ARC Review: The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

Hi All!  It’s Becky, again.  I loved Ashley Poston’s Geekerella and I was thrilled when I found its companion novel The Princess and the Fangirl on NetGalley.  I had high expectations for this one and it more than lived up to them.

39725622.jpgTitle: The Princess and the Fangirl
Author: Ashley Poston
Note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Summary: Imogen is the ultimate fangirl for anything Starfield. She loves the classic television show and the reboot movie.  Imogen is especially passionate about the character Princess Armara who was died tragically at the end of the first movie. Jess Stone is a Hollywood starlet who was on track to win an Oscar by the time she was twenty but is worried the her work as Princess Amara is Starfield may derail her career.  The actress and the fangirl’s lives collide when Imogen is confused for Jess during a panel at ExcelsiCon.  The two realize that they have found a great opportunity. Imogen wants to change the public’s opinion of the actress to save her beloved Princess Amara while Jessica needs to be free to investigate the recently leaked script to the The Starfield sequel.  The two switch places and quickly learn about how the other half lives and discover new things about themselves in this geeky retelling of The Prince and the Pauper.   

What’s Good: This book was just fun.  Ashley Poston knows how to write a romance that will appeal to anyone who is a true geek in their heart.  The book is filled with hilarious pop culture references and adorable romantic moments.  Imogen and Jess are great characters that realistically jump off the page with their hopes, dreams, and insecurity.  Also, Poston made a fabulously diverse book with writing a Diversity book.  The representations in the book open the story up to many readers who may not normally see themselves in this kind of book. Plus, while it was fun to revisit Elle and Darien from Geekerella, it’s nice that you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy The Princess and the Fangirl.

What’s Not As Good: It took me a really long time to warm up to Jess and I found myself wanting to go back to Imogen’s story line.

Bottom Line: The Princess and the Fangirl is a fun novel that takes place in the world of sci-fi fandom.  The book is filled with humor and a dash of romance and will be a big hit with fans of Poston’s previous novel or anyone looking for a geeky YA romance.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5



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