Book ReviewYoung Adult

Geekerella by Ashley Poston (ARC)

Publisher: Quirk Books | Pages: 320

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling

Rating: ★★★☆☆

The publisher kindly sent me a physical copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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.


Oh, fairytales – I simply adore them. I’m a huge Disney fan and love the world of fairytales because they allow you to escape into a world you only dream about. When Penguin reached out to me, I was so intrigued by this book. It was a little outside of my comfort zone with respect to plot, but the synopsis pulled me in and I was excited to get a chance to try this book.

I have to say, I was somewhat disappointed in the book. I’m not sure if it was because I had such high hopes and it fell flat of what I was expecting or if it just wasn’t my kind of a book. I found it difficult to get into from the start and throughout it, I only found myself mildly interested.

Ashley Poston’s writing is spectacular. While I was not a huge fan of the plot/story, her writing was a huge plus for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters of Elle and Darien and feel as though they were what kept me going throughout the length of the book. I really liked the way in which Poston wrote their characters and gave each of their perspectives; they really jumped through the pages.

I think the biggest hurdle for me to overcome with this book was the fan fiction/cosplay, sci-fy plot line. It ended up being an obstacle I just couldn’t get through. I would say however, that if you’re a huge lover of fan-fiction type stories, then I think this book is for you. I myself, know of a friend who I think would totally love this book.

Overall, I am so thankful to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this book. It opened my eyes up to the different types of fairytale retellings. I enjoyed Poston’s writing and her characters, but her plot fell through for me.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Favourite Quote: “I’ve met my doom, and it isn’t even breakfast yet.”

About the Author:

Ashley Poston is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She was born in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well …

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Victoria @ The Contented Reader

Victoria @ The Contented Reader

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