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

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

TitleThe Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 2nd, 2019
PublisherQuirk Books
ISBN-139781683690962
Rating
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance, Retellings, LGBT

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

  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    This was all sorts of geeky fluffy cuteness...which is just what I was hoping for! I loved Geekerella and this one fits in as a companion novel: same world and reoccurring characters, but different protagonists from Geekerella. You probably could read it as a solo? But there'd be a lot of confusing references. Also *raises hand* I was still, um,,,,confused I confess because I read Geekerella so long ago (and don't own it to reread sob). And I know you shouldn't compare books to their older siste This was all sorts of geeky fluffy cuteness...which is just what I was hoping for! I loved Geekerella and this one fits in as a companion novel: same world and reoccurring characters, but different protagonists from Geekerella. You probably could read it as a solo? But there'd be a lot of confusing references. Also *raises hand* I was still, um,,,,confused I confess because I read Geekerella so long ago (and don't own it to reread sob). And I know you shouldn't compare books to their older sisters but...yeT. I didn't connect to this one as much as I'd hoped.➸ It's set at a con!So the nERD IS STRONG WITH THIS ONE. Like literally, the love (and wariness) of nerdom culture is just everywhere here. The slang is so Gen Z it's just amazing lmao, and they quote movies and are in fandoms and the term "he's a burnt Hufflepuff" is in here so like what more can I say. This book LOVES fandoms. But....it still pays attention to the toxic side. Which, like holy heck, it gets worse every year. Since our two protagonists (Jess the movie star and Imogen the fangirl) are on opposite sides of whether they love/hate this life -- we get to see BOTH sides. Also at one stage the book says "it's impossible to have a nuanced conversation on twitter" and like...LMAO SOMEONE SAID IT.➸ yesss to the genderbent Prince and Pauper vibe!Imogen and Jess swap places and it is FUN. I'm always dubious about this trope being pulled off, but then my sister showed me pictures of her (unrelated) housemates and I was like: "that is the same person twice." Generic faces, mate, it happens. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Anyway, I very much enjoyed reading the girls! Imogen is all squishy and heartfelt and brash. Jess is very closed off and guarded and snipey but so so desperate to be soft but scared to be?! (Ya I have a favourite haha.)➸ And there is romance of course!There's an f/f romance, but it's not between the two protagonists...and it's very small and slow because like the book takes place over 4 days so ya. I did think both romances were cute! Although they didn't have enough time for me to get very invested.➸ Ok so quick confession...I didn't connect to the book like I'd hoped so it was fun but the stakes weren't so high and I am not super into any fandoms myself rn. And people who absolutely pledge their entire lives/thoughts to stanning fictional characters...like I don't get it. lmao. I also found the girls' voices so so similar, and both in 1st, so it was a bit hard to remember whose chapter I was in.So this is definitely for the passionate fangirls and nerds out there! It's fun and squishy and there are lots of adorkable moments too!
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  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This was... fine? Nothing to really complain about, but I definitely think that I have outgrown fandom books :c womp
  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Quirk Books) in exchange for an honest review. Omg this book was incredible and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I read Geekerella about 2 years ago and loved it, but I don’t remember having this level of response to it. I’m obsessed. So first off, I loved the writing style. Sometimes when you read books about fandoms it can come across like a fan fiction. This book read like a nice YA contemporary with fandom references. I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Quirk Books) in exchange for an honest review. Omg this book was incredible and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I read Geekerella about 2 years ago and loved it, but I don’t remember having this level of response to it. I’m obsessed. So first off, I loved the writing style. Sometimes when you read books about fandoms it can come across like a fan fiction. This book read like a nice YA contemporary with fandom references. I also loved that this book tackled the darker side of fandoms. A big focus was on how harsh fans (particularly in the sci-fi community) can be on actors. This is something that happens all the time and I’m glad the book gave the perspective of the actor on the receiving end of it. I also liked that this darkness was balanced by the positives of fandoms. It showed both sides well. As for the plot, I liked that it took place entirely at the con. I thought the romances were adorable and I loved the representation (LGBT and POC).The fandom references were so on point. My favorite was the Blue Eyes White Dragon reference to Yu-Gi-Oh on page 251 (I was super obsessed with Yu-Gi-Oh as a kid). Lastly, if you miss Darien, Elle, and Sage from Geekerella, don’t worry. They all make an appearance in the book and I was so happy to see them again.Overall, this was an amazing companion novel to Geekerella. If you loved that book, you’ll love this one!
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  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    I was a huge fan of Geekerella when it came out so I was highly anticipating this book but sadly I didn't love it as much as the first book. I think The Princess and the fangirl had the same heart as it had in Geekerella so I adored that but I wasn't in love with our two main characters. The book takes places over a weekend during the ExcelsiCon and Starfield actress Jessica Stone meets Imogen and a Parent Trap/Freaky Friday event takes place. I just felt like the 2 stories were a little disjoin I was a huge fan of Geekerella when it came out so I was highly anticipating this book but sadly I didn't love it as much as the first book. I think The Princess and the fangirl had the same heart as it had in Geekerella so I adored that but I wasn't in love with our two main characters. The book takes places over a weekend during the ExcelsiCon and Starfield actress Jessica Stone meets Imogen and a Parent Trap/Freaky Friday event takes place. I just felt like the 2 stories were a little disjointed and I needed more than just the weekend.I enjoyed the 2 romances but wasn't in love with them. They were both very instalove which is fine by me but there wasn't enough time to have a spark or a deep connection in either of the relationships. Overall I enjoyed the book and would recommend if you've read Geekerella and also if your a fandom lover at heart. This series is made for fans of fandoms. For people who love a fandom with everything they have and pour their heart and soul into it which I love about this series. It's made me fall in love with Starfield and I will be continuing on with the series even if this one was a little lackluster.As always,LOOK TO THE STARSAIMIGNITE
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  • Lea (drumsofautumn)
    January 1, 1970
    ♦ Video Review ♦Sometimes books just shoot cupid's arrow right into your heart and you have so much love for it, that it's hard to explain why.I'm gonna tell you all of the things that I enjoyed and loved about The Princess and the Fangirl, but there's no way to actually explain to you how it made me feel. This book filled a void in my soul that I didn't know existed and I'm so grateful for this book and the whole universe around ExcelsiCon that Ashley Poston has created. “I am a kaleidoscope o ♦ Video Review ♦Sometimes books just shoot cupid's arrow right into your heart and you have so much love for it, that it's hard to explain why.I'm gonna tell you all of the things that I enjoyed and loved about The Princess and the Fangirl, but there's no way to actually explain to you how it made me feel. This book filled a void in my soul that I didn't know existed and I'm so grateful for this book and the whole universe around ExcelsiCon that Ashley Poston has created. “I am a kaleidoscope of hope and dreams and wonder in the shape of a girl. I am not a porcelain doll. I am not empty. I am worthy. I am enough.” Before we really get into this review, let me talk about the representation. One of the main characters, Jess, has a f/f romance and her love interest is black. Both characters never mention any labels or specifics about attraction (or maybe I was crying while they mentioned it) and I'm digging it. We need on-page representation but we don't always need specifics.The love interest of the other main character, Imogen, is Japanese-American (although I don't know how I feel about the fact that Imogen said he looked like a J-Pop star). Imogen has two moms and her brother is in a relationship with another guy.I really enjoyed Poston's Geekerella on a lot of levels but what really got me about the novel were the fandom elements and how much of her own love for fandoms Poston put into it.And The Princess and the Fangirl did it AGAIN.. maybe even better. There were so many beautiful, fandom related moments in here. Reading this as someone who has made herself a home online and in many fandoms, this book felt a little like coming home too. Poston just GETS IT! And she writes about how it feels to be part of fandom culture like no other. “We need those stories, too. Stories that tell us that we can be bold and brash and make mistakes and still come out better on the other side.” And oooh, my heart with all of the Geekerella references. You COULD definitely read this without having read Geekerella but I would really advise against it. First of all – if you enjoy Geekerella, you'll probably enjoy this one and vice versa. But this book is really loaded with references to its events and characters, so not only do I imagine it's probably a bit confusing in parts but you'll just have a much greater reading experience if you can recognize all those references.AND there's some spoilers for Geekerella and I'd find it really sad if you couldn't discover those events and character developments for yourself. So, please read Geekerella first! It's worth it! It also makes the reading experience much more emotional.This is also important for the understanding of the fictional sci-fi show, Starfield! If you've read Geekerella you have a certain knowledge of this show, which is really important for understanding the impact that a lot of the events in this novel have.And if, like me, you also fell head over heels in love with this fictional show, it truly feels so wonderful to be back at ExcelsiCon, to read about Starfield again, to experience the fandom. I'm not even gonna lie – I'm a Starfield fan and this book only strengthened my love for it. One day I want this show to actually happen. I can quote so many things from the show. I literally want a shirt that says "Look to the stars! Aim! Ignite!" And there was one really beautiful scene at the end of the book where this phrase gets used and I could literally feel myself experiencing this moment with everyone else and I just BAWLED! “As our friends in the Federation always say – Look to the stars!” “Aim!” echoes everyone on the showroom floor and I join in for the final word: “Ignite!” Cheers rise up across the showroom floor, and I close my eyes and relish it, because there's nothing quite like the possibility of another ExcelsiCon.” One aspect that I also really loved was the two perspectives that we got. Apart from the fact that I truly loved both main characters with all their flaws and everything, it was just so fun to see the perspective of an actress at a con (and especially someone who is not involved in fandom at all) and of a frequent con-goer who even shared a booth with someone and then see those roles reversed. Both characters learned a lot from this experience and I just think that it worked incredibly well in this context.This also had so much commentary on social media, misogyny in especially Science Fiction and Fantasy fandoms, harassment at cons.. you name it. Sometimes those moments felt a little clumsy but god, I'd rather have them in there clumsily than ignore the fact that this is A CONSTANT THING that happens.I like that we see an actress as part of a big Science Fiction franchise (especially a rebooted one) and how much harassment she experiences through social media. It referenced both Daisy Ridley's and Kelly Marie Tran's situations and it was clearly a very timely commentary on that. It was really great to see this talked about in a novel cause I had never read about it, especially from this side of things, and I thought that Poston did such a good thing to also explain how it's hard to escape those comments and how it's scary.. but also sometimes even scarier to not read about yourself. I just thought that this was overall handled incredibly well. And I loved that the main character pointed out her own white privilege and that she acknowledges that she receives less hate than many women of colour in similar situations.Through those perspectives, especially of the actress, Jess, experiencing the "fan"-side of things, this book explores the theme of the art-house movies vs the popular, entertainment movies and how there is value to both and an audience for both and how the entertainment media shouldn't be belittled, especially by people working inside of it.I loved this aspect because that is exactly what I feel about this book! This was no Great Gatsby. This book has many flaws. There's some overly dramatic scenes in here, it has a very quickly developing romantic storyline (I'll get into this in the next paragraph) and I know this is gonna be too filled with pop-culture references for a lot of people. And I get all that. This is no Literary Fiction. But this pulled at my heartstrings and it was exactly the fluffy and emotional read that I needed. And it made a huge impact on me, an impact that a Great Gatsby would never achieve. “What I am built for is to fall in love slowly, page by page, like reading a favorite book. I am built for the nearness of someone, the quirk of their lips, the sincerity of their smile, the dreams just underneath their skin. I fall in love moment by moment, collecting who they are, who they were, who they want to be, into a kaleidoscope of colors.” When it comes to the romantic storyline, you have to go into this knowing what you're gonna get. If you cannot handle a romantic storyline that takes place over a couple of days, this is not the book for you. I do not mind short real-life time spans, especially not if it's at a con because.. let's be real, cons are magical places and feelings are very heightened. But you might have to suspend your disbelief. Let's keep in mind that this is a fairytale retelling.If you take out that element, or, like me, just don't care, I loved both romantic storylines SO GOD DAMN MUCH. Now, I gotta say, with the whole Princess and the Pauper situation, the f/f romance was one that some people will probably not love? Cause it's basically build up on a lie and I definitely wish Poston had done something different but at the same time, I can't deny that.. I kinda didn't mind? Like I'm putting this info here cause I know it's gonna bother other people but for me, I still think it worked well and Poston just managed to sell this romance to me regardless, which is SKILLS in and of itself.The m/f romance was a dislike-to-love (there wasn't enough time for hate) and it was SOME GOOD STUFF! I could tell IMMEDIATELY this was gonna be it and I looove that, I loved the dynamic and development. “I think there are people who come into your life, and you just know. For however long or short a time or however impossible it might seem – they're important. Like a guiding star amid a storm.” In conclusion, I can only say I loved this book and could probably write five more paragraphs about it. Really, through writing this review I only just realized all the small nuances that added up to this being an absolutely fantastic read for me. It was so enjoyable and emotional and I will cherish this book forever. Look to the stars! Aim! Ignite!♦ Booktube Channel ♦ Twitter ♦ Instagram ♦I received an ARC of this through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my gosh, a companion to Geekerella about TWO GIRLS! My heart is so happy! I can't wait for this! Blog | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram | Youtube | Twitch
  • Natasha
    January 1, 1970
    10/10 for the sapphic romance, it was adorable. Otherwise the plot was kinda dull and Imogen was insufferable more times than not.
  • Yusra ✨
    January 1, 1970
    OH MY GODSOMEONE HELP ME I’M DROWNING I NEED THIS CUTENESS OVERLOAD RN PLZ AND TY
  • Lucy
    January 1, 1970
    This was so good! I don't read as much YA as I used to a few years ago but I still really love books about fandoms and cons. I hope we get more in this series.
  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I thought Geekerella was one of the cutest books after I read it, plus, I loved all the fandom stuff! The Princess and the Fangirl did not disappoint in that aspect! There was some pretty awesome fandom stuff mentioned!I was also excited to see two girl perspectives! However, I feel like the romantic stuff, while cute, was extremely insta love. It's fine for insta attraction or whatever, but neither  Jessica's or Imogen's relationship was developed enough, since the girls had other things they w I thought Geekerella was one of the cutest books after I read it, plus, I loved all the fandom stuff! The Princess and the Fangirl did not disappoint in that aspect! There was some pretty awesome fandom stuff mentioned!I was also excited to see two girl perspectives! However, I feel like the romantic stuff, while cute, was extremely insta love. It's fine for insta attraction or whatever, but neither  Jessica's or Imogen's relationship was developed enough, since the girls had other things they were doing in the book while the romantic interest was missing. So I don't know!Besides the romance stuff, the rest was pretty awesome! There was a lot of witty dialogue, diversity, wonderful writing, and a neat setting! Ashley Poston is becoming an insta buy for me because I've liked every book I've read by her thus far!
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I definitely liked this more than GEEKERELLA. I'll admit things didn't go exactly as I thought they would based on what little I knew of the plot (which, as always, wasn't much because #TeamNoBlurbs) but I knew THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL was set in the same fandom world as the first and would feature a f/f pairing. It just wasn't the pairing I thought and that is more than okay. "I'm [..] sick and tired of princesses being either damsels in distress or the foil for a male character's emo Okay, I definitely liked this more than GEEKERELLA. I'll admit things didn't go exactly as I thought they would based on what little I knew of the plot (which, as always, wasn't much because #TeamNoBlurbs) but I knew THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL was set in the same fandom world as the first and would feature a f/f pairing. It just wasn't the pairing I thought and that is more than okay. "I'm [..] sick and tired of princesses being either damsels in distress or the foil for a male character's emotional growth."I'm really enjoying Poston's contemporary fandom retellings, this one obviously being a THE PRINCE AND THE PAUPER reimagining, and I hope there's more to come! This follow up felt even more chockfull of references and memes and fandom and sci-fi and all sorts of geekery. If that's your thing, you'll love this.The internet makes it easy for us to forget that there are people on the other side of those characters, and whether you like us or not, we're people too. So your hot take shouldn't dehumanize me, or tell me that I'm wrong, or that I'm worthless, or a slut who slept on some casting couch for the role.In addition to all the fun-times, there's also some great commentary regarding internet behaviours, online and fandom culture, including the toxic sides, and just how devastating it can be to be targeted by trolls. But, on a lighter note, there's a little bit of that fairy-tale magic impossibility in the air and a mystery to solve; complete with a Scooby Doo-like adventure squad team up, featuring some familiar faces from the first Once Upon a Con instalment and plenty of new ones, too. In fact I might have liked the new characters even more..This is a bad idea. I can think of ten ways to Sunday why this would never work in real life. Only in K-dramas. Only in anime. Only in YA novels. This sort of thing doesn't happen in real life, and it most certainly doesn't happen to me. And yet..If you liked GEEKERELLA or if, like me, you wished you had liked that one more, I think you'll be very happy with THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL.** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    Y'all, this is SO CUTE. Jess and Imogen are two of the greatest characters. They're so flawed and have to grow so much and the romances are the CUTEST THINGS and this is just. A really stellar follow up to GEEKERELLA with lots of nods to the first book.
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  • ✩ Ashley ✩
    January 1, 1970
    I WON *THIS* GR GIVEAWAY?!! AHHHHH I’M IN SHOCK! It’s official, my new year has peaked and it’s only a few hours old. I’m gonna go die now... omgomgomg DON’T FREAK OUT
  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    January 1, 1970
  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I was borderline obsessed with Geekerella and was 100000% in on this companion book, sadly it wasn’t quite the same. I liked Imogen a lot. She’s passionate and supportive and I would love to go to a con with her. Her brother Milo was adorable and of course seeing Elle and Darien was fantastic. I wasn’t sold on Jessica. At the start she’s bratty {yes, it completely makes sense why} and I struggled to settle into the chapters with her POV. Plot wise it’s sloooooooooooow. I was about 45% in and ser I was borderline obsessed with Geekerella and was 100000% in on this companion book, sadly it wasn’t quite the same. I liked Imogen a lot. She’s passionate and supportive and I would love to go to a con with her. Her brother Milo was adorable and of course seeing Elle and Darien was fantastic. I wasn’t sold on Jessica. At the start she’s bratty {yes, it completely makes sense why} and I struggled to settle into the chapters with her POV. Plot wise it’s sloooooooooooow. I was about 45% in and seriously considering a DNF, but I powered through. Thankfully when the action started it really got going and I was sucked into this world. Ashley has such a fantastic way of writing about fandom and cons and fans in general. I loved that the story touched on the negative side of fandom, sexual harassment, social media, and how fans think they’re entitled to everything in a celebrity’s life. Overall, it was fun being back with these characters new and old. I would have liked it to move a bit faster, but I love how it ended. **Huge thanks to Quirk Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • ⚔ Silvia ⚓
    January 1, 1970
    I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Okay so first of all, I haven't read Geekerella yet! But I wanted to read this for the F/F romance and I was lucky enough to get approved for it. Reading Geekerella is definitely not necessary but reading this book made me want to read it. I think those of you who have read it will enjoy the references to it (which were a bit lost on me).I love books about cons, and fando I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Okay so first of all, I haven't read Geekerella yet! But I wanted to read this for the F/F romance and I was lucky enough to get approved for it. Reading Geekerella is definitely not necessary but reading this book made me want to read it. I think those of you who have read it will enjoy the references to it (which were a bit lost on me).I love books about cons, and fandoms, and meeting people you met online, and internet culture, and all that. This was more or less what I had thought it would be. Actually, it kind of was more than I had expected, in both good and bad ways, but I overall loved it.First of all, you need to keep in mind this is a loose retelling of The Prince and the Pauper. I haven't read it, but the modern setting made it kind of hard for me to really believe that thousands of people online and IRL would see photos of one girl and think she's another, especially when one is a kind of famous actress. I mean, fandom twitter is better than the FBI at investigating so the premise of them both looking very alike and being able to effortlessly pass for one another was kind of a miss for me, but once I accepted to go with it I could sort of forget about it and it didn't bother me so much.The two MCs in this book are Imogen, fangirl who wants to save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off the franchise, and Jessica, actress playing said Princess Amara and currently under attack by a big part of the fandom, which she wants nothing to do with anymore. She's actually glad her character is being killed off.Things happen and they "must" exchange roles in order for Jess to investigate about a missing/stolen script. I say "must" because I thought the reason behind this exchange was not entirely believable for me, and there were too many risks from the start. But anyway, once they found themselves in each other's shoes I could let it slide, and it's not like I'm reading a cute contemporary for it to make absolute sense.Jess gets to meet Harper, a Black fanartist and Imogen's online friend, and spend two days with her. Jess is a closeted lesbian and Harper is also queer, and they have a really cute and endearing romance. Because this book takes place within a single weekend, things were a little fast, but I didn't mind and I just enjoyed reading about them.Imogen, under the guise of being Jess, spends her days with Ethan Tanaka, Jess's Asian-American assistant, and they start off by hating each other. Their romance was cute if a little bit overdramatic, but I love that they're both big nerds, and at least he knew about her being Imogen (as opposed to the other romance, where Harper initially thinks Jess is actually Imogen because they'd only met online).I love when contemporary books throw a few pop culture references here and there, and I expect a book about fandom to have a lot of them, but I just didn't expect them to be quite so many. I understood almost all of them to some degree but I wouldn't have minded them being toned down a little. But I forgive Ashley Poston because she mentioned Yuri On Ice!!! and Zuko's redemption arc too.Anyway, even with a few issues here and there that didn't make this a full five stars for me, this was a really fun read that I think a lot of contemporary readers will enjoy!
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    Geekerella but with GIRLS
  • laurel [suspected bibliophile]
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes the stories we need are the ones that can show us a happy ending and make us feel whole and welcome and loved Holy nerdgasm, Batman.I have fallen head over heels for a fandom that doesn't existThe Prince and the Pauper is far from my favorite of fairy tales, but this modern retelling, with a movie star space princess who doesn't want her fandom (because honestly...who would?) and a fangirl who just wants to save her favorite character from getting killed off, switching places to preve Sometimes the stories we need are the ones that can show us a happy ending and make us feel whole and welcome and loved Holy nerdgasm, Batman.I have fallen head over heels for a fandom that doesn't existThe Prince and the Pauper is far from my favorite of fairy tales, but this modern retelling, with a movie star space princess who doesn't want her fandom (because honestly...who would?) and a fangirl who just wants to save her favorite character from getting killed off, switching places to prevent the leaking of the top-secret sequel script to the next Starfield movie...and this is a run-on sentence which should show how much I enjoyed this book!It's certainly not deep and honestly, who gives a flying fuck? There's a lot to be had in this story: lesbian relationships, discussions of the toxicity of the fantasy/sci-fi fandoms towards women (and the varying levels of hell it can descend do depending on privilege), oodles of Easter Eggs, measuring success, imposter syndrome, and an important discussion of intellectuality and popular culture.Speaking of fandoms and the love of things that aren't Oscar-worthy art flicks that literally no one but the critics will see—this is a rousing endorsement that it's totally okay to let your freak flag fly and love whatever the hell thing you want to love. (view spoiler)[Just be aware that there are real people behind what you are obsessed with (negatively or positively obsessed can be bad in their own ways). (view spoiler)[lemme pause for one moment of introspection as I review all of the one and two star reviews I have written (hide spoiler)] and that you should be very, very careful when directing your complaints towards the person behind the work. Critique the art not the creator, yeah? (hide spoiler)]Anywho, one of my favorite quotes from the book: What I am built for is to fall in love slowly, page by page, like reading a favorite book. And a spoilery/not spoilery reveal of what I imagine Amara's dress kinda looks like if it was less spacey and more medievaly:I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Hilda
    January 1, 1970
    Bless Darien Freeman. Bless his tight jeans and his curly hair and his insufferable smile. Bless everything about that hufflepuff. Not really important, I just want to point out that even fictional hugflepuffs are awesome. I loved Darien I’m the first book and I love him in this one. I like the new characters as well. It was really hard to like Jessica Stone and honestly I don’t think I ever did which made the story just bleh for me. Even after all is done if it wasn’t for Imogen Lovelace her Do Bless Darien Freeman. Bless his tight jeans and his curly hair and his insufferable smile. Bless everything about that hufflepuff. Not really important, I just want to point out that even fictional hugflepuffs are awesome. I loved Darien I’m the first book and I love him in this one. I like the new characters as well. It was really hard to like Jessica Stone and honestly I don’t think I ever did which made the story just bleh for me. Even after all is done if it wasn’t for Imogen Lovelace her Doppelgänger which I loved I don’t think the story would have worked for me. However, by the end I was rooting for these girls!! Jess and Mo had issues and cried and were scared and they were just so human. I loved it. I loved them. They were also smart and strong and courageous. It’s hard to fight for what you believe. These girls did it though. All the geeky references continued and it was full of funny sweet moments. Definitely recommend it. Just fair warning, it’s a slow burn. Not to love but to the action. It felt like it took forever for something to actually happen. But when it did, it was amazing!
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  • Cassie O. | Lost In Tomes
    January 1, 1970
    I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to both Netgalley and the publisher for sending me digital and physical arcs in exchange for an honest review.The following review is 100% spoiler free, for both Geekerella and Princess and the Fangirl.If you loved Geekerella you're going to love The Princess and the Fangirl just as much! This Prince and the Pauper retelling was written for fangirls like me. It is chock full of witty references to all the biggest fandoms, and our wonderful, dorky cast represents I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to both Netgalley and the publisher for sending me digital and physical arcs in exchange for an honest review.The following review is 100% spoiler free, for both Geekerella and Princess and the Fangirl.If you loved Geekerella you're going to love The Princess and the Fangirl just as much! This Prince and the Pauper retelling was written for fangirls like me. It is chock full of witty references to all the biggest fandoms, and our wonderful, dorky cast represents nerd-culture in its finest. Reading this felt like coming home. Everything was comfortable and familar, and even though we have several new characters, I felt like I already knew them and we understood each other. It basically feels like going to a convention, which I imagine is exactly what the author was going for.It was so much fun revisiting our old friends from Geekerella! There were several little cameos from our favorites from book one such as; Elle, Darien, Sage and even The Magic Pumpkin! We get to experience some more of Starfield and ExcelsiCon as well which was great. However my favorite was probably getting inside Dariens co-star (the actress that plays Princess Amara) Jessica Stone's head. She is a powerful character with a lot to say! I loved her and her doppleganger, Princess Amara fangirl, Imogen Lovelace. They both had very distinct voices, personalities and flaws. I thought they both contrasted and complimented each other really well. It was a lot of fun watching them grow throughout their adventures, when they switch places.While our plot does have a fun little mystery for us to solve, the romances were what I came for. We get two wonderful, slow burn romances; one f/f and one m/f. It was a lot of fun watching these 4 characters fall "in like" with each other while they're together over the weekend. The relationships develop very subtlety while our MC's are working to fix other issues going on within the story, so there is not as strong of a focus on the romance like in Geekerella, but it's still very present. Since the entire book takes place over the course of 4 days I thought the speed was very appropriate.Overall I just loved this book! I always enjoy Prince and the Pauper retellings. And Ashley is the best at making her retellings diverse, modern and relevant. (It's so current there was even a new slang term, "stan" used that I wasn't familiar with yet. 😂) I was giggling to myself the entire time I read this. I couldn't get enough of the pop culture references! There's sooo many and I really appreciated them. It's the perfect book for any fangirl looking for a fluffy, fun romantic read.Recommend for fans of:- Comic-Con & Geeky Fangirls of all kinds- HEA Romance- Fairytale Retellings- Diverse Reads, including LGBT+- Feel good reads
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  • Farah
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes, going in blind can either take you to the 9th cloud of happiness or bite you in the arse. So, a YA story that takes place in ExcelsiCon, exactly like Comic Con from Thursday to Sunday. Yup 4 days of cosplay, meeting the idols, talking about the shows with fellow enthusiasts, check out the booths, spend money like there's no tomorrow on merchandise / fan arts and spending time with the leads, their family and friends.It’s a really easy book to read and even easier to love.For our leads Sometimes, going in blind can either take you to the 9th cloud of happiness or bite you in the arse. So, a YA story that takes place in ExcelsiCon, exactly like Comic Con from Thursday to Sunday. Yup 4 days of cosplay, meeting the idols, talking about the shows with fellow enthusiasts, check out the booths, spend money like there's no tomorrow on merchandise / fan arts and spending time with the leads, their family and friends.It’s a really easy book to read and even easier to love.For our leads, this ExcelsiCon is quite different than the previous years. Jess is more than ready to move on to other projects while Imogen is fighting for something that's dear to her but a nightmare to Jess. I like Imogen instantly for her quirkiness and passion, her lack of confidence issue is legit and understandable. As for Jess, it takes some time to warm up to her character but as I read on, my dislike for her disappear especially after learning her struggles and the demons she's facing daily. Please don't expect full blown romance as the Convention is only on for 4 days but that first feel good feelings over someone all girls dream of and most boys roll their eyes at, is present, nicely written and experienced by the FF, FM and MM couples in the story. I love that there’s no insta-love, and the attraction doesn't settle in until later too. I also appreciate that there isn't any contrived drama, which almost always exists in the YA books I read.Definitely in cloud 9.
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  • Austine (NovelKnight)
    January 1, 1970
    This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It's been days since I finished The Princess and the Fangirl and I'm still struggling to find the words to describe this book. I rarely read contemporary, especially young adult, but when I find a series or author I like, I go hard. After reading  Geekerella , I knew Ashley Poston was going to be one of those authors.First and foremost, this book made my fandom heart happy. I'd be This book was provided by the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. It's been days since I finished The Princess and the Fangirl and I'm still struggling to find the words to describe this book. I rarely read contemporary, especially young adult, but when I find a series or author I like, I go hard. After reading  Geekerella , I knew Ashley Poston was going to be one of those authors.First and foremost, this book made my fandom heart happy. I'd be hard-pressed to find several pages WITHOUT geeky references and it was perfect. I read part of this while waiting for my car to be inspected and it was a struggle not to giggle with delight (and I don't giggle. . . like ever) as I was reading. As it was, I kept getting weird looks for my facial expressions.Poston has a way of writing a story that grounds you in the world immediately. It helps that it's set in our world, but she brings a made-up sci-fi con to live. I've never been to a convention of any kind but I could feel the energy come off the page.As she brought this world to life, the story progressed from more than a fangirl attending a con and an actress trying to survive it. I saw the best of fandom life. . . and the worst. How negative people can be when it comes to something they love, but also how supportive. It was all captured in this one book and really made me think about book fandoms and how you get both sides from those interactions too. I couldn't NOT relate to this book.I was so happy with the Prince and the Pauper re-telling, and how the spoiled "princess" Jess was given strengths and flaws that came out over the course of the story. I think a lot of this book played on personal perception. How one character saw another based on a limited experience, and how that view isn't the full picture. It became an even stronger theme when Jess and Imogen swapped places. And Imogran was certainly not perfect either but I felt I could relate to her more from the fan side of things. Her passion for the characters of Starfield was so strong that I wish Starfield existed so I could fangirl alongside her.In general, this book is just GOOD. Like I can't say anything bad about it. At all. The writing is fantastic. The characters are interesting and diverse and relatable (not always likable, but relatable with their flaws which I think is an important distinction). The story is paced well and fun! You get to go to a sci-fi con for a few hundred pages!Side note, but I appreciated the cameo from the Geekerella characters and while I wish they had a BIT more page time, part of me is also glad they didn't because this is a true companion novel. You don't need to read Geekerella first (though I totally recommend it too).I don't even know what else to say about The Princess and the Fangirl. Isn't that always the case, when you love a book SO MUCH you can't put it into words? So it's safe to say that I absolutely recommend this book, and the first in the series, and I cannot wait for more from Ashley Poston!Find Me on: My Blog || Twitter || Instagram || Bloglovin'
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  • Kassie
    January 1, 1970
    *thank you to quirk books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*Ashley Posten has done it AGAIN. This alternate contemporary that looks extremely similar to Star Trek/Star Wars fandoms etc is just the cutest ride I’ve yet to experience. I can’t give an exact quote but this story takes a lot about how just because a story isn’t “award winning” doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful and WOW that went straight to the heart.The romances are adorable. Just so so so good. ❤❤ *thank you to quirk books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*Ashley Posten has done it AGAIN. This alternate contemporary that looks extremely similar to Star Trek/Star Wars fandoms etc is just the cutest ride I’ve yet to experience. I can’t give an exact quote but this story takes a lot about how just because a story isn’t “award winning” doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful and WOW that went straight to the heart.The romances are adorable. Just so so so good. ❤️❤️
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  • mahana ❀
    January 1, 1970
    ARC kindly provided by Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review. I, unfortunately, won't be continuing with this book. It's not for someone of my age or interests. It's for someone who loves reading fanfiction with constant fandom references. Someone whose day is brightened by hearing a character talk about Harry Potter or Doctor Who, but not me. I dislike judging people for their interests and what type of writing they enjoy, but some of the references were straight-up terrible. No books s ARC kindly provided by Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review. I, unfortunately, won't be continuing with this book. It's not for someone of my age or interests. It's for someone who loves reading fanfiction with constant fandom references. Someone whose day is brightened by hearing a character talk about Harry Potter or Doctor Who, but not me. I dislike judging people for their interests and what type of writing they enjoy, but some of the references were straight-up terrible. No books should seriously state the line "Ugh, Muggles." after someone's ringtone is too "basic" for their tastes. It's cringeworthy and annoying. Also, from the brief amount of time I spent with these characters, I knew I wouldn't connect with them. Imogen is the typical "I'm not like the other girls" archetype, where she thinks makeup should only be worn for cosplay and unironically calls everyone who isn't a nerd "Muggle". Jess is the cynical movie star who hates her fame and needs to escape the spotlight. Her lines are just as awkward and cringe-inducing. No one says "lipstick red like man's blood heart" organically in a sentence. I did like the brief glimpse into their diverse family. Imogen has two mothers and her brother is in a relationship with another boy. I may have heard down the grapevine that Jess is sapphic as well. If the writing was better, I would've loved to continue and see that play out. However, I know others might enjoy something like this. People are a fan of the cheesy, nerdy book where they can see a character like themselves, and that's valid. Just not what I want to read. I thought it would be tolerable when I started this book, but the writing was too pretentious and in-your-face that I couldn't handle it.
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  • Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl are companions but set around the same fandom and con. For fans, you’ll see familiar characters and for new fans, you can pick up the story here or go back and read Geekerella (HIGHLY RECOMMEND). You’ll fall in love with the characters and dang if you won’t wish the fandom and con were real. I loved all of the characters but when Jessica said they were too old for silly sci-fi shows, I was ready to escort her out. But Ashley is masterful at slowly peel Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl are companions but set around the same fandom and con. For fans, you’ll see familiar characters and for new fans, you can pick up the story here or go back and read Geekerella (HIGHLY RECOMMEND). You’ll fall in love with the characters and dang if you won’t wish the fandom and con were real. I loved all of the characters but when Jessica said they were too old for silly sci-fi shows, I was ready to escort her out. But Ashley is masterful at slowly peeling back the layers of Jessica so they you eventually understand her motives. I loved the commentary on toxic fanboys and their gross actions in the Star Wars fandom. I cheered all the way through.I want to see the two worlds collide a bit more and the next con with the next movie! Also, WHERE IS FRANK? Need more. And Harper! I wish we saw more of her and Imogen in the book. Side note, Cathy Yardley writes an adult romance series in the same vein called the Fandom Hearts series. It’s one of my fav adult romance series for all the same reasons I love Geekerella. They’re on audio!
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsThe fangirl was trying to save the princess, but maybe this princess did not want to be saved.• Pro: Poston did a fantastic job capturing the magic of ExcelsiCon once again, and once again, I was left feeling all the happy feels. • Pro: I thought employing The Prince and the Pauper switch-a-roo tactic for this story was brilliant. By literally walking in each other's shoes, both Jess and Imogen learned a LOT about the other side of fandoms, while also learning a few things about Rating: 4.5 StarsThe fangirl was trying to save the princess, but maybe this princess did not want to be saved.• Pro: Poston did a fantastic job capturing the magic of ExcelsiCon once again, and once again, I was left feeling all the happy feels. • Pro: I thought employing The Prince and the Pauper switch-a-roo tactic for this story was brilliant. By literally walking in each other's shoes, both Jess and Imogen learned a LOT about the other side of fandoms, while also learning a few things about themselves. • Pro: I love that this book celebrated fandoms, but I also appreciated that Poston took time to shed light on the negative side of cons, sci-fi, and the fans. • Pro: This was a twofer. That's right, I got two romances in this book, and both were fun and sweet and adorable. Though they took a back seat to the central plot, I found myself loving the pairings and keeping my fingers crossed that they would happen. • Pro: This book was packed with fantastic and fun characters to love. Not only did we get to spend time with our friends from Geekerella, we also got to meet Imogen, her brother, his boyfriend, Jess, and her assistant. They all really played a big role in making this a super-fun and nerdtastic experience for me. • Pro: I was already smiling from the too cute romances and some justice that had been served, but that ending just made me grin even harder. It was surprising and awesome and perfect. Overall: Poston gave me another amazing trip to ExcelsiCon, which was filled with new and old friends, a little romance, a bit of subterfuge, and lots of nerdy fun. I really hope we get to return to the con again next year.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Eeva
    January 1, 1970
    Sucha a charming and cute read!I didn't love it as much as I loved Geekerella but it's still super lovely book! <3
  • Mellie Antoinette
    January 1, 1970
    Cute, quirky, cuddly and quick! Just what I want from my fandoms. I didn’t think this was as good as Geekerella, but I still sped through it!
  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of  Quirk Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. It had its issues, but I surprisingly didn’t care because I was just feeling so many happy feels. HAPPY FEELS. Idk who I am anymore. I'm just going to enjoy this feeling while it lasts, because I mean, this is me, and I fail, and this will probably ne Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of  Quirk Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. It had its issues, but I surprisingly didn’t care because I was just feeling so many happy feels. HAPPY FEELS. Idk who I am anymore. I'm just going to enjoy this feeling while it lasts, because I mean, this is me, and I fail, and this will probably never happen again. Tbh, I could have sworn this book was about Sage, and for the longest time, I just stared at the summary going, but like, where is Sage? It took me a good deal of time to finally put together it was Jessica Stone from the first novel, and well, NOT about Sage. OOPS. Classic case of Mandy putting weird thoughts on a book and not being able to adjust her mindframe. This book is seen as a companion novel to Geekerella, but I believe I read it can be read as a standalone. I really recommend reading Geekerella first - and if you have forgotten parts of Geekrella, I urge you to maybe do a reread to refresh. I did a binge reread of Geekerella right before reading this, and it helped TREMENDOUSLY. And also, like, Geekerella was just about as good as it was the first time, so yessssssssss, I'm pushing you to read it againnnnnnnnnn since what started as a quick skimming turned into full on binge reread because IT SO GOOD. Anyway, let's get to the actual review. This novel follows Jessica and Imogen. Jessica plays Princess Amara in the Starfield universe, and is treated horribly by the fans, Hollywood in general, and more. When Imogen - a girl who happens to look exactly like her - accidentally gets mistaken for Jess for a panel during a hectic weekend at ExcelsiCon, Jess sees the opportunity to switch places to see the other side and find something that is lost. Jessica and Imogen are definitely dynamic and flawed characters. They certainly make their fair share of mistakes and have certainly heaping piles of angst, but Poston certainly does a good deal of character and emotional growth for them. Despite being frustrated with them for a good portion of time, I didn't hate them, and I could see why their characterization was what it was at times. By the end, I was certainly rooting for them hard, and I really enjoyed who they came to be. The side characters were intriguing as well. I absolutely loved seeing Darien and Elle again, and there were also some other epic cameos. Harper and Ethan were okay, but I would have liked a bit more from them. Milo and Bran were amazing, and I super super enjoyed them. The plot was interesting and exciting. There are a couple of different plots going on, and I was invested in all of them. I thought I wouldn't enjoy the switcheroo so much, but I did enjoy it far more than I thought I would. I did call who was behind a certain thing, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment. My two favorite parts of the novel go together perfectly: the setting/atmosphere and Poston's writing. The setting was absolutely amazing. This story takes place in a few day timespan in a con. Geekerella was all about the time leading up to the con, and we really only got to experience the costume contest and the ball. This story actually follows con activities like the artist alleyway, panels, signings, and more. I felt like I was immersed in a comic con, and the atmosphere was done just rightttttttttttttt. I felt like I was in some convention center somewhere, feeling the excitement of meeting some of the biggest names and seeing wonderful artists and hopping from panel to panel. I could feel the rush and the excitement and frantic crowds. Poston did an amazing job, and I think it was such a big part of why I enjoyed this book. My other favorite part was Poston's writing. I don't know why she did it, but she just made me feel so happy reading this book. Even though she did tackle some darker items (including SUCH a important message regarding the terrible sides of fandoms and how it affects the people that play the roles in Hollywood of them), it just always felt like a feel-good story? Like, it was light hearted enough that I was always feeling the feels when I was reading it - and especially by the end of the novel, I was aiming to the stars and full on igniting. Geekerella totally did this for me too, and this little two part series is definitely going to go down as one of my favorite contemporary series of all time. The romance was okay. Poston never tried to make it anything it wasn't, since the fact is that they only have a few days to get to know each other. I would have liked a bit more from it, though. Especially regarding Jessica and Harper. I felt like their time was too vague/brief when they already had the chemistry down pat. Overall, it was a quick read that brought a good amount of happy feels. Jessica and Imogen did some questionable feels, but the plot was exciting and interesting along with stellar writing and atmosphere. I would have liked a bit more in parts, but I just let my fangirl side take over and enjoy. rating: 4 crowns and an Ariel ratingrepresentation: f/f romance, black love interest, Asian love interestcontent warnings: none I can think of
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  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    "She spreads her arms wide. ‘Then here’s your golden opportunity! Let’s trade lives!’”You know, I don’t think I realised how much I wanted to read this book until I actually read it. It was just so fun. And it also struck the balance between feel-good and meaningful. There were so many deeper messages within this novel that really stuck with me because they were things I felt very intensely about. Just overall, I related way too much with this novel - and that's probably the reason I loved it so "She spreads her arms wide. ‘Then here’s your golden opportunity! Let’s trade lives!’”You know, I don’t think I realised how much I wanted to read this book until I actually read it. It was just so fun. And it also struck the balance between feel-good and meaningful. There were so many deeper messages within this novel that really stuck with me because they were things I felt very intensely about. Just overall, I related way too much with this novel - and that's probably the reason I loved it so much. I enjoyed Geekerella, but this? This I just adored. Split between Imogen (a fan), and Jessica (an actress), you really experience both sides of the fandom. I really liked Imogen's nerdiness, and though Jessica may be initially harder to swallow, her love for her friends and her eventual understanding of what it means to be in a fandom made her incredibly rewarding. Not to mention all the background characters who are ALL SO COOL! Imogen's brother Milo and his boyfriend Bran, Jessica's best friend Ethan Tanaka (also like jesus christ talk about my ideal type much? I was seriously lusting over him the entire novel lmao), Imogen's internet friend Harper, and then Dare & Elle from Geekerella. Even Vance, because whilst he was an ass, he low-key looked like a space-y Legolass and . . . yeah thats cool. (It doesn't erase that he's a rude as hell but I can appreciate his visual prettiness whilst disliking his actual personality, right?)I also can't count all the nerd references in this novel and the amount of times they made me grin - the Bucky x Cap joke, the Zuko mention, the Yuri on Ice!! reference, and so many more. My nerdy heart was so so happy. But what I really admired most was how feminist this book really was - it discussed the treatment of women in sci-fi (both characters and actual women), and I really appreciated that. It highlighted the toxicity of the fandom and the middle-aged white male gatekeepers who've told younger female actresses/fans they aren't "worthy" to be part of their treasured fandom. It referenced how Daisy Ridley & Kelly Marie Tran were chased off the internet by trolls who told them they weren't good enough, and how female actresses are often treated very differently to their male costars. It also talked about the "fridging" of female characters (aka killing them off) to further a male character's plotline, which is something that's been very prominent in online discussions in recent months. Really, it was amazing. And not to mention the diversity! Imogen's moms were gay, and her brother was also in a m/m relationship. Jess herself was heavily implied to be a-spec / demisexual, as there were a few paragraphs about halfway through the book (about pg 194) that stated she couldn't fall involve herself with anyone unless she really knew them first. She also ended the book by being in a f/f relationship that was so sweet. This really was the fluffiest book I've read all year, and a great one to start April off with, really. I adored it, and for anyone wanting anything fun and happy I would certainly recommend it. (Also . . . you know how Rainbow Rowell wrote Carry On as a spinoff for Fangirl & how Carry On was essentially based off the fanfic within Fangirl - which itself was also a Harry Potter parody? Would, um . . . Ashley Poston like to do an actual Starfield novel in the same vein, please? I would really read that.) > 4.5 starsRead for #aroaceapril & thanks to Quirk Books for a copy in exchange for an honest review!
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