My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Publisher: Quirk Books
Point of View: 1st Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fairytale, Contemporary Romance, Cinderella
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.
GEEKERELLA is a charming book very reminiscent of CINDER & ELLA. The similarities are evident, so if you’ve read that book, this one may not impress you, but still, it is a pleasant read.
It’s simply not my kind of read. Well I did enjoy it, because it’s close to impossible for me to dislike a fairytale retelling, though it’s definitely not the type of book I will want to reread in the future.
Because I just can’t believe in falling in love through the phone. There are certainly a lot of things you can do through the phone and with your phone, but literally falling in love with someone?
Even if it were truly possible – which I dismiss as a possibility – I highly dislike the idea of it. You can’t ‘‘be there’’ for someone via your phone. It’s way too easy. ‘‘Being there for someone’’ requires more than you picking up the phone.
But I am surprised with how the story unfolded. Having Darien (Prince Charming)’s point of views really brought something to the story. A celebrity falling in love with a common mortal is a bit of a cliché, but the author made Darien seem so normal that I had no trouble believing it.
GEEKERELLA seems like a light, fun read. It has its fun moments – that’s true – and I’m not going to say it’s a dark, heavy read, but it does deal with loss and loneliness, which means that it’s not rainbows and sunshine everywhere.
Basically, I’d recommend it if you’ve thoroughly enjoyed CINDER & ELLA, or if you want to read a very contemporary retelling of CINDERELLA.
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