It's All Fun and Games

It's All Fun and Games

by Dave Barrett

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ISBN-13: 9781941758816
Publisher: Inkshares
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Fun and Games Series
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 795,015
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Dave Barrett lives with his wife, three children, and an active imagination in Hampden, Maine, where he teaches financial accounting at the University of Maine. It’s All Fun and Games is the first in his series of Young Adult novels and was selected as a winner of the inaugural Nerdist Collection Contest.

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It's All Fun and Games 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MadgeWhitlin More than 1 year ago
I still remember when I came across the giveaway for this book on goodreads. I read the description and knew I wanted to read it, because it reminded me a lot of the movie Knights of Badassdom. The book didn’t blow me away, but, like Knights of Badassdom, it was a fun read. I was a little annoyed by the main (and only, I think) female character–Allison–being a newbie to all the LARPing stuff (and by the thing that finally persuaded her to go with TJ), because it felt so cliche, but honestly it could have been much worse. Allison, in the beginning, kind of served as a way for those of us who haven’t participated in stuff like this to get a quick breakdown of how it works and what the rules are, as things happened, without it being overwhelming or boring. She was pretty smart, caught on to things quickly, and the boys in her group didn’t treat her very different from each other just because she was a girl. At first things are just a pretty normal LARPing experience. Then, all hell breaks loose. The shift from our world to the game world was not my favorite transition. It was so sudden and jarring that it broke my immersion in the story and it took a few pages for me to get back into it. Once I did, it was pretty much smooth sailing for the rest of the book. I ended up finishing this in a day. I don’t want to talk much about what happens with the characters, and their LARP characters, because ~spoilers~ and all that, but I thought it was an interesting idea. What I did not know, going into this book, is that it was meant to be the first in a series. I have no idea if there ever will be a sequel or not (I hope so), but I haven’t been able to find any info about it if it’s in the works. This was a fun, quick, action-packed read. But, I never got very attached to any of the characters, and I think that lessened the impact of the potential danger. I would definitely read the sequel, if it came out before I’d completely forgotten this first book. I won a copy from a giveaway on goodreads, but I planned to buy it myself if I didn't. Now I'm thinking about purchasing a copy as a gift for someone because I liked it enough to want to hold on to my copy.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Inkshares for the opportunity to read and review It's All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett. The prologue reveals an archer shooting at a group of friends. At first, it seems like a prank until they see that their friend is badly injured. Chapter One opens with teenagers planning a weekend trip to the woods for some LARPing- live action role-playing- and when they arrive in the woods, their roles are set out for them. They head out for their adventure and everything seems as it should be, for a while. The group meets other players at set stations and are given points, powers, caution and advice. Eventually, their roles, powers and enemies become real and they fall into danger. The commoners, thieves and creatures are real and so is the danger and violence. They have to rely on each other to survive. This unique book with a LARPing concept is fun, creative and original; 4 stars for a survival adventure wrapped up in a fantasy setting!