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04 January 2018

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 ...

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

Source: YALC

5 Words: Fandom, danger, love, betrayal, friendship.

Oh man. I love books about fandoms. I love the giddy excitement, getting swept away by the enthusiasm and love.

When I read, I tend to spend a portion of my time imagining that I am in the story with the characters. But let's be honest, would you really want to find yourself in the books you read?

As Violet and her friends discover, this isn't always a good thing. They have disrupted the canon of the world they have found themselves in, and they have to find a way to fix it to get home. Dilemmas and confusion and drama ensue (and it's excellent). 

I loved the mix of worlds. There was the real world, with familiar references and sights and smells. And then BOOM you're in The Gallows Dance. I liked how the world was explored through Violet and the differences she saw between the film and canon. The sights and smells came to life on the page, I was experiencing them with Violet.

I kinda really want to read the actual The Gallows Dance story now. And I need more of THIS story.


  1. I've just ordered this from the library a few days ago, and it sounds great. I'm really hoping I'll love it as much as everyone else, and your review makes me think I might. I love amazing worldbuilding. I don't think it's bring released, but did you know Anna originally wrote the the Gallows Dance and then it evolved into this?
    Amy xx

    1. That's really interesting that she wrote that first - and probably explains why the world-building is so strong. It'd be difficult to do without a really clear idea of the original story and world!

      Great review, Cora! I can't wait to read this.


  2. This looks like such a good book! I’ve only heard good things about it so I’m definitely adding it to my TBR! x

  3. I love strong world building in a book. Don't you think it just make-or-breaks a story sometimes? Great post!
    Love Penny @

  4. I love YA! I have been devouring Sarah J Mass' books! they are so good! never heard of this author but i am quite curious about the story now! xx corinne

  5. This sounds so good. I love books like this where the world of a second story is as real as our own. Inkheart, Literally and The Other Alice are all fab. x

  6. Hi, a great review as always this book doesn’t sound like one for me. Looking forward to reading about your next book review as I need a new list for this year.

  7. Wow, I was as swept away by your review as you seem to have been by this book! I too really enjoy imagining myself in the worlds created by the books I read but to end up there for real? In most cases I'd say a big NOOOOO thank you! I am really tempted to pick up this book because I enjoyed the last YA fantasy novel I tried so much (it was The Girl of Ink and Stars, if you're curious)! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and really selling this book to me!

    Abbey x

  8. I've never actually read books about Fandoms before, but I am aiming to read more this year so I might have a look into it! Great post x


  9. I've never heard of this book before but I really want to read it now. I'll have to keep a look out for it. The story sounds so good and original.

  10. This sounds like an interesting book & I love the idea of it being almost a book about a book of that makes sense! Can’t say I read any fandom based things but I’d be interested to start if it was about something I loved.


  11. This sounds so good. I've wanted to read it since I first heard about it but I want to read it even more now.

    All my favourite fandom involve assassins and fighting to the death so I'm probably going to want to avoid ending up in their worlds.

  12. Fab review Cora! Thanks for linking up to the British Books Challenge x


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