Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Review: Geekerella (A Fangirl Fairy Tale) by Ashley Poston

A Fangirl Fairy Tale
By Ashley Poston
Release Date: April 4, 2017

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.

One of my ultimate favorite fairy tales has always been Cinderella, there is just something so special about someone from rags to riches, the struggle they go through, the drama they overcome.  Ashley Poston did a wonderful job with Geekerella in showcasing this beautiful fairy tale in the best way, and a unique theme.  

We’ve all at one point in our lives been a fangirl or fanboy about something or someone, and for Elle it’s all about Starfield.  It was something special that she shared with her father, so of course she will hold it near and dear to her.  Her connection is very strong and of course her stepmother, let’s call her evil, doesn’t understand that connection and will always try and deter her from it. But after finding some cosplay outfits in the closet, and with the remake of Starfield coming out soon she couldn’t help but get even deeper into this culture. 

Speaking of remakes, that’s where we meet Darien, who is starring in the new remake.  Think dark, sexy and so not right for the part in some people’s eyes.  But still he tries, it’s his fanboy thing, he’s always adored Starfield.  But let’s not get too much into the story after all you have to read it. 

I really enjoyed their interactions, its Cinderella in the modern times through text.  There were a lot of the best parts of Cinderella in this story and it just made me love this book that much more!  I think Elle was a great character, she had some struggles but in the end, when she finally let people into her life, she realized just how strong she could be.  I sympathized with her throughout the book, and her new friend Sage, she was just a kick ass girl too. 

Darien, he too had his own struggles, sure we know that the guys in fairy tales have problems but you never really dive into them too much and I loved that we really got to see this story from both points of view.  Sometimes the hero’s and love interest in books also have things going on, struggles they are trying to deal with, backstabbers and liars they have to go through before they can get the girl. 

I loved the plot, I can’t really express that enough and once you start reading you just can’t put it down.  You keep thinking about it throughout your day like yes I completely understand girl, and yes I too feel the same way sometimes.  I don’t know why but by the end of the book I was like revenge of the nerds and Cinderella had a baby and this is it, but so much more. I always go to revenge of the nerds when geek is such a strong theme. 

This was a too cute book, and you need to go read this.  You will get sucked in and wish that you too could see Starfield and get educated on it.  The cover is very cute and simple, love that the food truck is a pumpkin. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone.    

I received this book from NetGalley and Quirk Books, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!

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