Geekerella

Ashley Poston

Geekerella is a well-done modern retelling loosely based off of Cinderella in a more rebellious teen kind of way. This book has everything from pudgy dogs, to vegan food trucks, fandoms and everything “geeky”. A superstar heartthrob actor is cast as one character that matters to Elle in Starfield, a TV show that being rebooted, which is the only thing she has left to remember her parents by. Left with an awful stepmother and rude, trickster stepsisters, she is left alone with no one who cares about her. Along the way, Elle meets friends, people who rebel against her, and fans that care about her and the blog she writes about Starfield. When she starts falling for a guy she’s never met, can she hide it from her stepsisters as the texts become more frequent?

I loved Geekerella, a perfect mix of nerdy, geeky and love story. I didn’t want to put this book down; although you sometimes knew what was going to happen, it didn’t take away from the story, but rather made you anticipate and yearn for what was to come next. A flowing story even with the switching perspectives, sometimes they continued where the other character left off!! An amazing love story between geeks, and some relationships will form that will surprise you but in a good way. A must-read for fans of sci-fi and romance, and for nerds and geeks. The author includes other well-known shows and movies along with their characters, this keeping the basis of Cinderella while going out of the box, giving it a fun super awesome plot that will keep you guessing. Bravo to Ashley Poston for an amazing teen romance story – a story of finding your way and following your dreams, not doing what others expect of you. So as they say in Starfield, “Look at the stars, aim, ignite!” – Zoe P.

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Caraval

Stephanie Garber

Just reading the synopsis of this novel is enough to get you excited for what’s to come. Straight from the get go I was anticipating the world created in Caraval to be an intriguing one, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. Caraval is a book you won’t want to put down.

Scarlett Dragna has lived her life without achieving her dream of visiting the annual performance, Caraval, when her father sets her up in an arranged marriage. Believing her dreams of seeing the performance are crushed, she’s elated when an invitation finally reaches her, a letter from the master of the game, Legend, after years of her writing to him. The game of Caraval is a magical one, and readers get to learn its rules at the same time as Scarlett does.

The whole mystery aspect of the novel, as well as being a world of fantasy and magic, is something that really appeals to my taste of books. While those three points are a big part of Caraval, the elements of love, romance and family are also present, and the subject of abuse is touched upon too. Combining the characteristics of the book and the important points brought up throughout it, was what sold me completely. That’s all I can tell you about this one. Stephanie Garber created the type of plot in which you end up enjoying the story more when you know less about the plot.

Fantasy fans will enjoy this one. It keeps you waiting for more, with the thrill and action of the world inside this book.– Stacie C.

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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

The nation of Panem (that used to be North America) is made up of 12 districts and the Capitol that rules them. Residents of The Capitol live a glamorous, fabulous lifestyle compared to the very poor, sorrowful lifestyle of the Districts. Every year, one boy and one girl (aged 12-18) from each District is forced to be in the Hunger Games, a televised game where it’s either kill or be killed. So, on the day of the Reaping, in her District 12, when Katniss’ sister Primrose gets chosen as that year’s tribute in the Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to take her place. The boy chosen was Peeta Mellark, who has seen Katniss within their district. At first, Katniss is okay with Peeta and considers him just a friend but, after Peeta comments regarding her on live television she has quite a surprising reaction, rethinking her original opinion of him. Leading up to the commencement of the Hunger Games, a former winner from district 12, Haymitch is mentoring them. He prepares them for the games, helping them throughout many challenges they encounter within the games with helpful gifts.

In an enthralling journey, Katniss Everdeen must fight for her life in order to survive. If she is the last one standing, it means a much better and richer life. If she loses it means definite death! That is what the Hunger Games is all about. Through extreme obstacles and variable terrains, Katniss and Peeta go through difficult decisions that their life will depend on. Who will be the one to survive? Who won’t make it home? It will all come down to life or death if Katniss wants to see her family again.

Being the first out of the three books in the series, it was surprisingly enjoyable and very hard to put down. This book has emotion, excitement and tension. But, in my opinion, there could’ve been more action and some events could’ve had a different outcome. I give this book 4 stars because it is very well written and is such an amazing adventure that the characters had to go through. I suggest reading this because of the conflicts, life and death struggles and how, combined, they brought forth unexpected emotions. Because of the mature content within the story I recommend this book for ages 12+. – Emma M.

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