Geekerella by Ashley Poston (ARC Review)

17437770_1294353823993167_3461932344259117056_nGeekerella by Ashley Poston

Release Date: April 4, 2017 (this date cannot come soon enough so I can have this amazing book in my hands)

*I was provided an e-ARC copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review – thanks so much for the publisher, Quirk Books!*

If you’ve been following my blog, you might remember my mention in the Daughter of the Pirate King‘s review, that I somehow managed to gain two new favorite books in a manner of days – something that super shows my book pickiness and total book hipster side. Yes, I’m ashamed of myself. Daughter of the Pirate King was the first, and if you’re guessing this book is the second, then you would be correct. Surprise! Maybe? No? Well, okay then. I tried.

Once Upon a Time…

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.

ALSO, the trailer is live for this adorable book, so let’s check it out?

To tell you the truth, I totally thought that there was no way this book could live up to my ridiculously high expectations. I mean, they were as high as Carmindor was in space. Not only was it full of a bunch of nerdy goodness, it was a fairytale retelling. That’s right – a contemporary, fluffy retelling of Cinderella. This could have gone so wrong (re: me and another con book where I was -_- face the entire time), but instead it went soooooooooo right.

Cue: massive fangirling time.

First off, the fairytale retelling aspects were on point. We have the pumpkin carriage, the evil stepmonster and sisters, the ball gown (and accompanying missing shoe), the ball, and so much more. Every aspect she did was done just a little bit differently, but she made them so wonderfully geeky and epic that it reinvented the Cinderella story. Of Poston’s changes, my favorite was definitely the change of the pumpkin carriage to the pumpkin vegan food truck. It was so random, but it worked amazingly.

The characters were amazing as well. I loved Elle, Darien, and Sage. Like most contemporaries, you kind of live for the characters, and this book was no expectation. Can we also talk about the epic amount of diversity that these three brought to this novel? YA contemporaries have been doing a bit better in the diversity aspect, and Sage and Darien totally added wonderfully to it.

Cinderella isn’t too sure about eating some of her ride, but she would definitely give a princess wave to the food truck.

I each of these three, rooted for them all, and just couldn’t get enough of them. Sage was, yes, the sassy sidekick and godmother, but Poston never treated her as the trope she was supposed to fulfill. Instead, Sage was fleshed out, given her own subplot, and made some of the scenes into the epicness they were. She was literally the perfect godmother, and I would loveeeee to read her own book if she would to ever have one.

Elle and Darien were the perfect main characters as well. Their ship was so many heart eyes. I just kept wanting to smish them together. The angst was literally too much for me sometimes with their ship – yet I loved every second of it. They were each their own person, though, and the romance didn’t matter sometimes (I KNOW – GASP, GASP, ME, SAYING THAT THE ROMANCE DOESN’T MATTER – THAT JUST SHOWS YOU HOW GOOD IT IS) because they each had their own complex storyline that was empowering and intriguing. Elle’s storyline literally brought tears to my eyes at one point…and I literally can’t tell you the last time a book made me tear up. Wait…I think it was Crooked Kingdom, and that was like…six months ago. And before that? It had to be years. XD

ANYWAY, just like a good fairytale, this book has a lot of amazing messages and morals. I think it actually even has a lottttt more than the original fairytale. This book is about empowering yourself and staying true to yourself – even when you have a stepmonster dragging you down. And I loved how it did more than just your average fluffy contemporary.

There was so much to love in this book – the ship was swoony, the characters were realistic and loveable, the unique retelling aspects were off the charts, and the nerdiness was so real and amazing. This book is now about equal for my favorite contemporary ever, and while TLC is still my favorite retelling, this book is the only retelling to even make a dent in my retelling love for it. I seriously could keep my fangirling mess going on forever, but I kind of want you to go buy this book instead of listening to me talk more. If you’re looking for some adorable feels, an epic retelling, some geeky goodness, or just an overall good book, this is the book for you.

5 crowns, and the epic Princess train is back!  We’ve got Cinderella because it is her retelling, Aurora for being an instant classic, Mulan for this story kicking some major butt, and Rapunzel for the feels – THERE WAS SO MANY.

Also, Poston just announced that she has another book, Heart of Iron, coming in 2018 and it’s pitched as Anastasia meets Firefly. ANASTASIA. MY HEART CANNOT HANDLE THIS. I think Poston is trying to kill me with geeky princesses.


Check it out:

What do you think? Do you have a favorite retelling? What do you think about contemporary retellings – have any recommendations for me? Let’s discuss in the comments below!


Also, Inej is still fighting in Book Madness. Want a chance to win epic ARCs and maybe say hello to her? Check it out here, and you can also check out my original post here!

62 thoughts on “Geekerella by Ashley Poston (ARC Review)

    1. I know what you mean. I didn’t fully trust this book to be this good, but it totally convinced me otherwise. It totally mixed the geeky and the cuteness so well too? And the feels! But thank you so much!! I hope you enjoy, because it was so good (I’m still s fangirling mess for it XD )


  1. Okay, now I NEED to read this! It sounds so good, maybe its time to break my book buying ban. Also this sounds like my sort of author! I love Anastasia and I will literally read anything compared to Firefly. So needless to say reading this review has made me very excited! 😄

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    1. Yes! Sorry to make you break it if you do, but it was definitelyyyyy worth it. XD But yes! I really didn’t know I could be so sold on the first three sentences of a summary before, but it totally did. Hopefully you enjoy if you do decide to pick it up, because it was so good!


      1. Haha! 😀 Yeah I can see that. I know this book is worth reading. And definitely worth recommending. I’ll be checking this one out when it’s released. 😀

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  2. I’ve had my eye on Geekerella for weeks and couldn’t wait for the release date! And then I got approved on Netgalley and I was over the moon! I’ve just started reading it and I already know I’m going to love it! And your review totally confirms that this is going to be an adorable book 😀

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    1. I had the same experience with it! It stars off luring you that it’s just going to be a cute read, but then soon enough you’ll be sucked into, I MUST FINISH THIS BOOK NOWWWWW vortex. So I wish you luck, because it’s coming. I can’t wait to see your final thoughts on it, though! 🙂

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      1. Nah, I’m thinking it sounds like a good one!
        I just made a classroom Rating scale for books now! So not only will I be rating for myself and general quality, but I’ll have a rating for what would also work in the classroom! I’m going to use it in my next review!

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      2. Just posted! I hope you love it!
        I just got my second POP from a friend: Jareth from Labyrinth, and I love him and need to go back to B&N and get Sarah! (Are you one of those ppl that leave them in the box? Am I supposed to bc I really want to take them out!)

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      3. I’m headed over in a second to check it out so I can’t wait to see!
        But omigosh, I didn’t know they made a Goblin King one which is epic. But I have yet to actually physically get one but I think probably if you were a super collector, keep them in the box, but I totally say take them out. I hate keeping any collectible cooped up. XD


  3. Ahhhh!!! This is so wonderful I can’t wait to read this. You know how much I loovvvveeee Cinderella and how great I find retellings (of done well!) I really want to read this!!!!!! The godmother gets a backstory YIPEEE! Such a lovely review. YAY FOR THE PRINCESS TRAIN!!

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    1. YES, RENDZ. IT’S SO WONDERFULLY CINDERELLA. ALL THE ELEMENTS WERE DONE SO EPICALLY. Rendz = will love. And that was the one thing I was kind of sad about with Cinder that there was no godmother – but I mean, Cinder did kick some butt on her own but STILL. Godmother is epic. XD Thanks so much, though.

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  4. This sounds so adorable! I’m so excited to read this now, Mandy! I’ve been waiting for you to post this review, and you did a great job with it! I’m totally sold. 🙂

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    1. LOL, I was afraid that I super hyped my own review up, so I’m like, I must make it good. So I’m glad it sold you because that was my super goal. 😀 I can’t wait for you to read this too because it’s quite magical. 😀

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      1. I haven’t figured out my reading schedule for next month just yet. I’m actually going to sit down and do that on Monday. I hope I’ll be able to read it the beginning of April. Fingers crossed!

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      2. LOL, the reading schedule can always be either super exciting and fun or cause for some major frustration and hair pulling. Hopefully it’s the first. XD But yesssss! A good cheesy contemp totally needs to be in your future super soon! *fingers crossed for you*

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      3. It’s definitely the first now, but it was quickly approaching the second before Sarah signed on as a blogging partner. I would love a full week of cheesy contemp in April, between this one and those cute books you sent me too!

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  5. I have to admit, I skimmed through your review because I so don’t want to be spoiled XD But I know it’s great and I’m glad you loved it! Five stars is a literal seal of approval. And so many princess ratings, wow!
    Makes me super happy because I’m reading Geekerella at the moment and really enjoying it so far too! So we’ll get to discuss it later on, hopefully 🙂

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  6. Awesome review! I’m honestly still debating whether to read this book or not. I’m not a contemporary fan and I read some negative reviews that convinced met to avoid it. I’m still not sure if I should read it or not because I have a feeling I won’t like it but I’m glad you did! Who knows in the future if I’ll give up and check it out 🙂

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    1. I do feel like it could go a few different ways. I’m a huge contemporary fan, but if you’re not a huge one, it definitely may not connect as well. I could definitely see where it could for sure go wrong. XD But yes, maybe it’s one of those books to pick up if the TBR ever goes down. XD Hopefully you do enjoy it if you ever do decide to pick it up! 😀

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