Book Review: Geekerella

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Title: Geekerella

Author: Ashley Poston

Genres: YA, Retelling, Romance

Expected publication: 4th April 2017

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Rating: 5/5


Synopsis: 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?


*I was given an eARC via NetGalley in exchange an honest review*

Geekerella describes itself as ‘part romance, part love letter to nerd culture’ and it definitely had succeeded its goal. Geekerella is a perfect blend of both. For nerd culture being at its peak in this generation, Geekerella had paid tribute to almost all fandom out there. From comic book to Disney and TV shows, it has all of them. You have this familiar feeling, this comfort when you see your fandom being mention in the book, inside joke or references you might only get in you are in the fandom like George Clooney’s Batnipple suit to Barbara Gordon in Killing Joke (and there is a part slightly remind me of Doctor Who: Doomsday but maybe it’s just me). Such things make this book feels more like a friend. It shows how cosplayers treat their cosplay and how important it is to them. It sure makes me want to cosplay or at least go to con one day.

The characters feel realistic. Unlike our typical cookie-cutter YA romance characters, Darien feels really realistic, he has anxiety about being on TV even though he is super famous, he is a huge nerd, he likes Star Wars, Batman and more. Both characters are huge fans of this show called Starfield, Starfield is this sci-fi show and it doesn’t feel like it’s copying other existing franchise out there (or maybe I am just not that familiar with sci-fi except Doctor Who and Star Wars). Yes, this book fills with fandom reference but it also touches on more ‘important topics’ in fandom: whitewashing, reboot, sexism in fandom, and ‘fake geek girl’.

Yes, this is a Cinderella retelling, so the tale is as old as time. We all know the story of Cinderella: how she lose her glass slipper and met Prince Charming. Geekerella still has elements of the classic fairy tale but Poston manages to add this modern twist into it. I would say Geekerella is a product of this generation, with nerd culture, blogging and vlogging,  cosplay and cons. I don’t know is it an important factor for you to read this book but Darien is a Person of Colour (and Starfield breaking the barrier of its era to cast a POC in the original show) and it had a secondary F/F romance, so points for diversity.

Geekerella is a love letter to geek everywhere, fangirls and fanboys, cosplayers and fan-fiction writers (a middle-finger to those who had told us to ‘get over our obsessions’) To me who had been fangirling since forever (well 7-8 years), Geekerella is perfect read for me. Compare to other YA novels about fandom, I think it does a good job representing the fan culture. Honestly, I think Geekerella could be one of my favorite reads in 2017, and I can’t wait until the day it came out so I can own a physical copy of it. So to end this,’Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite’ as at the end we are all geeks here. tumblr_m9qc9cnipn1r4ix9fo1_500.gif

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Books I would like to read in this Autumn

So school had started, I am applying for UCAS working my ass off for my personal statement. But Autumn is here, and I tried my first Pumpkin Spice Latte. Anyway I am trying get back to reading, therefore this is my list of books that I want to read this Autumn.

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  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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I have been dying to read this and I just got it in my mail today. So my goal would be able to read ‘The Cursed Child’ before 2016 end. And I am just so excited to get back in Harry’s world.

2. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

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To be honest, I started reading during the Summer but haven’t got time to finish it. So I just want to finish it asap, I am having a mixed feeling toward this book. I mean it has some useful stuff but overall I don’t really have the motivation to finish… But if I have time, I might do a review on it.

3. The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

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I loved the first book ‘The Deal’ and I had recently reread (by recently I mean early this year). For some reason, I really want to read some New Adult books and I happen to have ‘The Mistake’ and ‘The Score’ on my laptop so I probably would finish this two before this year

Umm… I think this is it… I was planning to do ‘5 books I would like to read in this Autumn’ instead of 3 but I have 9 or 10 books I have to read for books even it is not a lot but I am applying UCAS right now so I don’t even know it I could read 3 books in total to be honest but I will try my best to get to my goal. And I will see you next time

Updates: 24 June 2015

Heyyyyy I’m still alive well sort of, I’m graduating MYP today , I had survived four years of hell 😂 Don’t take MYP it is so painful and I am glad I’m not doing IB next year

  • Current Reads: Hex Hall and This is what Happy looks like
  • I HAD FINISH A PRESENTATION YESTERDAY
  • Graduation Dinner tomorrow
  • I have something exiting plan for this summer 😏
  • I think I will be reading Throne of Glass next

Help Me!

Where is my Slammed review? Is it just my laptop don’t show it or WordPress is being a bitch and delete my review?

Rating System

Remember last time I said I need a rating system? Well I do now! Without further ado, let get into it

louis


5 Diamonds

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I love every part of this book: the plot, the character, the cover design… Basically everything about this book, everyone should go and read this book

4 Diamonds

♦♦♦♦

I like most of the book but I might have some issue with it but you should give it a try and read it

3 Diamonds

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I am okay with this book but I have some issue with it or this book is not my cup of tea

2 Diamonds

♦♦

I don’t really like it but there might be something I like about it

1 Diamonds

Nope, just no

Review Policy

I would love to have the opportunity to review books, I am welcome to take books from authors and book publishers, I will also take self-published books. I prefer a physical copy of books instead of e-books.

Genres that I am interested in:
Contemporary
Young Adults
New Adults
Science Fictions
Fantasy
LGBT
Graphic Novel
Poetry
Historical

Genres that I am not interested in:
Non-Fictions (Depends on the topic)
Christian
Self Help
Biography and Memoir
Horror (But I can make some exceptions;) )
Crime

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