Book Review | Geekerella

cover97349-mediumTitle: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retellings
Published: April 4, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Special thanks to netgalley for providing me with an e-arc for an honest review

Absolutely love this book! I enjoyed every minute of it. Even enjoyed it more than the Disney version of Cinderella. Also it did remind me a bit of A Cinderella Story staring Hilary Duff. Especially with the texting and not knowing who the other person truly is. One major thing I really liked was the mention of Firefly. That is a show I watch a lot, along with the movie. And this story happens to remind me of it. From the popular tv show Starfield to it being rebooted as a movie. Now there isn’t much of quotes because this was an arc and it has some uncorrected proofs. Which is why I only have one quote from the book. Definitely recommend this for everyone to read and listed below is my reasons why.

Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.

I adored the characters. All of them had their own personalities which I liked. Danielle aka Elle, is a dreamy geek girl who has a blog dedicated to the beloved show Starfield. She’s sweet and caring but tends to let her stepmother and stepsisters boss her around.Then one day she post about not being happy who’s playing her beloved hero, the Federation Prince Carmindor. Darien comes across as this clueless heartthrob but yet he is secretly a nerd, funny and smart. He also happens to be a fan of the show too. Even has his own reason for wanting to play Carmindor, much to the dismay of hard-core fans Sage is badass and will do whatever she thinks is right. She also drives around a vegan food truck called the Magic Pumpkin. Which is of course orange. Sage also happens to be into fashion and stands up for Elle. Gail is always caring and then there’s the bodyguard who is the best.They all teach a lesson and very real characters. Which is why I adore them, and you will too.Then we have the stepmother and stepsisters.Who of course are ugly on the inside.Though one sister is more quiet than the rest of the family.

The romance is not at all instalove. It’s a slow build between both relationships that happen in this book. One happens being two female love interests. That not being the only thing that involves diversity. Darien happens to be of color. Now I will not say much about the second relationship in the story, which was done so cute and well, but will talk about the main relationship. Elle’s late cosplaying father created the convention decicated to Starfield, Excelsicon. Which is when the two start communicating with each other anonymously through text.

It’s a loose based retelling of Cinderella. It does have some similarities but Poston made it her own with a fandom for a beloved sci-fi show. We have Elle who lives with her horrible step-mother and evil twin step-sisters that has affected her as a person. I did like how the reason for the stepmother disliking Elle wasn’t because of her looks or the kind of person she is. Instead it being something that I cannot spoil for you. She also doesn’t seem to take crap from nobody, not even her daughters.  Also I like how the heartthrob, is also a geek, which proves that no matter what you look like you can be one. I wish I could talk about what happens at the contest but that is spoilers sadly. However, I will say that I was touched and loved it!  All the details was incredible. Then the ending was perfect for so many reasons. Like I said, I wish I could explain but spoilers.

Overall Geekerella is a charming, engaging read. Sure it’s the same old story, but it’s well written and has a creative take on it. Ashley Poston follows the Cinderella plot to a tee. The green-haired best friend, Sage, is the fairy godmother and seamstress. Her food truck is also the transportation. There’s even glass slippers. This book is a loose retelling and Poston turned it into something utterly fascinating. Clearly I love it and highly recommend it. So what are you waiting for? Go pre-order it now!

That’s all, if you’ve read this lemme know what you thought in the comments.

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