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


My Rating ~ Four stars

4-gold-stars copy

RELEASED: 2 April 2019

Publisher: Quirk Books

Format: E-ARC

Pages: 320

Source:  Received from Quirk Books via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review


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.




Many thanks to Quirk Books for providing me with a copy of The Princess and the Fangirl via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Princess and the Fangirl is a companion novel to Geekerella, written in the same setting, with interlocking characters, but a different set of main characters.  I really enjoyed this story.  It held the same geeky feeling I loved in the first book, and a few similar themes.

Jess (the actress who played Princess Amara in the hit movie, Starfield, in Geekerella) is in a spot of trouble at Excelsicon and needs to stay out of the limelight for a while to try and fix it.  Luckily for her, a lookalike, Imogen, already accidentally took her place on a panel and the crowd didn’t seem to notice…  They agree to switch places for a a couple of days, but both get more than they bargained for in the identity swap.  Because the book was told from dual points of view, and Jess and Imogen have switched identities, I must admit I did get a bit confused at times who I was reading about, but the story was cute and a fun read.

I really enjoyed the way the author managed to explore positive and negative aspects of celebrity life and how we perceive other people’s ‘happiness’.  I’m probably not quite enough of a fangirl for these books to resonate with me completely, but I still think they are super fun and I hope to see more in the series.





Princess and the fangirl pic by bookbookowl

Photo via my Instagram account – Bookbookowl


5 thoughts on “The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con #2) by Ashley Poston – ARC review”

  1. Excellent review! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I can see how parts of it might be confusing with the switch up though. I really enjoyed Geekerella and will eventually get to this one. ❤

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