All the Feels
by Danika Stone
Publication: June 7th 2016
by Swoon Reads
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.
All the Feels is a fun, refreshing story about Liv and her obsession with the death of her favorite character, Captain Matt Spartan, from the Starveil movies. She goes through several stages of grief after the movie ends and for weeks after – denial, anger, depression… but then a spark ignites inside her mind and voila! She has a plan to set things right with the help of her friend, Xander – my favorite character in the book.
As a fangirl myself, although not on the same level of intensity as Liv, this story was super easy to relate to on a personal level. Yeah, some might call me a Star Wars junkie. 😉 The characters felt very real to me for the most part, but I viewed Liv more as a high school student (sometimes even a middle schooler) throughout the entire book. I had completely forgotten that she was a college student except when it was noted. That’s not to say that I didn’t like her character. I just couldn’t relate to her outward immaturity dictated by her obsession.
All the Feels is an extremely well-written book with a perfect flow. I was more than impressed, and will certainly have to check out the author’s other works. I had a love/hate feeling about the message boards and instant messaging. I found it to be a unique addition to the story which added a lot of depth, and at the same time it pulled me out of the story a little because I had to concentrate harder to keep track of who was speaking. Not a huge part of the story, but something I took the time to note while reading.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book and will highly recommend All the Feels to everyone I meet. Thanks for a great day of reading, Danika Stone!
~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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