Be On the Lookout! is a feature highlighting special books that I’m trying to convince people to preorder, add to their TBR, or just be on the lookout for. It’s mainly a way for me to fangirl about the merits of a book outside a review, and hopefully make more readers aware of books that are not to be missed!
If you like comic conventions, TV shows, video games, anime and manga, or any other fandom-related subjects, then don’t miss out on this one. Queens of Geek hits bookstores on March 14, 2017 under SwoonReads, and it’s a delightful combination of charming and inspiring. There were so many moments where my heart was thoroughly tugged – be it with empathy or happiness.
One of my favorite parts of this book is that it takes place in a convention setting, with extremely relatable characters. Even though it’s in the span of only a couple of days, the characters all have history that are discussed, which make their relationship progression quite believable. I think the thing that resonates the most with me for this book is just how down-to-earth Charlie and Taylor’s narratives are. Every time Taylor posted something on Tumblr, I could see myself posting a reflection or rant or comment to the interwebs through Tumblr as well. Seeing the characters fangirl/boy over beloved shows was amazing to see, as well as the course of emotions that the characters go through in the story – from hurt to excitement to hope, every one of them left a mark in my own emotions.
Why Should You Be On The Lookout?
This Could Be You Or Me
The incredible, diverse cast of this story makes it extremely relatable. I’m looking as I type this post at the bookstore, and I see people of all ages, cultures, and experiences. The same goes for the characters in Queens of Geek, which features three best friends who come from Australia to attend SupaCon, a convention in USA. Wilde takes all the unlikable YA contemporary stereotypes and throws them out the window. There is no “mean unlikable” girl, and even the boy that broke Charlie’s heart in the past has more to his character than just “douchebaggery.” Charlie notes upon the word “slut-shaming,” while Taylor addresses body-shaming. We explore Charlie’s old toxic relationship, and characters realizing how far they’ve grown. Oh, and to highlight the diverse characters I’ve drawn above:
- Flourishing photographer
- Patient, compassionate, comic-lover
- Has social anxiety and autism (Asperger’s)
- So supportive, with a quiet strength
- Master cosplayer as well
- Chinese, bisexual
- Vlogger and starred in a recently-popular indie film
- Social and open, but also has a tender heart
- Black, lesbian
- Super star vlogger/celebrity
- Extremely down-to-earth despite celebrity status
Wonderful Exploration Of Mental Illness
As Taylor, one of the narrators, has anxiety, we get to see a close-up of her thoughts on anxiety. (As well as later on when she meets an artist who has Asperger’s, like she does.) Wilde does an amazing job on relating to readers what having a panic attack feels like, as well as shutting down other preconceptions readers may have of it. Taylor’s voice was just so easy to connect with, and my heart really went out for her.
And to top it off, two adorable, burgeoning romances that will give you all the light and fluffy feels! Seriously, the ships are too adorable. Also, these characters are definitely #friendshipgoals.
Empowering and Inspiring
After finishing the last page, the first word that came up was “empowering.” There were so many positive messages throughout the story that you can’t help but feel inspired after finishing it. It’s sex-positive, body-positive, relationship-positive, and so much more. There are issues that Wilde discusses that are extremely relevant to teens today – from figuring out your sexuality to being judged by body size – that will resonate with readers. Through Taylor and Charlie’s narrative, readers will draw upon a source of strength and hope as they relate to the characters’ experiences back to their own life.
I’m a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist…
Oh, wait. That’s Iron Man.
I wish I was Iron Man.
I’m a writer, geek and fangirl with a penchant for coffee, books and pugs. I write YA stories about zombies (AS THEY RISE), witches (ECHO OF THE WITCH) and fangirls (QUEENS OF GEEK).
My debut series, THE EVA SERIES, reached over three million reads online and became an Amazon bestseller.
The first book in my paranormal series, ECHO OF THE WITCH, was published by Limitless Publishing in 2016.
My YA geeky contemporary romance, QUEENS OF GEEK, is being published by Swoon Reads/Macmillan in March 2017.
When I’m not writing, I love binge-watching my fave shows on Netflix, eating pizza, traveling to far away places and going to conventions in Marty McFly cosplay.
I live in a sunny beachside town in Australia with my husband and our cheeky pug, Heisenberg.
I’m a twitter addict, so if you want to chat about my stories or geek out about the latest ep of The Walking Dead, Supernatural or Jessica Jones, tweet me.