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.
What I Thought:
Goodness me! It has taken me a ridiculously long time to review this book but rest assured it’s no reflection on the quality of the book. Geekerella is a gorgeously written tribute to those who are passionate about their hobbies.
A retelling of the Cinderella story, Geekerella comes complete with a wicked stepmother, two awful stepsisters and even a pumpkin coach for good measure. It’s an absolute delight to read as it’s familiar enough that we know where the story is going, but the approach is so original that we’re still kept guessing.
What I liked most about it was the author’s absolute respects for fandoms, conventions, cosplayers and the like. I am a YALC attendee and as that is part of London Film and Comic Con it is not uncommon to meet several Harry Potters and a few Captain Picards in the stairwells which I love, but some crappy newspapers (Daily Fail) seem to enjoy mocking these dedicated and passionate folks – and I’m just not down with that. Luckily, neither is Ashley Poston!
A feel good read that will have you smiling by the end, if you’ve even vaguely been tempted to join a fandom, then this book is for you.
Please note: I was sent this book for review purposes. All opinions are, as ever, my own.