Blog Tour: ‘All the Feels’ By Danika Stone Review and Guest Post

image2 (2)I received this book for free from Rain Coast Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Review

Title: All The Feels

Author: Danika Stone

Song: Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Published: June 7, 2016       # of Pages: 336

Date Started: June 14, 2016   Date Ended: June 14, 2016

Category: Fiction, Contemporary  

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

Description:

“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:

First of all, as soon as I heard about this book I knew I HAD to read it. It’s basically EVERY Fangirl/Fanboys dream! It’s literally ABOUT FEELS. And let me tell you, ALL THE FEELS, GAVE ME FEELS.

The plot was wonderful! The opening gave us a back story as to why the main character Liv did what she did. It was sad yet funny this opening because we could relate to her so much. The rising action was amazing, it showed how much a Fandom could really do. And when it barreled towards the Climax, oh boy did it go off with a bang! It was action packed and seemed like so much fun. {it really made me wish I was there} Plus, the drama that happened during it was intense but in a good way, crazy. The fall of action was quite literally, filled with FEELS. It had drama and my OTP set sail! I loved it and just ugh. So good. The conclusion was just wow. Completely, OUT OF THIS WORLD. I loved the way the author made me feel at the end. She tied up the loose ends great, and again. MY SHIP SAILED!!!! So I was a very happy Fangirl. It was so much fun just with the way it was laid out. The book itself had me guessing what would happen next. When I thought she would do one thing, BAMN. She changed it and IT WAS EPIC.

The characters on the other hand where just, SPECTACULAR! Their development as characters I found great and fun. I loved the way each one was written. Even though the one at the end I wasn’t entirely expecting him to act like that. {Danika you know what I’m talking about.} But beside that, simply wonderful. Our female lead College Freshman Liv is a Fangirl. But the Starveil movies are her life. But when her favorite character is killed off she JUST. CAN’T. DEAL. So she turns to her Best Friend Xander for help. To help her cope with it. Along with a trip to Dragon Con with him perhaps. She is witty, creative, and passionate about what she loves. I love her character and I really did enjoy the way she was written. Then we had our Male Lead, Xander. Liv’s Best Friend who LOVES Cosplaying. He literally dresses up from the 19th century all the time. And it’s wonderful. In a way, I found Xander to be her anchor. Without him I think she would have fallen apart. He’s Loyal, Loving, and Creative. They are perfect and I enjoyed his style/swagger. Yes, I did just say SWAGGER. Because Xander does have A LOT of it. Now, besides our two mains we also had our supporting characters or minor characters. Such as @StarVeilBrian1981 AKA Brian, @JoesWoes AKA Joanne, @SpartanGrrl AKA Kelly, and @VeilMeister AKA Sarah these characters where small but close internet friends with Vic. Then we had Arden, Xander’s girlfriend. Along with Xander’s Dragon Con friends, Mario, Emma, and Emma. They are steampunk lovers like Xander. Without all of these characters, the book honestly wouldn’t have been as AMAZING as it was.

Overall, this book was absolutely OUT OF THIS WORLD. I loved it so much and it showed us how WE feel when we read books and feel FEELS. It was so energetic and I loved it and I HIGHLY recommend you all go read it. It was so good and it is a Summer MUST Read. So make sure you add it to your TBRs!

Congratulations Danika Stone on an amazing FEELS filled story! I look forward to reading more of your books!

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Guest Post from Danika Stone

“A Walk on the Wild Side: Researching Your World-Building

When you start writing a book, there are many elements to consider: plot and character tend to take center-stage, but there’s another point–arguably just as important—that affects the novel: The Setting.

Where can be as important to plot-building as the characters themselves. A distant space-station where your only transportation on or off arrives every seven years is completely different than a bustling medieval port city. You’re the writer, the world-builder. It’s your job to decide which place best fits your story.

But what do you do after this point?

If you want your readers to buy into the place you’ve selected, it has to be believable. All the Feels culminates at Dragon Con, a very real media convention which takes place on the Labor Day long weekend, each summer in Atlanta. Dragon Con is one of the biggest pop culture conventions in the world. Fan-run, fan-driven, it brings together the best of multi-genre programming. Everyone who has attended DC has a clear image of it. There’s a massive risk involved in representing it poorly… And that means research.

Here’s my advice on doing your world-building research well:

1. Walk the Walk. If it’s a real (and contemporary) place, you absolutely must go there. There’s a difference between reading about it and actually seeing it first-hand. Even ruins like Pompeii have a completely different sense of place than the written accounts. Save your money and GO.

2. Keep a Journal. There are a hundred details in every moment, and you’re bound to forget all but the most obvious. Whether you’re reading about the Pirate Sam Lord’s castle in Barbados, or walking through the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, keep a moleskine handy and write those specifics down.

3. Start Big, Then Go Small. Build your world in chunks. Much like a filmmaker, you should give big, wide shots at the start of the scene, then narrow the world down to the cozy details later. Why? Because your readers will start inventing their own ideas about the place almost immediately, and if they run across your description later (and it doesn’t match), it’ll throw them off.

4. Go Beyond Simple Sight and Sound. You know that first whiff you get when you come home after a week away? The smell that is perfectly “home” to you? Those little details make all the difference to description. Ask yourself: Is the air muggy or sharply dry? Does the bread taste moldy or fresh? The more real details you can include, the better.

5. Don’t Overdo It. After all of your amazing description, follow Stephen King’s rule of 10% reduction. Because a snappy plot always trumps pages of description. And keeping those readers reading, is the cardinal rule to any good book!”

Quotes

It’s up to you to make your happy ending. (Page 28)

Xanders brows disappeared into his hairline, and Liv giggled. He’d just reached that part. (Pgae 67)

@StarVeilBrian1981: @JoesWoes @LivOutLoud I’m going to CC and DC for sure. First question I’m asking is WHO came up with #SpartanSurvived? I owe him my firstborn. 

@LivOutLoud: @StarVeilBrian1981 LOL

@StarVeilBrian1981: @LiveOutLoud What?

@LivOutLoud: @StarVeilBrian1981 Who said it was a guy? 😉 (Page 137-138)

Fandom is part of my life. A good part. I have friends-

Not real friends.

Yes, real friends! Just because you can’t walk to their house doesn’t mean a relationship is any less real. (Page 169) 

Only One Man Calls Me Darlin’ (Page 190)

Shut up and kiss me.

Liv, be reasonable-

Kiss me, dammit! (page 292)

No big deal. Life is full of second chances.

That sounds like a fortune cookie.

Maybe, but it’s true. (Page 295)

Giveaway!

The AMAZING Rain Coast Books and Danika Stone have put together a giveaway for all of you! Open to CANADA ONLY. {Sorry International Readers, maybe next time!} Down below is an image of the goodies that are up for grabs! 

x1 “Only one man calls me Darlin’ ” T-Shirt

x1 Autographed Copy of ‘All the Feels’ by Danika Stone

x2 Paper Doll Cosplays

x2 Pins

x4 Stickers

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Good Luck! 

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