Geekerella (Once Upon a Con Series #1)

Geekerella (Once Upon a Con Series #1)

by Ashley Poston

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Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale romance—now 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594749506
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Once Upon a Con Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 27,569
Lexile: HL660L (what's this?)
File size: 10 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ashley Poston is the author of Geekerella (Quirk Books, 2017) and Heart of Iron (HarperCollins, 2018). Her fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, of course). When she is not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs with her cat, or geeking out all over the internet, she writes books. She lives in small-town South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well.

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The stepmonster is at it again.
     Raffles, discount coupons, and magazine sweepstakes lay strewn across the kitchen table. My stepmom sits straight-backed in one of the creaky wooden chairs, delicately cutting out another coupon, dyed blonde hair piled on top of her head in perfect ringlets, lipstick the color of men’s heartblood. Her white blouse is spotless, her dark pencil skirt neatly ironed. She must have a meeting with a potential client today.
     “Sweetie, a little faster this morning.” She snaps her fingers for me to hurry up.
     I shuffle over to the counter and pry open the coffee tin. The smell is strong and cheap—the only kind I was raised on. Which is all the better, seeing as we can’t afford expensive coffee, although I know that never stops the stepmonster from ordering her double-shot dirty chai soy latte no whip every morning and charging it to one of her dozens of credit cards.
     Catherine—my stepmom—picks up another magazine to cut. “No carbs this morning. I’m feeling bloated and I have a meeting with a couple this afternoon. Big wedding plans. She’s a debutante, if you could believe that!”
     In Charleston? I can believe it. Everyone’s either a debutante, a Daughter of the Confederacy, or a politician’s kid—Thornhill or Fishburne or Van Noy or Pickney or a handful of old Charlestonian
names. And I couldn’t care less.
     I dump two scoops of coffee into the machine—plus an extra one for good measure. It feels like a three-scoop kind of day. Maybe adding more caffeine to their morning will get my stepmother and the twins out before nine. That’s not too much to wish for, is it?
     I glance up at the clock on the microwave. 8:24 a.m. Unless the twins start moving at warp speed, I’ll be cutting it real close. I say a silent prayer to the Lord of Light or Q or whoever is listening: Please, for once, let the stepmonster and the twins leave the house on timeStarfield history will be made today at 9 a.m. sharp on Hello, America, and I won’t miss it. I refuse. Finally, after years of delays and director changes and distribution snafus, the movie is happening—a reboot, but beggars can’t be choosers—and today they’re making the long-awaited announcement of the official film platform. The lead actors, the plot, everything. I’ve missed Starfield marathons and midnight rereleases of the final episode in theaters and convention appearances because of Catherine and the twins, but I’m not missing this.
     “They want to say their vows under the magnolia trees at Boone Hall Plantation,” Catherine goes on. “You know, ever since Ryan Reynolds and his wife got married there, that place is always booked.” Catherine is a wedding planner. I’ve watched her spend entire weekends hand-sewing sequins onto table toppers and hand-pressing invitations at the print shop downtown. The way she plans a venue, down to the type of cloth on the tables and the color of flowers in the vases, making every wedding look like a magical land of unicorns. You’d think she does it because of her own happily-ever-after cut short, but that’s a lie. She wants her weddings in Vogue and InStyle, the kind you Instagram and Pinterest a hundred times over. She wants the renown of it, and she’s sunk all of Dad’s life insurance payout into her business. Well, her business and everything she claims is “essential” to her “image.”
     “I want to at least look like I shop at Tiffany’s,” she says, talking more to herself than to me.
It’s the same spiel again and again. How she used to shop at Tiffany’s. How she used to attend galas at Boone Hall Plantation. How she used to be happily married with two wonderful daughters. She never mentions me, her stepdaughter.
     Catherine finishes cutting her coupon with a sigh. “But that was all before. Before your father left me and the twins here in this dreadful little house.”
     And there it is. Like it’s my fault that she’s blown all her savings. Like it’s Dad’s fault. I take out Dad’s Starfield  mug—the only thing left of his in our house—and pour myself a cup of coffee.
     Outside, the neighbor’s dog begins to bark at a passing track-suited jogger. We live on the outskirts of the famous historical district, the house not quite old enough to be a tourist attraction but not new enough to be renovated—not that we could afford it anyway. Two streets over and you run into the College of Charleston. Our house was one of the last ones left after Hurricane Hugo decimated the coast of South Carolina before I was born. The house has its leaks, but all good and old things do. I’ve lived here my whole life. I don’t know anything else. 
     Catherine absolutely hates it.
     The coffee smell is rich and nutty. I take a sip, and I almost melt. It’s heaven. Catherine clears her throat, and I pour coffee into her favorite mug: white with pink flowers. Two sugars (the only sweetness she splurges on each day), lightly stirred, with three ice cubes.
     She takes it without even looking up from her magazine. And then, when the neighbor dog lets out a sharp howl, she sets down her cup. “You would think dogs would learn when to shut up. Giorgio has enough on his plate without that dog barking.”
     Catherine likes to pretend she’s on a first-name basis with everyone, but especially people she deems important. Mr. Ramirez—Giorgio—is a banker, which means he has a lot of money, which means he’s an influential part of the country club, which means he’s important.
     “If it doesn’t shut up soon,” she goes on in that cool, detached voice of hers, “I’ll muzzle it myself.”
     “His name’s Franco,” I remind her. “And he doesn’t like being tied up.”
     “Well, we all must get used to disappointment,” she replies, and takes another sip of coffee. Her blood-colored lips turn into a scowl and she shoves the mug back at me. “Too bitter. Try again.”
     Begrudgingly, I put in another cube of ice to water it down. She takes the coffee and tries another sip. It must be sufficiently soulless, because she sets it down beside her stack of coupons and goes back to scanning the gossip column in her magazine.
     “Well?” She prods.
     I hesitate, looking from her coffee to her, wondering if I’ve forgotten something. I’ve been doing this for seven years—I don’t think I’m missing anything.
     Outside, the dog gives a pitiful howl. Oh.
     She raises a pencil-thin eyebrow. “How am I supposed to have a calm morning with that racket?” she goes on in that overworked, all-knowing voice of hers. “If Robin was still here . . .”
     I glance back at her. Open my mouth. Begin to say that I miss Dad too. I want him here too—but something stops me. Or I stop myself. I blame it on the lack of coffee. One sip doesn’t give you the insta-courage a cup does. Besides, I’m not trying to make Catherine mad. I’m trying to get her caffeinated, placated, and out the door.
     She flips the page in her magazine and picks up the scissors again to cut out a coupon for a winter coat. It’s June. In South Carolina. But then Catherine clears her throat. “Danielle, do something to get
that mutt to quiet down.”
     “Now,” Catherine says, flicking her hand for me to hurry up.
     “Sure, my queen,” I mutter under my breath. While Catherine puts down her coupons and picks up an article about Jessica Stone’s latest red carpet look, I slip last night’s steak tips out of the fridge and hurry through the back door.
     Poor Franco sits in the mud outside of his doghouse, thumping his tail in a puddle. He looks at me through the broken slat in the fence, a muddy brown Dachshund in a dirty red collar. It rained last night and his doghouse flooded, just like I told Mr. Ramirez—sorry, Giorgio—it would.
     Mr. Ramirez brought Franco home a few weeks after he married his second ex-wife, I guess as a dry run for having a kid. But since his divorce a few years ago, he pretty much lives at work, so Franco is this forgotten idea that never panned out, with the flooded doghouse to prove it. At least the poor Frank can float.
     I slide the container through the slat and rub the dog behind the ears, slathering my fingertips in mud. “You’re a good boy, yes you are! Once I save up enough, I’ll spring the both of us out of here. Whatcha think of that, copilot?” His tail pat-pats excitedly in the mud. “I’ll even get us matching sunglasses. The whole nine yards.”
     Franco’s tongue lolls out of the side of his mouth in agreement. Maybe they don’t even make doggy sunglasses, but for a while I’ve had this picture in my head: me and Franco crammed into a beat-up car, heading out on the only highway out of town—wearing sunglasses, of course—and headed straight for L.A.
     Ever since I can remember, my fingers have itched to make things. To write. I have filled journals, finished fanfics, escaped again and again into the pages of someone else’s life. If Dad was right—if I could do anything, be anyone —I would make a show like Starfield and tell other weird kids that they aren’t alone. And after next year—my senior year—I’m going to do it. Or start to. Study screenwriting. Write scripts. I’ve already got a portfolio, kind of. Right now I satisfy my need to write by blogging on my site Rebelgunner, where I cover the one thing I know for certain: Starfield. That and the money I’m scraping together from my job at the food truck are gonna be my ticket out of here. One day.
     “Danielle!” my stepmom screeches from the kitchen window.
     I push the steak tips under the fence and Franco dives headfirst into the bowl.
     “Maybe in another universe, boy,” I whisper. “Because for now, my home is here.”
     This place is too full of memories to leave, even if I wanted to. Dad technically left the house to me, but Catherine’s in charge of it while I’m still a minor. So until then—
     Until then I’m here with my stepmother and her daughters. 
     “All right! Coming!” With one last scratch behind Frank’s ear, I say goodbye, make a mental note to return later for the dish, and dart back to the kitchen.
     “Girls!” Catherine calls again, slinging a Gucci purse over her shoulder. “Hurry up or you’ll be late for Mr. Craig’s lesson! Girls? Girls! You better be awake or so help me I’ll . . .” Her footsteps thud up to their room and I glance at the clock. 8:36. There’s no way they’ll be out of here in time. Not unless I speed things along.
     Begrudgingly, I assemble kale and strawberries and almond milk to fix the twins’ morning smoothies. Catherine has, of course, left her magazine splayed on the counter, so Darien Freeman’s face is grinning up at me. My lips curl into a sneer. There were rumors that he had signed on to the new Starfield remake, but that’s about as big of a joke as saying Carmindor will be played by a pug riding a skateboard. You don’t put a soap opera star in charge of an entire galaxy.
     Ugh. I press blend and try not to think about it.
     Upstairs, there are muffled thumps as Catherine drags the twins out of bed. This happens every morning, like clockwork.
     My summertime morning routine goes like this: Wake up—coffee, extra scoop for Mondays. Catherine stoops over the morning papers, cutting out coupons. Lingers too long on purses and pretty dresses. Says something passive-aggressive about her old life. Orders me to fix breakfast. Instead, I feed the Frank. Catherine goes upstairs to yell at the twins for “forgetting” to set their alarms. I still don’t fix breakfast. Ten minutes later, the twins are fighting over the shower, and Catherine reminds me that she is the one with the deed to the house, Danielle, and unless I want her to cash in this place for a luxury condo —as if this house would ever get that much—I had better fix breakfast. So I blend up their Grinch vomit, the twins grab their matching tumblers, and Catherine shoves them out the door for tennis lessons.
     The rest of my day is never much better. I’ll be five minutes late to work, but my coworker Sage—the food-truck owner’s daughter—is too engrossed in her Harajuku fashion magazines to even notice. Then it’s eight hours in the Magic Pumpkin, doling out healthy food-truck fritters to bankers in tight business suits and soccer moms with babies bouncing on their hips. Then I’m elbowing my way through the supermarket armed with coupons that make the cashier roll her eyes when I get in line (everyone hates coupons). Then home again for “family dinner,” made by me. Cue the twins’ mean comments on my cooking, then their disappearance upstairs to film a beauty vlog about the perfect cat eye or best eyeshadow pairing with ruby lips or whatever. Then dishes, leftovers, one last check on Franco, and bed.
     Well, sorta. Then late-night reruns of Starfield on my Dad’s boxy TV in the corner of my room. Maybe I write a blog post about the episode, if I’m feeling inspired. Check all my Stargunner fansites for news. I fall asleep to the Federation Prince’s voice. “Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.
     The next morning I wake up, and we do everything all over again. But this time—plot twist!—I get to work on time. Maybe Sage actually talks to me for once. Maybe the twins are nice. Maybe someone stuffs two airplane tickets to L.A. into the tip jar. Maybe I write a love-letter to episode 43 instead of criticizing the integrity of the characters as the colony blows up. Maybe I dream about Dad.
     The blender growls as though it’s in pain. I let it rest and shake the kale smoothie into two separate tumblers, nervously glancing at the microwave clock. 8:41 a.m.
     After sliding the twins’ breakfasts across the counter like the seasoned food service employee I am, I root around in the cabinet for the jar of peanut butter I tucked away last night. I protect my peanut butter like Smeagol protects the One Ring—mine, precious—no matter what diet “we” are on as a household.  Right now, Catherine’s on a paleo kick, but last month it was raw foods. Before that South Beach—or was it Atkins? Something with bacon. Next week will be low-fat or low-salt or...whatever she’s craving. Whatever food she can make me make by threatening to sell this house—Dad’s house.
     I scrape out the last bit of peanut butter from the bottom of the jar, savoring its taste on my tongue. I take my victories wherever I can get them.
     Upstairs, the shower turns off with a groaning of pipes. Finally. The twins are taking their sweet time this morning. Usually they enjoy tennis practice at the country club because their friends are always there. It’s the hangout spot if you’re popular and rich. As for me? Catherine’s always not-so-subtly insisting that the only thing I’m fit for at the club is toting someone’s golf clubs.
     I dispose of the peanut butter jar in the garbage and check my indestructible brick phone, which I “inherited” after Dad died. Another grand idea from the stepmonster, another way to save the money we barely have: the twins were allowed to buy new ones, but if I wanted a phone, I had to take what I could find in the house. It’s huge—you can practically fend off a ship full of Reavers with it—but at least it tells the time.
     8:43 a.m. Can’t they leave any sooner? Just once. Just once be out of the house by 9 a.m.
     They’re upstairs, but Chloe’s nasally voice can be heard clear as a bell. “But, Mom, Darien Freeman’s going to be on TV this morning! I will not miss that.”
     My heart sinks. If Chloe commandeers the TV, there’s no way I’ll get to watch Hello, America.
     “We can be a few minutes late,” echoes Calliope. Cal sides with Chloe on everything. They’re the same age as I am—rising seniors—but we might as well be on different planets. Chloe and Calliope are starters on the varsity tennis team. Organizers of the homecoming committee. Prom leaders. And they don’t mind using their popularity to remind everyone at school that I’m practically dirt. That without their family, I’d be an orphan.
     Thanks. Like I could forget that.
     “We can’t miss this,” Chloe says. “We have to watch it and vlog about it or everyone  else will get their reactions up before us. And that would kill us, Mom. It would kill us.”
     “Sweeties, I’m paying Mr. Craig a handsome tuition to teach you girls tennis. I am not wasting your varsity positions next year for a television program!” Catherine descends the stairs and reenters the kitchen, rustling through her purse. “Danielle, have you seen my cell phone?” 
     I reach over the counter to unhook it from the wall charger. “Here it is.”
     “Now why did you put it there?” She takes the phone from me without a second glance and begins scrolling through her Facebook feed. “Oh,” she adds, “and remember, tomorrow is—”
     “Yeah,” I say. “I know.” Like I’d forget the day my own father died. “Should I get orchids this year or—”
     “Girls!” Catherine yells, checking her watch. “Get down here now!”
     “Fine!” They trample down the stairs in their tennis whites and grab their smoothies from the counter. The twins are the spitting image of Catherine. Light hair, hazel eyes, pouty heartbreaker lips. Chloe and my stepmom are cut from the same cloth, but Cal’s cut a little different, a little quieter. I think that’s because she takes after her own dad, who ran off when the girls were young and married the daughter of some Atlantic City casino owner.
     Right now, they both have their blonde hair pulled back into tight ponytails, and they’d be impossible to tell apart if you didn’t know Calliope always matches her earrings to her purple glasses, and Chloe has a new nail color every day—today, a sweet summer blue. Sometimes evil
comes in disguise.
     “This isn’t fair! Why doesn’t Elle have to go to these stupid lessons?” Chloe whines.
     “Girls.” My stepmother tsks, putting on a patient smile. “Elle has to make do with the talents she does have.”
     I try to ignore her as I grab my house keys from the bowl in the foyer and put them in my satchel, pretending like I’m getting ready for work. Sometimes I think Catherine just forgets I’m in the room.
     “You’re going to ruin our career,” Chloe accuses, sucking on her green smoothie. “We need to be on top of this.”
     “Everyone else will be tweeting about it,” Calliope adds.
     “Ever since we got a hundred thousand views because of our Seaside Cove makeup tutorial, people expect us to be on our game!”
     “GIRLS!” Catherine jabs a pink nail toward the door. “Four hundred dollar lessons. NOW!”
     Calliope rolls her eyes, grabs her purse from the rack in the foyer, and storms out the door to the red Miata (another “necessity” for Catherine’s “image”). Catherine glares at the remaining twin. If there is one thing Chloe can’t stand up to, it’s her mother’s disapproval. She grabs her purse too—the exact same as Cal has, except pink—and stomps out after her sister. I don’t envy that ride to practice.
     My stepmom gives one last victory fluff to her hair in the foyer mirror. “Are you sure you don’t want me to put in a good word for you at the club, Danielle? I’m sure they’d take you back even after your...incident...last year. You’ve learned, haven’t you?”
     To never trust a guy again? Sure. I pull on a polite smile. “No, thanks.”
     “It’s the best place for someone like you, you know.” She shakes her head. “You’ll see I’m right in the end.”
     With that, she closes the door.
     I wait until the Miata pulls out of the driveway before I dart into the living room and turn on the TV. 8:57. Perfect. The food truck’s supposed to pick me up at ten to head to the RiverDogs baseball game across town, so I have plenty of time. For the next hour, I will be basking in perhaps the biggest news in Starfield history.
     This moment to end all moments—or maybe begin them. A new Starfield for a new generation. I like the possibility in that.
     Grabbing the remote from the coffee table, I sit down cross-legged in front of the 54-inch TV. The black screen flickers, and anticipation blooms in my chest. I wish Dad could be here to see this. I wish he could be sitting beside me. He’d be just as excited—no, he’d be more excited. But the reality is, I don’t really have anyone to fangirl about this with. About who will finally don the Federation starwings and follow in the legendary footsteps of David Singh, the original Prince Carmindor. I’ve been blogging about it for months in my little corner of the world, but no one really reads it. Rebelgunner is therapeutic, more like a journal. The closest I have to friends is the online Stargunner community, where everyone’s been speculating about the casting: maybe the guy from the latest Spider-Man  movie? Or maybe that cute Bollywood star who’s in all the Tumblr GIFsets? Whoever it is, they’d better not whitewash my prince.
    On the TV, Hello, America is wrapping up a segment about pets doing goofy things on the internet. The host beams, and then the camera cuts to the audience. It’s full of girls—lots of girls—and all of them are cheering. Holding signs. Wearing T-shirts with the same name scribbled across them. A name that makes the anticipation in my chest grow cold and drop like an atomic bomb into my stomach.
     Darien Freeman.
     The girls throw up their hands for the camera, screaming his name. One person’s name. Some look like they’re literally going to swoon.
     I don’t swoon.
     My excitement makes a U-turn into dread.
     No—no, this can’t be right. I must have the wrong channel.
     I jab the remote info button. Hello, America, the caption states, and I want nothing more than for the Black Nebula to swallow me whole.
     What are the odds? What are the odds of him being on the same morning talk show? What are the odds of him  being the guest appearance on the show that will announce the Starfield cast?
     But the host is smiling, and says a few choice words, and suddenly all my fears come to light.
     The Starfield logo blazes across the screen behind her. This moment has become a train wreck I can’t look away from. It’s my entire fandom crashing into a burning, bubbling pit of despair.
     No. No, it’s not him. It can’t be him.
     Darien Freeman is not my Federation Prince Carmindor.

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Geekerella 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
Sweet, funny and unmistakably loaded with pop culture, fandom references – this is the book for all those people who ever had a ‘moment’ on the release of a new book, movie or interview, or has spent hours creating a costume that is just right for those hours wandering a con. Elle has been a superfan of Starfield, a sci-fi show that she used to watch with her now deceased father. Taking the page and plotting arc straight from the Cinderella story, there has to be both a prince and a ball coming – and sure enough, Poston doesn’t disappoint. Elle is building her costume for the big party (read ExcelsiCon Cosplay ball) where she could meet the ‘teen heartthrob’ star now slated to play a lead character in the reboot. She’s determined to win - there is no other option in her world at the moment. Darien used to be just like Elle: geeking out on cosplay, following actors and authors and the Starfield show and dreaming of playing the lead character, Prince Carmindor. But, his life went in other directions and he’s now a famed teen heartthrob, and cast in the role – a role that thrills him and frustrates him because fans don’t think he’s got the ‘geek cred’ to play it. Truly a love letter to fandom of all types – there isn’t a person who’s experienced that tingle of excitement that won’t find some sort of connection to any number of the fans here. Even with the relationship between Elle and Darien – their bonding is more over their shared likes and excitement in their fandom than just a simple boy meets girl attraction – and their relationship is almost exactly what one would expect: a bit awkward in the more personal conversations, somewhat stilted ‘romance’ moments and a wonderful interest and comfort with their own particular knowledge of what they like (or don’t). The story isn’t all hearts and roses though: adults and secondary non-fan characters border the stereotypical and are often too close to the prototype of evil / despicable in the original Cinderella tale. But the pumpkin substitute (a food truck), the quiet affirmations to fandom and finding your next pop culture obsession is clearly present, and celebrated. A lovely and fun story that sends up solid confirmations and examples about following your own joy. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this concept, one of the best retellings I've read in a while.
Aditi-ATWAMB More than 1 year ago
“We’re all geeks here.” Before I start, I should say that I’m a little wary going into fandom novels. I have this irrational fear that the protagonist is only a fangirl or a fanboy as a quirky side story and that it’s not at all given enough importance. And yet, after about ten minutes of reading Geekerella, I knew I was didn't need to be wary of ANYTHING. Danielle – Elle – lives with her horrible stepmother (*ahem stepmonster*) and her two equally horrible stepsisters. Her mom died at a young age, and her father in an accident a while later. In a home that used to be hers and her father’s, she feel like an outsider. She’s made to do the chores and the cleaning and she also has a job – she’s a modern day Cinderella, only without a Prince Charming. Until she gets a call from a strange number, for what used to be her dad’s number for the Convention he used to organise, and a conversation sparks with a boy she’s never met and knows nothing about. A boy she’s also spewing hate about on the Internet for his new role in her favourite show’s reboot. And her geeky fairy tale is just about to begin. “All me had was a moment. Just a moment in an impossible universe waltzing that beautiful, impossible waltz.” I LOVED ALL THE GEEKY AND ADORABLE THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK. Told from the dual perspectives of Elle (Cinderella) and Darien (Prince Charming), Geekerella is EVERYTHING a fairy tale retelling with a fangirl twist should be. Let me list it all out: 1) THERE ARE ALL THE FANDOM REFERENCES AND PUNS AND YOU WILL GET THEM AND IT WILL MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE COME HOME 2) Darien is Elle’s Fictional Crush in a reboot of her favourite TV Show, and he is SO perfect and insecure and I LOVE HIM ACK. 3) DID I MENTION THAT DARIEN IS A FANBOY? He was a Prince Charming FANBOY. SAVE ME. 4) Sage (Elle’s best friend/ co-worker) with her Green hair and attitude to match is AWESOME and you will fall in love. (Totally think she deserves her own book) 5) It’s such a Cinderella retelling with the BEST KIND OF TWIST. The only reason this isn’t a five star read for me is because in the end of the book, Elle and Darien were MAGICALLY IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. I understand having feelings/ being deep on the crush end but I DIDN’T GET HOW THEY THOUGHT THEY WERE IN LOVE WITH EACH OTHER. A hilarious, adorable tribute to fairy tales and fandoms that you NEED TO GET YOUR HANDS ON!
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book was infinitely more enjoyable than I had anticipated. Which is, I suppose, entirely fitting. I was Elle letting my bias sway me before I even got to know the book (or actor). The title and description had me picturing exactly what Elle had feared when the cast of the new Starfield movie was announced: fake geeks flocking to a beloved fandom (for Elle it was Starfield, for me fandom itself). But I sing quite a different tune now, because I know that I too judged too quickly. You can’t read this book and not understand how deeply in love with fandom Poston is (a vibe equally evident if you visit her lovely website). It turns out I had nothing to fear, because being a geek is something Poston clearly lives and breathes every day, and I could not give a higher compliment. Plus, who am I to pass up a fairy tale adaptation? I’ve got too big a soft spot for them to have chosen to skip this book entirely, and I am grateful for that. Because I would have missed something very special. for full review.
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thereadingchick More than 1 year ago
I love fairy tale re-tellings and Geekerella is a re-telling of one of the biggie’s. Ella is an orphan with a horrible stepmother and two stepsisters. They couldn’t be any more different. Ella is a bit of a nerd. She and her now deceased father shared a love for the show Starfield (think Star Trek) and would watch episodes for hours. Her stepmother is a country club snob and her stepsisters CC brats. I had forgotten how hard it was to watch Cinderella get treated so horribly in animation and I’ll just say that set in present time, that difficulty was doubled. Her step-everythings were just awful. Her only avenue of escape was to her job on the Magic Pumpkin food truck with her new friend Sage. There she dreams of going to Excelsicon the sci-fi comic con that her father started in Atlanta, but her step’s would never allow her to go. Scheme ensues. I, too, am a bit of a geek when it comes to sci-fi, fantasy and comic cons. I grew up going to them and used to be able to walk the walk and talk the talk. This novel did get the Con part right. You do see people dressed in all sorts of fantasy gear. What fell a little short for me was the story between Ella and her Prince Charming, love interest Darien Freeman. Darien sends an accidental text to Ella’s cell, which used to be her fathers. They end up being pen pals (text pals?), never revealing too much about themselves yet telling each other their secrets. Ella never knew it was the famous actor on the other end of the line. Their stories are told from both of their perspectives and truly they both had pretty awful aspects to their lives. You know about Ella’s problems, but Darien’s were just as bad. His manager was his father who just took advantage and belittled him the whole time. Yuck. Really, I just wanted the two of them to be able to run away together and say “the hell with all this!”. This novel for me rode a fine line of child abuse and even when put in a fairy tale like setting it didn’t make it better. Even though there were cute parts, that aspect was just hard for me to overlook. I know I am older than the average YA reader and most of these novels are not written for my age group. That being said, this novel was more juvenile than the characters ages. Sure, their decision making was pretty accurate. Teenagers make errors in judgement and these two made some big errors, but maybe the story was too simple? I can’t really put my finger on it. Geekerella was well written and at times playful, and I did like the walk down memory lane and maybe it didn’t ring all my bells, but that doesn’t mean it’s not for you! ❤️❤️❤️❣️
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read it in a day and couldnt put it down!
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
Geekerella is such a wonderful retelling of Cinderella. It’s completely modernized in a way that makes perfect sense, and it’s loaded with geeky delights. I loved every second of this book. Elle (Danielle) is living with her step-mother and twin step-sisters in Charleston, South Carolina. Her father raised her to be as obsessed with Starfield as he was, and he even started a comic con in Atlanta. Elle is thrilled that her favorite show is getting a movie reboot, but she cannot believe that teen heartthrob Darien Freeman has been cast as her beloved Carmindor. She has a lot to say about him, and she doesn’t hold anything back on her blog. Still Elle is determined to win the cosplay competition at ExcelsiCon because she wants the tickets to L.A. to fulfill her dreams of becoming a screenwriter. I won’t give anymore away, but suffice it to say this is an excellent hate turned love story. Both Darien and Elle were well developed characters, and I enjoyed being inside both of their heads. Sometimes when reading books with alternating perspectives I find myself rushing to get back to one character, but I didn’t feel like that at all with this book. I was routing for both characters the whole way. I thoroughly enjoyed reading every page of this book, and I am thrilled that there is going to be a sequel!
thebookishlibra More than 1 year ago
As you can probably surmise from the title, Ashley Poston’s Geekerella is a retelling of the classic Cinderella fairytale. What I loved most about this story is that although it clearly retained lots of awesome shout-outs to the original tale – the evil stepmother and stepsisters, the pumpkin coach, the dance, the slipper, and so much more – it was still a completely unique, fun, and quirky contemporary tale in its own right. I liked the spin the author put on the Cinderella tale here because not only do we get Cinderella’s side of the story, as we would expect, but Poston also delivers Prince Charming’s side of the story as well. Our Cinderella in this story is a teenager named Elle. Her parents are dead so she is living with her stepmother and stepsisters. Elle is a geek at heart and a diehard fan of the cult classic sci-fi show Starfield. When she learns there is going to be a cosplay contest as part of a promotion for a new Starfield movie, Elle can’t resist entering, especially since the prize is a trip to the fan convention, ExcelsiCon (that her father founded). Our Prince Charming in Geekerella is Darien, a popular actor who has been cast to play the lead in the new Starfield movie. We learn that even though he’s a teen heartthrob and has fangirls practically throwing themselves at his feet, he’s also a super geek and diehard Starfield fan as well. Playing the lead in this film is a dream come true for him. Even though I’m not a big romance reader, I thought the budding romance in Geekerella was super cute. I thought it was hilarious that Elle absolutely hated Darien’s guts in the beginning and thought he was the worst possible choice to play the lead in the movie. Darien kind of brings this on himself because he has kept his fanboy life a secret, but it’s great fun watching their relationship unfold and develop from that initial misunderstanding. My absolute favorite part of the book though was the way the author writes about the Starfield fandom. She does such an amazing job that I was practically convinced that there really was such a fandom. And I wanted there to be such a fandom – I wanted to watch the TV show, get dressed up and go to the ExcelsiCon. I thought she just did such a brilliant job capturing the excitement of being a part of a fandom, particularly her descriptions of the cosplaying and going to cons. If you’re looking for a book that will bring out your own inner geek, definitely consider reading Geekerella. It’s one of the cutest and quirkiest retellings I’ve read in a long time.
Disturbia0509 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book SO much!! I wanted to read this based on a bunch of booktubers recommendations. It’s got a lot of elements from Cinderella. The Magic pumpkin might be one of my favorite things! Haha. Okay, not really but it comes close. I loved the characters so much, besides most of the adults. Oh, how the my heart just hurt for Elle. She’s trying so hard to live this life that she’s not welcome in. Her stepmother and step sisters are awful to her. She’s basically like a modern-day Cinderella. Her escape is the fandom of Starfield and her blog. It’s something that she had in common with her mother and father. One day, she gets a call from an unknown number and things start to get interesting for Elle. I have to say that my absolute favorite character in this book is Sage. She was so much fun with her don’t care attitude. She does so much for Elle and it made me so happy! It literally brings a smile to my face. I think that her snarky attitude really does help Elle come out of her shell a bit. I devoured this book. It was just so tense at times and I just had to know what would happen. If you know the story of Cinderella, you know what’s coming. It had me so nervous because I knew what to expect. This book is really predictable but that’s because I know the story so well. It didn’t really take too much away from me though. I really liked the whole Elle and Darien relationship, besides the fact, it turns to love rather quickly. I’m not surprised though, it is YA. I loved getting the two POV’s between Elle and Darien. We get to see how he’s struggling between what people want him to be and who he wants to be. How people judge him based on his actor persona and no one really knows him. You shouldn’t judge someone by their cover. This is something that Elle really learns and I hope the people who read this book do too. I loved all the “geeky-ness” to this book. It just made it so fun and adorable! I wish so many more people would see how fun it is to be a geek! Who cares if you stand out? Who cares what other people thing, if you are having fun! There is nothing wrong with being a geek, nerd, weird, different or whatever. This is just a really cute romance and I enjoyed this book immensely!! It’s sweet and adorable e-ARC provided by Quirk Books/ Random House via Netgalley for an honest review.
CuriousFoxReads More than 1 year ago
OMGoodness!!! How come more people don't talk about this book?!? I need candles, and bookmarks and Fandom things for it! This book... Guys, this book made my little nerdy heart sing and explode with nerdy fandom love. Geekerella by Ashley Poston, is a wonderful, geeky Cinderella retelling for the modern geeky age. It is super cute! It had me laughing, crying, giggling and poking my boyfriend to share nerd popculture and Fandom references with him. (It even had a Gilmore Girls reference!) I flew through this book like I haven't done in awhile. If you are a nerd or a geek and love fandoms like Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, or a lover of cons (comic anime, Sci-fi, etc) as I am, I highly recommend this book! Hands down 5 stars!
mdemanatee More than 1 year ago
This book made major waves last year, and I avoided it because I was like “another Cinderella retelling?” But you know what? Today I was in the mood for another Cinderella retelling. And boy. I was charmed. I was delighted. I shed some tears. This was great. If you like Cinderella retelling (especially ones where the “prince” gets development too), if you like fandom, or, heck, if you like food trucks, read this book. You will be charmed. And, like any good book about a fandom, I found myself wanting to be in the fandom in question. Surely it’s time for another A Cinderella Story reboot, right? I nominate this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the story and all the references to "nerd" culture.
TheCaramelFiles More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books of 2017, Geekerella is something truly special. The story of Elle, who works in the Magic Pumpkin food truck, Geekerella is my first ever fangirl book - now I love fangirl books! Ashley Poston totally schooled me in the art of fandom, an art I've been curious about and didn't quite understand - I was born in the '80s! Now, since I know what fangirling really is, I realize that I've been a fangirl all my life, of SO many different things. Because of my own intense fangirling throughout my longish-seeming life, I'm so proud that there are actually books regarding the subject. Elle's fangirl focus is Starfield, a sci-fi series she adored watching with her now deceased father. From Geekerella, I learned what in the hell cosplay is - I had an idea, but I really did not get it - and I finally got to go, through Elle, to an amazing fandom convention - ExcelsiCon. Ever since I figured out what ComicCon is, I've wanted to attend a nerdy convention! I love how Poston weaves the classic Cinderella saga into Elle's tale; it's a subtle weave, but it's there. Aside from Elle working in the deliciously described Magic Pumpkin food truck, this book feels like a Cinderella retelling, but is a story all its own. The modernization of Cinderella is so much fun to read in the present. In comes Darien, Elle's Prince Charming, an actor who will be promoting his part in Elle's top fandom - the Starfield movie. I love that Geekerella is out of this world, as in, could so never happen in real life, but makes me believe at the same time. Anyhow, Darien is an ultimate fanboy, hot or not! Of course, because it is a Cinderella-based story, a set of stepsisters enjoys making Elle's life miserable. I, personally, love mean girl characters, so Chloe and Calliope almost make the whole book for me. Like I said earlier, I honestly had no clue exactly what cosplay is - now, I know! Even the twins - the stepsisters - get in on it! With a perfect Cinderella ending, Geekerella is a tale all its own; the tale of a nerdy girlie who finds a connection and busts loose on the world. The tale of a girl lacking everyday charisma, but possessing much charm, Geekerella is a total must-read for fangirls and fairy tale fans alike.
alyssayuri More than 1 year ago
I was in SDCC last weekend so I had to hold off reading. I finally got to finish reading this wonderful book. It was definitely the perfect read for the perfect occasion of SDCC just ending. Okay, I'll get right to it. Ever since this came out, I was pretty much very excited because once again there is a nerdy/geeky book that knows how I feel about a fandom. I was just so excited to get my hands on this and what do you know? I won this wonderful book from goodreads! Like any other retelling, it starts of with Elle's home life. Miserable definitely. But this book is amazing because this isn't about just Elle's story, this is also Darien's story! I know, with a lot of retelling nowadays, I'm pretty sure this is not the first time. And having Darien as a famous actor-heartthrob isn't new either... But I love this retelling! I was so engrossed with Darien's story mostly. The way he fights his battles especially what he's facing were just... wow! But all the feels came from Elle's story though. Elle is a fighter but there's just some things that you cannot fight but find a smarter solution! I also love that there are an elements in this retelling that was solely the authors. And I am not talking about the fandom (I'm not gonna say due to spoilers). But that is definitely the main element there. She actually made the reader part of the Starfield fandom which I really appreciate because it doesn't exclude us. And I love the idea that the fandom is family because this is very true! If there is anything I don't like is it can get too fairy tale-y. Also eventually, everything became easy for Elle in the aftermath. The secondary characters were important, but I wished they were more involved or at least more reason behind why they do the things they do. Nonetheless, the whole general story makes up for it's flaws. And I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! So if fairy tales are your love, grab this and welcome to the Starfield fandom!
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
Any time I see something that is described as a retelling, I instantly add it to my TBR. Retellings are my jam and because of this, I will read any one that comes up. Doesn't stop me from saying that any form of Cinderella I'm wary about tho fo certain reasons. And this one was no better. "He got fans for his work, for inspiring people to think bigger and better than the Earth and ignite the stars I get fans for my abs." 11% This modern re-telling of Cinderella starts with Elle who lives with... you got it, her evile stepmother and two stepsisters. She herself is a geek who lives for a show that she watched with her father, Starfield. She enters a cosplay contest that can land her a once in a lifetime opportunity. Then there's teen actor Darien Freeman who plays in the movie. People have said awful things about him, but they don't know the real him. But he only cares that one person does.... "Electrolyte water tastes as bland as my soul feels." 17% I'll admit.... I love re-tellings, but I don't really care for Cinderella ones. Why? Because as a character driven reader, everyone in the book except for usually three people make me want to punch their lights out. And this one was no different. I hated most of the people in this book for wha they did to her. And it sucked even more because since I knew Cinderella, I knew she wouldn't stand up to it. But I digress. Needless to say, Poston did a fantastic job in creating her cast of characters, because the more I knew them, the more I hated them. "I could keep my head down and waltz through this whole shoot like the Darien Freeman the world thinks I am, but that's not how my fanboy heart beats." 28% As far as the re-telling, I LOVED it. She included all the right points and made them so modernized and geeky. There was the "Magic Pumpkin," the rushing home before midnight, and just everything, and I was all there for it. This will definitely be added to my list of favorite re-tellings. " dad said that the impossible is only impossible if you don't even try." 38% And last but not least, there was Poston's writing style. I know this is a story I've read/ watched over and over again, but she still managed to make it her own. I haven't put off my homeowork for a full day to binge read a book in a long time, but this one made me. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know how she changed things and what she wanted to keep the same. I couldn't wait to see how she chose to do the ending and it was everything I had hoped for. "You don't have to always do everything alone, you know." 38% This is a tried and true story, but the way it's told will make you forget the original story. With an amazing cast of characters so terrible you'll love to hate them, a re-tellings with all the right elements, all paired with an amazing writing style, this is one story you'll want to read again and again. Just like me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was very fond of this book. It was one of the best Cinderella Retellings I've ever had the joy of reading
MidnightsReader More than 1 year ago
Geekerella is a Cinderella retelling that has a split narrative that follows both Elle who is a major fan of a tv show called Star Field and Darien who is the main actor in the movie reboot of Star Field. To me, Star Field was similar to the tv show Star Trek and the movie franchise Star Wars. Even though Star Field reminded me of these other movies and tv shows it differently was very different and unique in its own way. As a huge Star Wars fan, myself I was able to relate to Elle in a way that I never have before with a book character. I found Darien to be kind, sweet, and at times self-douting. It was interesting to see an actor like Darien think that he wasn't going to able to perform his character as well as he wanted. I also really enjoyed that Darien was a major fan of Star Field as well. While I really enjoyed both Elle and Darien's point of view my favorite character was a side character that we meet named Sage. Sage is Elle's coworker who Elle starts to befriend throughout the novel. Sage and Elle's friendship was also very important because it showed how a strong female friendship should be. Sage is also lesbian and we get to see parts of her relationship with an another girl in this book which I really appreciated. I loved the bits of diversity that Ashley Poston added to her story by adding in Sage who is lesbian and Darien who is a person of color. Overall this book has been my favorite of the year so far and I'm so happy I decided to pick it up.
Bayy2455 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on Wow. This book was adorable. I love all things geek culture and cons are one of my favorite things to attend. Also cosplay? Yes please. This was a refreshing take on Cinderella. The reason for Elle's step family treating her the way they did (though not justified) felt real. It's hard for families to merge, sometimes families just can't. Whether one side won't put in the effort, or it just doesn't work. It was nice to see an actual reason for the hatred and mistreatment, instead of just a blind hatred like in the Disney Cinderella. Darien? Swoonworthy. He had real world problems and seemed like a real person. It was also a nice reminder that actors are people, that they had lives before they were in the spotlight. I loved the split POV of this book and both voices were strong and needed. One didn't seem to carry the weight of the story. It was really cute to watch them react to each other and the switching of POV's was seamless. This is a must read for anyone who loves fairy tales or being a geek.
Seoling More than 1 year ago
I have to say that I have not read a more cuter story since…like…P.S. I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han. After coming off the angst trail with Sarah Dessen’s ONCE AND FOR ALL, I was at a loss of what to read now. Kristen picked out GEEKERELLA for me because it seemed like it didn’t have too much angst to it and I agreed. So I embarked on the GEEKERELLA Magic Pumpkin truck and was swept away by a pretty awesome story with memorable characters. I am a fan of modern fairytales and generally, I stray away from Cinderella ones because I was never really a fan of that story despite how classic it was. But this was a really great take on the story. Elle was such a relatable character and she was funny and smart and I admired her so much for her perseverance against all the BS that she had to go through with her step-family The fandom/convention angle was FREAKING AWESOME. As someone who goes to conventions, I thought it was such a good portrayal of how great the community can be. So more or less, the convention that Elle attends is one that her father founded so she’s pretty much like royalty there. During a mishap, she gets the badges she bought with her own money taken and has to find some way to get new ones and she’s obviously given the highest regarded badge which lets her go WHEREVER she wants. I have to say that I felt a little awestruck by the fact that type of badge because it’s the one every con-goer dreams of having. ALL ACCESS to everything? YES. The story between Elle and Darien is so sweet and so surprisingly delightful. I was afraid that it was going to be a little too cutesy, but it was just SO GOOD to read about how they meet and what a mix-up things become when they don’t realize who each other is. I kept wondering what would happen next between them because the story is rather unpredictable (despite knowing the fairytale story). Sure, it wasn’t something that was realistic (it’s one of those things that are like 1/1million chances), but it was such a joy to read. P.S. Darien is such a dork and I love him so dang much. AND HUGE KUDOS for same-sex relationship that develops! I was really surprised and despite the fact that it was a few fleeting moments between the characters, I felt such a swell of happiness between the two of them that I was just ‘awe'ing every time there was a moment. THIS WAS SO TASTEFULLY DONE and not so much in your face that it seemed like there was agenda to be pushed. Ugh, I can not sing enough praises about this book. I am so glad that it is a standalone because if there were more, I don’t think it could get any better than this. It was a perfect story to tell and now all must go read it so that they can geek out with the rest of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Concept was cute. But, i just didn't really like it. My version had a lot of typos, which was very distracting (i have physical copy, not ebook). She really forced a lot of gay characters, in my opinion. Most of the female characters she introduced were lesbians. It just felt fake and i really had a hard time finishing it. Dont waste your money on this.
ahyperboliclife More than 1 year ago
I was so hyped for this book. I mean what’s not to love, it has everything I could ever want in a contemporary: it’s a cinderella retelling, it has to do with fandom, and it has the Hollywood/movie making cheesy-ness I love. But it just fell flat to me. The characters were forgettable caricatures and I could never get invested in the story. Things I Liked : -The Cover. It was super adorable, and along with the synopsis, was what drew me to the book. -Sage. She was the most interesting character. She was very unique and had a strong IDGAF personality. She helps Elle come out of her shell a bit, so that was nice. And her romance, was the one romance I bought in the story, even though there was absolutely zero development for it. She was the most successful modernization of the characters in the story. Things I Didn’t Like : -Elle. I didn’t really like Elle at all. She had a #TrueFan complex that made her really unlikeable to me. I felt she was really judgmental and naive. I wanted to connect with Elle but she was really unremarkable, and I even forgot her name a few times when reading. Her name is Elle, it’s a Cinderella retelling and my name is Danielle, it shouldn’t have been that hard to remember it. -Characters. I understand this is a retelling, and the characters have to fit a certain mold in the story: the evil stepmom, the evil stepsister, prince charming, but every character (apart from Sage) felt one dimensional. They were only the stereotypes and hyperbolized caricatures of the role they were supposed to be, not modernized reimaginings. I wanted a little more creativity and depth to the characters, and I feel like that would have made me care about the story more. -The House Plot. I didn’t understand to whole selling the house subplot. Evil Stepmonster Catherine tells Elle that she’s selling their house (and it’s already on the market), even though the house is in Elle’s name. I just didn’t understand how Catherine would be able to make those decisions, when she doesn’t have the rights to the house. -Unrealistic. Yes, this is a retelling of a fairytale, but I found some parts to be really unbelieveable, even in this context. -References. There were a BUNCH of references in this books: from Ryan Reynolds and Taylor Swift to Lord of the Rings and Star Trek. They pulled me right out of the story. I didn’t expect all of these real world references alongside this created show/fandom. It made Starfield and the Stargunner fandom seem fake. I REALLY wanted to like this, but it’s going to be a miss. Maybe my expectations were too high, but the characters were too flat for me to ever get into the story. I hope everyone else will enjoy this and have a fun time. If you did like this, or want another Cinderella retelling about fandom and blogging check out Cinder & Ella by Kelly Oram.
KatieAtTheBookSphere More than 1 year ago
This is truly a book for fandoms and those that love to be a part of a fandom... When I heard about Geekerella, I was stoked. A re-telling of Cinderella centered around a con that is about a sci-fi show!? Yes, Please! There has been so much good hype around this book. So many people are loving it, and I see why. I didn’t love it as much as others, but that could have been partly because I’m cursed as a mood reader. This is a huge character driven story. And I really enjoyed reading about the characters. Ella is a fairly classic Cinderella character; working hard and overrun by her stepmother and stepsisters. But she also had this element of confidence about her that she knew she could do better even if she didn’t believe it all the time. A trait that’s really relatable to just about everyone. I really enjoyed Ella as a main character. There’s another character we follow through alternating view points, and that’s Darien. I wasn’t sure about Darien at first, but as I got to know him, he grew on me. This is an aspect that’s meant to happen, I don’t think you’re supposed to like what you first hear about Darien. What you see is often not what’s actually there. I loved that there were some side character story lines as well. Although they were small and sometimes I was wishing they would have been developed more, I was still happy to see the tidbits that we did get to see. It’s always great to see a diverse group of characters, I loved seeing that here. I liked the overall story; especially the plot. It was cool to see the story played out the way that it did and the way that the con and the sci-fi show, Starfield. I love the quotes that came from Starfield - “Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite”. I loved the nick-names that came from the show. It was so well done and put together that I was wishing the show was real and I could watch it. I also loved the bits of references of fandoms throughout the book. There are a ton referenced, I’m sure there’s plenty that I didn't catch. One of my favorites was this moment when Sage comes to pick up Ella and she says, “Get in loser we’re going…” A tribute to Mean Girls, and a quote that made me laugh out loud, literally, as it was placed perfectly. This is truly a book for fandoms and those that love to be a part of a fandom. The small qualms I had with the book were mostly in the telling of the story. I felt that the story was a little bit long. It felt like it was dragging along at points. There were parts that felt there was so much detail in what the characters were doing that I found myself falling out of the story. I also felt there were points that we were being told what characters are instead of being shown.
SunshineRising2 More than 1 year ago
I loved pretty much everything about this one. From the updated fairy tale to the fangirl/boyness, from the mixed up phone number to the Con; this was pretty much everything you would want in a YA with heart. The story was entertaining and featured a relatable character in Elle and a sympathetic character in Darien. I also liked that Ms. Posten added in Sage forming a relationship with Cal. There was a very nice spanning of race and orientations here that I think should be featured more in YA overall. Bravo. The only drawbacks as far as I was concerned were the maybe too much referencing of stars/universes/galaxies…it got a little overkill there. BUT beyond that? Can’t complain. I was a bit jumping the gun on the nosebleed part, realizing a mere two pages later that Darien was corrected in his tilt back wrongness…but I digress. I highly recommend this one for pretty much anyone. Those who love romance, YA, fairy tale re-tellings, and especially the fangirls and boys out there. The characters really do speak to something that is inside those of us regardless of the particular fandom: (to quote from the book) “We might all be different we may ship different fandoms…when we become those characters, pieces of ourselves light up like glow sticks in the night. They shine. We shine. Together.” Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite. Read other reviews here:
Kel More than 1 year ago
Disclaimer: I received a copy from the publisher for review. Geekerella is readily recognizable as both a Cinderella retelling and a paradise for nerd references. The geek in me loved being in on the secret code and reading about characters who love genres I do. One of the best parts of this retelling is that Prince Charming isn't perfect, in perception or reality, and Darien Freeman really shines as a protagonist in his own right. He's a young actor struggling to prove himself as a professional without losing the real him in the process. Add in a manipulative father, a jealous co-star, a stalker and a blogger out for blood, and he has plenty of conflict and character development. Unfortunately, the weakest part of the book is Elle. She embodies the usual Cinderella complaints--too passive, lacks agency, won't stand up for herself, etc. Elle doesn't have much to lose, but she lets her stepfamily walk all over her and it doesn't make sense. It makes the "fairy godmother" best friend necessary, but it sometimes makes Elle look like a whiny wuss. That said, Elle's failings aren't overwhelming since half the book is from Darien's POV, and I think readers will still like the romance. Picky points: there are more than a few typos/mistypes in the finished copy. I hope they're corrected if Geekerella gets a second printing. Also, this probably makes me a bigger nerd, but as a law school student I was curious about the dad's will regarding the house. I have questions. Overall, I enjoyed Geekerella and highly recommend it to fans of fairy tale retellings and fellow nerds looking for books that speaks geek.