The Nerds




JEAN VALLESTEROS
Creator | Editor

       

Reading has always been a huge part of my life. Remembering as a kid the excitement that would overcome me whenever I stepped into a library. I would spend most of my younger days sitting in the aisles and easily getting lost in the stories, the adventures, the characters and the settings that came bursting from within the pages and pulling me into them, allowing me to journey through my own imagination. At some point, I had also discovered comic books as an alternative form of literature and became an avid subscriber to Marvel, Archie, DC, Disney and many more. It became an amazing form of entertainment for my growing mind and an outlet for my creativity as a youth. Even now as I have matured into an adult, I still find appreciation in all styles of storytelling including but not limited to stories of horror, suspense, drama, mystery, action and romance.

In early summer of 2011, I decided to open up a blog just to share my thoughts and ideas about the books that I was reading. Unbeknownst to me, there was a huge community of book lovers on the Internet. It was great! Being able to discuss the books that I had been reading with others, I really didn’t know what to expect but it turned out for the best. Also getting the chance to meet new people along the way and develop some great friendships.

I was reading Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck and I instantly fell in love with the series. This is when I began to wonder how amazing it would be to get to know the author and receive answers to my questions about her work first-hand from the creator. In an effort to reach out to Mrs. Houck, a reply came back to me almost instantly! She was extremely humble and easy to talk to, making the conversation (not to mention my first effort in speaking directly with an acclaimed author) much more comfortable. From there on the wheels kept turning and I realized that this communication between myself and a well known author could be a great event to share with my growing number of followers. Furthermore, I would like to give thanks to Colleen Houck and Katie of Sterling Publishing for donating items for my giveaway and for giving me the opportunity to share it with everyone. It is because of them that my blog is the way it is now.

Other than reading, I enjoy cooking, exercising, and life in general. I really hope you guys will find my blog to be fun, exciting, and informative. I thank you for visiting my blog. I also would like to extend my thanks to all of the authors and publishers; because without their dedication to their work and all the generous offerings, JeanBookNerd blogsite may not have been able to attract such an awesome, interesting and dedicated group of individuals that share the same love for reading that I have.





CHLOE
Book Reviewer

Hi, my name is Chloe. I am in the fourth grade and I am ten years old. My favorite subjects in school are English, reading, and math. My hobbies are reading, ballet and figure skating. For my birthday, my parents got me a Kindle Fire HD7. We go to the library often. I have books in my backpack, in my desk at school, in my mom's car, in my room, in my skating bag, in my dance bag - Everywhere! My favorite kinds of books are history, mystery and fantasy. I love reading!




SARAHJANE DIPALMA
Book Reviewer

  

I’m 22 years old, and currently I’m influencing the minds of British teens into reading under the guise of an English teacher. I love reading and you will never find me without a book or my kindle, if I don’t have a book, it just feels wrong. Likewise, when I start reading a book, I have to read it till the end, with no peaking and no skipping chapters…and if its part a series, I will stick with it to the end, just so that I know what happens. (Longest series I have read has been 15 books…and I’m still hoping for a 16th.) When I’m reading, I am completely lost to that world, I can read for hours without realising that time is in fact passing by.

I enjoy writing too, which is why I like writing reviews. Maybe one day I’ll write a novel, but right now I’m happy getting lost in other people’s worlds. I will only recommended books that I would recommend to a friend, and when I love a book, I love it passionately. I will gush and stutter to my heart’s content trying to convince you just how great it is, without revealing too many spoilers, hopefully.

Since childhood and watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, I have a passion for all things supernatural (Cassandra Clare, Maggie Steifvater, Becca Fitzpatrick), but I also have a soft spot for stories with drama at the centre. I just love books ok!





JAMES VALLESTEROS
Photographer | Artist | Cosplayer | Reviewer

       

I am a freelance artist and photographer who is an admirer of all things geeky and nerdy. I enjoy a good fantasy book and transforming the characters onto digital canvas. With a keen eye for photography, I try to capture the essence of the cosplay culture and community at conventions and gatherings. I am a fandom of almost everything and it is showcased through my art and cosplay on occasion. 





SAM SKYLER BOEGER
Artist | Cosplayer | Reviewer

     

Hi! I'm Sam, a freelance artist who expresses creativity through a variety of mediums from cosplay, airbrushing, pinstriping to digital illustration. With a strong enthusiasm for nerd culture, storytelling and being creative, I hope through my art and cosplay I can energize, inspire and connect with others. And because of technology and the internet I'm able to easily share my artistic process through my youtube videos and other internet platforms.





ALEX VITELLI
Videographer | Cosplayer

   

I'm Alex, a twenty-something twelve year old with an over active imagination and passion for all things geek. At any given time, you can find me cosplaying, gaming, recording music or editing videos. You can find a few examples of my work on my YouTube channel, MonsterPunchStudios.




JAMES BURNS & TALYA RAPHAELLA
Event Organizers | Speakers | Cosplayers

 

James Burns and Talya Raphaella are geeks/prop makers/cosplayers from Northern California. James began cosplaying in 2009, and Talya in 2013. James is currently the Western States Regional Commander for the Mandalorian Mercs Costume Group, one of three international costuming groups approved by LucasFilm to cosplay as Star Wars characters. Besides being James’ other half, Talya serves as James’ executive assistant.

James and Talya are active in the Northern California geek/cosplay community, promoting friendship and communication between fandoms. This dynamic duo can be seen behind the scenes of events in their area, from helping with the planning of the annual West Sacramento SciFi day event, to attending the Shriners Rally for Children which collects toys for the children’s hospital. Both have a passion for public service and giving back to the community, and firmly believe that the cosplay art form can be elevated when done for the sake of helping others.

When these two aren’t getting their geek on, you can find them enjoying the company of their families, friends, and one very spoiled Chihuahua!




CHRISTOPHER (CHRISTOFF) JOSEPH E. YU
Cosplayer | Reviewer

   

California based cosplayer, Artist, Entertainer, Photoshop Wizard, Guitarist, Drummer and Padawan in Training.




ANNIE BREWER
Author | Reviewer
anniebrewer.blogspot.com

 

I'm 29 year old mother of 2, reader and writer. I've been reading since I was young but stopped reading in high school. I just recently in the last 2 years started reading again and found my niche. I love ya romance, paranormal romance and contemporary romance. Basically I love anything with a hot good/bad guy with nice tension to spice things up. I love to read and can't go anywhere without my nook. I enjoy writing reviews for books and I will always be honest because I recommend most books to friends and if I don't like a book I won't recommend it. My reviews are always pretty long as I kind of get detailed, pouring my heart out as the book affected me while reading it. I always find that reading helps me escape reality and I get so lost in a book, I don't remember at times where I'm at. I take reading very seriously. I love it and it's also brought some very close and amazing friendships in my life between Goodreads and Facebook! I'm so grateful and happy to have found the love of reading again!


I've been writing my own books as well. I find that contemporary ya is my forte and I enjoy fully every story that I write. I hope to be successful one day and become a full time author. In the meantime, I have fun reading/reviewing books and get sucked into some amazing worlds with wonderful and unforgettable characters that leave a place in my heart always. As a writer you realize how much time and effort goes into writing a book or series and it's important to keep in mind that every story is unique in their own way. I'm excited for things to come in my writing and can't wait to share my stories with the world. For now, I hope everyone enjoys my reviews and finds them helpful and wanting to read the books!