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Bookish and the Beast

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You loved Geekerella? Then you need to read this book in the series.

BUT be aware, the pop culture references blur the actual story. There is little to no back story. Who needs a back story when we've got a hot sexy villain, right? And the female MC has no sense of self-preservation.

Also, the dog may destroy the rose bushes and whatnot, but a book (don't get me wrong, I treasure books) - a book - is the lever to get this Beauty and the Beast retelling rolling?
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I wanted so badly to enjoy this story, but sadly I felt like it missed the mark FOR ME. I hadn't read the first two of the series so that could have been why this just didn't sit well and often I found myself confused with the multiple references to people I probably should have known which in turn disconnected me from the story. This book tries to be SUPER representative but over does itself in trying to be everything to everyone all at once. I was also overwhelmed by the number of fandom references that I felt took away from the main characters story line. I tend to be more character driven in my reading. 

The two main characters in this story were hard for me to relate to and not easy to like as a more mature YA reader. I don't know...if a book can't convince me of any chemistry within even the first 50% of the book, I am not sold. 

I do feel though if you are a big fan of Fandoms, the first two books, hate to love romance, then you still might enjoy this one! I really did appreciate the opportunity to get to read this because I love YA, but unfortunately every book isn't meant for every reader.
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This was a very cute loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast! I've read all 3 "once upon a con" books and I gotta say, the first one is still my favourite. This however, is my second! I love how the characters from book 1 and book 2 are still mentioned which makes the world feel tied in. It's cool to see how all the characters are connected.

What I also love that isn't done a lot in YA was the representation of non-binary and LGBTQ characters. This was such a diverse cast it was really enjoyable to read!

The main characters love for books and her personal connection with them also pulled on my heart strings a bit. The love interest, Vance, was a bit annoying and too dramatic but then again, Beast was too now that I think about it. 

Overall, really great book and I'll be buying the physical copy to complete my collection!!
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I loved this book! I have read lots of Beauty and the Beast retellings and I really enjoyed this book! Lots of nods to Disney and made my bookish heart happy!
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This was just as beautiful as the first two books. 
Altho one major part definitely almost killed it for me. The author fixed it in the end and so I am ok. But for a minute there it was almost a full on fight going to happen.
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was a lot of fun and a perfect fun and fluffy read. This is filled to the brim with every trope you can think of: hate to love, mistaken identity and celebrity romance. It was super predictable and cheesy but that was exactly what I thought it was going to be so I wasn't disappointed. You have to take the book for what it is. This is not revolutionary or the next great YA romance but it was a fun and heartfelt romance that I enjoyed quite a bit. This also did include some diverse representation with race as well as side characters that were bi and non-binary.
TW: death of a parent
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I have been looking forward to this book for months, because I loved the first two in this series.  The secondary characters and story line were even more engaging than the main characters and story line.  In the end, it was a fun, light read.
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I wanted to like this book and I had hopes for it after how cute the previous books were, but the retelling in this one didn't work at all. I've always felt that the books reference too many fandom things and this one was even more extreme than the others with that. Some fandom references make sense considering that this book is centered around conventions and such, but it's a convention centered around a world that the author created and I wish we could have more focus on that. This one still had the other fandom references but not as much focus on the convention, so it didn't feel as much its own original thing. By mentioning and focusing on other worlds, the book also relies on assumptions that the reader knows what is being discussed and also in many cases share the same opinions. 

I never ended up connecting with the characters or their romance. I think that in the first book the Cinderella story took on some cute twists (like the pumpkin being a food truck), which I would have loved to see more of even though this was the book in the series the closest to its original fairytale. 

I did love the dad and the godfather! This series has some seriously sweet familial relationships.
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THIS BOOK. I think this is my favorite book in the Once Upon a Con series. I absolutely loved it. I loved all the Beauty and the Beast retelling aspects thrown into a contemporary. There were so many nods to it and it was so much fun.
I absolutely loved Rosie's character. She was stubborn and sarcastic and so much herself no matter what. Vance was not the typical beast. He wasn't some hairy animal. He was just a spoiled, self-entitled bad boy who didn't care what he did wrong, or how his name was smeared in the tabloids, mad at his parents for sending him to a small nowhere town. His growth throughout the book was so believable and you just wanted to root for him even though he was such a jerk. I even loved all the side characters. Rosie's dad, Elias, Annie and Quinn, Sansa.
I loved how much of a part of the book the library played. Basically the whole book revolved around organizing and cataloging the library and it was just a perfect way to make all of us bookworms happy.
There were several things I saw coming, but it wasn't bad. It was 100% the type of thing you want to happen and you can't wait for it to actually happen and it just completely melts your heart (or not when it wasn't a happy thing) when it happens. It was obvious how it was going to end since it was a retelling, but I had a complete blast every single step of the way.
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Bookish and the Beast was a delightful, lighthearted story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I love Beauty and the Beast retellings, and Ashley’s take on the tale was geeky and fun. I loved how she paired  elements with that well known story with her Starfeild movie universe of characters and actors. I also enjoyed the callbacks to other characters from previous books by the author.  Rosie, the bookish, Sci-fi nerd was relatable and adorable, and  along with the cranky bad boy, Vance were entertaining as main characters, and the dual point of views gives insight into both of their minds. 

From a teacher’s point of view, Bookish and The Beast was perfect for students to practice standard RL.8.9, which requires 8th graders to analyze how authors borrow character types, series of events, and themes from traditional tales to create new works. I can definitely see pairing excerpts from this book to compare with the original tale, or recommending this story to a student to read independently to practice the skill. A great addition to the classroom library. 

Thank you to Netgalley for letting me read it in exchanged for an unbiased review.
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A great beauty and the beast retelling in the modern geeky world of science fiction and comic con romance. I really enjoyed this story!
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This book was delightful. Utterly delightful. 

I was cackling at all the wonderful nerdy references - both for the Starfield in universe fandom and for Star Wars, Star Trek, Disney, and all sorts of other goodies that I'll let sneak up on you. So many call backs to the classic story, but it's a fresh take at the same time. Extremely diverse cast of characters with a lot of heart. I'm still giddy after reading it. 

Since it's a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I knew which basic plot points would be hit, but it just made me so happy and there were still a few surprises 😁  I very much appreciated how the book didn't try to vilify our prince and how we just got to watch him grow instead. 🥰 Look to the stars. Aim. Ignite!
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Bookish and the Beast is the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con Series. This series takes fairy tales and places them with fresh modern characters against the backdrop of a ComicCon of the epic Starfield Universe. In the third installment, the retelling is a spin on “Beauty and the Beast” and the chracters are Rosie, a small-town Starfield fan struggling from the loss of her mom, and Vance, the beast who plays a villain in Starfield and is jaded in real life due to some tough personal issues. The two are forced together for a project and what follows is a really sweet YA love story. These two were adorable- I enjoyed reading through Vance’s character changes and how he changes especially throughout the book. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Quirk Books for the opportunity to review an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions my own.
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Ashley Poston has done it again with her third entry in her Once Upon a Con series. This time Poston puts her unique nerdy spin on the classic Beauty and Beast tale. Rosie and Vance are heartbreakingly  adorable. I can't wait to return once again to the halls of ExcelsiCon!
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This book is downright adorable. I have read Poston's first two in this series, and I like this one best. In a good way, I forgot that this was based on Beauty and the Beast. The female protagonist is smart, she takes care of herself, and doesn't immediately swoon over the boy. He is not a great guy at first, so she is right in staying clear of him. The first time they actually do kiss is pretty hilarious. Poston does an excellent job of writing romance in a refreshing and funny way. The boy "villain" in this book seems over the top annoying (and a bit of a stalker), but with the context of the fairytale as inspiration, it makes a bit more sense. I do wish we got to see the main characters more as a couple--the go from fighting to a lot of kissing to fighting again without much in between. It's a testament to how much I enjoyed their banter that I want more of it. Overall, I recommend this book.
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Loosely based on the Beauty and the Beast this modern retelling was a very light, quick, and delightful story that will definitely be a hit with the younger teens. I found the characters likable and I wanted to keep reading to see what happened. 

Lots of pop culture references however, though seeing as I am an adult, I am sure the teens won't mind and perhaps even enjoy them, I found it a bit overdone. I have not read the others in the series and I'm guessing since I felt I wasn't really missing anything I feel these could be read in whichever order you want if you like to do that sort of thing. 

In the end it was fun, diverse, a bit nerdy, and the ending satisfying. It didn't take long at all to read so definitely could be promoted in your libraries as a nice quick summer read for teens. :)
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Firstly, I want to start by saying I loved Ashley Poston’s previous books. While I was approved to read ‘Bookish and the Beast’ I was rather delighted. Sadly however, I felt like this book failed to hit the mark for me. Ashley has a knack for writing strong fun characters who we love, even when we should dislike them. She also has great strength is creating fun storylines, and this books storyline had so much potential. Where it fell flat for me is this book failed to capture both the teenage and mature adult YA lovers like her previous books. As a mature YA lover i found the characters tantrums and teenage angst rather difficult to cope with in this book - to the stage that it became monotonous.  The story line was predictable and failed to have any surprising twists .
While I dislike writing bad reviews especially for authors when I have adored their  previous work  - this book felt rushed and as if it was released to meet a deadline before it was completely polished .
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I really enjoyed this book! This series is a love letter to nerds and I love it. This book is a lot of fun and I'm a sucker for people who are annoyed about being in love with each other! I thought their romance was super cute and I liked how their feelings developed. I also love the friendship between Vance and Imogen from the previous book. I had a couple of issues with the ending, though.

Spoilers below:
Why did he automatically decide that she must have leaked the video? He knew she'd lost her phone literally the previous day. He had no real reason to assume it was her. Then at the dance, I thought the fight scene was odd. What was the point of that? Why have Rosie destroy the jerk's face? I mean, Garrett deserved it, but there's no way she'd be able to give him a bloody nose and then continue on without getting in trouble. It was an odd way to handle the final confrontation.
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This was such a cute book! I loved the Beauty and the Beast aspects in this and how the author retold the beloved tale in a fresh and cute way! I went into this book not having read the other two (I may have to pick those up now!) but I still enjoyed it! It wasn't amazing but I flew through it in 24 hours so it definitely held my attention! My favourite part of all of this was the book love; the descriptions of books, the library and reading just spoke to me in a real special way! I'll definitely be going back and highlighting some of the bookish quotes! I also just love the whole 'nerdiness' that this book is dripping in! It made a fellow nerd (and proud of it!) and book lover very, very happy! 
Overall, Bookish and the Beast was 3.5 star read for me. It was fun, fresh and cute! Nothing too serious, nothing too deep, just the perfect amount of cheesy, needy goodness!
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A sweet teen novel that retells Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with cute characters that are easy to like. A fast-paced quick read that will be loved by both young teens and anyone who loves the original tales. 

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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