♡ This is a spoiler-free review.
♡ Book Title: Geekerella.
♡ Author: Ashley Poston.
♡ Series: Standalone.
♡ Page Count: 320 Pages (Kindle Edition).
♡ Genre: Young Adult, Retelling & Contemporary.
♡ Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.
♡ I kindly received a copy from Quirk Books on Netgalley for review, this has in no way affected my opinion.
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.
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.
♡ Geekerella will be released 4 April 2017.
Geekerella was such a delightful surprise! It was magical and wonderful and the perfect modern day Cinderella story. I’m not really such a big fan of retellings but the ones I’ve read lately have been exceptionally good and Geekerella is definitely no exception.
The first thing that attracted me to this super cute novel was definitely that whimsical cover! I absolutely love the cover, it’s so colourful and eye catching and the story is definitely just as cute and squeal worthy. I loved that this was a modern retelling of an iconic classic, loads of things from Cinderella were a part of this novel including the evil stepmom and stepsisters.
But the story was even better than the original because of all the geekiness and fandom love. Loads of different fandoms are present in this novel and I think it will definitely be a hit with loads of fandom lovers. The story is made even better by the addition of a great set of characters. Elle is our modern day Cinderella and all around geeky girl. Elle took a while to grow on me, but in the end I really loved her character. She was so lovely and sweet and I could definitely relate to her and her love for her fandom and her blog.
This is why this universe is impossible: because all the good things are impossible to keep.
Darien was our Prince Charming in the story and I loved him from the very first chapter. Although he was this famous movie star he was still very down to earth and also a total fanboy and geeky guy. He had such a charming nature on the one side, but on the other he was quite shy – I liked that his character was so well developed.
Sage was a total gem and so, so adorable. She is Elle’s co-worker on The Magic Pumpkin and soon they become really good friends. I would kill to have a best friend such as Sage; she was so supportive of Elle and her dreams and she was so loyal to her. This was another really great, supportive female friendship and I absolutely loved it!
Brown skin, long eyelashes, curly hair. He might look the part, but his smile’s so bright it’s almost blinding.
The romance was interesting and really cute! In the beginning they had no idea who the other person was and then they find out and it’s just perfect! It was kind of a mash-up between insta-love/love-hate romance and it was really adorable. I really loved the little hints of diversity that the author added to the novel; Darien was a POC and Sage was a lesbian. There’s also a sweet, innocent f/f relationship that I totally ship.
The only thing that I didn’t like about the novel was both main characters parents. Darien’s dad was a total asshole and he only cared about himself and making money. Elle’s stepmom was exactly the same as the stepmom from Cinderella, maybe even worse. I really didn’t like her and I thought that her behaviour was childish and totally uncalled for.
I really, really liked this and I think it will definitely sit well with lovers of all things geeky.