Okay, so I know you probably hate it when I do this to you, but I have to tell you about this book. (By ‘this’, I mean sing a book’s praises a couple of months before it actually gets released. It’s not actually out till April 4. But you can pre-order this baby for the magic Amazon delivery that happens on go day and be wonderfully surprised by the book mysteriously showing up on your Kindle or in your mailbox. Because books showing up out of the blue is The Best. Thing. Ever.)
Having said that, listen.
You know me. You know I’m not a big fan of straight romance novels. I want my stories to have some meat. But I have to admit I’m kinda a sucker for all things Cinderella. We won’t talk about the various different versions of the story I have on DVD or some book format. It’s freaking embarrassing, okay?
Having said That, Geekerella has become one of my very favorites.
Geekerella reminded me a bit of the film A Cinderella Story with Hillary Duff and Chad Michael Murry (yes, I own it) in that the two main characters come into contact with each other anonymously through technology (in this case, texting).
The cool twist is that the prince is actually a Federation Prince of a sci-fi series called Starfield. Well, really he’s Darian Freeman, the actor chosen to play the prince in the big-screen reboot. Think Chris Pine as Captain Kirk (who, by the way does a fantastic job in the opinion of a mama old enough to have watched the original Kirk on TV).
Geekerella is Danielle, the daughter of the dude who started ExelsiCon, the con created to celebrate Starfield. And she is Not Happy that some pretty-boy newbie has been chosen to play her hero. No way he knows anything about her favorite show–how could he possibly play her prince?
If only she knew Darian is the stranger she’s been texting with about all things Starfield.
There’s a lot of cool cosplay stuff here, including a contest in which the prize is an invite to the Cosplay Ball (you didn’t think the ball would be left out of the story, did you?) and a meet-and-greet with Darian himself.
Sure, it’s the same old story, but it’s a well-written and creative take on it.
The requisite stepmonster and ugly-on-the-inside stepsisters are there, too. And the pumpkin? It’s the food truck where Elle works. Classic.
I’m not going to lie to you. The scene when Elle discovers she’s not alone this cruel world seriously had me in tears. You’ll recognize it because she’s in a public restroom. Hey, epiphanies can happen anywhere.
This book is an homage to all the nerds. And since I pride myself on being a nerd, that made it all the sweeter.
You have to read it. So you can fall in love with Cinderella all over again.
Because love wins,