Dreams shattered and lives regained: Brave Enough, by Kati Gardner

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Meet Cason and Davis

Cason Martin is a teenager with high ambitions. She is one of the finest ballerinas, and one day she is going to be the best there is. But things start to change when Cason, for the sake of an audition, hides a painful injury. As her knee snaps, things start to go downhill. Cason is diagnosed with cancer, and her life changes dramatically. Continue reading “Dreams shattered and lives regained: Brave Enough, by Kati Gardner”

The Universe Is Expanding, And So Am I

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Virginia’s universe is expanding

It has been a few months since teenager Virginia decided that her life will change for the better. She thinks that she’s more confident about her appearance now.  She also has a boyfriend (yes, it’s official!), Froggy, and the family problems revolving around her brother’s “ordeal” seem to belong to the past.

But what if this kind of life isn’t what she wants anymore?

What if her feelings for Froggy have faded away? Even her parents constantly try to put her on a diet and urge her to lose weight. If everyone thinks that way about her and she breaks up with Froggy, will she ever find another person that likes her again? And then there’s Sebastian: that smart, adorable geek she met one day by chance, making her life exciting again! Continue reading “The Universe Is Expanding, And So Am I”

I geeked out over Geekerella (and I’m not sorry)! Geekerella, by Ashley Poston

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Geeks of the world, unite!

We’ve all been there – there are some things we obsess over that most people don’t. This is how the “geek” term got to exist in its current form, right? There are many things you can geek out on : a sci-fi series (I mean, hello Doctor Who!), comic books, you name it. So when you stumble upon a book  whose main character is, well, let’s face it, actually you, you tend to love it immediately. Which is how I came to love this wonderful, geeky, absolutely adorable story of Elle. Let me introduce you to our modern Cinderella.

Move over, Cinderella. You have some serious competition!

Elle  is the ultimate fan of all things sci-fi, and Starfield, the classic sci-fi series, is her absolute favorite. She knows all the lines and all the trivia. Starfield is part of her life. Which is good, because living with her sour stepmother and her spoiled twin  daughters is an everyday trial to her sanity. Having already lost both mother and father, her only consolation in life is Starfield, which she used to watch with her dad when he was alive. That is, until she receives a message from an unknown person, who seems smart, funny, and, above all else, a true fan of all things Starfield!

Along comes Darien

Darien never expected to become a star. Becoming a teen actor was strange enough, but after his last series he managed to get the lead role in the Starfield movie remake. Things don’t seem all that rosy, however, as Starfield’s hardcore fans seem to hate him being casted as Prince Carmindor. Darien feels alone, and like an absolute fraud. The only thing that makes him smile, is those text messages he exchanges every day with that unknown girl.

Two characters who seem so different, come together in the most unexpected way. By mere luck, they will come to know each other. Maybe, after all, they have much more in common than what they had expected.

Modern, sweet, real

Geekerella is the most modern and real version of Cinderella you could find nowadays. Simple, true, and incredibly witty, the heroine is a completely relatable and lovable character. Ashley Poston has retained some basic features of the fairytale, and has used them as pillars for her version of the story. The result is more than satisfactory, as it is obvious that the original version blends very well with this one.

Both main characters have a well described background, thus making it easier for the reader to understand the reasons behind every feeling and reaction – in fact, Darien is a lot more relatable than the original fairy tale’s prince. Surrounded by their friends and foes, both Elle and Darien are active heroes who fight against fate for what they want, which makes them all the more likable.

What makes you a Princess?

Geekerella contains a genius alternate concept to what makes you a Prince or a Princess. In both their occasions, the “title” they come to wear has nothing to do with their birth or pedigree and everything to do with how they feel inside and how much they have struggled, and this I applaud wholeheartedly.  Here comes a modern fairy tale that doesn’t use entitled figures.

Both heroes start off as underdogs, both of them work hard, and a wonderful messages is laid out for the reader to see: you don;t need to be born into something in order to achieve it ; you need to want it badly and work for it hard. Now, isn’t that a much better aftermath than our dear old Cinderella?

An ode to our inner geek

Geekerella is an ode to your inner (and why not? outer, too) geek. Here’s to people we consider underdogs, here’s to lonely people, to all of us out there who struggle. Geekerella is here to remind us, in its own sweet way, that dreams come true – not with the help of a fairy godmother, but with will, work, and loved ones surrounding us.

 

 

Phoenix Fire : The fantasy book that just stands out!

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Ahh…the joy of reading fiction!

I’ve read them, you’ve read them. Basically, most of us bookworms have: fantasy books. What do they usually include? Vampires, ghosts, the typical supernatural creatures. Oh, and a hint of romance. They’re good, or we wouldn’t be reading them.

But what if you found a fantasy book that gets more original than that?

This is Phoenix Fire

bibliophilephoenixAva has spent all her life in foster care, trying not to get too attached to people. Getting attached hurts. Loving people hurts. Not to mention the fact that if she opened up to anyone, she would have to talk about her weird flashback-like seizures she gets from time to time. Everyone would think she’s crazy.

 

Or is there a hint of truth behind everything that’s happening to her?

When Nick and Cade step into her life, she realizes that she has family. When she starts falling for Wyatt, she understands she has lived before, loved before, and come back to live again. It is not all sweet and great, however. There are dark forces encircling her newly found family, and Ava founds out she bears the burden of saving them all. Can she open up and reveal her true self? Is she strong enough for her destiny?

 

An epic fantasy book

that transports the reader to a different realm. Unique in its characters, this is a supernatural story completely different from  your average fantasy books. There’s more than vampires and werewolves. There’s a new kind of hero, one that can live again and again to fulfill a purpose noble and true. And, if the title isn’t a good enough hint for you: yes, there are phoenixes (and they are absolutely awesome!).

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Three siblings, thousands of lives

Follow along a story of three siblings that have lived, tried and failed, only to come back and do it again, and do it better. The story will have you guessing all the secrets the family keeps, as you will be constantly getting glimpses of the past, trying to put the pieces together. It will make you gasp, laugh at times, cry.  There is love, there is loss, there is strong dilemma in between, and there’s a lot of frustration as you empathize with so many characters in this story.

A love that lasts through centuries

bibliophilephoenix3What would an epic story be without love? One of the things that make this book stand out, is definitely a connection between two creatures that have lived again and again, falling in love only with each other. A love that  is forbidden by rules on both sides. But it is not and cannot be ignored. In a world facing so many problems, a world that Ava will have to save , she’ll also have to figure out if she can really trust her instincts. Is Wyatt really as innocent as he looks? Are his intentions pure? And what is it that really connects these two in all their lives?

 

Suspenseful, well written and beautiful, this is a story that teaches us not everything is black and white. Various shades of everything in between come out, and you can only hope that the heroes will find the strength and determination to choose wisely.

 

Strongly recommended for the fans of fantasy, this is the book you need if vampires have tired you and you need something fresh and well written.

You can find the book directly on Entangled Publishing site : https://entangledpublishing.com/phoenix-fire.html

About the author

D. Grimm’s first love in writing is young adult fantasy and science fiction, which is to be expected from someone who looks up to heroes like Captain America and Wonder Woman, has been sorted into Gryffindor, and identifies as rebel scum. Her patronus is a red Voltron lion, her spirit animal is Toothless, and her favorite meal is second breakfast. Her office is anywhere she can curl up with her laptop and at least one large-sized dog.

You can learn more about her upcoming novels at www.sdgrimm.com