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Geekerella by Ashley Poston – Once Upon a Con Series Book Review/Once Upon a Cosplay


I first read Geekerella back in 2017, and after I had been attending Harry Potter and book conventions for 4 years (I came late to the game). A Cinderella retelling set in the world of convention goers and with a geeky heroine sounded right up my alley and I was right. I loved it.

Now, in the very strange year that is 2020, we are heading towards the release of the third book in the series (now delayed from June to August) so I have extra time to get everyone as excited as I am about this series.


Welcome to my Once Upon a Con Series of blog posts


May 4th – How fitting to be starting this on Star Wars day when the overarching series in the books, Starfield, slots nicely into the Star Wars, Star Trek Dyad (now Triad?!). Review of Book One – Geekerella/Once Upon a Cosplay


June 4th – Review of Book Two – Princess and the Fangirl/Once Upon the Dark Side


July 4th – Review of Book Three – Bookish and the Beast/Once Upon a Retelling


August 4th – Publication Day Starfield Special – Look to the Stars. Aim. Ignite.


Geekerella Synopsis


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 step-mother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all – not to mention a fan girl’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 are 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.


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.


About the Author


Ashley Poston was born and raised in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well.When she’s not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs with her cat Pepper 🐈 , or geeking out all over the Internet and at comic cons, she writes books and is the author of the Once Upon a Con series and Heart of Iron Duology.


What I Thought


Fresh off a third read and I’m beaming, Geekerella is good for my heart.


There are enough flavours of the original to satisfy those who want to recognise the book as a retelling and plenty of originality for those that want something fresh.


Elle and Darien are well drawn characters and, unlike in Disney’s Cinderella we get to delve much more into the Prince’s story and roles are more balanced. They both have faults and both go on a journey.

There is drama and obstacles galore in this book, parts that made me scowl at the injustice and swoon at the romance. There is also interesting family dynamics and loss is a prominent theme. And there’s a cute dog – what more could you ask for?


Fandom. That’s what. Starfield is a fictionalised TV series but this book draws you into that world. If you’ve ever been a fan of something and been able to share that passion with others this book will make you feel right at home. It explores the tremendous positive side of fandom, and touches on the dark side (more of that in the next post).


A Cosplay ball is the perfect set up for a Cinderella Tale but it’s what happens when hearts and not eyes connect that matter.


Once Upon a Cosplay

My main fandom is Harry Potter and I have partaken in the maybe not so subtle art of Cosplay. Dressing up as, and often becoming, fictional characters. Unfortunately like Elle in the story I also lack sewing skills but don’t let that stop you. My costumes may be bought, or may lack finesse but if you have fun making or wearing them that’s what counts. Below are some pictures of my Harry Potter Cosplays and one from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising.

Thanks to Quirk & Jamie-Lee and Stephen for hooking me up with an ARC of book three and giving me the opportunity to re-read this funtastic series. All opinions are my own.

Geek Girl 3: Picture Perfect (Cover Reveal) and Happy Birthday Holly

On twitter on Thursday, Geek Girl author Holly Smale revealed the cover for the third Geek Girl book.

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Did you eye up the USA hint?

And then to show how Picture Perfect the trilogy would look together we got this.

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Today (Saturday 7th Dec) is Holly’s Birthday, sooo here’s a Happy Birthday to her and Geeky Christmas wishes to everyone.

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Geek Girl 3: Picture Perfect will be released on June 14th 2014. A little over six months to wait. Who else is counting down the days?

 

Geek Girl: Model Misfit – Book Review and Giveaway

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Well the Geek is most definitely back. Harriet tries to hoodwink us into thinking her new modelling career makes her cool, but she’s still our peanut-muffin (my attempt at a Wilburism) Harriet really.

Geek Girl: Model Misfit is the second book in the Geek Girl series by the brilliant Holly Smale. You might also like my review of Geek Girl, and an earlier interview with Holly.

Now I’ve been pondering how to review this without giving spoilers, so all I’m going to say is that Holly has expertly used one of my favourite writerly tools – bravo.

At the start of Model Misfit Harriet is due to be a big sister, and with all attention on the baby, Natalie sent away for the summer and a lack of Lion Boy!, an overheard conversation is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Harriet jumps at the chance to head to Tokyo for scary Yuka’s latest campaign, which involves Charlie the octopus, sumo and an awkward reunion.

Most of the characters from the first series are back, but because the action takes place in Japan, some of them are just mentioned rather than seen. A few notable additions are Harriet’s highly irresponsible step-grandmother Bunty, and Harriet’s new model room-mates, Rin and Poppy.

I have only one last thing I’m going to mention, because really I want you to experience this amazing follow up fresh and spoiler free…

My favourite character, Toby – Harriet’s stalker, reduced me to tears in one scene, and I nearly hugged myself because of ‘all the feels’.

Clearly I gave Geek Girl: Model Misfit 5 out of 5 stars

Also, thanks to Abby at HarperCollins, I have a copy of Geek Girl: Model Misfit to giveaway (along with some Geek girl badges and glasses). Look at all the geeky goodness!!! All you have to do to win is enter the Rafflecopter below (you can enter one… or all of the options).

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Thanks also go to HarperCollins and Netgalley for my review copy – the gushing praise is entirely my own.

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