Today I am reviewing my first ever ARC, Geekerella by Ashley Poston.
I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My opinion is 100% my own and it was not affected by the fact I received this book.
If you are part of a fandom and enjoy a cute geeky retelling keep reading. No spoilers, of course!
Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: 4th of April
Number of pages: 320
Rating: 4.25/5 stars
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 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.
NOTE: Cover and synopsis are from Goodreads
- Reasons to read this book when it comes out
- The plot
This book is a loose Cinderella retelling. It does have some plot points like it but Poston managed to make them her own and spin them on their heads. I think you should totally read this if you enjoyed the original story.
If you are a fan of cute contemporaries with a serious undertone to them (discovering and loving yourself), this is clearly the book for you. Our main character, Elle, has been living with her horrible step mother and evil twin sisters since her dad died. Of course this affected her as a person: she considers herself not good enough and doesn’t have any friends.
2. The fandom element
Since you’re reading this, you’re probably a huge fan of something (like books) yourself. The author is a huge geek and she incorporated this in her novel. Elle has been a fan of Starfield, a tv show, since she can remember. Like her parents, she loves everything about this show and dreams of being as brave as Carmindor, the main character of the show. Her dad invented Excelsicon, a cosplay convention, which is basically where fandoms get togheter and have fun.
The author sprinkles tons of references here and there that made this book ten times more fun. From Harry Potter to Star Trek, Batman, Lord of The Rings and others!
Darien Freeman is black and he is a well known actor in this novel. He plays in the movie Starfield (they are making a new one) and in this ocean(ish) tv show.
There’s a f/f romance. It’s not the main relationship of the novel but still. It’s 2 of the most important characters and I never would’ve thought to ship them togheter but once it was done it was so cute.
4. The romance
It’s not instalove. Not at all. I won’t say what it’s so special about it because you should read it yourself but still. IT’S SO ORIGINAL AND FUN. In my opinion, it’s one of the cutest relationships (and most nerdy!) out there and I’m so excited for everyone to read about it on April 4th.
5. The characters
Sweet lovely Elle, smart, funny and secretly nerdy Darien, badass Sage, always caring Gail and the best bodyguard: they all are very real characters that each teach a lesson. I love them all and I’m sure everyone will.
My favorite character was Elle just because I could relate to her so much and I got to see her through the progress of discovering who she was. Even though she knew Starfield was not real she found herself always dreaming about it and learning things from it and the mistakes of the characters, like I (and probably you too) do from books.
Geekerella is a charming, engaging read. It’s utterly fascinating, cute and one of the most unique books you’ll ever read. Clearly I loved it and clearly I highly recommend it!
NOTE: The graphics I used in this post and probably some heathers I am going to use on some posts are made by the awesome Mahriya over at https://mybookylife.wordpress.com/ ! Definetly check her blog and blogger mall out!