by Ashley Poston
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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.
So this book is actually getting republished this month. I saw it on NetGalley and had to request it. How I hadn’t read it before is beyond me! This was so freakin’ adorable! I mean she works at a food truck called Magic Pumpkin. How cute is that?!
It was a modern day take on Cinderella and it was done very well. Danielle aka Elle loves the show Starfield. It used to be a thing between her and her dad who obsessed about it together before he died. Her dad even created a Con called ExcelsiCon all about the show! Of course, since this is a retelling, she lives with a horrible stepmother and two stepsisters.
Unlike the regular Cinderella, we get a look into Darien’s life. He didn’t have it as good as the media like to play it up as. The die hard fans of Starfield don’t think he’s a good choice for the role of Carmindor, but what they don’t know is that Darien loves Starfield and took the role for that reason.
These two were great together! I loved that love interest was just as much of a geek as she was. It made the story so much better to see them talk all about the show and bring things from the show into their everyday lives. Even though they didn’t know who they were talking to, they were there for each other and watching their relationship grow was awesome to read about.
I also loved the side characters, especially Sage! She was hilarious and would be such a good friend to have. I loved the friendship between her and Elle. Even though they were different, they understood and supported each other. It was refreshing to see such a good and honest friendship in a YA.
I highly recommend this one! It was adorable and left me smiling!
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.