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- Print Length: 207 pages
- Publisher: Missing Spoon Publishing (June 20, 2013)
- Publication Date: June 20, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DJ73Y9K
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I am pretty sure Christa popped inside my brain a sec and dug around proclaiming, 'Ah ha' and then Ash was born in her novel. He is so sexy, tall, and yummy and... Anyway, before I get too distracted and wax poetical about him, let's talk about the book.
It is no surprise that the book is awesome. I think I actually enjoyed it even more than the first one; if that is possible. The characters are rich and developed (ohhh yeah Ash is VERY developed) and the mystery is clever and will keep you guessing all the way up to the end. I was constantly proclaiming (out loud to myself, numerous times) Ohh so and so did it! Only to find they had an alibi or some other mumbo jumbo which 'proved' they were potentially 'innocent'. The introduction of strippers, the particularly creative uses of swear words, Lexy's fun and inspired wardrobe choices, guns, and many other things will pique your interest and keeping you reading, most likely without sleep and to the detriment of any small animals or small children or small husbands or small wives that need feeding and/or your attention.
The introduction of the new characters (like Ash :swoooon: ), some which it seems may stick around a while, and the continuing development of some of our favorite (and not so favorite) characters (Malik, Rogers, Yi, Nate, and Agent54) keeps the momentum from the first book in the series going. The use of social media, glimpses into [REDACTED] exclusive [REDACTED] of the industry, and even more insights into the behind the scenes interaction with the community, is creative and intriguing.
If you enjoyed the first book in the Lexy Cooper series, you should definitely read this. If you haven't read the first one, you will still enjoy the second, but really should read the first one as well because it was just so much fun! And if you want to find out more about Ash and his bulging... just read the book!
Coming as this does on the heels of her last adventure (a mere few month in book time – and while I don’t think you need to read Schooled to get this book, it’s probably a good idea if you do), Lexy promptly calls her “Uncle” Mike, a police detective, reports the crime and then passes out, a victim of PTSD. Then, over the course of the relatively short novel, the murder investigation gets hampered by complications and leads down paths involving drug dealers, strippers, an old flame of Mike’s who now works for the FBI and a firearms instructor who moonlights as a championship extreme sports star (or maybe it’s the other way around). There are enough red herrings to make a Lithuanian meal while suspects come and go faster than pixels on a dual core processor (I don’t know what the means, either).
Needless to say, it all gets solved and Lexy herself has a major hand in the action, overcoming her murder related stress as well as her devotion to Nate (well, almost). She also gets a new boyfriend and a new hand weapon (and a throng of new followers for her in-system show, Xenonline). It’s a quick, fun read and I’ll certainly get the next book in the series, next time it’s on sale, but a lot of the same problems I found with the original book are still present here.
Ms. Charter still writes her characters as inhabiting the world she lives in at the time she’s writing them and so she’s got pop culture references which make the book feel dated instead of timeless. I’m not sure what the answer is, but I think she might be better served by creating fictional figures who fulfill the roles she wants her pop culture figures to fill so instead of having a concrete person we might or might not know, we’ll create our own thinly veiled pastiche of whoever is current at the time of reading. This would create a relevancy which comes as a collaboration with the reader instead of actively trying to contradict their current reality.
Also, Lexy is still a sex pot and while we, the readers understand she is more brain than boob, her colleagues don’t really see her that way. And neither does she. She’s allows herself to be used to cover for her co-host who doesn’t want to work, a host who is hired in the first place to provide the show with an “intelligent” half. Her looks are given more credibility than anything else she might have to offer. I’m not saying this doesn’t exist, I just wish Lexy complained about it more than a cursory cursing and then moving on and keeping with the status quo. Even the one co-worker who asks her to edit a piece of writing, really only does it as a pretense to sexually harass her. Which brings up another issue – sexual harassment in this book is almost at the point of absurdity. When the HR Director is guilty of massive and obvious harassment I tend to lose focus and he loses credibility as a character. Sure, he may be a slimeball, but you don’t get to be head of an HR department and NOT know that standing around with your dick hanging out is a major no-no. It just strikes me as someplace where if something was going to be said about the nature of sexist situations in the gaming industry, this was the place. Instead, it passes with the barest of notices except as a potential clue towards discovering our killer.
At the end of the day, I keep wanting Lexy and her cohorts to be more aware of their situation and at least trying to understand and combat it. It’s a testament to Ms. Charter’s writing ability that I’m still reading and looking forward to more.
Ahem, now that that's out of the way, in Pwned, we are introduced to a softer side of Lexy Cooper. While she's still confident with her sex kitten prowess, for the most part, she's also more vulnerable. She faced something she never saw coming in the lead up to this book and it knocked her down a peg or two. She is also not given everything she expects and self-doubt creeps in. It's a deeper look into her psyche and makes her much more likeable. And don't get me wrong, she still kicks ass and does so with a gun this time around.
Still accompanied by her fatherly Uncle Mike, Lexy is once again faced with uncovering the murderer of a fellow Xenon employee. Whodunnit this time? Why was Lexy even called to go check on the stiff and who is the mysterious and sexy Thor-like gun instructor? You'll have to read and find out.
Sex, video games and drugs. What more could you ask for? That's right. Nothing. READ THIS BOOK NOW!