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.
Oh. My. Word! This was sooooooo good.
I was a child who loved the happily ever after fairy tales. Cinderella was always my favourite. So a new book, retelling Cinderella – with sci-fi geekdom involved (another of my favourite things) just seemed irresistible.
I don’t quite know how to explain how enjoyable this was to read. It switched between the perspectives of Elle and Darien really easily with no confusion as to who you were listening to. The relationship between the two was accidental, unusual and sweet, with massive echoes of “You’ve Got Mail” (one of my favourite romance movies ever). And despite the fact that the characters had flaws, they were aware of them and weren’t afraid to beat themselves up about it.
The supporting cast were entertaining – especially Sage (with appropriately coloured green hair) and Gail – Darien’s personal assistant who spent most of her time in a state somewhere between running round like a headless chicken and two steps away from a nervous breakdown.
I genuinely loved this. Yes it isn’t the most amazing piece of literature ever, but it kept me entertained. Made me emotional. Made me laugh. And best of all I came away with a smile on my face and a warm cosy feeling in my heart.
Recommended to anyone who loves geekiness, happily ever afters, or just a good old rom-com type novel.
Received via Netgalley and the publisher for review
Finished on April 13th 2017
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