Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
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Publication Date April 4, 2017
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.
Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Geekerella is so sweet, endearing & heartwarming. Ashley Poston taps into the fangirl and fanboy within us all. Sprinkle in a touching romance & you’ve got one of my favorite reads ever!
Cinderella with a Comic-Con Twist
Geekerella is a wonderful retelling of Cinderella. Somehow, Ashley Poston pulls it off in a way that’s fresh, exciting & not cheesy at all. Once readers hear Elle’s story, there’s an instant connection. That’s what so great about a retelling. We know the story, readers follow along & it’s comforting & so enjoyable.
Elle & her Dad are Really Into Starfield, a show with a cult following. Honestly, Elle’s dad is so wild about Starfield, he starts an annual Comic-Con type event for the show. Enter two nasty stepsisters & a vegan food truck, The Magic Pumpkin. This year, the Starfield Con is huge because they are finally making a movie. Too bad Elle’s not sold on the star. She doesn’t think he’s a die-hard fan & her blog post calling him out goes viral. Desperate to make it to the con, she enlists her friend to make sure her cosplay is spot on.
A Reluctant Prince
While Elle is definitely the star of the book, Darien is a great stand-in for Prince Charming. The world sees him as a pretty boy, but he’s more than that. Snagging the role in Starfield is a dream come true. More than anything, he wants to prove he’s worthy of the role.
Y’all, this book is just so awesome. Really Into This is dedicated to finding friends who share a mutual love for all things related to pop culture. Geekerella taps into that feeling so well. Through the Starfield Con, Elle is able to relive and relish her love for the show & bask in the memory of her father. While some people don’t understand the allure of cosplay, fan fiction & totally geeking out; I do!
I am Really Into This book! Geekerella is a wonderful homage to us connecting with those who love what we love. When we find “our people” there is nothing better. I can’t wait to read the second book in The Once Upon a Con series, The Princess & the Fangirl.
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Ashley Poston (that’s me!) loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she really just played a lot of video games and wrote fanfic. Lucky for her, she’s now the author of quite a few books. When not writing, she can usually be found playing Dungeons and Dragons and… still writing fanfic. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking at other weirdos, asking for their usernames.
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