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Geekerella by Ashley Poston [Review]

Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Retelling
Format: eBook
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesCinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

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.

 

my thoughts

Elle Wittimer grew up with Starfield, the space tv show saga that her father loved so much. The show is also Elle’s last remaining connection to him. Her life hasn’t been easy since his passing, but Elle’s spirit is not broken – she’s determined to find a way out. The chance presents itself in the form of a cosplay contest’s grand prize. Meanwhile, Darien Freeman has just been cast in a Starfield reboot – his dream come true. Unfortunately, he has to remain aloof, which earns him the fandom’s burning hatred. The pressure seems almost too much for him, until he meets someone who turns his world around.

Geekerella is your typical contemporary read with a twist of fandom culture. I first heard about it when it released and I was pretty certain the chances of me picking it up were slim. Fast-forward to a few weeks later – lo and behold, I picked it up. I had no real expectations, so I definitely did not think that I would end up loving it so much. Geekerella also kept me company when I was at my worst and I will forever be grateful. Continue reading “Geekerella by Ashley Poston [Review]”

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]

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Title: Heartless
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Romance
Format: eBook
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Release Date: Feb 9th, 2017 (UK)
Goodreads Summary:

print-signs-opening-quotesLong before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

In her first stand-alone teen novel, the New York Times-bestselling author dazzles us with a prequel to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

my thoughts

Marissa Meyer is an author who can definitely engage with her prose. I enjoyed her previous series, The Lunar Chronicles, and was looking forward to reading Heartless. Meyer has proved her skills with retellings, so I was sure this one would be good. Unfortunately, I can’t say that I still agree.

Before she became queen, Catherine was a girl with a dream of opening up her own bakery. Then she learns that the King of Hearts is planning on making her his queen. At a ball that is supposed to be her engagement ball, Catherine flees and meets the mysterious new court jester, who completely ensnares her with his charm. She cannot stop thinking about him and soon the two fall in love. But societal rules, a monstrous threat and a hidden agenda threaten to rip them apart. Catherine is determined to find a way to save her dream, save her newfound love and save her people all at once. But, as it seems, her attempts are futile as her fate has already been decided. Continue reading “Heartless by Marissa Meyer [Review]”