We do love a good retelling. Especially a good Cinderella retelling. I have seen Geekerella all around bookstagram and my interest was piqued. Ah I am so glad I picked up this book eee
Author: Ashley Poston
Published April 4th 2017 by Quirk Books
TW: Moderately strong language, emotional abuse, emotional blackmailing
Elle loves Starfield. Once upon a time she and her late father shared a common love for the classic sci-fi series. When she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. This is the perfect opportunity. Maybe Elle can escape the evil stepmother and cosplay for her favorite show EVER. Bonus: the winner gets an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball. And a meet and greet with the actor meant to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the new reboot movie. With her savings from the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her parent’s old cosplay costume, she might be able to win it.
Characters 4. Both of the main characters were awkward and snarky and perfectly geeky.
Let’s start with Elle. Her growth is 10/10. She learns to appreciate her worth and to stand up for herself. She makes friends and comes out of her self made protective bubble. Elle and Sage’s friendship was one of my favorite parts of the book. They both helped each other be better people.
Elle also works hard to solve her problems. Her problems were not solved by her boyfriend. The tension with her stepmother and stepsisters is not tied up in a little bow. Shy grew as a person and worked to overcome her difficulties. Through all this, she remained kind. You go, girl.
She was way harsh on her blog though. I can understand one harsh post, but she badgered him for months and it seemed a touch aggressive to me. But then again, you do you.
Up next, Darius. When he was alone with his bodyguard and assistant he seemed nice enough. When he was texting Elle he seemed nice. In real life, he was not good at dealing with other people. He seemed a bit whiny about doing certain things, so I was glad that Elle put him in his place at the convention.
Dear stepmom and sisters, why you gotta be so mean *sung to the tune of Taylor Swift’s Mean”
Plot 4. I LOVE fairy tale retellings. I am vibing with the geeky spin. Such a complex world creation… like dang, Poston basically wrote two stories. The fact that there are two whole universes in this book is beyond impressive.
I also liked the relationships between Elle and her stepsisters. Chloe is disgustingly mean, which is true to the original story, but I liked Cal. She was by no means perfect, but she tried to stand up throughout the story ending with her final moment. I liked how there were hints about the sisters throughout. In some retellings, the sister switches “sides” out of nowhere. The groundwork was laid out and appropriate backing and layout for it.
The crown jewel in the retelling was the vegan pumpkin food truck. I can’t—
Quotes. Did I mention I loved the snark? Exhibit A:
- “It’s also awkward to be so short you can see all the way up to someone’s cerebral cortex, but welcome to my life.” As a fellow short person, I feel your pain Elle on a spiritual level.
- “Electrolyte water tastes as bland as my soul feels.” Teenage angst at it’s finest.
I enjoyed the dual perspective and the complexity of the Starfield universe. If you are looking for a lighter read filled with fandom fun then this is your book.
If you are feeling the retelling vibes check out…
Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron is a dystopian Cinderella retelling
Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon is a Beauty and the Beast retelling with royalty and boarding schools