Not going to lie, it took a bit for me to get into All the Feels, but I’m pretty sure it’s just because I wasn’t in the mood for reading at all when I started it. Even though I wasn’t in the right mood for reading when I started this book, as I read it I absolutely loved it. By far my favorite character was Xander. I loved that he stayed true to himself, was so supportive of Liv, and that he got Liv to go to Dragon Con! Now I’ve never been to Dragon Con, but I have been to NYCC and it’s intense. This book made me feel like I was right back at NYCC and I’m missing it so much and can’t wait for October to get here so I can go back! Danika was able to paint such a vivid picture because she’s a fangirl too and she’s been to Dragon Con (She’s currently there now!).
I also loved the character of Liv because it was so easy to relate to her. I’m a fangirl of so many shows, movies, celebrities, etc. I understand how Liv felt when her mom told her she had to leave the fandom. I’ve been there and it’s not easy. I also understand how nerve wracking meeting online friends can be. I’ve done it so many times and I have to say each experience has been good. Another thing I like about the character of Liv, was that she wasn’t your typical pretty girl. She had curves and wasn’t a size two.
I liked that Danika split the book into two sections. While some might think the book hops right into Dragon Con, it doesn’t. The first half is background and setting up the story for Liv and Xander. It allows you to connect with them. It makes reading the Dragon Con chapters all the more fun.
I definitely recommend this book and if you like mysteries, check out her other book Edge of Wild!
I’ve never done a monthly wrap up before but this month I participated in a few projects and I wanted to highlight them. I also read a few books, but that’s nothing new.
So the first project I was part of was Nori’s Book Blogger Creativity Project (BBCP2016). I was part of the Rose Team and had a wonderful set of ladies as fellow team members. Our team decided to host a bookstagram challenge (#EOSChallenge). We tried to mix up the prompts and come up with a few original ones. I think I was pretty successful at this. I believe I only missed 3 days, which for someone just beginning to bookstagram, is good. Here’s the link to the original post about Team Rose!
Next up my friend Marissa (Growing-Up Booknerd) and I posted the second edition for our monthly feature, Around the World: One Character at a Time. We’ve both had a lot of fun with this and are enjoying placing characters from books we love into places we think they’d fit best in. We hope to continue it every month. If you have any characters you’d like us to feature, let us know.
Just yesterday I was part of a blog tour for Scary Out There, a collection of stories and poems by some of the best horror writers! Jonathan Maberry, who edited the book, was nice enough to give me a top ten list of his favorite horror authors. I love horror stories & I can’t wait to read books from some of these authors and to get my hands on Scary Out There!
As for my personal life I booked a trips to Los Angeles, CA for October, as well as Rome, Italy & Newport, RI for November. I’m planning on seeing the wonderful Kerri Maniscalco in NYC for her book launch! (P.S. I’m on the blog tour for Stalking Jack the Ripper!!! It’s so good & look for that post on 9/14.) I had family from CA, CT, PA, & NJ over to my house for a cookout. Went to a corn hole tournament last weekend. Helped plan a work party for over 200 people (not part of my job description). Helped my friend find wedding invites & bridesmaid dresses (no I’m not in the wedding or going b/c it’s a destination wedding 😔). Oh and another round of #otspsecretsister started! It’s been a busy month for me.
To wrap up the wrap-up, here’s the books I read this month.
The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding: Goodreads|B&N
Jerk bait by Mia Siegert: Goodreads|B&N
All the Feels by Danika Stone: Goodreads|B&N
August Wrap-up graphic by Catia & Freepik