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Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in My Life | 1 comment

It has been a crazy few 6 months.

If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably seen bits and pieces of what I’ve been up to, but here’s the gist of it.

-Back in April we ran off to New Zealand and Australia (view details on my hobbiton tour here)

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-We had a couple of weekend trips to Canada to see Bastille and for a wedding.

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-We roadtripped out to Minnesota for another wedding and did some fun stuff along the way

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-Still been reading a whole bunch, but I’m behind on my goodreads goal (noooooo!)

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-We’ve already started planning our next trip to Disney in January!

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-Oh yea, we’re building a new house AND are under contract on the sale of our current house. A whole lot more on that later but this has basically consumed my brain for the last 2 months of my life.

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It’s all very exciting! I’m hoping to be posting more in the future. I have so many ideas for the new house, but we still have to get some things done on our current house. Stay tuned!!

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“Geekerella” – Ashley Poston

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Books, Reviews | 1 comment

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“Geekerella”

By Ashley Poston

Published April 4th 2017 by Quirk Books
Format: EBook
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When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.

Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.

Within minutes of starting this book, I knew that I was in love with the main character. While I often admire the protagonists in the books that I read, it’s not often that I relate so whole-heartedly with one (besides the whole orphan and evil step-mother/sisters thing). Elle (first of all, favourite name!) is a total scifi nerd, she is addicted to the now cancelled TV show Starfield. She blogs about the show, she used to go to conventions for the show. She is so inspired that she wants to go to college to become a screen writer so that she can inspire others with her own shows.

This is 17 year old me EXACTLY. Just replace “Starfield” with “Stargate”. I was so passionate about Stargate and wanted nothing more than to be involved in creating a show that would inspire others like it did me. Geekerella was a nostalgic ride, reminding me of those fandom days. I’m not sure if I’ve grown out of it or there’s just nothing good on TV that I’ve fallen as in love with.

Geekiness aside, Geekerella is a truly adorable modern-day retelling of Cinderella. I love how Poston wove the classic Cinderella elements into the story (like working in an orange pumpkin food truck). And the romance of the story was really well written. The narrative switches between the two main characters as they get to know each other, and even though you know that it’s going to have a Cinderella ending, you still hold out for these two characters to get together and learn the other’s true identity.

After devouring this in a day, I’m over here dying while waiting for Ashley Poston’s next book “Heart of Iron”. It’s set in space (!!!!!).

Thank you to Quirkbooks for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my (very delayed) review.

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Nerd Vortex

Posted by on Jan 25, 2017 in Website | 0 comments

Hey there, long time no see!

I plan to update you all soon on everything that I’ve been up to lately, including some fun new projects, but today I want to share one of them with you…

My friend Kelsey and I have finally decided to start a new blog together! You can check us out at www.nerd-vortex.com

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It’s a place where we can share our love of movies, tv and books, and it’s going to be a lot of fun!

So what does that mean for this blog? Well, I really do want to keep posting here, but I will be focusing more on that blog for now. Updates may be sporadic like they have been, but I will make more of an effort. You may also see less full book reviews, but I’d like to still do some recaps of what I’ve read.

I’m going to try to start catching up on my blog reading too, so you should start seeing some comments from me soon!

Anywho, more to come soon, but please come check out nerd-vortex and nerd out with us!

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Harry Potter Studio Tour

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Photography, Television & Movies, Travel & Adventure | 0 comments

When we were in London this summer we knew that the Harry Potter Studio tour was an absolute must-see. We’ve done the HP Universal Studios a couple of times, but this was exponentially more amazing. Zack and I both agree that this was our favourite part of our trip. I can go on and on about how awesome the tour is, but I’m going to let the pictures tell the story… lots and lots of pictures. Prepare to be pic spammed.

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OwlCrate vs Uppercase

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Books, Reviews | 0 comments

Alright, the YA book subscription box showdown is here!

I decided to try out a couple of book subscription boxes last month and pick one of them. I went with Owlcrate and Uppercase (check out my unboxings here and here). So let’s get down to business and compare these two.

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Presentation

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The Uppercase “box” just comes in an envelope and then a little bag inside with all the goodies.

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The Owlcrate is an actual box that feels more like an actual experience when unboxing and pulling all of the goodies out.

Winner: OwlCrate – It’s a lot more fun to open and pull out all the loot.

 

Cost

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Uppercase offers 2 different packages: The Expert Plan $23/month (plus $6.99 shipping) and the Book Exclusive Plan for $17/month (plus $6.99 shipping). The Book Exclusive Plan is currently on sale for $13.99, FYI.

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OwlCrate has just the one package at $29.99/month (plus $6.99 shipping). They also offer 3 month and 6 month prepay packages, but they only save you $1 for the 3 month and $2 for the 6 month, not really a great bargain.

Winner: Uppercase – It’s cheaper, and has different package options.

 

Content – Books

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While I hadn’t heard of the book I received, it was still one that I’m definitely excited to read. Looking at past months, Upperase has had a lot of books that I either want to read, or have read and loved. The book is also either signed by the author, or comes with a signed bookplate.

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I’ve been excited for “Three Dark Crowns”, and was thrilled to find it in this month’s box. In the past they’ve had a few good books, but most I haven’t heard of or aren’t interested in. This one came with a signed bookplate, but from what I’ve seen, they don’t often have signed books.

Winner: Uppercase – They have a history of really good books.

 

Content – Bookish Items

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With the cheaper price, the Expert Plan comes with 1-2 bookish items. It also comes with exclusive reading content where you can go to the website with codes to see videos and other content throughout the book.

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This one comes with 3-5 bookish items and some promotion materials from authors and publishers.

Winner: OwlCrate – for $7 more a month it feels like you’re getting a lot more items, even though some of it is a bit of throwaway promotional items.

 

And the winner is…

Ok, so I’ve been going back and forth on this decision a lot. I believe the Uppercase Box has better books and I like that it’s cheaper, but the OwlCrate is so much fun to open and comes with so many bookish items and fun little extras. I honestly ended up signing up for another month of both and maybe then I can make a better decision. IF I had to choose right now, I’d probably end up going with Uppercase because of it’s history with great books. Also, because OwlCrate sells their previous boxes (if they have extra) so there’s a chance you can still grab them if you see an awesome box.
 

Let me know what you think! Are there any other YA Bobk subscription boxes out there? I know there’s a new one starting up called HootLoot, I’ll wait to see how that one turns out before I think about trying it out.

You can sign up for Uppercase here and OwlCrate here. If you sign up for OwlCrate, please use this referral link! For every 3 people who sign up, I get a free box! Yes please!

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