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Mini Reviews: Geekerella & Shadowhouse Fall

Happy Thursday everyone! Today, I'm back with a couple of mini reviews of some of books that I won via Goodreads Giveaways and recently read and thoroughly enjoyed.  Thanks again, Goodreads!  Read on to see my thoughts on Geekerella by Ashley Poston & Shadowhouse Fall (Shadowshaper #2) by Daniel Jose Older:

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YA Contemporary isn't my go-to genre, but I was really looking forward to trying Ashley Poston's Geekerella. It wasn't up so high on my tbr for 2017 releases until I lucked out and won a copy through Goodreads Giveaways. Either way, there's so much to love about Poston's new release - it heavily features geek culture, it's a Cinderella retelling, it has fantastically cute and dorky leading characters, and the romance actually begins as friendship which is one of my favorite types.

I read this Kindle ebook from December 12 - 13, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.

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I couldn't have asked for a better follow up to Shadowshaper, Older's awesome YA urban fantasy novel. I particularly love his magic system - and we get to see a lot more of it here. Older also writes excellent social commentary, even more so here than in the first installment. The only way this could have been better was to have listened to the story via audiobook like I did with book one - Anika Noni Rose brought the author's world to life in the best possible way. If you like diverse urban fantasy with a unique magic system, Jason Reynolds, and Angie Thomas, then you need to try this series. I can't wait until the release of book three, and I will definitely need to try adult urban fantasy series, Bone Street Rumba.  By the way, did anyone else catch that reference to Kaz Brekker - I might have shrieked at that!

I read this ARC from December 23 - 24, 2017 and my review is also on Goodreads.

Have you tried either of these stories?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


  1. I love mini reviews, need to do some of my own. I need to read both of these!

  2. YA contemporary isn't my jam either, so while I thought Geekerella was cute, it wasn't as memorable for me. Which is sad because Cinderella is my favorite Disney classic!

    Did Anika Noni Rose narrate this one too? I had a physical ARC and was really missing her voice!

  3. Congrats on your great wins. Glad you enjoyed them.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  4. I need to get to Shadowhouse Fall. You're making me curious about the audio version. I thought Geekerella was cute and in general, I love seeing the celebration of geek culture in books. Great mini reviews, Lauren!

    1. Thanks, Alicia! I'd love to know what you think of the audiobook production. :)

  5. I still need to read Geekerella!!

  6. I am so happy you liked Geekerella. It was a favorite of mine last year (and it is my go-to genre). It was all the sweet and cute and I loved it!


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