Author: Ashley Poston
Laura’s rating: 4.5 stars
Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction 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 has 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?
DON’T LET THE COVER FOOL YOU! I mean, don’t get me wrong it’s cute but some may think what’s behind that cover is very girly and not at all deep.
It took me a week to read this beauty. Not because it was tedious or boring, it was my stupid grown-up life, just not enough time to read ☹
The first chapters were kind of hard, I had to get my mind wrapped around Starfield. In a sentence, it’s a TV series kind of like Star Trek, we have the Federation Prince Carmindor and Princess Amara that are trying to save the galaxy. Its very dorky. WHICH I LOVE.
And talking about dorky, the writing is all about geeking out in a very good way. There are references about fanfiction, collectibles, cosplay, blogging, it’s a written party for all things Fandom and how the majority of the population just don’t get it, and when people don’t understand something it’s easier to make fun of it. But they forget, at the end of the day the so called “geeks” are the ones behind your new generation iPhone.
“Never give up on your dreams, and never let anyone tell you that what you love is inconsequential or useless or a waste of time. Because if you love it? If that OTP or children’s card game or abridged series or YA book or animated series makes you happy?
That is never a waste of time. Because in the end we’re all just a bunch of weirdos standing in front of other weirdos, asking for their username.”
Going back to the storyline, Elle lives with her Step-Monster and twin stepsisters (Yes. Just like Cinderella) and they are horrible, to the point I had to refrain from tossing the book out the window. They are cruel towards Elle, only because she loves Starfield, just like her deceased father.
One day Elle gets a text from a wrong number, and it’s non-other than Darien Freeman, the actor who will be portraying Carmindor in the new Starfield movie. They don’t know each other’s names, ages or sex, they have only one thing in common: Starfield. And so, the texting begins! And it’s so cute and pure. I loved it.
“-Elle, we might not know much about each other, and I might not be there, and you might not be here, but I’m glad I share this sky with you.
-Maybe we should start looking up together, ah’blena”
Many bad things happen, unfair and horrible things to both Elle and Darien. But just like a fairy-tale, good overpowers evil.
And they all lived happily ever after.