Monday, September 25, 2017

Review: Geekerella

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts last week.  A lot has happened in the last few weeks and I've been prioritizing my family and my mental and emotional wellbeing!  Post will be back up like normal this week!  

Title: Geekerella 
Series: None 
Author: Ashley Poston 
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Retelling, Young Adult
Publisher: Quirk Books 
Publication Date: April 4, 2017 
Source: Gifted.  Thank you! 

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. 

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This book was so cute and a lot of fun!  I love books that really celebrate and focus on fandoms; they're always so relatable and easy to get myself into.  Geekerella was no different!  This book was engaging and interesting and I found myself rooting for Elle the whole time (even the times when she made me want to pull my hair out).  Even though this book took me a bit to get into, I ended up really enjoying and appreciating the story!  

For the most part, I really liked Elle!  I thought she was a hard worker and just a nice person in general.  She was so passionate about Starfield and her parents (her dad especially).  It was both heart warming and heart breaking reading about how much she loved and missed her dad.  Reading about her and her dad made me appreciate my own dad and all the common interests we share.  One thing that did drive me crazy about Elle was how willing she was to just . . . take the crap people gave her.  I wanted to see her stand up for herself!  Like, her step sisters and step mother were so terrible to her.  They did somethings that made me wish would make Elle finally stand up to them.  I understood that she felt like she couldn't do anything without making her situation worse for herself but . . . I just wished she would stand up to them once.  

Darien was the other main character and Elle's love interest!  The story was told between their point of views.  Darien was a really nice guy and super genuine; I loved how he cared so much about Starfield and was just as much a fan of it as Elle was.  He cared so much about representing the character of Prince Carmindor and making the other fans happy.  The one thing I found a little unbelievable about him and Elle though was how quickly their friendship turned into a relationship.  It wasn't quite instalove but it was close.  

The plot was pretty predictable.  I mean, it is a retelling but it stuck really closely to the original story.  There wasn't much variation in it at all but I still enjoyed it overall!  Despite some problems, I closed this book feeling pretty good about it!  It was a fairly quick and fun read and I loved the fandom culture in it!  Those who are apart of their own fandoms absolutely should read this book!    

 “My dad said that the impossible is only impossible if you don’t even try. So I want to try.”

Three out of Five Teapots!


  1. I also love fandom stories. Have you read Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell? That was basically my Freshman year of college minus the hot guy. That's basically my life now. lol.

    Happy Monday.

    1. I have!! That novel is amazing and so relatable! My freshman year of college was pretty similar haha!

      Thanks for stopping by, Kymberlee!

  2. Oooo, that's so cool that this book is told from both POVs! And they were friends? I love the friends-to-more trope. I've heard such good things about this book and I'm really glad you enjoyed it.bgreat review, Ashtyn!

    Have a wonderful week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    1. Friends for a short time! It was kinda a rushed relationship but really sweet and cute!

      Thanks for stopping by, Alyssa!

  3. I bought this one and I need to read it. It would be nice if the book wasn't quite as rigid with the retelling, but I like that it focuses on fandom culture!


    1. Yeah, I kinda wish it hadn't been so close to the retelling, too, but it's still definitely worth the read!

      Thanks for stopping by, Lauren!


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