I received this ARC from Publisher, Finished Copy from Publisher for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Source: ARC from Publisher, Finished Copy from Publisher
Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi 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’s 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.
This was exactly the book I didn’t know I was looking for. I sat down to read a couple chapters before going to bed. Three hours later I finished the book. It was such a fun and engaging story that it felt like no time had passed at all!
I loved the fandom spin on Cinderella. What a perfect combination! It spoke to both my love of fairy tale retellings and my geeky heart. Seriously. Having the prince be a teen heartthrob starring in a remake of a cult classic? And Cinderella being deeply involved in the fandom and thinking he’s a poser? Genius!! Plus, I absolutely adored the fact that they were anonymously texting with (and falling for!) each other, not knowing that they “couldn’t stand” each other otherwise. I just l love a good enmity to romance story!
I also really liked how Elle steps out of her comfort zone and finally lets someone help her. Her developing friendship with her coworker was a great addition to the story. It shows yet another way we miss out when we assume things about other people.
Smart and witty with fun references to popular fandoms, Geekerella by Ashley Poston is a must read for anyone who considers them selves a geek, nerd, fan, or just awesome.