Format: Paper Book – Owned
Buy it Here: Geekerella
I got this book for Book Club Christmas in 2017! Is there anything better than Book Club Christmas? I didn’t think so.
This tale is classic Cinderella. I mean, down to a T. It might be my least favorite thing about it. Yes, there’s cosplay and a vegan pumpkin truck, but the entire set up of Cinderella is virtually unchanged. I LOVE fairy tale retellings, but this didn’t feel like a retelling so much as a resetting? Like how when Joss Whedon did Much Ado About Nothing everyone wore modern day clothes and wandered around his obviously modern home. Don’t get me wrong, I love that, but I recently read Girls Made of Snow and Glass which took a fairy tale and made it into something bigger and more magical. Geekerella was just a bit of a letdown after that.
Not to say that this book wasn’t well-done and an absolute blast to read. Honestly if I hadn’t had such high hopes going into it I probably would have come out much happier. A really nitpicky thing is that I would have guessed/hoped that there would be a non-crazy vegan character in this book, based on the cover. I get it, veg* folks are weird to the rest of the world, but it would be cool if we got like, a little bit of accurate representation.
Darien and Elle are interesting and fun to follow around, the use of text messaging is adorable and the setting of a con and a Space Show are gorgeous and captivating. Much like I felt when I read “Fangirl,” I desperately wanted to know more about Prince Carmindor and Princess Amara. I’d LOVE to read that book.
This book was a light, delicious little read. I recommend it for something fluffy and nerdy.
Subjective Hearts: 4/5
Objective Hearts: 3/5
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