REVIEW: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
SYNOPSIS: Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance, Retelling
RATING: ★★★★☆/ 4 Stars!
REVIEW: I was completely surprised by Geekerella. I mean, of course I had high hopes, but so many Cinderella retellings have let me down lately. Luckily Geekerella lived up to it’s promise and the curse of the bad retellings is broken!
This is by far the most believable Cinderella story I have ever read. It just makes so much sense! Throw out the tired and overdone proms and homecomings. Forget all the different princes from imaginary countries in Europe that are going to college in America or any number of different forced plot lines that you have seen throughout the years... Geekerella’s story is fresh and so very now. I loved it.
The book centers around a Sci-Fi cult classic TV show being remade into a movie, called Starfield. The newly announced star of the film, Darien, is getting a lot of flack from the “true” fandom because they don’t think he can do the Federation Prince character justice. And geek girl Elle, being a true fan, as well as having horrible circumstances at home, sees opportunity in entering the upcoming ExcelsiCon CosPlay contest in honor of the soon to be film. The prizes: a meet and greet, tickets to the premiere, AND an invite to ExcelsiCon’s CosPlay Ball. ...and where’s the pumpkin and fairy godmother come in you ask? Well, Elle works in a vegan food truck called The Magic Pumpkin and her coworker has a way with a sewing machine. It all just comes together so well.
I won’t spoiler any of the meet-cutes or character back stories or the evil steps. There’s plenty of great relationships to discover in this book and quirky moments to read. It’s not a perfect book, it’s still a modern fairytale so there are some lucky coincidences and suspension of disbelief that you need to go along with, as well as the customary ridiculousness... but all done in a fun way. And the book has a bit of a slow build, so halfway through I was a little antsy to speed it up. But all-in-all I loved the concept and the ending so much. I’m hoping for a sequel!