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Book Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Published in 2016

Pages: 262

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

Three friends, two love stories, one convention: this fun, feminist love letter to geek culture is all about fandom, friendship, and finding the courage to be yourself.

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie—no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.

My Review:

This was a re read, I read this book earlier in the year, but I really needed to re visit it, it’s one of my all time favourites. It’s geeky, fun, fabulous and packed full of fandom references and feels!

And it’s also got one of the most honest portrayals of anxiety, ever; Tay, who lives with social anxiety, is one of the most ‘real’, characters I’ve ever come across; the book is told in both her and her best friend, Charlie’s POV; both characters are honestly so strong and admirable, and they go through a lot of character growth, which I love. Charlie, whilst trying to overcome a slightly brash ex boyfriend, comes face to face with a crush of hers, and honestly their scenes gave me all the feels! Also, Charlie handles her bisexuality really strongly, and I definitely admire how both her and Tay are so comfortable in their own skin; it really just shows and reminds me that everyone should be proud of who they are! (I must add, both characters make me proud to be a nerd, hah) I love reading books with geeky fandom characters, it’s a lot of fun; and this has to be a favourite! The pacing to this book is exciting as always, and re reading this book made me feel like I was once again among friends.

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading;

Brooklyn 🙂


Book Review: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Book 2 in the Three Dark Crowns series 

Published in 2017 by HarperTeen

Pages: 448 

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

The battle for the Crown has begun, but which of the three sisters will prevail?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.
In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other. 

My Review:

Goodness, that was amazing. I was instantly hooked from the first page and I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Straight away, I could tell this book was going to be a lot more insane than the first one, and I definitely wasn’t wrong. 

So much had changed since the first book, honestly, I couldn’t anticipate what was to come and I felt so conflicted about several characters. It was interesting seeing everyone interact after the events of the last book, and honestly I feel like my thoughts on the sisters (slight spoilers ahead) have definitely changed since the first book. It was definitely insane, Katherine’s intensity and hunger majorly grew, and she made me nervous, as she almost thought she was invincible. But honestly I still massively felt for her throughout, and let’s not even start on her and Pietyr. I’m still so freaking conflicted about him from the last book and now. I actually think now my favourite queen has changed and honestly I was shocked yet excited by the last few chapters! I need to know what happens next! And without being too spoilery I really hope there’s more of Camden and Jules, because I freaking adore those two; and honestly I need to know what happens with the whole story next. Honestly, it’s insane. 

Blake’s writing definitely improved since book 1, I found the pacing of this book to be completely insane! As I said, you couldn’t anticipate what was to come and it was just brilliant! This book was even full of more darkness and wickedness than book 1, it was addictive and I could picture everything as I was reading. Even one scene caused me nightmares, which was interesting. 

And that concludes my review, until next time, happy reading,

Brooklyn 🙂 

Book Review: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

Book 1 in the Three Dark Crowns series

Published in 2016

398 pages

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.
But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown.

My thoughts:

This was a re read, naturally. One Dark Throne, this books’sequel, came out recently and it’s high on my list of 2017 releases. I actually originally rated this book 4 stars but I had to change it to 5 after my re read because I cannot fault it! 

This book is so darkly unique, the writing pulled me in once again and I couldn’t put the book down! Though I did take a break near the start but that was only because I was immersed in my re read of Stalking Jack The Ripper. As I re read this book I had so many familiar feelings! There’s lots of emotions in this book, but honestly I couldn’t predict what would come next, even though I knew what was to come; I was still awed as if I was reading it for the first time! My favourite Queen is still definitely Katharine, though my next favourite is Arsinoe. The freaking ending though! 

And I think I’ll leave it there. I’m going to start shortening my reviews, for various reasons, namely though because we all feel differently about books and I honestly think that one can’t make other people agree on things. We all like different books for different reasons.

Until next time, happy reading 🙂


July Reading Wrap Up

Hey bookish people,

I feel rather spoilt this month, for most of my reads were actually 5 star books! So I’m not sure if I should feel unnerved by this or relieved, but truth be told I’m pretty happy about where I am with my reading at the moment! 

I read 8 books this month, the titles and ratings will follow:

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – 5 stars

After Dark by Haruki Murakami – 4 stars

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – 5 stars

1Q84 Book 1 by Haruki Murakami- 5 stars

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare – 5 stars

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – 5 stars

The Clocks by Agatha Christie – 5 stars

So that’s my reading wrap up for July! I can hardly believe we’re into August already! What books have you been reading this month? Any highlights? 

See you soon! Happy reading, 

Brooklyn 🙂