The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston – Spoiler Free Review

Title: The Princess and the Fangirl
Series Name: Once Upon a Con
Author: Ashley Poston
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: April 2nd, 2019
Pages: 316 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Quirk Books
Rating:

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Anther review not in my normal format! Oh well haha!

While this book is a typical ‘everything will turn out right in the end’ type book it is still super fun & addictive. Hands down the best way to describe it is addictive! The Fandom/Con atmosphere of this book makes my book loving heart happy! I love the hints to real fandoms, Harry Potter especially of course!

“Nice to meet you, Gryffindor.”

There are also other fandoms/movies/TV shows/Games/etc. mentioned like Edward Scissor Hands, Mortal Kombat, etc. But Harry Potter the most which I LOVED!

This book is very fast paced and gripping, I read it so damn quickly and loved every second of it. There is a mystery element to this book which I really enjoyed trying to guess. You’ll be glad to know I did not guess correctly at all! So definitely unpredictable, that or I’m just blind haha.

Of course I loved the first book, Geekerella, so I adored seeing characters from Geekerella make an appearance in this book. While I love Darien & Elle from Geekerella, it was really refreshing that this book was a companion and followed new characters instead of the same ones as Geekerella. It was awesome getting to know characters mentioned in Geekerella in this one as well. There is also a book 3 and I can’t wait to see how it is tied into the first 2 books!

This book is in multi POV following Jess & Imogen. My only negative for this book was the POV. I enjoyed our two main characters, they were 2 very different people. However the POVs read very similar, so at times it was a little hard to follow as you would kinda forget who you were reading from as they felt very similar at the beginning. After a while we kinda got into the swing of it and they felt different. But in the beginning they didn’t have a lot of substance, I guess, to make them feel like different people. That’s my only negative for the book.

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: Geekerella
Author: 
Ashley Poston
Genre: YA Contemporary Retelling
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Pages: 319 (paperback)
Publishers: Quirk Books
Rating:
5 Star

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Anything can happen once upon a con…

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 stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’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’re 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.

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I love this cover! Even the back is awesome! I especially love that the title is a holographic/sparkly silver! It looks awesome! I wish I had the Hardcover purely because of the inside of the dust jacket (I’ll add the images below!) The paperback only shows the parts with the Magic Pumpkin truck on the front and the Trailer on the back. I don’t understand why Gail isn’t on the back cover with Lonny & Darien though!

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I really enjoyed the writing in this book! I love the split POV from Elle & Darien, it was enjoyable seeing both versions of the story playing out! The writing was easy and quick to read! I did notice a few errors in the book while reading it. Mainly just sentences that didn’t quite make sense, ‘a’ instead of ‘as’ was one I saw and remember. They may have needed another proof reading, but these things happen.

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I really enjoyed the plot and all the small similarities between this book and Cinderella! It was fun discovering them throughout the book. The ‘geeky’ theme of this book was awesome to read! Reading about bloggers, vloggers, fandoms and everything else was so much fun! I’m not a huge fan of the fairytale ending trope when it comes to relationships but I did enjoy it in this book thanks to everything else that made this book! I also loved the references to other fandoms like Harry Potter & LOTR for 2 examples! I also love that bit of a spin on the original story when it comes to a certain character! And diversity! Love a book with some good diversity in it!

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I loved basically all of them! Elle was an enjoyable and relatable character! Sage was fun and witty. Darien was also relatable to some degree, trying to get a stand on his own two fit and discover what he want’s to do and be not what others want of him. Gail was, not motherly, but that funny Aunt who wants the best for you but will help you get drinks for a party your mum said no to anyway. Lonny was an interesting character, didn’t talk much but when he did it mattered. I love the addition of Tank, he was just a fun like part of it! Catherine was the ‘evil stepmother’ and she played the part well, claiming she knows best but is actually completely wrong. Chloe & Calliope were the ‘ugly step sisters’, but not actually ugly in this case, well by appearance anyway.

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I really enjoyed this book! It was was fun, quick and easy to read! I loved the Cinderella parts and the parts that differed from the original story! I loved the diversity and the characters in the book! Was an awesome choice as a book to take a break from all the fantasy!


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