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Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy?
That is never a waste of time. Because in the end we’re all just a bunch of weirdos standing in front of other weirdos, asking for their username.” – Geekerella, Ashley Poston

Initial Thoughts: About a week ago, I just so happened to drive past a comic convention. People with bright purple wigs strolled along merrily with people dressed as Jedi knights. Although I have never been to a convention, I can imagine just how fun it would be to participate in events related to a movie, t.v. series, video game (and so on) that you absolutely adore. We all have our own “inner Geek” inside of us. While reading Geekerella by: Ashley Poston, I almost wish I could’ve gone to the convention.

Summary 

Geekerella

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.

The Review 

Danielle “Elle” Wittimer’s world revolves around Starfield, her favorite television show of all time. She is not just a fan, she is a superfan who knows every single miniscule detail about Carmindor and his crew. Online, Elle is an opinionated blogger with a cult following. In real life, she is a nobody, and is constantly bullied by her twin stepsisters and her snobbish stepmother. Elle cannot wait for the day when she can leave her old life behind and begin anew. For now, she works in a vegan food truck, The Magic Pumpkin, and bides her time. When a film reboot of Starfield is announced, along with a cosplay contest at ExcelsiCon Elle is ecstatic. Just one problem, how is she going to convince her Starfield-hating stepmother to let her go?


Before beginning Geekerella, I knew that I wouldn’t exactly be surprised by this story. The story of Cinderella has been retold so many times, it is a little difficult to be surprised. Even so, Geekerella is a charming retelling of a geeky girl whose goal isn’t to find her prince charming, but to find a cosplay contest. I was a little disappointed how the “villains” (stepmother and stepdaughters) weren’t exactly realistic. They were sort of clownish in their villainy. The stepmother, Catherine (or stepmonster, as Elle calls her), is vain, vindictive and downright mean for no particular reason except that she dislikes Starfield with a passion. She constantly threatens Elle to force her to work at the country club where Elle is bullied by her stepsisters and their gang of followers.
The element I really enjoyed about Geekerella is the alternating perspectives between Elle and Darrien (Mr. Prince Charming – Carmindor). In many Cinderella retellings, the prince is just a wealthy powerful man who judges only by appearances, and falls in love way too quickly.
I really liked Darrien as a character. Sure, he is a heartthrob actor famous for his role on a soap opera, and on the outside, Darrien seems to be just another stuck up celebrity. On the inside, Darrien is a huge fan of Starfield, and his new role as Carmindor is not just a role, but the opportunity of a lifetime. I loved reading text messages sent between Darrien and Elle as they slowly got to know each other without revealing their identities. 

In the newly released paperback edition of Geekerella, there is a bonus chapter, a mock script of Starfield, which was very enjoyable.
I would recommend Geekerella to those who enjoy Cinderella retellings, in particular, the film Ever After.

The paperback version of Geekerella is available now! 

I received an advanced copy of the paperback version of Geekerella by: Ashley Poston from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Final Rating: 

A B

About the Book 

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston 
Series: Once Upon a Con(Book #1: Geekerella, Book #2: The Princess and the Fangirl [2019])
Year Published: Originally published in 2017. Paperback version: May 15, 2018
Received: Netgalley 
Recommended? Yes
Pages:336
Genres & Subjects: Fiction, young adult, contemporary, romance, retelling, Cinderella

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Where to Buy… 

Amazon (Canada)

Amazon (United States)

Indigo

Kobo

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Until Next Time, 

-Alice 

 

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