Book Review: The Fandom Rising – Anna Day

Book Review: The Fandom Rising – Anna Day

BOOK REVIEW - 2019-05-05T100503.166.pngSeries: The Fandom #2
Release Date: May 2nd 2019
Publisher: Chicken House Books
Pages: 278
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly sent me a copy of this book to review
Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis

Nate’s time is running out. Violet and Katie re-enter The Gallows Dance to rescue him, but when a rogue fanfiction writer emerges online – determined to put the dys back into dystopia – Alice is the only one with the power to save the story …

Review

42768840A few years ago at YALC I was lucky enough to get an ARC of The Fandom and I devoured it. I loved the idea of a group of friends who ended up being transported into the world of their favourite fandom and of course finding out that when they get there it’s even more dangerous than they thought. When I started The Fandom Rising I was so intrigued because I had no idea where the plot was going to go – the first book had reached a satisfying ending and the blurb for The Fandom Rising was very mysterious and vague.

After a few short chapters I was again completely hooked. I really love the characters and it was so fun returning to see how things have changed for them since the events in the first book. It was interesting to see how the dynamics have changed as a result of that’s happened to them, but overall I loved the female friendships and the determination to help Nate.

It was a really exciting, fast paced read. This time around not all the characters are transported into The Gallows Dance and I really enjoyed the two different story ARCS – one with characters trying to survive the deadly dystopian world and the other to get her friends out. A mystery/thriller element was included too as someone begins threatening Alice and I was definitely racing through the pages to find out who was behind it.

The Fandom and The Fandom Rising are a really exciting and enjoyable duology. There were a few shock moments that I definitely didn’t expect and I almost wish there was a third book to keep the story going. If you love being part of a fandom or going to comic con, this is definitely a must read. If you’ve already had a chance to read the first book – I’d highly recommend this sequel.
4 stars

Book Review: The Fandom – Anna Day

Book Review: The Fandom – Anna Day

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Series:
The Fandom #1
Release Date: January 4th 2018
Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 403
Find it on: Goodreads. BookDepository. Waterstones.
Source: The publisher kindly gave me a copy of this book at YALC 2017.
Rating: 3.5 stars

Synopsis

Violet’s in her element. Cosplay at the ready, she can’t wait to feel part of her favorite fandom: The Gallows Dance, a mega book and movie franchise that she and her friends know EVERY WORD of (canon and fanfic included).

But at Comic Con, a freak accident transports Violet and her friends into the story for real. And in just the first five minutes, they cause the death of the heroine, and get taken prisoner by the rebel group she was supposed to lead to victory.

It’s up to Violet to take her place, and play out the plot the way it was written. But stories have a life of their own, and when you change the script in one place, the rest gets revised too…

Review

the fandomHow many times have you read a book and wished you could go and visit the world in which it’s set? We’d all love to go and visit Narnia or Hogwarts or Middle Earth, but what would you actually do when you got there, and more importantly how would you get home?

I absolutely loved the concept of this book. Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con, they’re having a great time and meeting the star of their favourite book turned film, The Gallows Dance. Somehow they end up travelling to the universe the book is set and have to find a way to keep the story moving, and keep themselves alive.

The story is action packed, and well paced. The story is multi-layered, Violet is attempting to keep on the track of the original story, Alice is forging a new story and Katie is being help prisoner. Meanwhile everyone is trying to figure out how to get back home. The group soon find that just because you know everything about a story, doesn’t mean you actually want to visit.

The one thing that surprised me about this book is how funny it was. The colourful swear words that Katie uses, how clumsy and awkward Violet is, adds another layer to these fascinating characters, and really made me fall in love with them. You really root for Violet and her little brother Nate. I also loved the references to well known YA books – “Just like Tris and Katniss.” This book really appeals to my inner fan girl, and I loved that.

The book is divided up into pretty short chapters, and that also helps to make the book feel even more fast paced and action packed. I definitely thought this was a unique read and something I’ve never come across before. I did feel there was a bit of repetition which jarred a little – Katie’s soft scouse accent must have been mentioned seven or eight times, but overall I really enjoyed this fun and excited story.
4 stars