Hello fellow booklovers! I had recently finished reading Geekerella by Ashley Poston as an e-arc (eBook advanced copy) that was given to me by Netgalley. I’m utterly grateful that my request for this book was accepted and I was able to read it!
Geekerella follows geek girl Elle Whittier. She lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi TV series she grew up watching with her late father. Elle has watched every episode countless of times, knows the character like she knows her own mind, and owns a blog centered around Starfield. Enters Darien Freeman. He’s an up and coming actor, playing the lead role in the revival of Starfield, Federation Prince Carmindor. However, despite what his fans (and many Stargunners) believe, Darien is a closet Starfield nerd. When a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie pops up, Elle 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. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all adorable, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.
So off the bat, Geekerella is obviously a modern retelling of Cinderella. Let’s just get that out there. Cinderella is not my favorite fairy tale but I was pretty obtimistic that this book would be AT LEAST a 3 star book. However I was hesitant on reading this book.
Confession time: I don’t care for Star Wars, Star Trek, and many of the other BIG fandoms. I went to an anime convention once and I wasn’t extremely excited about it. I thought I wouldn’t be able to relate to the conventions and sci-fi stuff that are prominent in the book. I didn’t care about TV shows or movies or comic books so I thought that I wouldn’t understand.
Oh boy, how wrong was I. Elle and Darien and every other person in this book (except for a couple) their passion for their fandom reminded me of my passion for books. This book doesn’t apply to only TV shows or movies or comics but also to BOOKS as well. Every time they talked about how much a character means to them or how much a TV show helped them, reminded me of how I feel about my favorite books.
During the convention in the story, it reminded me so much of when I went to Yallfest. Lines as far as the eye could see of people waiting to meet their hero. Waiting for the precious minutes they’ll have with someone they admire. Displaying as their favorite characters just because they want to be them. To step into their shoes and be the character you want to be for a day.
This book honeslty touched my heart and showed me the true power of fandom. That even if you have different ships, different views of characters, and different fandoms. We all bleed fandom, “geeky” blood.
Apart from the obvious connection I felt with this book. The writing was pretty simple, no flowery words or imagery. It was simple, however, beautiful when it was needed. There would be times where the authors words would bring tears to my eyes, not because of the writing but becuase of the truth behind what was being said. You could feel the authors passion for this story, for these characters, and for fandom in general.
The story was also well paced, not too slow, not too fast, but just right. It was smooth sailing all through out. I had no issues with this book. It was cute, geeky, and adorable. It was exactly what I needed to put me back in a reading mood and I just couldn’t wait to write a review.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars and I strongly recommend it! Can’t wait to read more of Ashley Poston’s work!