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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 moth 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.


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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 moth 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.

30 review for Bookish and the Beast

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Poston

    Books, beasts, and german shepherds, oh my!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    ***The Best in the series so far*** **Didn't like the second book *Left the first book after a few pages 💫This book made me so freaking happy!💞 I don't care about the other books in this series but this one is just meant to be mine 😍 With all that nerdiness and book talk. With all that friendship vibes. With all that homecoming vibes. With all that things can go horribly wrong. With all that the story is just beginning at the end! I just love the characters so much! Rosie is so level headed even if she sou ***The Best in the series so far*** **Didn't like the second book *Left the first book after a few pages 💫This book made me so freaking happy!💞 I don't care about the other books in this series but this one is just meant to be mine 😍 With all that nerdiness and book talk. With all that friendship vibes. With all that homecoming vibes. With all that things can go horribly wrong. With all that the story is just beginning at the end! I just love the characters so much! Rosie is so level headed even if she sounds like a romantic (I mean who doesn't when you're someone who's obsessed with a book series and it's movie adaptations; more so because they were her mom's favorites!). And Vance. Damn this guy. Hahahahah! He's just terribly clueless and just so cute the way he is! And the best friends?! Annie and Quinn alongwith Rosie's dad! They're a riot! ☺️☺️ And yes, author. I want more of that thing between Rosie's dad and Elais. I thought their story was going to start. Not fair 🤦 And that guy Garrett. Hahahahhah!!!! The ways he tries to ask out Rosie. Damn! 😂🤣🤣🤣 And whoa! So many book references! I totally love this book! Surprised!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

    Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This series has been a bit of a frustrating one to me. It's cute and lighthearted so reading it always sounds appealing, but at the same time it has so many pop culture references that it overpowers everything else and doesn't give any room for the actual fictional universe created in this story to shine. Think of Galaxy Quest, it created its own universe and has nods to other science fiction (without Thank you to the publishers for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. This series has been a bit of a frustrating one to me. It's cute and lighthearted so reading it always sounds appealing, but at the same time it has so many pop culture references that it overpowers everything else and doesn't give any room for the actual fictional universe created in this story to shine. Think of Galaxy Quest, it created its own universe and has nods to other science fiction (without outright naming them) but it is also very much its own thing. This series should have aimed to be more like Galaxy Quest. At that point why even create your own universe? Other than to make all of the love interests stars of the world, of course. I am also iffy on Beauty and the Beast retellings. I have read some really good ones (Heart's Blood is absolutely lovely) but so many retellings come off as lazy. It's also usually hard for people to make the Beast Beast-like without making him such a major tool that romance seems unlikely. This guy (Vance) is complaining about how he's missing out on life because he can't fly in coach and buy cheap sneakers. He's in exile because of a car accident he caused and he needs to hide out from everyone, but he's planning that as soon as he's 18 he's going to be out of his stepfather's life and out of "exile." In this super nice house in North Carolina that his stepfather's friend is letting him stay in, not caring that his dog is ruining the rose bushes. He also plays the "hot villain" in the new movies. So "Belle" (in this book her name is Rosie) sees his dog and chases him into the house which she thinks is abandoned because it looks rundown on the outside but is super nice inside it, sees a bookshelf with a huge collection of fandom books (think those Star Wars and Star Trek novels, the main character even mentions Timothy Zahn's Thrawn books), picks up the most expensive one from the author created universe that she is super excited and touched to see because of the sentiment behind it. She gets chased, jumps in the pool with it, and it gets destroyed. Oops, turns out the book is worth a little over a grand. Which, I have a hard time believing to begin with. Fandom books CAN be worth that much but that's unusual (a super rare Star Trek book is currently being sold for $60), and I have seen special edition books from authors worth less. Hard to believe that she'd treasure it that much, know that it's rare and special, and then just be all nonchalant and casual about ruining it. This is even funnier later on because the two characters mention that the new fandom created universe movie can't be as good as The Last Jedi but still pretty awesome. So the author sees her universe as "not as good" as a terrible movie and basically a universally hated movie that destroyed Disney's Star Wars legacy and hurt the success of future projects, but definitely good enough to have a fandom tie-in book worth a ton of money. Cool, makes sense! Moving on, in order to make up for the cost (because who cares about the roses, but not the book!!), Rosie agrees to volunteer to organize the library and create a spreadsheet of which books are damaged, etc, and the guy watching the house and Vance, says that Vance will help out and also will pay to replace the book. Because who cares about everything the dog destroys in the garden, but not the fandom book!! Well, turns out that Vance had met Rosie before when he was in a costume at a convention and was honest about his life, so uh-uh! He wants her gone. I will end my description there since that was the basic set up and I don't want to ruin it for everyone, but let's just say that it doesn't improve. This book was trying too hard to fit into the Beauty and the Beast story, but it just fell flat and felt so forced. I shouldn't be surprised, to many people all characters need to be are a sexy villain and everything will just magically fall into place with readers finding them sympathetic and the backstory being rich even if there isn't one. That shit doesn't work on me. With the exception of the godfather and Rosie's dad, every character was insufferable, and the references were worse than ever. Rosie has no sense of self preservation in the most infuriating and immature way possible. She gets fired from a job early on in the book for using her phone immediately after getting warned to not use her phone, and one of the reasons listed that she was in trouble was for using TikTok and filming videos at work. This is a job she's supposed to keep because she needs it to help pay for college. The godfather is supposed to be Latino, but there were just a few forced "mijos." The diversity in general just felt incredibly forced. While the other books had their flaws, this one was just unbearable.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    "With him, a little of her heart leaves, but it leaves room, too. For new people. For new loves. For new impossibilities." Awww why did reading this have to go by so fast?🥺😭 Ashley Poston creates the most beautiful contemporary retellings EVER🥰 Well......maybe I can't really say that considering how I've only read two of her books.😅😂 But it really does feel like that. I thought Geekerella was amazing and one of the most adorable contemporaries I've ever read, but this......... Bookish and "With him, a little of her heart leaves, but it leaves room, too. For new people. For new loves. For new impossibilities." Awww why did reading this have to go by so fast?🥺😭 Ashley Poston creates the most beautiful contemporary retellings EVER🥰 Well......maybe I can't really say that considering how I've only read two of her books.😅😂 But it really does feel like that. I thought Geekerella was amazing and one of the most adorable contemporaries I've ever read, but this......... Bookish and the Beast completely surpasses its predecessors!😍 (I can't really judge the 2nd book though, since I haven't read it xD) It was such a cute and fun read!🥰 Vance Reigns is the actor for General Sond—the villain of Starfield —and now is considered a true villain in real life after a certain......incident resulting in the breakup of Hollywood's cutest couple. His stepfather decides for Vance that he should lay low for awhile and sends him off to a tiny remote town. And of course, he absolutely hates it there. Rosie Thorne recently lost her mother and continues dealing with that grief by finding comfort in reading her books—that is until she damages a priceless edition of a book and is tasked with trying to repay it with the help of Vance. You can guess how that goes.😂 They absolutely despise each other. But eventually, something changes all that.😏 Ahhh Vance's character development was amazing.🥰 He went from not trusting anyone and being a total jerk to everyone to learning to believe in himself & others more and understanding his mistakes & fixing them. So sweet💕 Of course, I automatically loved Rosie the moment I learned that she was a bookworm. Her obsession with books is so me and everyone else here (or at least I'm pretty sure). "I love how books are not really just books at all, but doorways. They are portals into places I’ve never been and people I’ll never be, and in them I have lived a thousand lives and seen a thousand different worlds." That's so true🥺💞 And she even got Vance to get into reading books!!! That is such an accomplishment.🤯 I always try getting my friends into reading & GR, but it never works for me.😢 'Tis the sad reality. Oh and then there's.......Garrett.😒 Seeing how this is a Beauty and the Beast Retelling, Garrett just reminded me of Gaston.😤 OMG and looking at the GIF, I can even see the resemblance between the two!😂 They both look the same AND act the same. Garrett kept trying to get Rosie to agree to be his date even when she said 'no' and believed himself to be the most beautiful person ever xD. Just like Gaston.🤢 Hehe and I was trying to come up with some ship names for Vance & Rosie. Like Rance? Or Vosie? xD they're so bad.😬🤣 I don't even know why I tried after my first attempt at coming up with ship names in The Upside of Falling . Never let me come up with new ship names xD. Aghhhh and how did Ashely Poston manage to make me fall in love with her side characters so much???🥺😍 Annie & Quinn were such awesome best friends for Rosie. I loved how their friendship was never compromised throughout the story and it stayed true the whole way.🥰 Nothing got between the trio.💞 AND NEVER FORGET SPACE DAD🔥🔥🔥 Space Dad was such an amazing figure in this book. Rosie's Dad was also dealing with the grief of losing his wife but he always acted cheerful and even though he made mistakes in front of a lot people (like burning down the kitchen😂) he still was amazing.😍 This can be read as a standalone, but there are a lot of references from the previous books which makes me wish I read the 2nd book before this.😅 BUT I did manage to read some reviews of the The Princess and the Fangirl and get some of the references in this book xD. Now my only complaint of Bookish and the Beast is that IT WAS TOO SHORT.😭😭😭 I really wish there was more to read. I WANT MORE ROSANCE okay, okay, that was bad.🙈. BUT STILL. MORE ROSIE x VANCE.🥺 288 PAGES WAS NOT ENOUGH FOR ME😭 Ahhh well there's always re-reads. Still. I'm just gonna be over here hoping that the author will decide to make more contemporaries in this series.🤞 | Blog |

  5. 4 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    UPDATE 2/25/20: ((screams in geek)) I didn't know we had a cover for this as well! Behold its beauty. I love it...there's a puppy on it...and bookshelves!!! BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING!!! Commence stalking internet until cover reveal. That is all. Wake me up in June. UPDATE 2/25/20: ((screams in geek)) I didn't know we had a cover for this as well! Behold its beauty. I love it...there's a puppy on it...and bookshelves!!! BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING!!! Commence stalking internet until cover reveal. That is all. Wake me up in June.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    This one had some cute and funny moments but I still liked Geekerella the best! I know Vince is supposed to be spoiled but sometimes I just couldn’t relate to him but I did still like him.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Melindam

    Expectations: Reality: YA/Nerd/Sci-Fi-Fan-retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a Library as one of the "main characters". This sounded really exciting in theory. However, it just did not work in practice. I mean, the Belle / Beast / Gaston / Poor Dad counterparts are obvious and the story follows the original path while trying to translate it into "Nerdy", but honestly? I found it drawn-out and boring. Rosie (Belle) - Vance (Beast) are both characters with valid issues, who are in serious limbo be Expectations: Reality: YA/Nerd/Sci-Fi-Fan-retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a Library as one of the "main characters". This sounded really exciting in theory. However, it just did not work in practice. I mean, the Belle / Beast / Gaston / Poor Dad counterparts are obvious and the story follows the original path while trying to translate it into "Nerdy", but honestly? I found it drawn-out and boring. Rosie (Belle) - Vance (Beast) are both characters with valid issues, who are in serious limbo because of these, but so is the book. It's dragging its feet at a snail's pace. I already reached 50% in the story, where the only interaction between them (apart from quick meetings that ended in .. yes, nothing) was Rosie spraining her ankle because of her super-clumsiness and at their next encounter turning Vance's hair into orange colour by mistake, which I guess is supposed to be hilarious, but it's just not?! Also, chemistry between the pair is practically non-existent. Obviously, I am too old to be the target-group of this book, but I don't think it's the only reason I could not connect to the characters at all. ARC by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kate (GirlReading)

    4.5* It’s got a library. It’s got beauty and the beast references. It’s got epic friendships. It’s got the cutest crush to enemies to lovers. It’s got so. many. books. It’s got a dog. It’s got a brooding beast and a bookish beauty. It’s got just the right amount of pop culture references. It’s got a small town romance. It’s got ‘oh no, we’re caught in the rain’ scene. It’s got an epic homecoming scene. It’s got a space dad. It’s got reading aloud to each other. basically... SOMEONE MAKE THIS INT 4.5* It’s got a library. It’s got beauty and the beast references. It’s got epic friendships. It’s got the cutest crush to enemies to lovers. It’s got so. many. books. It’s got a dog. It’s got a brooding beast and a bookish beauty. It’s got just the right amount of pop culture references. It’s got a small town romance. It’s got ‘oh no, we’re caught in the rain’ scene. It’s got an epic homecoming scene. It’s got a space dad. It’s got reading aloud to each other. basically... SOMEONE MAKE THIS INTO A DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE STAT.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Drewthereader20

    This was such a cute book and I'm sad that this is the last one in this series.... RTC 1) Geekerella 5/5 stars 2) The princess and the fangirl 5/5 stars 2.5) Once a princess 3/5 stars 3) Bookish and the beast 5/5 stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    K Whatsherface

    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

  11. 5 out of 5

    sam ☆

    4.25⭐️ i’m thinking maybe i liked this more than book 2? My ratings are kinda off but oh well. Yes this story is very geeky and adorable but at the same time it has a lot of representation. And it’s not just in this book, it’s the whole series. I don’t see how there can be a fourth book for this series but I really enjoyed this one. It’s not necessary to read the books before reading this because this can be read as a stand-alone. But there are a lot of references to the previous books and a lot 4.25⭐️ i’m thinking maybe i liked this more than book 2? My ratings are kinda off but oh well. Yes this story is very geeky and adorable but at the same time it has a lot of representation. And it’s not just in this book, it’s the whole series. I don’t see how there can be a fourth book for this series but I really enjoyed this one. It’s not necessary to read the books before reading this because this can be read as a stand-alone. But there are a lot of references to the previous books and a lot of appearances by those characters so i recommend reading them. Plus they’re great books so why wouldn’t you? i’ll do a full review soon ✌️

  12. 5 out of 5

    Steff Pasciuti

    | Review on Reader Fox Blog | AH! I literally screamed when I learned that Ashley Poston was coming out with a Beauty and the Beast retelling. While this particular story has often been hit or miss for me with the ones I've read, I was pretty sold on Bookish and the Beast before I even had it in my hands, let alone started reading. I think it had something to do with the title. Of everything, I fell in love with that title instantaneously. Plus, it helps that I've really enjoyed Poston's pri | Review on Reader Fox Blog | AH! I literally screamed when I learned that Ashley Poston was coming out with a Beauty and the Beast retelling. While this particular story has often been hit or miss for me with the ones I've read, I was pretty sold on Bookish and the Beast before I even had it in my hands, let alone started reading. I think it had something to do with the title. Of everything, I fell in love with that title instantaneously. Plus, it helps that I've really enjoyed Poston's prior novels. Despite not being a con-goer and typically finding that area of being a fan difficult to relate to, I've always been pleasantly surprised by how much I've enjoyed each and every Once Upon a Con novel so far. Retellings have always been my jam, really, so of course, I picked them up. But the truth is that I did not expect to like them as much as I have. Bookish and the Beast is Poston's best novel to date. Set after the ending events of ExcelsiCon, Bookish and the Beast picks up with Rosie Thorne, a young girl who has somewhat recently lost her mother as she enters her senior year of high school. She is prepping for college right alongside her family's immense financial struggles as a result of her mother's medical and funeral costs. Upon following a loose dog into what she believes is the abandoned castle home of her neighborhood, Rosie finds herself in the unfortunate circumstance of needing to pay for the damages on a priceless first edition Starflame novel. Thus begins Rosie working for (sort-of) none other than Vance Reigns to repay her debt. This novel was pretty phenomenal. From the central couple to each and every piece of the retelling, I loved it. I even loved the Gaston character, at least insofar as he was brilliantly written (the guy was a capital J - Jerk which Poston portrayed so well!). The pacing was fantastic, keeping me thoroughly engaged the entire time. Bonus points for diversity and inclusion re: the LGBTQ community with a non-binary and a bisexual character, none of which felt forced at all. And I loved Rosie and Vance. I have to be fair here, however, in admitting something about the book I could see as a potential problem. Poston skipped over a fair amount of the connection building between the two love interests. Basically, we're meant to accept that they have built up feelings for each other based on a night that they had prior to the majority of the events that take place in the book. The initial connection they have is shown as a sort of brief look into the night they met while leaving out the majority of their conversation. Then we're met with a flash-forward. Honestly? I was okay with this. It didn't really take from the novel for me. As far as I'm concerned, made the couple feel more real than I believe any slow build-up of excess interaction in the beginning would have. In my opinion, the decision to leave out the majority of their first night getting to know each other was the right decision. Poston instead just acknowledged that their night happened and delved deep into how it made the characters feel. And it was brilliant. This take probably won't work for everyone. It did work for me, though. I found myself literally on the edge of my seat as I stayed up egregiously late into the night to finish the novel the very day I started it. From fantastic characters to great commentaries, this book had so much to love. The tension between the two main characters was perfect. And while certain events were predictable--it's a retelling, that's to be expected--my only complaint comes from Vance's response to that predictability. Still, these characters were fantastic. Vance was not the typical cookie-cutter of bad-boy actor you usually see in the novels. Instead of having some traumatic past to justify his horrific behavior, we see a deeper side to a character who has quite literally dug his own holes and is dealing with the emotional fallout as a result. Rosie is relatable in many ways. What stood out most for me was her story, detailing the struggles women face with unwanted and unwarranted advances from a guy who just won't take no as an answer. Garrett, our Gaston, was well written and just the right amount of privileged cringe. Quinn and Annie were the perfect best friends for Rosie, wonderful in a multitude of unique ways. While I wasn’t in love with the adult characters, they were both extremely likable. And, as with Poston's prior novels, there are a few callbacks to characters from the previous novels, so keep an eye out! Plus, it's chock full of movie and fan references from just about any fandom you can think of. There was even one poking fun at Disney buying everything! Bookish and the Beast is set for a publication date of June 16th. If this book hasn't been on your radar up until now, I would definitely suggest putting it on your TBR. A wonderful retelling that is definitely now on my list of favorites, Bookish and the Beast is a book that'll stick with you. Also, look out for the Tom Holland reference! I giggled so much! | Instagram | Twitter | Reader Fox Blog | Bloglovin’ | Facebook |

  13. 4 out of 5

    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'.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lea (drumsofautumn)

    “Every place his lips touch – my mouth, my nose, my cheek, my neck – lights up like a star in a constellation for us.” Bookish & the Beast was a very fun and enjoyable installment in the Once Upon a Con series, that to me sadly couldn't live up to its predecessors. I truly loved both Geekerella and The Princess & the Fangirl a lot and feel very invested in the Starfield world and storyline. I think where this book mostly fell flat for me was the element of fandom and especially spendin “Every place his lips touch – my mouth, my nose, my cheek, my neck – lights up like a star in a constellation for us.” Bookish & the Beast was a very fun and enjoyable installment in the Once Upon a Con series, that to me sadly couldn't live up to its predecessors. I truly loved both Geekerella and The Princess & the Fangirl a lot and feel very invested in the Starfield world and storyline. I think where this book mostly fell flat for me was the element of fandom and especially spending time at a convention that I love so much about the other two books. While this definitely tried a little bit of a new take on bringing the Starfield universe into this series, by talking about the book series and partly taking place in a library with special Collector's Editions, it just didn't give me enough of an emotional connection to the Starfield universe itself that I became so very attached to. I immensely enjoyed some of the snippets that we would get at the beginning of chapters but sadly there were only so few of them. “Most of the time, I try not to think about it, but sometimes grief comes in waves. It laps against the sandy beach of your soul, again and again, soft and rushing and impossible to escape. She's gone, but I miss her. She no longer exists, but the words she loved still do.” While I enjoyed the characters, the one character that stood out the most to me was probably the female main character's dad. I just found none of the characters to be very interesting or compelling. I didn't dislike reading from their perspective or about them but I felt like they just weren't all that exciting to read about either. And again, Poston definitely tried to offer us a different take to the books before too, by introducing Vance, who is an actor for the Starfield series but currently taking a break from Hollywood. And while his character and journey was very different than anything we had seen before in this series, I just can't say I found his journey to be very believable OR captivating. I just simply didn't care. And the same goes for the female main character too. I feel like she put such emphasis on not just being “the girl with the dead mom” that she did end up being exactly that because I can't point out many traits about her. Again, none of these characters were dislikeable or not pleasant to read about, I just found them almost replaceable. As for representation, both main characters read as queer (stating multiple gender attraction) but they don't ever use labels. There is a non-binary side character that uses they/them pronouns and queer (one who is definitely bi) side characters. It seems like there is a Latinx side character too.. but that was never explicitly stated. Just as the characters didn't really stand out to me, the romance very much did not either and this was another really disappointing aspect for me with how much I squealed for the previous romances. Not only did I not really think the hate-to-love trope was well done but I also just found their entire development not very convincing just because I feel like we got too little of it. I barely felt chemistry, barely felt like they truly got to know about each other. We know they spend a lot of time with each other but I feel like we just didn't really get to see that at all. Where was this entire process? There just wasn't enough there for me personally. When it comes to the retelling element of Beauty & the Beast, you could definitely see the elements but they didn't stand out immensely. Some people might enjoy that, others not so much. As someone who is not a big fan of Beauty & the Beast I can't say if that maybe affected my enjoyment of this story too? I normally never pick up retellings of the story cause I am just not interested in them or the original story but for me this was different, as I already felt invested in this universe. At the end of the day I just don't really think it worked all that well as the basis for a fluffy Contemporary story like this. But I also know that this was really the project of Poston's heart and that does make me happy to know. “With him, a little of her heart leaves, but it leaves room, too. For new people. For new loves. For new impossibilities.” So all in all, while I enjoyed reading another installment in this series, it also just didn't have the same magic as the other two for me personally. Nothing about this book set it apart from any other YA Contemporary, sadly, and that was a very different experience for me with the first two books. If you're a fan of the series, it's a fun reading experience, especially with other character's cameos too, but it is really not a must-read at all. Instagram | Blog | Booktube Channel | Twitter I received an ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hollis

    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 wor 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 work in this one's favour? It's diverse. Literally, that's it. This was a definite miss and though book one was just a like for me, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed book two, so that adds an extra layer of sad for this one which didn't work at all. 1.5 stars Full review to come closer to release (because wow, Hollis, why didn't you realize this was a June ARC..) ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bookphenomena (Micky)

    This was such a fab, reel-you-in story, full of books, libraries, jerks, nerds and most importantly…jerk redemption. I have to admit, I’ve missed out book two along the way, but I will put that right soon. However, I was still able to follow this interconnected standalone with ease. There was something about the love of books, in this book, that just spoke to my soul. This quote below and the whole section around it resonated with me completely. I can recognise these books from anywhere – even te This was such a fab, reel-you-in story, full of books, libraries, jerks, nerds and most importantly…jerk redemption. I have to admit, I’ve missed out book two along the way, but I will put that right soon. However, I was still able to follow this interconnected standalone with ease. There was something about the love of books, in this book, that just spoke to my soul. This quote below and the whole section around it resonated with me completely. I can recognise these books from anywhere – even ten, fifteen feet away. I know their spines. I know their titles. I know their thirty-year-old smell. I am at those books, my fingers running down their broken, well-loved spines… The vibe of the two characters, Rosie and Vance were complicated, or maybe just rather simple hate. Rosie was a complete clumsy disaster whenever in the proximity of Vance. She repeatedly overstepped privacy boundaries in a cringeworthy way but it made for hilarious hiding-between-the-fingers reading. She’s strangely intimidating, like a squirrel with a butcher’s knife. Vance was a jerk, pure and simple. A rich kid, Hollywood royalty and a star in the movies this series is based on. Points in his favour were administered early on for Sansa the dog, but that was all he had to endear himself. Slowly over time, over their joint project, these two had some grudging connection. I loved how their story unfolded. There was a bi-Dad storyline which I adored to the point that I wanted some more. Space Dad was so cool and his crush potential deserved its own story. The friendship circle around Rosie was sweet and loyal with a non-binary friend going for Homecoming Overlord. Amongst the cute, were serious themes of grief and berevement. I found Rosie’s narrative, inner feelings and reluctancy to talk about her loss believable. Vance’s parent issues warranted a bit more depth, I think. Out of the two I’ve read of this series, this is my favourite. It was a devourable read with cover details that I’m only just appreciating now. This book was everything I want and need from a contemporary YA with the added bonus of books as a context. Thank you to Quirk books and JamiedoesPR for the finished copy to review. This review can be found on A Take From Two Cities Blog.

  17. 5 out of 5

    *The Angry Reader*

    It’s generally not fun to do this - write a list just tearing into a book. I get that this is someone’s art. Their creation. And how easy for me to sit here and critique. But it isn’t easy. Sometimes I don’t mind writing a review about how terrible a book is. (On rare occasions I’m gleeful at the prospect.) But this isn’t that. I thought for a moment about being glib. Entire review “at least it was short.” Or “you know what sucks? This book.” And that kind of felt like a shitty moment for me. So It’s generally not fun to do this - write a list just tearing into a book. I get that this is someone’s art. Their creation. And how easy for me to sit here and critique. But it isn’t easy. Sometimes I don’t mind writing a review about how terrible a book is. (On rare occasions I’m gleeful at the prospect.) But this isn’t that. I thought for a moment about being glib. Entire review “at least it was short.” Or “you know what sucks? This book.” And that kind of felt like a shitty moment for me. So let me tell you I saw the heart in this one. I saw the try. I didn’t see what the characters saw in one another. (I don’t think a dude being tall and handing me a book I can’t reach is a basis for admiration. But I’m almost 6’0 tall. So “reaching things” isn’t on my love list.) I didn’t see the characters staying together Bc I didn’t see them as a couple. I saw too many weird space show references and barely any dialogue (what was there was weirdly cliched.) I saw a messy, disorganized book that needs badly to be weeded through and restructured to let the heart and sweetness shine. Oh to be seventeen again and naive enough to believe that any of this foolishness comes close to equaling love. *as always thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to offer my unbiased review*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    Beauty and the Beast but make it shitty [insert 1492348 pop culture references here] This is so hard to review because this was seriously so bad it feels like a parody but no. This is a real book that a publisher spent real money on to publish. The author got paid cash money for this book and I got paid nothing to read this?? This is the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals. (Sick meme but also fuck tr*mp.) Maybe we should make this our last once upon a con book yeah? Besides one (1) fl Beauty and the Beast but make it shitty [insert 1492348 pop culture references here] This is so hard to review because this was seriously so bad it feels like a parody but no. This is a real book that a publisher spent real money on to publish. The author got paid cash money for this book and I got paid nothing to read this?? This is the worst trade deal in the history of trade deals. (Sick meme but also fuck tr*mp.) Maybe we should make this our last once upon a con book yeah? Besides one (1) flashback, none of this takes place at a con anyway. (Not that I wanted a con but it's literally in the series name so I expect what I expect.) Bookish and the Beast is about a girl named Rosie Thorne (why tho) who mistakenly ruins an expensive book and then has to organize the expensive library she took it from to pay back her debt. Vance is Hollywood royalty but to hide from a scandal and paparazzi, he flees to Rosie's town and ends up living in the very house that has the expensive library Rosie must organize. Quickly Rosie discovers that Vance is a jerk and the feeling is mutual. That is until they spend more time together. The connection to making this a Beauty and the Beast retelling is so weak oh my god. None of this makes ANY sense. Rosie literally BREAKS into this guy's fucking house for no reason, looks at a book and then ??? runs away with it when he's like who tf is in my house!! and then she ??? drops it in a lake and it's ruined so to pay back the price of the book she has to *checks notes* clean up the library with him for a couple of weeks. Even her father is like lol that sounds reasonable have fun with these people bye. Bruh whAT? Make any of this make sense!! Maybe this is an issue because of the arc but there were so many continuity errors and then just writing that was so lazy. One big one was Vance and Rosie made eyes at each other at the con in a flashback and then they see each other when she ruins the book but he doesn't recognize her? They were literally sitting across from each other and staring at each other?? After that meeting he's still moping about the mysterious girl then the next time he sees Rosie, he's like omg she's the girl from the con!! Maybe fix that though. It literally feels like the author didn't try at ALL with this one and was just forced to do it because of a contract. I'm not bullshitting- she really gave us nothing. The queer rep this time was such a joke. Rosie's father is maybe bisexual and then Rosie has a non-binary friend who seriously talks once. That's it?? All of these characters were so annoying and Rosie is the dumbest girl in the world. In the beginning of the book she gets fired from her job that she apparently needed so much for using her phone literally 3 seconds after she was told not to use her phone. She is a complete brat, so obnoxious, and if she came within 5 feet of me I would dropkick her. She literally runs into a dark house after a random dog and for what? She did any of this for what? Also Rosie lost her mother and is still grieving and it was handled so badly. I just want to cringe and laugh at Rosie trying to have a deeper emotion that wasn't just "lol i'm a nerd rawr xD". There was so much dumb drama about the couple from Geekerella breaking up and it was SUCH bullshit. (view spoiler)[There is news they broke up, we never see them until the end then they are back together and we literally get nothing from that. What was the POINT then. (hide spoiler)] Leave them alone, thanks. Geekerella is the only book by this author that I loved but I highly doubt I would even like it on a reread so I will keep that in the past with the good memories I had of it. Really, the rest of the book is just dumb drama that doesn't make any sense as well. There is no plot. The epic climax is Vance has a video get leaked of him and he thinks Rosie did it and it was just ??? so ??? stupid?? The video was so unimportant and minor like why would he care. Why would anyone care PLEASE. Sex tape or fucking bust my dude. He was so edgy and emo about the sHoCkInG leaked video and it was the weakest way to make them have discourse. I almost cried because they took this so seriously. I'm sorry did you want SO MANY FUCKING POP CULTURE REFERENCES??? Well you got them friend!! This has even more than the last book, I don't know how that was possible. Ashley has zero chill and every page is littered with meaningless references that are already dated. Characters speak in random references to communicate and there was no reason for any of this besides trying to hit a word count and to try to relate to the kids these days. (I could go into it on how all of these so called "nerd" things really aren't because those very nerd things are super mainstream and popular and have been for a long time but alas.) Literally no one speaks like this in real life, ever. Some of the references were just complete bullshit too- like she saw them on tumblr and just threw it in without actually knowing what she's talking about. Endless pop culture references are terrible but using them wrong is even worse. Also when books have bookish characters that just go on a tirade about how reading is beautiful and magical and shaped their very core and blah blah- I've heard this so many times and the exact same thing too. Where do you think we are right now? Who do you think you are talking to? I'm never going to see a character that likes books and references random fandom shit that I may or may not like and go "omg I love this character so muCH". It's such a cheap way to try to get the reader to relate to your basic character that has nothing else and I don't want it. Liking books and "nerd" things is not a personality trait, send tweet. But I'm not the targeted audience and I've ranted enough, good night.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gerardine Betancourt

    In this third installment of the series after having met at Excelsicon Ball where they both wore masks, told intimate secrets, and spent a night eating waffles and talking about the Starfield series, both remember that day with happiness but neither of them reveals their identity to each other. One of those people is Rosie Thorne who is still grieving the loss of her mother. Rosie and her friends enjoy reading books and everything that has to do with the Starfield universe. On the other hand, we In this third installment of the series after having met at Excelsicon Ball where they both wore masks, told intimate secrets, and spent a night eating waffles and talking about the Starfield series, both remember that day with happiness but neither of them reveals their identity to each other. One of those people is Rosie Thorne who is still grieving the loss of her mother. Rosie and her friends enjoy reading books and everything that has to do with the Starfield universe. On the other hand, we have Vance Reigns a 17 years film star who will be the villain in the new Starfield movie, which will be directed by his stepfather. Vance's stepfather sends him along with his godfather to this small town for a month after a problem occurs involving some paparazzi and Elle the geekerella from the first book. The slow-burn romance in this book was super cute and easy to read. We learn a little more about the Starfield Universe and see other characters from pasts books. I loved the way Ashley Poston created this geeky retelling of the beauty and the beast and I will keep reading more books in this series because although many people think they are a little cheesy whenever I turn a new page in these books it brings me a little bit of joy and happiness to my life. So this book is 5 stars for me. "Look to the stars. Aim Ignite!" Thanks to NetGalley and Quirk Books for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ضحى الحداد

    As much as I adore this series I have to say this book was my least favorite although it has so many things that could make it so amazing In this book we will follow Rosie and Vance, Rosie lives in a small town and she os very sad that her mother died that she is barely functioning to save up for her college and what not .. also she is a nerd and a bookworm and Vance is the actor who plays the villian of the show Starfield but his real life is not going well, so his father decides to put him in a As much as I adore this series I have to say this book was my least favorite although it has so many things that could make it so amazing In this book we will follow Rosie and Vance, Rosie lives in a small town and she os very sad that her mother died that she is barely functioning to save up for her college and what not .. also she is a nerd and a bookworm and Vance is the actor who plays the villian of the show Starfield but his real life is not going well, so his father decides to put him in a house in a quiet area (Rosie's town) until everything is back to normal again .. they meet and the story picks up from there the book had so many right things going for it but mostly I didn't like Vance overall

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vicky Again

    I thought this was cute, but for some reason I just didn't fully click with Rosie & Vance's story as much as I did with the earlier two novels. I don't know if it's because there was less fandom stuff & more book stuff, or if I just was less invested, but I know that people who love the Once Upon a Con series will still find something to love in Bookish and the Beast! I thought this was cute, but for some reason I just didn't fully click with Rosie & Vance's story as much as I did with the earlier two novels. I don't know if it's because there was less fandom stuff & more book stuff, or if I just was less invested, but I know that people who love the Once Upon a Con series will still find something to love in Bookish and the Beast!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Helen Power

    Plot This is by far the best instalment in this series. I think it might be the last, but I’m hoping there will be more. There’s always Calvin to pair up with a love interest, right? RIGHT?  I absolutely love the interpretation of the Beauty and the Beast story to fit the romance between Rosie and Vance. There are a few parts that require a suspension of disbelief, but these are easily forgiven, because if it’s destined to happen, maybe these aren’t eyeball-rolling coincidences and are actual Plot This is by far the best instalment in this series. I think it might be the last, but I’m hoping there will be more. There’s always Calvin to pair up with a love interest, right? RIGHT?  I absolutely love the interpretation of the Beauty and the Beast story to fit the romance between Rosie and Vance. There are a few parts that require a suspension of disbelief, but these are easily forgiven, because if it’s destined to happen, maybe these aren’t eyeball-rolling coincidences and are actually the fates working their magic.  After reading the first two in this series, I’d already jumped on the bandwagon of believing that ExcelsiCon has some sort of sorcery that makes the cast of Starfield fall in love with mere commoners. I guess I just took each of these silly little “coincidences” in stride. Characters Vance is my favourite of the love interests in the Once Upon a Con series. He's a ladies' man, a child actor born into the business, and he has a lot of well-concealed self-loathing.  We met him in The Princess and the Fangirl, albeit briefly, and he was presented as quite the a**hat.  I was surprised to learn that he would be in the third book in the series, based on the way he was presented.  But then I realized that this was incredibly exciting, allowing for the opportunity for an compelling redemption arc, just like his character General Sond in the Starfield universe. Rosie is my favourite type of protagonist. I love that she's the bookworm type who also sometimes gets attention from boys - which is evident in the case that Garrett (essentially Gaston from Beauty and the Beast) won't take no for an answer when he repeatedly asks her to Homecoming. In books like these, I like to see that the protagonist has seen some interest from boys but turns them down, because then when Vance falls for her, we don't think that she's falling for him back because she's never had someone interested in her before.  If that makes sense?  She loves him for him, not because of the attention he's giving her (despite the fact that the attention he gives her is a lot sweeter and more romantic than that douche Garrett--but that really adds to the humour of the entire situation). Worldbuilding The parallels between the world of Starfield and what is happening in the novel are just as pronounced in this book as they are in the previous instalments. However, as mentioned in my review of The Princess and the Fangirl, if you haven't read Geekerella, the world of Starfield might be somewhat confusing and harder to appreciate in this book.  We don't learn as much about the original television series, but this novel focuses more on the series/ book adaptations, which allows for General Sond to have a redemption arc and far more screentime than the original series. I recommend this book to any nerd at heart who is looking for a sweet and funny romantic retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This review appeared first on https://powerlibrarian.wordpress.com/ Instagram | Blog | Website | Twitter My 2020 Reading Challenge

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ambriehl Khalil

    ⭐️ [4.75/5 Stars] ⭐️ AHHHHH. I’m so EXCITED. I love this series so so much. I could read them forever. Naturally, I don’t think anything is going to compare to the first for me. Geekerella is one of my all time favourite y/a books ever and it always brings me so my joy when I re-read it. At first when I heard this one was getting released, I was a bit nervous because I remember not fully loving the second book as much as I wanted to and I was worried that the same thing would happen here but that ⭐️ [4.75/5 Stars] ⭐️ AHHHHH. I’m so EXCITED. I love this series so so much. I could read them forever. Naturally, I don’t think anything is going to compare to the first for me. Geekerella is one of my all time favourite y/a books ever and it always brings me so my joy when I re-read it. At first when I heard this one was getting released, I was a bit nervous because I remember not fully loving the second book as much as I wanted to and I was worried that the same thing would happen here but that wasn’t the case at all. I looooved this. It made me so happy. There were so many fun references and the characters were fantastic. Can we talk about the fact that more authors are now including more non binary characters please?? YES. I’m so glad. I loved Quinn (I think I spelt it right but I also listened to the audiobook because I was desperate to start) they were full of life and such a good friend. I love them. I liked that Vance’s character held up from the last book and he was still just as much of a broody dick in this one. I love a grumpy hero and I think Rosie was perfect for him. Also I adored the spin on Beauty and the Beast. Can Ashley Poston just do a retelling of every fairytale ever please? It’s all I ask. Gah! I don’t care about anything I’m just happy to have finally read this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    aarya

    The plot and the romantic development are a mess. I don’t have the energy to rant about how bad it is. Way too many fandom references for my taste (and I love most of the fandoms referenced! But there were too many references). Also there’s a Latinx secondary character (godfather to the hero) and the only sign of the rep is him saying “mijo” a few times. Not great. Disclaimer: I received a free e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Grüffeline

    4.75 stars Book 100 this year and it was so worthy. Best book in the series. 😍😍

  26. 5 out of 5

    Mikaela Garcia

    I like it more and more! It just took time to finish. I was in an important game that took all my time. I could see myself at Rosie. A girl who is in books and most find a great school. And of course, is a soo nerd and fan upset. I want to jump into the book and be Vance bookish.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lea | That_Bookdragon

    This series keeps on giving and I love it with all my heart. RTC!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    It‘s waaaay tooo short 😫 The Geekerella novels are like disney channel movies - sweet and comforting 💕

  29. 5 out of 5

    laurel [suspected bibliophile]

    3.5 stars, rounded up Rosie Thorne feels stuck—she's neither here nor there, and she just wants out of her small town life and her overwhelming grief. Until she smacks into teenage pop star Vance Reigns while saving a dog, accidentally destroys a rare book, and then is forced to work with the smug asshole (the actor, not the dog) to pay off the price of the book. Things can't get any worse, can they? "Really? Don't like the political intrigue of the Noxian Court?" I slide up onto the stool beside 3.5 stars, rounded up Rosie Thorne feels stuck—she's neither here nor there, and she just wants out of her small town life and her overwhelming grief. Until she smacks into teenage pop star Vance Reigns while saving a dog, accidentally destroys a rare book, and then is forced to work with the smug asshole (the actor, not the dog) to pay off the price of the book. Things can't get any worse, can they? "Really? Don't like the political intrigue of the Noxian Court?" I slide up onto the stool beside him. "And the ball. I love the ball. Magic spells. Daring swordfights. A prince in disguise." "I definitely figured him out before chapter three," he replies, amused, and puts a bookmark in before he closes the book. Well this was super cute. Lots of queer rep (bi dad! bi male lead! nonbinary BFF!), and so many B&B Easter eggs (and, as much as I hate her, I was thrilled for the SJM Easter Egg because so many bookish books only have the character loving The Classics and honestly chuck that trope into the sun). And the other Easter Eggs. Titanic. Howl's Moving Castle (Vance is, quite literally, Howl). And so much more. Right from the get-go, I loved Rosie. She's a huge Starfield fan, although she's never gone to ExcelsiCon before because it always seemed to big and too loud (I hear you girl, social anxiety is a bitch) and because she and her dad are paying off the medical bills after her mother's death. It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you are the daughter of a librarian who was also the president of your kindergarten's PTA, your father will volunteer to be a chaperon at the Homecoming Dance just to destroy any prospects you might have for a good time." It's definitely a sign that I am firmly in middle age and old, because I have long since stopped thinking YA heroes (or heroines) are cute (they are 18 or under and are fucking children). But now I have reached the age where I am...really into the parental figures? Rosie's dad is a bi ex-rocker turned librarian and, well damn. Dude is super cool. I also loved how absolutely queer it was, and how they got Rosie's BFF into Homecoming with a wonderful gender neutral title of Overlord. However, despite the pop culture references and book love, this was definitely the weakest installation in the series. I just wasn't feeling Vance as a character or as a romantic lead—and the power differential between him and Rosie felt like it was too much. I was more interested in the off-page action of Elle and Darien than of the on-page banter between Rosie and Vance. The ending faltered a bit, but it was definitely a fun read. Maybe I'm just happy to see my favorite fictional fandom back in action. Maybe I'm just here for the books. I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kloe

    There’s the third book ????? And about beauty and the beast (aka my second favourite fairytale ) !! Sign me up !! I love geekerella so much !! The cover is sooooo pretty !!! Would be great if I get an arc 😢 Bookish and the beast honest and unedited Review : This isn’t what I expected . It’s a little bit different from the previous books because the setting doesn’t take place at ExcelsiCon. It was a little bit more boring because there aren’t many characters. The writing felt slippy to me , ie it w There’s the third book ????? And about beauty and the beast (aka my second favourite fairytale ) !! Sign me up !! I love geekerella so much !! The cover is sooooo pretty !!! Would be great if I get an arc 😢 Bookish and the beast honest and unedited Review : This isn’t what I expected . It’s a little bit different from the previous books because the setting doesn’t take place at ExcelsiCon. It was a little bit more boring because there aren’t many characters. The writing felt slippy to me , ie it wasn’t as good . Some dialogue is too cheesy, like who would say this stuff anymore without being lame now ? It’s like trying to be cool but it’s a fail. The characterisation is one dimensional to me for Annie and Quinn , they both felt like one person to me in combination. Beauty and the beast is one of my second favourite fairy tales so I would held certain expectations. However Ashley accomplished something I couldn’t, which is to write Beauty and the beast in YA real life contemporary version . Yes, I had been trying to write that genre but I gave up because it seemed impossible without all those magical items and magical curses. Vance reigns was too immature to me because he PMS everyday before he realised he was falling hard for Rosie. He also felt 2-dimensional to me . I’d say the writing was also immature because there wasn’t much worthy life lessons. Or I just have my own tastes in books, and this book wasn’t supposed to fit into the category . This book is to allow me to escape reality and have some fun. Perhaps I have outgrown this genre that’s why I found many writing, characterisation and plot lines rather immature . The pop culture reference is a bit cringeworthy at times. Wait, Quinn is a dude ??? I can’t really catch up with the writing . The ending felt rushed to me , I really want to enjoy the moment of seeing the couple having their happily ever after !!! The good : It’s a quick read . Very enjoyable . There are exciting moments at times.

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