Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 4th, 2017 by Quirk Books
My ratings: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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.

My thoughts…

Geekerella is a modern-day retelling of Cinderella. Geeky seventeen-year-old Elle feels like she only belongs in the Starfield universe. Elle is busy working in the Magic Pumpkin food truck and dealing with her stepmother and stepsisters, who don’t have the same passion for Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. When her beloved TV show is announced to be made into a movie, she’s very disappointed to hear soap opera star Darien Freeman will be playing Carmindor.

Darien has been Starfield fan his entire life and it has always been his dream to be cast as Federation Prince Carmindor. But, the Starfield fans feel that he is not the right choice to play the beloved character, especially with his Hollywood good looks. When Darien begins having second thoughts on meeting the fans, he calls the number on the ExcelsiCon website to try to get out of attending ExcelsiCon. When Ellie receives a phone call from an unknown number asking about ExcelsiCon she doesn't think much of it. Unknown to Elle, the unknown number belonged to Darien. Still trying to get out of his appearance at ExcelsiCon, Darien texts Elle again and their friendship begins.

Geekerella follows the same story line as Cinderella, no surprise of a happy ending. I really enjoyed this retelling and would recommend it to anyone who loves a happily ever after.

Happy Reading -J  


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