REVIEW: The Fandom

by Anna Day

Pages: 416
Publisher: Chicken House
Publication Date: January 2018
Received From: Chicken House

Cosplay ready, Violet and her friends are at Comic-Con.

They can’t wait to meet the fandom of mega movie, The Gallows Dance. What they’re not expecting is to be catapulted by freak accident into their favourite world – for real. Fuelled by love, guilt and fear, can the friends put the plot back on track and get out? The fate of the story is in their hands ...

A fast-paced, genre-flipping YA fantasy adventure from a brand new author, writing in homage to the best YA fiction.

Okay guys I'm so excited to FINALLY tell you all about this book! I read this last summer but due to its 2018 (how the hell are we in 2018 already!) release date I've had to hold back on telling you all about it and I have to say it is the hardest thing I have ever done!!! The Fandom instantly spoke to my inner nerd and from the second review copies started making the rounds I just knew I needed to read it. It is fasted paced, exhilarating, unique and so easy to read! From the second I picked it up I just didn't want to put it down.

The Fandom follows the story of a girl named Violet when her world gets turned upside down at comic-con. Violet, her two best friends Alice and Katie and her little brother Nate have been working on there cosplay for weeks and when they finally meet the leads of their favourite film, The Gallows Dance, they think the worst they have to expect is saying something silly. However, the room starts to shake and next thing they know they've found themselves in the middle of the world they've fangirled over. But as the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for, because in the heart of their new reality this group of teens will have to find a way to finish the story they keep interrupting. They will have to survive the hardships any protagonist would and most importantly make it to the end of the story without loosing themselves.

The story itself is a mix of The Wizard of Oz and The Hunger Games. It mixes that 'we're not in Kansas anymore' feel with a world destroyed by human greed. I don't want to say too much about the plot because it will spoil it but I will say that the juxtaposition of the main characters in this fantasy world had me hooked from the very first page. I think every fangirl (or boy) out there has imagined what it would be like to end up in your favourite book, TV show or film but when the dangers our beloved protagonists face aren't in our imagination anymore but chasing you down the dirty streets of a war torn London it might just loose its appeal.

As far as the characters go I'm completely and utterly in love with Violet! She is the epitome of every YA reader I know and the way in which she grows and adapts to this new world makes her all the more loveable. She's relatable and she messes up more times than you think she possibly could, but that makes her human. She isn't immune to the greed, lust or even the ambition to be more than she was back home and it is her journey that made this book for me. Then again, I've always got a bit of a soft spot for the underdog.

Overall this book surpassed expectations and was one of the most enjoyable reads of 2017 for me. It kept be on my toes from the very first page and had me crying for more by the very last. The characters were captivating, the plot was exciting and the overall concept of the book had me reevaluating what it would be like to be a part of some of my favourite stories. The Fandom has a special place in my heart now and for a debut I take my hat off to Anna! If you haven't yet, go get yourself a copy of The Fandom! You can thank me later!!!

 I ADORED this book and I was lucky enough to get to do a Q&A with Anna which will be part of The Fandom blog tour starting on SUNDAY!! So be sure to check out all things Fandom on the blogs bellow and come on Tuesday 9th so see what Anna had to say!!


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