The US paperback of Geekerella with a brand new cover comes out TODAY, and I got the chance to read an ARC that included some bonus content! As you might know, Geekerella is one of my all-time favourite books. I listened to the audiobook twice since I listened to it the first time back in October last year and now I’ve “read” it three times total. I will never get bored with this book. It’s wonderfully geeky, quite romantic and beyond cute. Anyway, before I gush too much before we’re even into the review, let’s just get on with it!
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
“You’ve taken a crappy subplot and managed to live through it, and you are selfless and you’re brave.“
I grew up with the Cinderella Story movies. First with Hilary Duff, then with Selena Gomez and Lucy Hale… I think there’s even a new one out that I don’t even know about!? Long story short: these were a few of my favourite movies growing up. If you love them too and you’re into all things geeky, Geekerella will become an instant favourite. It’s a book that’ll never let you go once you’ve read it. Ashley Poston has written the perfect geeky Cinderella story. There’s a horrible stepmother, terrible sisters, a “prince”, lots of fangirl geekiness and even a magic pumpkin!*
*Which might not be an actual magic pumpkin, but it’s GLORIOUS.
Geekerella is all about Elle. I love her so much as a character. She’s our Cinderella and her Stepmonster and her stepsisters are truly horrible. Thank goodness, there’s also some good in her life: Starfield. She’s a huge fan of this classic sci-fi series and even writes about it on her blog. I loved how much she loves the series, and I could 100% relate to her. We got to know Starfield through her, and even though I’m really not that into sci-fi, I fell in love with it, too. Her perspective is a fangirl perspective. She’s looking at all of it from the outside and she works so hard to get to this con. I LOVE Elle’s friend Sage as well. She has green hair and wears funky clothes (which really reminds me of Tammi in Selena Gomez’s Another Cinderella Story) and together they work in a vegan food truck. It’s kind of hilarious. Also, I love how Elle introduces Sage to Starfield and how they become like best friends. Isn’t it a dream to introduce someone you know to your favourite thing and then bond over it!?
Another story we follow in Geekerella is Dorian’s. Dorian is a teen actor who’s cast to play Prince Carmindor in the movie reboot of Starfield and I just loved him SO MUCH. He’s a super popular actor from his soap Seaside Cove but he’s also a huge geek. He loves Starfield just as much as Elle does. While Elle struggles with her life as a modern-day Cinderella, Dorian struggles with being a teen actor who’s been written off as just another dumb heartthrob. His dad is his (rather shitty) manager, and he gets a bodyguard against his will. Thankfully, though, there’s still Gail, his handler. Gail is a little older than him and I loved her so, so much.
Can we get a book from her perspective, please?! Anyway, I love how his perspective kind of gives an inside look on the creation of the Starfield reboot. Elle is all looking at it from the outside, but Dorian is in it. I love how hilarious Dorian’s parts were. Elle’s were funny, too, but I just laughed much more often while reading/listened to his parts.
Elle’s and Dorian’s lives/perspectives collide at ExcelsiCon. A wrong number “accident” of sorts causes Elle and Dorian to meet each other via texts anonymously. The entire plot leads up to the convention. Elle prepares for the cosplay contest while Dorian keeps busy shooting the Starfield reboot. Through it all, they keep in touch through their texts and they develop a friendship. I think the best part about it is that it isn’t insta-love. They become friends, which turns into a slowburn romance. There’s the convention and the ball and the meet & greet. I think some bits are a little predictable if you think about it (It’s a Cinderella retelling, OF COURSE, these two are going to meet!) but you just have to just go with it. And it’s so much fun to read this book when you know more than the characters do. They don’t know who they’ve been texting with, but you do. If I could scream at these characters. I freaking would. Ahh, it was frustrating sometimes! The convention, the cosplay and the ball were absolutely phenomenal, but the best part was what came after; Elle and Dorian finally meeting.
The bonus content really added something to the book. If you weren’t in love with Starfield yet, you will be by the end of this script! I was a little scared of reading in script-form because it’s so different and I hadn’t done that before, but it was amazing. It’s not actually about Elle and Dorian, but a scene from Starfield as well. I loved it so, so much. Like I said, I’m not a really a sci-fi fan, but I probably would’ve watched this show if it were real. I also feel like the script was perfectly “old” (or let’s say classic), it just had this “vibe” to it that wasn’t new. If that makes sense? Maybe it’s because we know it’s an old classic, but it was really well written nonetheless.
You guys know I’m all fantasy-obsessed, but I’m so incredibly in love with Geekerella. It’s such a lovely, cute contemporary that you could probably just pick up and read in a day. The characters are wonderful, the plot is fun and it’s super relatable! It’s a must-read for everyone, especially if you’re into Cinderella retellings and all things geeky!
Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance—now in paperback, with a special Starfield bonus scene!
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.
Have you heard the news about Geekerella’s sequel The Princess & The Fangirl?! Oh my GOODNESS, I am just SO excited! Also, wouldn’t this just be a perfect movie?! I mean, it could easily be some sort of sequel to the movies that are already out. It would be so much fun to have a geeky version!
Have you read Geekerella? Let’s chat in the comments!
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