Bookish and The Beast by Ashley Poston

bookish and the beast by ashley poston book cover
bookish and the beast by ashley poston book cover

Bookish and the Beast is the conclusion to the Once Upon a Con series – one of my favorite YA contemporary series. The first two books were truly an ode to nerd culture and fangirls – and great modern takes on classic fairy tales. When I found out the final book would be based on Beauty and the Beast, I was thrilled – it’s one of my favorite fairy tales.  

In the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. 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. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.

When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.

But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.

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The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston book cover

Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston book cover

The Prince and the Pauper has never been one of my favorite fairy tales to be retold – adaptations are often over the top and not very believable. However, when I found out that the second book in the Once Upon a Con series, The Princess and the Fangirl, I was excited to see how Ashley Poston would tackle the tale.

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

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Geekerella by Ashley Poston

This book will make you want to: a) binge the entirety of a long running sci-fi show, b) go to a comic convention, c) fall in love with a mystery person via text, or d) all of the above. Nerdy books are my kryptonite – add in a Cinderella retelling, and you’ve pretty much created my dream book. With that in mind, I was almost hesitant to read this book, simply because it almost seemed too good to be true. Thankfully, it surpassed my expectations and was an excellent example of a novel that absolutely nails nerd and convention culture while also not using existing source material – plus the romance was über-cute and adorable.

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. 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 Starfield fandom 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.

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