Spoiler-Free Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Date Started - 17/4/2017
Date Finished - 19/4/2017
Synopsis: Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
*I received a copy for review via Netgalley*
I'd been hearing so many great things about this book across social media, so when I saw it on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance of being able to request it. Luckily, I got accepted and I more or less read it straight away.
This was actually my first time reading a fairytale retelling (from what I can remember) and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the modern twist of it and the association with a convention called ExcelsiCon. I think the way Ashley Poston incorporated that modern idea (with the convention and the cosplay etc) whilst still sticking to the main structure of Cinderella was done really well.
I really felt for Elle and could connect to her quite easily, even though we don't have anything in common. As I got further and further into the story, this connection just deepened as I was so close to tears at some points due to how much she just wanted to get to ExcelsiCon, but also relive her parents' memories.
I liked the whole twist with Darien and how he might look like the perfect celebrity in public and online, but is sort of stuck in a toxic situation. He's not happy and he's being made to act like someone who he's not just to be popular amongst the public.
Also, I'm happy to say that there was Lesbian representation in this book and I was so happy to see that incorporated in.
The character development was great in this book and I loved how new friendships and relationships were built up in this story. My favourite has to be the growing friendship between Sage and Elle and how they worked together to achieve what they could. They work together in The Magic Pumpkin, which in reality is a vegan food truck, and how they start off barely speaking to what that later blossoms into.
Overall, I did really love this book and can't wait to get my hands on my own physical copy to put on my shelves. I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a fairytale retelling with a clever modern twist.
Rate - 5/5!
GR - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30724132-geekerella?ac=1&from_search=true
BD - https://www.bookdepository.com/Geekerella/9781594749933
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