Book Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

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. 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 Starfieldmovie, 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 the 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.

Review: The Cinderella story retelling is one of my favourite types of books and this one is one of my favourites. It combines fandoms with fairytales and celebrity romances as well as the evil stepmother and stepsisters.

I liked this book for several reasons. Firstly I loved the ‘fangirl fairy tale’ feel because as a book addict I know what it’s like to actually have a passion for specific things (I am an extreme fangirl over some books and authors, is that a thing?). Anyway, it was incredibly relatable including the fandoms and cosplay and such but also I loved the backstory about the father and the convention. Although not entirely realistic, it is definitely an emotional scene that I could really feel in my heart. It makes her story all the more worthwhile.

This book is quite similar to ‘Cinder and Ella’ by Kelly Oram and although it has several similarities I could still differentiate between them. I feel like this book has a more casual style than Kelly Oram’s but I enjoy both incredibly much.

My only problem with this book is that I found it unrealistic that a TV program to be filmed in such a short amount of time other than that (and the fact that I feel like there was kind of an insta love) I quite liked this book.

Elle is our ‘Cinderella’ of the story. Her father created a convention for her favourite tv program ‘Starfield’ however she has never been since her father died and she is being ordered around by her stepmother and stepsisters. Darien is a famous teen soap actor, playing the main character in the reproduction of the Starfield much to the dismay of all of Starfields die-hard fans. Darien is kind of a geek also which I loved.

Overall, I liked this book, although I think it could have had changes it was a good story with a great writing style and amazing world building as well as good characters. I haven’t yet bought the Princess and the Fangirl but if I do I will post a review on that too.

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