Standalone Sunday: Why you should read Queens of Geek

Standalone Sunday is a weakly feature created by @bookslayerreads where each Sunday you feature a standalone book (not part of a series) that you loved or would recommend! 
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Today I want to talk about Queens of Geek an adorable quick read about three Geeky best friends that has two point of views and is full of cuteness it’s perfect for fans of Diverse characters, all things nerdy, Geekerella by Ashley Poston and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowel.

Why you should read it:

  • The Setting: It’s takes place it Comic Con well SupaCon, which is basically just Comic Con, and it made the book so fun. I loved all the con shenanigans the setting also means that it takes place over the course of just three days making for a super quick read.
  • It’s spectacularly nerdy: Obviously a book set at a con is going to be nerdy and this one does not disappoint in that aspect all the characters are huge geeks and there are a lot of references.
  • The characters: I love all the characters but my favorite is without a doubt Taylor that girl is amazing I liked her chapters more then Charlie’s, mostly because more was happening, but also she’s just more interesting. Charlie is still great I just like Taylor better I like reading about people going out of their comfort zone and trying new things.
  • It’s extremely quotable: I highlighted a lot of quotes that I wholeheartedly agree with, in addition to being a happy nerdy book it also has a lot of unexpected meaningful moments There’s so many great messages including ones about love, being kind and accepting of others, and accepting yourself. I don’t know how the anther managed to fit so many great quotes and messages into such a short book.

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Have you read Queens of Geek? Whats’s your favorite geeky book?

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Book trends I love

Top five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainy and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes you can find more information on the goodreads group.

I was planning on posting a review today but I don’t have one to post and I almost didn’t post anything at all but luckily I thought to look at the goodreads page for Top Five Wednesday and saw that this week topic is book trends you hate. I liked it but I decided to flip it to trends I love because I think all trends or tropes can be good if done right there is not any trends that I hate there is just books with them in it that I dislike. This was the first time in a while that I’ve waited  until the last minute to write a post I didn’t miss that however I did miss participating in T5W I’m happy to be doing it again.

birddivider2Enemies to lovers/ friends

This in one of my favorite tropes ever. A good example is Elizabeth and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice who doesn’t love those two? Their adorable and their relationship is done so well. My favorite enemies to friendship is Tourmaline and Virginia from Done Dirt Cheap it’s not out yet but you should add it to your TBR if you haven’t already, the friendship is my favorite part of the books the two girls are thrown together and don’t get along their very different it’s an amazing unlikely friendship .

Squads

multiple POVs have become popular that means there are lots of books about a group of people or a squad and I love it these books tend to have great characters and relationships having so many characters especially misfits who are thrown together and don’t get along is a blast to read about. I really want to read more books like this I’ve already read most of the popular ones and sadly can’t think of any on my TBR I need to find some more.

Retelings

Retellings of any kind not just fairy tales are popular and I’m glad it’s cool to see classics getting retold most of the ones I’ve read are fiarytales surprisingly I have not read most of the more recent ones I’m really hoping to read more of them this year I have a ton on my TBR to choose from. There’s some obscure fairy tales that I would love to see get reamagined there staring to branch out more so maybe some of my favorites will get retold soon.

Lost Princesses

Or just Princesses and royalty in general this sorta goes along with my love of retelings since most of those have princesses in them, I know people are tired of the lost princess thing but I haven’t actually read that many books about it I have however seen it in good bit of movies and I just really like it. I find reading about royalty and the political intrigue that goes with to be very interesting I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of these kinds of books.

Unlikable female characters

I posted a discussion about unlikable charterers a few weeks ago the reason why I’m currently only talking about female characters is they are labeled as unlikable more often then male characters because for some reason their still being judged differently. I probably have enough to say about it for a whole post so lets move on. Unlikable female characters have qualities that the cliche mean girl has only they get to have depth you get know why they are the way they are. I have only seen one character like this and she is one of my all time favorites.

birddivider2I want to know what trends are on your t5w list this week, link me to your post in the comments.

Do you agree with my choices? What are some of your favorite and least favorite book trends?

Books on my TBR with eerie settings 

Top five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainy and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes you can find more information on the goodreads group. This weeks prompt is favorite spooky settings.

I don’t like reading scary books but I do like books that are eerie and have unique and unsettling settings, I always get in the mood to read a book like this around Halloween. I haven’t read a lot of books like this but I have a lot on my TBR it was actually hard to only choose five.

The forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan 

This has been on my TBR for forever I almost read it a few weeks ago, but I saw a review that said the romance was annoying and romance often annoys me so I ended up reading something else instead. I still want to read it and I think I might read it next.

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke 

I love anthologies and some really good authors have stories in this including Nova Ren Suma, Kendra Blake and Leigh Bardugo. I also still need to read April Tucholke’s other book Wink Poppy Midnight which also happens to fit this weeks topic.

The Archived by Victoria Schwab 

I’ve heard nothing but good things about Victoria Schwab’s books but I still have yet to read one I think I’ll start with The Archived it sounds really good well actually all of her books sound good but this ones not as popular so it will be less disappointing if I don’t like it.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova 

A ton of my favorite bloggers loved this it sounds really interesting. I’ve only ever read one book about witches but it seems to be becoming popular in YA. 

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I read the first book a while ago but I have yet to continue the series I want to and I will probably finish the series before I see the movie because apparently the movie is all three books. And they just announced another trilogy about peculiar children set in America.

Whats on your Top Five Wednesday list this weak? Have you read any of these books, if so would you recommend them? 

Inaccurate book Covers

Top five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainy and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes you can find more information on the goodreads group. This weeks prompt is inaccurate book covers, covers that don’t have anything to do with the story.

I judge books by the covers all the time so most of the books I read have pretty covers and I only have three books this weeks that fit the prompt. All of my choices are all covers I think are misleading and make you think the book is something it’s not. As I was writing this I realized I should really stop judging books on the cover I’m probably missing out on a lot of good books.

The Winners Trilogy

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I don’t hate these covers but the original are so much better and these covers are misleading they make the book look like Kestrel is a warrior when in reality she’s not good at fighting Kestrel is a strategist she’s very clever and that’s how she saves the day not by fighting. She’s one of my favorite heroines and there definitely needs to be more female characters who don’t fight but are still strong and fantastic in other ways.

Anna and the French Kiss

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This is the only time I’ve ever welcomed a cover change in the middle of a series I might have read theses books a lot sooner if they’d had the pretty covers to begin with. I had seen this at the bookstore several times but I judged it on the cover and didn’t read it until I joined tumbr and saw everyone talking about the series.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

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These covers are awful well the first one is the others are okay but if this series wasn’t as popular as it is I would never have read it. I really like the British covers and think they are more accurate to the books and much more aesthetically pleasing.

What’s on your top five Wednesday list this week?

A guide to fairytale retellings

Top five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainy and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes you can find more information on the goodreads group. This weeks prompt is gateway books to your favorite genre.

I’ve been eagerly awaiting this Top Five Wednesday when I saw the prompt I instantly thought of fairytale retellings! I love rettellings of any kind but fairytale are my favorite and I’ve read a lot of them. There was one year were I read almost nothing but fairytales, writing this really makes me want to get back into the genre. I tried my best to choose books that aren’t that popular, some of them are by popular authors but I chose their lesser know books.

Beauty and the Beast

  • Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley

It is the heart of this place, and it is dying, says the Beast. And it is true; the center of the Beast’s palace, the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new environment, is filled with leafless brown rosebushes. But deep within this enchanted world, new life, at once subtle and strong, is about to awaken

I don’t remember that much about Rose Daughter, what I do remember is that it’s a imaginative and beautifully written novel.

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Goose Girl

  • The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale

Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt’s guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani’s journey to be married in a foreign land, Ani is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Ani eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny.

This stinks very close to the original fairytale it just expands upon it and it’s not as weird. This is a series but the other books are about different characters and aren’t retalings, I read the second book but I don’t remember anything specific about it just that I didn’t like it very much.

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The Twelve Dancing Princesess

  • Princesses of the Midnight Ball

Galen is a young soldier returning from war; Rose is one of twelve princesses condemned to dance each night for the King Under Stone. Together Galen and Rose will search for a way to break the curse that forces the princesses to dance at the midnight balls. All they need is one invisibility cloak, a black wool chain knit with enchanted silver needles, and that most critical ingredient of all—true love—to conquer their foes in the dark halls below. But malevolent forces are working against them above ground as well, and as cruel as the King Under Stone has seemed, his wrath is mere irritation compared to the evil that awaits Galen and Rose in the brighter world above. 

The Princes of the Midnight Ball is predictable at times and the characters are a little flat but overall it’s a well written, fun and enjoyable read. I haven’t read the other books in the series but I plan to soon.

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Sleeping Beauty

  • Spindles End by Robin McKinley

All the creatures of the forest and field and riverbank knew the infant was special. She was the princess, spirited away from the evil fairy Pernicia on her name-day. But the curse was cast: Rosie was fated to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a poisoned sleep-a slumber from which no one would be able to rouse her. 

This is my favorite retelling by Robin Mckinley, maybe even my favorite retelling ever. It does a amazing job of staying true to the original tale while still adding a unique spin, all rettellings try to do this but they often don’t succeed, Spindles End pulls it off splendidly.

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Snow White

  • Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

In the kingdom of Ayortha, who is the fairest of them all? Certainly not Aza. She is thoroughly convinced that she is ugly. What she may lack in looks, though, she makes up for with a kind heart, and with something no one else has-a magical voice. Her vocal talents captivate all who hear them, and in Ontio Castle they attract the attention of a handsome prince – and a dangerous new queen. 

Almost everyone has read and loved Ella Enchanted but I hardly ever hear anything about Gail Carson Levine’s other books, Fairest isn’t as wonderful as Ella Enchanted but it’s still good and it’s set in the same world which is neat.

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Have you read any of the books on this list? Do you like fairytale retellings? Recommend me your favorites!

Characters I wouldn’t want to trade places with

Top five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainy and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes you can find more information on the goodreads group. This weeks prompt is characters you wouldn’t want to trade places with.

There is only a few characters I would want to trade places with but even though I had tons of characters to choose from this week I still only chose four. Bbecause there isn’t not much I  could say without spoiling things that’s also why all of these characters are from popular books.

Harry Potter from Harry Potter by J.K Rowling

I know everyone wants to go to Hogwarts, I definitely do but I wouldn’t want to trade places with Harry even if it meant getting to go to Hogwarts and learn magic. I couldn’t handle all the things he went through.

Helene from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Everyone in An Ember in the Ashes had so many horrible things happen to them and from what I’ve heard about A Torch Against the Night it just gets worse. Out of all the characters I think Helene has it the worst I can’t say why though without spoiling anything.

Percy Jackson from Percy Jackson by Rick Riordone

I really wouldn’t want to be a half blood I wouldn’t want to have  monsters constantly trying to kill me and I wouldn’t want to be Percy because he went on two epic life threatening quests. He literally went to hell and back.

Katnis from The Hunger Games

This one is obvious, The Hunger Games is one of the most brutal ya series ever and Katnis is one of the strongest YA protagonists.

To read or not to read

Top five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainy and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes you can find more information on the goodreads group. This weeks prompt is Books You Will Never Read–Whether it’s from a series that you have outgrown or don’t wish to continue, or they are popular books that just don’t interest you. 

1. The Maze Runner (Maze Runner #1) by James Dashner

the is the first book that popped into my head when I saw this weeks prompt. my Dad read this and didn’t like it at all and it didn’t really look that good anyway I was only going to read it because it was popular.

2. Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo

I read the fist two books in The Grisha series and nether of them were really that good then I got spoiled for the last book I usually hate not finishing series when I’ve read more then one book but since I already know whats going to happen there no point. I am however going to read Six of Crowns I got it from the library and I’m going to read and review it it as soon as I finish A Tyranny of Petticoats.

I couldn’t think of more then two books I defiantly won’t read so I’m altering this weeks topic and the next three books are books I’m not sure if I should read. 

1. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifacts #1) by Cassandra Clare

I wasn’t a big fan of TMI I do however love the TV show and TID but I’m really not sure about Lady Midnight. It is actually the book on my list I’m most uncertain about a part of me is sure I won’t like the other part of me doesn’t want to miss out on something potentially good.

2. The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)

I love the Heroes of Olympus series and I kinda want to read this because Annabeth is in it but I don’t like how all of the different myths co exist in one world and I don’t have as much interest in Norse mythology as I do Greek and roman.

3. Prodigy by Mare Lu (Legend #2)

I read Legend and while it wasn’t bad nothing about it stood out to me and it was just mediocre. The internet keeps going on how amazing Mare Lu’s books are and it’s making me want to try another one of her books, I’m not sure if I should read Prodigy or The Young Elites or nether.

Please tell me in the comments if you think I should read those books, I’m indecisive and need you to decide for me, and I also want to know whats on your list his week.

Favorite first sentences 

Top five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainy and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes you can find more information on the goodreads group. This weeks promote is favorite first sentences.

I only managed to make it to four this week, I couldn’t think of a lot of books with a memorable first sentence.

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“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a young man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that this is one of the greatest first sentences ever I  love this book so much! There’s so many great quotes in it.

“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love” – The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

This book immediately come to mind when I read this weeks prompt, The Raven Cycle is one of those series grabbed my attention from the very beginning.

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“It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die.” – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is an amazing writer who clearly knows how to write a great first sentence.

“The end of the world started when a pegasus landed on the roof of my car.” – The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #5) by Rick Riordan.

There will probably be lots of Rick Riordan books on people’s lists today the first sentences in his books are always amusing.

What are your favorite first sentences?. Do you agree withe my choices? Let me know in the comments.

Five authors who I’m waiting for books from

Top five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainy and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes you can find more information on the goodreads group. This weeks prompt is top five authors who you want to write another book but haven’t yet. Or they are writing something, but no title or synopsis has been released and it isn’t coming out until 2018. 

1. Kiera Cass

I love Kiera’s writing she doesn’t currently have any book coming out but she has said that she’s working on a book and she’s been posting progress updates on her Instagram. She hasn’t yet said anything about what it will be about I’m sure I’ll adore whatever it ends up being, or rather whatever  book she ends up publishing.

2. Shannon Hale

I’m specifically waiting for the Captain Marvel YA novel she’s writing it sadly doesn’t have a release date, I’m hoping that it will come out in the fall of next year. She’s also writing a Squirrel Girl novel that is supposed to come out on February 7th which is only a few days before my birthday! I’m really excited about it and I will definitely be asking for it for my birthday.

3. Lexa Hillyer

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I’ve never read anything by Lexa before but I’m really excited for Spindle Fire mostly because the cover is magnificent also I love fairytale retellings. It’s a Sleeping beauty retaling about half sisters, I’m hoping for very little romance and for it to focus on the relationship between the sisters.

4. Sarah J Mass

I’m extremely excited about the Cat woman book she’s writing it’s not scheduled to come out until 2018 I’m sure it will be worth the wait. I have yet to read A Sarah J Mass book I didn’t love she’s a phenomenal writer.

5. Maggie Stiefvater

She posted on her Twitter that she was thinking about writing a companion novel to The Scorpio Races I really hope she does this but I would be excited about any book she decides to write. I just hope that I won’t have to wait forever for a new book from her.

Let me know in the comments what’s on your list this week?

Books I’ve changed my opinion on

Top five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Gingerreadslainy and hosted by Thoughts on Tomes you can find more information on the goodreads group. This weeks prompt is five books you feel differently about after you’ve had time to think about them or reread them.

1. The Infernal Devices

I enjoyed this but I had some problems with it mainly the fact that Will is so similar to Jace I decided to reread them last year and I found that I liked them a lot more the second time and that I like this trilogy a lot more then The Mortal Instruments. It’s probably the only book with a love triangle that I actually love.

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth

After I read Allegiant my opinion for the whole series decreased I’ll keep this spoiler free as always. I’m not mad about the thing a lot of fans are mad about I actually liked that part of Allegiant I am mad that all of the answers that I’d been waiting since book one for were extremely unsatisfying. Despite all the flaws in this series I still have and will always have a lot of love for it and I am very excited for November when I’ll meet Veronica at yallfest.

3. Dorthy Must Die

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A few months after reading this the third book came out and a lot of people where talking about it and I realized that I had no interest in continuing the series mostly because the ending was very unsatisfying none of the story lines got resolved and I didn’t see how you could stretch the story out for two more books. I  changed my rating from four stars to three.

4. Vampire Academy by Rachel Mead

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As I was scrolling through goodreads today I realized that I’d only given this three stars when really it deserves four I gave the rest of the books four stars I don’t really remember why I didn’t give the first one the same rating I suppose my love for the series has grown since I first read it almost three years ago.

5. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

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When I first read Everything Everything I really liked it but I didn’t like the ending I felt like it wrapped things up too perfectly but a few days after finishing it I found that I kept thinking about how good it was and that maybe the ending wasn’t really that bad. I really want to reread it and see if I still don’t like the ending.

This was my first top five Wednesday I had a lot of fun doing it. Let me know in the comments what books were on your list this week.

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