TITLE: Bookish and the Beast
AUTHOR: Ashley Poston
GENRE: Contemporary YA
WORD/PAGE COUNT: 288 pages (hardcover)
PUBLICATION DETAILS: by Quirk Books on August 4th, 2020
Blurb from Goodreads:
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 mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.
On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.
When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.
But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.
Geekerella is one of the earliest contemporary YA books that I remember falling in love with and so I have a soft spot for the Once Upon A Con series, which is why it’s so disappointing that Bookish and the Beast fell flat for me.
It had the benefit of being a retelling, obviously inspired by Beauty and the Beast, which is my number 1 favorite choice of fairytale to retell, but this book just didn’t work for me. As always, just because something wasn’t my cup of tea doesn’t mean it’s a bad book – heaps of other people loved it! So I’d always recommend that if it sounds interesting to you, then go and check it out.