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The Princess and the Fangirl

(Once Upon a Con #2)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  975 ratings  ·  396 reviews
The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Je
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Quirk Books
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ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ To me, it's a sequel. It may have it's own independent storyline, but if you don't know the fandom that they're talking about, all explained in the…moreTo me, it's a sequel. It may have it's own independent storyline, but if you don't know the fandom that they're talking about, all explained in the first book, then you'll have no clue about what's happening in the second book.(less)

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C.G. Drews
This was all sorts of geeky fluffy cuteness...which is just what I was hoping for! I loved Geekerella and this one fits in as a companion novel: same world and reoccurring characters, but different protagonists from Geekerella. You probably could read it as a solo? But there'd be a lot of confusing references. Also *raises hand* I was still, um,,,,confused I confess because I read Geekerella so long ago (and don't own it to reread sob). And I know you shouldn't compare books to their older siste ...more
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
This was... fine? Nothing to really complain about, but I definitely think that I have outgrown fandom books :c womp
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book for free from the publisher (Quirk Books) in exchange for an honest review.

Omg this book was incredible and I have nothing but good things to say about it. I read Geekerella about 2 years ago and loved it, but I don’t remember having this level of response to it. I’m obsessed.

So first off, I loved the writing style. Sometimes when you read books about fandoms it can come across like a fan fiction. This book read like a nice YA contemporary with fandom references.
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I was a huge fan of Geekerella when it came out so I was highly anticipating this book but sadly I didn't love it as much as the first book.
I think The Princess and the fangirl had the same heart as it had in Geekerella so I adored that but I wasn't in love with our two main characters.
The book takes places over a weekend during the ExcelsiCon and Starfield actress Jessica Stone meets Imogen and a Parent Trap/Freaky Friday event takes place. I just felt like the 2 stories were a little disjoin
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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Sometimes books just shoot cupid's arrow right into your heart and you have so much love for it, that it's hard to explain why.
I'm gonna tell you all of the things that I enjoyed and loved about The Princess and the Fangirl, but there's no way to actually explain to you how it made me feel. This book filled a void in my soul that I didn't know existed and I'm so grateful for this book and the whole universe around ExcelsiCon that Ashley Poston has created.

“I am a kaleidoscope o
Apr 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Oh my gosh, a companion to Geekerella about TWO GIRLS! My heart is so happy! I can't wait for this!

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10/10 for the sapphic romance, it was adorable. Otherwise the plot was kinda dull and Imogen was insufferable more times than not.
Yusra  ✨
Apr 05, 2018 marked it as to-read



This was so good! I don't read as much YA as I used to a few years ago but I still really love books about fandoms and cons. I hope we get more in this series.
Candace Robinson
I thought Geekerella was one of the cutest books after I read it, plus, I loved all the fandom stuff! The Princess and the Fangirl did not disappoint in that aspect! There was some pretty awesome fandom stuff mentioned!

I was also excited to see two girl perspectives! However, I feel like the romantic stuff, while cute, was extremely insta love. It's fine for insta attraction or whatever, but neither  Jessica's or Imogen's relationship was developed enough, since the girls had other things they w
Okay, I definitely liked this more than GEEKERELLA. I'll admit things didn't go exactly as I thought they would based on what little I knew of the plot (which, as always, wasn't much because #TeamNoBlurbs) but I knew THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL was set in the same fandom world as the first and would feature a f/f pairing. It just wasn't the pairing I thought and that is more than okay.

"I'm [..] sick and tired of princesses being either damsels in distress or the foil for a male character's emo
Y'all, this is SO CUTE. Jess and Imogen are two of the greatest characters. They're so flawed and have to grow so much and the romances are the CUTEST THINGS and this is just. A really stellar follow up to GEEKERELLA with lots of nods to the first book.
✩ Ashley ✩
I WON *THIS* GR GIVEAWAY?!! AHHHHH I’M IN SHOCK! It’s official, my new year has peaked and it’s only a few hours old. I’m gonna go die now... omgomgomg DON’T FREAK OUT

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 ser
⚔ Silvia ⚓
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

Okay so first of all, I haven't read Geekerella yet! But I wanted to read this for the F/F romance and I was lucky enough to get approved for it. Reading Geekerella is definitely not necessary but reading this book made me want to read it. I think those of you who have read it will enjoy the references to it (which were a bit lost on me).

I love books about cons, and fando
Elise (TheBookishActress)
Apr 14, 2018 marked it as releases-2019
Geekerella but with GIRLS
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Sometimes the stories we need are the ones that can show us a happy ending and make us feel whole and welcome and loved

Holy nerdgasm, Batman.

I have fallen head over heels for a fandom that doesn't exist

The Prince and the Pauper is far from my favorite of fairy tales, but this modern retelling, with a movie star space princess who doesn't want her fandom (because honestly...who would?) and a fangirl who just wants to save her favorite character from getting killed off, switching places to preve
Cassie O. | Lost In Tomes
I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to both Netgalley and the publisher for sending me digital and physical arcs in exchange for an honest review.

The following review is 100% spoiler free, for both Geekerella and Princess and the Fangirl.

If you loved Geekerella you're going to love The Princess and the Fangirl just as much! This Prince and the Pauper retelling was written for fangirls like me. It is chock full of witty references to all the biggest fandoms, and our wonderful, dorky cast represents
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, netgalley, retelling, glbt
Bless Darien Freeman. Bless his tight jeans and his curly hair and his insufferable smile. Bless everything about that hufflepuff.

Not really important, I just want to point out that even fictional hugflepuffs are awesome. I loved Darien I’m the first book and I love him in this one. I like the new characters as well. It was really hard to like Jessica Stone and honestly I don’t think I ever did which made the story just bleh for me. Even after all is done if it wasn’t for Imogen Lovelace her Do
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cry-me-a-river, mfeo
Sometimes, going in blind can either take you to the 9th cloud of happiness or bite you in the arse. So, a YA story that takes place in ExcelsiCon, exactly like Comic Con from Thursday to Sunday. Yup 4 days of cosplay, meeting the idols, talking about the shows with fellow enthusiasts, check out the booths, spend money like there's no tomorrow on merchandise / fan arts and spending time with the leads, their family and friends.
It’s a really easy book to read and even easier to love.

For our leads
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
*thank you to quirk books for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

Ashley Posten has done it AGAIN. This alternate contemporary that looks extremely similar to Star Trek/Star Wars fandoms etc is just the cutest ride I’ve yet to experience.

I can’t give an exact quote but this story takes a lot about how just because a story isn’t “award winning” doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful and WOW that went straight to the heart.

The romances are adorable. Just so so so good. ❤❤
ARC kindly provided by Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review.

I, unfortunately, won't be continuing with this book. It's not for someone of my age or interests. It's for someone who loves reading fanfiction with constant fandom references. Someone whose day is brightened by hearing a character talk about Harry Potter or Doctor Who, but not me. I dislike judging people for their interests and what type of writing they enjoy, but some of the references were straight-up terrible. No books s
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl are companions but set around the same fandom and con. For fans, you’ll see familiar characters and for new fans, you can pick up the story here or go back and read Geekerella (HIGHLY RECOMMEND).

You’ll fall in love with the characters and dang if you won’t wish the fandom and con were real. I loved all of the characters but when Jessica said they were too old for silly sci-fi shows, I was ready to escort her out. But Ashley is masterful at slowly peel
Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

The fangirl was trying to save the princess, but maybe this princess did not want to be saved.

• Pro: Poston did a fantastic job capturing the magic of ExcelsiCon once again, and once again, I was left feeling all the happy feels.

• Pro: I thought employing The Prince and the Pauper switch-a-roo tactic for this story was brilliant. By literally walking in each other's shoes, both Jess and Imogen learned a LOT about the other side of fandoms, while also learning a few things about
Austine (NovelKnight)
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases

This might actually be my first 5-star read of the year and it's so well deserved!
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Sucha a charming and cute read!
I didn't love it as much as I loved Geekerella but it's still super lovely book! <3
Mellie Antoinette
Apr 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute, quirky, cuddly and quick! Just what I want from my fandoms. I didn’t think this was as good as Geekerella, but I still sped through it!
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-spring, contemp
Disclaimer: I received this ARC courtesy of  Quirk Books. I am grateful for the opportunity to review an ARC for my readers, but this will not influence my final rating. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and based solely on the book. 

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 ne
Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
"She spreads her arms wide. ‘Then here’s your golden opportunity! Let’s trade lives!’”

You know, I don’t think I realised how much I wanted to read this book until I actually read it. It was just so fun. And it also struck the balance between feel-good and meaningful. There were so many deeper messages within this novel that really stuck with me because they were things I felt very intensely about. Just overall, I related way too much with this novel - and that's probably the reason I loved it so
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