Top Ten Tuesday | Titles That Would Make Good Band Names

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.The topics are provided ahead of time and can be found here.

This weeks topic is: “Titles That Would Make Good Band Names”


Love & Gelato
Falling Kingdoms
Geekerella

Splintered
The Raven Boys
Every Heart A Doorway

None of the Above
Paranormalcy 
Wanderlost
The Deepest Roots 

Book Review | Gods of Jade and Shadow

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Favorite Quote:

“The nature of hate is mysterious. It can gnaw at the heart for an eon, then depart when one expected it to remain as immobile as a mountain. But even mountains erode.”

Thoughts:

I don’t… I don’t know what to feel right now. My heart is bleeding from my chest. I feel so pained but I also feel so much love. I have not felt this way toward a book in a very long time. I don’t know how to properly express my love for this story. This book was so full of life. I felt like I was in the story. It’s magical and fast-paced.

This book has a cinderella feel to it with a whole lot of Mexican mythology. I loved the characters so much. Hun-Kamé is such a complex character but so lovable and silly. Casiopea is probably one of my favorite leading ladies this year. She’s been through so much but she’s so strong, stubborn, and full of love and life. I could not help but root for her since page one. I’ve never been one for historical novels but I could not put this book down.

I love it so much. I can’t form a proper review right now because I loved it that much. I highly recommend it. It’s so good. I’m now in a book hangover. WOO

Down the TBR Hole #3

 

 

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

White Cat (Curse Workers, #1)People who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands? This is illegal? The main character killed his best friend? This book sounds amazing! I’ve also heard great things about it from a friend so I’m really interested in reading it (even if I do hate the covers…. )

VERDICT: keep

 

 

House of LeavesI’ll be completely honest, I have no freaking idea what this book is about. I just remember my high school English teacher talking about it and how unique the story was. I was to read it simply to check out but every time I see it at the bookstore I’m like meh… I think this is one that I’ll just have to eventally get from the library

VERDICT:go

 

More Than ThisI’m not quite sure what this is about. It sounds like it’s about a boy that dies then comes back to life but he doesn’t know how or why? I’m pretty sure the only I added this to my TBR was because of all the hype surrounding it when it first came out. To be honest, I don’t really have much interest in reading it anymore.

 

VERDICT: go

 

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)Again, I can’t say what this book is about. I just think there is possibly angels or people with feathers involved with maybe some magic? Honestly, no idea. I just remember wanting to read it for like the last 5 years… I finally bought it so I guess it’s safe to say I can take off my TBR… at least on goodreads, tehe

 

VERDICT: go

 

The Girl of Fire and Thorns (Fire and Thorns, #1)A book about kings and princesses and magic and prophecies? Sign me up. I’ve had this on my TBR since 2013; however, it still sounds amazing every single time I read the synopsis. I really need to get around to buying it to be honest. I think I’m going to still keep this one my to read list!

 

VERDICT: keep

Sunshine Book Award

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I was tagged by the lovely Book Orbit. Thank you so much, darlin. I appreciate it ❤

Rules:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
4. List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.

Questions
1. What’s your favorite thing about blogging?

I love talking about books with other people that share the same interest as me. It makes me feel like alone. I also love blogging because I’ve discovered a lot of new books. I’ve also met a lot of amazing fellow book lovers! ❤

2. Have you met a fellow blogger face to face?

I have! Well.. She’s a booktuber, but I’ve gone to Canada to visit Nat at Pickleheartsbooks on youtube! She’s also come visited me in the United States! She’s one of my best book friends. We’ve been friends for roughly 5ish years now. She’s lovely. Go check out her channel! ❤

3. What is your favorite TV show?

I love Teen Wolf, New Girl, and Young & Hungry

4. What is your biggest fear?

Spiders and Death :/

5. Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have two doggies ❤ Their names are Macey and Noddle. They’re amazing :3

6. How many books have you read, so far, this year?

Lol… well… I’ve only read 8 so far. In my defense though, I was in a massive reading slump for quite some time so honestly, I’m kind of proud of myself!

7. Tea or coffee?

It really depends on my mood. I tend to drink coffee more in the summer and tea more in the winter for some reason. Just the thought of hot tea doesn’t sound good even though coffee is also hot XD

8. Where is your favorite reading spot?

Outside in a swinging chair, listening to the birds and/or nature.

9. How happy are you today on a sale of 1 to 10?

I’d say an 8. I haven’t been too productive but I have read a lot today! 😀

10. Which era do you wish you could visit?

I’m not sure. I’m not huge into history and stuff but maybe back to when the great depression happened? I find it amazing that so many people suffered but they made it through. It really inspires me, honestly.

11. Favorite quote?

Life fractures all of us into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger. -The Need Series by Carrie Jones

I tag the following:
Meggan @ Between the Pages
Flavia @ Flavia the Bibliophile
Georgia @ Georgia’s Bookish Thoughts
Tiana @ The Book Raven
Darnell @ Darnellouis
Winged Cynic @ Cynic on Wings
Danielle @ Life of a Literary Nerd 
Kathy @ Books and Munches
Cassidy @ The Little Book Cottage
Naty @ Naty’s Bookshelf
Melanie @ Mel to the Any

Questions:
1. Why did you create your blog?
2. What’s your favorite movie genre and/or movie?
3. If money wasn’t a problem, where in the world would you most love to travel?
4. Outside of book blogging, do you have another job?
5. What’s your favorite animal(s)?
6. What is your favorite post to make on your blog?
7. What are some books you are currently waiting to get your hands on?
8. Are there any movies you’re excited to see?
9. What is your preferred way to travel? ex., car, plane, train, bus, walk
10. Would you rather read by the pool or next to a fireplace, why?
11. What makes you happy?

Book Review: Love and Gelato

20180531_144414.jpgSeries: Book 1 in a duology
Published by: Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 389
Source: Bought, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

 

Favorite Quote

“And why did he have to call me “quiet”? I hated being called quiet. People always said it like it was some kind of deficiency—like just because I didn’t put everything out there right away, I was unfriendly or arrogant. My mom had understood. ‘You may be slow to warm up, but once you do, you light up the whole room’”

Thoughts

This book was freaking adorable. I really enjoyed all of the characters. I don’t know who my favorite would be. Howard was beyond adorable. He was such a fantastic father. He was so sweet and so kind. I also loved the voice of the main character, Lina. She was fun and sassy. She was just a fun character to read about. She reminded me a little bit about myself.

I thought the writing was rich and captivating. It made me feel like I was actually in Italy. It felt like I was there experiencing everything Lina was. I felt like I was traveling without actually leaving my seat. I think that what really makes a book feel magical… when it can take you come place new for awhile.

Although I adored this book, I did have a few problems with it. I enjoyed the mystery of the story but I thought it was a little too predicable. I felt like I was running around in circles with Lina even though I knew how the story was going to end.

And although Lina was in Italy and didn’t understand Italian, it bothered me a little bit that the characters were sometimes talking in Italian, and the book never explained what they were saying. I wanted to know but I didn’t want to put my book down every few minutes just to google phrases.

Overall, I thought it was a fun read. It has a little bit of heavy matter involved but it didn’t take away from the cute fluffy feels I felt while I was reading about Lina’s story. It was the perfect summer book and I’m so happy I started my June TBR with it! 🙂

Book Review: Symptoms of Being Human

Symptoms of Being HumanSeries: Standalone
Published by: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Mental Illness, Contemporary, LQBTQ+, Young Adult
Pages: 335
Source: Gift, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is…Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

Goodreads/ Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“We’re all taught from a young age that there are only two choices: pink or blue, Bratz or Power Rangers, cheerleading or football. We see gender in two dimensions because that’s what society has taught us from birth. But, are you ready for a shocking revelation?
SOCIETY NEEDS TO CHANGE.”  

Thoughts

Oh man. Oh man, oh man, oh man. I don’t know how to rearrange my thoughts to form a coherent review so this will probably be a jumbled mess. Moving forward, I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved being inside Rileys head. I loved the characters. Just… well… everything.

The only reason I’m giving this a 4/5 star is because I don’t know if it accurately represents people that are gender fluid. however, I did take an LGBTQ+ studies class in college where i had gender fluid classmates with gender non-binary classmates and a transgender guy as my professor. So I think with confidence I can say this book explains what gender fluid is pretty well.

I can say this book represents anxiety really well. I understood Rileys anxiety and where they were coming from. I understood the panic and anxious feelings going on in their head. It was perfect.

Moving along, I love that the author didn’t use any pronouns to describe Riley. The book never tells you what gender Riley was assigned to at birth. It didn’t matter. It doesn’t matter. Sometimes Riley feels like a boy, sometimes a girl, sometimes neither.

This book captured my attention from page one and I got invested in Rileys story. The book was nearly impossible to put down. i thought the writing was good and flowed well with the story. not once did i find myself thinking “god this is so boringggg”.

This book ripped my heart in pieces and left me bleeding. it also made me so hopeful. I’m so glad this book was written and published. it deserves to be read. Rileys story deserves to be out there. highly recommend this. 💙

June TBR

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Hello fellow readers!

Since I’ve been back in the reading mood, I decided to create a June TBR! I’m really excited for this one. I’ve been in the mood for a cute, fun, girly, romance like story. So here are the books I’m planning on reading! Have you read any? What do you recommend I read first?

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20180531_144414.jpg“I made the wrong choice.”

Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, but she isn’t in the mood for Italy’s famous sunshine and fairy-tale landscape. She’s only there because it was her mother’s dying wish that she get to know her father. But what kind of father isn’t around for sixteen years? All Lina wants to do is get back home.

But then she is given a journal that her mom had kept when she lived in Italy. Suddenly Lina’s uncovering a magical world of secret romances, art, and hidden bakeries. A world that inspires Lina, along with the ever-so-charming Ren, to follow in her mother’s footsteps and unearth a secret that has been kept for far too long. It’s a secret that will change everything she knew about her mother, her father—and even herself.

People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more. (Goodreads)


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When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs? (Goodreads)


20180531_144348.jpgIt was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what? (Goodreads)


20180531_144258.jpgGeek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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. (Goodreads)


20180531_144321.jpgAndie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that?   (Goodreads)

Quiz: Sort Your Dog into a Hogwarts House

I saw this quiz via Flaviathebibliophile and knew I needed to do because I’m in love with dogs and Harry Potter! AKbookworm‘s friend created this quiz!

(I have two dogs I’m going to do. Macey and Noddle. Macey’s answers will be Green and Noodle’s answers will be in Blue. If both dogs share the same answer it’ll be in Pink.)

Let the sorting begin!

1.You take your dog to the a brand new dog park. They:
a.Bravely bounce into the park, introducing themselves to all the dogs.

b.Stick right by your side, annoyed if another dog tries to approach you.
c.Are mostly interested in the agility toys (hoops, jumps) set up.
d.Quickly introduce themselves to the other humans present, figuring out how to get pets/scratches from each.

2.You place a treat under one of three upside-down cups. They:
a.Wait for you to reveal where the treat is.

b.Sniff until they’ve found the right cup, and push it over to receive the treat.
c.Immediately go to the correct cup and treat, no sniffing required.
d.Knock over all three cups to find the treat.

3.A visitor comes over for the first time. Your dog:
a.Runs happily up to the person, wagging their tail.

b.Sticks by your side until you indicate that the visitor is okay.
c.Does something new and unexpected each time you have a new visitor.
d.Doesn’t let the person in until they have been thoroughly sniffed and approved of.

4.It’s time for a treat! Your dog prefers:
a.Pretty much anything you give them. They’re always up for something new!

b.A simple puzzle toy, like a Kong filled with peanut butter
c.A complex puzzle toy, where they have to solve a puzzle to get a treat dispensed (like a shuffle board or flip board)
d.A chew, such as a bull stick or beef knuckle

5.Does your dog have any nervous habits?
a.Nope, they’re always confident.

b.They yawn.
c.They hide.
d.They stick out their tongue or lick their nose.

6.Does your dog bark a lot?
a.Only if approached by an unfamiliar dog or person.

b.All the time.
c.Only if you ask them to “speak”.
d.Yes, but only at a low volume.

7.You take your dog to an obedience class. They:
a.Grow bored after a while and start exploring the area.

b.Keep trying until they get every command perfectly.
c.Pick the commands up quicker than all the other dogs in the class.
d.Figure out how to get to the treats without following a command.

8.Would your dog make a good service dog?
a.Maybe. They’re generally kind to everyone, but also love adventures.

b.Absolutely! My dog would do anything for me.
c.Sure – they’re a quick learner.
d.Nope, there’s no way they wouldn’t get into trouble.

9.You take your dog hiking. They:
a.Run ahead to scout out the trail.

b.Never get tired and stick by your side the whole time.
c.Want to sniff everything.
d.Stay close, but as the leader of your “pack”.

10.You give your dog a new toy. They:
a.Destroy it.

b.Are obsessed with it and play with it for hours.
c.Quickly grow bored with it.
d.Would rather play with the packaging.
 

Results:

Macey: Gryffindor and Noodle: Gryffindor.

I think it’s funny Macey is Gryffindor because she’s so skittish these days. I’m actually surprised neither one of them are Hufflepuff because they seem like the Hufflepuff type 🙂

Mostly As: Gryffindor – your dog is courageous, brave, and chivalrous.
Mostly Bs: Hufflepuff – your dog is a hard worker, is patient, just, and loyal.
Mostly Cs: Ravenclaw – your dog is intelligent, creative, a quick learner, and witty.
Mostly Ds: Slytherin – your dog is ambitious, cunning, resourceful, and a good leader.

(House descriptions from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogwarts.)

Book Review: Made You Up


17661416Series: Standalone
Published by: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Mental Illness, Young Adult
Pages: 428
Source: Gift, Hardcover
Rating: ✬✬✬

 Synopsis: 

Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.

 Goodreads / Amazon / Book Depository

Favorite Quote

“The rest of the year, I wondered if the point of Christmas was just spending money and getting fat and opening gifts. Indulging.
But when Christmas finally comes, and that warm, tingly, mints-and-sweaters-and-fireplace-fires feeling gathers in the bottom of your stomach, and you’re lying on the floor with all the lights off but the ones on the Christmas tree, and listening to the silence of the snow falling outside, you see the point. For that one instance in time, everything is good in the world. It doesn’t matter if everything isn’t actually good. It’s the one time of the year when pretending is enough.” 

Thoughts

One thing I’m struggling about this book is it really a good representation of Schizophrenia? I have no idea because I’ve never dealt with it nor know anyone that is. However, I will say that I think it’s awesome that the author wrote a book about it. The world is filled with all kinds of different people. We all have our struggles. We all have a history. We all have stories that deserve to be told.

I struggled a little bit on what to rate this book. There was some mystery to it that I enjoyed. I liked the characters, but I also didn’t see myself connecting with any of them. I enjoyed the writing, but I didn’t think anything really fun and interested happened in the story.

At first I was a little put off by our main character, Alex. I thought she was kind of mean. She had a problem with name calling people and that bothered me. Eventually she started to grow on me. I also really enjoyed Miles. Miles is such a complex character and he made my heart smile. There were also fun side characters that I wish we could have gotten to know more of.

Over, I thought it was a neat story. It kept me engaged. It was also hard to put the book down. I think the things that bugged me most about this book were some of the events that took place and the ending. I thought the ending was perfect but then it kept going. I didn’t like that.

 

Mini Book Haul

Hello friends! I’ve acquired a few books in the last few days. I’ll be posting a book haul later about other books I’ve got. These 3 are the most recent and I’m SO excited! 😀

Crazy House by James Patterson//

No one gets out alive.

Seventeen-year-old Becca Greenfield was snatched from her home and thrown without reazon into a hellish prison known as the Crazy House. To avoid execution, she’s told to shut her mouth and keep her head down.

Becca was never really good at either.

Her only hope for survival is for her sister, Cassie, to find her—that the “good twin” will stop following the rules and start breaking them, before it’s too late. Because the jailers at Crazy House soon discover they made a mistake that could get both sisters killed…

What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum//

Two struggling teenagers find an unexpected connection just when they need it most.

Sometimes a new perspective is all that is needed to make sense of the world.

KIT: I don’t know why I decide not to sit with Annie and Violet at lunch. It feels like no one here gets what I’m going through. How could they? I don’t even understand.

DAVID: In the 622 days I’ve attended Mapleview High, Kit Lowell is the first person to sit at my lunch table. I mean, I’ve never once sat with someone until now. “So your dad is dead,” I say to Kit, because this is a fact I’ve recently learned about her. 

When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, everyone is surprised, most of all Kit and David. Kit appreciates David’s blunt honesty—in fact, she finds it bizarrely refreshing. David welcomes Kit’s attention and her inquisitive nature. When she asks for his help figuring out the how and why of her dad’s tragic car accident, David is all in. But neither of them can predict what they’ll find. Can their friendship survive the truth?

Geekerella by Ashley Poston//

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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.