Hello bookish friends and welcome back to the blog. It is time for another quick post about three books that I read in September. While I did really enjoy these books my thoughts were not something that required a post for each individual book. This review will also have some spoilers for the series so please do not read if you don’t want spoilers. Let me know in the comments if you prefer if I review series in this style if I have read all of the books in a pretty consistent manner before I post about them, or if you prefer having them split up.
Geekarella- Ashley Poston
Genre: Ya Contemporary
First I want to start off by saying that the cover of this is so pretty, and the cover art of the entire series of adorable. This is a Cinderella retelling/reimagining and we all know how much I love my fartytale retellings. In this book Elle Wittimer, classic geek girl who loves the sci-fi series Starfield, gets a text from a number she does not know asking to pull out of participating in ExcelciCon. The catch, it is the actor who is set to play Prince Carmindor in the reboot of Starfield. Of course Elle does not know this and Damien is trying to make sure she never finds out. Seeing as this is a Cinderella story retelling I am guessing you can imagine what happens. I wont go into much more detail than that about what the story is about. I thought the book was actually a very cute read and it pulled me into the world of these books. Poston did a great job in making the story of Cinderella modern and work with this new setting. We have all seen the million and ten movies that retell the story of Cinderella, so I didn’t have super high hopes for this book. I was pleasantly surprised and even as a 25 year old adult woman I was rooting for the main characters the entire time.
The Princess and the Fangirl- Ashley Poston
Genre: YA Contemporary
The second book in the Once Upon A Con series is based off of The Prince and the Pauper, though to be fair I honestly thought it was based off of The Princess and the Frog based on the title. In this book we are back at ExcelciCon, though this time we are following a different set of characters. Jessica Stone is Princess Amara in the successful Starfield franchise. She is ready to leave the series and does not want her character to come back to life in the second instalment of the movies. Imogen Lovelace however is dead set on making sure that they bring back Amara in the second film, because she is her favorite character. When pictures of the Starfield script start leaking and Jessica learns that her script has been stolen she is forced to trust Imogen and trade places with her so that she can keep her career from being ruined. This book was even better than the first book in the series for me for so many reasons. First off, there is a super cute love story that evolves between two characters that you wouldn’t expect. There is also a rather cute love story that you know is going to happen, which makes it all the more satisfying when it does. Elle is pretty much existent in this story and Damien does show up because he is Jessica’s co star. As much as I like Elle and Damien, I was glad that Poston was able to take this book and make it separate from them, while still making it flow with the series. You don’t necessarily have to have read the first book to understand what is going on in this one either, which is fantastic if you are not someone that wants to read another version of Cinderella just to read this story.
Bookish and The Beast- Ashley Poston
Genre: YA Contemporary
The third instalment of these series was actually probably my favorite so far. In this book we once again follow different main characters, but at least one of them does have a relationship with characters from the other two books. In this book we get to follow small town girl Rosie Thorne who falls for a mysterious General Sond cosplayer at, you guessed it, ExcelciCon. Vance Reigns is Hollywood royalty and just so happens to be the actor who plays General Sond in Starfield. Vance is sent off to the same small town that Rosie lives in, and after the two meet and Rosie ends up ruining a rare book she works at his current home reorganizing the library to repay her debt. Rosie finds out that she actually hates Vance, and Vance isn’t particularly fond of her either. The story follows the same story line as Beauty and The Beast so you can again assume what happens here. I won’t ruin the fun of the story for you. I will say that while the story is pretty predictable and you find out early on who the General Sond cosplayer was, it was still a fun read. This book incorporates the characters from the pervious books just a little bit more, but just because they are friends with Vance. You only see them in small sections when they are needed to help him keep from being bored or make decisions that are not completely idiotic. To be fair though, he makes plenty of stupid decisions even with his friends around. Once again this book did not rely heavily on the two previous books and could totally be read independent of those.
Well there you go, a quick review on the Once Upon A Con series up to the third book that was released in August of this year. I really enjoy following Poston’s stories and I hope that there are more books in the series. I think she did a fantastic job setting the series up in a way that if she never wrote another book for the series it wraps up nicely, but she also left it open to more books if she decided to write them. I really enjoy when writers do this in series because as a reader it leaves me happy with the current stopping point, but also hopeful for the possibility of a continuation later down the line.
Now that this is complete, I have two more posts I will be making before I start talking about more SJM books and continually refer to my obsession with Crescent City (I have now read/listened to it 5 times).