Anything can happen once upon a con…
When geek girl Elle Wittimer sees a cosplay contest sponsored by the producers of Starfield, she has to enter. First prize is an invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. Elle’s been scraping together tips from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck behind her stepmother’s back, and winning this contest could be her ticket out once and for all—not to mention a fangirl’s dream come true.
Teen actor Darien Freeman is less than thrilled about this year’s ExcelsiCon. He used to live for conventions, but now they’re nothing but jaw-aching photo sessions and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Federation Prince Carmindor is all he’s ever wanted, but the diehard Starfield fandom has already dismissed him as just another heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, closet nerd Darien feels more and more like a fake—until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise.
I love all things Cinderella so I couldn’t wait to start reading this modern take on the classic tale.
In the beginning I thought it was really interesting that the prince in this book was a famous actor who had a role as a prince for a movie. The prince is a simple guy named Darien/Dare who just wants to enjoy his life even though he is famous. I really loved his character because he seemed so real. He was just trying to make it in a world that his father wanted him to be part of. I really liked his side of the story and I always wanted to know more about him.
While I really enjoyed Dare’s side of the story I didn’t care that much for Danielle. She is suppose to be the girl that you want more for but I just didn’t really feel all that much from her. It felt like she had already given up on her life and that she was completely ok with her step family ruling her and everything she did. Whereas I feel like Cinderella still had dreams and wishes I feel that Danielle didn’t really want much. She really had no concrete plans about what she was going to do with her life and this was strange to me. She just felt like she was on the page and didn’t stand out to me. Whereas Dare had emotions, feelings and struggles that felt real, Danielle just wanted out of her house.
As for the romance side of the story; I wasn’t that impressed. The romance was very nonexistent because Dare and Danielle never get to meet until much later on and they don’t even know who each other really is until the very very end of the book. It also felt like their text conversations never made it that far. They didn’t really talk about anything really personal and it was hard to see why they cared for each other.
Overall, I feel that I had a lot of issues connecting with this book. The romance at the very end was really rushed and didn’t even feel real to me. I didn’t connect with Danielle at any point in the book which was a major issue for me. The only thing that I stuck around for was to see Dare’s life and where he was headed. If the book was told from his point of view and if he had more time to connect with Danielle then this would have been a better and more interesting read for me, in my opinion. I guess this fairy tale just wasn’t for me this time.