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.
Rating: 4.5/5 stars
Fans of Jennifer E. Smith’s ‘This Is What Happy Looks Like’ will enjoy this Cinderella retelling. Through dual POV’s, Ashley has written an engaging story that has a creative spin on the Cinderella that all of us know and love.
Danielle, aka Elle, is a character that all fangirls can relate to. She loves Starfield, and knows everything there is to know about it. The fandom linking her to both her late father and mother made the story more heartfelt. I liked seeing how Elle’s friendship with her coworker, Sage, developed, and her texting relationship with Darien as well. The con reminded me of the books ‘Queens of Geek’ by Jen Wilde and ‘All the Feels’ by Danika Stone! The food truck being named the Magic Pumpkin was a nice way of inserting more references to Cinderella.
Elle’s step family drove me insane. Cal isn’t as bad, and she has a pretty decent story arc but Camille and Chloe were absolutely dreadful. Really reminiscent to the original! The book in general reminded me a bit of the Disney Channel movie, Another Cinderella Story starring Selena Gomez. I also loved the title — Geekerella is such a great creative spin!
I liked the dual POV, because we got to see Darien’s view, which is a view that obviously isn’t shown in the original Cinderella. Making Darien an up and coming actor made the story more interesting and modern while still keeping with the Cinderella theme. His relationship with Gail, his handler was portrayed well and they have a strong friendship. I only wish we knew who she was texting!
Overall, this book was an enjoyable read and I most likely will reread it at some point! I’m a sucker for Hollywood stories, and this one has that element along with a great female lead. I loved it! Go ahead and buy this book; you won’t regret it!