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Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Title: Geekerella, A Fangirl Fairy Tale

Author: Ashley Poston

Publisher: Quirk Books

Published: April 4th, 2017

Pages: 320

Rating: 5/5

My Review:

What an absolutely brilliant modern day version of Cinderella for grown ups! I loved reading this fun remake of the fairy tale. Elle Wittimer lives with her step mother and twin step sisters following the untimely death of her beloved parents. Her Dad was a huge fan of the classic television series, Starfield, so much so that he and Elle’s Mum were the instigators of the ExcelsiCon, a convention for fans. Elle still loves the series and regularly watches re-runs (when she can escape the attentions of her step-family) and has created a fan blog about the series. When news of a movie remake of the series is publicised and it is said to star teen actor Darien Freeman, Elle blogs her negative opinions – and these are viewed and shared by millions. She’s astounded as she wasn’t convinced many people actually read it. Little did she know but one of her readers is Darien, another Starfield geek!

Darien used to attend cons before becoming a famous star actor. He’s worried about his latest role, hoping he can do justice to the series he loves but certainly not happy to discover he’s also meant to be attending ExcelsiCon, something he hasn’t agreed to do. He tries to phone the organiser but rings Elle instead. This starts an exchange of Starfield themed texts. As their exchanges geek along, the two grow closer but neither knows the person they are texting or what they look like. However, with her stepmother so against the convention and him hiding his true identity, will they ever get to meet? Well, being a fairy tale, of course they do! By the way, look at the cover and you should see ‘The Magic Pumkin” – a vegan fast food outlet where Elle works and the equivalent to the coach in Cinderella!

If you’re a nerd about any science fiction television of film series (yes, guilty – though not as much as my daughter . . . she learnt from me and took it even further) I suspect that, whatever your age, you’ll also love this story. It has an appetising mix of fandom, fairy tale and fun with a great range characters. Sage has to be one of my favourites, but there are many twists and surprises along the way. It is a brilliant modern take on Cinderella and is definitely going to be one of those rare stories that I know I’ll re-read and keep on laughing out loud at some of the antics, action and activities as it progresses. I have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone looking for an engaging, fun(ny) fairytale with contemporary, charismatic characters, a well-crafted story and (only after lots of problems including a lost glass slipper) the happy ever after required for the main characters!

Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite!

I requested and received a copy of this story via NetGalley and this is my honest review after reading it. I am so glad I spotted this book and my request to read it was approved – it will definitely be one of my best reads for 2017 – Fandoms rule!

Synopsis

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 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. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

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.

Buy Links:    Amazon (UK)         Amazon (US)        Barnes and Noble

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