Geekerellaby Ashley Poston
Published on April 4, 2017 by Quirk Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
I reeaally wanted to love this one. While I enjoyed Geekerella, I didn’t love it as much as I expected to. I think it may have been too predictable. Though I expected that going in, so I really don’t know what happened. I think I had too high of expectations for this to be spectacular, but it was pretty much like every other contemporary I’ve read before, just with a fairytale spin to it.
In all truth, Elle didn’t particularly amaze me. There was literally nothing special about her other than the fact that she’s just as much of a geek as the rest of us. I kept waiting for that moment when I fell in love with her character but it never came. I was more excited to read her interactions with Skye (pretty sure that’s her name). I would just love a book from Skye’s perspective of all of this.
Darien also wasn’t very swoon worthy. He was definitely better than Elle in the fact that I looked forward to his chapters more than hers, but I *still* couldn’t connect with him all that much either. He’s this super nerdy guy who just wants to make the best movie for the fans as he can, because he is a fan himself and it’s so admirable, but the way he just lets his dad dictate his life is even more annoying than Elle being such a push over and thinking no one would ever want to be her friend. He had so many chances to just…do life his way, and he didn’t take them.
It was a little slow in the beginning, but once they got to the con, it definitely picked up pace and I started to enjoy it more. To be able to go to a con like that…gosh it would be any nerd’s dream. I wish I would have been able to see the costume Skye created for Elle in real life because I feel like my imagination just wouldn’t do it justice.
While Geekerella was a cute retelling of Cinderella, it just didn’t meet my expectations. It felt too insta-love and I couldn’t really connect with the characters, but hopefully if you decide to pick this one up, you enjoy it more than I did.