Thursday, November 5, 2015

Review: Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods (Age of X #1) by Richelle Mead
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.
When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.
Gameboard of the Gods, the first installment of Richelle Mead’s Age of Xseries, will have all the elements that have made her YA Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series such megasuccesses: sexy, irresistible characters; romantic and mythological intrigue; and relentless action and suspense.


Publishes in US: June 4th 2013 by Dutton Adult
Genre: na paranormal
Source: library
Series? Age of X #1

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     I wanted to read game board of the gods because I've been on a mead kick lately. Mae is one of the two main characters. She reminded me a lot of rose and Georgina, which isn't a bad thing since I absolutely adored the strength and literal and figurative kick ass ness of the two from vampire academy and succubus series. Mae is part of the military in the futuristic world.
Justin is the second main character and his details were a little harder to figure out. He has voices in his head which he refers to as ravens. I am kinda unsure of me is crazy, or of it odd from the gods, or perhaps some sort of implant which is partly why Mae is so strong and killer reflexes.
While the writing was good and I liked Mae, setting up the world and getting the plot going took a bit. I kept in mind though that it took me a bit to get into her other series and the effort was well worth it.
    The shifting perspectives threw me off, because Mead usually only does one pov, and I think that is how I prefer it. Although we would be missing a lot in this story only having one or the other, but still.

     The romantic tension was great. We got to see them together before it came out that they were working together. But each made an impression on the other, and it builds as they realize Mae is his protector and as she sees his addictive lifestyle, but she still can't stop thinking about that night they were together and their conversation ans connection.

    While I enjoyed some of it-it was not my favorite by Mead and I will not be continuing the series. Because this turned out to be more political than I expected. In the middle I got caught up in all of it and then it slowed down a bit for me. I was trying to follow and weed out what was important and what was just false leads. I ended up skimming quite a bit but I cared about Mae and Justin enough to get to the end at least.

Bottom Line: Good characters but too much politics for me.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you believe in the work of God or gods in our lives?

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