It’s been a while but with university and a bit going on at home, I’ve not had the chance to write a blog post! So I decided to backtrack through my favourite reads this year (and blog posts that should have been done long ago but were instead shortened into instagram and twitter posts to review… oops!) First up is the Once Upon a Con books by Ashley Poston! I hadn’t read Geekerella until this April/May and I only read it this because the amazing Jamie-Lee offered The Princess and the Fangirl up for review and it sounded amazing! So I accepted, of course!
And let me tell you… I have never been so happy to have accepted because the book was amazing!! And I then read Geekerella (who even reads books in order anymore?!)
First up… my review for Geekerella!
I have read many retellings as a teen since I love seeing the extra touches the authors add but this tops the list! Not only was the basic concept of the story amazing, I actually found myself shedding a few tears in certain scenes! And I love (LOVE) how there were so many nods to all other fandoms! I really loved the Marvel nods, of course. Everytime I saw mention of any marvel character or even a part of marvel, I found myself squealing! And it’s not just Marvel! There were references to Doctor Who, as well! I wish I could tell you the other fandoms but I honestly have no idea because I haven’t seen or read that many of them 😅 I also loved the setting of the con! Like I only went to a con once last year (YALC/ LFCC) and there were so many things to relate to!?! All the cosplays and the vendors and stalls… it was amazing to read about!
The Princess and the Fangirl not only expanded on this, but there were references to newer releases!! I loved it and honestly I think I need a reread because it was amazing! Not going to lie I thought this was a Princess and the Frog retelling at first because I’ve never seen or read Princess and the pauper so I was really confused and then I actually did some research and realised what was happening… I think I need to read a lot more fairytales! This book was so important because I don’t think anyone quite realises how differently people may view the same role or character and it was about finding the perfect balance without being complete jerks to those who love a certain thing and those who don’t. You should never feel pressured to like or love something and yet that doesn’t mean you can mock or belittle those who do like it! An eye-opener and Ashley’s amazing kiss at the end of the book was great as always! Well worth the anticipation and the angst that usually comes before!
Now I’m eagerly awaiting the release of the third book which is a Beauty and the Beast retelling! Thank you so much to Jamie for introducing me to this amazing series and can’t wait to see what other retellings there will be in the future!