The Fool (Virtual Arcana)

The Fool (Virtual Arcana)

by Karen Amanda Hooper

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Overview

The Matrix meets The Notebook (with a sprinkle of The Giver).

Kelsey loves books and lattes, preferably together, and is the kind of girl who follows rules to the letter. Unfortunately, her twin sister is obsessed with outlawed virtual reality...a bad vice to have when the government controls everything from entertainment privileges to caffeine consumption.

If her sister would just keep her nose out of trouble, maybe they could survive senior year. But when Kelsey meets a charming book connoisseur and accepts his offering of a tarot card, she takes the first step toward her own risky addictions: the guy of her dreams, and his virtual escapes into her beloved storybooks.

But the tarot cards can’t guarantee a happy ending when the line between reality and fiction becomes dangerously blurred.

SEASON 1 EPISODE LIST:

The Fool ~ Virtual Arcana #0
The Magician ~ Virtual Arcana #1
The High Priestess~ Virtual Arcana #2
The Empress ~ Virtual Arcana #3
The Emperor ~ Virtual Arcana #4
The Hierophant ~ Virtual Arcana #5
The Lovers ~ Virtual Arcana #6

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046282351
Publisher: Karen Amanda Hooper
Publication date: 11/06/2014
Series: Virtual Arcana
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 657,672
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 13 Years

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The Fool (Virtual Arcana) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
TheBookBag More than 1 year ago
Wonderful start to what I know is going to be a great series. I love Karen's stories and was excited to hear that she was releasing her next project as a serial, which means we don't have to wait so long to read her words. Win! Win! The Fool is the first installment of the Virtual Arcana series and sets the ground work for what I think will be a great set of stories. It is set in the future, years after 'The Crash', where the United States is no longer and you can be servely punished for playing illegal video games. What? The fact that Kelsey loves her caffeine, which sadly is rationed out in this new world, and absolutely loves print books, endeared her to my heart. We are kindered spirits. She befriends, in a way, the cute guy from the coffee shop and is puzzled when he gives her a tarot card but swears her to secrecy. What can it mean? And what has she gotten herself into? I can't wait to read the next episode to find out more! Keep writing, Karen!
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Jessica_Peterson More than 1 year ago
When I saw that Karen Amanda Hooper was doing a series of futuristic sci-fi romance, I knew I absolutely had to request it from NetGalley. I loved her Kindrily series (if you haven’t read it, pick it up NOW. You can see my review of the first HERE). The Virtual Arcana are being released serial style- short episodes released frequently. While Dystopia is king right now, shiny, futuristic settings are not. Most Dystopia’s are like The Hunger Games, where it’s a bit post-apocalyptic, and the main characters survive wilderness rather than technology. Suffice to say I was thrilled to find “The Fool” was set far in the future, with exciting and fun technology. It’s been a while since I’ve read this type of setting, so that was an A+ in my book. As our main girl Kelsey goes along in the next episodes, I’m sure the tech is bound to get even more interesting. Because this is only the first episode (each ep. is between 15-20k words), most of the pages were spent setting up the world, introducing characters, and getting a handle on what exactly is going on in the stifled land of Equatia. Not much is going on, it appears, since the government has limits and controls on literally everything people do during their day, down to how much caffeine they are allowed to have. Kelsey and her sister Keekee aren’t model citizens, as their shenanigans have forced their family to move three times. The sisters dream of moving to a foreign country, where they hope rules will be fewer and far between. And then Kelsey meets Xander, a mysterious book loving, coffee adoring boy who gives her a card with the Arcana image of “The Fool” and a cryptic message. As she searches a little deeper and finds he has a dark secret, Kelsey has to decide what is really important to her: living an interesting and exciting (albeit dangerous) life, or following the rules just like the rest of the sheep in Equatia. There’s some instalove (lust) here, but because it’s a short section of the book, nothing other than tension and chemistry really happens. It’s not like they see each other and are suddenly madly in love. I forsee an adorable and interesting romance between Kelsey and Xander, though I’m quite certain it will be extremely complicated. With an incredibly intriguing setup and setting, a mysterious love interest and a shiny but dangerous world, Karen Amanda Hooper has completely drawn me in yet again. I cannot wait to read the next episode!
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ExploringAllGenres More than 1 year ago
This is also my first experience with serial style series, where the story is broken up into episodes and seasons. While Kelsey’s character didn’t instantly grab hold of my attention she did grow on me quite quickly, especially when her love of books is brought to light. How can I not love a character who loves books? I also enjoyed how the books that were considered classics in this story are books that relatively new releases for us readers here in the real world. Referencing books I have read or want to read certainly helped to grab my attention. Her obsession with coffee I can also understand. Kelsey is flawed, and while some readers may not like how she acts sometimes and how she is willing to put far too much on the line just to get another flavored latte, it is these flaws that give her appeal to me. The reason behind this is I enjoy flawed characters, for don’t we all have flaws that we must contend with? If she was a perfect character that did nothing wrong and followed the rules exactly as she should then she would be a very boring character and it would ruin te book for sure. Her sister Keekee is another one of these flawed characters, though we certainly see less of her than Kelsey. Having been a major gamer myself a few years back I can understand the overwhelming desire to do just about anything to be able to play a video game. That doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for her to risk everything, including her family’s home and chance for a future, just to get a few hours of gaming time in, but hey she’s a teen, she makes mistakes. Xander was another different character. He loved books, which makes him appealing right there, but I felt that I didn’t quite get a good enough look at his character to truly judge how much I like him. There are some interesting tidbits about him that are revealed in this book and I do see that he has good potential to be a strong and likeable character as the series progresses. I must admit that I’m not quite a fan of the serial style way of publishing a book. I felt that I didn’t get enough of the story to truly decide what I feel about the characters and the story itself. That is y main complaint about the book. It was good, and I see potential for another great series as it progresses, but I felt that because we are getting the book in shorter increments that something is missing. The biggest thing I missed was the world building. I want to know more about this world they live in, I want to find out more about the Crash, which was only mentioned and not really elaborated on and I want to see more character development. All of these things will happen in time as the next episodes in this series comes out, but as it sits right now I am craving more and that is what held me back from giving this book a full five stars. Yes, I could have waited til all seven episodes were out to get the full story but I doubt I could have. Overall I quite enjoyed the beginning to this series and I see a great potential for this to make Karen Hooper’s others series. The serial style isn’t for everyone but perhaps I will become more accepting of it as the series continues on. I feel that those who enjoy YA series will enjoy this book, but those who want the whole story in one shot would be best to wait until it is all released before diving into this. I look forward to reading the rest of the series as it releases as I can see it only getting better from here.