Anything can happen once upon a con…
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 Darien 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. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
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I'm trying out this different style of reviewing a book. I obviously really enjoyed it and gave it 5 stars, and now I really want to convince you, the young adult readers, to read it too if you haven't already. So here we go:
The romance in Geekerella was adorable! And no insta love, which is always a plus. It felt reminiscent of Alex, Approximately as both relationships start with messages instead of face to face interactions. Personally, I really love these kind of stories and it was very well executed in Geekerella!
If you follow this blog, then you might know that I really enjoy reading fairy tale retellings. Normally those books are still considered fantasy but Geekerella is a contemporary Cinderella retelling, which was quite original. I much prefer fantasy over contemporary but if you only read one contemporary book each year, let it be Geekerella, it is the perfect comfort read! It such a fun book and it definitely made me happy whilst reading it at an otherwise very stressful time for me.
I have mentioned in certain post that I went to my very first convention, Facts, in October and my second last April. Luckily, those conventions took place in my university city which means it was very close by for me. I didn't get any pictures or autographs from the actors who were present and I also didn't feel confident enough to cosplay or dress up, but I did immediately feel at ease with this crowd, you can very easily talk to someone because at these conventions everyone loves the same things and everyone is friendly. This is the part of conventions I love the most. Of course, I also enjoyed going to actor's Q&A's.
In my opinion, Geekerella portrays this feeling I have at conventions very well. I actually recognized myself in this book, as I'm definitely geeky and proud to be so. Instead of a royal ball, the characters go to a cosplay ball, which I thought was a very nice twist of the original story. The author calls herself a fangirl, and you can definitely feel that she is just like the rest of us geeks throughout the entire novel. Like I said, a very accurate and positive portrayal of conventions.
The last convention I went to was definitely Firefly themed as Nathan Fillion and Morena Baccarin attended the convention. I saw three of their Q&A's and they were the best! I watched Firefly in the month before the convention and I immediately fell in love with the series. This experience at Facts, made it very special for me to read those Firefly references in Geekerella. At one point at the con, a character says: "I think I see Nathan F----" which immediately made me reminiscent of my own experiences.
Lastly, I want to mention the friendships in this story, as a Cinderella retelling Elle's family has to be evil, but there were some amazing friendships in this story aside from that. First of all, the friendship between Elle and Darien, but most importantly, the friendship between Elle and Sage. At first you are meant to believe Sage is another character who acts horrible towards Elle, but very quickly those characters develop an amazing friendship. Both of them would do anything for the other, and that is something Elle has been missing in her live. Sage, herself is a remarkable character on her own and the book is worth reading just for her.
I hope these reasons will have convinced you to check out Geekerella! I highly recommend this book, it was a joy to read and it's the PERFECT SUMMER READ! It was just so adorable, like a love letter to all things geeky!
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