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Lost in Geeklandia

(Geeklandia #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  39 reviews
She has 30 days to turn her enemy into her boyfriend...


Introverted computer engineer Charlie Forrester has coded an algorithm for love, a nearly flawless matchmaking program. But then she's challenged to prove its accuracy - on herself. With her dream job on the line, Charlie has thirty days to forge a romantic relationship with her "perfect" match...her ex-friend and now
Published September 28th 2015 by Entangled: Select Contemporary
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Amber .:★Wild Heart Reviews★:.
I've been majorly on the fence with this book. So let me get the technical mumbo jumbo out of the way and then I'll give you my pros and cons. Lost in Geeklandia is a standalone novel by E.J. Russell. It is told in dual third person point-of-views and it does have an HEA.

I'm going to start with the cons, because I want to leave you with positive thoughts on this book and review. It is a good book, it just is also extremely confusing in some regards.

To dive right into it, at the beginning of each
Rating: 4.5/5

If, like me, you’re a Star Trek or Doctor Who fan and enjoy your geekdom, this is a must read for you. If you’re also something of a computer nerd, then even more so. Having said that, if you just enjoy reading a different romance with a wide range of great characters and plenty of turmoil, this is also one you’ll probably love. It is definitely a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) type of book and I really enjoyed it.

Every chapter starts with a geeky computer term and its defi
Pavitra (For The Love of Fictional Worlds)
I received an eARC of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The only reason I actually requested this book was the title. No Kidding! That's about it. I didn't even read the blurb - being a geek has been my pride and honor :D

Charlie Forester has done the impossible - she has turned our Social Media Life into finding us our soulmates - at least that's what her Doctoral Thesis is all about! And she has had quite the success but it is her Love Program that will now come and bit h
*This book was provided by Entangled Contemporary in exchange for an honest review*

2 1/2 stars

Hmmm... well this was cute, but just a bit over the top for me.

Obviously, based on the title, this is going to get a bit nerdy. Which is fine by me- I am a definitely a geek. But I feel like this book tried so hard to be super geeky that it just became an over used concept.

There is a constant flow of sci-fi, pop culture, and technology references. While that may be fine for me, it is kind of excluding
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this read..The definitions of computer terminology that started each chapter were spot on and cracked me up. Lost in Geeklandia centers around a computer programmer named Charlie who has had her entire life mapped out since she was five years old. Just when she is on the verge of getting her dream job her very attractive childhood friend shows up and throws a monkey wrench into things. We are left wondering if Charlie's career is toast. Daniel is trying to rise from the wreck ...more
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars

If ever I come across a book that has anything geeky or nerdy, almost always I will pick it up and read it, therefore, seeing this book brought out my absolute NEED to dive into the story.

It’s a cute premise, and the story has its amusing moments, full of adorable geek moments that made the read all comfy to read. Really, it was a comfy read—a sweet pastime of a romance story.

I will say, however, that the nerd dialogue
Sierra the Nerdgirl
Sep 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
No, just... no. Review to come.
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review originally published on my blog, Musings of a Bookish Kitty:

Lost in Geeklandia by E.J. Russell (Entangled; 2015; 226 pgs)
Source: E-copy provided by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

First Sentence: The hotel ballroom doors whooshed closed behind Charlie Forrester, muffling the sound of wedding guests hooting at the groomsmen dancing to "Too Sexy for My Shirt."

Charlie Forrester, a computer engineer, is a woman after my own heart. Introvert
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Oct 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people attracted to the word geeklandia but probably not if you don't want to read romance :p
Recommended to Sara J. by: netgalley arc
I requested this book just because it had the word 'Geeklandia' in the title. Yeah. How could you go wrong? Apparently you can. It turned out to be a contemporary romance. Thing is I actually enjoyed this one. Plus they had Star Trek trivia. And mentioned programming. Among other things. Ignore the Mary Sue-ish-ness (but seriously we like a bit of Mary Sue sometimes haha) among other glaringly potential annoying things... but tbh I actually liked it. Blazingly fast read. Okay, I think it's time ...more
Jeanne Estridge
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fun and witty read, with great, interesting characters and a well-developed plot. My favorite part of any romance novel is the "black moment" and this one does that exceptionally well. The little blurbs at the beginning of each chapter that define a geek term and also foreshadow what the chapter is about added an extra, fun layer. Highly recommend for anyone who loves romance--or The Big Bang Theory!
Jenn (not Lily)
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ku, m-f
3.75 stars
I liked the story, but I like this author's MM stories more. I wish Charlie had told Daniel what she remembered from middle school -- I was frustrated with how much he had hurt her then, even though she forgave him for ignoring her due to his own emotional distress at the time. I did appreciate (view spoiler). I need to go back and re-read Clickbait
Imee Rose Cañafuego
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4 stars (+ 1 star for computer geek-ery)

First off, I am totally on board for this. I understand that the 'Geekronyms' weren't everybody's cup of tea, but personally, I thoroughly enjoyed it. As a computer programmer, I had my reservations but I'm happy to say that this book passed my standards. It was quite enjoyable. The procedural vs object-oriented joke was a nice touch. Although it could use some work. Does it imply that Poindexter was a long-winded and repetitive person? Basically,
Home. Love. Books.
Sep 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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I’m pretty sure anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge geek/nerd/whatever you want to call it. I grew up going to Star Trek conventions, I can probably quote more Sci-Fi related stuff then I can quote the stuff I learned in college, heck I actually have the phrase “Live long and prosper” on my wall in my entryway, it’s literally the first thing you see when you walk in my house. So needless to say, this book appeal
Barbara Desmond
Sep 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Got an ARC from Net Galley.

Thanks Entangled.

The title is what caught my attention. Maybe it was just me but I got sick of the Geekroymn so I started ignoring it. I was on the fence while I was reading this book. I'm not sure if that was in part because of a glitch Amazon had when I was just starting this book. I would have been fine with it being in the back of the book instead of right in my face. Color me odd but I'm not an acronym person. They make my brain bleed so I tend to ignore them. I w
Sep 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Full review up on the blog:

I was a little disappointed with this read. I liked it well enough, but I wanted a lot more considering the potential the plot has.

I liked how driven Charlie was in terms of knowing what she wants and how to get it. She had her career all figured out and all she needed was a little push to get the rest of the way. She had no need for any outside help and when she eventually came across a huge obstacle in her way, she had no pro
Heather Lawson
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted:
Ahh, the old adage of young love gone awry only to be rekindled in adulthood. I loved this book. It has so many nerdy references in it, it was the perfect romance for someone like me.

Charlie has spent her entire life studying and moulding herself and her credentials so she would be the perfect fit for humanitarian company AGS. But when her enemy of a boss tells her she’s not even going to be considered for th
Elizabeth Shaw
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: older-reviews
** I received an ARC for an honest review **

“So tell me Mr. Tall, Dark, and Devastating, what’s a bad boy like you doing in a place like this?”

Lost in Geeklandia is your typical girl meets boy story – with a twist. Charlie is out to prove that her theory on matching couple based on their online presence. While the premise of the story drew me in, there were some areas that fell flat for me.

First, all the geek/nerd references – way over the top. I get that we needed to understand how super ner
Jezire C Akin
Sep 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, arc-s, ebooks
I received a copy of this title via and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Calling all Trekkies, Star Wars fans, computer nerds, and Fangirls/boys, if you are looking for a fun quirky romance that incorporates modern pop cultural references and a lot of hip nerd lingo than this might be the book for you.

This is the story about a geek girl, Charlie, who has multiple degrees and is an absolute nerd trying to
Nash Norden
Oct 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I wanted to read this when I read the title and blurbs. I guess, when you're a bit of a geek or nerd, you'll be drawn to read this book too.

Charlie Forrester has created a matchmaking program to help her friend with their romantic life. But then, she was challenged to prove on the accuracy of her program, with her dream job on the line, to have a romantic relationship with Daniel Shawn, her childhood friend, who just came back to town. Daniel Shawn's career was ruined after he was conned by the
Katey Rossie
Sep 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Entangled Publishing sent me this book for review a few weeks ago, and I actually got the opportunity to review it in time for the release date. My first impressions were really good! First of all, the cover is gorgeous…look at those colors. Second, the title told me that this book was bound to have a bit of nerd-isms in it.

Well, this story is full of nerd-isms. From Star Trek to computer terminology and just about everything in between, each chapter held some reference or definition. While the
Shay VanZwoll
Sep 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lost in Geeklandia is a cute romance, heavily laden with geek references. The book starts out by introducing us to Charlie, a socially-awkward woman who is aiming to get her perfect job while still helping set her friends up in successful romances using a statistics program that calculates compatibility based on a person's online/social presence.

The problem comes in when an old friend comes back to town. Daniel and Charlie used to be close, but events pushed them apart, creating hard feelings. U
Kelsi H
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
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The vivid cover and clever description drew me into requesting this book, but the contents just didn’t measure up for me. It is a story about computer engineer Charlie, who has coded an algorithm for love. Her own program tells her that Daniel, her former friend turned enemy, is the one for her. Meanwhile, Daniel is highly suspicious of dating, but Charlie seems irresistible.

It seems like it should be a cute, geeky love story, bu
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
This book is just the right level of ridiculous and fluffy for the premise to work. Although, I did occasionally find myself a bit bogged down by the volume of techie speak Charlie had a tendency to use, I found it to be a minor annoyance in the overall picture. I enjoyed the realness of Charlie's character, from her discomfort with crowds and surprises, to her familiarity with some of my favorite nerdy circles, and her love for her oddball group of friends. She did, however, give of a bit of an ...more
ARC from Entangled Publishing!

When Charlie uses her "love program" to help her land a job it ends up landing her in hot water with an old friend and crush Daniel. You see, Daniel and she use to be close until he changed one day in school, then next thing you know they are both grown up. And Daniel is set against taking down any site or program that helps people in the dating life.. When Charlie finds out that the only way to be able to apply for her dream job she must use her own program on her
Esther Haddie's Haven
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
DISCLAIMER: I received a review copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

Characters/Plot: The main female character is Charlie. As the synopsis states, she is a computer engineer, and she is dared to prove her matchmaking flawlessness on herself. The glitch in the deal is that she must try and use her skills on someone whom she has chosen to loathe, Daniel. Because they have a history ( a friendship-py history) Charlie finds it to be quite a task. Sparks fly, chemistry
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
3.5 stars. Charlie is a data geek who is working a temp job waiting for her big break at her dream agency while managing the dating service which she created using online data of her clients. Daniel is her childhood friend, a tech journalist, who has returned to town after a disastrous story that left him a heartbroken pariah in the tech world. Through a weird bet with her boss, Charlie has thirty days in which to make Daniel fall in love with her and prove that her dating database actually work ...more
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a sweet and different kind of book! Geeks need love too! I really enjoyed this one. Daniel and Charlie were friends from way back and drifted apart after Daniel changed. But once they saw each other again, their connection "clicked' back into place. The way he tried to make amends to her was so very sweet. The way he got to know her friends was hilarious. Props to the development of her friends. Gideon and Toshiko were a hot mess. He was hilariously challenging and she was so dry but so com ...more
Sep 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one, just not as much as I thought.

I love geeky themes, but in this case, I found it a bit too much. Because of this, I felt the story dragged for a bit. Mostly for things I didn’t care much about (I honestly didn’t care for the definitions at the beginning of each chapter, tbh).

I liked Charlie and Daniel, overall. She was wicked smart and sweet and Daniel could be more than we thought. Still, there were times I wanted to slap them both, lol. But hey, at least they learned in the en
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
I love quirky and unconventional romances and I loved the concept of a computer geek that uses her tools of the trade to find love.However, I found little romance in Lost in Geeklandia. There wasn’t enough character development to really know Dan and certainly not enough to warrant his own pov. Charlie’s lack of warmth made it hard for me to root for her, let alone see her as a romantic heroine. The one liners and geekology inject some personality into the story, yet the overall shortage of emot ...more
Barrie Mac
Oct 23, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a fun read. Charlie is a IT geek...she lives and breathes data. She has created a computer program for dating and so far a few couples has gotten married. Daniel has known Charlie since they were in elementary school but he hasn't seen her in several years. He would love to date her but Charlie isn't interested until she has to use' her dating data on herself to prove she's the perfect candidate for an interview with her dream job. Her program pairs her with Daniel. But what happens whe ...more
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