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5.0 out of 5 starsNerdtastic!
Reviewed in Canada on October 27, 2017
I loved this book. It was simple and predictable but hit my right in the feels. My geek heart loved how well Poston captured the essence of belonging to a fandom and what it means to people who never quite felt like the belong in society. Everyone who has been called a geek or nerd or loser because they live and love extraordinary stories and get attached to fictional characters will love it!
A cute cinderella retelling, happening today. It's fun to read, the story is interesting with likeable characters and of course some less likeable (like the step sister lol). I really enjoyed reading it!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reviewed in Canada on October 2, 2017
Everything about this is perfect thank you so much.
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2.0 out of 5 starsNot What I Had Hoped
Reviewed in Canada on October 26, 2017
This is probably not the most popular opinion on this book. I've heard mostly rave reviews about this one and it was actually one of my most-anticipated this year. However, it was kind of a let-down for me. Let me start by saying that light/romantic contemporary is very out of my comfort zone in terms of reading. I've been trying to branch out more and give different genres more of a fair shot lately. I thought this would be the perfect start for me but it just didn't work that well for so many reasons.
First, I didn't really care that much about any of the characters. I wanted to but I just found myself bored most of the time. Yes, I'm a geek - yes I love conventions so this should have been a no-brainer but I couldn't connect with any of them on any real level. The nerd references weren't enough to save this book for me. I didn't find the romance anything special - I didn't ship Elle and Darien at all. I didn't feel any real chemistry - most of the time the romance just felt cliche or forced to me. Generally if I find a romance super adorable, I will catch myself smiling like an idiot half the time - I don't remember smiling or laughing once in this book. Maybe I'm too cynical or something *shrug*
Also, weird little note - this book is insanely heavy. It's only 300 pages but it's heavier than my books that are 700 pages. If you have bad wrists then I would most certainly get this on audio, ebook or wait for the paperback because DAMNNNN.
Was there anything I liked about this book? Yes. I liked some of the nerd references - some were cute. I also liked one character - Sage. I'm guessing she was the fairygodmother in the story? Yes? That is kind of a cool twist and the friendship between her and Elle was the best thing about this book. If it had focused mainly on these two girls I probably would've given it a higher rating. Hell, I could've shipped Elle with Sage a lot easier I think. They had actual chemistry.
I honestly feel guilty giving this two stars. I don't think this was a badly written book, it just wasn't for me at all. I would strongly suggest giving this one a try since I seem to be in the minority of not caring for this one. It is probably great if you love light contemporary - it just fell flat for me personally
This is the 2nd re-telling of Cinderella that I absolutely hated and rather than force myself to hate-read it to the end, I'm putting an end to the misery.
Here's another book where I see reviews of 4 and 5 stars from people who have similar reading tastes to mine and I have to wonder if I read a different version of the book. Or, is it me? Do I hold my childhood memories of my favourite fairy tale so close to my heart that no re-telling will ever do it justice in my eyes and I'm simply doomed to hate all of them? Nah. I'm a grown-a** woman and I'm not that sentimental.
This was just crap. And it was the worst kind of crap because it was stupid crap. Yeah, I get that in fiction we're supposed to suspend our disbelief of the unrealistic elements to enjoy the story and I don't have a problem with that. Except when they're STUPID. This book was filled with stupidness everywhere I looked. The same, over-used, stupid tropes that I hate in YA. Stupid things that would never happen and stupidly written in a way that would never allow me to accept they could happen. Stupid typos and grammar errors. Ugh!!! Just NO.
I'd love to read a Cinderella re-telling that was actually well done. Please, if you know of one, let me know! But please don't suggest Cinderella is Dead because that was all kinds of YUCK for me too!
Any animosity I had towards this book when I first discovered that it was another adaptation of Cinderella was Blasted away by a brilliant premise and glorious writing. Elle is by far a much more relatable heroine for me than her counterpart in the original tale for a myriad of reasons but mainly because of her passion and strength (and her love for her fandom!). Darien is the best version of Prince Charming there has ever been. He is a fully fleshed out character with his own dilemmas and issues. The way the original tale was used, as a base and built upon in such a way that apart for a ball, the loss of a shoe and the names Geekerella and Carmindor you would never figure out Cinderella inspired this fantastic work of art, is amazing! I adore the way fandoms were incorporated, I fell for Starfield and the characters involved and wish I could watch the series for myself (if it does actually exist, which I doubt Highly, would someone let me know, please! If not, someone needs get to work on making it a reality!) Geekerella has redeemed Cinderella for me, I will reread it many times over in my lifetime I can assure you and hopefully it endures just the way the original fairytale has for millennia......Thank you Ashley for turning Cinderella into a fairytale I can finally love just as deeply as the rest!
There are so many emotions I felt reading this but really it made me feel at home and as if I belonged like how I felt when I first entered a fandom and found people like me. This is a book I recommend to any fan, no matter what fandom or level of obsession. You will fall in love with the great writing and fun characters and little references. It has been nothing less then inspiring to read this, so thank you dear author.
I enjoyed this Cinderella inspired story but I'm afraid it was a little too similar to my all time fave book Cinder and Ella by Kelly Oram for me to really love it. Perhaps if I'd read this first I would have enjoyed it more but while I did enjoy the way it looks at the negative side of fandoms it just felt like a rehash of something I'd already read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 14, 2020
This is a very light and cute read. I enjoyed the Con world and the fandom created even more than the retelling. For a Cinderella retelling in a modern setting it worked very well, staying quite faithful to the original without being absurd.