Bookish Wednesday: Paragons by Jeff Sproul

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with a LitRPG book I could’ve sworn I’ve covered already. It’s Paragons, Sigil Online Book 01, by Jeff Sproul!

Plot Synopsis: Loss was nothing new to an orphan like Riley. But when the online persona he’d spent years building, was ripped away by a monster with unbelievable power, everything changed….

Plot: The plot is okay, and it’s more about character growth than anything else, including the LitRPG part. Sure that’s a rather large portion of it, but honestly this is a story about Riley growing up.

Characters: Riley is not an amazing person, which makes him a fairly decent lead character. The rest of the cast is just as good, although honestly I wish the story had a bit more of Warcry in it.

Overall: A good, but not exceptionally spectacular LitRPG. There are much worse series out there, but there are better as well.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Urban Fantasy, Superheroes, Super Powers, Flawed Main Characters, Good Plot, Decent Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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Bookish Wednesday: Space Knight by Michael-Scott Earle

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another series from an author I covered a couple weeks ago. It’s Space Knight by Michael-Scott Earle!

Plot Synopsis:In a universe where technology and magic co-exist, Nicholas Lyons desires one thing: to serve his queen as a Space Knight in the Royal Trident Forces. But when his final mission as an Academy cadet goes horribly wrong, Nicholas discovers he possesses illegal magical abilities that grant him power far beyond that of a normal man, knight, or mage. When a clandestine assignment lands Nicholas on the worst starship in the kingdom’s fleet, he finds a motley crew of warriors hiding their own terrible secret.

Plot: I couldn’t stand this book, and I actually enjoy most of the author’s series that I’ve read thus far. The problem lies with Nick as a character more than the plot itself. The plot is okay, but the way that Nick interacts with the plot is just so stupid that I wished I could strangle the character.

Characters: Like I said above, Nick is a huge problem with the series. Honestly he’s a huge dumbass, who willingly signs himself up on a ship with the supposed worst reputation because he is under the mistaken belief that his father wants to find traitors. A fact that is blatantly a load of bull and incredibly obvious to the reader. Honestly I hated Nick, he’s probably one of the dumbest characters I’ve ever read and that’s truly saying something.  The fact that he is even torn over some decisions is so unbelievable that I couldn’t continue listening to the book after more than 6 hours.

Overall: Skip this book and read one of the author’s other and much better works.

For those who like: Terrible Books.

Not for those who have: A standard of quality they’d like to uphold.

Bookish Wednesday: Ritualist by Dakota Krout

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRGP. It’s Ritualist, Book 01 of the Completionist Chronicles, by Dakota Krout!

Plot Synopsis: The decision to start a new life is never an easy one, but for Joe the transition was far from figurative. Becoming a permanent addition to a game world, it doesn’t take long to learn that people with his abilities are actively hunted. In fact, if the wrong people gained knowledge of what he was capable of, assassins would appear in droves….

Plot: The plot is pretty good, but it’s not absolutely amazing and I could see some of the plot twists coming from miles away. However there have been worse books I’ve read and for a LitRPG in a genre that is quickly becoming stuffed with plenty of poor attempts at writing, Ritualist is actually pretty decent.

Characters: Joe is a pretty decent main character, he’s neither stupid nor arrogant which is a nice reprieve from some of the stuff I’ve been reading recently. I might have done some things very differently though if I were in his place. Some of the things that occur would make any gamer worth their salt know how to react instantly. The fact that some of the cast are supposedly said gamers is just a bit annoying.

Overall: A decent read, and a fairly good LitRPG. It’s not the best, but it’s better than a lot of the crap that is online now.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Magic, Decent Plot, Good Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: Kill Count by Michael-Scott Earle

Hey all I’m back with a Sci-Fi series with a bit of a LitRPG element. It’s Kill Count, Death Ship Book 01, by Michael-Scott Earle!

Plot Synopsis: When Sergeant Jay Lucas is snatched away from his family farm by a diabolical sentient spaceship, he thought his life was over. But he soon discovers the kidnapping was only the beginning of his trials….

Plot: The plot is incredibly violent, if you couldn’t tell that from the name of the series. That being said it’s not a terrible thing, and honestly it’s more humorous than anything else due to Seymour. You’ll see what I mean if you read the book. The rest of the book is very much in keeping with Sci-Fi Space Operas you’ve seen and read many times. That being said, it’s not a bad thing and was done pretty damn well.

Characters: Jay may be the stereotypical farmboy, but boy if I don’t enjoy the hell out of his snark. Seymour is delightful in his penchant for chaos. The rest of the cast is just as good.

Overall: A fun and hilarious ride that will give any LitRPG or Sci-Fi fan uncontrollable bouts of laughter.

For those who like: Sci-Fi, LitRPGs, Space Operas, Action, Adventure, Drama, Comedy, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: Accidental Thief by Jamie and C.J. Davis

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’ve got another LitRPG for everyone. It’s Accidental Thief, Book 01 of the Accidental Traveler series, by Jamie and C.J. Davis!

Plot Synopsis: Hal Dix was stuck in an unlucky life. His wife is a successful executive while his IT help desk job leads nowhere. Even his daughter’s daycare teacher thinks he’s a loser. Hal can’t catch a break. Now a strange woman at a flea market sells Hal a bootleg release of a highly anticipated game. It is just what he wished for and he can’t wait to play it during his long weekend home alone. His luck has finally turned around, right? Hal should be careful what he wishes for.

Plot: The plot is pretty stereotypical, but despite that it was a fun ride. There isn’t anything super special, nor is there anything you haven’t seen before, but it is one hell of a trip. I enjoyed it immensely and am looking forward to finishing the series when I get a chance, especially since there is supposedly a sequel series that just started.

Characters: Hal is a rather funny guy, though his luck really is terrible. K on the other hand is an excellent side character and one I enjoyed quite a bit. I’m hoping to see more of K in later books.

Overall: A good, fun read. Nothing new, with plenty of tropes played straight, but amusing and enjoyable enough that it isn’t too much of a detriment.

For those who like: LitRPGs, GameLit, Drama, Action, Adventure, Rogue Archetypes, Fun Plot, Great Cast of Characters.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Bookish Wednesday: Awakening by Dhayaa Anbajagane

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s The Eternal: Awakening by Dhayaa Anbajagane!

Plot Synopsis: It wasn’t my fault. I didn’t mean to look for things I wasn’t supposed to. I didn’t mean for death to come after me. I really didn’t. But it still happened. I’m Zoran and my name is the only thing I remember about myself. I don’t know why I woke up in a forest, why I taste blood in my mouth, and why I see weird screens in front of me. From the time I first woke up, all I wanted was to find out who I was. But what I didn’t expect was for my search to spark something that was never meant to happen.

Plot: This is an okay series, but honestly it’s rather lackluster. It’s not inventive nor is it revolutionary. It’s good for wasting time, but that’s about it. If you want a better LitRPG you’d be better off listening to the Emerilia series.

Characters: Zoran is an okay main character, but incredibly mediocre. The rest of the cast is no better, in fact I can’t remember the names of the other characters, which is never a good sign for me. That is always a possibility when you have thousands upon thousands of stories stuck in your head, but I tend to at least remember some important character names, this series though? Not a one.

Overall: Skip it, it’s not really worth your time unless you need some sort of LitRPG to waste time on.

For those who like: LitRPGs, GameLit, Action, Adventure, Drama.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or Mediocrity.

Bookish Wednesday: Cherry Blossom Girls by Harmon Cooper

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG, sort of. It’s Cherry Blossom Girls by Harmon Cooper!

Plot Synopsis: I was a just normal guy until the night the cherry blossoms bloomed, the night that Grace appeared on my doorstep. A failed sci-fi writer, a gamer, but a normal guy nonetheless. Grace was everything I was not, a psychic shifter, beautiful beyond my wildest imagination, a government conspiracy waiting to be unraveled…

Plot: The plot of this is rather bland. Honestly while it takes a ton of influences, and states what those are, it also isn’t turning it into something new or interesting. If you’ve ever read the original Elfen Lied manga you’ll know the story of the book pretty freaking quick. It’s not new, and it’s not that great. Another thing against it is that the book is constantly swamped with our main character’s, Gideon, thoughts. It’s also a plot point, Gideon is constantly thinking about things, and usually in a rather stupid way. There are some clever tricks, but honestly the guy is like a giant walking self-insert for the author and it’s not even attempting to be subtle.

Characters: Our leads are okay characters, with our two female leads being much more interesting than Gideon. Honestly I’d almost rather have her be our main Point of View except that we’d still get to hear all of Gideon’s thoughts anyways.

Overall: A mediocre LitRPGish story that has heavy influences by a ton of things, including Elfen Lied, but doesn’t really innovate at all. The fact that our lead is a self insert of the author doesn’t help at all.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, LitRPGs, Action, Drama.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.