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When Allison s best friend, TJ, convinces her to come along for an epic game of LARP live action role playing , she reluctantly agrees despite her reservations about the geeky pastime TJ s weekends are filled with powerful wizardry, mystical creatures, and intense battles with his LARP group Each adventure is full of surprises, but the goal is always the same to defeat the monsters and find the treasure Not long after their quest begins, the friends discover that something has gone wrong The fantasy world they ve built has transformed, and the battle they re in the midst of is no longer make believe Now they must fight for survival against brigands, kobolds, and other deadly mythical creatures that come to life Fortunately, the group s once fictional magical powers have also become real including Allison s newly acquired gifts as a healer They ll need everything in their arsenal if they hope to make it home alive If I wanted to read about gamers being gatekeepery douches, telling the female lead how to play her character, telling her which class she has to play, which spells she has to know, and then cracking the shits when she tries to make a decision for herself, I d read the gamergate hashtag on Twitter.If it turns out that something interesting happens after page 27 and by interesting I mean Allison and Leslie, the only other named female character thus far, run off together and leave the litera If I wanted to read about gamers being gatekeepery douches, telling the female lead how to play her character, telling her which class she has to play, which spells she has to know, and then cracking the shits when she tries to make a decision for herself, I d read the gamergate hashtag on Twitter.If it turns out that something interesting happens after page 27 and by interesting I mean Allison and Leslie, the only other named female character thus far, run off together and leave the literal unwashed teenage boys to fend for themselves let me know and I wait, I flicked ahead and that doesn t happen Never mind What happens when an innocent weekend of LARPing turns real That s what a group of teens face when they meet in the woods Suddenly they actually become their characters and face a JRR Tolkien world This book is exciting and I can t wait to read the next in the series. 2 4 18.99 for Kindle Review copy provided by Netgalley From the time I discovered The Chronicles of Narnia as a kid I was drawn to stories about young people transported to a magical place Whenever I ran across a book with that premise I d snatch it up and give it a try.So, of course I had to read It s All Fun And Games.I ve never done any live action or table top role playing, although I think it sounds fun and would have if I d had the opportunity I ve done my share of adventure gamin 2 4 18.99 for Kindle Review copy provided by Netgalley From the time I discovered The Chronicles of Narnia as a kid I was drawn to stories about young people transported to a magical place Whenever I ran across a book with that premise I d snatch it up and give it a try.So, of course I had to read It s All Fun And Games.I ve never done any live action or table top role playing, although I think it sounds fun and would have if I d had the opportunity I ve done my share of adventure gaming with computer games.So the premise of this story really appealed to me.I liked the use of a newbie, Allison, to whom the basic rules are explained, so a reader unfamiliar with this kind of gaming is giving the basics in a way that seems natural to the story I think enough information was given to inform the reader, but not so much it seemed artificial or dragged the story down.As the story begins we re introduced to TJ, the regular LARPer, and his friend Allison who he convinces, reluctantly, to join in a game one weekend The fact that TJ seems to have a bit of a crush on Allison and tempts her to come along with the information that a guy she has a crush on will be there was such a classic young person ploy it made me chuckle.We re soon introduced to the rest of TJ s group, Chuck, Simon, Jimmy, and Stu, and we re given the mission, Word has reached us that a mighty wizard has arisen from the squabbles of Arcanum in Estervary One stands supreme amid the ruins of his rivals and is able to act unchecked at least for now He has turned his eyes westward, with thoughts of war and conquest Or shall we ride forth to meet him, to turn him aside before he comes within a hundred leagues For myself, and for our people, I choose the later The adventure game starts off normally enough, but soon the group finds itself in a situation where things have obviously changed Arrows from adversaries are suddenly deadly real TJ and his group suddenly find that their weapons also are suddenly real, as are the abilities, knowledge and even some memories, of their characters.At first they don t have much time to think about this as they re in the middle of being attacked But afterward they seem to accept it rather quickly and with minimal thought or question, which seems strange In part this makes some sense perhaps, because although they maintain their own memories and thoughts, they now additionally have memories and thoughts of the characters they ve created and been playing As if they are still themselves, but also now actually their character as well.I thought that was an interesting aspect, this duality of memories and knowledge It also meant they conveniently had information, as well as abilities, to assist them along the way I enjoyed this story, but also was a bit disappointed Early on an event occurred that should have hademotional impact than it did, but we re just not given enough to be very invested in the characters I found them all likable enough, but would have liked to have hadin the way of characterization and interaction so that we really felt for these young people Possibly the fact that they were not overly distressed or confused by their situation lessened the impact for us as well.Due to the fact that knowledge and ability needed was usually conveniently there, and the fact that I wasn t too emotionally invested in the characters, the tension and suspense in risky or dangerous situations wasn t what it could have been.We re not ever given any explanation on how they magically came to be in this place, with their characters and the game story suddenly real I was fine with that though, although some hint would have been nice.Overall I d give the first half of this story a solid 3, I liked it , and I do think the second half of the story was better So I m giving this a 3 , rounding up to 4 because I do think this is an enjoyable read plus extra points for a book that will appeal to guys those are often so hard to find.I received a free, expiring, copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review I received a free copy of this ARC read for review ebook request from Netgalley, Nerdist publishing, and the author in exchange for an honest review.TJ invites his friend Allison for a weekend of Live Action role playing She accepts and joins his friends Jimmy, Stu, Chuck and her friend Nathan who goes to school with him in their pretend mission set to save the world from an evil wizard and other fantasy creatures Now with one of their friends murdered and far from home, Allison and friends mu I received a free copy of this ARC read for review ebook request from Netgalley, Nerdist publishing, and the author in exchange for an honest review.TJ invites his friend Allison for a weekend of Live Action role playing She accepts and joins his friends Jimmy, Stu, Chuck and her friend Nathan who goes to school with him in their pretend mission set to save the world from an evil wizard and other fantasy creatures Now with one of their friends murdered and far from home, Allison and friends must continue their quest to survive this strange land Will they ever be able to return home Read on and find out for yourself This was a pretty good fantasy novel and my first read from author Dave Barrett It was action packed and had a great storyline with characters It is also the first of the series and I look forward to see what happens next to our heroes I enjoyed checking this out Look for this book when it comes out in August in bookstores and wherever books are sold