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Geekerella by Ashley Poston (3 stars)

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I'm a nerd. Liking superheroes, space explorers, etc. is more "mainstream" these days, but it's still fun to see books dive into full blown geekery!

I received a copy from the publisher for review. Thank you, Quirk Books!
Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Series: n/a
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Fairy tale retelling
Published on April 4, 2017
Published by Quirk Books
Final Rating: 3 stars
Synopsis:
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.

Review:
Geekerella is readily recognizable as both a Cinderella retelling and a paradise for nerd references. The geek in me loved being in on the secret code and reading about characters who love genres I do.

One of the best parts of this retelling is that Prince Charming isn't perfect, in perception or reality, and Darien Freeman really shines as a protagonist in his own right. He's a young actor struggling to prove himself as a professional without losing the real him in the process. Add in a manipulative father, a jealous co-star, a stalker and a blogger out for blood, and he has plenty of conflict and character development.

Unfortunately, the weakest part of the book is Elle. She embodies the usual Cinderella complaints--too passive, lacks agency, won't stand up for herself, etc. Elle doesn't have much to lose, but she lets her stepfamily walk all over her and it doesn't make sense. It makes the "fairy godmother" best friend necessary, but it sometimes makes Elle look like a whiny wuss. That said, Elle's failings aren't overwhelming since half the book is from Darien's POV, and I think readers will still like the romance.

Picky points: there are more than a few typos/mistypes in the finished copy. I hope they're corrected if Geekerella gets a second printing. Also, this probably makes me a bigger nerd, but as a law school student I was curious about the dad's will regarding the house. I have questions.

Overall, I enjoyed Geekerella and highly recommend it to fans of fairy tale retellings and fellow nerds looking for books that speak geek.

4 comments :

  1. I don't think I had read that the book was split between both POVs before - nice! It's disappointing that Elle isn't stronger, but I'm excited to hear that Prince Charming was given some substance.

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    1. Yes, the dual POVs were definitely a good choice here! And it was refreshing to see a more three-dimensional Prince. Now if only Elle stepped up her game a bit... :P

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  2. Is it bad that I am kiiiiind of glad you didn't love this one? I mean... I have been seeing these 5 star reviews all over the place and I just keep thinking "This one just does NOT seem like it is a "me" book", you know? And I think your review helped me decide that for sure- because I am honestly NOT a huge retelling fan, and Elle doesn't sound the best so... yeah. Great review!

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    1. Not bad at all, Shannon! If I've learned anything from book blogging, it's that the rest of the blogging world giving a book 5 stars means nothing for whether I'll like it. I'm glad I read this one, but definitely go with your gut, especially when there are so many books out there waiting to be read. I'm glad I was able to help! :)

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