Marcus Caster-Rupp has a secret. The world may know him as Aeneas, star of the biggest show on television, but fanfiction readers call him something else: Book!AeneasWouldNever. Marcus gets out his frustrations with the show through anonymous stories about the internet’s favorite couple, Aeneas and Lavinia. But if anyone discovered his online persona, he’d be finished in Hollywood.
April Whittier has secrets of her own. A hardcore Lavinia fan, she’s long-hidden her fanfic and cosplay hobbies from her “real life”—but not anymore. When she dares to post her latest costume creation on Twitter, her plus-size take goes viral. And when Marcus asks her out to spite her internet critics, truth officially becomes stranger than fanfiction.
On their date, Marcus quickly realizes he wants more from April than a one-time publicity stunt. But when he discovers she’s Unapologetic Lavinia Stan, his closest fandom friend, he has one more huge secret to keep from her.
With love and Marcus’s career on the line, can the two of them stop hiding once and for all, or will a match made in fandom end up prematurely canceled?
Well hello, beautiful people! I come to you rather late in the day (sorry!) with a book review. I finished the book yesterday and had to share this with you. Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade is a story about two people who share an OTP (one true pairing) from a TV show called Gods of the Gates and they both write fanfiction about it. There is only one small problem, one of them is an actor on that show and if his secret got out, he would be ruined. But when April posts a cosplay of herself as Lavinia on Twitter and the trolls come for her, Marcus jumps to her defense and asks her on a date.
I love the way this book was written. The writing style was thoughtful and engaging. Olivia Dade herself is a big fan of fanfic, and it shows. There is a lot of love put into the details as the characters talk about common fanfic tropes, tags, and websites. There are also snippets at the end of every chapter that range from bits of Marcus’ roles to short fanfics based on the show. Some of these are pretty funny had had me laughing out loud at their sheer absurdity.
The characters of Marcus and April are full of life and had a pretty normal backstory. Their dynamic was rich and wonderful. I loved the way they played off each other, even as Marcus knew the full scope of their relationship and April didn’t. I was pleased to find that I found something to identify within each character, and, being plus-sized myself, I found it very easy to relate to April.
I was overjoyed to see how the author treated the world of fandom. It was engaging and refreshing to see such a positive take on nerd culture. From the writing to the con to the cosplay, each aspect was treated with love, and, dare I say it, respect. It wasn’t a joke to Olivia Dade like it has been to other authors in the past.
I was very pleased to learn that there is a sequel, of sorts, to this story that I will be picking up post haste. More of Olivia Dade’s writing, please!
I think it’s safe to say that I loved this book. I did end up giving it five stars and it is one of my favorite books of the year so far.