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After watching some Youtube teasers I was honestly pretty excited for this book, but then when I started reading it occurred to me that I believe I seen stories with a premise similar to this before--Being trapped in another universe where it isn't just a game. But cliche doesn't mean bad as when I pressed on this story did actually throw me for a few loops. And while I found Michelle a bit annoying (which is hypocritical because she honestly seemed like me when I was 15) I managed to relate to her towards the end of the book and feel for her. I also felt for Jayse and Gediyon, but that's why I am eager for the second book because there is still more to their characters that needs to be explored, and I question if Michelle will be totally different by the end of her experience. But she does develop a bit in this book without it feeling forced or fake, so I think that's great.
So yeah, I apologize for not being more enthusiastic, I LIKE this book, and while it's hard for me to believe in fantasy settings I will admit this book made me a believer by the time I finished reading. I eagerly await the next book.
Adele Yeung has managed to paint the characters, scenes, and issues faced with such fantastic imagery that I found myself no longer reading but instead actively in the presence of young Michelle throughout her entire journey thus far. Her storytelling flows easily, is fun to read, & has several moments I could feel myself reading faster with my pulse racing just to find out how it resolves.
This book is a quick read & unlike any other book I have read. I eagerly await the next book so I can see what happens next. I believe most anyone would enjoy this novel but particularly feel that a perfect audience would be teens and young adults. Thank you Julien LaCrosse for my homework assignment and making sure I didn't miss out on reading this novel & congratulations Adelle Yeung on a fantastic start in your writing career.
Right off the bat, I got a feel for Michelle's personality. The narration was immediately fun. It set the tone very well that this book is something I was going to love. It's not slow-paced in any way. Everything moved right along. Michelle entered this new world ready to beat the game. (It's slightly more complex than that, but I'm avoiding spoilers.) It's even complete with a tutorial mission! She also meets my favorite character in the series very early on. Gediyon is awesome. He's got magical powers and has tons of heart and humor. I could go on for a long time about him, but you can discover his greatness on your own.
Michelle has a lot of fun playing the game, and it's because of her ignorance as to what's really happening in this world that brings a lot of the humor. I don't mean that she does a bunch of stupid stuff so we get to laugh at her, but more along the lines of having no idea how serious the situation is, so her mentality is to have fun and experiment with the powers the game gives you. When Michelle tests out her growing power, it was hilarious. The writing captured her fun-loving spirit so well. At any rate, that provided tons of humor through the whole book.
Adelle Yeung also did something many other authors have failed to do. She actually wrote characters with personalities I can relate to and like! I can totally understand a girl who's frustrated when her DS is stolen and makes references to games like Chrono Trigger and Earthbound. That is definitely a character who seems like she was written to appeal to people such as myself. The way Michelle handles relationships in the book is in that category too. There's a little bit of a romantic arc sprinkled in, and it's presented in a way I can relate to.
If you're looking for something dark or serious, this first book may not be for you. It's fun and waits until the end to present you with a true picture of what's happening. That's not a bad thing. I love that Michelle got to enjoy herself before reality hits her at the end.
The other characters are well-written too. They're dynamic, but some are not as developed as they could be. The reason for this is because they play more significant roles in the books which follow this. I'll discuss a little more about that in my review of AN ECLIPSING AUTUMN.
I gave this five stars because humor and fun characters are the most important thing to me in books/shows/etc. Adelle nails that in here. There were some very original ideas which she implemented well. One example is the bubble vehicle the characters get to ride in. After I finished reading this, I declared it my favorite fantasy book. Again, I had never read a book whose characters were so easy for me to get into and understand with pacing that doesn't slow down the story at all. The world was easy to imagine without the descriptions becoming too bogged down. Catching the nerdy references is fun too. If you also value those things, this book is definitely worth your time.
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