Release date: April 4th 2017
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?
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.
There has been quite a few books out recently that highlight geek culture and fandoms in a way that has been really fun to read. Geekerella does a great job of blending fandom with the fairy tale Cinderella, giving the reader a fun plot and characters that I easily fell in love with.
Elle, our main heroine, was especially easy to relate to. Her love for an old sci-fi show called Starfield, her excitement over an announced reboot, and her anger over the casting of Hollywood’s up-and-coming “it” actor landing the role of her beloved Prince Carmindor. To stay true to the fairy tale, Elle lived with her step-mother and step-sisters and they were terrible. All she wanted was to attend ExcelsiCon and enter the CosPlay contest. Darien was hoping Prince Carmindor would be his chance at being taken seriously as an actor and shared a love for Starfield with Elle. I loved seeing them bonding over their love of the fandom and they were really cute together.
There were many, many fandom references and each one put a smile on my face. The Starfield fandom that was created for this book had a familiar feel to it, like it was one I would be a part of if it were real. The romance was cute and it was easy to spot the Cinderella-ness of their relationship.
It was a quick read that was really cute and a great addiction to the fandom-related books already released.
*I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review*