By: Ashley Poston
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
Genre: Fairytale, fiction, YA, retelling, romance
Synopsis: Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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 review will be spoiler free.
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Cinderella stories. I love all the movie remakes, as well as the originals, and I am a sucker for fairytale themed books. I don’t know if it is the simplicity of the plot or the reassuring feeling that I know it will have a happy ending, but something about them just appeals to me. This book was no exception, it put a geeky spin on the traditional tale and created a heartwarming and engaging story. I loved that we got both Elle’s (our Cinderella) and Darian’s (our prince) perspectives, it made the story more involved than it traditionally is. I am quite the nerd myself and this book was definitely a love letter to nerd culture, it was nice to see it celebrated like that. The story itself was of course predictable and relatively simple, there wasn’t a ton of character development, though the characters were well crafted and more three dimensional than is typical for a retelling.
If you are looking for a light hearted, romantic story that is guaranteed to make you smile this is the book for you. It is definitely a feel good book and I was impressed that the author made Elle and Darian a mixed-race couple, it is not something I see often enough in YA.
No spoilers section today, I assume we all know the story of Cinderella so there probably won’t be many surprises in this one. What is your favourite Cinderella retelling?