Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.
When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.
Title: The Princess and the Fangirl (Once Upon a Con, #2)
Author: Ashley Poston
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, LGBT, Contemporary
The fangirl in me wants to squeal about this book! Ashley Poston always promises a fun adventure and delivers. A few things to look forward to: dual pov (two girls who switch lives), two romances (enemies to lovers and sapphic friends to lovers), all the nerdy fandom references you could ever want.
I listened to this book so maybe my experience is a little different than if I would have read it. First, I love how distinct the voices felt, Imogen and Jess’ voices. I mean this both in a listening sense as well as a literary voice. I could easily tell they were two very distinct people with very different thoughts on fandom conventions and what not. I really appreciated that and thought it was very necessary for his story.
This book was so funny! The last book of Poston’s I read was an adult one with a more serious tone so I forgot she could write such funny content.
The only thing I wish could have been stronger in this book was the romance. I know she had a challenge with this book since it’s two different storylines she’s jumping between which means two different romances she’s developing, but I still hoped for more. Jess and Harper’s romance had a nice bow tied around it at the end, but Imogen and Ethan’s felt dissatisfying. I had really hoped for more from them.
Overall, I’m very pleased with this series and Poston’s books in general. I hope to jump into book three in this series soon to keep up the momentum. Also because one of the characters from this book is one of the main ones in book three!