Author: Ashley Poston

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ARC Review: Geekerella

April 4, 2017 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★★★

ARC Review: GeekerellaGeekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashley Poston
Published by Quirk Books on April 4th 2017
Pages: 320
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: We Own the Night
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four-stars

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale.
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 Starfieldfandom 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.
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."

Wow, this was a great book! I didn’t really like this author’s book We Own the Night, but decided to give this a shot because of the summary. I’m also a sucker for sweet contemporary reads and anything about geek culture. This wasn’t my absolute favorite, but it was still a book that I really enjoyed. It was also extremely fast paced. I was able to read it in just a few sittings. I look forward to reading whatever Ashley Poston decides to write next. I’m glad that I was given the opportunity to pick this one up. You should read it if you’re a fan of fairytale retellings, geeky things, and just cute and light contemporary stories.

Elle was a strong character all in all. She was sassy and I just adored so much about her personality. I definitely related to her geeky side. I also understand her taking refuge in the internet instead of in the outside world. She was just an entirely relatable character. However, I desperately wanted her to stand up for herself. I get that the author was staying close to the original Cinderella story in this respect, but it was still frustrating, especially towards the end. I didn’t understand why she continually allowed her stepmother to treat her like trash when she had basically no reason to live with her. Maybe I’m making too much out of this, but it bothered me quite a bit.

Darian was a decent character. He might have been a big star who just landed a huge role, but he certainly didn’t always act like it. Though he comes off as a jerk to Elle, we learn that there’s a lot more to him. He actually turns out to be a complicated character. Becoming famous has caused him to lose all of his friends and he doesn’t know who to trust. His dad is also his manager, and isn’t much of a dad to him since he’s too concerned with his career. His problems might not be as rough as Elle’s, but he’s still got them for sure. Anyway, I thought he was sweet and swoony. He was a total geek fanboy before he became famous. He’s just as obsessed with Starfield as Elle is, and it was his dream role to play Carmindor. I thought that he was a great book boyfriend. He wasn’t perfect, but I still liked him a lot!

Darian and Elle made a sweet couple. Some people might be bothered that the majority of their interactions take place through text messages. They don’t meet each at the convention until the end of the book. When they do meet, they don’t know they’ve been talking and they don’t get along right away. That being said, I still found the relationship that they built over text to be adorable. It felt very real and sweet, there’s really no better words to describe it. We don’t get a lot of kissing scenes obviously, but I still thought the relationship was well written for the most part. It might not work for some people, but I thought it was great!

Geekerella was a refreshing and unique modern take on the classic tale. I thought that the fangirl angle was so relevant. Elle was a fabulous main character. The supporting characters were memorable as well, specifically her fairy godmother Sage. She was so hilarious and charming all around. Do you guys think I’ve used the word sweet enough in my review? That’s truly the best word I can think of to describe this book. It’s not perfect, but it’s still really great. I think readers are going to find it to be a compelling and charming read! I hope that you guys give it a chance.

four-stars

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We Own the Night Review

June 30, 2016 Reviews, Young Adult 0 ★★

We Own the Night ReviewWe Own the Night by Ashley Poston
on June 28th, 2016
Source: Netgalley
Also by this author: Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale
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two-stars

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls..."
As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay "Niteowl" by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock 'n roll and a hard place. She can't wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can't abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer's, or her best friend Micah--who she may or may not be in love with.
But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn't timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She's the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy's manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular-- Dark and Brooding--whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she's in love with Micah or anything. Cause she's not.
As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.
And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.

We Own the Night was a book that started out decent enough, but didn’t completely work for me personally. The book just needed more character and plot development all around, it should have been longer. Some of the language bothered me as well. I know that sounds extremely picky, but some of it became excessive as the book went on, which I’ll get into more later on in my review. Readers who like fairly light contemporary YA’s that also manage to have quite a bit of teenage angst in it will likely enjoy this one more than I did.

Ingrid North is a recent high school graduate who also has a secret identity as the popular radio DJ Niteowl. One night while doing a show, she receives a mysterious call from Dark and Brooding, a guy who quickly becomes a voice she loves hearing and can’t help but fall for. During the day, she works at a candy store with a girl she can barely stand. She also is secretly in love with one of her best friends, who begins dating the mean girl she sadly works with. Not to mention the fact that she has to take care of her grandma who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s all on her own. Ingrid must decide what’s most important to her, taking care of the one person who has always been there for her or go after her dreams of becoming a full time DJ.

There were some things that I liked about Ingrid and other things that didn’t work for me. I respected the fact that she put her grandmother first. Her mom left her when she was really young, and I get that she owes a lot to her grandmother for supporting her from a young age. There were a few specific scenes between her and her grandma that were specifically touching to me, and I think those scenes portrayed the horror and sadness that comes with this awful disease. However, I didn’t like her decisions when it came to Billie and Micah. She took way too long trying to fix things with Micah when she should have been worried about Billie. On some level, I do understand why the author wrote the events the way that she did, but on the other hand, it was still hard for me to agree with. I can’t completely put my finger on what it is, but I just didn’t like Ingrid as much as I was expecting to.

So the romance is what I truly had a problem with here. I get the whole falling for your best friend thing and then being crushed when he picks a girl that you can’t stand, but I still didn’t like how it was ultimately handled. I also disliked how long Ingrid spent hating on Heather, I was hoping for some more resolutions and even depth to the mean girl character. My problem was that it wasn’t interesting to read about and it got old pretty fast.

On the other hand, I really loved Billie’s character. He was a member of Ingrid’s friend group with Micah and her female best friend LD, who was a hilarious best friend. Billie was the golden boy and popular athlete of the group. He was also a bit more complex than that as well. Before the death of his dad, he was more of a punk rock kind of guy, but he changed into a different person in Ingrid’s opinion. Though he was one of my favorite characters, (LD is my other favorite) I still longer to know even more of his story. I felt like he didn’t get enough scenes in the book.

So in the end, this wasn’t a terrible book or anything like that. It was a pretty fast read and the writing wasn’t bad. Though I did have a problem with the language. Specifically, the fact that Ingrid said “bless” basically every other line of the book. Was that seriously necessary though? Like I said, this just didn’t turn out to be the book for me for a few different reasons. I still think that you should try the book out for yourself, because you might really love it!

 

two-stars

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