If You Loved Geekerella…

Happy Monday! Or should I say, yay, it’s the start of a new week?

Regardless of how we feel about Mondays, I hope you had a restful weekend. It’s starting to get super chilly here and I think I have to put away my bike for the season soon. Definitely time to take out the warm sweaters, blankets and a comfy seat to curl up with a book!

So today I am bringing some recommendations for an old story that I fell in love with so long ago. Whether you’ve read this one or not, hopefully you’ll find one of these books interesting to take a look into.

About the book (review here)

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfieldmovie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck (and her dad’s old costume), Elle’s determined to win…unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons—before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

If you loved the Cinderella retelling aspect with a fun sci-fi twist…

…then you should definitely pick up Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I personally LOVE Cinderella retellings the most and if you haven’t read this one yet, I love the creativity in our heroine, Cinder, and the additional plot lines that were added on top of the traditional Cinderella story. Both books are just SO creative!

If you loved all the geekiness and modern day sci-fi references…

…then Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner is an amazing contender for all of your sci-fi geekiness and the realm of cosplaying. I personally have only touched the surface of cosplay and D&D but I loved learning so much about standing up for what you love, whether it’s labelled “cool” or not, and be proud of it. Even if sci-if geekiness isn’t your thing, both books dive so well into the characters who love this so much that it really doesn’t matter.

If you loved a romance between a celeb and an ordinary teen…

…then you should check out Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West! Have you ever wondered what it would be like for a “normal” person to find themselves not only interacting with a celebrity of sorts, but being the object of their affection? Well, it definitely comes with some bumps (and paparazzi), but it makes for fascinating reading as they navigate such a relationship.

And that’s a wrap for this week’s If You Loved This! I would love to know what you think of some of these books if you’ve read them, or if you feel there’s another book you’d group in this series.

Thanks for stopping by! I always appreciate it



If You Loved Kingdom of the Wicked…

It’s time for another series of recommendations! This week I am focusing on Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. I absolutely adored this book when I finally picked it up earlier this year and wanted to share other reads with you that you may enjoy if you loved this one too! With adventure, mystery and a super slow-burn romance, there’s a little bit of something for everyone here.

Let’s dig in, shall we?

About the book (review here)

Two sisters.

One brutal murder.

A quest for vengeance that will unleash Hell itself…

And an intoxicating romance.

Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to find her sister’s killer and to seek vengeance at any cost-even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, one of the Wicked-princes of Hell she has been warned against in tales since she was a child. Wrath claims to be on Emilia’s side, tasked by his master with solving the series of women’s murders on the island. But when it comes to the Wicked, nothing is as it seems…

If you loved the mystery surrounding the death of Emilia’s sister…

…then you will absolutely adore Four Dead Queens! With the mystery surrounding who is killing the different ruling queens of the land’s regions, the protagonists have to outsmart different players to prevent more tragedy from unfolding in this exciting standalone fantasy from Astrid Scholte.

If you loved the slow burn romance that should be forbidden…

…then From Blood and Ash fits the bill. If you haven’t already picked up this interesting first book of the series, you may enjoy the slow building attraction between the protagonist, the chosen Maiden of the land, and her Royal Guard member as a mysterious group tries to plot against her.

If you loved everything about witches and magic…

…then I would recommend Serpent & Dove as your next read! Our protagonist Lou is a witch in hiding but ends up getting tangled with the local witch huntsmen that brings equal amounts of trouble AND romance.

Are you a fan of any of these titles? Do you have a book you’d recommend in this series? Let me know in the comments below!

And don’t miss the highly anticipated sequel, Kingdom of the Cursed, out now!


Anticipated Books Coming October 2021

Welcome to October everyone! Time really does fly. As we head into the wonderful fall season (depending where you live), what’s better than cozying up by the fire or under a warm blanket and diving right into a new book? Below we feature a couple of books coming out this month, and have linked their goodreads site for your convenience. Which are you looking forward to?

October 5

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson
When Night Breaks (Kingdom of Cards #2) by Janella Angeles

October 12

The Keeper of Night by Kylie Lee Baker

October 19

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
That Dark Infinity by Kate Pentecost

October 26

Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco

Short and sweet for this month. What reads are you all looking forward to?