Narrator: Eileen Stevens, Tristan Morris
Series: Once Upon a Con #1
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on April 4, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hours, 32 minutes
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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 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’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.
It is a brand new year and what better way to start it off than to indulge in a few of my favorite things all rolled up in one book. Geekerella is a modern day Cinderella story with a few new twists to the pumpkin, how our couple meets and some of the challenges they both face. Also there is a complete geekfest with all my Sci-fi favorites thrown in just for fun.
Elle, our Cinderella has the traditional stepmom who treats her more like an indentured servant than a daughter. She has two stepsisters who just happen to be twins and it seems like they can’t wait to be insta-internet famous. The only things she really loves in her life right now are Starfield, the show she grew up watching with her dad, and her job at a food truck called the Magic Pumpkin.
Darian loves Starfield too but his manager says saying that out loud wouldn’t be good for his image. He also has just been surprised on a live t.v. show where he was tricked into going to a Con. It is here when he texts a number trying to get a hold of the Con to back out that he accidentally starts talking to Elle. Neither knows who the other is and that is probably a good thing for their beginning story.
This is a really cute mash up showing how the love of a fandom can bring people from all walks of life together. I loved how Elle’s parents met and then later started a Con for the show they loved show much. The twist on the dress and pumpkin were cute too. It is a little You’ve got mail, with fanboys sprinkled on. If you have ever been a huge fan of anything, enough to stand in a line for an autograph or go to event to see the premier or talked online with others who love the same book/movie/series I think you will connect with the characters in this book.
It was a bit cheesy at times but that is one of the things I really love about fairytale retellings. It is a story you already know but you can fall in love with it all over again in a new way.
Eileen Stevens and Tristan Morris did a really great job with the PoVs for Elle and Darian. They were able to make the characters very likeable and relatable. Darian and Elle both had very strong, yet lost, voices as they try to figure out their place in this world. I was able to listen at my normal 1.5x speed.
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