First Impression: Different, thank you Katie @storytellersinc for talking me into it.
Synopsis: “If you haven’t worked it out yet, girls don’t do this. They don’t come to the Hovel. They don’t like goblins and dragons. They don’t paint miniatures. They don’t play role playing games or re-enact fictional battles. And they don’t talk to Geeks like me especially if they’re pretty. And this girl is pretty.”
What do you do if you’re a fourteen-year-old Geek, and a Beautiful Girl has appeared in the midst of your geeky world? And she seems to like you… For Archie, the natural reaction would be to duck and cover … run for the hills … buy a new model elf… Anything but risk stepping into the Real World. But even Geeks have to put their heads above the parapet at some point. With his mum barely able to contain her excitement that her son is about to join the human race, and his step-father, Tony the Tosser, offering crass advice, it’s time for Archie to embark on a daring Quest to win the Beautiful Girl’s heart and shake off his Geekhood for good…
200 words (or less) review: I seriously love this book. It is awesome! I haven’t had this much fun reading in ages. I was laughing so much in parts that my sides physically hurt – Archie’s IM is one of the best things ever.
Archie is fourteen, a Level 5 Mage who’s just moved to a new house with his mum and Tony the Tosser aka his sort-of-stepdad. He has three friends, a not-really-there father who communicates in textspeak on FB and to add to all of this a girl walks into The Hovel – a beautiful girl – and his whole world shifts.
I knew I was going to like this book two paragraphs in. I knew I loved it on page 11 when Archie’s IM started talking. I can’t find a fault in this story (and I have honestly been trying not to gush too much) Archie’s narration is just so entertaining.
You will not be bored. You will laugh and you will cheer!
Hell YES!!! + Sunshine Star