December 31, 2017

#TheBookAddicts: December Pick! Game of Shadows by @ErikaElyLewis #BoTM

We hope you had a great time with this month's book!! This wonderful Young Adult Fantasy by Erika Lewis called Game of Shadows was amazing! We hope that you joined us for the chat and entered the giveaway. But if you didn't get a chance our next author and title are coming your way!! So we hope that you will join us as we talk about books and more! #TheBookAddicts

Publisher: Tor Books
Number of Pages: Hardcover400
Recommended Age Group: Young Adult
Fiction Genre: Fantasy 
How I Acquired this book: Publisher 

Overall rating: ★★★★★
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About the Book: Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.

Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he's ever seen. He's assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.

Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.

Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for.

About the Author: Erika Lewis graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Math. And what do you do with a degree in Math? You become a writer of course… eventually…

She moved to the west coast following her dream to work in television. And after fifteen glorious years developing and producing for truly awesome places, like Sony Pictures Entertainment, Fireworks Television, 20th Television, that’s a division of Fox if you didn’t know that, and then at G4, where she could finally be free to be the nerd she had always been. She had more collectible toys in her office than even the famed executive producers of ATTACK OF THE SHOW and XPLAY. At least that’s the way she remembers it.

So how did this circle back to the beginning of this bio? A Math major becoming a writer? Because she’d actually always been a writer, she just never told anyone. She would write and write, edit and edit, then realize that it wasn’t good enough and go back in for yet another pass. And when she finally had several projects she really loved, that’s when she knew it was time to unleash them to the world.

Her first project, a graphic novel, THE 49TH KEY, is currently being featured in Heavy Metal Magazine, and will be released in trade in summer, 2017. Along with her amazing partner, Jessica Chobot, she’s currently working with LINE Webtoon and Legendary Comics on FIREBRAND, an ongoing comic series. Her first novel, GAME OF SHADOWS hits the bookstore shelves February 28th, 2017 from TOR/Forge Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers.

There are several other really exciting projects that you will be hearing much more about soon, but if she leaked them now, she’d get in big, big, big trouble. She resides in the sunshine state of California. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she’s usually playing with her big fluffy Golden Retriever, or running, or at one of the bookstores or comic shops by her house. And always drinking coffee.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: We get a wonderful world full of magic that reminded me of the Myst's of Avalon. 
Check out author's other books or related books? Of course! 
Recommend this book? YES fans of the Mysts of Avalon will love this! 

Notes and Opinions: This story was very good it grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go of until your done.  The only issue I had with the entire thing was that some of the word usage/dialogue sounded weird.  I just don't believe a 14-year-old boy would use these words as well as slightly cheesy.  I wish Ethan would have been older maybe 16/17.  It would have been a little better if you ask me. But those were the only issues I had with the entire thing.  

The story was a fast-paced story blended with Celtic mythology and was so good.  It would be a great story for those who are transitioning from high middle grade to young adult.  It gives us everything a ready would want in a story. The story is a little speedy at times but it was really good.  The characters play an integral part in this one.  I really liked Ethan and Christian they blended well as a team.  I do wish with the plot that Ethan would have freaked out a little bit.  He goes from normal day into a world he didn't even know existed and he has almost no reaction to it.  I also liked that the author didn't make Ethan automatically good at everything. He couldn't ride a horse even though he had lessons. It was a great detail that wasn't overlooked.  The story also has many funny moments that will get you laughing.   
The world building isn't in depth but you won't be lost. We get enough information to know what is going on.  We get some great creatures and a wonderful world to learn about.  We get a wonderful world full of magic that reminded me of the Myst's of Avalon. 

Go Into This One Knowing:  This book has everything you're looking for in a story. A fast-paced plot, wonderful culture, great characters, and one epic journey! It's one I could see becoming a tv show or even movie.
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