The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston // ARC Book Review

The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con #2)

Goodreads Rating: 4.16 / 5

My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Expected publication: 2 April 2019 by Quirk Books

This book was a fantastically geeky story. It is adorable, exciting and I absolutely adored the setting and storyline.

Synopsis

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.

Review

My fangirl, geeky side was jumping up and down with every reference and geeky moment. Although everything about this book was great, I definitely loved the fandom love that constantly surrounded me as I read this book.

If you are a fan of anything geeky from Star Wars to Doctor Who then you will enjoy this book as it deals so well with the world that surrounds us fangirls and fanboys. So often I make references that no one understands but this book understood me! This book beautifully captures the energy, excitement and the awe of going to a ‘con’.

Imogene is a great character. She is very relatable and I think any fangirl would be able to see a bit of themselves in her character. Jess, on the other hand, is a bit bitchy but she did start to grow on me as the story progressed. I loved the characters that appeared in this story but no spoilers. Since I read mainly fantasy, I rarely come across books with prominent LGBTQ+ characters and that really made me love this story even more.

This story is exciting and after I got into the book I couldn’t put it down. I love how this book is a classic love story with a twist. It had all the elements of a normal romance yet Poston makes it into this big, geeky, loveable and very different story.

Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. However, after reading The Princess and the Fangirl, I really want to read Geekerella as I loved this ‘universe’ so much!

Happy Reading !

Gizelle   

Author: Gizelle Iworth

I am currently studying Psychology and English at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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