Title: All the Feels
Author: Danika Stone
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 7, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: eARC for review from publisher
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.
What I liked:
- Liv and Xander’s friendship. They were always there for each other and so supportive of each other’s passions.
- There are text and chat conversations throughout the book that I thought were really fun to read.
- Reading about all the different ways Liv and her friends were involved in the Starveil fandom: fic, fanvids, manips, etc. I loved it all!
- Liv talks about the Starveil fandom being her support system, not just a hobby. I loved that this aspect of fan communities was discussed in the book. Often times, people who aren’t involved in a fandom don’t understand how and why a fan community can be so important to someone’s live, so I love that this was touched on in the book.
- We got an on-page bisexual character!
- I went to my first comic-con this past year, and reading about Liv experiencing a big con for the first time brought back so many memories for me.
- Xander, Liv’s best friend, was so strange and unique. I’ve never read a character like him before, and I absolutely loved him. He wore steampunk cosplay 24/7, and it’s adorable.
What I didn’t like:
- Liv’s mom- Liv is in college and her mom is still SO controlling. She snooped in Liv’s room (I always cringe and snooping parents. Total invasion of privacy), and flipped out about one bad test grade. She essentially grounded Liv and forbid her from being involved in all things related to Starveil. Let me remind you that Liv was in COLLEGE.
- Liv was awful to Arden, Xander’s girlfriend. I don’t have time for unnecessary girl hate, especially over a guy. It’s so frustrating for me to read about, and the animosity was totally one-sided. Arden was so nice and lovely, and did absolutely nothing to deserve the way Liv treated her.
- Weird way fandom was talked about. For example, “She doesn’t approve of fandom,” and “I have to give up fandom.” No one talks about it in that way, at least no one that I’ve ever known. It was really awkward and clunky for me to read.
- I loved Xander but he called Liv “dearest” from the first moment we’re introduced to him and I don’t know why, but it really grated on my nerves. I found it a little condescending.
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.
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.