Author: Ashley Poston
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
Page Number: 320 pages
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 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 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.
I love retellings and it’s not often we get some that are based in the modern world and so when I heard about it I got really excited to read it and picked it up at once. This was a really fun read and had me more excited about reading other contemporary novels. It was a very light-hearted fun read that anyone who either likes re-tellings or is a super nerd will be able to relate too.
As a re-telling, I thought this book did a great job of maintaining the essence of the fairy tale while remaining original. For the most part, it read as its own story and there were moments were all the Cinderella-inspired parts shined through. As someone who is a total book nerd, this book basically warmed my little nerd heart since it was basically a love letter to all nerds. I found it very relatable and had a really fun time reading it.
Darien: He was such a sweetheart, he was a huge fan of Starfield, and was just super excited to be able to play the role of his favorite character. He was so nice and down to earth and was just the best love interest (a real prince charming).
Elle: Just like cinderella, Elle got the short end of the stick, but she managed to make the most of it and continued to enjoy Starfield even as it held such painful memories and her stepmother discouraged her from doing what she wanted at every turn. I loved her as a character and was so excited for her and Darien to get together and have their happily ever after.
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