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 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? – Goodreads.com
I received this book free from the publisher via netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
I wasn’t particularly expecting much from this novel when I first started reading it. It felt a bit over the to with all the pop-culture references and the way the characters were speaking but that calmed down after the first chapter or so.
This book isn’t necessarily the kind with a super special message aside from the general Cinderella moral of standing up for yourself and being rewarded with love or freedom which is fantastic of course.
It was a great, casual read, some parts had me laughing out loud and the geeky references in the middle of the novel reminded me a bit of my boyfriend and I which was really nice.
If you’re looking for a lighthearted, geeky, fan-fic style of Cinderella story – hit this book up. It’s a fun read so I can’t imagine you’d be disappointed!
Also features openly LGBT+ characters, which I found fantastic, personally! and a food truck instead of a pumpkin carriage.
Very clever and well done!