Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Audiobook Review: Geekerella By Ashley Poston

Geekerella by Ashley Poston
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Release Date: April 4th, 2017
Format: Audiobook Narrated by Eileen Stevens & Tristan Morris
My Rating: ★★

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Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.

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. 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 Starfieldmovie, 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 the 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.

I had this book on my list for a long time, so when I saw that it was one of the Audible Daily Deals, I had to snag it. This book was so cute! I love to read a good contemporary love story in between other more dense books. This was exactly what I needed at the time.

I love a good dual perspective novel, and this one was great, especially towards the end when Darien & Elle have met each other but they don't know who the other is. I love crap that that! I thought Tristan Morris sounded exactly how Darien should have sounded. I think Eileen Stevens was good as Elle too. She sounded young enough that I believed she was this teenager going through a rough time in life. The audiobook itself was pretty good, but I wonder if this was an 11th hour scramble to get it delivered in time. I found a couple different times that the audio would repeat a line. Both times it was on the Darien parts, so I wonder how the production was handled for this book. There is a lot of work that goes into audiobooks, so I get that mistakes can happen, but it was a little off putting and took me out of the story.

I loved that Poston created a new world for Elle and Darien to be super fans about. It sounds very much like old school Star Trek, but if Starfield was a real thing, I would totally be a fan! Poston made it sound so real and the story of it was so interesting to me. I wanted to be able to watch this show and obsess over it too! I don't think this story would have worked if it used a scifi property that already existed, so I was glad that Poston created something new. It was also really cool that at the con she called out all the other cool fandoms that exist. It made me really want to finally go to a con myself.

I liked this one a lot, but there were still a few things that bothered me about this one. I think they are supposed to be annoyances to the readers, but it irked me so much that I couldn't get past it. Why was her stepmother such a bitch?? She was just so uncalled for mean to this girl for NO REASON. Her stepsisters were pretty bad too, but I was really glad to see that there was some character development and depth to one of them. The whole time I was listening to this, I was just thinking, "Why does she have to live with them? Doesn't she have any other family?" It annoyed me so much. I also couldn't understand why she thought the people that ran the con with her Dad wanted nothing to do with her. It made no sense to me, and I didn't understand why she didn't reach out herself. Maybe this is because I'm an adult, maybe I would have done the same thing if I was a teenager like Elle. I'm not sure, so I can cut her some slack in that regards, but it still annoyed me! 

If you are in any sort of fandom, or if you love scifi, I would suggest reading this one. It definitely is somewhat of a love letter to fandom and geek culture.

Have you read this one? What did you think?  

Happy Reads Everyone!