Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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.
I don’t tend to have the best luck with Cinderella retellings, but I’m really glad that I gave this one a chance. Geekerella is one of the cutest books I’ve read this year, and I really enjoyed reading it!
Geekerella is a modern retelling of the classic Cinderella tale, complete with the stepmother and stepsisters. However, what’s unique is that Geekerella, as the title suggests, puts geeky spin to the story. I wasn’t sure if I would like that aspect, but I totally appreciated it when I saw Darien geeking out.
One of my favorite things about this book is the character of Darien. He just seems so human, like he can be someone off the pages – a living, breathing human being, instead of just a character. He was totally a geek through and through. I love how this novel showed how scared he was in doing his stunts, instead of telling it. I also like how Darien is a derivation from the usual jock/arrogant/cocky male lead types, while still making him seem like an awesome human being.
Another thing I enjoyed is the friendship between Ella and Sage. It’s really amazing how realistic the progression of their friendship seemed. In the beginning, we can see how Elle is awkward around Sage, and how she got more and more comfortable with Sage towards the end. I also love how Sage would selflessly do things for Elle without expecting anything in return. Even though they’ve only been friends for a short amount of time, they sure are friendship goals.
And of course, how can we ignore how cute the romance is? What makes it really cute is how innocent their liking for each other is, and how they just can’t get enough of texting each other. I also love the banter between the two. Even though they didn’t get to spend much time in person, like in front of each other, they were still completely adorable!
Overall, I was taken by surprise by how much I enjoyed Geekerella. If you guys are looking for a quick and fluffy adorable romance read, Geekerella is the book for you!