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. ~ Goodreads
Source: Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review
I’m doing a review for Geekerella by Ashley Poston Friday Fast 5 style!
5 Reasons You Should Read Geekerella!
Geekerella is a Cinderella re-telling with a clever, modern spin. Poston kept all the details from Cinderella but with a fresh take that felt very up-to-date and relevant. A vegan food truck named The Magic Pumpkin, a Cos Play competition for the ball and gown, diverse characters (PoC, LGBQT) to name just a few things.
No Cinderella re-telling would be complete without the evil stepmother and sisters. Again, true to the original but with a bit more development for the characters, adding lot of depth to the story and keeping them from becoming just caricatures.
Female empowerment & friendships. I loved how resourceful and strong Elle was despite her circumstances at home. The classic sci-fi series, Starfield, and the ExcelsiCon, are her only joy and connection to her deceased parents. She overcomes a lot of her own fears and misconceptions to preserve their legacy and honor the series.
She forms several friendships with girls that could have been written as catty and competitive but instead were supportive and, in some cases, surprising allies.
The romance. Super cute! It had a slow burn, You’ve Got Mail (through anonymous texting) vibe at first with a bit of hate at first sight thrown in when our couple finally meets. Teen heartthrob, Darien Freeman, is not AT ALL who Elle thinks should play her favorite federation Prince and passionately blogs to her followers about it...until she gets to know him. Darien is under a lot of pressure from the fandom and from his father and doesn't come off as another woe-is-me actor. Loved him so much!
If you are into fandom or geeky in any way – this is the book for you!
If you think you will like this book and add it to your keep shelf I HIGHLY recommend getting the hardcover. The attention to detail is amazing inside and out! And truly representative of the story and characters in the book.
Geekerella was a delightful, relatable story with surprising depth yet still kept the fairy tale feel and was a joy to read.