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

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

by Ashley Poston

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Overview

The Prince and the Pauper gets a Geekerella-style makeover in this witty and heartfelt novel for those who believe in the magic of fandom.
 

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: to save her favorite Starfield character, Princess Amara, from being killed off. On the other hand, the actress who plays Amara wouldn’t mind being axed. Jessica Stone doesn’t even like being part of the Starfield franchise—and she’s desperate to leave the intense scrutiny of fandom behind. 
 
Though Imogen and Jess have nothing in common, they do look strangely similar to one another—and 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 Starfield sequel 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 Imogen’s best friend run their booth. 
 
But as these “princesses” race to find the script leaker—in each other’s shoes—they’re up against more 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 expectations...and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683690962
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 04/02/2019
Series: Once Upon a Con Series , #2
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 78,501
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Lexile: 780L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Ashley Poston is the author of Geekerella (Quirk Books, 2017) and Heart of Iron (HarperCollins, 2018). Her fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, of course). When she is not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs with her cat, or geeking out all over the internet, she writes books. She lives in small-town South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well.

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Princess Amara is dead.
     In a perfect universe, I wouldn’t care. My character dies a noble and brilliant death at the end of Starfield, when she rams her spaceship into the Black Nebula (which is more like a black hole, but whatever) to save her one true love, the dreamy Federation Prince Carmindor.
     In a perfect universe, I would’ve cashed my check and used Starfield as a springboard to more Oscar-worthy roles. Roles that mean something, roles that tell invaluable stories, that aren’t me looking hot in a suffocating dress while running in heels.
     In a perfect universe, I would be happy.
     But this universe is not perfect and neither am I, although I’ve tried to be. I’ve tried so, so hard. And it all might be for nothing.
     Because today I made three unforgivable mistakes.
     The first one:
     During a presser (a presser is basically a marathon of filmed interviews with different media outlets back to back to back . . . I can usually endure them for hours, but these nerd ones are a different beast entirely. How I long for questions about Darien Freeman’s new diet or my glittery pumps), held in a small room in a hotel, I accidentally let this slip:
     “I certainly hope Amara doesn’t come back.”
     Which, I know.
     Bad answer.
     The interviewer had been coming for blood for the past thirty minutes, poking and prodding at our airtight answers until something had to give, and the bright lights were giving me a headache.
     So of course it was me who slipped first.
     I wasn’t paying attention. For hours Dare—Darien Freeman, my costar—had been entertaining the interviewers. He lived and breathed Starfield—he was a fanboy before he became Prince Carmindor, and that’s stellar publicity. The world eats it up. It’s adorable.
     What’s decidedly less adorable is Princess Amara, poor dead Princess Amara, played by a girl who’s never even seen the show.
     I don’t make good press fodder.
     Or, at least, I didn’t think I did.
     The interviewer’s eyes widened behind her candy-apple-red glasses. She was petite and blond, stylish in a ’60s pinup meets Revenge of the Nerds sort of way. “But thousands of fans would love to see you back! And your character, too. Have you heard of the #SaveAmara initiative?”
     I shook my head.
     Dare jumped at the chance to inform me. “Oh, it’s a Twitter hashtag created to rally the fandom and save the princess from her fate.”
     The interviewer nodded enthusiastically. “The user who created it claims that Amara deserved better, especially in this reboot. She deserved to live, not to be fridged for Prince Carmindor’s character development.”
     “Oh.”
     It was all I could say.
     I curled my fingers tightly around the phone in my lap. It buzzed again. Another Instagram comment. Or Twitter. I wished it was neither.
     The interviewer went on. “Natalia Ford, the actress who originally played Amara, whose shoes you stepped into, has already voiced solidarity for the movement, pleasing a lot of older fans. She has also recently criticized your interpretation of Amara, saying that you don’t embody the spirit of the character. Does that bother you?”
     For other people to not like you? The fandom to not like you? That’s what she didn’t say, but I saw it in her eyes. I was surprised, really, that it had taken this long for an interviewer to bring it up.
     I’m a girl in Hollywood, I wanted to tell her. I’m either too fat or too skinny or too pretty or not pretty enough. Nothing bothers me.
     But that would’ve been a lie, as evidenced by my death grip on my phone.
     “Erin, right?” I said, when I should’ve not taken the bait. But I was too tired to stop, and I wasn’t paying attention to Dare’s signals to shut up. If you know anything about my overly enthusiastic costar, it’s that he’s never subtle about anything. I just didn’t care. “Tell me, Erin, what has Natalia Ford done since she played Amara, what, twenty years ago? Another one-off Starfield
special? Ms. Ford doesn’t have a career. I do, in spite of what everyone says. That’s all that matters—”
     “I must be early,” a calm voice interrupted. “That tends to happen to people without careers.”
     My blood ran cold.
     In the doorway stood a woman with piercing brown eyes and peppery-gray hair pulled back into a bun. Her face was heart shaped, eyebrows dark and severe, her lips pursed. Though she was short, standing in that doorway she commanded the room. Trade her monochromatic pantsuit for a dress made of galaxies and starlight, and she was still the princess of the universe. In her arms sat a hairless cat who surveyed the room with narrow emerald eyes, looking almost as dour as his owner.
     So, yeah, my second mistake was insulting Natalia Ford.
     And my third mistake?
     Well.
     After that disaster of an interview, I needed to take a breath. Dare warned me that we had to be at a panel in ten minutes. It felt like every one of my days at this loud overcrowded convention was planned down to the second, squeezing as much of Jessica Stone out of my appearance as possible. But I needed quiet. I needed to breathe.
     So I excused myself to the restroom to collect myself, and that was my third mistake. If I’d never gone to the bathroom, if I’d never left Dare’s sight, if I’d followed him straight onto that stupid panel—
     My phone dings, wrenching me out of my panic spiral. It is Ethan Tanaka, my assistant and best friend (only friend, if I’m being truthful).

ETHAN TANAKA (3:03 PM)
—[pic]
—THIS ISN’T YOU.
—WHERE ARE YOU.
—JESS.
—JESSICA.

     Pulling down my black beanie in the hopes of passing unnoticed, I elbow my way into the ballroom, where the Starfield panel has already started. The one I’m supposed to be on. The lights are off and the audience is quiet—such a drastic shift from the thundering noise of the hundreds if not thousands of people in the Marriott hotel lobby. My ears are ringing with the silence; I can’t even hear myself think.
     My eyes slowly adjust as I gaze over a sea of anxious fans, panic prickling at my skin.
     “I’m Jess—Jessica Stone,” says a girl on the stage, but it isn’t me.
     This isn’t happening.
     This is impossible.
     I stare at the girl sitting between Dare and Calvin. There, in my chair. Behind my name tag. She’s exactly where I’m supposed to be. Where I need to be. But instead I’m in the audience, mute and invisible, and all the lights are on her.
     And to my mounting horror, no one seems to realize that she isn’t me.

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The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
IcePrincess85 11 months ago
I'm kind of new to contemporaries but I couldn't miss out on a book titled "Princess and the Fangirl" that takes place at a fantasy convention! I have not read the first book in the series, Geekerella. I love Imogen's and Jessica's arcs. They start out enemies with different views of the character Jessica plays, Amara. They start seeing things differently when they are forced to work together. Imogen is trying to save the character Jessica plays in the sequel being planned. She believes Amara was fridged and should come back. She can't understand why Jessica is so willing to let them keep Amara dead. Soon Imogen is mistaken for Jessica and rushed to a panel in her place. In the panel, Imogen states her support for saving Amara, which angers Jessica and surprises many since Jessica has been outspoken about letting Amara stay dead so she can move on. Jessica didn't expect the movie and her character to become such a big success, but she wants out of the franchise so she can move on and get "real" roles. She doesn't understand why people are trying to hard to bring her character back. Soon the script for the next movie starts leaking online and Jessica is worried about being blamed for leaks to the sequel. She needs to investigate but can't miss her scheduled events at the convention. Reluctantly, she strikes a deal with Imogen to let her pose as Jessica as long as she stops trying to save Amara. Imogen agrees, but still has plans to save her favorite character. The two have to dodge fans and Imogen's family (who have a booth at the convention) all while trying to track down who's leaking the script. Jessica's assistant is tasked with keeping an eye on Imogen and making sure she keeps up appearances. The two can't stand each other but find out they don't like being separated. While Imogen is masquerading as Jessica, Jessica has to pretend to be Imogen while looking for clues to who's releasing the script. She meets Imogen's online friend, Harper. Harper convinces Jessica to go out and have fun, something she hasn't done in a long time. She stops worrying about her image and what everybody is going to think for a little while, until the next part of the script is released. I loved reading about Imogen and Jessica's point of views and how they finally come to listen to each other. In the beginning, they both keep pushing for what they want without listening to why the other is against it. As they continue spending time literally in each other's position, they start allowing themselves to see the other's perspective. I really enjoyed this book and hope there are additional books with these characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Take_Me_AwayPH 6 months ago
Anytime I see that a book is labeled as a retelling, I add it to my TBR without question. And this one was no different. It did take me a minute to get to because I wanted to do some more research on the story it was retelling, but I still couldn't wait to get to it! Jessica Stone plays Princess Amara in the popular space opera franchise, Starfield so everyone expects her to to be happy and to love what she does. Then there's Imogen Lovelace who is doing everything in power to save her favorite character of all time, Princess Amara. When the two meet they realize they actually look alot alike. They change places while they both try conducting business that they try to keep from the other. I liked this one, but Geekerella is still my favorite. Maybe because I'm much more familiar with Cinderella. But even still, this was a great re-telling that had all the elements of the original. I liked that it was one that isn't told alot. (Or not that I knew of anyways) I had to go find the original story and read it to see the comparison, and it was done really well. The characters were my favorite part of this one as well. Jessica Stone was a great character and I identified with all the different layers of her. From the actress to the girl who just wanted to be accepted by her fans. I identified with her so much. I also liked seeing the other characters and other objects from the other book.The food truck was there and so was Sage. The writing style was again, really good. But I wasn't surprised. It's Ashley Poston. Her writing is good no matter what. I remember starting this and wanting to speed up the time just so I could find out what happened next. Her writing style will trap you in the story. This book checked all the boxes for me: Retellings, sweet romance, great characters, and a great writing style. And so, it was no surprise that I liked it. I'm already excited about the next book in this series that will feature my favorite fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast!
Deniareads 8 months ago
This book was adorable. I enjoyed it very much so. That 3.5 stars is not a bad rating, it is more of a pleasant one. In this story, we follow two points of view, Jess and Imogen’s. Both of these girls look alike and in one moment of fate, they get to swap identities. Jess is our actress who hates the person she’s playing and yes, this world is still the same as in Geekerella, so Jess is still playing Amara. She really doesn’t want to be involved in the show because she thinks that after she’s done with the show nobody else will hire her. Imogen, on the other hand, is a hardcore fan. She started a campaign to save the Princess in the show. #SaveAmara is the number one thing everyone is talking about at this years’ ExelsiCon. Ever since Princess Amara died in the last movie, fans have been distraught because of it, especially Imogen. She and her online friend Harper agree to meet at the convention and run a booth to save the princess. Jess finds out about this initiative and wants to bring it down. Anyways, the story was really cute. What happens next is very complicated and honestly, you have to read it to understand. Ethan, Jess assistant, is the cutest and I immediately got a crush on him. I love that Imogen and he hated each other at first. Jess and Harper are so adorable together, it made my heart melt. The only reason I didn’t give it a higher rating was because I felt like the story got inconsistent at times and I found myself getting bored regularly. Other than that, I think it was an awesome book. Poston’s writing structure was great, her world building and character development also were amazing, and the story itself was adorable. I would recommend this book to anyone 14 years old and older. If you liked the sequel, you’ll for sure enjoy this book and if you like Kasie West, Jenna Evans Welch, Morgan Matson and… you get the idea. Just read the series (you do not have to read them in order, but it certainly helps). Also, thank you guys for taking the time to read my post, I truly appreciate it.
Magpiez55 More than 1 year ago
What a fun, cute, sweet book! I loved Ashley's first book in this universe 'Geekerella' and when this book was announced I could not wait to get my hands on it. I love both the main characters of Imogen and Jess and what they bring to the story that they share as well as the personal side stories they are dealing with throughout the book. The cast of characters is just as excellent as in Geekerella and they are as important as our leads so they are just as easy to fall for and hope they get the best. I can not recommend this more to those that liked the first book, or those that just enjoy things that involve nerdy, fandom culture.
LibrarianSGP More than 1 year ago
In book two of her Once Upon a Con series, Ashley Poston puts a modern, female spin on The Prince and the Pauper featuring Imogen, a diehard comic geek and Jess, a jaded young actress who plays Princess Amara in a movie version of the time-honored Starfield series (with costar Geekerella’s Darien Freeman). In a case of mistaken identity, Imogen takes her place on a panel when Jess pulls a disappearing act and the stage is set for the switch. Jess is desperate to make Oscar-worthy movies, fears being type-cast, and is on the run from the paparazzi. She also has a compulsive need to check social media despite being vilified and threatened by Amara fanatics who are faithful to the original TV star, Natalia Ford. It’s a cautionary tale about the evils of social media and how trolls can have a negative impact if you let them. This story is a gift to fans of ComicCons, but the overwhelming use of SciFi jargon (nerfherder, Muggle, Starflame, Noxballs, doge) necessitates a glossary for the uninitiated. It features a diverse cast of characters and several charming romantic relationships, including Imogen and Ethan’s love/hate and four LGBTQ pairings. Highly recommended for teen collections. I received a complimentary ARC of this book from Quirk Books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Opinions expressed are completely my own.
BookPrincessReviews More than 1 year ago
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
bookchelle More than 1 year ago
I came late to the Geekerella party. I know, I can’t believe I waited so long either. But I’m caught up now, so when I saw The Princess and the Fangirl was available on NetGalley to request? You bet I did. I inhaled the story, and I lost sleep. But it was SO WORTH IT. First reaction? SO MUCH CUTE, OMG. Ashley Poston’s The Princess and the Fangirl is the follow up to Geekerella. Some time has passed since the end of Geekerella, and this time, we follow Jessica’s life. She happens to be Darien’s costar, and play’s Princess Amara, in Starfield. Jessica meets Imogen, her doppelganger, and shenanigans ensue. They’re back at ExcelsiCon one year later, and in this Prince and the Pauper retelling, there is a mystery, a chase, and princesses saving themselves. I love everything that this story represents. There were so many similarities between them, but also many qualities that make them unique. Jess and Imogen each have this dormant power that they both had to discover for themselves. They both were looking for something more, when they both just had to become sure of who they were and realize it was already there. The soul-searching, the nerdy references, and DEFINITELY, the love interests were all parts of this story that I enjoyed. But most of all? I loved how empowered and amazing I felt right when i finished reading it. Guys, this was cute and geeky – everything that we got from Geekerella but different yet familiar. I have a lot of incoherent words for how much I enjoyed this story. You can’t compare them, so you’ll have to make room in your heart for both of them. *Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.*
Jaguar_Hero1 More than 1 year ago
What I love best about Ashely Poston’s books is that she makes it so easy to fangirl over the characters and plot. Reading Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl is like an invitation to be a part of a fandom. They’re essentially love letters to fangirls and fanboys, reminding us that it’s okay to be excited about what you love—whether that’s a video game franchise or an anime series or retro science-fiction TV show. But The Princess and the Fangirl goes above and beyond welcoming someone to a fandom. It also points out the negative side of fandom, the difficulties of an actress in any mainstream role, and the fact that people can change and first impressions aren't everything. At its heart, The Princess and the Fangirl is a story about fandom: the good, the bad, and the super ugly. It doesn’t shy away from the hard topics and it doesn’t sugarcoat the experience as only good memories and fun costumes. But it does make you appreciate fandom as it once again seamlessly combines the fangirl experience with the fairy tale plot. Ashley Poston doesn’t just write fandom, she knows fandom.
PerfectlyTolerable More than 1 year ago
I have been ridiculously excited about this book ever since I learned it was in the works! I bought it the day it was released and was super psyched to start reading, but once I had it, I suddenly became nervous. Why was I going into this with such high expectations? Sure, I loved Geekerella, but I hate body switching stories like Freaky Friday or Its a Boy Girl Thing. It makes me deeply uncomfortable to think about people switching places like that. I’m not exactly sure what it is about it that makes me feel weird, but it has something to do with not fitting into the role and the ability to do a lot of damage in a person’s life by impersonating them. The awkward moments make me cringe. I don’t find them entertaining at all. I still wanted to read The Princess and The Fangirl, but suddenly I wasn’t so sure I was going to like it. It turns out, all my worrying was for nothing. I absolutely loved every second! When Mo and Jess switched places, they didn’t try and trick anyone close to them. Mo got to be Jess and experience the con’s panels and meet-and-greets from the perspective of a star, and Jess got to experience the anonymity of being a regular person. There was only one person they should have told, but there were no cringe worthy awkward moments. Mo was in a position where she could have messed with Jess’s life but she is not a mean person and never would have intentionally done anything. It was all done really well and I loved the plot!! (Also, after reading The Princess and The Fangirl, I remembered that I liked The Parent Trap, so there are other switching stories that I do like!) I love all the characters, but my favorite is Mo. Mo is messy and chaotic, but her heart is always in the right place and she always tries her hardest. She is quirky and funny and lovable. You can’t help but want to be friends with her! Ethan is my second favorite character. He is completely adorkable and I want him for myself!!! One of the things I loved about Geekerella was all the nerdy references. Its been a while since I’ve read Geekerella but I am pretty sure there are even more geeky references in The Princess and The Fangirl!! It was amazing! Mo called someone a nerf-herder and I fell in love! Plus there was some enemies-to-lovers stuff going on, which is my absolute favorite! (Have you read Pride and Prejudice? Its my FAVORITE type of romance!) Between the Nerdy references and the enemies-to-lovers piece this book was made for me. I loved it and I already want to re-read it (and I’m not usually a big re-reader!) The Princess and The Fangirl was freaking amazing!!! I am fangirling sooo hard right now, you don’t even know! Plus the cover is gorgeous, which at this point is just icing on the cake!
Taylornichole221 More than 1 year ago
Adorkable! Ashley Poston deliveries another fantastically nerdy retelling. With so many fun nerdy references its hard not to fall in love with these characters. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and seriously hope Poston writes more!
KaileyReadsYA More than 1 year ago
The perfect follow up to GEEKERELLA! I loved the first book so much and I couldn't have asked for a better companion novel. The same charming, geeky feel as the first book full of sweet moments. My heart was bursting the whole way through. I'm so happy to have read this and would 100% read again. Great voice, great writing, great plot. Can't recommend enough!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To preface this, Geekerella by Ashley Poston is one of my favorite books of all time. But, I was not a fan of Heart of Iron by her. But, I was eager to get back to ExcelsiCon and see cameos of the characters from book one. I was dumb and did not realize that this followed Jessica Stone, a character from the first book. I thought we were going to have two new characters and that it would be more of a spin off rather than a sequel. So once I started the book, it was a bit of a shock to realize that we were following Jessica. Who if I’m being honest was not one of my favorite characters in Geekerella. I also thought this was going to be a f/f romance between the two main characters and it isn’t. There is a f/f romance, but it a lot more subtle. My main critique of this novel was the timing did not match up. The epilogue of Geekerella left us eight months after the events of ExcelsiCon and Princess starts a month after the epilogue. Meaning that Princess takes place nine months after ExcelsiCon. Which means that this ExcelsiCon is only nine months after the one from Geekerella. Which does not make sense to me. Con are usually exactly a year apart. Unless this was a special edition or a special one it does not make sense for the Con to be nine months after. Maybe I am doing the math wrong or there was something mentioned earlier on, but it does not make sense to me. I did end up liking Jessica as a character (towards the end) and Imogen was decent character, but I did not connect to them like I did Elle and Darien. Every time we saw Elle and Darien I sort of wished they were the ones telling us this story. Imogen was a solid character, but I am still not sure why she was so okay with switching places with Jessica, even though a couple chapters before she was SO EXCITED to meet her internet friend Harper. She was so casual about Harper suddenly, it felt odd. I loved all the fandom references and how they are just interwoven into the character’s vocabulary. What was great about this book was how Poston discusses the dark side of fandom, like the online bullying of women who come into major franchises (I loved how she mentions Daisy Riley & Kelly Marie Tran by name). This was probably what made me understand Jessica’s character the most. She hates fandom and it is understandable why. But, we also see the good side of fandoms through Imogen, who’s moms’ have a booth at the Con and who is a major fangirl. I saw a review that said it was hard sometime to tell the narrators apart since both parts were told in first person and I would agree with that. I saw another review that said Ashley needs a stronger editor and I would also agree with that. There were parts of this book that could have easily been fine tuned to make the overall product stronger. Overall, I enjoyed my time reading this novel. But, it will not be one of my favorites. I had a decent amount of minor issues with the plot and characters that held me back. My favorite parts were the ones with our faves from Geekerella. Every time the Magic Pumpkin was mentioned I was so excited.
courtofbingereading More than 1 year ago
**3.5 stars** The Princess and the Fangirl is everything you would expect it to be: charming, quirky, humorous, entertaining, and tremendously enjoyable. I read this book from start to finish in one sitting. If you have ever loved a show, book, or hobby to the point where you are basically obsessed with it, then you will be able to relate to one of the main characters in this book. Imogen is 100% a fangirl for Starfield. But, she doesn’t agree with their decision to kill off her favorite character, Princess Amara. In fact, she’s created a whole movement called “Save Princess Amara”. She refuses to let the produces and writers of the show turn Amara into a foil for the male lead. Our other main character is Jessica Stone. She is none other than the actress who portrays Princess Amara in the latest Starfield reboot. The only thing is that she HATES Starfield. She’s glad her character died and she definitely doesn’t want Amara to be in the next film. However, one day while at Comic-Con the director hands her a package and tells her it’s their “little secret”. Jess knows it has to be the script for the next Starfield movie, so naturally, she throws it in the trash. WAIT, WHAT? Yes, she throws it in her hotel trash can. If Amara’s in the movie then surely her agent will tell her, right? Soon Jess finds out someone stole the script from her trash can and they are leaking photos of the super confidential script on Twitter. That leaves Jess with one option: she has to track down the thief at Comic-Con. The only issue is that Jess’s days are filled with panels and interviews. There’s no way she can be in two places at the same time...or is there? Turns out Imogen shares an uncanny resemblance to Jess. Will Imogen agree to Jess’s plan? Will Jess find the script before everyone finds out it’s her fault it has been leaked? Will Imogen save Princess Amara? Read to find out! I really enjoyed reading this book, however, I didn’t love it which is why I’m only giving it 3.5 stars. The characters needed a bit more development, in my opinion. Jess’s arc was written pretty well, but Imogen’s could use a bit more work. I found Imogen to be a tad annoying at times. She never stopped to think about what Jess’s life could be like instead she just judged her based off of her initial impression of her. She also never considered how her actions could affect Jess’s career and personal life. My next complaint would be that the ending felt a tad rushed. Everything was solved too quickly--including the romances. Overall, this is an incredibly lighthearted read. I encourage everyone to check it out and give it a chance. If you read the first book, Geekerella, you’ll get a few glimpses of some of your favorite characters in this book!
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
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**
bayy245 More than 1 year ago
Ashley Poston has done it again. I love the way she looks at classic fairy tales through a modern lens, especially with how geeky it is. This one was all girl power and I couldn't get enough of it. We see our two MCs realizing they're not that different from each other and have very similar struggles. Plus swoon-worthy romances and a glance at our darlings from the first book. I think Jessica's character was really important in today's society. Stars are closer to us now more than ever. We can communicate directly to them, unlike ever before. The internet is a glorious place but it brings out the worst in people. Jessica's story is humanizing stars for us again and making us realize that they do see what we say about them and it can hurt. They're people, not untouchable robots with no feelings. We can criticize their acting or portrayal of a character but we have to remember that they're not those characters. I think this is a reminder everybody could use and I loved that we got to see it through the star's eyes. I absolutely loved Imogen and her crusade to save Princess Amara. She's the perfect foil to Jessica which really makes this an extraordinary read. She gives us the perspective of the fan which really drives home our need to be reminded that stars are people. I loved the girl power and feminism woven through their stories and how it was the reason for Imogen's campaign to save the princess. It was a really great critique of women in sci-fi and the roles that they're allowed to play. The characterization in this one is just as stunning as Geekerella and I absolutely cannot wait to see if Ashley does anything else in this universe. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Quirk Books through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.*