Series: Once Upon a Con #1
Published by Quirk Books on April 4, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Contemporary
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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.
My Rating: 4.5 stars
Do you ever finally read a book after hearing about forever and just want to kick yourself for not reading it sooner?! Because THIS BOOK HERE, you guys, is it for me!
Geekerella released in 2017 around the time I discovered bookstagram and was contemplating starting my own. After two years of seeing it everywhere with rave reviews, I “caved” and read it. I cannot believe I waited so long to read this book because I absolutely loved it!
This was my first experience reading Ashley Poston, but it won’t be my last! Her writing is charismatic and has an ease I really enjoyed.
The story is so freakin’ cute! As the name implies, it’s a geeky twist on Cinderella, and Ashley did such an amazing job blending modern pop culture with a classic tale. I’m honestly not a fan of retellings, which is probably a large reason why I put off reading this book, but it’s so fun and perfect for all of us fangirls! And, of course, the romance is super adorable!
The characters are absolutely phenomenal! I still got the Cinderella vibes, yet the characters are unique and interesting! I couldn’t help but see a bit of old high school me in Elle, and I can only wish that I had a friend like Sage.
Overall, I absolutely recommend Geekerella to YA Contemporary fans who are looking for a cute, fun read. Seriously, guys, don’t be like me! If you haven’t read this book, FIX THAT!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Poston (that’s me!) loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she really just played a lot of video games and wrote fanfic. Lucky for her, she’s now the author of quite a few books. When not writing, she can usually be found playing Dungeons and Dragons and… still writing fanfic. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking at other weirdos, asking for their usernames.