“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.”
Fairy tale retellings seem to be growing trend within young adult fiction. But with the added bonus of geekery and fandoms, Geekerella by Ashley Poston stands out among the crowds. Based on the classic tale of Cinderella, this cute and fun romance was a quick and enjoyable read.
Danielle (Elle) Wittimer is our leading geeky girl. Growing up, Elle and her late father would watch the classic sci-fi series Starfield together. This helped fuel Elle’s love for the fandom, and helped her stay connected with her dad even after his passing. However, when Starfield is rebooted for a movie remake, Elle is skeptical of the male lead’s ability to bring Prince Carmindor to life. Enter Darien Freeman, the book’s token celebrity heartthrob. Darien has always wanted to play Carmindor, but due to his overbearing manager and gossip magazine headlines, he’s known more his abs than his geeky obsession. These two characters become intertwined via some digital magic and the story evolves from there.
Now it wouldn’t be a Cinderella retelling without a ball, and the story soon becomes centered around Elle trying to win a cosplay contest to gain an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball. Working for the Magic Pumpkin food truck, another allusion to the classic tale, Elle is determined to make enough money to buy tickets to the Con and win the contest. Darien is also involved with the Con; his celebrity status ensuring that he is used for promotional purposes despite his efforts in maintaining a “normal teenage” life.
With a little magic, and a whole lot of Lord of the Rings references, the story unfolds in a cute and romantic way. The only thing I didn’t like about the book was the wicked stepmother. Catherine, the stepmom, gave Dolores Umbridge a run for her money for most-hated-female-antagonist. She made me so frustrated!
Overall, this book was very entertaining. It had all the classic ingredients for the Cinderella story – the evil stepmother, the crazy stepsisters, even the glass slipper! But with a few twists and turns (and a moment of redemption for a hated character), this rendition felt fresh and new. There were many nods to famous fandoms. Starfield itself seemed like a show that I would want to watch with hints of Firefly and Stargate SG1. It also included some POC and diversity in it’s storyline which is always refreshing to read!
Geekerella is available for presale at the moment, but officially releases April 4, 2017.
*received e-book ARC through the publisher via NetGalley