Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Book Review #168

Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: Quirk Books

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Retellings

Format: e-ARC

Publication Date: April 4, 2017

Pages: 320

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

I’ve never read or even encountered a book that would please my fangirl soul, the joy of being a part of a fandom and everything that entitles. Elle and Darien represent how a every fangirl or fanboy feels toward something they love and are very passionate about to the point of fighting for what they believe in.

This story is definitely a fun twist to a Cinderella remake. We have the evil stepmother, evil stepsister and I like the fact that the other twin sister, Calliope is nice and empathic towards her. It’s refreshing to see in this perspective. Although, I’m not entirely satisfied how Catherine and Chloe hadn’t received the justice that they strongly are supposed to get. It just wasn’t fair, in my opinion.

This was a very fun book to read, one that I definitely feel like picking up again for the relatable characters and the amazing fandom to be a part of which is Starfield. I can relate to it just how much I love Star Wars so in a way, I could relate with it.

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