Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
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.
Published: April 2017
Genre: Romance, YA
Publisher: Quirk Books
I’m a bit of a sucker for fairytale retellings and this one of the best ones I’ve read.
I loved the concept of it being a Con rather than Ball, it was a different and fresh take on Cinderella, it has everything you would expect to find in a Cinderella-type story, the Evil Step-Mother, spoilt bratty Step-Sisters, a “Prince” and a fairy godmother. All which were written in their own unique way but still in keeping the classic characters.
I really enjoyed Elle and Darian, they were both going through some pretty big stuff and even though their backgrounds are vastly different, the still managed to find some common ground, it made their connection feel real and genuine.
In a nutshell…
I really enjoyed this one, not sure why I didn’t read it sooner. If you enjoy fairytale retellings with a twist this one is for you.
My Rating: 4/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟
About Ashley Poston
Ashley Poston (that’s me!) loves dread pirates, moving castles, and starry night skies.
She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in English, and went on to work at both Kodansha USA and Bloomsbury Publishing. But the dazzling bright lights of New York City couldn’t keep her away from old country roads, so she moved back home to pursue a full-time writing career.
Her books have been on the Indie Next List multiple times, and have been featured in Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Entertainment Weekly, Hypable, and Buzzfeed, among others. She has also been a Goodreads Choice Finalist in 2017 for Geekerella, and a semi-finalist for The Princess and the Fangirl in 2019. She also has a critically-acclaimed space opera series, the Heart of Iron duology, which was named on 2019’s Rainbow List.
When not writing, she can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons and writing fanfic. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking at other weirdos, asking for their username.