Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Review - Power Play: Hero's Sword Vol. 1 by M.E. Sutton @mary_sutton73

Power Play:
Hero's Sword Vol. 1
by M.E. Sutton

Goodreads blurb:  All Jaycee Hiller wants to do is survive eighth grade. Mostly that means hanging with her friend, Stu, avoiding the cheerleading squad, secretly
crushing on Nate Fletcher, and playing her favorite video game, Hero’s Sword.

When she receives a new video game controller, Jaycee finds herself magically transported into the Hero's Sword video game world. Survival takes on a whole new meaning. No longer battling with a plastic joystick, Jaycee picks up a real sword and bow & arrow and readies herself for battle.

Can she save Lady Starla's rule in Mallory, keep herself in one piece, and maybe even learn something about surviving middle school?

Kids will love this fast-paced adventure novel and will cheer along with Jaycee's thrilling adventures. What kid hasn't dreamed of actually fighting and battling the villains in their favorite video games? Jaycee finds out if she has what it takes - and what she learns in the fantasy realm of Mallory impacts her mundane, middle school life in unexpected ways.

About the Author:  A software technical writer by day, Mary has been making her living with words for over a decade. She writes the HERO'S SWORD middle-grade fantasy series as M.E. Sutton. and THE LAUREL HIGHLANDS MYSTERIES police-procedural series as Liz Milliron.

Raised in Buffalo, NY she now resides in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and two children.

She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Pennwriters.

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My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
** Received ebook for free via Story Cartel for an honest review

Okay when I saw the cover and the blurb, I thought it was the perfect book to read with my son who is 12.  The cover says adventure with a scary pig, sword, and game controller on it, and even attracts boys who aren’t interested in girls.  :)

I started reading this with my son, but only got to chapter 3 before he went to bed.  I continue on and finished the story but will go back and read it again with him.  My son loves it so far and was sort of mad that I was going to keep reading it without him until I said I would still read it with him.  He would rather I do the reading with silly voices and attitude for each character.

This is my first time reading M.E. Sutton’s work, and I loved it.  Her writing is fantastic to just get sucked into the story much like Jaycee was sucked into her game.  Jaycee is a spunky 8th grader who has to deal with all the cruelty of kids in school because she is not exactly like them.  My son really related to that part of the story with Jaycee because like her, he is not popular or athletic.  Kids pick on him, and I always try to tell him kids are cruel and that it is not just him being picked on (even though I despise it happening at all).  So this story is perfect to help him see this and to just be himself, smart & witty like Jaycee or Lyla and everything will be okay as long as he doesn’t give up.  This is a fantastic read to inspire kids against giving up as well as keep their imaginations going because I totally see my son imagining this happening to him as he runs through the house with his sword (could be anything from wrapping paper roll to a stick) noises like he is in a sword fight.  I can't wait to finish reading it with him & continuing the series.

I highly recommend this story to anyone with middle graders girls or boys.  Take time to read with your kids and use silly voices because they still love it in middle school as much as they did when they were 5 :)

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