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Bookish and the Beast

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Like the author, I adore Beauty and the Beast, so when I saw this retelling of my favourite fairy tale I couldn't resist.
Our heroine, Rosie, is the 'Bookish' part of the title, while Vance is the 'Beast'. Due to an unfortunate accident involving a pond and an expensive book, Rosie finds herself organising the library at the house where Vance has been 'sent' by his parents - he considers it a punishment.
While the story was in essence a contemporary form of Beauty and the Beast, it has definitely been written for the teen/YA market as there were numerous references and terms that were new to me.
The author also brought in a touch of inclusivity with LGBT+ characterisation, much of which wasn't explicitly pointed out (why should it be?), although I was left a little confused by Vance's sexual preference.
I have to admit, the story fell a little short as I was really hoping Rosie would tell Vance to get lost - he came across as a spoilt brat, wallowing in his self-induced petty problems, and I did not like him. Even after the big reveal, I couldn't understand why Rosie wanted to be with him - one night of him showing his 'true self' did not erase a lifetime of selfishness.
So, I have mixed feelings about this book. I love the theme, adore all the characters, except Vance. Had Vance shown some redeeming qualities I would be fully on board with the romance nd the book.
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Bookish and the Beast is the third and final book in the "Once Upon a Con" series. I really liked the first two books-they are both fairy tale re-tellings set in a convention setting. They're super fun, silly, a little cheesy, and great to read when you just need an escape. 
Bookish and the Beast has the same format, and is still a cheesy, fun, escapist read, but unfortunately this was my least favorite book in the series. I'm sure this was just my preference issues, but the cheese in this book seemed too forced-there were so many Beauty and the Beast lines and references that didn't seem natural or organic, more like in-your-face irritating. The re-telling and romance themselves were fine, it was the writing that mostly got to me the most. 
I think most fans of the first two books in the series will love this finale, it unfortunately just didn't work for me.
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Thank to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me a copy of this book. 

Having loved the previous Geekarella books, I had high hopes for this and it did not disappoint! This hits so many of my favourite tropes and has just the right amount of romance. One of the things I love most about this series is how the 'geeky, fangirl, nerdy' characters are written. This isn't patronising, mocking or stereotypical but instead, the geeky passion is shown as a positive. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this and the previous books in the series!
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This was a solid follow up to her previous in the series. But I use series loosely as you can jump in anytime. Loved the little easter eggs and how it is a retelling but also unique. No wonder this author is an auto purchase.
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Another fun adaptation in the Once Upon a Con series! I think this one may be my favourite in the series. I loved all the characters (Space Dad! Quinn!) and I loved how it was easily recognizable as a Beauty and the Beast retelling, without feeling forced. All in all, another great story.
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This was such a sweet book.  You can connect to the characters instantly, though I wish they were a bit more developed. The author was witty and clever using lines from Disney’s beauty and the beast, which I loved. All in all a sweet teen romance with a nerd twist readers will love
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My favorite addition to the Once Upon a Con series. I love this fairy tale and the modern twist was so much fun.
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Ashley Poston is back with another engrossing novel which readers will find extremely hard to put down. Set within the same universe as her previous novels, Ashley has once again taken the reader in to an immersive world that many in fandoms can relate to. This time with a modern and very relevant telling of the classic tale of Beauty and The Beast.

This is a book you become thoroughly engrossed in, perfect for curling up on the sofa or in the bath and reading in one sitting. Ashley creates characters that every reader can relate to and in settings many have experienced themselves. All Ashley's novels while set in the same universe are standalone so can be read without having read her other novels. Ashley Poston is an author whose work gets better with every release and is definitely one to read if you haven't already!
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This is the fairy tale high school superfans would tell themselves before kissing a Baby Yoda plushie and tucking into superhero sheets for the night. Bookish and the Beast is what you should pick up when you need a feel good story where romance meets real life, but with just enough whimsy to up the ante on fun and high jinx. Plus, there's a dog, the best friends wish you had, and pancakes. 

Masked girl meets masked boy while avoiding the crowds at a con, spend night talking and then part without sharing their names. Fast forward to real life working at the grocery store, and that one night seems really far away. In a nearly impossible re-meet/cute, the two are reunited, but don't realize it until way past chapter three (although it would have been kind cool if that happened because, ya know, Disney version of B-and-the-Beast). The words delightful and enjoyable need to accompany this review . . .  an enjoyable and delightful addition to the Once Upon a Con series. 

Downfall: the word 'scrub' is used way too often to have read during a pandemic. Now I keep saying "scrub" as I wash my hands for 200+ seconds.
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Review copy courtesy of NetGalley. 

Ashley Poston can keep working her way through the fairy tale repertoire forever, in my opinion, as each of her Starfield stories have been enjoyable. In this one, Starfield’s bad guy gets his own story in a Beauty & the Beast flavor.
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An amazing third installment to Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series! This time, she wonderfully incorporates Beauty and the Beast, with several clever nods to the 1991 Disney version.

Vance, the actor who plays Sond in the Starfield films, is sent off to a small town after an accident, hiding from the media. Rosie, a Sond fangirl, is still grieving the lost of her mother, and having to fight off the unwanted advances of the homecoming king. A chance encounter leads to Rosie having to organize the sci-fi library in the big house that Vance is staying in, but they are barely even friends... until somebody bends (okay I tried, but I am not as masterful as Poston at this!).

This is such a fun take on the tale, and it was really nice checking in some of the characters from the previous novels. I do think they can be read as standalones, but it’s more satisfying to read them in order. This one has less of the convention setting, but I think that was fine for this plot. I also liked the LGBT+ representation as well. Overall, good fluff! I love those tropes too, Ashley!

I recommend this to anyone who loves Beauty & Beast, congoers, and fans of YA in general. Fantastic read.

5 stars

Thanks to Quirk Books and NetGalley for this copy, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Rosie loves books. She got her love of it from her mom. Vance is a spoiled actor that is struggling with finding his place in the world. When their worlds collide, both of them find out that not everything is what it appears to be and that you cannot judge a book by its cover. This Beaty and the Beast retell was original but had enough connection to the story to pull on our heartstrings. Told in alternating POV, you get to see inside the heads of both characters and really become part of the story. I would recommend this book and cannot wait to read more from this author.
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Loved the first book - LOOOOVED the second book - the third unfortunately just didn't land as well for me. I still love Ashley's writing, and the whole universe she's created, but there wasn't enough tension. The two leads clearly don't really belong together, there's nothing that I could see that would remotely attract them to each other bar their hotness, and the story seemed to be shoehorned into the B&TB tropes and plot points rather than follow them organically.

I think it's because the characters feel surface level. Everything interesting that happened to them happened in the past. They're basically cooped up together doing.... not much. And the stakes weren't very high. Neither of them had much agency. Vance was the more interesting of the two, but I still didn't feel.... anything. I actually felt more connected to Space Dad than anyone else. 

Otherwise? I'm sorry I couldn't give this a higher rating, because I really enjoyed the first two and think Ashley's great!
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I adore this series, these are the perfect books for teen girls to just sit and get lost in. Rosie is adorable and down to earth which makes her the perfect character to cheer for in love and life. While this wasn't my favorite of the series (I LOVED Geekerella), fans of Ashley Poston's - and Beauty & The Beast fanatics - must pick up this third installment in the Once Upon A Con series!
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Beauty and Beast trope with a library thrown in for good measure? Bring it on!

“A girl from the middle of nowhere meeting the guy she fell in love with at a comic-con, only to find out that he was a jerk of an actor, and yet . . .”

I felt this one is as good as and possibly better than Geekerella. Loved the banter between the main characters. Also the relationship between Rosie and her father. I liked that this one focuses on a “villain” who turns out to be just human. 

The Beauty (I mean The Bookish):
I loved how everything bookish is described as if they are love letters to books and libraries themselves. And music to a book lover’s ears.

“But there is so much more in those words than just loving books. I love the smell of them. I love the way their bindings look pressed together on a shelf. I love the feel of pages buzzing through my fingers. I love big books and small books. I love words and how they’re strung together, and most of all, I  love the stories. I love how books are not really just books at all, but doorways. They are portals into places I’ve never been and people I’ll never be, and in them I have lived a thousand lives and seen a thousand different worlds.”

“Don’t go falling in love with a library, now. Especially one you can’t own.” “Can’t I fall in love just a little? At least books won’t break my heart.” 
“Then clearly you haven’t read the books I have.”

The Beast:
The only thing I felt there was a bit too much of is pop culture/literary references. I could have done with a few less. For that I’d dock half a point.

Thank you Ashley Poston, Quirk books and Netgalley for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

P.S. I think this line needs to be on the cover: “Maybe I can tempt you to the dark side with hot chocolate and a good book.”
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Great addition to the Once Upon a Con series.  Recommended to fans of the previous books and of Beauty and the Beast retellings.  Can be read as a standalone but would recommend reading the other books in the series to better understand the Starfield references.
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This was definitely the right book to read during the first couple of days of Covid-19 quarantine: a fun and fluffy modern beauty and the beast rewrite, full of cute fanfic tropes.  Bookish and the Beast is set in the same continuity as the previous Once Upon a Con books, and while the main characters are new, there are cameos from many of the previous main characters.  

Rosie Thorne, our Beauty stand-in, is a small town high schooler who lost her Mom a year before the store begins.  She loves her librarian Dad, her two best friends, and Starfield.  One day she chases after a lost dog, and a series of mishaps leads to her working off a debt in the library of a sort of castle owned by a mysterious millionaire.  The library is full of the coolest sci-fi collection Rosie has ever seen, including a full set of the hard to find Starfield novels.  It would be a great gig if not for being forced to put up with spoiled movie star Vance Reigns, one of the stars of the current Starfield movies.  

Vance has been sent to this small town to basically get a break from the tabloids and think about his poor life choices.  He hates everything about it, especially the local girl who worms her way into his new house.  Things get even more complicated when Rosie and Vance realize they've met before, when they were both cosplaying at a convention several months back and spent a fantastic night wandering around Atlanta together (in masks of course).  

Bookish and the Beast is of course pretty predictable, but as that's pretty much the nature of romantic comedies I don't really care.  I wasn't looking for twists and turns here.  The book is full of fun references, including a scene that is a direct homage to the most hilarious scene in Howl's Moving Castle.  There's even a local Gaston stand in, constantly trying to manipulate Rosie into being his date for homecoming.  Of course things work out in the end, and we get a sweet epilogue checking in with our characters a few months later.  

If you like fan conventions, fairy tale retellings, high school romantic comedies, or reading cute fanfic, then give this series a try.  It's a lot of fun.
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Adorable follow-up to the first two books in the series. This Beauty and the Beast mix-up does the original story justice. It has the romance and comedy of the first two in the series. It incorporates enough of the formers characters to satisfy former readers but not confuse new readers (although it is best read in sequence.) The only downside to this book was that it didn't take place at a "con"; the characters had a brief meeting before the book opens at a "con"; otherwise, there is no cosplay involved in this story. Because of that element, I would say this is the weakest of the three books but still a strong series.
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This series is kind of a guilty pleasure for me and I absolutely adore the mix between fandom and the stanned, but the connection between this fairytale and the storyline was a little less connected than the others so I enjoyed it a lil less.
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Though this wasn't as good as the previous two books, Ashely Poston still manages to create a fun and warm world in which her characters grow and blossom and I still thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
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