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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

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Bookish and the Beast
  • Ashley Poston
  • English
  • 05 November 2018
  • 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.



10 thoughts on “Bookish and the Beast

  1. Ashley Poston Ashley Poston says:

    Books, beasts, and german shepherds, oh my

  2. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    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

  3. Sophie Sophie says:

    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

  4. Reading_ Tam_ Ishly Reading_ Tam_ Ishly says:

    This book made me so freaking happy I don t care about the other books in this series but this one is just meant to be mine With all that nerdiness and book talk.With all that friendship vibes.With all that homecoming vibes.With all that things can go horribly wrong.With all that the story is just beginning at the end I just love the characters so much Rosie is so level headed even if she sounds like a romantic I mean who doesn t when you re someone who s obsessed with a book series and it s m This book made me so freaking happy I don t care about the other books in this series but this one is just meant to be mine With all that nerdiness and book talk.With all that friendship vibes.With all that homecoming vibes.With all that things can go horribly wrong.With all that the story is just beginning at the end I just love the characters so much Rosie is so level headed even if she sounds like a romantic I mean who doesn t when you re someone who s obsessed with a book series and it s movie adaptationsso because they were her mom s favorites.And Vance Damn this guy Hahahahah He s just terribly clueless and just so cute the way he is And the best friends Annie and Quinn alongwith Rosie s dad They re a riot And yes, author I wantof that thing between Rosie s dad and Elais I thought their story was going to start Not fair And that guy Garrett Hahahahhah The ways he tries to ask out Rosie Damn And whoa So many book references I totally love this book Surprised

  5. Candace Robinson Candace Robinson says:

    This one had some cute and funny moments but I still liked Geekerella the best I know Vince is supposed to be spoiled but sometimes I just couldn t relate to him but I did still like him.

  6. K Whatsherface K Whatsherface says:

    Feb 2020 there s a cover When did we get a cover That s rhetorical Please don t actually answer It s cute Also a description I had a feeling this one would be about Vance2019 Beauty and the beast set in the nerdy world of geekerella Sold

  7. Melindam Melindam says:

    Expectations Reality YA Nerd Sci Fi Fan retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a Library as one of the main characters.This sounded really exciting in theory However, it just did not work in practice.I mean, the Belle Beast Gaston Poor Dad counterparts are obvious and the story follows the original path while trying to translate it into Nerdy , but honestly I found it drawn out and boring.Rosie Belle Vance Beast are both characters with valid issues, who are in serious limbo be Expectations Reality YA Nerd Sci Fi Fan retelling of Beauty and the Beast with a Library as one of the main characters.This sounded really exciting in theory However, it just did not work in practice.I mean, the Belle Beast Gaston Poor Dad counterparts are obvious and the story follows the original path while trying to translate it into Nerdy , but honestly I found it drawn out and boring.Rosie Belle Vance Beast are both characters with valid issues, who are in serious limbo because of these, but so is the book It s dragging its feet at a snail s pace I already reached 50% in the story, where the only interaction between them apart from quick meetings that ended in yes, nothing was Rosie spraining her ankle because of her super clumsiness and at their next encounter turning Vance s hair into orange colour by mistake, which I guess is supposed to be hilarious, but it s just not Also, chemistry between the pair is practically non existent.Obviously, I am too old to be the target group of this book, but I don t think it s the only reason I could not connect to the characters at all.Somethoughts to come ARC by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

  8. Steff Pasciuti Steff Pasciuti says:

    Review on Reader Fox Blog AH I literally screamed when I learned that Ashley Poston was coming out with a Beauty and the Beast retelling While this particular story has often been hit or miss for me with the ones I ve read, I was pretty sold on Bookish and the Beast before I even had it in my hands, let alone started reading I think it had something to do with the title Of everything, I fell in love with that title instantaneously Plus, it helps that I ve really enjoyed Poston s pri Review on Reader Fox Blog AH I literally screamed when I learned that Ashley Poston was coming out with a Beauty and the Beast retelling While this particular story has often been hit or miss for me with the ones I ve read, I was pretty sold on Bookish and the Beast before I even had it in my hands, let alone started reading I think it had something to do with the title Of everything, I fell in love with that title instantaneously Plus, it helps that I ve really enjoyed Poston s prior novels.Despite not being a con goer and typically finding that area of being a fan difficult to relate to, I ve always been pleasantly surprised by how much I ve enjoyed each and every Once Upon a Con novel so far Retellings have always been my jam, really, so of course, I picked them up But the truth is that I did not expect to like them as much as I have.Bookish and the Beast is Poston s best novel to date.Set after the ending events of ExcelsiCon, Bookish and the Beast picks up with Rosie Thorne, a young girl who has somewhat recently lost her mother as she enters her senior year of high school She is prepping for college right alongside her family s immense financial struggles as a result of her mother s medical and funeral costs Upon following a loose dog into what she believes is the abandoned castle home of her neighborhood, Rosie finds herself in the unfortunate circumstance of needing to pay for the damages on a priceless first edition Starflame novel.Thus begins Rosie working for sort of none other than Vance Reigns to repay her debt.This novel was pretty phenomenal From the central couple to each and every piece of the retelling, I loved it I even loved the Gaston character, at least insofar as he was brilliantly written the guy was a capital J Jerk which Poston portrayed so well The pacing was fantastic, keeping me thoroughly engaged the entire time Bonus points for diversity and inclusion re the LGBTQ community with a non binary and a bisexual character, none of which felt forced at all.And I loved Rosie and Vance.I have to be fair here, however, in admitting something about the book I could see as a potential problem Poston skipped over a fair amount of the connection building between the two love interests Basically, we re meant to accept that they have built up feelings for each other based on a night that they had prior to the majority of the events that take place in the book The initial connection they have is shown as a sort of brief look into the night they met while leaving out the majority of their conversation Then we re met with a flash forward.Honestly I was okay with this.It didn t really take from the novel for me As far as I m concerned, made the couple feelreal than I believe any slow build up of excess interaction in the beginning would have In my opinion, the decision to leave out the majority of their first night getting to know each other was the right decision Poston instead just acknowledged that their night happened and delved deep into how it made the characters feel And it was brilliant.This take probably won t work for everyone.It did work for me, though I found myself literally on the edge of my seat as I stayed up egregiously late into the night to finish the novel the very day I started it From fantastic characters to great commentaries, this book had so much to love The tension between the two main characters was perfect And while certain events were predictable it s a retelling, that s to be expected my only complaint comes from Vance s response to that predictability.Still, these characters were fantastic.Vance was not the typical cookie cutter of bad boy actor you usually see in the novels Instead of having some traumatic past to justify his horrific behavior, we see a deeper side to a character who has quite literally dug his own holes and is dealing with the emotional fallout as a result Rosie is relatable in many ways What stood out most for me was her story, detailing the struggles women face with unwanted and unwarranted advances from a guy who just won t take no as an answer.Garrett, our Gaston, was well written and just the right amount of privileged cringe Quinn and Annie were the perfect best friends for Rosie, wonderful in a multitude of unique ways While I wasn t in love with the adult characters, they were both extremely likable And, as with Poston s prior novels, there are a few callbacks to characters from the previous novels, so keep an eye out Plus, it s chock full of movie and fan references from just about any fandom you can think of There was even one poking fun at Disney buying everything Bookish and the Beast is set for a publication date of June 16th.If this book hasn t been on your radar up until now, I would definitely suggest putting it on your TBR A wonderful retelling that is definitely now on my list of favorites, Bookish and the Beast is a book that ll stick with you Also, look out for the Tom Holland reference I giggled so much Instagram Twitter Reader Fox Blog Bloglovin Facebook

  9. Kate (GirlReading) Kate (GirlReading) says:

    4.5 It s got a library It s got beauty and the beast references It s got epic friendships It s got the cutest crush to enemies to lovers It s got so many books It s got a dog It s got a brooding beast and a bookish beauty It s got just the right amount of pop culture references It s got a small town romance It s got oh no, we re caught in the rain scene It s got an epic homecoming scene It s got a space dad It s got reading aloud to each other basically SOMEONE MAKE THIS INT 4.5 It s got a library It s got beauty and the beast references It s got epic friendships It s got the cutest crush to enemies to lovers It s got so many books It s got a dog It s got a brooding beast and a bookish beauty It s got just the right amount of pop culture references It s got a small town romance It s got oh no, we re caught in the rain scene It s got an epic homecoming scene It s got a space dad It s got reading aloud to each other basically SOMEONE MAKE THIS INTO A DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE STAT

  10. Hollis Hollis says:

    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

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