Look to the Stars. Aim. Ignite. - Geekerella by Ashley Poston Review

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Geekerella by Ashley Poston Review

Well that was a good book, a very, very good book. It's been a while since I handed out a 5 star rating without much hesitation (I generally agonize about ratings, 5 stars in particular, so something like this only happens once upon a blue moon).

Synopsis & Details:

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 read more... 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.

Title: Geekerella
Series: N/A
Author: Ashley Poston
Publication Date: April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Retellings, Romance, Young Adult
Source: I received an arc from the publisher for review consideration (thanks Quirk!) this in no way affected my review, cross my heart.

It's also been a while since I've stayed up way too late reading.

1:00 am Cassidy, much to the chagrin* of 7:00 am Cassidy, decided reading was more important than getting a good night's sleep and not feeling like crap the next morning. So, you know, read at your own risk, sleep deprivation may be an unfortunate side effect.

*Hehe, new favorite word! You'll probably be seeing it quite a bit.

I was in love from the very first page, the writing is fluid and captivating, and the familiar elements of the Cinderella story make you feel right at home (is that a weird thing to say?).

Speaking of Cinderella, Geekerella is one of the most unique retellings I've read so far.

My love for all things fandom (well not the nasty shipping wars) combined with my adoration of retellings, makes this book absolutely perfect for me. Ashley Poston turns the beautiful dress from the original story into a cosplay, the ball becomes ExcelsiCon, and last but not least, the role of the famous pumpkin carriage is fulfilled by the Magic Pumpkin food truck (all this is just too clever!). While the plot is a bit predictable at times, because you kind of already know what's gonna happen with the Cinderella bit, there are plenty of new details and plot lines to keep you guessing and the story fresh.

With this book, Poston has pretty much inducted me into the Starfield fandom.

Whenever I see the phrase "Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.", I get fangirl chills* (haha go Federation Prince Carmindor!!!). Every word of Geekerella is infused with pure geekiness and so much love for fandoms, that I can't help but adore it. White-washing is also brought up, which is great, because it's an issue and topic which I've seen discussed a lot within my various fandoms, so it made the Starfield fandom feel that much more real.

*Are those even real, or am I making stuff up again?

My only real complaint is that the side characters were rather flat; however, I was so enamored with the main characters, Elle and Darien, that it didn't end up having a huge effect on my reading experience.

Some Cover Thoughts:

Geekerella's cover perfectly represents the book, as it incorporates many elements of the story, including the Magic Pumpkin food truck, Elle's cosplay, and even Franco, a completely adorable dachshund, in a tiny coat. The minimalistic design, combined with the color block style of the art results in a very eye-catching cover. I've been seeing more illustrated YA covers lately, and am loving this apparent new trend. On the other hand, the dress on the cover doesn't really match the one in the book, I believe it was described as a darker shade of blue. Instead, the one on the cover is reminiscent of the dress in Disney's version of Cinderella.

After reading both Geekerella and Queens of Geek, I now really, really want to go to a con, be it BEA or San Diego Comic-Con.

Maybe I'll see you guys at one of them someday... (shhhh, let me dream and ignore the fact that being stuck in the American school system for the next eight years, lowers the possibly of this scenrio to about a .001 (AKA très tiny))*.

*Punctuation inception!!!

Before I go, here's a quick Ted Talk video about cosplay that's pretty interesting:

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Are you a fangirl? If so, which fandoms are you a part of? Do you have a favorite?