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The setting, an online game company based in the Seattle metropolitan area seems to be unique and it’s obvious (even without reading the author bio) that this is a world Ms. Charter is quite familiar with. On the downside, though, there are enough contemporary pop culture references to choke a horse and while I, personally, love those, a little goes a long away… especially when reading the book now, in 2013, 2012 references are already feeling dated. The problem with writing up to the minute touchstones to current culture is that unless they become timeless, the need for an annotated edition will become necessary in very short order.
The other objection I had is the clumsy way social issues were introduced and dealt with, especially in terms of male/female social interactions. Lexy is a woman who defines herself through her sexual connection with people (think a crop-top wearing version of Lady Brett Ashley) so it’s no surprise that the venom spewed at women in the tech and gaming world would come into play. I think this is good thing, it needs to be dealt with and it needs to be discussed if we ever hope to eliminate it, I just felt that in this particular book, it was shoe-horned in, in an effort to give the story some “gravitas.” Even with that, the book is a fun, quick, and easy read – but with enough sex I wouldn’t recommend it for more delicate readers.
I am, however, looking forward to reading the next in line, Pwned, to see where Lexy takes us.
From a completely neutral perspective:
This book is an awesome mix of humor, action, sex and more. The storyline was so intriguing, I wanted to keep turning those virtual pages to find out what was going to happen next. The actual crime was mysterious enough to be compelling, and investigated and played-out well enough to be believable. I also loved the characters, they were interesting and I felt like I really cared about them. They seemed real, like the type of people you probably actually know. The author really has an amazing way of writing in a tone of voice that is completely realistic, none of the dialogue felt contrived. I loved that this story was set in the gaming/tech world, which is one that I'm somewhat familiar with and find to be interesting. However, you don't need to be a gaming nerd to enjoy this book - the story is fab in its own right.
From a more personal perspective:
I know the author, and I'd be lying if I said that didn't influence my enjoyment of this book. But honestly, it's just so well written, I'd give it a stellar review even if I didn't know Christa :) I know she's an avid reader like myself, and she's also a damn good writer. I got a huge kick out of reading a story that is set in a city and on a corporate campus that is modeled after one that I'm familiar with -- I could picture the places in mind, which added to the realism in the story. I also got a huge kick out of Lexy herself - there are certainly personality traits that are similar between our heroine and the author :) Oh, and add me to the Malick Fan Club. I picture him as a mix of Mark Wahlberg and Eric Bana. Gggrrowwwll! I do hope he plays a prominent part in the next two books in the series ;)
Overall, this book is a fast and fun ride and I'd totally recommend it to anyone who likes their crime/thriller stories a bit on the risque side. Sexy Lexy doesn't disappoint!
CHARACTERS: Lexy annoyed me with the way she used her body to get what she wanted. I just cringed a little bit every time she did it. I liked Mike a lot. He was the right combination of protective and fun, and he was really understanding of what Lexy was going through.
COVER: When I first picked this up, I thought it was a graphic novel because of the cover, but it's not.
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