Geekerella by Ashley Poston: Book Review

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston Book Cover
Title: Geekerella
Series Number: 1

Synopsis from GoodReads:

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.

Initial Review:

So, this is not the cleanest edit and it’s not Literature, but I grinned from ear-to-ear the entire time I was reading. I couldn’t wait to see how it ended but at the same time, I didn’t want it to end. It’s an adorable retelling of Cinderella set in the geeky fandom world, and I loved every minute of it.

Current Review:

I read this while I was on my ridiculously-extended blogging/reviewing break, and I loved it so much, I had to record something on GoodReads. It’s not much, but there’s a lot of love in those three sentences, I promise you.

Coincidentally, author Ashley Poston was scheduled to do a signing at Malaprop’s, my local bookstore, within weeks of when I finished the book. I had downloaded the e-book from my digital library, but I had to go to the signing and buy a copy for myself. I felt was old enough to be the average audience member’s mother, but I held my head high and geeked out with the rest of them. Ashley was just as fun and geektastic as I expected.

After buying my book and getting it signed, I promptly pressed it into the hands of everyone I know, telling them they would love it because it was so adorable. They all read it and professed to agree with me. Maybe they were just trying to make me happy, but I choose to believe they really meant it. This is a feel-good story that still makes me smile when I think about it two years later.

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