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Publisher's Summary

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has ever wanted, but 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. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

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.

©2017 Ashley Poston (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fresh new take on the Cinderella tale

I'm what you would call an older woman :-), but I always love a good Cinderella spin off. This book was a nice and well done. The storyline was modernized and well written. If you were looking for a light fun read this is it. Regarding the audiobook though, there are a lot of editing errors, such as repeated sentences. But I easily overlooked those as I enjoyed the story so much.

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A Charming Cinderella Story, More than Just a Retelling

Poston does a brilliant job of lovingly grafting the odds and ends of contemporary geek culture over the age-old tale of Cinderella. We all know the story, and all the re-imaginings can easily come off as worn and tired. But Poston's retelling, like any good fairy tale told and retold over time, gives us the heartbeat of the time and space from which it springs. The writing is brisk and humorous, and the characters are constructed with care and wit. Stevens and Morris provide solid performances, and their voices serve Poston's narrative brilliantly. I enjoyed it immensely!

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Fun Cinderella story & all the things I love about con

This is a fun take on Cinderella. It also has the moments I love about going to a SciFi Con.
It is sweet and fun - but still solidly read.
I really enjoyed it.

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Bad editing

The story itself is a fun spin on a classic Cinderella story. The editing of the audio book however definitely needs working on. Multiple times there are lines which are repeated for no reason and other bad editing notes.

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Drawn out and got too annoying

Rarely have I fast forwarded an audible just to stop the pain of a story being drawn out to no end, but this was a first out of over 100 books.

I just couldn’t take the wimpy main character watching her stepsisters taunt her with her mothers clothes and these are teenagers. No taking it back, no threatening to harm them over the district of her dead mother’s most prized possession. I just can’t, too unrealistic considering the entitlement of all the teens in the book. Smh

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Review mostly regarding the audible portion...

This is a confusing review to write. I enjoyed the story, but while I found the female perfect, I found the male narrator extremely distracting! He is absolutely the wrong voice for this book. I kept thinking “this sounds like a 30 year old man doing summer theatre instead of an 18 year old kid who although is an actor, acts on television/movies ”. I found it so distracting that at one point I stopped listening to google him. Low and behold we have a 30 (ish based on timeline) year old man who majored in theatre and runs a theatre company. The character is A person of color and the actor is a blond haired blue eyed blond. Why does this matter in an audiobook, you are probably wondering? Because I noticed that on the original cover of the book shown on Amazon the male character is on the cover and is obviously a person of color. On the audiobook cover the only thing different is that guy leaning against the truck is replaced with a unisex looking person with green hair in the front of the truck. Yes technically in the book her food truck coworker has green hair but she is also a she. You wouldn’t guess that the person on this book referred to her until after reading the book. Such an odd thing to change for no reason right? Extra irony points given for the fact that the male character specifically said that he appreciated that fact that Hollywood hadn’t attempted to “whitewash” the character that he was playing (in the movie within the book). Truthfully that whole issue really left me disappointed in the author. I don’t care what color a narrator is. I’ve never even looked it up before regardless of the characters color or ethnicity. But the narrator should be able to fit the character. If the character is an 18 year old kid, they should be able to reasonably sound like an 18 year old kid. And maybe you shouldn’t “whitewash” the cover? Just a few thoughts that distracted from an otherwise cute story.

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fun book, but geeks be warned

there were some mispronounced sci-fi words that took me out of the story. other than a word every so often I would totally recommend it.

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Very Adorkable :D

I really enjoyed this story more that I expected .. it was such a breath of fresh air to me and it's been a while since I was last immersed myself in a story like that .. it made me smile the kind of smile that made my cheeks hurt and I still kept smiling, I LOVED the main characters Elle and Darien and I was shipping them so hard that I finished the whole book in one day
I did have a problem with the audio quality, I noticed there were a lot of repeated sentences and the male narrator sometimes forgets to say some words, but overall this book was amazing and highly recommended

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Delightful

I needed a feel good read and I got it. I recommend this to anyone in any fandom.

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  • Teddy
  • 07-11-17

Well, I enjoyd it

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd absolutely recommend this book it's a very entertaining listen.

What about Eileen Stevens and Tristan Morris ’s performance did you like?

They were generally very good, but someone should have made sure they both knew how to pronounce some of the words associated with the geekdoms the characterd talked about - I mean not knowing how to pronounce Dalek is a pretty obvious mistake.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-22

A sweet simple romance

If you want a more simple romantic story then all the dark fantasy books as of late this one takes a fun life spin on a classic fairytale. It does also have a bit enemy’s to lovers trope in it but is not a big vocal point in the story. Sweet simple chill romantic love novel for anyone of all ages from young tweens to adults.

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  • Jagna
  • 07-06-22

Ignite

Fun, geeky story. The narrators were good and the plot enjoyable. Both main characters were likable and I had a good time listening to this story.

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  • Élojolie274
  • 06-22-22

modern cinderella

excellent story which revists the old-as-time fairy tale with modern twist. funny, witty, you'll love hearing the 2 main characters talk about their lives' ups and downs

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  • Victoria Pring
  • 03-19-22

shockingly good

I went into this with fairly low expectations, mostly due to the very cheesy "geekarella" title. I was pleasently suprised to find a really good book. Don't get me wrong it is certainly cheesy in places but I wouldn't change any of it. Fans of cinderella retellings (think cinderella story) and people who like a little bit of geeky romance will love this.
Then there is the voice actors, I loved both of their voices and the acting was good, however someone really should have corrected the actor who voiced Elle on her pronunciation of certain things, if I had heard her pronounce 'Dalek' day-leck one more time I'd have cried.
There was also three times when it repeated a sentence, I assume this was when recording stopped and then the actor would re-record the previous line so it sounded right when they continued, understandable but this really should have been edited out.

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  • Rebecca
  • 01-20-22

listened to it in a day

it was good, was a few Cinderella remake stories in one. well written and cant wait to listen to the next 2

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  • Ellen
  • 01-16-22

Cliche plot but brilliantly performed

As expected for a Cinderella inspired story the plot was fairly cliche with every trope under the sun and probably aimed at a slightly younger YA audience.
But overall very well written and brilliantly performed by the two voice actors. Would listen to it again.

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  • Johan Stulens
  • 01-02-22

Sweet story

This story is very reminiscent of Kelly Oram's "Cinder and Ella". So if you liked this story, definately try "Cinder and Ella".

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  • Jinghay
  • 12-31-21

Cute and adorable story!

"Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite."

Such a cute and adorable read! A true modern-Cinderella retelling 💫
Really excited to check out the rest of the series next year!

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  • Emma
  • 10-12-21

Entertaining quirky retelling of Cinderella

I am a sucker for Cinderella retelling, and this book was fun. It was feeling and the characters had depth to them. However the editing was lousy. There were so many times a sentence was stopped mid way through and then repeated- literally about 10 times. It was jerky at times with the editing and this ruined the flow of the story.

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  • cat
  • 07-23-17

Great read

What made the experience of listening to Geekerella the most enjoyable?

The perspectives and the two actors were phenomenal, I really enjoyed the change of pace present in each new chapter

What other book might you compare Geekerella to, and why?

Unenchanted by Chanda Hahnn is similar with the strong sassy female lead who may not necessarily understand everything but still powers forward.

Which character – as performed by Eileen Stevens and Tristan Morris – was your favourite?

Sage was so sassy and I really appreciated the LGBT+ representation

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I tried to listen to this in one hit but i fell asleep, I just NEEDED to know what happened

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-22

Cute little Cinderella retelling

Overall, it was a nice take on a classic story. The split perspective worked well and the con setting was very endearing. Darien’s parts had some lack of editing with multiple lines being repeated twice - presumably with the intent to only leave in one of the takes. It was a minor issue though, very easy listen otherwise

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-13-20

Fun listen

Enjoyed this light-hearted read. Has all the beats you expect but you enjoy the ride anyway. That narrators were both excellent. Whenever Eileen Stevens exclaimed "Danielle!" as the evil step mother I could have died from cringing. Perfect. There was, however, some issues with the recording where lines were repeated multiple times. Other than that, loved this nerdy retelling of this classic.

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  • Megnificent
  • 08-23-19

Fairytale meets Sci-Fi

I loved this book! Fairytale meets Sci-fi pop culture, with some name drops of big starts thrown in helps to really immerse yourself in the story, leaving you to feel like it's happening right now.
like a good old fairytale the bathroom scene made me cry. Not sure if we got our happily ever after or not but I guess it leaves it open for another adventure?
Was disappointed that Elle took her dog on the red carpet, felt a bit pretentious of her, not sure that that fit with her character?
I marked the performance of this book down a star because it was a bit glitchy where some of Dorian's lines would be repeated over.