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Book Review :: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

🚨SPOILER ALERT🚨

PUBLISH DATE :: APRIL 4 2017

PUBLISHER :: QUIRK BOOKS

AUTHOR :: ASHLEY POSTON

SERIES :: STARFIELD

HARDCOVER :: 320 PAGES

GENRE :: YA FICTION

RATING :: 👠👠👠👠👠/5

SYNOPSIS ::

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.

Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.

MY REVIEW ::

I’m disappointed that I didn’t read this sooner. While the cover and title of the book was what first caught my attention, I underestimated how great of a story this one would be.

Forgive me, Miss Poston!

THINGS I LOVED ::

• The main two characters are adorable. I’m still currently shipping two other characters from another book so I didn’t feel as strongly for Darien and Cinder[Elle]a… However, their chemistry is both innocent and sweet.

I love how the book is still able to offer a wonderful romantic story without the use of erotic behavior.

• I LOVE the world of Starfield and the make believe comic-con. If you’re a fan of Star Wars & Star Trek then you might see similarities between those and Starfield, although Starfield is its own masterpiece.

My husband and I love comic-con and some, if not all, things Geek-ish, so I am happy that the author decided to use modern day interests to capture the reader’s attention.

• I honestly don’t like the story of Cinderella. It’s depressing in so many ways; no musical or favorite actress could ever make the story bright enough for me to enjoy it, and Disney’s 1950 Cinderella was, in my opinion, a pretty dark film.

This retelling of Cinderella, while still a little sad, had a far more lighter and happier tone that I enjoyed tremendously.

However, if you’re into dark stories, may I suggest to you the the original Cinderella story? I’ll give you a hint of just how dark it truly is…

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• Another downside of the the other Cinderella movies/retells is that you don’t really get into the prince’s mind. He never really seemed to have much personality; He was simply the guy who fell head over heels over Cinderella to the point that he couldn’t remember what she looked like and had to have every maiden in the kingdom try on her tiny glass slipper. (Teehee)

Maybe I’m not being too fair. After all, there was Cinderella the Musical (starring Brandy, Whoopi Goldberg, AND Whitney Houston) and Prince Christopher, played by Paolo Montalbán, was both charming and handsome.

In the book, Darrien Freeman, who is both famous and middle eastern, not only falls head over heels over Elle, he also struggles with his own battles of being a famous celebrity with an arrogant and selfish father who wants to make money off of him, and an absent mother whose too busy being rich to care about her son. I mean, the guy basically has his own story! The book doesn’t just focus on one character’s story alone, it goes back and forth between Elle’s and Darrien’s perspective; It explains what they’re both feeling and thinking about their lives as well as each other. Darrien isn’t a “supporting character,’ he’s a main character… reason #99 to read this book!

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I seriously could go on and on as to why I enjoyed this book but then I think I’d be giving too much of the story away.

There’s a pretty good reason why I gave this one 5/5 stars… it didn’t have one single problem that would have made me dislike the book. There’s diversity, great plot, AMAZING theme, interesting and funny characters, so what more could you ask for? Sure, if it was a darker retell of Cinderella, I’d have endorsed an even more disturbing punishment for Elle’s step-mother and step-sisters, but their punishment in this story was tolerable enough.  Oh, and if you don’t care for a Cinderella that is constantly singing and speaking to animals, then this is the retell for you!

If you have this book on your TBR pile, do yourself a GIANT favor and start reading it NOW!

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