May 09 2017

Book Spotlight & Review: Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Posted by Jennifer in 5 Stars, Book Spotlight, Reviews, Young Adult / Leave a Comment

Charlie likes to stand out. She’s a vlogger and actress promoting her first movie at SupaCon, and this is her chance to show fans she’s over her public breakup with co-star Reese Ryan. When internet-famous cool-girl actress Alyssa Huntington arrives as a surprise guest, it seems Charlie’s long-time crush on her isn’t as one-sided as she thought.

Taylor likes to blend in. Her brain is wired differently, making her fear change. And there’s one thing in her life she knows will never change: her friendship with her best guy friend Jamie―no matter how much she may secretly want it to. But when she hears about a fan contest for her favorite fandom, she starts to rethink her rules on playing it safe.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan’s young adult imprint Swoon Reads, is an empowering novel for anyone who has ever felt that fandom is family.


About the Author

Jen Wilde is a writer, geek and fangirl. Her debut into fiction, THE EVA SERIES, reached over three million reads on Wattpad and became an Amazon bestseller.

When she’s not writing, she loves binge-watching Netflix, eating pizza, and going to pop culture conventions cosplaying as Marty McFly.

Jen lives in a beachside town in Australia with her husband and their troublesome pug, aptly named Heisenberg.


Review of Queens of Geek

Review (5 Stars):  I love, love, love this book!!!  As someone who is a closet geek myself (Supernatural!), I loved every page of this wonderful book.  Charlie is a vlogger and actress that is coming to SupaCon, the biggest comicon, for the first time to promote her new movie, The Rising.  With her friends Taylor and Jamie, they have traveled all the way from Australia to experience the lovely chaos of this event.  While there, each of them come to terms with their lives, their future and find love where they least expect it.

I loved the friendship and comradery between these three characters and how fiercely loyal and protective they were of each other.  Charlie was dealing with the newfound fame that came with her first movie and she had to act happy while spending time with her costar, Reese Ryan.  Reese had broken heart by cheating on her and the world would love for these two to get back together even though Charlie was hoping to spend time with long-time crush and media star, Alyssa.  I loved the chemistry between these two characters and I hoped that Charlie would find her happy ending after the heartbreak she had experienced with Reese.

My favorite character in Queens of Geek was Taylor because she suffered from horrible anxiety and traveling to SupaCon from Australia was a big deal for her. She was sweet, kind and I was so impressed with her by being there while struggling with those feelings of anxiety.  She was a huge fan of the Queen Firestone series and meeting its star, Skyler Atkins would be a dream come true for her and I was hoping that she would finally meet the person that had been her idol for so long. She overcame so much in this story and to follow that journey as a reader was great and I loved that Taylor found her own happiness too with her best friend, Jamie.

Ms. Wilde has written a emotionally-charged story of friendship and love in the crazy yet beautiful world of fandom.  Queens of Geek was a winner for me and happens to be one of my favorite books of the year. For each of us that are a fan of a show, book series or movie, this book sheds light on how being a fan can make you part of a huge family and how strangers can instantly connect over the characters and literary worlds that we love.  I can’t wait to see what Ms. Wilde puts out next because I’m already a huge fan.

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