Author: Ashely Poston
Hardback: 320 pages
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: April 4, 2017
My Rating: 4 Stars
Synopsis: 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 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. (Goodreads)
I love Cinderella retellings that are done well. This retelling is more along the lines of the movie Ever After rather than the animated Disney Cinderella. And even though you most likely know the story of Cinderella well enough to recite it in your sleep, this book has such a fun take on it that I enjoyed the whole thing.
I loved the fandom part of the book. The fandom is based on Star Trek (at least in my mind that’s what I used as reference), and it sounded so fun that I wished I was part of it with Ella.
I also liked Darien. We get his POV as well, and we see his “public persona” versus his real self. I get why he’s called a teen heart throb. I fell for him.
What I didn’t like was the way they meet. He calls a phone number, it used to be her father’s and now she had the number, and then they start texting. It’s pretty much against every social media safety rule that parents try to put in place. Some random person starts texting you and you text back and then assume he’s young and a guy? I didn’t buy that. But it’s part of the story so I went with it.
Lastly, I loved the conflict of him falling for her over text, but not knowing that she’s the one blogging about him as well. It’s the kind of cringe-worthy stuff that I eat up.