Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Disclaimer: I bought this book!Book Series: Once Upon a Con #1Rating: 5/5Publication Date: April 4, 2017Genre: YA Contemporary Romance/RetellingRecommended Age: 14+ (domestic violence/slight abusive home life might be a little triggering)Publisher: Quirk BooksPages: 320Amazon LinkSynopsis: 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.Review: Holy shit why haven’t I read this book before now? This book is absolutely amazing! The story was well written and, while it keeps to the original Cinderella tale, it manages to weave in this wonderfully original take on the tale. The book made my little geek heart happy and, by the end, I was rooting for Elle and Darian to get together. Definitely recommend this for anyone who loves romances or retellings or needs a book between tough reads.However, I do think that the ending could be better. It felt like the book suddenly ended, but I might be biased as I want more Elle and Darian. Sequel please Ash?Verdict: A must read for any geek.

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