This book was absolutely fantastic. I've already added it to our library collection and will recommend it to students.
This book is perfect for lovers of anime series Sword Art Online and Ready Player One.
Waking up in the virtual reality of Leadale (a fantasy MMORPG) and undertanding this is now the "real life" was very easy for beta player Keina Kagami aka Cayna. Living in the body of an inmortal Elf with top class magic powers and a 200 y.o. supply of artifacts will quest along the new land to reestablish her domain of things and make sure the foundations of the world woun't crumble down.
A fast pased story with various video games links and a character evolution that would leave you wanting to know more.
Also, let's not forget the cute manga-style illustrations sprinkpled along the book and the chapter dividers that will make your reading experience a semi mix media approach.
Still, some of the gaming argot my cut in the middle of the story telling and some of the action loses force when not clearly explained. I was hoping to undertand Keina's background better but the story lack development in this field, maybe left for further installments.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy.
I'm tapping out on this one. I thought it would be fine, as I am a gamer and would understand any gamer/video game lingo in the story. But there was so much info-dumping every few pages that it was a chore to keep reading. I don't want the action to stop so the world can be explained to me; I want the world explained to me THROUGH the action. Also, some of the dialogue and interactions read very much in an animanga style. I guess that was the idea, but it's so weird reading it instead of seeing it drawn on the page or animated on the screen.
Speaking of the art, though, that is the one part done very well. The art style is lovely and I wish this had just been a manga or an anime. Though maybe with DotHack and Sword Art Online, this one wouldn't gain too much interest.
It just wasn't for me. Others might like it, though.
I adored the cover of what I thought was going to be a graphic novel but once I began reading it there were few illustrations and they were black and white rather than colour. The storyline was cute and endearing but I was really put off by the constant referral to game play such as health points and stored items. This is only interesting to me if I'm playing a game. If I'm reading a story I just want the story. I struggled to get to page 50 and gave up.
I received this arc from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.