Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Source: Bought (from Shakespeare & Co. in Paris, France)
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.
When we travelled round Europe for 6 weeks this Summer, our first stop was Paris. I just had to visit Shakespeare and Company and so, dragging Myles behind me, we went. I enjoyed looking round the shelves and really wanted (and had) to buy a book from such a famous bookshop. I spent a while deciding because I’ll be honest, all the books I really wanted, I already have. I was a little unsure of buying Geekerella at first because I felt that I should be buying a classic book or something from this shop. I went for it anyway because I loved the cover and the sound of this book and I’m super glad I did!
Yeah, the cover..let’s just talk about that quickly. It’s so gorgeous. I love the colours, it sparkles and there’s a sausage dog on the cover. What’s not to love about it?!
I began reading this on our long train from Paris to Barcelona and I pretty much instantly fell in love with this book. I find that contemporary books are fairly quick and easy for me to read and this was definitely one of them. It was a pretty fun book. The main character, Elle, was a likeable character and it sort of reminded me a bit of A Cinderella Story. Probably because it’s another modern-day Cinderella inspired retelling.
One thing that I really loved about this book is that it featured a convention. I have only been to two conventions in my life, and both have been this year, but reading about Elle’s excitement for the con and her gearing up for it was something I enjoyed reading. I felt that I could definitely relate to Elle’s love for cons and completely understood the disappointment that the fandom had towards the new actor.
In terms of relationships with Elle’s step mum, her step sisters and her friend, there isn’t all that much to discuss. Virtually everyone knows the story of Cinderella. She doesn’t get on with her step mother or sisters and she doesn’t have any friends. This was much the same, although Elle does have one friend which I thought was great as it meant that Elle did have a little support system. The whole ‘girl meets prince’ is also played on in this book in a unique way, especially since it had a different coming together of the two people in a way that hasn’t been explored before. Although, it did remind me a little of A Cinderella Story (that’s twice I’ve mentioned it now!)!
The writing was perfect for a YA contemporary and flowed really well. The chapters weren’t too long which was definitely good because long chapters are definitely not for me – they really slow a book down for me. This book definitely kept up the pace and never left me bored at all!
Obviously this story is quite predictable because it is based on such a famous fairytale, but that didn’t stop it from being such a fun read! I think this book has garnered positive attention within the book community because many of us can relate to the fangirl side of this story. It is a cute book but it just works. I am glad that I chose to buy this book from Shakespeare & Company and do not regret my choice at all.
So I give this book a 4 stars mostly because it was just a light, fun read and had everything that a fluffy contemporary should have but also it really added to the retellings of Cinderella in such a unique way that I think all of us fangirls and fanboys can relate to!
Fun fact: this book also had the Shakespeare & Co stamp on the first page!
You can see more of my pictures (like above!) here!