Geekerella (Once Upon a Con, #1)

Ashley Poston

fiction Contemporary Romance Young Adult
emotional lighthearted medium-paced

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 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.

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Moods

lighthearted 75%
funny 58%
adventurous 41%
emotional 25%
relaxing 25%
hopeful 16%
inspiring 8%
mysterious 8%
reflective 8%
tense 8%

Pace

medium 66%
fast 33%

Strong character development?

Yes: 66% | No: 16% | It's complicated: 8% | N/A: 8%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 50% | No: 25% | It's complicated: 16% | N/A: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 63% | No: 27% | N/A: 9%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

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Average rating

3.9