ARC Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Publisher: Quirk Books
Publication date: April 4, 2017
Pages: 320
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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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.

This ARC was given to me by the publisher, through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.

And that is what this book did. It ignited the biggest flame in my heart, the flame that has GEEK written all over it. This book made me remember how great it is to be one and how we all should embrace our inner geek, no matter how small or how big.

Retellings of fairytales has become quite popular these days, so to say I was a little sceptical when I first dove into it is an understatement. Which is why I am pleased to say that this is one of the best Cinderella retellings I have ever written. The author brought a whole new meaning to the story, and I honestly wish this was the Cinderella version I grew up with.

The reason why I liked this story so much was because of the main character, Ella. The way she geeked out about certain things, her close relationship to her father, how her father introduced her to Starlight like my father introduced me to Star Wars. This book was written to all the fangirl and fanboys out there, those of us who geeks out over everything, those of us who stay true to our fandoms. It was a delight to read.

Ella is such a strong character. After years of bad treatment from her stepmonster and stepsisters, she still held her head high even though we would not always see it. She is one of the characters that grew throughout the book. But Elle was not the only character I liked. There were so many! Sage, because of her sassiness. Miss May, a woman I loved even if we met her only for a brief moment. Darien (obviously) who is a sweetheart, and definitely fits the role as prince charming. Gail, one supportive gal who knows how to step out of her comfort zone. And last but surely not least, Lonney, who is in my opinion a big teddy bear!

Not only was this book filled with great characters, it also had an amazing story to tell! The plot in it self was wonderful and an absolute delight to read. Yes, it did have its cheesy moments but that's what made it so great. Cheesy moments are something we geeks live for, and Ashley Poston knew that. I am beyond grateful for this book, and Ashley Poston: This is not the last you will see of me! I am coming after your books!

So if you are looking for a contemporary romance that will make your heart twist in every way, then this book is the right shoe for you!

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