Iris Thorne wants to blaze her own path. That’s easier said than done when you’re the granddaughter of M. E. Thorne, famous author of the Elementia series, hailed as the feminist response to J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. And with a major motion picture adaptation of her grandmother’s books in the works, Iris can say goodbye to her dream of making her own way in the music industry.
So when Iris and her brother get invited to the film set in Ireland, she’s pretty sure the trip will be a nightmare. Except Iris can’t deny the rugged beauty of the Irish countryside. And brushing shoulders with the hot, young cast isn’t awful, especially the infuriatingly charming lead, Eamon O’Brien. Iris even finds the impassioned female director inspiring. But when the filming falls into jeopardy, everything Iris thought she knew about Elementia—and herself—is in question. Will making a film for the big screen help Iris to see the big picture?
I received an Advanced Readers Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 3 Stars
Alright, Geekerella fans, please stand up! Its no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Ashley Poston’s debut novel. I have so much love for contemporary books that feature major fandoms. So, when I saw this in the Sourcebooks Fire catalog for this year, I HAD to request this one. Now a Major Motion Picture has many of the same elements – romance with an actor, family nerd legacy, lots of nerdoms…I started it immediately upon receiving it.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book – it was a one sitting read for me and was so cute! I loved the romantic interest and the supporting cast. The other actors were really fun to get to know and I ADORED Iris’s little brother. However, I did NOT like Iris. Like at all. For the first half of the book I really despised her actually. She had a rough childhood and has some serious family issues but she was just plain awful at times. Not only to the people on the movie set, but to her 8 year old brother. There were just certain things that she said to him that really peeved me.
Additionally, she seemed super hung up on the fact that her grandmother’s books had a ton of fans. It just…didn’t seem super believable to be such a huge star as the grandchild of a book series. I mean…I love JK Rowling but I don’t even know if she HAS kids. I certainly would never stalk them. That part just seemed a bit unreal to me.
Fortunately, Iris does grow a lot as a character. By the end of the book she was likable, but Eamon was really the one who stole the show. I kept reading for that little Irish nerd. He was too cute for words and so was their romance. Again, Iris was awful to him at first, but it got better.
The book actually included a map of the made up world, which I found to be a really fun addition! The book that the movie features seemed like a really interesting one – I would actually pick it up if it existed out in the world.
My Takeaway: Though I liked the book as a whole, I had a really hard time connecting to the main character. The plot of the book was cute, the supporting characters were well developed and likable, and the romance was sweet for the second half of the novel. Definitely a book that I recommend for fans of Geekerella!
This book releases on April 3, 2018 and is already available for preorder! Here is the link to it on amazon: Now a Major Motion Picture