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Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X Series #1)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I¿ve been a loyal fan of Richelle Mead since The Vampire Academy

I’ve been a loyal fan of Richelle Mead since The Vampire Academy series and this new series did not let me down. The setting for this series is in the future after religious extremists nearly wipe out all of humanity. Now all religious factions and supernatural claims a...
I’ve been a loyal fan of Richelle Mead since The Vampire Academy series and this new series did not let me down. The setting for this series is in the future after religious extremists nearly wipe out all of humanity. Now all religious factions and supernatural claims are monitored and investigated by servitors. One such servitor, Justin March, is sent into exile after failing at his job. Now he is being recalled and Mae Koskinen, an enhanced soldier, is sent to bring him back to help solve a string of ritualistic murders which turns into so much more than the two may be able to handle.

In typical Mead fashion we have very fleshed out characters, even the minor ones. Her characters are not perfect and in fact are extremely flawed. Justin is an alcoholic and a druggy and loves to smoke and Mae has severe control issues. The future world that Mead has created isn’t too far out of my comfort zone and I could picture what she wrote. One thing that is obvious is that these Gods need people to worship them and since they aren’t getting it they are going to act out and make sure someone notices.

From page one I was absorbed into this world and I look forward to the next installment. Since The Gameboard of Gods focused more on the development of the characters I do hope the next one has more of a storyline. Well worth the read and definitely different than anything she has written before and is catered towards adults and for people with an open mind (and don’t compare this to her Vampire Academy series).

(ARC was provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)

posted by kopsahl on September 1, 2013

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11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

Are people forgetting that Mead has written adult novels before?

Are people forgetting that Mead has written adult novels before? She has an entire adult series that's built around a Succubus and those
books are several years old. They are also excellently written and have a depth of character to them that's missing in lots of books ...
Are people forgetting that Mead has written adult novels before? She has an entire adult series that's built around a Succubus and those
books are several years old. They are also excellently written and have a depth of character to them that's missing in lots of books now-a-days.
So could everyone please stop calling this book her "debut" into adult novels, her debut came long ago and it was excellent. 

posted by Always-Intrigued on August 27, 2013

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  • Posted June 13, 2013

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    *shakes head* Gameboard of the Gods.. how disappointing and long

    *shakes head* Gameboard of the Gods.. how disappointing and long and excruciating you turned out to be. I was SO happy when I got a review copy from Penguin Canada and I couldn't wait to dive in. Yes it is a hefty book, but who cares? the synopsis sounded fantastic and it is Richelle Mead for God's sake! The reason why I opted for a mini review instead of a full one is because I have so much to complain about and it isn't really effective for me to whine so I'll just summarize all the problems I had with this book that made it in the end a not so happy reading experience. This is an NA book, however with the graphic and descriptive scenes I felt it is more adult, and I didn't appreciate the careless nature the main characters had in regards to their love life, or more like lust life. Justin was such a womanizing Jerk while Mae was just void of any emotional depth. All Justin thought about was women and drugs while Mae basically felt like a robot to me. Then there was the actual plot which was basically a mind melting one, not the good kind. I just felt that we were left in the dark for too long and I didn't appreciate not knowing what the hell was going on. At times I had to go and read reviews just to understand some aspect of the world building because it was so confusing. Also, the plot promises a murder mystery investigation but so much happened in this book, the deities and religions, the dystopian world, the murder, the supposed romance, and the promise Justin has to fulfill. It was a bit too much to take for a single book and while the plot had a lot going for it, most of the time I was pretty bored. I personally wouldn't recommend it to anyone because this book put me in a reading slump and I managed to read it in around 8 days. If you know me, that is pretty bad since I usually finish a 500 page book in two days maximum. All in all, this book won't shape my opinion of Richelle Mead and I do intend on reading her VA and Bloodline series, but just not this one.
    Note: apparently the back of the book said "new adult series" meaning it is a new ADULT series, like brand new. That completely threw me off! 

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

     I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for

     I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. 
    Honestly, I didn't like this book. It was very close to being a Did Not Finish book. This was the first of Richelle Mead's books that I've ever read, and I was hoping it would be like my experience with Julie Kagawa, where I completely fall in love with her books. Sadly, that didn't happen. I'm sure Richelle Mead fans all over are at their screens right now reading this review in disbelief. 
    I didn't really care for any of the characters. If Horatio and Magnus were supposed to be moral support, or comic relief, they failed utterly in both respects. I wanted to ignore Justin the entire time, and Mae was just plain aggravating. I found all of the characters except perhaps Tessa, to be very 2 dimensional, flat, and boring. The story line dragged on...and on...and on. I kept checking my Kindle to see how much more I had left of the book to finish.
    The only real reason why I finished this book was because I felt compelled to. I made a promise to Net Galley, and I was going to complete it. I was very disappointed, and now I'm not sure if I will even try the author's other series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2013

    I was very excited to read this book seeing an ad for it in Ente

    I was very excited to read this book seeing an ad for it in Entertainment Weekly. However, I am disappointed. The story is quite boring and very drawn out. I feel like I read 300 pages and nothing exciting has happened. I could not even finish it because it just got too boring.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Repetative

    The author uses the same phrases and series of events over and over. It's like she is not creative enough to come up with different descriptive senarios . So boring I skipped ahead a bunch of times and didn't even miss a thing. Make it shorter if you are going to use the same unimaginative prose. Good concept which could have worked.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    I couldn't get into this book. It took me three weeks to finish

    I couldn't get into this book. It took me three weeks to finish and honestly the only reason I finished it was
    because I was hoping it would get better.  It didn't!  It was painfully boring. 

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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