There are some things about this story that are adorable. It’s a fairytale retelling, and a formulaic romance with an HEA. Those are all in this story’s favor.
What’s not in this story’s favor is that the characters are not always true to themselves, and I found the discrepancies to be jolting. They shifted me out of the story, and I would find myself questioning who this person was after they had behaved so out of character.
Another thing that was disappointing was the actual relationship by texting situation, because there seemed to be no real spark or intrigue in the conversation. In fact, the relationship really didn’t pick itself up until they arrived at the Con. That’s okay, but I kept hoping for something that was just a little bit more, and the interactions were sparse and came up with less.
This is probably a 3.5 for me, but it had some enjoyable moments. The end was lackluster for an HEA.
If you are in it for the Cinderella retelling, there are better retellings out there, such as CINDER. If you’re in it for the geekery, there are some better tributes to fandoms out there, such as FANGIRL and SCARLETT EPSTEIN HATES IT HERE.