As you probably know, it was MagicCon last weekend and I needed something to read on the train and what would be a better fit than a book about a convention? So, of course I had to get Geekerella immediately. And I finished it in less than 6 hours. You can find out what my thoughts on this book are, if you continue reading…
Author: Ashley Poston
Pages: 320 (Paperback)
Publisher: Quirk Books
Published: April 4th, 2017
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.
Source: Quirk Books
A convention? A fairy tale retelling? Sign me the hell up for this. That was all I knew before I read the book. But it was easy to find into the story, which is told from Elle’s and Darien’s POVs. Elle’s character is based on Cinderella and you get right thrown into the story where she has a talk with her stepmother and her stepsisters. Elle is a really nice, cute girl who is quite alone except for internet friends she knows from forums and the blog she is running. I don’t really need to say much about her character because she is Cinderella, like, she is that character but in a modern world. And she is absolutely lovely, I enjoyed her chapters so much!
Darien is a famous, black young actor who suffers from fame and his controlling dad/manager. He was really great, too, and I just wanted him to be happy. Actually, he has a wonderful personality but Elle doesn’t realize this at first and critizies him on her blog. But through a „wrong number“ incident they start talking and falling in love and let me tell you, this love story is sso incredibly cute. How it develops, how they talk. And both of them are huge nerds and I was so happy about every reference I understood. So many fandoms and parts of fan culture are mentioned, pros and cons of it discussed. And it is wonderful. Their relationship is just so good and pure. I’d really like to read more about the two of them, because of all the cuteness.
Another important character is Sage, Elle’s best friend and co-worker in the vegan food truck of Sage’s mum. She talks her mind, has awesome green hair, designs and makes clothes and is a lesbian. And an absolute badass. She was a lot of fun to read, her character is so good and sarcastic and she stands up for herself, for her friends. She’s one of those characters who have a positive aura and you just think „Yes! Yes!“ Really, she is great.
The plot was good, too. I loved this Cinderella retelling in our modern world. Everything fit very well into the original story, but also into the 21st century. And all the geek and nerd stuff thrown in between was just lovely. The writing style was super easy to read, light and fit the book’s atmosphere.
Overall, Geekerella is a very enjoyable, light read that will put a smile on your face!