The Prince and the Paupergets a Geekerella style makeover in this witty and heartfelt novel for those who believe in the magic of fandomnow with an excerpt from Ashley Postons latest, Bookish and the BeastImogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission to save her favorite Starfieldcharacter, Princess Amara, from being killed off On the other hand, the actress who plays Amara wouldnt mind being axed Jessica Stone doesnt even likebeing part of the Starfield franchiseand shes desperate to leave the intense scrutiny of fandom behindThough Imogen and Jess have nothing in common, they do look strangely similar to one anotherand a case of mistaken identity at ExcelsiCon sets off a chain of events that will change both of their lives When the script for the Starfieldsequel leaks, with all signs pointing to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible The deal Imogen will play Jess at her signings and panels, and Jess will help Imogens best friend run their boothBut as these princesses race to find the script leakerin each others shoestheyre up against than they bargained for From the darker side of fandom to unexpected crushes, Imogen and Jess must find a way to rescue themselves from their own expectationsand redefine what it means to live happily ever after

15 thoughts on “The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon A Con Book 2) (English Edition)

  1. Neelam Neelam says:

    I adored Geekerella so when I heard there would be a companion book I was so excited And this book did not disappoint In fact I probably loved this even than Geekerella.This book is filled with so much adorable geekiness, I just cannot deal It s a feel good book that left me feeling giddy and wanting to go to a con myself There is so many pop culture references and I loved it From Harry Potter to Star Wars and so much It made the characters, being at the con so real and so relatable Honestly, I don t read many contemporaries especially cute fluffy ones but wow did I love this.This story is essentially a modern prince and the pauper retelling and it was so nice to see a retelling of a different story, as all I seem to see a beauty and the beast retellings With the added bonus of it being set in a con over four days, it was fun and fast paced and intense A lot happens in these four days from each of the girls learning about themselves and each other to how it is on the other side of the fandom.I really loved the diversity in the book too Ethan is Asian and there is a f f romance I thought it was really well written and not like it was forced in there.Jessica is the actress who plays Princess Amara on the film Starfield and she receives a lot of hate People are always commenting all over her social media, sending her hateful messages, which is difficult for her to handle She feels as though no one wants her there because she wasn t a Starfield fan and she didn t want to be in future films As a result of all of this she is distant and generally looks like she doesn t want to be there Although I didn t particularly Jess at the beginning of the book as her story developed and we get to see all that she has had to go through and how unhappy and lonely she is and I ended up really loving her and totally rooting for her 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 Imogen is probably the opposite of Jess She is reckless and passionate and adores Starfield So much so that she has spearheaded a campaign and started a petition to save Amara She has a younger brother Milo who she feels she is constantly in the shadow of Her mums can be a little over protective and she had her heartbroken at the last excelsicon So she puts everything into the saving Amara campaign, regardless of whether Jessica Stone wants to continue being Amara or not Throughout the story we learn why saving Amara is so important to Imogen but she also learns why it isn t okay to force Jess to play a role that makes her so unhappy.They both have some great character development even though it is only set over four days and the beginning of a romance While they switched places they both meet someone who they start to develop feelings for Imogen s hate to love was great, I loved how they both misunderstood each other and their own prejudices got in the way of them realising their feelings And I oved that Jess was able to meet a girl who she could talk openly to without fear of her words being twisted and shared all over the internet I loved seeing their friendship develop into something I liked that neither couple fell in love but that it was the beginning of something as they have only known each for a few days.I loved that the darker side of cons and being part of a fandom was also discussed from how obsessive fans can make the actors feel uncomfortable and unsafe To how females are portrayed in films, especially sci fi fantasy They tend to be a love interested and there to push the story and character development of the male hero How actresses are held to higher and stricter standards than their male colleagues, even mentioning real actresses that this has happened to I m sick and tired of princesses being either damsels in distress or the foil for a male character s emotional growth I think the only thing I was unsure of was the motives of the person who leaked the script Why was it leaked What did this person hope to achieve I also figured out pretty early on who it was but none of this lessened my enjoyment of this book It s honestly so fun and anyone who loves cons and is part of a fandom will love this P.S Can we have Starfield made into a real show

  2. Hisham Hisham says:

    This follow up to Geekerella sees some familiar characters as well as many new faces.Again I read this with a massive smile on my face I particularly loved the details about the convention and its venue as they were spot on and invoked memories of a certain actual Atlanta Labor Day weekend convention I used to attend.I m not sure how else to express how much I love the characters and stories in this book I am sure I need of these books in my life.

  3. Jazzy.O Jazzy.O says:

    I throughly enjoyed delving into this book after devouring Geekerella The world created is carried so well in this stand alone, and to have Elle and Darien and the whole gang return once again elevates this book to new standards It retains its nerdy style that the first book delivers thoroughly, while giving us new and refreshing characters who we instantly fall in love with because of, as I m sure most people will agree, the relatable and individual nerdy nature of each character The book also delves deeper into Jessica s character which I felt was an amazing way to carry on this universe, as we don t truly begin to relate or become attached to Jess in Geekarella, and to see her become a women of her own who is forceful and strong and does the Princess Amara name proud I would say this book is very successful as a stand alone and as a follow on from Geekerella, especially if read one after the other 5 stars from me

  4. Danielle Danielle says:

    I loved it It had me howling with laughter, screaming in excitement and honestly brought a few years to my eyes It a fun filled read based at comic conand although it s silly and light hearted in parts there are parts that are so deeply personal and meaningful to any cosplayer or anyone else that has doubt about themself I once again saw myself in the a number of different characters and the only thing I can really say is saveamara

  5. Annette van Geloof Annette van Geloof says:

    If you re a fandom girl and love conventions, series and movies You re gonna love this one it s filled with all those awesome nods and references and it s really touching too Maybe even better than the first book

  6. Susan Susan says:

    My daughter loves the book

  7. Caitlin H. Caitlin H. says:

    I feel like I start all my positive reviews with I loved this book, but oh wow do I love this book I absolutely loved Geekerella, so it was fun jumping back into this world These books really bring the love of fandoms to justice and it makes me so happy Because the whole book takes place at a weekend long convention, it is full of geeky references that made me smile each time The Doctor Who ones especially made me happy Well, those and every time someone was referred to as a Hufflepuff.The characters in this story felt very real Jess was someone we were made to dislike in Geekerella, but with this partially in her perspective, we get to see the real her I think that is one of the biggest reasons why reading the other book first is so important Throughout this book, she struggles a lot with wanting to just be herself and wanting to be loved for that person as opposed to the image she creates This difference is a huge part of the book, so being able to see how awful she is from the outside in book one is important.That being said, I loved getting to see the inner workings of Jess She deals with a lot of self image issues, depression, and not feeling loved As someone who has had a lot of the same struggles minus the whole being a celebrity thing it felt super real Her emotions and thoughts came across very well and were spot on I also loved seeing her slowly open up to Imogen s friend Harper, even though she s pretending to be Imogen Getting to see the nerdy side of her was fun, too.Then we have Imogen Mo and Jess s assistant, Ethan Mo is the ultimate fangirl who feels as if she lives in everyone s shadow Ethan has been Jess s best friend since they were children He s in on the plan, but he hates it He and Imogen fight and bicker the entire time, and me being me I loved it When I say the enemies to lovers trope is my favorite, I m not kidding Their sarcasm and mockery made me all sorts of happy inside.There are also minor characters like Mo s younger brother, Milo, and his boyfriend, Bran I really loved them and honestly, my only complaint about the book is that I wanted of them There were also appearances from Geekerella characters Elle, Darien, Sage, and Calliope.The book is well written I really enjoy Poston s style It s easy and quick to read It moves at a good pace, although there were a few slow moments There were so many incredible quotes in this book, too I think I highlighted parts in my Kindle edition than any other book It showed both sides of feeling insecure and like a nobody, and it was inspirational to see the characters grow and learn to accept themselves I m not a movie star, and I don t attract swaths of adoring fans, and my voice is tiny but my dreams are big and I don t mind being me The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley PostonIt was a fun mystery full of geeky references, tons of sarcasm, and, of course, romance I highly recommend these books, especially to those who are in a fandom It s very relatable in many ways and fun to read a story in such an atmosphere Original review on Functionally Fictional.

  8. Laura Cate Collins Laura Cate Collins says:

    It is a truth universally acknowledged that a fandom in want of a princess will save that princess That is the mindset Imogen Mo Lovelace has when she begins the SaveAmara campaign on social media, trying to bring back from the dead Princess Amara, who was tragically fridged in the both the ending of the original Starfield TV show and the new reboot movie She s excited to be at ExcelsiCon, meeting her friend Harper IRL for the first time, and is on a mission to save her favorite princess.Too bad Princess Amara doesn t want to be brought back from the dead Jessica Stone is desperate to put Starfield behind her and move on to bigger, better productions After all, why would she want to stay when her Twitter and Instagram are flooded with trolls and manbabies who criticize everything about her It s perfectly understandable that ExcelsiCon is the last place on earth Jess wants to be Good thing she has Ethan, her best friend and personal assistant.Then the script for the sequel leaks And all signs are pointing to Jess Fortunately, she has a plan when she and Imogen are mistaken for each other After all, what harm is there in swapping places for a few days An excellent companion novel to Geekerella, Ashley Poston accurately captures the essence of the beauty, wonder, and camaraderie of being in a fandom, while simultaneously not shying away from the other, uglier side of fandom Trolls are not only just in the dungeons, but everywhere you look and do their best to zap away all of your joy and fun side eyes Voltron fandom Fans of Geekerella will be happy to see the return of familiar faces and feel a sense of returning home on the floor of ExcelsiCon, while simultaneously falling in love with new characters and eagerly awaiting the reveal of who is behind the script leaks.Look to the stars Aim Ignite

  9. Olivia Williford Olivia Williford says:

    I am so thrilled to be a part of the hype for this book April 2nd cannot come quick enough I cannot wait to see the whole layout for the finished copy Geekerella was such a gorgeous book When I read Geekerella last year, I didn t expect to get a sequel of sorts The Princess and the Fangirl is actually a companion that follows Jess Dar s co star who plays Amara and another new character, Imogen.TP TF is a modern gender bent retelling of The Prince and the Pauper I ve never actually read The Prince and the Pauper, but I am very familiar with the Barbie classic The Princess and the Pauper Call me a dork all you want, but the earlier Barbie movies were 8 year old Olivia s favorite I loved those movies They were cliche, they weren t the best plot wise, the music wasn t as fantastic as the kiddos of the time thought, and they weren t animated that fantastically either HOWEVER, I really do appreciate the emphasis on powerful and capable women throughout the movies.In this book, there are so many amazing characters Ashley Poston has such a talent for writing about characters main and side characters, alike that are so well written and complex I love it when the side characters have their own personalities and lives outside of the POV of the main characters It adds such a fantastic depth to the overall story I would have loved to get to know about Imogen s moms They were so nerdy and caring I loved their relationship and their relationship with their kids They seemed to be so different, but so perfect for each other I love them.I also absolutely adore Imogen s brother and his boyfriend I loved getting little glimpses of their relationship I hope that the next companion if we get one is about them I definitely need that in my life They were too freaking cute Let s talk about Ethan I love him He s definitely a Hufflepuff and I love his quirks and grumpy attitude I m sure that people aren t going to like him, but he reminds me too much of my boyfriend at times to actually dislike his attitude I love his dedication to his best friend Jess and I love what he does when he gets stressed and worried I will let you find that out yourself Please read this book Speaking of Jess, let s talk about her too She s so complex and I really enjoyed her as a character She and Imogen are technically the main characters of this book, but I really felt like Jess was the 1 focus She goes through so much growth over four days and I just love her growth as a character Her behavior, at first really bugged me, but as the book continued I finally understood what all she went through as the reboot Amara I love how Ashley Poston highlighted the positive and negative aspects of fandom culture There are definitely wonderful and perfect moments about being in a fandom, but there are toxic behavior and toxic behaviors that come with it This was the perfect love letter to fandom culture.This book was exactly what I needed during my long Martin Luther King Jr weekend I cannot wait to read what Ashley Poston has next I definitely need to pick up Heart of Iron soon She is quickly becoming a new favorite author I need to read HOI before the sequel, Soul of Stars comes out in July Ashley is such a badass writer Wow If you love fluffy romance novels with hate to love romance, slow burn romance, wonderful sibling dynamics, fandom references, healthy growth and badassery, sweet diverse couples, and laugh out loud squeal out loud scream out loud moments, definitely pick up this book Pre order it It comes out April 2nd You need this book in your life This is definitely a favorite of the year

  10. Beckersly Beckersly says:

    Okay so I m supposed to say here that I got this book from NetGalley for free in exchange for my honest unbiased review BUT I also want you to know as soon as I finished this I went ahead and purchased my own copy so yeahyou can trust me here.I feel like this book knew how to connect with me It had a little bit of everything There were several moments that made me laugh out loud, plenty of moments that made me sigh with love, and then really inspirational moments that I didn t see coming when I started this book.Overall, I would recommend this book To anyone that s ever loved a fandom of any kind, I bet it s in here Doctor Who, Pokemon, Mortal Kombat, Buffy, Firefly, Harry Potter, Sailor Moon, and too many to name are all mentioned several times throughout the book To anyone that s ever gone or wanted to go to a convention, you ll love how this book takes you there.This book is just a perfect little nerd book for my little nerd heart to love.I also read Geekerella and honestly, I think I love this one It felt a little rushed and if I m honest, I wish it would have been a bit longer to really get into this but this book was just so cute

  11. S M Boren S M Boren says:

    I purchased this book from to read with my bestie mycornerforbooksand All opinions are my own The Princess and The Fangirl by Ashley Poston I have to admit when I started this book and it wasn t about Elle I was devastated I was so looking forward to food truck capers Turns out to be a Geekerella Fairytale it doesnt have to be just about Elle I was very happy to see she makes than one appearance in this book Famed Princess Amara from the Fandom Starfield was killed off in the last movie and Actress Jessica Stone couldn t be happier that this would be her last Starfield movie On the flip side Imogen Lovelace will stop at nothing to save her favorite character and begins the saveamara campaign Imogen bumps into Jessica in the bathroom and from that point forward both girls will make choices than will either save or break the Starfield Fandom completely Switching places leads to new avenues of love but could be the end of several people s careers.

  12. Cameron Cameron says:

    BAH THIS WAS SO CUTE I loved Geekerella and this sequel was a delight that lived up to the first book I m so so happy I was given won an arc so I could read it early I love the nerd geek references made by the characters and I love this realistic view of conventions That said I ve never switched places with a famous actress at the cons I ve attended but everything from the atmosphere on the con floor to the wondrous combination of fandoms and love is perfect While this book features several new characters, all of our favorites from Geekerella make an appearance, so don t worry I wish Starfield was a real show

  13. Cheryl Cheryl says:

    After reading Geekerella A Fangirl Fairy Tale Once Upon A Con Book 1 , I bought this book and it took me a while to get around to reading it So by the time I had, I had forgotten a lot of details about the first book so it s best to read this book as soon as possible after reading book 1, because it ll make this a enjoyable read.That notation aside, The Princess and the Fangirl is both a LGBTQ story and a sci fi fangirl story The Princess character is a bit overgrating at times but the storyline itself is decent, and the ending is heart warming.

  14. Melissa Facey Melissa Facey says:

    I think I connected strongly to this book than I did Geekerella, because I saw A LOT of myself in Imogene, far than I did with Elle But even without that, this new story was lovely and heartwarming, and every character was fabulous, and I really just want to live in this magical world of ExcelsiCon forever, okay sniffle Another all around gorgeous love letter to fandom, this resonated so strongly, and was so, so good for my fangirl heart.Implausible Yes But aren t all fairy tales

  15. K. B. K. B. says:

    Based in the world where GEEKERELLA lived read that one first, if only because it s fantastic fun , this one has a different spin with new main characters A Prince and the Pauper vibe where each girl has her own stubborn agenda and needs to learn a little before they can settle back into place It was fun to read, I liked the characters, and was happy to see the inclusive cast of characters from the first books grow even in the second.