Geekerella is one of those books that absolutely stole my heart. Thank you NetGalley for sending me this ARC! This was an absolute perfect pairing. It is one of those stories I couldn’t wait to have a physical copy of the book to wave about as I fangirled to everyone about it.
I never expected anyone to capture this side of fandom life so spectacularly. It is a story written for those of us who have lived years deep in a fandom as well as those who are new to the fandom culture. I think a lot of people will appreciate all that this book represents! It is such a fun read and as much as it is a modern retelling of Cinderella, and you know what to expect with that story, there are so many surprises along the way.
Such as Sage, Elle’s best friend and coworker at the Magic Pumpkin (a vegan pumpkin themed food truck). She is such an amazing character and the perfect fairy godmother to boot. She embodies the true spirit of friendship forged in the deep fires of cosplay and geekery. Sage is both talented and unique! Watching their relationship grow from coworkers to close friends is one of my absolute favourite parts of Geekerella.
Of course, our Prince Charming is also quite the unexpected character. Darien, the teen heartthrob cast as the lead in the new Starfield movie, is secretly a superfan of the Starfield series and cannot believe how lucky he is to have landed the part of Prince Carmindor. I love that he and Elle go from a misconnected text to great friends who have yet to meet in person. It reminds me of You’ve Got Mail for a new generation. It is equal parts romantic and funny. It also captures the way we connect online now, when we sometimes never have a chance to meet the real life human behind the blog/instagram/tumblr in person.
The absolute best part of this book? STARFIELD. Ashley Poston has created a TV series and fandom from scratch. Starfield is all the best parts of Star Trek meets Firefly. I must admit I Googled it to see if it did exist in some small part of the internet. In Geekerella, we learn enough about the show, characters, and the plot of Starfield to understand the fandom and the canon moments referenced throughout the story. The sneak peeks into Darien’s time working on the film truly make it that much more real.
This story is just so much more than Cinderella finding Prince Charming and Happily Ever After. It’s about the family we find in our fandoms, the real life struggles we face and the way these stories can inspire us to keep moving forward. I honestly love EVERYTHING about Geekerella! From the well developed characters to the gorgeous cover and interior art. If you love fandom, old school science fiction series, the cosplay-con life, you are going to love all these things bundled together in this contemporary young adult romance.
As Prince Carmindor says , “Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”
Synopsis: 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