W…W…W…Wednesday: 06/07/2017

W…W…W…Wednesday

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I loved Julie Murphy’s last book, Dumplin’, and I have been so antsy to start this book. So glad it’s out and it’s now in my hands.

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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If you love fandoms and geeking out, I highly recommend Internet Famous. It’s a fun, quick read with a cute, swoony relationship.

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I was not a fan of Love and Gelato, but I did love all the Italy landmarks that were explored in the story. The book also increased my craving for Gelato by one-million percent 🙂

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GAH! If you are a fan of Ilona Andrews’ past series then you need this book in your life. If you love the slow burn of a love/hate relationship with a strong, badass heroine and a cocky, mouthy male counterpart then YOU NEED THIS BOOK IN YOUR LIFE. White Hot is perfection and one of the best urban fantasy books I have read in a long time. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have never read a Cora Carmack book before, so I am so excited to jump into ROAR. I’m in the mood for a good fantasy novel, and I think this book is the right choice.

How does your week of reading look?

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Blog Tour & Giveaway: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

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Internet Famous
Author: Danika Stone
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 6th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Can an online romance survive in real life?

Internet sensation Madison Nakama has it all! Her pop-culture rewatch site has a massive following, and fans across the world wait on her every post and tweet. Even Madi’s dismal romantic life seems ready to take off as Laurent, a fellow geek (and unfairly HOT French exchange student!) starts flirting with her in the comments section of her blog. But Laurent’s not the only one watching for Madi’s replies.

Internet fame has a price, and their online romance sparks the unwanted attention of a troll. When Madi’s “real life” hits a rough patch, she feels her whole world crumbling. With Laurent’s support, can Madi rally her friends across the globe to beat the troll, or will he succeed in driving her away from everything―and everyone―she loves?

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My Rants and Raves of IF

In Internet Famous, Danika Stone has created a literary world fit for bloggers, fans, and basically anyone who loves fandoms. This book is fast-paced and filled with a roller coaster of emotions mainly centering on falling in love, time crunching, graduating high school, and dreadfully dealing with trolls and cyberbulling. With a realistic approach, Stone has allowed her characters, especially Madi and Laurent, to explore a world that suggests that true friendships can develop even if it’s through the mutual love of fandom, movies, memes, and art. 

As the main character, Madi has a lot on her plate. Not only is she finishing up her high school career by completing online classes, she is also running a highly praised blog. Additionally, she is also trying to make sure her sister, Sarah, who is on the autism spectrum, lives a life of routine and comfort. I’m a huge fan when sibling relationships are explored in literature, and I adored Madi and Sarah’s interactions–even when they were fighting. Madi and Sarah may have their differences, but they find common ground in movie nights, and their interactions also show how much they love and dearly care for each other. 

As previously stated, Madi runs a blog dedicated to her love for fandoms and reliving them. She allows her fans to vote for the fandoms that they would like her to live blog, watch/rewatch, or even read/reread. I loved how active Madi is with her fans and she gives them an outlet to interact and voice their opinions too. I’m not going to lie, although I loved when Internet Famous focused on rewatching 80s movies, I was crossing my fingers for a Buffy rewatch. But overall, I felt that as a blogger with such a huge fan base, Madi did not allow her fame overshadow the reasons why she blogged: it’s fun, enjoyable, and it let her be herself while globally interacting with people who also love fandoms. 

Internet Famous also contains one of the best developing relationship stories I have read in a long time. Madi and Laurent’s relationship slowly develops and burns throughout the pages. I like that they take the time to get to know each other. This is not an instant-love relationship, but instead a romance that develops through online interaction, real-life interaction, the exchange of swoony texts, and coffee dates. Both characters communicate really well with each other, and I loved how honest and straightforward they often were with each other. The swoony relationship in this book was definitely my favorite part; it’s as sweet and ooey and gooey as a warm cinnamon roll. 

In Internet Famous, one of the subject matters that made my stomach twist in knots was the focus on trolls and cyberbullying. The truth of bullying makes my stomach ache, and a lot of this book focuses on the negative outcomes that come from putting your opinions and life online. Danika Stone captures the realistic negativity that internet trolls add to people’s lives, especially the hate that Madi receives from one of her online fans. Although I was not a fan of cyberbullying pumping up Madi’s angst, I think Stone handles this topic very well.

Overall, Internet Famous is the perfect book to curl up with this summer. Through a unique writing style of memes, texts, Tweets, and picture posts, this book blends together laugh-out-loud moments, great friendships, and swoons. But it also focuses on maturity, facing negative feedback from the real world, and finding the perfect balance of what should and should not be put out in the cyber world. Definitely give this fun, fast-paced book a chance, especially if you are dedicated blogger, a blogger follower, or a fandom lover.

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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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W…W…W…Wednesday: 05/31/2017

W…W…W…Wednesday

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W…W…W…Wednesday is hosted by Taking on a World of Words and includes Three Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

(Click on the book cover to be linked to its Goodreads page)

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I really like Danika’s writing style, so I’m excited to be part of a blog tour for Internet Famous. My review will be up next Tuesday!

WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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I finished this book on Sunday and enjoyed it. The writing style, to me, seemed like a meshing of World War Z and Station Eleven–two books that I really savored. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I’ve heard great things about Becky’s books, so I am really excited to sit down and read The Upside of Unrequited. Plus there’s a character named Cassie in it…WOOHOO!!!

How does your week of reading look?

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Review of All the Feels by Danika Stone

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By: Danika Stone
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: June 7th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
 
Synopsis:

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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MY RANTS AND RAVES OF ALL THE FEELS

All the Feels by Danika Stone is the perfect summer read. It is relatable, funny, sweet, and swoony! I wish this book had been published when I was in college. All the Feels will definitely take you on an emotional roller coaster, but in the end, you will be laughing and swooning. And if you are a dedicated member of any fandom, you need this book in your life…RIGHT NOW! The whole novel is beautifully littered with literary and pop culture references, and the titles of each chapter are perfection. 
While reading All the Feels, I often related to Liv, the main character, even if she is usually pessimistic about things that go “wrong” in her life. But hey, who doesn’t go into panic mode when your life is turned upside down? I found Liv to be very easy to relate to because she is the perfect example of an introvert. When Liv is bombarded by people and  stress, social exhaustion overtakes her. Liv is sometimes an emotional wreck, but overall she is raw and headstrong. On top of the strain of college and family stress, Liv is still trying to mold her own identity and figure out her own place in the “real world.” Thankfully, when her favorite fandom Starveil starts crumbling, Liv creates a fandom revolution, #SpartanSurvived, to help save it. I love that her online campaign allows her to break out of her comfort bubble, thus allowing herself to experience the world beyond her computer screen, and even attend DragonCon with her best friend and other fellow Starveil fanatics. In the end, I think Liv truly finds a good grasp at balancing her home life, school, her favorite fandom, and friendships, and more importantly, she discovers who she wants to be.
Additionally, I loved Liv’s best friend, Xander. Xander is the perfect best friend. I am extremely jealous that I have never encountered someone as eccentric as him. I mean, I would totally hang out with someone who constantly wears Steampunk fashion and calls me “dearest.” I love how honest, encouraging, and caring Xander is to Liv. Xander is the perfect friend to help balance Liv’s unstable life, especially when it comes to her fandom obsession and relationship problems. I think it is very important to note that Xander is bisexual, and his actions and words provide a comforting message throughout the novel that there is nothing wrong with loving who you are and being yourself.
All the Feels consists of modern-day interactions between texting, tweeting, fan fiction/creation, pop culture memes, crowdsourcing, and fangirling. Each of these cultural elements are articulately meshed into this book, and they play an important role in Liv’s daily life. Yes, fandoms make us “do the wacky,” but when it comes to Liv, she acknowledges that fandoms are part of her everyday world, and she has a choice: she can either let her fandom dictate her life or she can use her fandom as a means to shape her own future

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AUTHOR BIO:

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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