Saturday, June 16, 2018

Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Year Published: 2017


Genre: YA historical fiction
Pages: 317
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (SC)

FTC Disclosure: I borrowed this book from my school library

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle's been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother's back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all--not to mention a fangirl's dream come true.

Teen actor Damien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year's ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they're nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets.


Review: When I read a great review of this book by Jackie at Death by Tsundoku, I thought it sounded like a fun summer read. I haven't read a true YA romance in a while so thought, "what the heck?!" So much fun!

Yes, it's obviously a retelling of Cinderella with a mean stepmother and stepsisters, the main character is does all the work and is treated badly. And there is definitely a handsome prince and a glittery slipper. But this version is modernized with cell phones, Hollywood movies, cosplay (dressing up as your favorite character at a convention), and fan fiction. And romance.

This book is perfect if you are in the mood for fairy tale endings and swooning teenagers. And I was. I really enjoyed reading this book, even finding myself worried the "bad guys" were going to win out at one point. Of course they don't; this is the story of Cinderella. But, unlike Cinderella, Elle has a voice and she uses it, eventually. She makes good friends and gets the cute boy. It's all very good.

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