Wednesday, June 19, 2013

GIVEAWAY & Review: Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Title: Gameboard of the Gods

Author: Richelle Mead

Publisher: Dutton Adult

Publication Date: June 2013

Genre: Adult Fiction/Sci-Fi

Series or Stand Alone: Series, Book One

Synopsis can be found here.
NetGalley review.

Review:

Mae, a member of the most elite military team there is, is assigned to guard Dr. Justin March, a once exiled professional when he is welcomed home to solve a series of unexplained murders. Set in this futuristic society, where everyone stays within their caste system, and secrets are hiding everywhere, can Justin and Mae find the killer before they strike again? Without killing each other first?

I am a huge Richelle Mead fan so I was literally, jumping up and down, up and down, up and down, when I was approved to read this ARC. I mean, I love Vampire Academy. I love Succubus series. I thought it was a sure bet.

Sadly, I was mistaken.
Wait, wait. Let me explain why before you start throwing tomatoes at me!

The world building is interesting. There's a lot going on and while this new society's rules and flaws are intriguing, it's not enough to make up for, what I feel, is the big piece missing in this book.

Any book I read, I want to at least have some sympathy for the main character. But Mae isn't the woman for me. She's too cold, almost totally unfeeling. As the book goes on, and her story is revealed, it is understanding why she is the way she is. But I still can't get past the sad fact that I don't like her. She's almost, I'm sorry to say, uninteresting. She's flawless, beautiful, a killing machine, and emotionally detached and withdrawn. Even during her emotional outbursts, I failed to feel the real human behind them.

Justin March is no better. He has the most personality of anyone in the book, yet he's over the top. His vices and self indulgence is too much for him to be sympathetic. I'm not saying every hero has to be shy or humble or even likeable, but there has to be something in him that attracts the main character (and reader) and why you root for them. There's a small moment in the beginning of the book when all of this is possible. You can see them together. You can see how they would be attracted to each other.
And just as quickly, it's gone. Through misunderstanding and stubbornness, their attraction is flung away for almost the entire rest of the book.
And frankly, by the end, I didn't care if they got together or not. I just couldn't feel the chemistry.

Tessa, the young teenager that Justin brings into this new country as his protegee, has such a minor story that I wasn't sure why she was around at all. I'm sure Mead has plans for her in the upcoming series but in this one, she reminded me of a someone's little sister who lurks in the background, just enough to be annoying.

I won't lie. I was not impressed with this story. Maybe this world or these characters just weren't for me. The secondary characters fell flat and I wasn't invested in the mystery or plot. 

I will probably pick up book two because I am such a fan of Richelle, and because I know sometimes it takes a while for a series to find it's stride.
So I hope future books in this series will make up for this one.

Rating 4 Not My Cup of Tea


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37 comments:

  1. yeah....i still have not finished this. i put it down and haven't been in the mood to pick it up. which is sad cause i love richelle, too. but we'll see. interesting to hear why you did not like it.

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    1. Hope you finish it, so we can talk about it! :)

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  2. I like her Vampire Academy series. I have read it once before but I am going back and rereading it all over again.

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    1. I love her VA series too! But my favorite so far is the Succubus series. SWOON

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  3. I have yet to read any Rachelle Mead but I will be delving into the Vampire Academy series in August! :)

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    1. Go for it! It's such a great, strong series. You'll love it!

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  4. I didn't like this one, either. I actually didn't even finish it, because the book was sooooo slow-paced. Great review!

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    1. Thanks Erica! I'm glad I'm not alone on this one, though at the same time, I am sad I didn't like it.
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I actually haven't read any of her books yet... (so ashamed!). I've had Vampire Academy on my list for 5 years now and it's been pushed back (at first just because I got other book recommendations, and later because the series was daunting to take on!), but this summer I have resolved to read them finally :D

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  6. I have actually not read any of Richelle Mead's books yet (I know! I know! I'm sorry!)

    Brynna

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    1. Bryanna!
      Shameful! Just kidding!

      Good luck!

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  7. I'm dying to read this book! Thanks for sharing ;) I really liked her Iron Swan series even though I hated the series end.

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    1. I haven't read it yet! I am dying to! I might start it this month! Thanks for entering!

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  8. I have only read her vampire academy & bloodlines series. I guess I would have to go with Bloodlines. I am team Adrian. ;-)

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    1. Team Adrian! :)

      I'm actually Team Dimitri but I mean, why do we have to choose? :)

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  9. I havent read any of her books yet..I have a few of vampire academy- which im starting afer i catch up on another series and i have bloodlines and the golden lily which ill start soon too! thanks for the giveaway!!

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  10. I don't have a favorite because I haven't read any of her books yet. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  11. I loved VA, it was amazing, and now I want to continue with Bloodlines just because of Adrian.

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    1. Adrian is everyone's favorite!
      I can't wait to read about his adventures in Bloodlines. I haven't started that series yet!

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  12. Definitely her Vampire Academy series!! It's one of my favorite series ever :)

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  13. Bloodlines is my favorite. Sydrian is my kryptonite :)

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    1. LOL I really have to start reading that series

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  14. I've only read her VA series, but i'm super excited for this book! Thanks! :)

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  15. Bloodlines! I do not know how to say no to Adrian Ivashkov. ;D (Picking my favorite Richelle Mead isn't hard for me!)

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  16. I've really been enjoying Bloodlines!

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  17. I love her Bloodlines series. Sydney and Adrian are perfect.

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  18. I actually haven't read any of her series yet. I heard that The Vampire Academy series is really good though!I've been meaning to read it.

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