Be Still, My Shipper Heart! : Geekerella by Ashley Poston

Be Still, My Shipper Heart! : Geekerella by Ashley PostonGeekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale
by Ashley Poston
Release Date: April 4th 2017
Published by Quirk Books
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Format: eARC
Pages: 320
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Source: ARC received for review purposes

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

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 Starfieldfandom 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.

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."

ARC received for review purposes in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Geekerella has been on my radar because of the praise it has been getting from my Goodreads friends. Normally, I’m not one for famous-people-romances, but it was becoming harder and harder for me to dismiss the praise, so I decided to give it a go. And OMG. I’m so so thrilled I decided to read it because this book made my shipper heart indescribably happy. It’s such a sweet Cinderella retelling, which manages to not only be fresh, but memorable in every way.

I honestly thought every aspect of Geekerella was fantastic, but for me what really stood out was how well-developed the characters were. Ashley Poston may have been inspired by an old fairy tale, but she takes her time to flesh out her characters so that they are so much more than their fairy tale counterparts. There’s Danielle, our Cinderella, who I almost immediately connected with because she’s so likeable. She’s pretty much living in hell with her step-mother and the evil step-sisters, but she still manages to have hope, courage and kindness for those around, much like the original Cinderella. I found her exuberance for her favorite show, Starfield, that she bonded with her father over, to be infectious. Just as the title indicates, she was a total geek and an adorable one at that. We are also luckily privy to Darien’s, a teen heartthrob, who is set to play Prince Carmindor in a reboot of Starfield, voice. I thought it was great that the author added his POV to the book because it added an extra dimension to Geekerella. I loved this boy so much. He may have been a famous celebrity, but he was humble, slightly tortured, and such a genuinely good guy.  His complicated relationship with his dad, his desire to want to do a good job as Prince Carmindor even though the fandom wasn’t rooting for him, and his sweet demeanor made him easy to fall for.

His and Danielle’s relationship was the perfect slow burn kind that develops through text messaging – I’ve come to realize just how much I love it when book characters fall in love via letters and texts. It makes everything extra swoony, especially when they finally get around to meeting. I was nervous that when Elle and Darien would meet, there would be unnecessary drama and separation given how Elle wrote a scathing blog post about Darien being cast as Prince Carmindor, but the author manages to keep the romance surprisingly drama-free. It’s a sweet romance with so many deliciously shippy moments, and I 100% felt the connection between the two as they found solace in one another. Besides the romance, we also get a great friendship in the form of Elle’s budding relationship with Sage, her co-worker at the food truck. It was lovely to see a great positive female friendship here.

I also loved how effortlessly diverse Geekerella was. Darien was of Indian descent, and there was also a super sweet f/f ship that I LOVED – seriously, I legit flailed and squeed when it happened because it just was so unexpected, but also I didn’t realize how much I wanted it until it happened. I thought the fandom elements were also written beautifully. It’s an amazing feat, in my opinion, that Ashley Poston was able to make me feel like this fandom was actually real and that I, myself, was part of it. I also really loved how she incorporated elements from Cinderella into the story. The great thing about it all was how it remained cheese-free! I loved all the homage the book pays to the Disney version.

Yeah so, if you’re looking for a book that you will devour from start to finish, that will give you all sorts of swoony feels and make you giddy with all the fandom references, then what are you waiting for? Buy Geekerella ASAP. You will not regret this purchase!

Are you part of any fandoms? What’s your favorite fairy tale retelling?
Let me know in the comments below!

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  • I join so many fandoms, so I’m excited to read this one! It sounds perfect and adorable, and I’m glad it has diversity and not much drama. I love retellings like this, where the story is both familiar, but they can hold on as its own without holding on too much on the familiar aspects 🙂

    • I hope you love it, Tasya!

  • This books looks like it’s right up my ally, I love to read cutesy romances with minimum angst, it’s just so refreshing in a way. Don’t get me wrong though, I still love a great angsty read but sometimes I need a break from all the drama, haha. It’s such a huge plus when books effortlessly incorporate diversity, I love it! Lovely Review Nick 🙂

    • I agree. They always leave me feeling warm and fuzzy and I know I’m in for a HEA!

  • My fav fairytale retelling is either Beauty and the Beast or Aladdin I am such a sucker for both! I really want to read this book because I’ve heard such positive things about it! Thanks so much for sharing Nick!

    xx Anisha @ Sprinkled Pages

    • I’m excited for you to check it out, Anisha! And love B&B and Aladdin too!

  • Sold. Seriously. I hadn’t seen any reviews surprisingly on this one yet. It sounds super cute and so many great elements. I LOVE texts /letters as well for the start of a relationship. Great review!!

    • This is totally a Grace book, so I approve.
      Aren’t they the greatest?

  • OKay, I have to read this. Although I haven’t been much in YA lately, this looks too adorable not to read. Plus – FAIRYTALE RETELLING!

    • OMG, Quinn! You would love this! Everything about it is perfect for you.

  • kindlemom1

    Okay I must grab this one. It sounds pretty irresistible and since we tend to like the same books in this genre, I’m so getting it.

  • Sydney West

    I’m reading this right now. 50% of the way through and I adore it. Like I can’t stop texting everyone I know and telling them that they need this book. It’s so NOT your typical modern Cinderella retelling. It doesn’t give in to the regular molds. And I LOVE all the fandom shoutouts. From the super geeky like firefly to the more contemporary like Gilmore Girls. It just gives me life. This is one that despite having an early review copy I will HAVE to buy when it’s released.

    • Aww yay! I’m so happy you’re loving it too, Sydney. I loved how Geeky it is too. I loved how the author made you feel like you’re part of the fandom too. Definitely a keeper for the bookshelves!

  • Totally loved this one too!! I’m glad you enjoyed it. The ship and the fandom stuff just felt so natural to me. I hate when these “geek” topics are overdone and feel wrong/forced!

    • Your review is what got me to request the book, Lauren! 🙂
      I agree! It felt very natural and not OTT annoying.

  • Great review!! I haven’t heard of this book, but I am going to have to check it out now!!

    • I hope you do. It’s a really sweet story.

  • aww that does sound like such a cute retelling, glad you loved it so much. I’m going to go ahead and add it to my wishlist. I love good characters and this sounds like it has it all

    • Yay! It was a really exceptional book and I can’t wait for more people to read it.

  • Ok, you know I rarely dabble in YA contemps Nick, but you have me itching to try this one.

    • This is one you’d like, Kim!

  • Wish me luck! I just requested it. LOL.

    • Fingers crossed!

  • Well, damn. I’ve seen this around, but mostly ignored it. Guess I shouldn’t do that anymore. I love when there are letters, text, etc in books.

    • Better late than never! Me too! I’m a sucker for them.
      Letters to the Lost and Alex, Approximately have them too! Do you have those??

  • Oh my word, this sounds incredible Nick, how did I not know about this book earlier? I love my cutesy fluffy romances and YAAAAS! I love when characters fall in love in unconventional ways like texts, letters, emails, anything out of the ordinary. And not at all overly dramatic or wanky! YAAAAAS! I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy Nick, I’m here for this! Brilliant review, totally sucked me in <3 <3

    • Woo! I’m glad I helped you discover it, Kelly. It’s an amazing book and I see you totally loving this one! 🙂
      Thank you! <3

  • Angel @Angel Reads

    I am so excited for this! I heard about it at the event here in Melbourne at the end of last year and I was hooked. I am so excited that you loved it, because there is a high chance I will too haha. Thanks for the review.

    • I think you will! 😉

  • I officially need this book. I hate that I passed it up when I had the chance to review it. Ugh! Shame on me.
    Ooooh I also love when there’s texts and letters! Those are the best because you can go back to re-read them and swoon all over <3
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

    • Aww bummer you passed it, but it’s worth buying.
      Me too! I’ve read several with letters this year and I just love it!

  • Bookworm Brandee

    This sounds like a well-rounded and well-written YA romance, Nick. I love that there’s a slow burn romance and NO drama. That’s excellent. And then there’s positive female friendships too?? I’m not part of any fandom so that element will be something new for me. I’ll add this one to my wishlist. I’m so happy you enjoyed this one so well! 🙂

    • I loved that too, Brandee! The friendships especially made me so happy. I hope you’ll love it as much as I did!

  • I’ve been getting more and more excited about this book with every review I read. Your review has sent me over the edge. I need to read this asap! It sounds fantastic!!

    • You should, Lori. It was a lovely book and very addicting!

  • I honestly have a weakness for fairy tale retellings, and I love that this one was cheese free (although to be honest that doesn’t bother me like it would others) Sounds like a book I need to have in my life.

    • I have mixed feelings about them, but I’ve found some truly amazing ones. 🙂

  • I’m glad I waited to read your review until after I’d written mine because I would have basically told everyone to read the book and if you’re not sure you want to come here first. You’ve written the exact reasons why this book is awesome. It is just the cutest book, and Darien and Elle were so cute together. I hadn’t even expected the whole text message thing to start but once it did it was awesome seeing them slowly get to know each other. And then at the end when Darien rode in on a food truck! Loved that entire scene it was awesome. And yes for the f/f romance. I didn’t expect it but it was so right when it happened and I was just questioning why it didn’t happen sooner. I did love that this book was all about the fandom as well. I am getting a strong urge to watch Firefly or something after reading this to immerse myself into all the fandoms because it’s awesome.

  • Felicity Pendragon

    It’s a fairy tale retelling and a book about fandom life?! Sign me up! This one’s definitely going on my TBR.

  • Jenna

    I must know.
    What’s our ship name for Darien and Elle?