Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
This was a really cute read! I enjoyed the way the story was written with both main characters’ point of view and the setting of it all. In this, we have ExcelsiCon (which makes it an even more fun approach for a Cinderella retelling) as well as Darien and Elle brought together through their love of Starfield.
“And if you want to be one of the lucky few to meet the Federation Prince himself, Midlight Entertainment is teaming up with ExcelsiCon this year to host a fan competition! Dress up as your favorite Starfield character and you could win once-in-a-lifetime tickets to ExcelsiCon’s masquerade ball, where the winners will be treated to an exclusive meet-and-greet with our man Darien Freeman, plus tickets to the premiere of Starfield in L.A.!”
I wasn’t sure how this retelling would go, as many only have slight variations to them, but there was such a fun twist to this one it was hard not to like. The food truck that represented the pumpkin carriage was a great way to incorporate it in with all the other changes like the prince being an actor with a great personality and love for all things Starfield and Elle with a great heart who dreams big and loves all things spacey as well.
Even though there were some parts too far-fetched like a perfect “prince charming” who’s only real fault was his father/manager, or a stepmother who didn’t really add much depth or change to things, it was everything else that kept me reading. I couldn’t get enough of the Doctor Who references or how much I enjoyed the talk about ExcelsiCon as well as Elle and Sage working on the costume(s) for the Cosplay/ExcelsiCon Ball. The romance may have been a little much in the way it was played out (not safe at all in the real world) but it gave it that fairy-tale aspect that we daydream about. Not to leave out the feels it gives with ExcelsiCon added to the mix.
“A Torturian beside me mimics my salute. And a Nox. A Jedi. A Vulcan. A Dark Elf. The entire Fellowship of the Ring. Everyone, in their different-colored hair and costumes and masks, lifts their hands in promise-swears to show that underneath the robes and breastplates and Spandex are people whose hearts beat together. We might all be different–we may ship different things or be in different fandoms–but if I learned anything from twenty-three days in a too-blue uniform playing a character I thought I could never be, it’s that when we become those characters, pieces of ourselves light up like glow stick in the night. They shine. We shine. Together.”
Geekerella, as the title references, has all the geeky feels and the lovey dovey ones that I was hoping for. It is a very unique take on the original fairytale and happy to see a few changes with characters that usually stay the same in every retelling. There were some things, as mentioned above, that I didn’t love as much but they were minor compared to how much fun the reading was throughout this novel. I’m very glad I took the time to pick up this book and enjoy all the fandomness involved.