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August 24, 2016

Review: All the Feels by Danika Stone

Review:  All the Feels  by Danika Stone

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.

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All the Feels by Danika Stone
Published by: Macmillan, Swoon Reads  on June 7, 2016

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GabbyNewThe relationship shared between a fangirl and her fandom is a personal, and oftentimes heartbreaking, one. All The Feels by author Danika Stone perfectly understands and shows this relationship and the struggle that every fangirl and fanboy understand all too well. I’d been interested in reading All The Feels ever since I’d stumbled across a post about the novel on Tumblr, and I’m pleased to say that All The Feels was everything I could have hoped for it to be and more.

              As a devout member of the Starveil fandom, protagonist Liv is more than eager to watch the film series latest installment. What should be an exciting occasion becomes a horrible one when Liv’s favorite character—Starveil’s main character—Captain Matt Spartan is killed off. Spartan’s loss is one that Liv grieves alongside the fandom, but she just can’t accept that Spartan is gone.

And so, with the help of her best friend and a bit of editing skills, Liv decides to bring Spartan back from the dead. What starts out as a fun idea evolves into an online campaign to bring back Spartan and save Starveil from its eminent demise, but saving Starveil can’t save Liv from the difficulties of balancing her online life with her real one.

              I will say that right off the bat, I noticed that Danika Stone’s writing is above and beyond. Her writing is absolutely stellar. The opening chapter introduces readers to Starveil and the final moments of Matt Spartan’s life (read: the main character Liv’s worst nightmare). Stone’s writing packs a powerful punch and will capture the reader’s attention immediately. The writing in All The Feels keeps readers lost in their imagination as the descriptive, crystal-clear narration paves the way for a fantastic storyline.

              All The Feels is the kind of novel that everyone who is in a fandom will relate with immediately. Though not everyone is in as deep as Liv is, watching a super-fan do everything that she can to save her favorite character results in a strangely satisfying read. I loved everything about Liv and Liv’s journey of trying to bring back Matt Spartan. From the initial conception of #SpartanSurvived to Liv going to DragonCon to see her brain-child come to fruition, it’s never a dull moment in All The Feels.

              The entire cast of characters in All The Feels are definitely unique. I enjoyed the majority of them, with the only thing irking me being Xander’s character and his dialogue. I don’t know why, but something about the way he constantly spoke like a character he’s cosplaying just didn’t settle right. That’s just my experience, but other readers might find the character to be quirky and endearing.

              I would recommend All The Feels to readers who are looking for a novel that can relate to their love of fandom. To any readers looking for a lighthearted, fun read, I’d point them in All The Feels’ direction. Any readers looking for a novel that is also well-writtten should give All The Feels a try. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author!

 

About Danika Stone

Danika Stone

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, Edge of Wild 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.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

 

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