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ARC Review: Don’t Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci

Summary

When Edan Kupferman dresses up like her favorite character, Gargantua, she feels tall and powerful. That’s important right now, because her family is a mess, her best friend is gone for the summer, her crush is confusing, and Edan’s feeling small and not sure which end is up.
When Edan’s cosplaying, she can be angry, loud, and not the good girl everyone thinks she is. And when she’s at conventions, she feels like she’s found her own Team Tomorrow. But when her personal life starts to spiral out of control, Edan has to figure out whether she needs a sidekick, or if she has the strength to be the hero of her own story.

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Review

My rating:

purple4

(3.75 stars)

Hey there, fellow readers! How have you been? It seems like forever since my last review. But I’m ready to talk about this next book! The review of the day is on Don’t Cosplay with My Heart by Cecil Castellucci. Now, I remember first hearing about this book and being excited for it, like any other fandom friendly novel. Once I was done, however, I concluded that the book wasn’t as great as I thought.

Don’t get me wrong; this book still had amazing content, like the extra world building added into it for the Team Tomorrow comics as well as the Cosplay Club and bringing up how much harder it is for female fans versus male fans, such as the effort you have to go through to prove you’re a fan sometimes. The world within the novel was pretty great and I was sad to be cut from it abruptly. For instance, by the end of the novel, there were so many issues left open that would have liked to follow up on. It would have been more satisfying if at least some issues had been fully resolved instead of on their way to being resolved.

As for the characters, I felt as if I only got to know Edan and her love interest. I would have liked to know her best friend more, however. Other than those characters, I wasn’t really interested in the rest. I was more invested in Edan’s relationships with them, if that makes sense. But I barely remember them individually. Speaking of Edan’s relationships, I like how the novel didn’t shy away from how these relationships can affect people, even if it’s not in the best way. It’s more about figuring out how to deal with relationships through the hard times, not just the good ones.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Don’t Cosplay with My Heart. While it wasn’t my favourite fandom friendly novel, I did like reading it overall. I just have this instant expectation to like most fandom friendly novels, which was probably my downfall. If you have any comments or questions about this book, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below. And to all those who are interested, Don’t Cosplay with My Heart comes out this Tuesday on January 2nd, 2018. Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!

–  Sumaya

I received an advance reader’s copy from Scholastic Canada in exchange for an honest review.

Review: Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Summary

Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster.

In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try.

Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile.

But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart.

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My rating:

green4.5

Hi, everyone! I’ve got to say, I really liked reading Eliza and her Monsters! Ever since I first heard of i t-and to be honest, I don’t know from where exactly- I knew that I really wanted to read it! Lately (meaning a few years) I’ve been interested in reading fandom friendly fiction, so I thought that this book would be an obvious match for me. And it was! I loved it so much that I couldn’t put it down and finished it in hours!

One thing I liked about Eliza and her Monsters is that it was so engaging, not only with Eliza’s perspective but with the amazing parts of the comics that readers got to see. By the end of the book, I was fully hooked to the comics just as much as actual story that I was grinning so widely at the last comic panel. Plus, it makes me want to read The Children of Hypnos comics, mentioned in the book, which I recently learned was real, only it’s not actually a comic but is told in written format only. 🙂

I also like how the story was set up in relation to the characters. It wasn’t solely focused on the romance; there were other things going on, like Eliza’s relationship with others, her art, herself. Throughout the novel, I thought that Eliza was pretty real to me, and I could understand some of the choices she’d make, even if they weren’t always the right ones, or the ones you know would come back to haunt her…Also, it was nice to see that while Wallace had some effect on her, it wasn’t overdone or unrealistic. For instance, there was this one moment in the book where he was such a jerk, but I liked that it broke from his usual nice guy demeanour. I didn’t like him in that moment as a person, no, but I thought it made the story better and more rounded.

Well, that’s all I have to say about Eliza and her Monsters by Francesca Zappia! Would I recommend this to anyone looking for a really good read, fandom friendly novels in particular? Definitely! If you have any thoughts or questions. let me know in the Comments Section below. Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

ARC Review: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

My rating: green4

(4.25 stars)

Hello, again! I’m back with another review, this one being on Internet Famous by Danika Stone. Now when I first heard about this last year, I thought it sounded great! It’s about a blogger named Madi, living in New Jersey and a foreign exchange student named Laurent, who lives in New York. These two meet through the comments section of Madi’s blog, MadLibs, and start to build a connection that has the potential to be something more. Meanwhile, Madi’s also facing adversity in the form of troll who is not in the mood to be ignored. Anyways, you know when you hype up a book in your mind and once you finally read it, it doesn’t deliver in the way you expected it would? Well, this book… did no such thing! 😄

While the beginning might have been a bit slow for me, by the time I read a few chapters, I was hooked! I loved all the extra stuff, like the blog posts (made me want to participate in the Comments Section of MadLibs), tumblr and snapsed (the book’s equivalent of Snapchat) pictures! The sad thing was that I really wanted to follow MadLibs after reading this book. Too bad it isn’t real… but who knows, maybe there’ll be a site up for Madi soon like there is for Liv and Xander from All the Feels, Danika Stone’s previous YA novel! Hopefully!

I was also on the edge of my seat as I was trying to figure out who the troll could be! Honestly, I suspected everyone until near the very end; that’s when it became clear. But it wasn’t obvious to me before and I liked the author could hide that info so well! In real life, I wouldn’t like it as much. I’m just thankful that the community in a part of is so supportive and friendly! Thanks, everyone! You all are rockstars! 🎸

Another cool thing about this book is that it’s set in the same world as All the Feels, and you see these references to Starveil, Spartan and those amazing fanfics from that novel! 😍 And while those mentions were nice, it kind of made it hard for me to like the new set of characters at first, because I kept on comparing them to characters from All the Feels. For instance, at first I thought that Laurent is no Xander, but by the end of the book, I was thinking,”Well, Xander sure is no Laurent!” And while Madi and Liv share a few similarities, I find Madi to be more assertive than Liv, and I love the strong relationship she has with her sister, Sarah.  Overall, once I got past seeing the characters through an All the Feels lens, I was championing them like nobody’s business! 😉

Well, that’s all I have to say about Internet Famous by Danika Stone! I really thought this novel was something! I recommend this to anyone looking for a cute contemporary with a modern romance as well as any fans of All the Feels! If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to share them in the Comments Section below! And for those of you who are interested, Internet Famous is out on June 6th, 2017! Thanks for reading, everyone!

–  Sumaya

I received this copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.

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