Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled 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.
Author: Ashley Poston
Published: April 4th, 2017 by Quirk Books
Status: Read // Owned (Kindle)
If you are a geeky fangirl like me you will absolutely love this book!
Geekerella follows Elle Wittimer and Darien Freeman as they navigate the challenges of their very different lives. Elle is a diehard Starfield fan (a mix between Star Trek and Firefly), who lives with her wicked step-mother and step-sisters in Charleston. While Darien is a soap opera star and teen heartthrob who has won the lead role in the upcoming Starfield movie.
To any outside Elle’s life sucks and she is determined to change it by travelling to ExcelsiCon to enter a Starfield cosplay contest. Things look great for Darien, but he is also dealing with his own issues, namely the wrath of the Starfield fandom who don’t think he is suitable for the role.
I thought the two leads were very well done. Elle was strong and quirky, but also beaten down by her circumstances. Darien had a surprisingly soft side, which made his sections of the book just as engaging, if not more so than Elle. I won’t spoil how these two manage to enter each other’s spheres – I will just say that it is very sweet and well done.
The romance is cute and I enjoyed watching it progress gradually (I am not sure how to describe the romance without spoilers!) As this is a fairy-tale retelling, you can surmise that elements from Cinderella are included in the plot (is that a spoiler?)
The supporting characters are well done too. Sage and Loony were my favourites, while Gail’s personality surprised me. Jess reminded me a bit of Kristen Stewart or what I imagine K.S. to be like. The step-mother and step-sisters were suitably horrible, although even they surprised me at points. The step-mother explained her own motivations well at the end, which helped me understand her character a bit more.
I loved the inclusion of LGBT characters in this book. I also liked how no one ever really made a big deal about a character’s sexuality, it was how the world should be in that respect.
One aspect that I thought could be improved was the villain, Geekerella was a little predictable in that respect, but I guess the point of cute contemporaries is to not dwell too much on the bad guys, right?
Geekerella reminded me a lot of Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell), but Elle was a bit tougher than Cath. I am excited that nerd culture is becoming mainstream and more books are being written with characters that are gloriously geeky!
On the whole this was a wonderful, cute contemporary read that will delight geeky girls (and boys!) everywhere.
Have you read Geekerella? What did you think?
Thanks for reading!