The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con #2) by Ashley Poston

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

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.

Previously reviewed: Geekerella 

How did I get the book? Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review

Genre: Contemporary / LGBTQIA+

Review: Just like Geekerella I devoured The Princess and the Fangirl – just about remembering to stop for pizza. Because pizza.

Ashley Poston delivered all the things you’d want in a companion to a much-loved book. Just like Geekerella the fairy-tales and fandoms combine. There are so many swoontastic moments, including a few too many where I was talking to myself muttering: “just kiss already!”

The pumpkin carriage is back! As are the characters you already loved but of course we have a whole bunch of new ones. You’d think there would be confusion but it all still works. (I do think you should read Geekerella first because then you’d appreciate this story more that way.)

The Princess and the Fangirl is the celebration of the very story you’re reading. It is all the best things about story fandoms mixed together. It is happy, wonderful and cheesy magic. It is a comfort read. And that is AWESOME. There are very few books that manage to pull off great characters and stories so well without drowning in being predictable. Ashley Poston gives you the very best of what you’d want from a “happy” book without any of the pitfalls. It’s brilliant.


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