April 24, 2011

Heir Apparent

First, I'm SO sorry about disappearing for a week. I was over in Portland for Regionals. It was a blast! I had so much fun and met so many new people.

Second, don't be mad at me. I know it's another book review, but my goal is to review half the books I read. And I'm not keeping up with that goal. ;D

Here I present to you the review of 'Heir Apparent' by Vivian Vande Velde:

About the book: In the future video games get WAY cooler. Instead of watching the game on a screen, you are part of the game. You hear the sounds, smell the smells, and feel the annoyance of dieing over and over again. ☺

Giannine Bellisario, the main character, is just a normal girl. But in the video game, heir apparent, she becomes a heir to the thrown. Her goal? To become that heir...without dieing. Sounds easy? It isn't.

What's ever worse, After some weird crazy people come and damage the gaming equipment, Giannine gets stuck in the game. So it's win the game, or start over, and over, and over, and over, and over...

There's just one catch, she has to win before her brain has an over load of video gaming. So it's not just finish, it's finish quickly.

My thoughts:
Not a very original plot, but Vivian is such a great writer. Mind you I would not pick up all of her books, but this one is good.

The characters were well written. I could easily picture them in my mind through out the book. Like I said above, the plot wasn't very original but Vivian has a really good writing style.

I loved the fact that most of the video game characters got to be bad guys one way or another. Giannine approaches the game in so many different ways, it aloud a lot of the characters to change in how they acted.

Page number: 315

Genre: Sci-fiction/Fantasy

Recommend for ages: +14

Bad stuff: Occasional language. One of the characters that pops up, around the end of the book, is dressed REALLY immodestly and uses it to get what she wants. And then some violence. Nothing detailed or gory. But she does get killed, in the game, over and over again.

Romance: None that I can recall.

Recommendation: I would have to give it a three out of five due to things that didn't need to be added to the book.

Vivian has some great books out there, it's just trying to find them. I will be doing a review of one that I whole heartily recommend, 'The Rumpelstiltskin Problem'.

Any comments or questions. I would LOVE to hear or answer them.


Bridget said...

I've read this book and the Rumpelstiltskin Problem. I loved them both, Vivian Vande Velde is a great author!
It was awesome to see you last week, if only for a short time. =]

Liz said...

Sounds great! I put a hold on it at the library. =)
Thanks for the book reviews! I love hearing about books and discovering new ones to add to my "to read" list.

Hope you're having a wonderful week! :)
~ Liz

Lèrowen said...

Bridget: It was awesome to see you too! Have you read any others by Vivian or just those two? ☺