Book Review: The Princess and the Fangirl

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

Read (finished): May 8, 2019

Rating: ⭐ 5/5 stars

“Besides, you know what they say: Anything can happen once upon a con.” ~ The Princess and the Fangirl

The Princess and the Fangirl lived up to expectations as the second book in the Once Upon A Con series. I was worried that my love for Geekerella would only be limited to the one book, but my worries disappeared as soon as I read the first line. Without giving away spoilers, the story begins with a blog entry from a certain ‘Geekerella’ we all know well. The chapters for the rest of the book switches between the perspectives of Jess and Imogen.

Jess, also known as the famous Jessica Stone, was first introduced in Geekerella as Darien’s costar for the Starfield reboot. As the actress playing Princess Amara, she faces pressure from fans (and herself) to be perfect. The constant criticizing leads Jess to want nothing to do with the upcoming Starfield sequel, but not everyone is ready to accept Princess Amara’s departure.

Imogen has made it her personal mission to save Princess Amara from being killed off Starfield. She feels a connection to the character and refuses to let her go. With thousands of petition signatures, Imogen thinks she can change the fate of her favorite character. Especially, when the opportunity comes to swap identities with Jessica Stone for the weekend.

Sometimes we have to step into someone else’s shoes to see through the “glamor” filter. This book reminded me that life is never perfect, but we can come close by not comparing ourselves to others in order to be happy.

I definitely recommend reading this book, especially if you love fairytale retellings and geeky fandoms. Oh, and super cute romance…

Until next time, happy reading! ♡

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Bookish Playlists: April 2019

It is the last Sunday of the month, so today’s post should come as no surprise. Although I only found it last week, this playlist wraps up my month perfectly.

Playlist: GEEKERELLA (Quirk Books 2017) (Ashley Poston)

My playlist choice for April is inspired by Ashley Poston’s modern-day Cinderella retelling, Geekerella. The soundtrack, created by the YA author herself, has just the right amount of “geek” and even includes a remix of “The Legend of Zelda” by Zedd. The lyrics and vibes of the songs immediately reminded me of the book, but the playlist can also be enjoyed without knowing the story.

New artists I was introduced to:

  • Vienna Teng
  • The Maine
  • Ashbury Heights
  • American Authors
  • Marianas Trench

Artists I recognized:

  • R5
  • Vampire Weekend
  • MIKA

I would love to hear your thoughts on what you like or dislike about this month’s bookish playlist choice. Until next time! ♡

Book Review: Geekerella

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.

Read (finished): April 20, 2019

Rating: ⭐ 5/5 stars

“Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite.” – Federation Prince Carmindor

Is it possible to join a made-up fandom? Because I am ready to completely devote myself to Starfield.

Cinderella retellings are my favorite (I stopped counting how many A Cinderella Story movie marathons I’ve had), but this one is different from the others. Geekerella is the perfect mix of nerd culture and fairy tale romance. Elle has loved the sci-fi series Starfield for as long as she can remember. She even has a blog dedicated to it. Living with her horrible stepmother and stepsisters, Starfield is also the one thing that makes her feel connected to her dad.

One day, Elle finds herself texting with a stranger, who turns out to be the one and only Darien Freeman. Darien, the male lead in the upcoming Starfield reboot, is a secret fan of the beloved sci-fi series. As a rising star, Darien struggles with hiding his true self from his fans in order to protect his image. Elle is the only one he can truly feel like himself with – even if it is over text.

Now, here comes something more squeal-worthy. Elle hates the actor Darien Freeman, and Darien hates the blogger (Elle) who is quick to assume he is just another heartthrob looking for money. Completely unaware of the other’s identity, the two begin to grow feelings for one another.

A story of romance and being true to yourself (geeks and nerds unite!), Ashley Poston’s Geekerella has easily become one of my favorite YA contemporaries.

Until next time, happy reading! ♡