All the Feels
by Danika Stone
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
SYNOPSIS: College freshman Liv is more than just a fangirl: The Starveil movies are her life… So, when her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, is killed off at the end of the last movie, Liv Just. Can’t. Deal.
Tired of sitting in her room sobbing, Liv decides to launch an online campaign to bring her beloved hero back to life. With the help of her best friend, Xander, actor and steampunk cosplayer extraordinaire, she creates #SpartanSurvived, a campaign to ignite the fandom. But as her online life succeeds beyond her wildest dreams, Liv is forced to balance that with the pressures of school, her mother’s disapproval, and her (mostly nonexistent and entirely traumatic) romantic life. A trip to DragonCon with Xander might be exactly what she needs to figure out what she really wants.
REVIEW: Anyone who is a part of a fandom will appreciate this book. It’s very reminiscent of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. We have a main character who is just starting college who experiences some social anxiety. In addition, she’s very involved in a fandom and while Cath chooses to write fanfic, Liv contributes to her fandom by vidding. While I feel that Rowell did a little bit better with this storyline, I do appreciate Stone’s take on it as well.
The characters were very interesting to me. I liked that they had some quirks, but they were very confident in them. They weren’t bullied by other characters or made to feel lesser because they like something “weird”. Xander especially seems very confident in himself (which, frankly, seems pretty unrealistic for a 19-year-old boy, but whatever).
There were only a few things that kind of bothered me throughout the book. The first is that Xander just talks really weird. He keeps calling Liv “dearest” even though he has a girlfriend and for some reason that just made me really uncomfortable. The fact that he talks more like a BBC character when he gets distressed also seems really unrealistic. Secondly, Xander’s relationship with his girlfriend is never really explained. Honestly, she doesn’t seem like his type of girl and he doesn’t seem like his type of guy, but they’re together and apparently pretty happy? But then their relationship just ends and that’s not explained either. Lastly, I don’t completely understand Liv’s motivations at the end of the book either. I don’t want to spoil anything, but she gets some impressions about some people, but then her next actions aren’t really consistent with how she was feeling about them.
Overall, this book was a light, fun read. As I said at the beginning of my review, if you’re part of a fandom I think you’ll really be able to relate to this book.
Overall Rating: 3
Language: Moderate for the most part, a couple of scenes with stronger language.
Sexual Content: Mild
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both adults (The Intaglio Series and Ctrl Z) and teens (Icarus and All the Feels). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.
The first book in Danika’s upcoming Tathagata series (Edge of Wild) was selected as a quarter-finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel of the Year Award (2013). Edge of Wild (Stonehouse CA) will be released March 2016. Danika’s YA novel, All the Feels (Macmillan US), will be released June 2016.
Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.
Note: I received this book free from the author/blog tour in exchange for an honest review.