It’s common knowledge that we bookdragons are actually crazy and absolutely fanatic when it comes to geeking out over book. Better wear noise- cancelling headphones because your ears are gonna explode.
So it’s more than obvious that we love books that portray us fangirls in our full glory, ruling the world like we should.
Ahem. I’m getting a bit carried away…
Last year I went absolutely crazy over Geeerella by Ashley Poston, as did the rest of the book community because the book was fluff, it was fangirl, it was depth, it was EVERYTHING! I have blog posts to prove my obsession okay.
AND THEN I GOT TO KNOW ASHLEY POSTON IS WRITING A COMPANION NOVEL IN THE SAME UNIVERSE BUT WITH DIFFERENT CHARACTERS.
AND TO TOP THAT OFF I GOT APPROVED FOR AN ARC!!!
I buddy-read this book with Tiffany because I thought no way was I gonna survive this alone but then Tiffany finished it in one sitting and I was like shit. This book is gonna kill me, isn’t it?
Spoiler alert, it did.
I’ve somehow managed to recover over the past weeks? And just in time because today this masterpiece releases in the world, IT’S HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY FOR THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL!
So here are my thoughts on this glorious book that made a mess out of me 🙂
THE PRINCESS AND THE FANGIRL: BOOK REVIEW
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, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.
When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.
I mean where do I even begin with this book?
I’ve countlessly fallen in love with Ashley Poston’s writing style and this time was no different. I love how we start off the book at a great pace and there is no unnecessary stuff and everything’s going so smoothly in terms of pacing throughout the book! It’s like magic.
I think one of my favourite parts about how the author writes is how in-tune she is with the fandom world. There are ship names being thrown randomly, cosplays being talked about intensively, fanfics and mangas, character campaigns, art and merch and shipping people in real life. Like no, Ashley Poston didn’t write this book. Her inner fangirl did.
Throughout the book we discuss the pros and cons of fandoms because lets face it, we’re not all angels. There are some dark parts and downsides of each fandom which are discussed quite a bit in the book. For example a few of the topics I loved are actors getting criticized for not being more like the characters they play, shipping actors in real life and so on. This is the real deal.
Coming on to characters, THIS BOOK HAS THE FLUFFIEST AND MOST ADORABLE CHARACTERS! Like I wondered how I could love this book as much as Geekerella but wow I was in love from page one.
Imogen is a true fangirl, it’s in her blood. She had me giggling so much! I personally was able to relate how Imogen not only loved the Starfield fandom, it was a part of her because the characters resonated with her on a personal level and gave her the strength and courage and inspiration she needed in real life. Books are so much more than just entertainment and Ashely Poston beautifully explains that.
Jess was a character I was skeptical about because I wasn’t a huge fan of her in the last book but wow her character went through some serious development. I loved seeing everything from her perspective and realizing that she wasn’t a bad character at all but just a tired girl who was dealing with a lot of hate that was honestly unasked for, among other things. She had so many different aspects to her personality that amazed me and seeing her open and flourish with Harper was spectacular. Speaking of Harper, I kinda wish we could have seen more of her? She was a wonderful person and I just want more of her, hehe I’m so greedy.
AND SO MANY CAMEOS FROM ELLE, SAGE AND DARRIEN EEEEP MY HEART!!!
Oh, oh let’s not forget the cute romances!
On one side we had an easy friendship to love romance with um identity issues threatening to tear the characters apart and on the other side we had this hate to friendship to love relationship where the two idiots didn’t get that they were clearly meant to be together. These four drove me NUTS!
Also featuring cute gay relationships like that of Imogen’s mothers and her brother and his boyfriend, like awww casual LGBT rep on the side, gimme more! Umm apart from the obvious thing going on between Jess and Harper :))
And despite all this the book still has so much more?
- douchebag men who are taught a lesson
- being you and accepting your true self
- AMAZING quotes that I couldn’t share with anyone -_-
- a small heist omg
- dealing with toxic relationships
- also plot twist!!!
- A+ siblings relationship
- Darrien being a supportive Hufflepuff fluffball
- WHAT ELSE DO YOU NEED?!
So just go do yourself a favor and read this book!
And if it wasn’t obvious from my flailing I gave this book a 5 star rating and my whole-ass heart. Take it, just take it.