Gamer Girl By author: Glynis Astie
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Length: 330 pages
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What they day: Struck by tragedy at an early age, Meri Palmer escaped into the only world she understood. Within the virtual realm of online gaming, she lived a life filled with mythical creatures and thrilling adventures, where she was strong, powerful, clever, and beautiful—everything she believed she wasn’t in real life. As the years went by, her desire to cling to her cherished fantasyland only grew stronger. But when Meri meets Morgan, equal parts gorgeous and goofball, she begins to wonder if the time has finally come to rejoin the so-called real world. Channeling the bravery of her fairy warrior alter ego, Meri slowly lets Morgan beyond the protective walls she’s built around her heart. Just as she finds a comfortable groove in an uncertain world, Morgan succumbs to insecurities of his own, leaving her lost and confused. Through her battle to regain her equilibrium, Meri will discover that even in reality, things aren’t always what they seem. Will Meri win the battle raging in her heart and summon the will to rescue her knight in shining armor? Or will she give in to the fear and find her game over?
The Review: I’m so thrilled to be part of this blog tour-that of ‘Gamer Girl’ by Glynis Astie!
I have to admit when I heard of this book I was very excited. First off there was Ms. Astie herself, who I had encountered on social media and is so lovely, but also I love to hear of concepts that are chick lit but with a twist on them, and this sounded right up might street! Add to this the cover (how gorgeous is it, honestly!) and I jumped to review. I’ll point out straight away that while I used to pay video games, and now have sons who play video games, I’m not a gamer, and I still did really enjoy. I think it would suit all people who are chick lit fans and look for something a bit edgier although I think it will be bang on for people who do game.
But I digress. The book opens with a fantasy world where the person in the game is meeting a key character for the first time. It is a fantasy game, and we get a slight taste of what has been going on with this character to date, the people they trust, and those they don’t. An attack ensues. The descriptions in these game sequences were vivid and extremely engaging, it was like you had stepped straight into this world. Exiting it, you meet twenty four year old Meri Palmer, who is fully immersed in said game:
‘I wrenched off my headset and hurled it to the floor.’
Meri, who works in ‘the hottest new gaming company in Manhattan,’ Ludicrux Games, lives with her Grams, and we soon learn that her life hasn’t been easy (special mention here to the flashbacks of her past, that were so beautiful and touching). Despite this, she is a vibrant positive character, albeit one who is finding it hard to trust people, who has ideas of what she wants for her future. In this quirky, out there work environment that was always interesting, we are introduced to her best friend Declan, and her crush, Morgan. The characters in this were perfection, the chemistry between Declan and she brilliant, and there were so many touching moments between the two
” ‘We’re the most ridiculous pair, Meri’
‘We are indeed.’ I kissed the top of his head. ‘And I wouldn’t change a thing.'”
There was also the growth of Meri in the book, which was masterful. The romance in this book was also so lovely, and I smiled as it happened (no spoilers). There were secrets galore and the pacing meant that you began to think of them at the right time to keep you want to reading. It wasn’t a ‘BAM!’ something’s happened, kind of book, except in the fantasy pages, which, you realised quite soon, were mirroring real life, but more that you’d be lead into an idea that someone was not as they seemed and I liked this style. I’m afraid there were small parts of the book, both in the fantasy and out, that perhaps went over my head, and so I had to re-read parts, but it didn’t really impact the flow of the book that much.
The final word has to be on the comedy of the book, which was mostly very much up my street, and the references, which again, were me (also for reminding me that I have to have to read ‘Ready Player One!’). Gamer Girl was a lovely, touching book with lashings of comedy that were so perfect it was like they were tailor made, and I will most definitely be reading more by Ms Astie in the future. Oh and did I mention it’s only £0.99 on Amazon at the moment?! Thanks so much to HCL author services for the book in return for an honest review and make sure you follow the blog tour, the details of which are below!
About the author
Glynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how, in only six short months, she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien. The end result became her first novel, French Twist. As this was just the beginning of their epic love story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel, French Toast, and the final installment in the series, French Fry. After she finished milking her life story for all it was worth, she decided to write straight-up fiction with Gamer Girl, which infuses her beloved chick lit with a hint of fantasy. When Glynis is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.
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