Genres: Contemporary, YA
Source: Library Book
Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
What I liked:
- You’ve Got Mail type romance
- The Magic Pumpkin food truck
What I didn’t like:
- I didn’t connect with either Elle or Darion
- Darion’s lack of backbone
- Everything to do with Brian
- It was too close to Cinderella. I don’t read a lot of fairy tales, but I like it better when I get a sense of the fairy tale, not a straight up updating and changing names version.
I’m a little bummed that I didn’t like the book more. It started off well and then just kind of fell flat for me. Lots of people liked it though so feel free to give it a shot! (It’s possible that my expectations going in were a little too high, I maybe should have waited a bit to read it, but it came in at the library.)
Geekerella gets a Midnight Book Rating of: