Author: Ashely Posten
Published: April 4th 2017 by Quirk Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Retelling
Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. (Goodreads summary)
“My dad said that the impossible is only impossible if you don’t even try. So I want to try.”
This book was so much fun! It is the ultimate geek girl meets fairytale retelling. I am a sucker for a cinderella story, add in nerdy fandoms and its a dream come true!
Danielle Whittimer is a classic cinderella. Her father has died leaving her with her annoyingly awful Stepmother Catherine and her equally terrible stepsisters Chloe and Calliope in good old Charleston, South Carolina. Her days are spent doing what Catherine tell her to do and working at the awful vegan food truck The Magic Pumpkin (ya see what she did there?!). Elle is very very into Starfield. She and her late father would watch the show together when she was growing up. Her father loved Starfield and cosplay so much that he founded a con called ExcelsiCon. Elle stopped going to ExcelsiCon after her dad died, her stepmother hates all things nerd. But this year there is a cash prize for winning the cosplay contest. Elle could really use that cash to finally escape from her stepfamily.
Darien Freeman is a Prince. Well.. he plays one in the new Starfield reboot. But getting to be the character of his dreams isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Footage of filming keeps getting leaked, die hard fans don’t think he can pull of playing such an esteemed character and he just found out his dad/agent is forcing him to appear on a panel at ExcelsiCon – the last place he want to be. The only bright spot in his days is getting to text the stranger from the convention directors office. Elle.
I loved both of these characters. I loved the con. I loved Elle’s budding friendship with Sage her coworker at the magic pumpkin. I loved Franko the weenie dog. I loved the ending that we all know and love and I love how it was presented in such a dorky way. This book is a love letter to all the nerds and geeks and dreamers. This was a cute and easy read and I highly recommend it!