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Bookish and the Beast

The Once upon a Con Series, Book 3
Written by: Ashley Poston
Series: Once Upon a Con Series, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe as bad boy Vance Reigns meets his match in fanfiction writer Rosie Thorne.

Rosie Thorne and her father have been short on luck - and money - for years. So when she loses her grocery store job in a heated moment of smashing the patriarchy, she knows she may be forced to give up on her dream of leaving her small town for a prestigious college creative writing program.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as Rosie’s been clipping coupons and secretly writing massively popular fanfiction. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA.

Rosie and Vance’s paths collide in a chance encounter, and suddenly cataloging the Starfield library at Vance’s manor house is Rosie’s only shot at saving money for school. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to Vance, Rosie has realized something about Vance: he’s a huge jerk, and she can’t stand him.

Still, there may be more to Vance than meets the eye. As Rosie and Vance begrudgingly get to know each other, secrets are revealed that could change their minds - and their hearts - forever.

©2020 Ashley Poston (P)2020 Blackstone Publishing

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  • SFreader
  • 2020-08-23

Terrific and geeky fairy tale retelling

I loved the story, the characters, and the world of the series. The narrators are quite good too -- but one inconsistency drove me crazy. The pronunciation of one of the main characters' last names changed throughout the books. In print, it's Reigns, and sometimes, it was said as "rains", but more often, as "re-gins" (hard g sound). It makes no sense -- why wouldn't the production/editing process catch and fix this? It was very distracting, in what was otherwise a really enjoyable experience.

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  • 🐺 SCARLET PIMPERNEL 🐺
  • 2020-08-06

REACH FOR THE STARS IN BOOKS

A UNIQUE ADDITION TO THE SERIES, STAYING CLOSE TO THE TALE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST . THERE WERE SEVERAL ASPECTS IN THE BOOK THAT I DIDN'T REALLY CARE FOR, 1. IS THAT ROSES FATHER IS GAY AND RAINBOWS HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THAT. 2. THERE IS A SCENE WHEN THE BEAST COMES DOWN FROM THE SHOWER WRAPPED IN NOTHING BUT A TOWEL THAT DOES NOT REMAIN ON HIS BODY, THOUGH NOTHING WAS DESCRIPTIVE THAT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT I WAS EXPECTING IN A AUDIBLE BOOK MEANT FOR TEENS, 3 THE NARRATORS DID A FANTASTIC JOB WITH THE CHARACTERS IN THE STORY, AND THE 5 STAR RATING IS FOR THEM.!!!!!

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  • Amy Pluhar
  • 2020-09-30

fabulous

fabulously great third addition to the series loved it and couldn't stop listening till end!

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  • BJ Whimpey
  • 2020-09-09

I love this series

From book 1 (Geekerella) I have loved this series. its such a quirky fun geeky re-imagining of classic fairytales we all know by heart. But I have to say, "Bookish and the Beast" has been my favorite so far. There is so much true heart and depth and I loved every moment. I hope there is more coming in the series, because they just get better and better. The voice actors were also completely on point and I can't wait to hear them again.

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  • Doha
  • 2020-09-06

Cute Book

As much as I adore this series I have to say this book was my least favorite although it has so many things that could make it so amazing In this book we will follow Rosie and Vance, Rosie lives in a small town and she os very sad that her mother died that she is barely functioning to save up for her college and what not .. also she is a nerd and a bookworm and Vance is the actor who plays the villian of the show Starfield but his real life is not going well, so his father decides to put him in a house in a quiet area (Rosie's town) until everything is back to normal again .. they meet and the story picks up from there the book had so many right things going for it but mostly I didn't like Vance overall As for the narrators I liked the girl performance a lot .. but the guy wasn't that good to be honest

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-30

The best yet

This is possibly the best of the series. It is full of Beauty and the Beast references (many are practically direct lines from the Disney movie’s songs and characters). This book returns to the Geekerella pattern of seeing both characters fall for each other, and has characters from the previous books return. One thing that bothers me, is that Vance’s last name is spelled Reigns and yet narrators from this book and the previous one pronounce it “ree-gans”. Perhaps this is the correct pronunciation, but it makes some of the play- on-words jokes using his last name seem odd, especially if the listener has forgotten how the name is spelled.

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  • Dana Lynn
  • 2020-08-23

Bless your Geeky heart Ashley Poston

Another swoon worthy story about the awesome Starfield cast!!! If you're looking for some fangirling fun, love books that speak to your inner patronus and will speak to the geekiest part of your midichlorians these books are for you, starflame <3

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  • Melissa
  • 2020-08-07

All I was hoping for, and more

It was a cozy read. I will definitely be listening to it again in the future.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-08-05

Pandering

One of the most obviously pandering books I have ever read. I am not done with the book yet, but so far it's just so unnatural and felt like she was just checking all the boxes to make it as PC and progressive as she possibly could, to the detriment of telling a story.

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  • Havan
  • 2020-08-05

LOVE IT!!!!!!!

This is most difficulty going to become my new favorite book to listen to over and over again!!!!! I loved the comedy and whit of the characters, the pop culture references, and a couple nods to the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast. And Studio Ghibli too! It’s so perfect! I absolutely love it!!!!!!