Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher (through NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
( Starfield #1 )
Author: Ashley Poston
Published: 15 May 2018
Edition: Quirk Books
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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.
◄ 3 OUT OF 5 STARS ►
Let me preface this review by saying that I have a weakness for Cinderella retellings. For some reason I have always enjoyed them and whenever I find a story retelling this fairy tale I feel the need to read it
(or watch it if it’s a movie). That is also the reason why I decided to read this book in the first place, since contemporary isn’t a genre that I usually gravitate towards. But seeing as this is a Cinderella retelling I had to give it a go.
Both of the main characters, Ella and Darien, were enjoyable. I liked reading from both of their perspectives and learning more about them and their pasts was very interesting as well. With that being said I didn’t love either of them completely, they were just nice characters that I wanted to more about. Another character that I liked was Sage, Elle’s best friend who is also a lesbian. She was amazing and I loved her and Elle’s relationship. They have such a wonderful friendship.
It was a cute romantic story, but I didn’t completely love it. I just didn’t click completely with the characters and with a contemporary book I need that to enjoy it in full. Still, it was a good book and I loved how fandom was included in the story. The fandom aspect is something I love reading about as well. The ending however I didn’t like at all. It was very over the top and it felt cliche. It just felt unnecessary to end it that way and I would have rated the book 4 stars if it wasn’t for that.
Overall this book was good, with great characters and a cute story. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone who loves contemporaries!