already read it, it’s very good and I look forward to the next issue
📗 Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali – – I actually got a digital ARC of this but I also ordered it when it came out because it was so cute! ↪ Read my review here
📗 Dein perfektes Jahr by Charlotte Lucas – 🇩🇪 – I don’t know? I put it in the “new” category but it was on sale at my discount where they sell new but “damaged” (which often just means they got a tiny scratch on the cover or something) books for very cheap. And the cover is so pretty and it has PINK SPRAYED EDGES

Ebooks:

📘 Can’t Escape Love (Reluctant Royals #3.5) by Alyssa Cole – I think I’m going to buy every single book in this series (and so far I have) although I’m barely in the middle of book #2 while I’m writing this post
📘 Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan ✅ – this is only my second CM book and both of them were novellas. It was so lovely although I didn’t fall in love completely with it like I did with The Pursuit of… (if you haven’t, please please please do yourself a favor and read it!)

Audiobooks:

📙🎧 Chainbreaker by Tara Sim – 
📙🎧 Firestarter by Tara Sim – ✅ – I read the whole series in February and it was incredible
📙🎧 Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay – I….love audible deals. I’m planning to listen to this on my commute maybe, although it’s not very long
📙🎧 Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – also an audible deal, I heard it’s cool and feminist
📙🎧 The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – also an audible deal, I don’t know anything about, heard it’s aesthetic or something
📙🎧 The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon – 📚 – this is THE big book everyone’s talking about and I can’t blame them. I only have a few hours left to finish and it’s been such an incredible journey, but I think I will need to find a used physical copy once it’s been out for a while because I just want to know how everything is spelled
📙🎧 The Afterward by E.K. Johnston – ✅ – this became one of my all-time favorite f/f romances, no doubt
📙🎧 The Stars are Legion
 by Kameron Hurley – ✅ – definitely a book to be approached with caution, but I highly recommend it if you can handle the themes (CWs in my review) and you’re looking for cool, morally grey lesbians. ↪ Read my review here

eARCs I got:

📓 The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum – I don’t have words left for this. Just. Such a beautiful book inside and out. ↪ Read my review here
📓 The Time Traveler’s Guide to Modern Romance by Madeline J. Reynolds –   Cool concept and cute execution, could have been done better  Read my review here
📓 Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston – ✅ – absolutely incredible. One of the best romances, no, one of the best BOOKS I’ve ever read. Keep your eyes on the author, folks. She’s going places. (RTC)
📓 King of Fools (The Shadow Game #2) by Amanda Foody – I’m so keen to read this, sadly I still haven’t had time, but Ace of Shades was one of my favorite fantasies last year and I can’t wait to read this!
📓 Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner – I barely know anything about but I’m so ready to read this soon
📓 Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Comic Book I’m not sure how to judge this, it’s just kind of what I expected after playing the game but it was almost not centered on dating at all ↪ Read my review here
📓 Here There Are Monsters by Amelinda Bérubé – I must have known something about it at some point when I requested it but I just don’t anymore? I’m sure it sounded interesting though and I’m looking forward to it
📓 Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter 📚 – no comment so far because of Reasons
📓 Masquerade by Cyrus Parker – I’ve read the author’s debut and I found it so raw and honest, I can’t wait to see what they came up with now

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That’s it for this long and probably boring haul.

Have you read any of these or bought them recently? Do you buy more physical books or more ebooks/audiobooks? 

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March 2019 Wrap-Up

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Hello friends! March has gone by so quickly between me being in the lab most of the day and then having to do homework until it was time to sleep. But I did manage to read a few things and they made for an overall great reading month, so let’s get right into it.

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Total: 9 books

○  3 audiobooks

○  4 ARCs

○  1 anthology

○  2 shorts/novellas

○  1 comic

○  1 reread

○ 2 buddy reads

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📖 Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (ARC, buddy read) – to assign any adjective to this book would be reductive. Awesome? Amazing? Incredible? They don’t even begin to cover it. I’m still trying to write my full review but rest assured that this was one of the best, if not the best, romance I’ve ever read. ★★★★★

📖 The Afterward by E.K. Johnston (audiobook) – I read this for the sheer sapphic energy that radiated from the cover and the description, and I was not disappointed in any sense. This had one of the best f/f relationship I’ve ever read, it was set in an interesting and inclusive world, and the audiobook was great. ★★★★★

📖 Proud edited by Juno Dawson (ARC) – I’ve talked about it more in my review, but this was such a pleasure to read from start to finish. It was the positive queer anthology that I needed to read, although I wish that aro and ace characters would have gotten a spotlight too. ★★★★.5✩

📖 The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum (ARC) – this made me feel so many things and confirmed K. Ancrum as one of the most interesting authors of YA out there. Seriously, her books might turn out not to be for you, but I 100% recommend checking them out for yourself because if they resonate with you you’ll be hooked. For more thoughts please read my full review. ★★★★★

📖 The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley (audiobook) – this is one of those “out of my comfort zone” books that I’m so glad I decided to check out (also because audiobooks are a thing, thanks @ technology). It’s definitely not a favorite book but it’s a book that gave me a glimpse in a genre that while it doesn’t cater to my personal tastes is still very valid and I can see myself reaching for again when I feel adventurous. Read my full review for more thoughts and trigger/content warnings (seriously, don’t go into it blind; key word: gore). ★★★.5✩✩

📖 Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan (ebook) – sapphic historical novella! about older sapphics!!! destroying evil men!!!!! ★★★★✩

📖 Peter Darling by Austin Chant (ebook, reread, buddy read) – you know that feeling of wanting to reread a favorite book for months or years and when you finally decide to do it you’re actually scared because what if it’s not as good as you remember it? Well, this book was even better than the first time around. It’s a Peter Pan retelling with Peter as a trans man and it has a stunning hate/obsession-to-lovers romance between him and Captain Hook and yes, it’s just as good as it sounds. Read my review from two years ago (please don’t cringe I was baby). ★★★★★

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🔖 Never-Contented Things by Sarah Porter (ARC) – I actually wasn’t sure whether to include this here because I feel like I’m going to get hate from all sides once I finish and actually form my own opinion about it. But a friend I trust has made very good points about it and since I have the ARC I want to see for myself. I’m not very far but for now I can say that I love the writing style, the atmosphere and the narration. All I will say is that people seem to be getting enraged by a topic being in the book without analyzing why or in which context the topic is there and how it’s handled. But as I said, I am barely 10% in so I will wait to speak one way or another.

🔖 A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole (ebook) – I’m finally reading this and it’s very enjoyable! I think there’s always something in this series by Alyssa Cole that prevents me from giving the books five stars, but for now (I’m around 45% maybe) it’s a very solid 4 stars romance. I’m also enjoying the portrayal of Portia figuring out her ADHD and how it has affected her life so far. I’m looking forward to seeing the romance develop more.

🔖 Elysium by Nora Sakavic (ebook) – so the author of one of my two all time favorite series has released a new book without telling anyone for like a week. RUDE. Anyway I obviously had to get it asap and I have just reached 50%. It’s very different from the All for the Game series, and I don’t just mean that it’s paranormal/urban fantasy but I also mean that it almost doesn’t feel like it’s written by the same person (but then again a few lines of dialogue totally makes me go, Ah, there she is). I’m just having trouble loving the first person POV in present tense, it’s not a voice I love unless it’s in a light contemporary and while I never had any problems with Nora’s writing in AFTG I definitely don’t love how this is written. The story is interesting even though I’m having issues staying focused on it, but I’m going to try to force myself to read more in one go because that’s how I manage to get invested more.

🔖 The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (audiobook) – yeah, I’m doing this and it’s just as incredible as everyone said it is. Audiobooking such a huge book was my only option at this time, but I will say that it’s not easy to keep track of all the names and lore, especially at the beginning. I think in the future I would love to get myself a physical or digital copy and actually read how everyone’s name is spelled. The story is so incredible and it warms my heart to have such huge fantasy books, a genre that’s been dominated by white, cis, straight dudes and that almost always includes such needless violence against women, written by a woman who know what she’s doing. It makes it accessible without shying away from difficult topics, violence, and everything you’d expect from an adult fantasy. It’s just that there’s no violence against women because they’re women but because of politics and power.

 

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📜 I wrote a guest post on Ben’s blog in which I talk about what being bi means to me, and I would love it if you’d check it out 💖💜💙

📜 I had the honor and the pleasure to interview some of the characters from Graham’s Delicacies by Em Ali

📜 I shared the cover reveal for Chosen Champion by Elise Kova

📜 I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award and had a lot of fun replying to Acqua’s questions and writing my own

📜 REVIEWS:

📌  The Stars are Legion

📌 The Princess and the Fangirl

📌 The Weight of the Stars

📌 Proud

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This month I was in the mood to watch a genre I don’t usually go for, so I started The Rain. I read about it and the only reason I actually decided to try it out was because I’ve never seen a post-apocalyptic show set in Europe. So far the only difference with American shows is that guns aren’t actually available to everyone but only members of the army have easy access to them. But it’s still interesting to see an European setting for once and while I get annoyed at some unnecessary romance (why, why is it always there), I actually think it’s a good show and I will continue it when I’m in the mood and have more time.

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I also watched the new season of Queer Eye and it was everything I needed in my life. Inevitably there are episodes that I liked more and others that I found a little boring, but all of them were important and I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t tear up or straight-up cried a few times. I just…….. love the Fab 5 so much.

 

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Did I take myself to see Captain Marvel although the only other Marvel movie I’ve seen is Black Panther? You can bet I did. The movie doesn’t have much to do with the rest of them anyway as it’s set many years before. I totally recommend watching it because it gives such a realistic portrayal of the female experience, it literally confused the fuck out of men, who are now saying this movie is shit and they didn’t get it and whatnot, outing themselves for the ignorant, misogynistic bigots they are. You can not like this movie, but if you don’t understand how it reflects how most of the cis women or the people who are perceived as women have to navigate our society every day, you’re not paying one ounce of attention.

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How was your month? Has spring finally come where you live? Or fall, if you live south of the Equator, I guess. What was the best book you’ve read this year so far? Let me know and I hope you are having a great April ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

Most Anticipated Releases (Apr-Jun 2019)

It’s the start of a new trimester and that means I’m going to share my most anticipated releases for the next three months!

The reason I do this rather than a “most anticipated books for the first half of the year” or so is that books by smaller publishers or self published books aren’t often announced with such a huge notice, and I don’t want my posts to only have books by big publishers and/or already known authors.

Even so, something always gets announced after I’ve posted my list BUT for now this is all I’ve got. And that’s a lot! April and May are especially holding a knife at my throat while university is keeping me locked in the basement.

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What I’m saying is that I need a bookcation in which I read all day every day for a few months and then maybe I’ll be able to stay on top of my anticipated TBR. So without further ado, here’s what I’m looking forward to in April, May and June.

April

2nd

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

16th

➣ Starworld by Audrey Coulthurst and Paula Garner

30th

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Belly Up by Eva Darrows

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May

1st

Chosen Champion by Elise Kova

6th

Reverb by Anna Zabo

7th

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

➣ Kings, Queens and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

14th

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

➣ I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver

21st

➣ Going Off-Script by Jen Wilde

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June

4th

A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas

11th

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

18th

All of Us With Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

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I included all of these although I’ve already read some (The Princess and the Fangirl, Red, White & Royal Blue) and I have ARCs for some other ones (Reverb, Starworld, King of Fools) because I want everyone to know about them.

Please let me know if you’re also anticipating some of these and tell me about books you’re looking forward to that aren’t on this list!

(For someone who complains about my TBR all the time I sure ask for book recommendations a lot, don’t I?)

Audiobook Review: The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

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Summary: Somewhere on the outer rim of the universe, a mass of decaying world-ships known as the Legion is traveling in the seams between the stars. For generations, a war for control of the Legion has been waged, with no clear resolution.  As worlds continue to die, a desperate plan is put into motion.

Zan wakes with no memory, prisoner of a people who say they are her family. She is told she is their salvation – the only person capable of boarding the Mokshi, a world-ship with the power to leave the Legion. But Zan’s new family is not the only one desperate to gain control of the prized ship. Zan finds that she must choose sides in a genocidal campaign that will take her from the edges of the Legion’s gravity well to the very belly of the world.

Zan will soon learn that she carries the seeds of the Legion’s destruction – and its possible salvation. But can she and her ragtag band of followers survive the horrors of the Legion and its people long enough to deliver it?

In the tradition of The Fall of Hyperion and DuneThe Stars are Legion is an epic and thrilling tale about tragic love, revenge, and war as imagined by one of the genre’s most celebrated new writers.

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★★★.5✩

This is one of those books I would’ve never read if it wasn’t for the audiobook so I’m glad I had this experience. The narrators are great but I didn’t know how to feel about the story for the first 30% maybe, although there were enough elements to keep me interested so I kept listening.

Once it got to a certain point it became more of a travel fantasy (yes it’s a space opera but to be honest there’s not that much space) I started to enjoy it more, but bear with me: this book is truly disgusting. If you’re squeamish you need to stay away from this book. It has body horror and gore on every page and it takes place on worlds/ships that are rotting cephalopods. The book doesn’t make things nice for you, it just tells them like they are. Also stay away if you’re bothered by pregnancies and reading about giving birth and not in the “omg such a beautiful thing” way. Basically don’t read it if even the mention of bodily fluids makes you go “eww”.

It’s definitely not something I would have wanted to read otherwise but I was in it for the all female, all lesbian cast, and although I wouldn’t say there’s actually a romance (nothing I would call healthy anyway), there’s a really messed up f/f/f love triangle (but one could argue it’s more of a love square) where one of them (at least one of them?) is the villain. Another aspect I loved was the main character having lost her memory and see her on her (not only metaphorical) journey to regain it, alongside a strange and unlikely group of women that were really what kept me listening even when I was confused (and I was confused a lot).

Would I recommend this if you’re able to handle the stuff I warned you about? Probably only if you’re a big scifi/space opera/fantasy reader, or if you’re as invested in stories about lesbians as I am, or if you want to try reading outside of your comfort zone. So basically, yes.

TWs: extreme gore, violence, cannibalism, death, birth, memory loss

Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you so much to Acqua for tagging me! If you’re not already, please go follow her, she’s one of my favorite bloggers.

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link back to their blogging site. 
  2. Answer the questions.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 new questions.
  4. Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.
  5. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo on your site or on your post.

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Acqua’s questions:

  1. What was the last book you rated three stars, and why?
    The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi. I know!!! I was anticipating not giving it less than four stars , but something just didn’t click with the audiobook and the book itself. Read my full review to find out more I guess!
  2. Do you read short fiction?
    I do! Not always, and it’s not something I usually reach for unless I’ve heard great things from other bloggers and reviewers.
  3. A book you’re anticipating that isn’t getting much hype?
    A Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics and Going Off Script.
  4. Have you ever felt like a book/its writing was manipulative?
    I don’t know if I understand/interpret the question correctly, but to me a book is manipulative when it doesn’t leave much room for the reader to make up their own mind about what’s going on. When it feels like the writer doesn’t trust the reader to use their brain to put together two and two. They should have faith that readers will be able to pick up subtle things even if they don’t just dump everything on the page *coughs*SJM*cough*. 
  5. A trope you don’t like?
    In romances, a big age gap.
  6. Is there anything (like a trope, a setting, or a specific subgenre) that recurs often in your favorite books?
    I read across different tropes/genres/settings and my favorite books tend to reflect that but one thing that’s definitely always there the character that seems unfeeling and cold but is only like that because of trauma and once they open up they’re actually very soft but only in specific situations/with specific people.
  7. Two random non-bookish facts about you?
    – I can cook pretty well but I’m not a good baker and I don’t enjoy doing it
    – I never attended religion hour in school (it’s optional in Italy)
  8. A book whose premise was better than the actual content?
    I had to look through all my shelves for this so here are two: Odd One Out, Flame in the Mist. There are more but the authors turned out to be trash so I don’t even want to mention them.
  9. What’s the weirdest book you’ve ever read?
    I’ve read some pretty weird ones in my life before becoming a reviewer but I can’t remember them because my memory is pretty shit, but of the ones I read recently off the top of my head I’d say In Other Lands. It’s the exact type or weird that clicks so much with my tastes and sense of humor that I don’t even find it weird (but I know it is).
  10. Supposing that plot and characters are both well-written, which do you value more in fantasy: atmosphere or a well-defined magic system?
    I know this is a total cop-out of an answer, but I feel like it really depends on the book! Sometimes books are very atmospheric but you just don’t care about that particular atmosphere. On the other hand a well-defined magic system can make things interesting while you read but it’s probably not the first thing you think about when you remember the book after months or years of reading it, whereas the atmosphere might stay with you longer.
  11. Is there anything you wish was talked about more in the book community?
    Looots of things! One topic that I’ve encountered a lot lately is the author/reviewer relationship and how both authors and readers don’t seem to understand their boundaries: authors comment on reviews they’re not tagged in and reviewers tag authors in negative reviews. I feel like this is going to be something we’ll talk about for the whole year, but I haven’t seen much of this topic outside of book twitter.

 

My questions:

1. What’s one book you don’t often talk about, but it was important to you at one point of your life?

2. If given the chance to live only one day in the setting of one of your favorite books, where would you go?

3. What’s one thing you’d change about your favorite book?

4. Is there any kind of adaptation for your favorite book, like a movie or a series? If not, what kind of adaptation would you want it to have, if any?

5. Is there one book you read even though it was definitely outside of your comfort zone and became one of your favorite books?

6. Do you listen to audiobooks? If not, why?

7. Who is your favorite villain?

8. You can only keep one genre: fantasy or contemporary?

9. Describe one random book exclusively in emojis/gifs/memes without naming it.

10. Do you listen to music while you read?

11. Think of your most favorite character from a book: in what relationship would you want to be with them? Are they your love interest, your best friend, your best friend, your child?

I tag (but feel free to ignore!):

Laura | Sakhile | Marie | Steffy | Dorka | Ash | Nick | Chaima | Kate | May | Julianna

ARC Review: The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. 

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Summary: The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

Release date: April 2nd

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★★★

Okay so first of all, I haven’t read Geekerella yet! But I wanted to read this for the F/F romance and I was lucky enough to get approved for it. Reading Geekerella is definitely not necessary but reading this book made me want to read it. I think those of you who have read it will enjoy the references to it (which were a bit lost on me).

I love books about cons, and fandoms, and meeting people you met online, and internet culture, and all that. This was more or less what I had thought it would be. Actually, it kind of was more than I had expected, in both good and bad ways, but I overall loved it.

First of all, you need to keep in mind this is a loose retelling of The Prince and the Pauper. I haven’t read it, but the modern setting made it kind of hard for me to really believe that thousands of people online and IRL would see photos of one girl and think she’s another, especially when one is a kind of famous actress. I mean, fandom twitter is better than the FBI at investigating so the premise of them both looking very alike and being able to effortlessly pass for one another was kind of a miss for me, but once I accepted to go with it I could sort of forget about it and it didn’t bother me so much.

The two MCs in this book are Imogen, fangirl who wants to save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off the franchise, and Jessica, actress playing said Princess Amara and currently under attack by a big part of the fandom, which she wants nothing to do with anymore. She’s actually glad her character is being killed off.

Things happen and they “must” exchange roles in order for Jess to investigate about a missing/stolen script. I say “must” because I thought the reason behind this exchange was not entirely believable for me, and there were too many risks from the start. But anyway, once they found themselves in each other’s shoes I could let it slide, and it’s not like I’m reading a cute contemporary for it to make absolute sense.

Jess gets to meet Harper, a Black fanartist and Imogen’s online friend, and spend two days with her. Jess is a closeted lesbian and Harper is also queer, and they have a really cute and endearing romance. Because this book takes place within a single weekend, things were a little fast, but I didn’t mind and I just enjoyed reading about them.

Imogen, under the guise of being Jess, spends her days with Ethan Tanaka, Jess’s Asian-American assistant, and they start off by hating each other. Their romance was cute if a little bit overdramatic, but I love that they’re both big nerds, and at least he knew about her being Imogen (as opposed to the other romance, where Harper initially thinks Jess is actually Imogen because they’d only met online).

I love when contemporary books throw a few pop culture references here and there, and I expect a book about fandom to have a lot of them, but I just didn’t expect them to be quite so many. I understood almost all of them to some degree but I wouldn’t have minded them being toned down a little. But I forgive Ashley Poston because she mentioned Yuri On Ice!!! and Zuko’s redemption arc too.

Anyway, even with a few issues here and there that didn’t make this a full five stars for me, this was a really fun read that I think a lot of contemporary readers will enjoy!

Cover Reveal: Chosen Champion (Air Awakens: Vortex Chronicles #2) by Elise Kova

Today I’m happy to share the cover reveal for Elise Kova’s upcoming sequel in the Vortex Chronicles series! I read book one (here’s my review) barely more than a month ago and I can’t believe the sequel is coming out in also barely more than a month! I keep being impressed by Kova’s ability to put out books so fast for her readers, I think that’s truly amazing from a creative point of view, and of course as a reader it’s wonderful not to have to wait longer (plus I’m super forgetful but this way I don’t have to reread in order to remember what happened in the previous books).

Anyway, are you folks ready to see the cover?

Here it is!

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Release Date:  May 1st, 2019

If you’ve already read book one I think you can take a guess on who is on the cover together with Vi. I’m super curious to read this when it comes out and meet some new and old faces.

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Note that the book is only available through Amazon, but if you have a nook or kobo you can purchase through Amazon, email Elise Kova proof of purchase (Elise.Kova.Author@gmail.com), and then she will send a personalized “read anywhere” link for you.