Geekerella

Geekerella


Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Series: N/A

Publisher: Quirk Books

Release Date: April 4th 2017

Rating:

Four Stars

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fuelled twist on the classic fairy tale.

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.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”

It’s the day Elle has been waiting for; they are finally going to announce a reboot of her favourite sci-fi show, Starflight, and introduce the cast. Elle has heard rumours that Darien Freeman is playing Prince Carmindor but that can’t possibly be true, no soap star could bring justice to Elle’s Prince. Darien is playing the role of his dreams in Prince Carmindor, but he is unprepared for the negative backlash to his announcement on Good Morning America, and hearing he’ll have to make an appearance at ExcelsiCon just makes everything worse.

When Elle hears about the cosplay contest she has to take part. She doesn’t care much about the tickets to the masquerade ball or the meet-and-greet with Darien Freeman but the prize money could be Elle’s ticket away from her wicked stepmother and two stepsisters. When Darien finds a number for the organiser of ExcelsiCon he thinks his problems are solved. All he needs to do is call up, act as his own manager, and cancel his appearance, but the number doesn’t connect him to the organiser of ExcelsiCon it connects him to Elle. Darien doesn’t reveal who he is, instead he and Elle bond over their love of Starflight and the more they talk the more Darien feels like he belongs in the role of Prince Carmindor.

“My dad said that the impossible is only impossible if you don’t even try. So I want to try.”

As filming of Starflight draws to a close and ExcelsiCon comes ever closer Elle struggles to keep her plans a secret from her stepmother, who would forbid her from attending the Con, and from her stepsisters, who have designs on winning the contest and the meet-and-greet with Darien themselves, but she finds an unlikely ally in her co-worker Sage who could make all of Elle’s dreams come true.

Before picking up Geekerella I saw plenty of reviews that all spoke about what an amazing book it is. I had high expectations going into this book based on all I’d read and heard and Ashley Poston didn’t let me down. Geekerella is a cute Cinderella retelling, and I loved every single page of it. I loved discovering more about the Starflight fandom, and reading Elle’s and Darien’s passion for it, I loved reading their budding romance, and I loved the representation of fandom and conventions.

…The Characters

“I’m half of my father. Half of my hero. And I am half of my mother. Half soft sighs and half sharp edges. And if they can be Carmindor and Amara—then somewhere in my blood and bones I can be too. I’m the lost princess. I’m the villain of my story, and the hero.”

Elle is a fan of Starflight because of her dad. All her memories of him are in some way associated with the show and even years after his deaths she feels closer to him because of it. Elle writes a blog where she analyses old episodes, and her dream is to attend university to study screenplay. She has a passion for writing that she discovered through Starflight and she is determined to chase it despite the scorn of her stepmother. This probably won’t come as a surprise to many people considering the way she was characterised and written, but Elle was a character I strongly identified with, not because of the wicked stepmother but because of her passion.

“—Elle, we might not know much about each other, and I might not be there, and you might not be here, but I’m glad I share this sky with you.
—Maybe we should start looking up together, ah’blena.”

Darien, like Elle, is a massive fan of Starflight, and before he became a household name thanks to Seaside Cove he attended ExcelsiCon with his best friend. Now everyone sees him and all they think is that he is playing Prince Carmindor for the money, after all there’s no way Darien Freeman could actually be a fan of the show. Darien isn’t what people think; he’s geeky, funny and caring for those closest to him, not that many people are. He wants to do the best job possible and he wants people to love his version of Carmindor the way Darien loved the original version of Carmindor, but he is all too aware of the backlash surrounding the film and his casting.

The relationship between Elle and Darien was a really sweet one. I loved all their interactions as they speak solely through text, sharing small though important parts of their live but never revealing their true identities. They bond over their love of Starflight, and after losing the only friend he had to his fame Darien just needs someone who doesn’t know all about him and who won’t sell him out to the paparazzi. Darien and Elle were a couple I really was rooting for, the build up to them meeting face to face was written in such a way that it was never frustrating like it can be when two characters miss so many opportunities to meet again.

Sage laughs. “You got this all planned out, don’t you?”
“I have to. This is like The Italian Job. Except we’re smuggling me.”
“Sounds more like Sam and Frodo sneaking into Mordor to me,” she replies.

There were plenty of good side characters in this book, but at times they felt more like the original tales archetypes than properly developed characters in their own story. There’s Sage, the ‘Fairy Godmother’ who fixes Elle’s costume in order to get her to the ball, who was well developed, but I feel like more could have been done with Catherine, the ‘Wicked Stepmother’, and Chloe and Cal, the ‘Ugly Stepsisters’.


Geekerella was a cute and quick YA contemporary read, with plenty of fandom and Cinderella references that I had fun reading. I enjoyed seeing Elle’s and Darien’s version of Cinderella unfold, loved the two of them together, and loved the story. Every amazing thing you’ve heard about Geekerella is true, and I’d definitely recommend picking it up if you enjoy fandoms, fairytales and contemporary stories.

What did you think of Geekerella? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

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28 thoughts on “Geekerella

  1. Ahhh yayyy I am SO happy to see you read and enjoyed this!! Elle is a relatable character to most people I think ahah, she was so lovely and this book was so geeky and fandom-positive! I loved it. I totally agree with what you say about Elle and Darien as well–the build up was such a pleasant and cute, kind of anticipation, rather than being frustrating like it could’ve been. I really liked Sage as well, but I definitely agree on the stepmother and the stepsisters (or particularly the mean one, I forget who it was, Cal? Or Chloe? My memory is horrible), they definitely seemed very cut-out and unoriginal. But, nonetheless, the book was super cute! I’m so glad you enjoyed it ahah. ❤

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    1. It was about time I got around to Geekerella right?! 😀 Either way yeah I loved this book, and Elle as well. She was great and there was a lot about her character I could relate to.
      I was kind of pleasantly surprised by that. Nine times out of ten I can’t stand the constant near misses when it comes to almost meet-ups, but in this book it just seemed to work.
      The mean one was Chloe, Cal was the one who turned out OK in the end. Yeah there was a scene near the end when it felt like the step-mother was being given deeper development but nothing came of it in the end.
      It definitely was, and thanks Analee! 😀 ❤

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      1. Oh okay thanks!! Yeah, I felt like there was a little bit more effort with Cal in terms of her characterization, compared to Chloe? Chloe was just so one dimensional, along with the stepmother and I feel like giving them more depth might’ve added more to the story? I don’t know haha. But, I still really liked the book, which is good!

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      2. Chloe and the stepmother really were one dimensional, but I guess there was only so much space in this book. It would have had to be much longer if it gave those two character a redemption arc or something.
        Yeah I liked it as well, and that’s definitely what matters! 😀

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  2. Oh, I LOVED Geekerella! It was super super cute and geeky, and I love the fandom appreciation in it. I thought that the way Ashely Poston incorporated Cinderella elements into it was super unique and creative! I’d known it was a Cinderella retelling but had somehow forgotten when I was reading the book, so I kept getting surprised at all the references. XD Great review! ❤

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    1. Same here, despite all the good reviews it’s been getting I was a little surprised by how much I ended up loving it. The fandom sides to the story were incredible, and I loved the take on Cinderella as well but you know me I’m a massive fan of fairytale retellings! 😀
      Thanks so much May. 🙂 ❤

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  3. We keep hearing so many great things about Geekerella! We really want to pick it up, but we aren’t big on reading contemporaries. Though, we love retellings and this geeky retelling of Cinderella sounds so cool!!

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    1. There are plenty of amazing things being said about this book, and I think even if you aren’t a big fan of contemporaries this is still one I’d recommend. The fandom side is a lot of fun and if you love fairytale retellings I think that will be enough to ensure you love this book as well! 😀

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    1. When I first saw this book I didn’t think it would interest me, mainly because I wasn’t keen on the cover, but I saw some incredible reviews and decided to give it a go and was so glad I did.
      This is a great book and I’m sure you’ll love it as well.
      Thanks Lara! 😀

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  4. This is such a lovely review, Beth. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this book so much 🙂 I have heard about it a lot these past few months, and many bloggers have given this good reviews. I’m really happy to see more books dealing with fandom, talking about passionate people like that, it’s so refreshing and accurate, it feels great to read more about these kind of characters 🙂 I need to read it soon 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much Marie! 😀 Yeah there are plenty of bloggers talking about this one, it seems to be a really popular books and I’ve yet to see a bad review for it either. I really enjoyed this, and yes I really love seeing more books about fandoms because it’s a different way to relate to the main characters through their intense love of something.
      Definitely do, hopefully this will be a book you really enjoy as well. I’d be interested to see your thoughts on it either way. 🙂 ❤

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  5. Yet another beautifully written review Beth! I’ve noticed this book floating around for quite some time, I just may add it to the top of my TBR now! 😀

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    1. Oh did you not think it would be a book you’d enjoy then? I’ll admit I wasn’t too keen on the cover at first but after seeing some of the amazing reviews I decided to give it a go and I’m glad I did. 🙂
      I thought it was a great read so hopefully you will as well if you pick it up Dani.
      Thanks! 😀 ❤

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