Geekerella (Starfield #1) by Ashley Poston

5-stars
Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Geekerella
Author: Ashley Poston
Series: Starfield #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
Synopsis:
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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.

GOODREADS

Review

As someone who is married to a Mega Geek (and who is somewhat of a geek herself) I totally appreciated all the references to the different fandoms that Geekerella slipped in. Particularly the use of the work, “Frack.”

Geekerella has been on my TBR and in my Audible library for longer than I’d like to admit, but when Book Dutchesses recommended this book to me, I slid it quickly to the top of my list.

And I’m glad I did.

Geekerella was a sweet, somewhat whimsical retelling of a modern day, nerdy Cinderella. I loved how the author drew the parallels with the classic story, twisting them to fit this unique mold.

I’m pretty familiar with cons and cosplay and galactic fandoms thanks to my husband, so it was pretty entertaining to be swept away into a story like this.

Over the 10 years we’ve been married, I’ve been introduced to Firefly and Battlestar Galactica and, of course, I’m familiar with Star Wars and Star Trek… all of which were referenced in one way or another in this book.

I also got a little nostalgic of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell with this one.

The main characters are similar as are the make-believe fandoms that are obvious homages to actual, popular fandoms. It was heartwarming to be reminded of SnowBaz.

As far as the story goes, I didn’t love this one quite as much as I loved Fangirl, but I absolutely enjoyed every second of reading this book.

The famous guy romance trope isn’t my favorite, but I loved how vulnerable Darien was, despite his fame and attractiveness. Most importantly, he was a believable character. I could see how someone, despite these qualities that would otherwise make him vain, was still a little unsure given how he was treated by his father. Darien had a certain level of immaturity, but not in an annoying way. In a way that was caused by an imposing father.

Elle was also an extremely likeable character. She, too, had an attractive vulnerability, but also a strength that came through for her when she needed it.

This made the two believable as a couple, despite seeming to be worlds apart.

I appreciated most of the side characters as well. Sage was no Reagan (Fangirl), I still had a friendcrush on her.

Elle’s evil stepsister and stepmother lacked purpose for me, but her twin made up for that character’s shortcomings.

All in all, this book was a definitely success and I highly recommend it!


Audiobook Performance: 3 stars

3-stars
While the performances were fine for both male and female parts, the voices didn’t match the age of the characters at all, so it was slightly distracting.


Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars

3-stars


Re-read Worthiness: Maybe

Depends on the rest of the series!


Bookshelf Placement: Yes

This cover (and the story) is so cute!


Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars

4-stars
I love Darien!


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24 thoughts on “Geekerella (Starfield #1) by Ashley Poston

    1. Right? When I saw it was a series on Goodreads, I was like, “Yesss!”

      Yay for dating Mega Nerds! ❤ I always tell my husband that the song, "All the Geeks get the Girls," is his anthem lol 😛

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  1. Love Geekerella!! It was the first audiobook I’d ever listened to and I totally fell for Darien too!! I love the whimsy of the narrative and, being from the South, any book set in the Carolinas has a special place in my heart!!

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        1. I love, love, love Audible! I paused my membership because I kept getting new books, but I still had a bunch I listened to already. I’m going to read everything I have, then restart my membership 😛

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  2. Great Review! I think the purpose of the evil stepmother and stepsister was really just to make it a re-telling of Cinderella. They are kind of critical to that and their really only purpose is to show Elle becoming strong enough to get out from under their thumb! I loved how in depth we got to see Darien as a person. That is something you don’t get in the original Cinderella!

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    1. Oh yeah, definitely. Can’t have a Cinderella retelling without evil step sisters! All the other characters were so multi-dimensional, I guess maybe those two just stood out in contrast to the rest of the great character development. But, who knows, maybe we’ll find out more about them in the next book!

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