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Bookish and the Beast

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Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston is part of a series?! I had no idea! This delightful little book is a quick read with quirky characters who are easy to love. I enjoyed the play on the classic fairytale, and I know that high school students will enjoy the pop-culture elements thrown in. I found the Space Dad romance to be heavy-handed, but the relationship between Rosie Thorne and Vance Reign was adorable.
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I LOVED this book! It was cute and a great easy read that only took one sitting to complete! This is the first I read in Poston's Once Upon a Con series. This book will leave readers happy and I'm very excited to read the rest in the series!!!
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A cute continuation of Ashley Poston's "Once Upon a Con" series. This "Beauty and the Beast" inspired tale is fluffy and heartwarming.
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I am a huge YA fan but I could not get into this novel. I think if you are someone who enjoys YA and conventions, you would definitely like this
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This is the first book I’ve read by Ashley Poston, and it was just what I wanted as a palate cleanser after reading a pretty heavy and intense novel. Rosie, a high school senior still reeling from her mother’s recent death, meets and forms an instant connection with a guy at a con, but they leave their cosplay masks on and don’t share their true identities. A month or so later, Rosie almost hits a dog, which she thinks is a stray, and she ends up following the dog back to her home, a weird castle like house in town that no one usually lives in. Rosie (strangely) goes into the house and starts exploring, finding a library full of amazing sci fi books, including first editions of her favorite series. She grabs one to look at and then runs into Vance Reigns, a bad boy actor who plays her favorite character in the movie adaptation of said series, who has been sent to Rosie’s small town to lay low after some bad publicity. Shocked, Rosie tries to run away and falls into the pool with the book, ruining it. Because the book is so valuable and she and her dad don’t really have much money, they work out a deal with Vance’s guardian that Rosie can work off the cost of the book by organizing the library’s scattered collections. She grows closer to Lance and they soon realize they already met - at the con, all dressed up. This was cute and quick but with some depth, and I look forward to reading more Poston.
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This was my favourite in the Once Upon a Con series. A fun fantasy about how a normal, everyday girl challenges  a famous, spoiled boy who can get what he wants from everyone to figure out what he actually values as they navigate what starts as an awkward working relationship.
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This book was fine. If you are a sucker for cutesy romances at all times, I have no doubt you will probably devour this book happily. But personally, this was the weakest book in the series.

I am going to preface this by saying that I am not a huge 'cutesy' contemporary YA romance reader. But up until this point Poston has surprised and captured me with her Once Upon a Con series. Alas, all goods things must come to an end.

Up until this book, the books have been paced really well - quick and engaging, loads of fun and quirky moments. While Bookish and the Beast still retains that quirky style of writing, it is much slower. Both in plot and the romance. Which is just something that just does not work for me.

On top of that, this book seemed to rely much more heavily on typical YA tropes i.e. enemies to lovers, misunderstood bad guy. I don't have a thing against tropes, but this felt like just a typical copy & paste YA, with nerd references thrown in.

Again, if these tropes and romance is your thing - pick it up! But this book just wasn't the one for me.
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Adorable! I really loved the first two books in this series so it was no surprise that I loved this one too. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite stories to have retold and it was done so well. I loved the anxiety rep and the love of books. As always with Ashley Posten, this was wonderfully nerdy and perfect.
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This was such a feel good read!
 I've read Ashley Poston's previous books in this companion series which I also enjoyed. 
However I am a proud lover of everything and anything Beauty and the Beast, which is one of the main reasons I've wanted to pick this book up. 
Like Poston's other works, this read like a love letter to fandom and geek culture. I can understand why that may be a turn off to some readers who don't enjoy the little easter eggs and nods to nerdy pop culture, but it was something that made me smile while reading. 
I have to say, though, that I didn't enjoy this latest release as much as "Geekerella". The characters just don't seem as fleshed out as they did in that first book. 
Bookish and Beast is definitely like a Rom-Com in book form, which won't be for everyone. But for anyone who is looking for a feel good quick read, perhaps as a break from big, dense tomes, I think it'd be a good fit. Or, of course, for anyone who just loves a feel good book with a happy ending. 
My favourite aspects of this book would definitely be the friendship our main character, Rosie, shares with her close girl friends and the fatherly relationship between Vance and Mr. Rodriguez. This is definitely where a lot of the humour was introduced. 
One thing that did grate on my nerves a little was that Vance's character was extremely immature and bratty throughout most of the novel. Admittedly the character of the Beast is meant to be a spoiled prince, but it would have been less irritating and more believable if he would have had more reason behind his attitude and actions.  I would have loved to see a bit more of a build up between the two characters once they admitted they liked each other. A lot of the "couple" moments you'd expect in the 2nd act of the book were just glossed over and off-page. So, for me, it wasn't entirely believable when the "L" word was mentioned. However, I just took it for the light-hearted read that it was and it wasn't a huge problem for me. 
It was nice to see how many nods to the Disney Beauty and the Beast that Poston included in her story, and yet she still managed to give them a modern twist while still being able to see their echo in the Disney fairy tale. 
Ashley Poston's books always seem to have a great relationship between the author and the reader. Because you can clearly see she writes with passion and love when she talks about books and the fandoms she loves and for the reader they can relate and see themselves in this, too. It feels like being able to talk to a friend about a book series that you both love and obsess over. This latest book by Poston is no different in that aspect.
Unfortunately the ending was a little lacklustre for me. It does, sadly, fall into the trope of "communication could have solved everything", and introduced drama that was unnecessary and quickly solved after a few pages so the reader doesn't really have the time to get on board with it or think it believable. Especially, when compared with the motivations of the characters during the whole book up until that point. 

The character and plot arc of Garrett or alternatively "Gaston" from the Disney version, didn't feel entirely believable to me either. It just felt like it was introduced to have some form of conflict and to mirror the fairy tale many of us know and love. To me it just didn't feel needed, or alternatively, more time needed to be put into that plot line. 
Overall, I would recommend this to fans of Jenny Han, Emery Lord and Holly Bourne. It's a quick fun read that will put a smile on your face with its cheesy Rom-Com goodness.
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I think I am growing out of the phase of person who really likes her books. her first installment, Geekerella, was so good in my opinion but as the new ones come out I find myself more and more bored.
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For any fan of modern retellings of fairytales. I really enjoy Ashley Poston's writing and this book was no exception. The universe that she created around Excelsicon has given readers a realistic fandom world to escape to.
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Honestly, I don’t think it’s a secret that I happen to be a HUGE fan of Beauty & the Beast. For one, this blog actually used to be called Belle’s Book Blog (super dumb name in retrospect, I know, but I was only 14 😂) and honestly, what bibliophile doesn’t relate to Belle? And, to quote Kat from The Ugly Stepsister (which, if you somehow haven’t read yet, you really need to!!) “If the Beast gave me a library like he gave to Belle, I’d marry him too.”

Needless to say, I have been anticipating this book from the very minute that I found out out that it was going to be a B&TB retelling! And guys, I have some fantastic news for you – not only did it live up to the hype, it fully exceeded and surpassed my wildest expectations!


What I Liked:


1. Rosie was such a relatable character

Trust me when I say that from page one, you’ll no doubt be fully relating to our main “Belle” character, Rosie Thorne! (side note: that has got to be one of the most creative fictional names ever!!) Rosie represents the inner bookworm that us bibliophiles all share – which makes her beyond easy to connect with! I don’t know about you, but I always love seeing bibliophiles represented in books – it truly does make me feel so seen.

In addition, Rosie’s struggles felt so real. From college application essay stress, to working as a cashier to save up money for college, to dealing with the tragic loss of her mother, Rosie is definitely one of the more easily relatable YA characters out there.


2. It’s not a traditional Beauty & the Beast retelling

One thing I’ve seen a lot of in reviews on Goodreads is praise for how well this follows the “original tale.” Spoiler alert: this is NOT a retelling of the story written by Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve. Rather, it’s a retelling of Disney’s Beauty & the Beast.

I bring this up because while the Disney movie and fairy tale are similar, there are definite noticeable differences between the two. For example, Gaston was completely nonexistent and Beauty was neither bookish nor without siblings (in the original, she actually had a few older sister). But honestly, I will take Disney’s version any day of the week (and yes, I realize that this makes be a terrible bookworm. #sorrynotsorry).

Some of my favorite casual nods and Easter eggs are the inclusion of Garrett (the “Gaston” character), Rosie’s outfit on the cover (a subtle nod to Belle’s blue & while outfit!), Vance’s library (which possess much of the same “wow” factor as the Beast’s library), and even the one-liner about “Mrs. Potts” being a local diner employee.


3. The side characters were out of this galaxy!

This, in my opinion, is one of Ashley Poston’s strongest points. I adored each and every one of the side characters, almost as much as I enjoyed Rosie herself!

First, we have Rosie’s BFFs, Quinn and Annie, who were just… perfection (*sigh*). I especially love how Quinn is nonbinary and goes by them/them pronouns – not only was it fabulous represention, but it felt so real and natural.

Then we also have my personal favorite, SPACE DAD!! Space Dad, AKA Rosie’s out-and-proud bisexual and apparently really good-looking Youth Services librarian father, was the literal icing on the fictional cake. This was my first time seeing an LGBTQIA+ parent represented in YA, and it was done SO WELL. 


Overall, Bookish and the Beast made my book-loving and geeky heart swoon ten times over. From a fantastic line-up of main and supporting characters, to a heartfelt depiction of Disney’s classic tale, I can’t sing this book praises enough. This is arguably Ashley Poston’s best YA book to date, and I beg you to check it out for yourselves – trust me, this is one 2020 release that’s not to be missed!
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I just love this series so much. The characters are so wonderful. The writing is so fun. I really hope there will be a 4th. Recommended for grades 8 & up. Read in order for the best impact.
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This was such an adorable read! I don't always like fairytale re-tellings because they (sometimes) get bogged down on the details of the original fairytale instead of finding ways to refresh it. This was wonderfully refreshing and I loved how Poston used the essence of the Beauty and the Beast tale while making it her own. This was the first book in the series that I have read. I am not usually a fan of Cinderella but "Bookish and the Beast" might make me reconsider starting from the beginning with "Geekerella".
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In this third book from Ashley Poston's Ones Upon a Con series, is a new telling of the Beauty and the Beast trope where a guy who's been part of Hollywood's elite has to hide out after a scandal and finds himself in need of the smartest girl in town. 
Of course, she wants nothing to do with him, but can't pass up the job he offers. She needs the money to continue at a local university and earn a spot in the creative writing program. 
When these two find common ground, it's the beginning of their journey to realizing that despite their differences, fighting, and fast banter, they are wildly drawn to each other for a fun, flirty, and time well spent read. 

The week of the book's release, I talked about the book on my San Antonio Living TV segment:

*I received a copy of this book for an honest review.
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First off, how cute is the cover on this book!? This drew me in immediately and got me wanting to read this book. This is the third book in the series, but you will be able to follow along with no problem. This book is a retelling for one of my favorite Disney movies, Beauty and the Beast. This book is so cute and had the small town charm vibes to it. The story is told for multiple POVs, which is one of my favorites! This is such a cute YA book that you can absolutely devour in two sittings. I would recommend this book!
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Thank you to the publisher for sending me this e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review. 

3.5 stars

This is the third Ashley Poston book I've read (I've read "Geekerella" and "The Princess and the fangirl"). I've really really enjoyed the first two books in the Once Upon a Con series but I feel like it's starting to be a bit too repetitive for me because it's always about the same themes: a romance between an actor and a non-celebrity person, one of them is a geek that loves Starfield... I did end up enjoying the book but not as much as the first two. I am still going to recommend that series to other people because it's a really good one (and Geekerella is about to be released in my country so I will definitely recommend it to customers and readers).
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I am a sucker for a fairy tale retelling. And Beauty and the Beast is a favourite.
I really enjoyed this book.
The characters are great.
I can’t wait for the next book!
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an arc in exchange for my honest review.
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I loved Geekerella, I didn't read The Princess and the Fangirl,  The genius of Ashley Poston shines again in Bookish and The Beast! I loved it!   This is one of the best Beauty and the Beast retelling. that I have read in a long time.  It's so refreshing to have an updated retelling with more diverse characters and good representation of LGBTQ.  I recommend Bookisk and The Beast for middle grade and high school.

Thanks to Netgalley and Quirk Books  I was able to read this E-arc  in exchange for an honest review.
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ARC received by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

This is one book I am really disappointed I didn't read earlier. I was trying and trying to finish the second book in this series which just took me months. I could not connect with any of those characters leaving me slowly staggering through the book. Thankfully, I really loved both Rosie and Vance. These two were characters that brought me into the story making it a fun romp. While I would have liked less pop culture references I felt like the level in this one was far less than the last which while still a lot was a more manageable level. Plus, you can never go wrong with a Howl's Moving Castle reference in my book. 

There was just one scene that didn't seem plausible to me, but was needed to keep the plot moving so that makes total sense to me. It was an easy to overlook plot device that didn't stop me from continuing on the book so a plus for that. 

All in all, this was a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I was here for and would read again.
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