Can't Wait For...BOOKISH AND THE BEAST by Ashley Poston!

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Hi Bookworms!

If you've been here before, you know that one of my truest loves is a good fairy tale retelling. (And hey, if they're yours, too, make sure to come back every Thursday for my weekly A Twist in the Tail feature!)

One series that I adore began with a stand-alone book by Ashley Poston entitled GEEKERELLA. Then, she announced that she was going to write a companion novel entitled THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL, and fans of GEEKERELLA once again flipped out because everyone loved seeing Jessica Stone in the first book, and now it was her turn to find love. Now, she's announced another companion novel, BOOKISH AND THE BEAST! We are once again flipping out, this time because, well, BOOKS are in the title, so #ImmediateNeed, but also, it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling! *swoon* (And if you love B&B retellings as much as I do, well, tomorrow happens to be A Twist in the Tail Thursday, and here's your sneak peek: I'm finally reviewing a B&B retelling that I was dying to get my hands on!)

I loved these books because of how fandom-centric they are. If you grew up reading/writing fan fiction or cosplaying or collecting all the news and memorabilia from your favorite shows, you can instantly relate to these books. GEEKERELLA was both a Cinderella retelling (Score!) and revolving around a huge Starfield fangirl who winds up falling for the actor playing Federation Prince Carmindor in the upcoming reboot. I already enjoyed books featuring backstage Hollywood life, and to pair it with nerdy culture AND a fairy tale? *chef kiss* The second book is set in the same world, and this time, we get a retelling of a less frequently retold tale, The Prince and the Pauper. This time, we have an actress as the main character, whose character on Starfield may be about to get killed off. One of her fans is adamant that this can't happen, and when someone leaks the script, the two team up and start working together because -- bonus!! -- frenemies trope! And now we're getting another interaction between a Starfield actor and a super fan, and returning to this world and these characters, and I am so excited!!!!

The cover was just revealed last week, too, and it's fantastic! It fits in really well with the first two books AND has those bookish vibes I love (Books about books are another huge weakness of mine!), so I would pick this one up off the shelf to see what it was about even if I was new to the series. #winwin

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Author: Ashley Poston
Release Date: June 16, 2020
Publisher: Quirk Books


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.