My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Genre: YA contemporary
Publisher: Quirk Books
Published: April 4th, 2017
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.
Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.
I must confess something, I love retellings. I know some people are a bit tired of them but I thoroughly enjoy still them. I also appreciate when they mix genre, when they stray away from fantasy and go for something else like sci-fi or contemporary. This is exactly what Geekerella by Ashley Poston offers us.
If you hadn’t caught it yet Geekerella is a loose retelling of Cinderella brought to a modern era and bless it’s little heart it’s a geeky retelling. Yay! I am a geek, I would live at a con if I could. I read comic books, I rave about the latest Doctor Who episode (best show ever!!!), and let’s just say I drink the geeky cool-aid. So this book spoke to me on so many levels. I just loved and appreciated all the nerdy references that Ashley Poston incorporated in it while keeping true to Cinderella’s story.
Geekerella revolves around the reboot of Starfield a sci-fi TV show that was big years earlier. Our two main characters each have a connection to this show in their own way. Elle used to watch it with her late father and it holds a dear place in her heart. This reboot means a great deal to her as it brings back a bit of her father with it. Darien is a current Hollywood teenage heartthrob. He’s been cast in the biggest role of his career, playing Federation Prince Carmindor in the new reboot of Starfield. Darien felt very relatable, it happens so many times these days that a reboots/sequels cast an actor that the fan base deems unworthy and dismisses even before the movie/TVshow airs. We’ve seen it recently with Jodie Whittaker who was cast has the 13th Doctor on Doctor Who (Oh! the horror a woman! *snort* Don’t get me started on how ridiculous all those naysayers are). Anyway, back to our review – these two by chance along, will cross path and it will be wonderful and swoony. All the Cinderella elements that were brought in were so witty and fitted the story. For me they didn’t seemed forced and just flowed with the story so well. Like for example, the pumpkin chariot is a food truck named the Magic Pumpkin, like come on! Isn’t that cute?
The only downside I had about this book was the last chapter, what could be considered like an epilogue. I actually saw no use for it, I think it was made for a tie in but frankly the story didn’t need it. It didn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book but it did get an eye roll. The rest of the writing was so solid and it was just an entertaining fast read.
Geekerella was such an enjoyable read and I am so happy to have received an arc of the companion novel The Princess and the Fangirl (review still to come). Definitely a 4 out of 5 stars.