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Bookish and the Beast In the third book in Ashley Poston s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universeRosie 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 billsOn 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 readWhen 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 mutualBut as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off and they may just find that there s risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts 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 starsFull 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 Books, beasts, and german shepherds, oh my UPDATE 2 25 20screams in geek I didn t know we had a cover for this as well Behold its beauty I love itthere s a puppy on itand bookshelves BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING Commence stalking internet until cover reveal.That is all.Wake me up in June UPDATE 2 25 20screams in geek I didn t know we had a cover for this as well Behold its beauty I love itthere s a puppy on itand bookshelves BEAUTY AND THE BEAST RETELLING Commence stalking internet until cover reveal.That is all.Wake me up in June 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 belike 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

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Bookish and the Beast
  • Ashley Poston
  • English
  • 12 September 2017
  • 1683691938

About the Author: Ashley Poston

Ashley Poston s is a part time author and full time fangirl She was born in rural South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well Tweet her at ashposton and read her inner most rambles at www.ashposton.com.


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