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Bookish and the Beast

(Once Upon a Con #3)

4.53  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  34 reviews
In the third book in Ashley Poston's Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late
Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: June 16th 2020 by Quirk Books
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K Whatsherface
Apr 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, 06-jun
Feb 2020: there's a cover!! When did we get a cover? That's rhetorical. Please don't actually answer. It's cute. Also a description! I had a feeling this one would be about Vance

2019: Beauty and the beast set in the nerdy world of geekerella? Sold

Commence stalking internet until cover reveal.
That is all.

Wake me up in June.
Sage Elizabeth
1.) Geekerella
2.) The Princess and the Fangirl
Ashley Poston's 'Once Upon a Con' series is the fangirl/contemporary retelling equivalent to Marissa Meyer's 'Lunar Chronicles'.
Ashley Poston
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Books, beasts, and german shepherds, oh my!
Apr 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
There’s the third book ????? And about beauty and the beast !! Sign me up !! I love geekerella so much !!
Lea (drumsofautumn)
1.) Geekerella
2.) The Princess and the Fangirl

[Update Feb 14th] IT'S VALENTINE'S DAY AND I GOT APPROVED FOR AN ARC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

✩ Ashley ✩

*screams eternally*
Rec-It Rachel
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
this is the best of the GEEK books and also the most excellent beauty and the beast retelling
Michal Ness
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Riya Queen
Darcy (Daydreamingofbookdragons)
My excitement for this has gone up tenfold since learning this is a Beauty and the Beast retelling.
Sep 22, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I just learned about this and I’m so excited!! I NEED IT ALREADY
Anna Jackson
2 stars. Actually, I'll bump it up to 2.25 because of the Howl's Movie Castle and Fangirl references.

Thank you to Edelweiss for the ARC. This book was fine, but nothing to write home about. Like bubble gum flavored toothpaste- generically sweet, but doesn't leave your mouth with that refreshing minty-freshness that normal toothpaste does. The rest of my comments will be in a spoiler section because the release date is so far away.
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Annie (Putt)
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received an eARC from Netgalley for an honest review.
Minor spoilers ahead.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read, but there were a few things that made this not quite as good as the other two volumes in the series. Namely, there were too many nerd references. As a nerd, I approve of fandoms and nerding out. But I also want it as realistic. There were parts in this, especially in the beginning, where things Rosie, her friends, or her dad would say would feel forced. Rosie tells her dad "I love you
I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

What happens at Excelsicon, doesn't always stay at Excelsicon. But for bookish, Starfield-loving Rosie Thorne, she thinks that the one night she spent wandering the empty halls with a mysterious Sond cosplayer would be one thing that stayed with her. The one thing she thought of upon returning home, where her mother's death hangs over her like a dark cloud. Then, after a disastrous night at work, her life ends up
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Once Upon a Con series is one of my favorites of all time. The way it so accurately explains fandom culture and have such realistic and relatable characters is so fun and I don't think its ever taken me more than 2 days to fly through any of them. Bookish and the Beast was no different. This time showing the more bookish side of fandom culture, which sometimes gets overlooked in real life. We follow Rosie, who's a complete bookworm and the perfect embodiment of Belle, and Vance Reigns, bad ...more
Ashley Collins
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-own, 2020-june

Bookish & the Beast is officially my favorite Once Upon A Con book. I cannot WAIT to buy it, and add it to my collection, and pour over it again when it gets published in June!

Ashley does a fantastic job of taking the Beauty and the Beast plot we all know and reinventing it in smart ways that work, including character origins. I especially think that using Vance's status as a Hollywood heir works perfectly to match the original tale of a prince cursed and cast away!
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love these books so so much. This one in particular felt like it was written for me. Absolutely delicious rom-com fluff with all the geeky references thrown in. And I don't even normally enjoy rom-coms that much. But these books, oh these books. I squeal and giggle and grin and sometimes even tear up. They just make me happy.

One thing I particularly love about this series is that it revolves around the same universe, but doesn't follow the exact same characters. I love the cameos in each
Unfortunately, the latest installment in this fandom-and-nerdy-love-explosion just.. really missed the mark. The third book in the series, centering around the revival and cult-following of a tv-series-turned-movie-adaptation relies heavily on the previous fairytale-esque romances set in and around the fandom and conventions and, unfortunately, fails to live up to anything that came before. Added to the mix was an attempted Beauty and the Beast retelling that didn't remotely land.

So what did
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't a bad book by any means, but it was just incredibly disappointing for me. I just did not get the relationship between the leads in any way, why they were drawn to each other in the first place, why they allegedly had issues with each other, it just did not work for me. I was way more interested in the potential romance between two minor characters than Vance and Rosie, and that's a huge problem. I really don't have anything else to say because their relationship was so much of the ...more
Blonde Book Geek (Sky)
When I thought Geekerella was gonna be a light read, it blew me away with how it was full of fun and love for fandoms and cosplay.
Princess and the Fangirl matched the prior in energy and love. Though my favorite will always be the first (due to the fact it blew my expectations out of the water), I still love the second so much.
Now this third and momentarily untitled book is on the way, I can fully say with no doubt I have trust in Ashley Poston that this book will be full of love towards fandoms
Ashley Schumacher
Y'ALL. This book. It was one of those days where I had a million things to do and the world stopped because I fell in love with Vance and Rosie and the world they inhabit. BOOKISH AND THE BEAST has all of my favorite things I look for in a Beauty and the Beast retelling: books, a grumpy-but-actually-sweet guy, a clever girl who is smart enough to see past the sweet guy's grumpy front, and this one is made even better by the addition of a loyal doggo! This is the contemporary B&B retelling of ...more
Sara Michaels
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best love letter to one of my favorite tales. Poston's references to the cartoon are spot on (& never feel cliche). The pop-culture references are pretty perfect, too. Beauty & the Beast isn't the easiest story to bring into a modern retelling, & this one is lovely. The characters are worth getting to know, & it's the sweetest addition to the Once Upon a Con series. I love the little universe Ashley Poston has created here.
Leslie Young
I LOVE THIS BOOK, I love this series, I LOVE ASH POSTON!!!!!! This was soooo cute! And as much as I love the first two books, this one is my favorite. By far. I’m gonna squee about this one for AGES!!!!

Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the review copy! <3
Oh my god, I loved this book so much!!!! A fantastic contemporary Beauty and the Beast retelling with so much heart and laughter! Once Upon a Con is probably one of my favorite series.
Belle Ellrich
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nikki S
Jul 19, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
WHO IS IT? lol But seriously, which character is it?!
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love it so much
Jan 02, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
IT HAS A TITLE! *gasp*...

I'm a little late aren't I... I have been watching this book and I saw that it now has a title help.
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Ashley Poston’s is a part-time author and full-time fangirl. She was born in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well...

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Other books in the series

Once Upon a Con (3 books)
  • Geekerella (Once Upon a Con, #1)
  • The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con, #2)