Children’s Review: Trapped in a Video Game By Dustin Brady

This is definitely one of the coolest books that I’ve read. If you’ve ever played a first-person shooter, you could probably relate to this game. Before I get into the details, how about we start with the blurb.

Trapped in a Video Game Cover-minKids who love video games will love this first installment of the new 5-book series about 12-year old Jesse Rigsby and his wild adventures inside different video games.

Jesse Rigsby hates video games – and for good reason. You see, a video game character is trying to kill him. After getting sucked in the new game Full Blast with his friend Eric, Jesse starts to see the appeal of vaporizing man-size praying mantis while cruising around by jet pack. But pretty soon, a mysterious figure begins following Eric and Jesse, and they discover they can’t leave the game. If they don’t figure out what’s going on fast, they’ll be trapped for good!

Fun, relevant, and action-packed Trapped in a Video Game is the perfect book to get kids off screens and into books! Included in this edition is a bonus More to Explore section that teaches computer programming concepts through a fun game.

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Reena’s Review

The book gets into the video game right away, starting with the Tutorial. Like all tutorials, it’s a bit slow. After the tutorial the action really starts and Jesse gets thrown into a real video game.

The contrast between the main character and his sidekick, Eric, were awesome. You had main character, Jesse, who was a real stick in the mud. He was all work and no play, for the most part. Jesse had to be dragged into doing anything new or exciting. Then you have the sidekick Eric. He was ready for an adventure. I really liked Eric. Life is meant to be experienced, and he definitely wasn’t afraid to hop into the fun and games.

About halfway through the book, it started to remind me of Jumanji. I haven’t seen the old Jumanji, but I’d say this is similar to what Jumanij would be if it were a video game instead of a board game, like the first movie. Only this time, the game is set in cities around the United States instead of in some jungle. It had a nice feel to it and gave kids a little bit of American geography. Not a lot… just enough to identify some main landmarks around the US.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is it had no real conclusion. I read that this book is meant to be a 5-book series, which might explain why. As for this book, it closed out the main character’s dilemma, sure. The main character also experienced growth. However, the book definitely had an unfinished feel to it. Not exactly a cliffhanger, but rather a “to be continued.”

Overall, I truly enjoyed this book. It was full of laughs. I give it a 5/5. I’m off to read book two, which I hope will wrap up everything a bit more nicer.

Corban’s Review

This is my opinion. I like the book because it has adventure, action, and it’s funny. The characters are very interesting and strange. I think it was cool and interesting. The setting was so nice, and it wasn’t like others books. I don’t know books like this one, like getting sucked up in to a game.

The characters were Mark, Jesse, and Erik. Mark was mysterious and strange like how did he survive 20 years with out food. Jesse was a usual kid. He went over to kids houses and usual things. Erik was fun and mean at the same time, like the time he pushed Jesse off a cliff. They were a team, so getting pushed wasn’t so bad.

The setting was in a game. So, it made sense. Like the giant praying mantis and giant crocodile. I also kinda want to be in it to. I rate this book 3 out of 5. I suggest this book if you like action, adventure, and funny things.

*This book was provided to us through Netgalley.

Novel Review: A Mate to Cherish by Laylah Roberts, Eliza Lee

It’s the last day of Spring Break for me, which means my time for reading is whittling down. One thing for sure, I’m glad I managed to squeeze A Mate to Cherish into the mix. Before I get into my review, how about a blurb?

A Mate to Cherish CoverThey are fallen from grace. A race once worshipped that had grown arrogant and greedy. Now they are few and spend their lives hunting the guilty and bringing them to justice.
A sexy dream. Two hot, sensual lovers. More pleasure than she’s ever felt before. What more could a girl want?

Um, maybe for it to be real. Lauren has hit rock bottom. After fleeing Earth, she ends up penniless and homeless. Before she can even begin her new job, she’s arrested for prostitution and thrown in jail.
Could things get any worse?

Well, yes, actually. They could.

Try getting horribly ill, ending up on the auction block, and being sold to two gorgeous, domineering, stubborn men who intend to return her to the very place she fled.

Malik knows the female in their dreams is their mate. He wants her, craves her, but he can’t bond with her without Tarin, and convincing Tarin she’s theirs will be an almost impossible task.

Tarin is always in control. Always in command. But when the hunt leads them to Lauren, he finds that very control tested. She intrigues and annoys him. Brings him both joy and terror.

But most importantly, she makes him feel.

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The Stars of the Show

I think today, I’m going to start with the characters. First, Laylah Roberts identified pretty much every one of the good guys from the onset of the book. It was interesting to have all the characters briefly introduced at once. I didn’t remember most of them, since only a few had any significant part in the book. However, I liked the idea of having finite characters. It gives me the impression we’ll receive at least 4 more books, where the other packmates find their bonded ones.

Lauren was a our heroine. She had a bit of a false bravado, yet she was also courageous. Truly, I think she only survived because she was the main character. If not for being the heroine and with the folks she got into trouble with, her mouth would have surely gotten her killed if she were a side character.

Malik, our second. If you’re familiar with the characters on the Orville, he kind of reminds me of Bortus’ mate Klyden. He’s more of a peacemaker/caretaker, but not at all feminine. He’s 100% male, through and through. I rather liked him. There was something about his tentativeness that I found rather charming.

Finally, there’s Tarin, the first. He’s supposed to be the protector. However, I don’t see him more protective than Malik. I’d say he’s more of a leader than anything… and a provider. At times, his boldness surprised me. I found him very demanding. I tend to dig in my feet when I feel like someone’s controlling me, so I’m not quite sure how I feel about him. He definitely wasn’t a kick to the curb type of guy, and I certainly saw his appeal. Just not sure I’d mesh well with him.

Most romances I read have one heroine and one hero. This one had two heroes, which worked well. I’d say when it comes to multiple sex partners, two guys is more than enough. The author wrote the roles so none of the characters ever seemed excluded. I always hate when there’s not enough people to go around and one of the characters gets forgotten, left out, playing the voyeur or something odd. One gal and two guys sounds just right. Pulled directly from the book, Roberts described their of this species as:

There were always three. A first who guided and protected, a second who calmed and cared for them all, and a female. An elika. The female was always the center, always the most important, the most cherished.

I love that! I could see this in the way the males acted toward their female. And it wasn’t weird. I’ve read a lot of novels where the female is never let out of the male’s sight once they’ve been claimed. This wasn’t at all the case. They had a bond, but it was reasonable… kind of the way one would expect a normal male to act. Plus, they had great chemistry.

The Storyline

This novel started hot and heavy. From page one… no… the first line, the heroine was getting hot and heavy. It gave me a pretty good feeling that tis book was made for me. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed.

The stakes were high and believable. At first, I couldn’t understand why her bounty was worth so much labor. As the story progressed, it all became clear and added believability to the story. I liked that the main characters had something significant to lose (their life, each other, their livelihood).

The style of writing was different than I’m used to. It had a bit of a cheese factor. In fact, it was so cheesy at times, I had my doubts. Slowly, I got a feel for it. It was kind of cheesy in the way Guardians of the Galaxy is or The Orville… quirky in an enjoyable way.

I would say there was only one time toward the end, when Tarin cooked up a hair-brained scheme that was the stupidest and most suicidal idea ever, that I had an are you kidding me? moment.

Other than that one hiccup when the pack let Tarin think for them, I thought the book was well laid out. I got the impression Laylah Roberts knew exactly where she was planning to take the story because everything wrapped up extremely neatly in the end. I was highly satisfied with the conclusion. I’d definitely read another of her paranormal romance stories. I give this one a 4.5/5.

Favorite Lines

  • “Asswipe?” the same voice asked. “I do not wish to wipe your ass.”
  • “That would’ve been a bad investment if we had,” Alam told her. “So far you have taken a lot of care and attention.”
  • So this is her pleasure spot? It was on the outside. Unusual.
  • “Sanitary? Honey, you have been having sex incorrectly if you think it is supposed to be sanitary.”

*I received a free copy of this book through Netgalley.

Update and Novel Review: Dark Skye by Kresley Cole

It’s been forever since I’ve reviewed a book and I’m totally out of practice. In fact, I’m out of practice with everything in the book world. I honestly don’t even know what’s hot these days. However, I have a feeling things are going to change.

First with the update. Long story short: Back in 2013, I fell into some troubled times.  I went out and got a job I absolutely hated, which drained. me to the point I no longer felt motivated to read or write. I honestly thought I’d never find the passion again. I wanted to want to read, but just could seem to pick up a book and get started. Writing… well, that was out of the question.

This year, I enrolled in an Advanced Creative Writing class to try to force some motivation back into me. So far, I’ve hated it.

On Tuesday, something changed. I went to the library to take a proctored Calculus test (one of the other classes I’m enrolled in). While I waited for the librarian to get me set up, I browsed Kresley Cole books and found the next unread book in the Immortals After Dark series. I figured I’d check it out and try to read it before it was due again. I even got in a few enjoyable pages before my exam started. By the way, I rocked that Calculus exam (100%). Right now, my B is so high, if we ended the course today, it’d round up to 90%. I might actually pull an A out of this course.

Now for my review, which was a turning point in my life. First the blurb:

Dark Skye CoverEternal Obsession
As a boy, Thronos, prince of Skye Hall, loved Lanthe, a mischievous Sorceri girl who made him question everything about his Vrekener clan. But when the two got caught in the middle of their families’ war, tragedy struck, leaving Thronos and Lanthe bitter enemies. Though centuries have passed, nothing can cool his seething need for the beautiful enchantress who scarred his body—and left an even deeper impression on his soul.

Endless Yearning
Lanthe, a once-formidable sorceress struggling to reclaim her gifts, searches for love and acceptance with all the wrong immortal suitors. But she’s never forgotten Thronos, the magnificent silver-eyed boy who protected her until she was ripped from the shelter of his arms. One harrowing night changed everything between them. Now he’s a notorious warlord with a blood vendetta against Lanthe, hunting her relentlessly.

Can the heat of desire burn brighter than vengeance?
With their families locked in conflict and battles raging all around them, will Thronos and Lanthe succumb to the brutal chaos that threatens everything they cherish? Or will the fragile bond they formed so long ago spark a passion strong enough to withstand even the darkest doubts?


Dark Skye drew me in right from the start. I had some downtime before my exam and a terrifying hiccup during the exam (exam closed before my time was up) that gave me time to read a bit of this book while I waited. For the first time in I don’t know when, I actually didn’t want to put a book down. In fact, I didn’t. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours.

Unfortunately, I didn’t expect to review this book and didn’t take any notes. Alas, I’ll just tell you the feelings I had about the characters and the story.

Lanthe, our heroine. She was actually a pitiful one. The motto for her life was, Murphy’s law: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. Interesting, despite the writing showing she was an utter klutz at everything she attempted, I really didn’t get that impression of her. I think she stumbled her way through life fairly well. Most of her Murphy’s law incidents happened prior to the start of this story line.

Thronos is our hero of the story. He’s a goodie goodie, all righteous and shit. Honestly, his righteousness made him pitiful. What I loved about him is his brokenness… not spiritual or mental brokenness, but physical. Despite his injuries, he pushed through and I have to admit, that was so sexy. I can’t help but root for the underdog or someone who pushes through their challenges.

Storyline. I read back through my review of MacRieve. One of the complaints I had is the story didn’t move forward. This story picked up where the characters escape from Torture Island. To be honest, it didn’t really move the overall plot along either. However, I’ve been out of the reading realm for so long, I didn’t mind at all.

What I did like is it gave a nice introduction to some dimensions. I don’t remember if that was big in Kresley Cole’s previous books. We really did some traveling this time around. One dimensions, which I know we’ll see more of (I’ve already read the next couple of books) is Pandemonia.

I have a feeling I’m being generous, since I’m new to reading again. I’ve been pretty harsh in the past with my ratings. This was such a pivotal book to me, that I’m giving it 5/5 stars.