This lovely book was part of Book Box Club, so after our clubhouse meeting, here’s my review.
The Fandom by Anna Day
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 …
This was a tough book to review and rate. Mostly because I really enjoyed reading it. The writing flowed and it somehow left me feeling like it was an enjoyable read. However, the story was a bit convoluted and the distracting dreams Violet has during her time in The Gallows Dance universe give away too much. It was too easy to guess what was happening almost as soon as it happened.
As a philosophical satire this shines because it takes all the tropes of YA and has a dig at them, which made it quite fun in a way, but also extremely predictable in another way. It was like re-reading bits and pieces of other YA books at times, which is probably why I wasn’t too keen on the whole story.
And then I had some issues with the characters, but I don’t know if that is me or not. And no, I don’t mean the ones from The Gallows Dance universe but more Violet and her friends. I just didn’t really love anyone enough to care about it. I didn’t care about Violet hanging or anything.
I did like the twist Ash shows Violet at one point regarding the Gems, which made it quite interesting.