Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
I fell in love with the cover. I’ll be honest. I did. I love the minimalism, the food truck “Magic Pumpkin”, and the colors in general. And, when I read the blurb I got excited.
What I was hoping: A book filled with convention stuff. Some parallels with Cinderella was going to be a given. Honestly, I wanted a book about fans and their fandom.
What I got: Okay, this is a book with fans and their fandom. However, the parallels to Cinderella reminded me of A Cinderella Story. The movie itself was adorable, but I don’t know… I wanted more in the fandom of Starfield.
The writing is cute and simple. It’s a fluff book that can be done in about a day. Maybe more if you are having trouble getting into the book because of all the cuteness. The characters were sympathetic enough. Elle is a strong figure though a welcome mat and Darien is very much the same thing. I can see how they end up together.
The book has two point of views: Elle and Darien. Which is good because, at times, Elle’s chapters were too much into the Cinderella narrative and I needed a break. Darien’s narrative was more interesting though there were parallels to Elle’s.
In all, it was a decent book. One that I suggest library or buy if you like fluff books.