Reviewer: Jillean Wallace
Title: Game Over - 1st in the Guardian series
Author: Taylor Keating
Release Date: November 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Paranormal Romance
Year/Setting: - - - - -
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Moderate
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Taylor's Website/Blog: www.taylorkeating.com
River Weston is a video game designer. She is hard at work getting the glitches out of her new program. The program is a virtual game that allows users who are physically impaired the ability to move and interact within the game. No matter how hard River tries though, she cannot seem to get through the final battle with the Soul Man. Every time she tries to kill him and beat the game, she is kicked out of the game because of a glitch. River would sell her soul to fix the problem and market her game. River should be careful what she wishes for.
Somehow Riverís game has opened up a portal to another world, a world in which the Soul Man is real. The Soul Man hears her offering her soul and traps her in the virtual world of her game. Riverís only ally in the game is Chase Hawkins. He is also trapped in the Soul Manís world, but River has no idea why. River must figure out how to beat the Soul Man, and determine if Chase is truly her ally or another part of her game.
This was a very intriguing book to read. I wasnít sure if this book would appeal to me, but found it to be a very easy read. I loved the science fiction feel to the story and was intrigued to see how River and Chase would traverse the video game world. I have always been a fan of strong, well-written female characters and this book was no exception. River is determined in her fight against the Soul Man and will not take defeat at his hands. She is determined not to let Chase bully her or make her feel like the damsel in distress. She is able to fight and blaze her own way through the game and through her own life. I do like how Chase is able to find some common ground with River and convince her to let him help her against the Soul Man.
I will say that the ending does leave the story open for the next in the series. I would definitely recommend this book to any reader who loves video gaming. I think youíll be in for a treat.
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