Monday, April 10, 2017

Review: Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
by Ashley Poston
April 4, 2017
320 pages

Goodreads Summary:
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 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.


Geekerella is a refreshing modern take on Cinderella~ It's fun and full of cute surprises. There are struggles and hardships but as with any fairy tale, there is a Happily Ever After. Would anyone think otherwise??

Although fairy tales don't exactly happen in real life, Geekerella was so relatable and down-to-earth. It's a sweet story with some difficult moments but nothing too tough. To be honest I was not expecting to find such excellent representation in Geekerella. The fandom love and the clear diversity excited me. So much love for it!

I loved the alternating chapters between Elle and Darien. They really painted a clear picture of the conflict and battles they wage in themselves and with others. It sucked having to see them suppress their own wishes to submit to their "parent's" orders. I was all too happy and eager to see them step out of their comfort zone and grow. " dad said that the impossible is only impossible if you don't even try." (ARC, p. 127). I was a little surprised at how easily Elle and Darien accepted the truth about their mystery text pal given they kind of hate each other in real life? Though I think it's really a silly hate-love thing ;) The two of them made for an awkward (at first) but sweet couple.

What I love the most about Geekerella is how Ms. Poston is able to take the classic Cinderella elements and depict them in a modern style. From the pumpkin carriage to the Fairy Godmother to the Ball, every important detail were all still very present in the story. It's different in a creative and original way but still wholly the fairy tale Cinderella.

I didn't completely fall in love with Geekerella but I can't really put my finger on why. Maybe it was because I didn't see the mean guys suffer any consequences? At least nothing to my liking but that's definitely a personal issue. It really didn't detract from my enjoyment of the overall storyline.

Ms. Poston transforms a timeless fairy tale into a novel that will make readers smile, sulk, glare, swoon and laugh in equal measures. I'm positive there will be even more gushing over Geekerella in the days to come~
4 Cats
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinion are my own and not affected in any way. All quotes were taken from the Advance Review Copy I received.


  1. I have been seeing such rave reviews of this book. I'm glad that you liked it but there were some things you with were a little better. It's nice to get a little lower expectations because seriously everyone is raving about this. I need to read it though. Great review!
    Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally

    1. I'm a little sad my review wasn't a raving one lol. I wish I loved it but it was just like for me. I'm curious what it'll be for you!

  2. I LOVE when an author can take all the important original elements and re-work them in creative ways - it's easily my favourite part of a retelling. That comment alone sold this one for me!

    1. Yayy! I'm so thrilled you're interested Kelly! I hope you do love it when you read it.

  3. I really want to read this one, I've seen so many good reviews for it. I'm so glad you enjoyed it as well! :D

    1. Hope you pick it up soon! It's a fun read for sure!

  4. I am all for the nerds so this one sounds like a good time!

    1. It's quite the heartwarming story for nerds so I hope you love it :)

  5. I LOVED this book. So so so much. ♥♥♥ Also glad you enjoyed it too!!!


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