My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Jenn Burke announced plans for Evan’s story, an undignified squeal was heard around the world. Well, not really, but I was beyond excited.

I was surprised by how much time had passed between Graveyard Shift (the last book of the Not Dead yet series where Evan was a major side character) and All Fired Up, but it made sense as the story progressed. I was glad to see Evan in a better place, mentally, from where we last left him. Major props to Burke for the excellent depression rep. Evan still has his low moments, but now he has to the tools to better manage his depression. I was satisfied with how The Big Upset from Graveyard Shift was addressed. I don’t want to risk any spoilers, but not making the aftermath of The Big Upset the sole focus of Ethan’s character felt very genuine to this spinoff.

It was interesting to see Wes and Hudson and their group of friends through Evan’s eyes. His perspective makes me want to reread (for the fourth or fifth time) the Not Dead Yet series. I enjoyed Colin’s backstory and am ready for more of him. While I wouldn’t have necessarily chosen him as Evan’s love interest and wanted more chemistry between the two, I have faith that my feelings will change as the series progresses.

***Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.***

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