“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.”
*in tune of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman* Do you want to join a fandom??
I have a love/hate relationship with All the Feels. On one hand, I adored it because of how adorable it is. Liv and Xander are absolutely adorable at the end. They own their unique and awkwardness and let their freak flags fly. And it’s all well and good.
And then I actually look at what I just read. And I think the main problem for me is that I don’t subscribe to any fandom. While I watch Game of Thrones, and have read books 1-3 of Harry Potter (and I’ll be finishing the series this summer DON’T JUDGE ME), I am not too heart broken by anything that happens in any series.
I’m going to liken Spartan dying to Jon Snow dying at the end of Season 5 of Game of Thrones (if I just spoilered you then I don’t know where the heck you’ve been the last year but it’s been long enough). I can imagine the heartache and the “HE CAN’T BE DEAD!” from the fandom. I totally get it. And while I was all “I don’t know why I would continue watching this now…” I wasn’t too heartbroken over it.
But Liv is devastated that a character died. And I just can’t believe that. It’s just really weird to me. And then she starts an online petition to make MRM bring him back. And I’m still all “Have you not ever heard of George R.R. Martin? The king of killing off characters you love? Because you reference Game of Thrones…”
But as I sit here thinking about it, It’s an enjoyable read to a point. I can see my best friend reading this and liking it, if he liked romantic comedies heavy on the nerdy side. He is heavy into Harry Potter, has anything Hufflepuff like and I adore that about him. I’m just not a fandom type of person. I respect those who go all out for these fandoms but it’s just not me.
Now let’s just talk about the characters and not the fact that I don’t subscribe to any fandoms lol. Liv Walden is great. She’s the awkward geeky girl that I think a lot of book lovers were in high school and their early twenties. I still am, and this is why my husband likes me lol. She’s really connected to the Starveil series because it’s a connection to her father who died. She’s literally most of us when we’re upset. We just want to lay in bed and read a book.
And her best friend is a guy born in the wrong century who has a girlfriend who Liv hates for some reason (and keeps going on about her hatred and it’s awkward…and I didn’t like that…). Even though Arden becomes kind of an awful bitch, I get it. I already knew that Liv was crushing on Xander so that’s cool. And I can tell at points that the crush is returned on his end to a point.
But overall they’re both so ADORABLE I cannot help but like this book. It’s like…”Why are you guys so invested in this series? It’s just so…weird!” Yet “Aww I wish yall would just makeout already because the sexual tension is actually killing me over here.” I’ve never read a book that has me jumping all over the place with love/hate.
If we get down to the nitty gritty of it all…All the Feels gave me some feels, and while I would have loved more, this is a story for all us nerdy people out there. They’re both so awkward and geeky that you can’t help but love their story. And everything to do with DragonCon was awesome. I’ve never gone to a convention, and really probably won’t ever (hello social anxiety, my dear old friend!), but Ms. Stone made it sound AMAZING and like something I need to experience like…last week.
All the Feels was a cute read centered around something I absolutely do not understand but if you belong to any fandom whatsoever you will find this book hits very close to home and is absolutely adorable. The perfect summer read.