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“This was a good young adult fantasy story. It was fast paced, action packed, and mysterious. It had trolls, ogres, zombies (I know!!!), and even a dragon. It was an interesting story.
We were introduced to five characters in the beginning and we soon came to learn that Gemma was the main protagonist of this first book. She was rich, smart, kind, pretty, and brave. She was too good to be true but I did like that even though she was a rich, pretty girl she was not shallow. The other characters were briefly described and gave you a sense as to who they were. Since it is a series, perhaps the rest of the characters will be further developed in the other books.
The plot of the story was also good. I enjoyed that these characters started off believing that they were out to test a new level of a popular game but instead they found themselves transported into a different world. I liked how the story kept you wondering whether or not the land of Anachronia existed. Along with the mysteries of the storyline, there were also some aspects of romance. I usually do enjoy romance in books but here it did not seem to fit with the characters. The boys seemed to quickly fall in love with Gemma and would do anything to protect her. Also, their spontanous kisses through me off. Other than the romance, the rest of the plot was good.
I have to give the ending of the book lots of props. It was a big surprise and a great way to leave the readers wanting to read more. It left me saying, "What?!" The ending was great!
In all, this was an enjoyable book. It was adventurous and fast paced. I recommend it for young adults.”
“-_- idk wat to say”Ratchet wrote this review Wednesday, January 5, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“There were a few things that kept this one from being rated higher on my own personal rating meter, including the consistent chapter wrap ups of where all key characters were and the untapped potential of the storyline. Overall, it ended well and left room for future installments...of which I will be curious to see. Happy reading!”GMR wrote this review Thursday, July 8, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book caught my eye right away. The story line alone made me want to pick it up and keep reading.
The book takes on the point of view of all the main characters with a focus on the POV of Gem. The book starts with the winners of the wordwick games, once these 5 are announced they get the chance to stay at the creator of the Wordwick Games' castle where they get to play the newest level in the game. Once they get the tour of the place, Henry Word (the inventor) sends them off to there rooms where the journey to the new Level and amazing world of Anachronia. The team soon learns of the rules to win the game and find out that words represent a great part of winning. Words are power; they can be used as weapons or as a way to control a situation.
As the players travel through the land making friends and enemies they must find a way to follow all the rules and win the game. Becoming the best player, and the crowned ruler of Anachronia.
The teens encounter strange creatures and intense road blocks. With a world filled with war, trolls, wizards and even dragons it's hard to be bored. When the gamers feel like something is up they come to realize that the game may not just be a game, they fear that the damage they take and the life they're living is real.
The ending to this story was fantastic, with twist and turns that leave you wondering about the truth, when reality finally hits the ending will leave you asking for more!
A must read for those who love adventure and fantasy, competition and suspense.
A great start and I can't wait to know what happens next.”