It’s been such a long time since I’ve written a book review, so I thought it’d be a fun way to ease back into it by writing a bullet point review for #Project14Lists! ✏ As you can probably tell from the title, today I’m writing a short book review for Geekerella by Ashley Poston which is a modern retelling of Cinderella. The story itself is fun and entertaining with unique twists on a classic story! 🌟
Spoiler-Free Summary: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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.
What I Loved 💘
- Even though this book was a retelling of a fairytale we all know and love, it wasn’t entirely predictable. The key framework of the fairytale still exists, from the evil step-mother to the pumpkin carriage, but the characters are so well-developed, making the plot all the more unique.
- Damian, the male lead, is a POC!! I know this might seem like a small thing, but I think it’s so important that authors write people of color into their stories where they can simply exist.
- If I didn’t love Damian enough, he’s also a fanboy which makes him even more adorkable.
- The dual POV of this book really worked for me. It was an integral part of telling this story, and I really enjoyed seeing the romance develop from both sides.
- Elle is also a blogger! In the book, she runs an anonymous blog for Starfield, a sci-fi TV show that she grew up watching with her father.
What I Didn’t Love 💔
- I will admit that I got frustrated with Elle at times because she wouldn’t stand up for herself, but I also understand that she’s on her path for development as a character. Truthfully, this didn’t really take away from how fantastic this book was.
Overall, this was still a lovable read that definitely lived up to its hype! I give Geekerella 4/5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ This is a book that I would love to see be made into a movie one day, but in the meantime, I recommend picking it up and giving it a read~
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HAVE YOU READ Geekerella? What were your thoughts? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS! 💕