Author: Ashley Poston
Publication: April 4th 2017 by Quirk Books
Genre: YA Contemporary/Re-telling
Copy: ARC provided by publisher & Face in a Book in exchange for an honest review
Summary: 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 book is absolutely adorable. As a fangirl, I found myself totally falling in love with Elle and her obsession with Starfield. I love the "celebrity and normal person fall in love" trop with a passion, so this book was pretty much perfect for me. Also, there's a ton of diversity. which is always awesome to see!!
Elle is so sweet and adorable like her retelling counterpart, Cinderella. But she also has a sarcastic side to her, especially when it comes to Darien, which I loved. I wish she would have stood up for herself a little more when it came to her stepsisters and stepmom. Speaking of them, yep, you guessed it: they're horrible. One of her stepsisters is particularly nasty. If I would've been there I would have bitch-slapped her from here to the next galaxy. But, I get it, it's Cinderella, she's too nice to do something like that. Luckily, she has her faithful sidekick, Sage. Sage is probably my favorite character in this entire book. She literally doesn't give a f***, and it's amazing. She stood up for Elle and showed her what true friendship is, and she's pretty much my hero.
As for the romance, it was just as adorable as you're expecting. Darien is sweet but with the perfect amount of asshole added in (and he's also POC!). Elle doesn't let him push her around, and their relationship has a nice slow-burn that makes the ending that much better.
Overall, I definitely recommend this book to my fellow geeks out there! You will fall in love with this book and the characters. Let me know if you've read it yet, or if you want to in the comments!