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Power Play: Hero's Sword Vol. 1 (Volume 1) Paperback – January 13, 2015
About the Author
Mary Sutton has been making up stories, and creating her own endings for other people’s stories, for as long as she can remember. After ten years, she decided that making things up was far more satisfying than writing software manuals, and took the jump into fiction. She writes the Hero’s Sword middle-grade fantasy series as M.E. Sutton and finds a lot of story inspiration in the lives of her own kids. Visit her on the web at marysuttonauthor.com, on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter (@mary_sutton73).
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** Received ebook for free via Story Cartel for an honest review
Okay when I saw the cover and the blurb, I thought it was the perfect book to read with my son who is 12. The cover says adventure with a scary pig, sword, and game controller on it, and even attracts boys who aren't interested in girls. :)
I started reading this with my son, but only got to chapter 3 before he went to bed. I continue on and finished the story but will go back and read it again with him. My son loves it so far and was sort of mad that I was going to keep reading it without him until I said I would still read it with him. He would rather I do the reading with silly voices and attitude for each character.
This is my first time reading M.E. Sutton's work, and I loved it. Her writing is fantastic to just get sucked into the story much like Jaycee was sucked into her game. Jaycee is a spunky 8th grader who has to deal with all the cruelty of kids in school because she is not exactly like them. My son really related to that part of the story with Jaycee because like her, he is not popular or athletic. Kids pick on him, and I always try to tell him kids are cruel and that it is not just him being picked on (even though I despise it happening at all). So this story is perfect to help him see this and to just be himself, smart & witty like Jaycee or Lyla and everything will be okay as long as he doesn't give up. This is a fantastic read to inspire kids against giving up as well as keep their imaginations going because I totally see my son imagining this happening to him as he runs through the house with his sword (could be anything from wrapping paper roll to a stick) noises like he is in a sword fight. I can't wait to finish reading it with him & continuing the series.
I highly recommend this story to anyone with middle graders girls or boys. Take time to read with your kids and use silly voices because they still love it in middle school as much as they did when they were 5 :)
The story begins with Jaycee, a nerdy 8th grader, anxiously awaiting the end of the school day so she can get home. She's certain her new controller, the Controllix 500, has arrived, and she is dying to play her favorite game, Hero's Sword, with it. Jaycee is your typical 8th grade nerd, crushing on a popular boy that is out of her league, and trying to steer clear of the cheerleaders that seem to exist just to make fun of her. She has a best friend, Stu, equally geeky and also a huge fan of the game. They make a promise to find each other online later that evening, but in the meantime, Jaycee races through her homework and fires up the game. While she notices that her new controller lights up before she's even turned the power on, she pays no attention because her excitement has taken precedence over logic. She accepts a challenge that flashes on screen and the next thing she knows, she's magically transported into the game. Oh, how I would love for that to happen to me! Jaycee has to prove herself as the character she's created, Lyla Stormbringer -- a cool, strong, and beautiful master of her sword, and Daryl Dixon with her bow -- everything she's not in real life.
Let me say again that I would LOVE to be transported into any one of my favorite video games. This series is my fantasy come true. I would become Alice from Resident Evil and obliterate every darn zombie in Raccoon City!
Power Play is a tale of fantasy and adventure, and perfect for middle grade and up -- obviously, since I enjoyed it so much. This first book may only be 62 pages, but it was chock-full of action with Jaycee finding herself in one predicament after another. Though the world-building isn't what one would expect in an adult novel, it's perfect for the middle grade demographic, especially those familiar with gaming. I had to fist pump the air at the end of the story when... oh, snap... no spoilers here.