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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review of Gameboard of the Gods written by Richelle Mead


In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.

Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of X series, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.

Review by Nicole D.
5 Hearts (or Stars)
  Gameboard of the Gods is an extremely complex, three-dimensional world created by the one an only Richelle Mead. VA fans - fair warning - this is NOT Vampire Academy. While I did notice some similarities within certain characters, this is not even a young adult story. I can't guarantee that if you love VA, that you'll love Gameboard - I did, but that's just me.
  Gameboard is centered around a seemingly Utopian society, or Dystopian depending on the way you look at it. I'll be honest, there were times I was lost or felt like I didn't have all the information I needed to fully grasp this story. There were other times when it felt like I was having an information overload. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from reading Gameboard, it was amazing - plus I read an ARC so the story will probably polished and the kinks worked out a bit more. But honestly, if I'd of had a map or a clearer picture in my head of the planet's layout, I might of felt differently.
  What really kept me going was the mystery surrounding each character. I was so enthralled with Mae and Justin, I just had to know their back stories. I'm a curious creature, mysteries bother me to know end and I literally couldn't put this book down until I knew everything. There was no crazy cliffhanger either, yes there were some unanswered questions and the story-line was left opened enough, that you wanted more. But, thankfully for me (since I hate cliffhangers) all the main questions I had were answered.
  So if you find yourself wondering if you should read Gameboard or are hesitant about picking this book up when it becomes available, I say go for it. Once you get into the story you'll be sucked down the rabbit hole. Do I think I'll read this book again? Yes, I have no doubt I will. To me not only is that one of the highest compliments you can give to an author but value wise it makes all the difference. So, my advice - read Gameboard when it's published but keep an open mind, it might just surprise you.

*ARC provided by publisher for an honest review.

                          Dream Casting

         Justin^                                                Mae^

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