My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4/5)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
It’s Cinderella’s story but it’s geeky, fluffy, modern, and magical in a realistic way! I love reading Retellings especially the ones about the classic fairy tales so I was so excited when I got approved of this eARC, and I was not disappointed because Geekerella is just AHHHHHHH *insert other fangirling sounds here*
So Cinderella is Elle, this geek girl who loves Starfield (it’s like the baby of Star Wars and Star Trek) who runs a blog dedicated to it. Her father, who is also a huge fan of it to the point that he started a Con called ExcelsiCon which is like heaven for all fandoms, died a few years ago and left Elle to her stepmother and two beauty vlogger step-sister. Did I mention that her step-sisters are beauty vloggers??? Because I think that’s so appropriate, I love it.
Prince Charming is the heartthrob actor with insured abs, Darien Freeman, who is secretly a huge Starfield fan (please don’t tell this to his fans, it’ll ruin his image). And then, the grand ball is a COSPLAY BALL a.k.a coolest thing ever! I won’t tell who’s the fairy godmother but yeah, the carriage is a pumpkin food truck. I don’t know about you but from here I’m already sold! I love, love all these new and timely take on the classic Cinderella.
This is told in alternating chapters of Elle and Darien. Naturally, I liked Elle’s POV more but Darien’s was also well-written and I do love reading about how being famous work. The storyline played really good, there was a perfect balance of cute and fluffy scenes and some heartfelt ones.
Anonymous texts, famous actors, perfectly timed romance, fandoms, geeky stuff, and more—all found in one book, and it was such a delight to read.
While reading I felt understood and at ease, being a fangirl for many things I could relate so much to Elle, her love for the fandom and the connection she and her parents have in it was just heartwarming. Plus, the support of the rest of the fandom throughout the story was so evident. I love how when Elle has a question about something, like for her costume, she’ll just get her phone and ask her online friends then get an instant reply. IT WAS SO TRUE. Even when she ranted about Darien being Carmindor and people had her back on that, lol I remembered every time my favorite character got casted wrong.
Darien, had it harder being a closet-fan of Starfield, he had to prove to them that he is the perfect Carmindor. And not mention, it has been he’s dream role ever since. Darien’s character had a lot more to offer other than him being an actor, he has this issue with his former bestfriend, stuff with his father, and overall finding out what he’s doing with his life.
For a fairytale retelling Geekerella’s pretty realistic, not in a hot-actors-will-fall-in-love-with-you sense but in a fandoms-are-more-than-just-stuff-we-geek-about sense. Books, comics, TV shows, movies, games or whatever it is that you’re passionate about, it means so much more to you than other’s may think and it has this power to change your life in a really good way. It lets you meet new people and gain experiences, it’s where you find inspiration and it’s where you feel understood.
Geekerella may not be able to represent every fandom out there but if you’re a fangirl/fanboy, this book will not disappoint into representing you and your love for all that “geeky and nerdy stuff”. Plus, it has a fluffy romance and a guaranteed happily ever after!
Thank you so much Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an eARC of this book.