Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Thanks Netgalley for the review copy.

I should probably start writing my thoughts of books down as I read them because once it’s over who remembers their thoughts (not me).

 

If I’m being honest it was the name and cover that had me wanting to read this book, I didn’t really care what it was about. Oh was I surprised! Geekerella is amazing! So let’s go ahead and list why ( and if you’re  a curious bean and wonder why I said let’s it is because I have a pet dragon who does all my writing, therefore blame typos on him).

Reasons I loved Geekerella into the Black Nebula and back.

  • This book is based around a fake fandom , but oh the inclusion of real fandom references. My personal favorites being Firefly and Captain America. However there is Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and more.
  • Elle is such a cute geek, after losing her father , star field is her way of holding onto him. Her journey through grief and normal teenage problems is real and beautifully written.
  • Yay for closet geek Darien. Well not because he is a closet geek but because he gets to represent the fanboys, who usually don’t get a big role in previous books I’ve read. Plus he is an adorably sweet boy and I loved his character.
  • Sage is a good friend and sticks with Elle till the end of the line( high five if you understood that reference)
  • Their phone conversations were the cutest and made me smile.
  • The ending was realistic while still leaving my heart in my chest( which is arguably the best place for it).

Reasons My face twitched but it didn’t stop me from loving it.

  • Had the case of instant love, because no offense a relationship built over about a month is like instant pudding.
  • Catherine and Elle’s last conversation tore me to pieces . Good job on the emotions it caused but I would like permission to punch Catherine in the face with a chair. She is cruel and horrendous ! 

I loved how this book realistically portrayed Fandom life and why it means so much to us fangirls and fanboys involved! If you have ever  found a place to belong – a home- in a fandom; if you ever saw a part of yourself in a character and no longer felt alone; if a movie or book or Convention has ever helped you through the hard parts of life, then you’ll love this book !!

Definitely 5 stars and I can’t wait to buy a paper copy!

Forever & Always,

Emily

What’s your favorite fandom? Have you ever been to a Con? 

    Recreating my comfy chair and where I disappeared to

    So it’s been almost two weeks since I posted. In that time I redid my chair ,which I will show you. 

     I’ve been at a slower pace of reading because I am reading on my iPod and for some reason it takes me way longer to get through Ebooks . *shrugs shoulders* who can understand – the answer is not me.

     While I was slowly reading , I also was binge watching my newest obsession Lost. Apparently starting a show with your mama is a bad idea unless you are truly committed , because she might be more obsessed then me 😂.

    Ok now that we caught up on why I was gone, lets proceed to my chair. So I got this ugly duckling from a neighbor. While stained and worn , it is extremely comfy and the perfect size for my room. 


    For weeks I debated what color to dye it. I finally just bought Royal blue liquid Ritz dye. I filled a container with water and added a couple of capfuls of the dye (the instructions on the bottle say add salt but that’s really only  for clothes or fabrics that you’ll later wash). It wasn’t quite the color I wanted when I tested the rag I was going to use on the chair so I dumped more in till I was satisfied that it would dry the color I desired. 


    As I said I started out rubbing it on with an old rag. That soon changed when my dad brought me an empty spray bottle. It was much quicker to spray it on and then run over it with the rag just to smooth it out and make sure it soaked in. I left it outside to dry in the sun till dusk.


    I’m happy with the results and had leftover dye if I ever want to touch it up or make it darker. Now most people would finish it off with Scotch Guard so it wouldn’t bleed on clothing and would protect from fading , however I didn’t feel the need to do this and I have sat on the chair damp and not had a issue with it bleeding onto my clothes. 

    Forever & Always,

    Emily

    Have you watched Lost? If so who is your favorite character(s)? Do you find it easier to read Ebooks or hold the real thing?

    The lucky few by Heather Avis

    I got to read and review this thanks to Netgalley . 

     This book is about the beautiful adoption journey that Heather and her husband Josh go through. They adopted three children, two with Down syndrome. 

     Agh where to start with this book! I think one of the main reasons I loved it was how truthful Heather is about it all. She’s not trying to lie and say their decision to adopt beautiful babies with Down syndrome was easy or that she was eager to . This book is raw and brutally honest, you cannot read this book and walk away unchanged. 

     Heather challenges the worlds view of a normal family and she does it with the grace of God. I love every detail of how far this family came. 

    We start the book finding out that Heather is unable to bear children ( she walks through the emotions that accompany such news), then we get to see the couple  say yes to God and adopt their first child with Down syndrome Macyn Hope. 

     Next comes their spirited daughter Truly Star ( I love these names by the way). Truly tests Heather in a different way than Macyn had, and Heather grows not only as a mom but as a person because of it. 

    Just when Heather thinks her plate is full and their family complete, she gets the call for another baby with Down syndrome . With another yes to God their family grows with the addition of August Ryker. 

    This book will leave you feeling empowered  to view “different ” families as normal in their own way and amazing.

    When I was younger I wanted 7 children . Then I was around kids and still being a kid myself (technically a teenager) that dream kinda faded. Last year I worked at a daycare with a lot of foster children and lower income families. I soon realized that while I may want 7 children I didn’t have to give birth to all of them. Seeing so many children in need of a loving home, made me want to give them that. While I don’t know what my future holds, I do know that adoption will be an option for me and my future husband. After reading The lucky few, I would consider it a privilege to not only adopt but to be open to saying yes to whatever God has planned.


    Forever & Always,

    Emily

    Let’s chat – would you be open to adoption? How about foster care? How many children do you want/ have?

    Devoted by Marjorie Jackson

    I received a free copy from Net galley, in exchange for a honest review.

     First I want to say how selective I am with devotionals . I have rejected so many a few pages in. I have found that most were shallow and not biblically sound. 

     Devoted by Marjorie Jackson truly delivered! I read it in four days! Every topic she covered had bible verses to confirm what she was saying; which is something I love. I don’t want to read somebody’s opinion of the bible ; I want what the Bible says about any given topic and then I want your encouragement or advice.

      I can not say enough about how well this devotional was written! I truly felt encouraged to be more devoted to God in every area of my life. It’s a beautiful combination of encouragement, practical advice on applying what you read to your life, and a dose of real accountability! 

    Devoted is by far the best teen/ young women devotional I have ever read ( and I’m 23, so I’ve tried a few).

    Here are a few of the many quotes I loved from the book : 

    Five stars for sure , I would read Devoted by Marjorie Jackson every month of the year.

    Forever &Always , 

    Emily 

    Let’s chat. What’s your favorite devotional? Did you ever start one and not finish because it wasn’t good ? Comment below your favorite book of the bible.

    Moving my bookcase, then moving it back because #logic

    For the past few weeks I have been saying I needed to reorganize my bookcase and move it. Last night I tackled the daunting task. I took all the books off – semi sorting them as I went. Then I tried to move my bookcase but my house has a slanted roof , and the wall I intended to put it on was to short. Or the bookcase to tall, depending on your perspective. Seeing as I didn’t want to put it on the wall my bed resides at , I just put it back. 

     However I reorganized all my books and I love it so much more! Currently my sister and I have our childhood books on it, one day those will be moved to a shelf in the closet ( that I am patiently waiting on my dad to build). The children’s books were at the top before and now they reside at the bottom. I love that my series are at eye level now. Also my TBR books are all on one shelf , I’m internally screaming over this because #organized. 

    So without further ado , or excited screaming over my own books; here is the before picture : 


    As you can see it also needed to be decluttered from knick knacks . 

    Now the much improved version :


    Ahhh it pleases me so much to see the difference 🙂 As I said one day the three bottom shelves will be more organized. 

    Forever & Always,

    Emily

    So have you ever reorganized your bookcase? Do you color coordinate? Put all the series together( because I do) ? Or just put books on the shelf as you get them? Let me know in the comments.

    10 Bookish Questions

    So I took these questions from the Amazing book blogger Cait@PaperFury . She is the queen of Sass and I love her, so you’ll obviously love her!

    Now for the questions.

    1.What are your top 5 reads of 2017?

    This is easy because I have read 4 books so far, which is actually not good for me. With that being said, I loved the “Gift by Bryan M Litfin” and “The Huntress of Thornbeck forest by Melanie Dickerson”. The other 2 were- a dog training book ( because I love my fur baby but he had some issues we needed to work on) and “Annexed by Sharon Dogar” which I just didn’t like. My opinion on Annexed came as a surprise to me because I love anything about Anne Frank, so I thought it would be wicked cool to read some fiction from Peter’s POV. It just left me feeling like he didn’t really like Anne , he settled for her because he was desperate and she was a flirt.

    2. Top 5 favorite book friendships.

    1. Tris and Christina from Divergent.
    2. Henry and Adam from The Knightley Academy books.
    3. Mandie and Joe from the Mandie Series
    4. Jaron and Roden from The False Prince. #enemieswhobecomefriends.

    So I could only think of 4, but i’m a rebel and refuse to do as told. Or my brain hurts from trying to remember all the books I’ve ever read with friends, and I give up. Soon as I publish this I will think of another

    3. Most anticipated release of 2017.

    This came out January 3rd but I haven’t ordered it yet. Super excited!!! I hope this one is better then Never Never.

    4.How many books are in your To Be Read Pile?

    53, if you don’t count the Janette Oak series I want to read or the books on my iPod. Which I have 27 books on different apps that I want to read if you do count those.

    5. What are your feelings on book merchandise.

    I think bookmarks, coffee mugs and book themed phone cases are all cool (and I own 2 out of 3 , working on the coffee cup). I feel it’s all about the individual, some people hang posters and do their whole room after a book fandom, some of us make a bunch of fandom boards on pinterest (You can find me Here ), while others cry in the corner over books that ripped their hearts out without permission. I say do what makes you happy, and if that means collecting all the stuff , then go for it. I collect bookmarks because they are useful and I love them 🙂

    6.Who is the latest amazing author you have discovered?

    Easy! Bryan M Litfin!! I have read two books from his Chivies Trilogy and I am in love with the characters and world setting!!

    7.How long have you been a book blogger?

    The answer is not long, I did have a different blog a year ago that I did a couple of book reviews on but then I was working to many hours and didn’t have time to read or blog. So I started fresh.

    8. What’s you favorite thing about reading? Let me name the reasons-

    I am introvert! I don’t like new places or going somewhere I haven’t been before. My comfort zone is very small. So when I read, I get to go on adventures! I can be in a group of thieves , or be a princess, I can sail the seven seas and not answer my mothers demand to do the dishes (just kidding mama, love you). I can be the person I will never be in this lifetime. I get the wonderful chance to lose the fears and anxiety and be whoever I want . I love finding the best and worst parts of myself in the characters.

    9. What are you reading soon?

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    Just a glimpse at what is on my TBR, but these are towards the top of what I want to read next. Of course I change my mind a lot so we shall see.

    10.Describe yourself in 5 book titles.

    1. Don’t judge a girl by her cover- because I am short but will still ask you to fight me.
    2. Eats with Sinners- because we are all sinners and hello I have to eat. Also super excited to eventually read this.
    3. All fall down- I trip over nothing. Its a simple fact in my life, I fell down the stairs the other day and I can’t tell you why except it may be because I was briskly walking (practically running) down them.
    4. Emily’s runaway imagination – self explanatory
    5. Girl in Blue- my favorite color is blue and I therefore wear it a lot.

    So that wraps up the questions, I enjoyed figuring out all the answers for this.

    Forever & Always,

    Emily

    Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Any amazing authors you have found recently? What’s your favorite thing about reading? Also feel free to use these questions, just link back to Cait at paperfury and me if you don’t mind:)

     

    The Huntress Of Thornbeck Forest By Melanie Dickerson


    A beautiful maiden who poaches to feed the poor.

    A handsome forester on a mission to catch her.

    Danger and love are about to unite in Thornbeck Forest.

    The margrave owns the finest hunting grounds for miles around—and Odette Menkels spends her nights poaching his deer to feed the hungry orphans of Thornbeck. By day , Odette is a simple maiden who teaches children to read, but by night this young beauty has become the secret lifeline to the poorest of the poor.

    For Jorgen Hartman, the margrave’s forester, tracking down a poacher is a duty he is all too willing to perform. Jorgen inherited his post from the man who raised him . . . a man who was murdered at the hands of a poacher.

    When Jorgen and Odette meet at the Midsummer festival and share a connection during a dance, neither has any idea that they are already adversaries.

    The one man she wants is bound by duty to capture her; the one woman he loves is his cunning target . . . What becomes of a forester who protects a notorious poacher? What becomes of a poacher when she is finally discovered?

     Do you ever read a book and can’t contain your excitement about it , so you make someone listen to you ramble. Because that’s what I did with this book. My mother and sister can probably tell you all about it without ever picking the book up. That’s how good The Huntress Of Thornbeck Forest was. 

     Now to tell you about it (without spoilers) 

    What I loved :

    • The plot was so well written, maybe a bit predictable in some aspects but also had a few surprises . 
    • Everything about Jorgen,I just love his character. He’s strong , brave , kind , smart and compassionate.
    • It’s fair to say I don’t like a ton of female characters and yet Odette passed my approval and I love her as much as Jorgen. She’s a strong woman who has her own opinion and finds a way to solve a problem nobody else even acknowledges . Plus she teaches the poor children to read and write, giving them all a chance at a better future. 
    • Character back stories are awesome! I can’t say much with out spoiling it, just know that both Odette and Jorgen’s backstories plays a huge role in the whole book and I loved it.
    • Hello flawed characters who are still good people!
    • The “bad guys” stay in role the whole time, and aren’t very remorseful at the end which is different from what I usually read. I liked it though, I know a few people who would be in the wrong and still not show remorse so it felt very realistic. 
    • Happy endings are my favorite! I’m sorry but I do not get emotionally invested in characters just to be disappointed at the end, I don’t want realistic. If I wanted that I would watch the news . Lucky for me Melanie Dickerson read my mind and gave me what I wanted 😉 

     I have nothing bad to say about this book. I loved it! Five stars!
    Forever & Always

    Emily

    Comment below if you have read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest? Have you read anything else by Melanie Dickerson? What’s your favorite fairytale retelling?

    5 Ways To enjoy Being Single On Valentine’s

    I have always been single on Valentine’s day ,so maybe my perspective stems from not knowing anything else. Still I see no reason to be miserable and depressed just because I haven’t found my Soul Mate.

    1. You can do whatever you want.

    Personally I’m a fan of being in control of my schedule. I love not having to do anything. So go out to eat with friends or stay in and watch all the fast and furious movies, it’s your day do what you want.

    2.Perfect excuse to buy yourself something.

    Hello, what’s that pretty package. Oh , just a lovely gift to myself because I have been wanting it forever.

    3. Surprising friends with a little I love you gift.

    Valentines is a perfect day to let your friends know you love them. They are always by your side, so why not buy or make them something to show  you were thinking of them.

    4. No pressure.

    Yes! Being single on Valentines is like a get out of jail free card from monopoly! You can literally choose to ignore the day if you so wish. I enjoy celebrating it with my family and best friend, but it’s not a huge deal. I relize some people might find the day is full of pressure because they are single and all your family doesn’t understand why. For those people I have a little advice, it’s ok to be single. It’s ok to have standards and not accept being treated badly! You deserve the best and being willing to wait is brave and beautiful, anybody who can’t see that is blind to your worth.

    5. All the chocolate in the stores.

    Hello heart shaped Reese’s !! I want to buy all the cute candy and consume it  way before Valentine’s day. Anybody else?

    So celebrate whatever stage of life your in. It’s ok to be single and enjoy it. It’s also ok to have a boyfriend/girlfriend and be excited to celebrate Valentine’s day with them. You can rock any holiday at any stage in life. I like to dress up , take pictures and then put on pajamas, and eat while relaxing (on any given holiday). That is just where I’m at in life, and honestly that will be my go to plan until somebody amazing makes me change it (up for debate is whether that amazing person should want to celebrate the same way or go out and do things ).

    Forever & Always,

    Emily

    What’s your favorite holiday? Do you have any specific plans for Valentines? What’s your favorite candy or chocolate?

     

    Never Never by Brianna R Shrum

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    James Hook is a child who only wants to grow up.

    When he meets Peter Pan, a boy who loves to pretend and is intent on never becoming a man, James decides he could try being a child – at least briefly. James joins Peter Pan on a holiday to Neverland, a place of adventure created by children’s dreams, but Neverland is not for the faint of heart. Soon James finds himself longing for home, determined that he is destined to be a man. But Peter refuses to take him back, leaving James trapped in a world just beyond the one he loves. A world where children are to never grow up.

    But grow up he does.

    And thus begins the epic adventure of a Lost Boy and a Pirate.

    This story isn’t about Peter Pan; it’s about the boy whose life he stole. It’s about a man in a world that hates men. It’s about the feared Captain James Hook and his passionate quest to kill the Pan, an impossible feat in a magical land where everyone loves Peter Pan.

    Except one.

    Before I start the review, can we all just take a moment to appreciate this cover!! I rarely fall in love with covers, books yes, covers not so much . This was so well done and honestly the only reason I kept the book. Now on to the review.

    What I Liked :

    • The Cover is obviously amazing, I love the detail, like the clouds being shaped as a skull, or the hooks and feathers. So much love.
    • I really enjoyed reading the story from Hooks perspective
    • The way dreams worked in Neverland was pretty neat.
    • James Hook’s relationship with the lost boys, before and after he becomes a pirate.

    What made me so very disappointed:

    • The romance was more than I expected or wanted.
    • Hook’s goals were weak,  he wants to kill Pan and every chance he gets he either chooses not to or loses. I expected more gumption and less self-pity .
    • Tiger Lily’s back and forth , I love you, I love Pan. Just didn’t work for me.

    I started reading ” Never Never” with expectations of loving it. That’s probably what set me up for not loving it. Don’t get me wrong it’s not a bad book, it just wasn’t  what I had anticipated. Probably the biggest draw back for me was the romance and the dominance it had in this book. I came for an adventure and what I got was two hormonal young adults.

    Two stars.

    Forever & Always,

    Emily

    Comment below if you have read “Never Never” and if so what did you think? Anybody else always wanted to be a pirate ? Comment books you expected to love but didn’t.

     

    Shaken by Tim Tebow

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    Who are you when life is steady?
    Who are you when storms come?
     

     Most of us have been on the receiving end of rejection, a broken dream, or heartbreak. And while this is not an easy space to go through, when we are grounded in the truth, we can endure the tough times.
      In this powerful book, Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow passionately shares glimpses of his journey staying grounded in the face of disappointment, criticism, and intense media scrutiny. Following an exceptional college football career with the Florida Gators and a promising playoff run with the Denver Broncos, Tebow was traded to the New York Jets. He was released after one season. 
      In Shaken, Tebow talks about what he’s learned along the way, building confidence in his identity in God, not the world. This moving book also features practical wisdom from Scripture and insights gained from others who have impacted Tebow in life-changing ways. 
     Though traveling hard roads is not easy, it’s always worth it!
    Your Circumstances do not Define You,
    Your Identity Does.

    I was so excited to read this book, and it honestly could not have come at a better time in my life. Last year I had lost myself, a major part of who I am was no longer there. I had given up talking to God and I had given up on myself, not really caring who I was anymore.

    Then I got this book for Christmas. I love Tim,  not only what he stands for but who he is as a person. I can’t tell you how much this book encouraged my heart. I finally felt like it was time to be me again, and I knew how. Shaken helped me remember my goals in life and who I wanted to be in Christ.

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    I feel like the reader gets to see a different side of Tim Tebow in this book, a more real , honest and raw version. He walks us through his disappointment’s and also gives encouragement .

    One of my favorite quotes from the book (besides the  above pictured )is : “When we ask questions, when we doubt, when we wonder if God is going to pull through, or wonder why He didn’t pull through, or wonder why our miracle is  taking so long, or why the miracle never came at all, remember that doubt is normal. God isn’t scared of your questions. Bring them to Him. It’s better to vent to Him than to run from Him.”

    Easily five stars! Something everyone should read.

    Forever and Always ,

    Emily