Bookish Wednesday: Beta by Daniel Schinhofen

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with another LitRPG. It’s Last Horizon: Beta by Daniel Schinhofen!

Plot Synopsis: Advances in technology have led to the creation of ever more realistic virtual reality games but now Full Immersion Virtual Reality is finally coming true.  David and his oldest friends sign up to beta test the first game of it’s kind, Last Horizon. Last Horizon will give these old gamers the chance to live out one last adventure together.

Plot: The plot is pretty interesting, especially considering that the main cast of characters are all old people. It’s a rather unusual take on the genre, where most of the cast is all young people for the most part.

Characters: The entire cast is great, but my favorite might just Thaylen. That being said David is very much the main character, although there are frequent Point of View changes.

Overall: An excellent LitRPG, and a must read for any fans of the genre.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Gaming, Great Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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

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Bookish Wednesday: Desire by Cameron Milan

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’ve got another LitRPG. It’s Desire by Cameron Milan!

Plot Synopsis: An all powerful entity bestows individuals with a powerful brand in the form of a tattoo. Using the system that is controlled by the tattoo, you can learn supernatural abilities, acquire knowledge unknown to man, and acquire objects that would only be found in fiction. The world is changing… and it has yet to be determined if it is for better or worse. Two friends who grew up together, Ace and Vincent, have been chosen. Ace lives for physical improvement. He loves the feeling of breaking his records and growing stronger. Unfortunately, he has plateaued in recent months, discouraging him greatly. Vincent is plagued by little to no desire in anything he does. Good grades? Successful life? He feels nothing. Except, perhaps, the feeling of pain and fear. Sadly for him, modern day society is a peaceful one.

Plot: The plot isn’t that amazing, in fact it’s a bit stereotypical. That being said it’s helped by the fact that Vincent is a lot more cynical than Ace. That being said it’s not a bad story, but it could probably go through a couple revisions of editing to get some kinks out.

Characters: Ace and Vincent are the main characters, but the entire cast is pretty interesting, but not entirely original.

Overall: A quick, but fun read. That being said if you are looking for originality you will be disappointed somewhat.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Magic, LitRPGs, Drama, Action, Adventure.

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

 

Bookish Wednesday: Forever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach

Happy Independence Day for those American readers, I’m back for this week’s Bookish Wednesday with a LitRPG from an author I’ve reviewed for before. It’s Forever Fantasy Online by Rachel Aaron and Travis Bach!

Plot Synopsis: In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she’s Roxxy—the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. Her brother, James Anderson, has a similar problem. IRL he’s a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he’s famous—an explorer known all over the world for doing every quest and collecting the rarest items. Both Tina and James need the game more than they’re willing to admit, but their escape turns into a trap when FFO becomes real. Suddenly, wounds aren’t virtual, the stupid monsters have turned cunning, and death might be forever…

Plot: The plot is pretty good, with most of the story alternating between Tina and James points of views. It’s an interesting take on the genre of Isekai and games turning real. Honestly it makes me appreciate that I don’t treat NPCs like shit like most people would. That being said there are some huge influences from games like Final Fantasy and World of Warcraft. In fact WoW is a signifcant influence from my impressions of the book.

Characters: The entire cast is pretty awesome, with Tina being one of my least favorite characters. She is incredibly single minded and it leads to her taking actions that to a reader look really stupid. James on the other hand is an amazing character in that he grows over the course of the book incredibly. Tina doesn’t do that. My favorite side character is probably Fangs though.

Overall: A fun read, and an fresh take on the genres.

For those who like: LitRPGs, Action, Adventure, Drama, Good Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters.

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

Bookish Wednesday: Blademage Beastmaster by Deck Davis

This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m back with a book that I’ll freely out admit I stopped reading about halfway through. It’s Blademage Beastmaster by Deck Davis!

Plot Synopsis: Charlie Naylor is a good guy, but he’s never been never great at multi-tasking. When Larynk, the God of Corn, sends Charlie into a fantasy game, he just can’t help himself trying…

Plot: I have serious issues with using family pets as story impetus, especially when it concerns their health. The fact that this story opens up on the Main Character having just put down his dog is a huge minus for me off the bat. While I can put up with some mistakes by an author, this wasn’t the worst part. Once the LitRPG portion of the story comes into play, is where I started to have real issues. The author has no clue as to how to use the English language properly and it quickly becomes apparent once Charlie learns some magic. Mr. Davis uses the word “Tier” when talking about different forms of magic. So Conjuration, Summoning, Evocation that sort of thing. That is a completely inappropriate usage of the word and was a huge warning flag to me that the story was not worth reading. He should’ve used words like “Branch” or “Aspect” when describing and explaining his magic system, instead he uses the word “Tier” and it’s not just a one time offense.

So I stopped reading the book after he used it a few dozen more times, and I’ll be staying away from his works in the future unless he seriously improves his use of the English language.

Don’t read this if you have: Standards, An Appreciation for Proper Grammar and Word Usage.

That’s it for this week’s Bookish Wednesday.

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.

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.