Book Spotlight: Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

Welcome to book spotlight where instead of giving you another book review, I’m just going to talk about books I’ve read recently that I enjoyed.

I feel like I’ve been waiting forever to read Bookish and the Beast. Ever since Ashley Poston announced another book in the Once Upon a Con series, I’ve been so excited to read it. Plus, “Beauty and the Beast” is such a classic fairy tale. I was curious who she’d manage to pull off some of the aspects (like having a “beast” character or a magical castle or whatever).

Bookish and the Beast is a lot of fun. All of the characters are such great versions of the classic fairy tale characters. Vance makes for one beastly character, Rosie is sweet and smart just like Belle, and the Gaston character is so freaking spot on for a modern version. He just doesn’t understand the word no. Ugh, it’s perfect.

I also really loved Rosie’s dad and that characters from the previous books made cameos (Imogen! Milo! Ethan!). It was interesting to see how everything in this series connects in little ways.

As for the retelling aspect, Ashely definitely nails it. She keeps enough of the “Beauty and the Beast” vibe for it to make sense for a modern spin while also keeping the love for fandom and all things geek intact. Holy fandom references, Batman! There were so many, and I loved it.

I also love that this book focuses on a library and volume after volume of fandom spin-off novels. It just fits so well with the rest of the series and the whole retelling. It spoke to my book-loving, fangirl heart.

“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 the 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 books at all, but doorways”

I’m not usually fan of the “bad boy” love interest, but I thought Vance was a good version of that trope. He also know he’s an awful person and isn’t secretly pretending to be someone he’s not (which is usually why I hate the trope). But he does grown and change, which gives the ending a bit of hope that maybe he’ll move past his “bad boy” phase and into something better.

There’s also a dog and good friendships and chocolate murder pancakes! Yes, that’s right, Rosie’s dad likes to make what they call “chocolate murder pancakes” and holy heck, I want to try them. Since this blog is about waffles, though, may I suggest creating a “chocolate murder waffle” instead?

There are plenty of chocolate waffle recipes out there, but I personally loved making this oreo cheesecake waffle. It was so chocolatey and crazy, but it was so good. Eat it in small portions, though, because it can be overwhelming.

My cute husband with our Oreo waffle monstrosity creation.

Basically, I love the Once Upon a Con books. It’s easily one of my favorite series. I reread Geekerella and The Princess and the Fangirl before reading Bookish and the Beast, and I loved reuniting with the characters and meeting new characters and all the references to each other’s stories and fandom. (Rosie and Vance are both mentioned in The Princess and the Fangirl.) It’s a great contemporary series, especially if you consider yourself a fangirl. Because Ashley Poston knows fandom.

Now my question is: will there be more books?

Attempt at trying new bookstagram shots. New goal is to figure out a cosplay (or two) from this series!

6 thoughts on “Book Spotlight: Bookish and the Beast by Ashley Poston

    • I hope you enjoy it! I think I got my copy and immediately started reading since I was so excited for it. Like, sorry other books, I need to read this!

      And I think waffles like that could be breakfast AND dessert. Whenever you feel like eating them. When we made the Oreo waffle, it was for dessert. But I’d probably eat it for breakfast, too. XD

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  1. Hallo, Hallo Jamie,

    You’ve sold me on this series but more to the point, on reading this particular one because I am a serious diehard fan of all variants of “Beauty and the Beast”. I even found one as a book blogger back in the early days of my blog Jorie Loves A Story – I constantly love seeing how writers re-invent the story and the characters, as I more recently read one by Jennifer Faye where she put it in a Contemporary Romance and it really worked! I was surprised because it wasn’t too long of a book and yet it all pulled together rather nicely.

    I appreciate this post so much and I came into it via your TTT: Favourite Books of 2020!

    Happy New Year, Happy New Waffles & Reads!!

    PS: says a follower whose trying to amend not leaving comments!

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